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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Jeju Island: Peace in Sea Camp



Aloha,

We Hawaii activists are raising money to send Pua’ena Ahn, a young Native Hawaiian activist, to attend “Peace for the Sea Camp,” which takes place on a different militarized island each year.

Here is the link to the gofundme site: https://www.gofundme.com/send-puaena-and-ned-to-jeju-island

“Peace for the Sea Camp” is a chance for Asia-Pacific millennials to organize in solidarity for trans-Pacific peace. This year, the island will be the infamously beautiful island of Jeju, in South Korea, site of terrible environmental and cultural destruction due to construction of a state-of-the-art navy base to house U.S. and South Korean destroyers outfitted with Aegis missile technology.

The Jeju base is one in a string of island bases being being built to create a deadly necklace encircling China.

If we can raise the funds for Pua’ena to go to Peace Camp this year, it will be the first time that an indigenous participant from a U.S.-occupied island will attend, which will make it especially fruitful for solidarity. Until now, the only islanders who have participated have been from the Korean and Japanese islands, Indonesia and Taiwan. A Native Hawaiian like Pua’ena, and who resides in the “belly of the beast” alongside Pearl Harbor’s Pacific Command, can bring great trans-Pacific solidarity, as well as insights to regional geopolitics. This is much needed during this time of volatility between the U.S. and North Korea, which may now be on the brink of signing a peace treaty.

Please chip in a little or whatever you can to send Pua’ena to Peace Camp. It will be a meaningful step toward peace in the Pacific.

Thank you!

Koohan Paik
Hawaii

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