Solidarity Webinar: Cancel Talisman Sabre - No more war games in the Pacific!

Start: Saturday, July 24, 202110:00 AM Seoul (GMT+09:00)

This is a virtual event

Please join with people from across the Pacific to declare Peace at the upcoming webinar organised by the Pacific Peace Network (PPN) on Saturday, July 24 at 10:00am Seoul / 11:00am Australia Eastern Time / 1:00pm NZST (Friday, July 23 at 3:00pm HST).

You will hear representatives from the Philippines, Guåhan, Aotearoa/NZ, West Papua, Jeju Island, Okinawa, Hawai'i, Australia, and more.

Keynote Speakers:

Kyle Kajihiro is a Japanese settler in U.S.-occupied Hawaiʻi. He lectures in the Ethnic Studies and Geography Departments at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is a board member of Hawaiʻi Peace & Justice. As a member of Koa Futures he helped to mobilize opposition to RIMPAC exercises in 2020. Since 1996, he has worked to counter militarization in Hawaiʻi and to build international solidarity with movements against foreign military bases.

Ann Wright served 29 years in the US Army and retired as a Colonel. She was also a US diplomat for 16 years and served in US Embassies in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia. She resigned from the US government in March 2003 in opposition to the US war on Iraq. For the past 18 years she has been a relentless advocate for peace. She is a member of Veterans For Peace and CODEPINK: Women for Peace.

Senator Jordon Steele-John: As a Greens Senator for Western Australia, Jordon Steele-John knows we need peace, and an end to war, violence, and nuclear armament of nations. Jordon is campaigning to remove Australia from our current alliance with the United States, and he has criticised the hundreds of billions of dollars spent funding weapons and wants to close all foreign military bases in Australia. Jordon and The Australian Greens have a vision for a new approach to defence that is focused on building cooperative, peaceful relationships within our region. With the money saved by not buying weapons, we can address the climate crisis, create secure, well-paid jobs, and build thousands of affordable homes, for all. Together, we can create a peaceful future for all of us.

Rhonda Kelly Naparula is a Waramungu/Garawa woman who lives in Brisbane and has four children and two young grandchildren. Rhonda is passionate about higher education, human rights and social justice, the environment and politics. Recently retired she has held numerous senior and executive positions in the community and public sectors and is committed to advocating for a healthy and secure world for present and future generations.

Leonie Tanggahma is a member of the West Papuan community in the Netherlands, a community of about 1,500 Papuans who fled West Papua mostly because their lives were in danger; the majority of the community continues the fight against Indonesian oppression from abroad. She is a daughter of the late Bernard Tanggahma, Minister for Foreign Affairs in exile of the Republic of West Papua which was unilaterally proclaimed by the Free Papua Movement (OPM) on 1 July 1971. She was a liaison officer for the Papuan-based human rights NGO ELSHAM in Europe, for which she provided, among others, the regular representation of the Papuan cause at United Nations forums such as the Working Group on Indigenous Populations, the Commission on Human Rights (now Human Rights Council). In July 2011, the Papua Peace Network organized a peace conference to make Papua a land of peace and she was elected, along with four other Papuans living in exile, as a negotiator in the event that the Indonesian Government implements its apparent willingness to hold a dialogue with Papuans at the time. Leonie Tanggahma represents the Free Papua Movement (OPM) in Europe.

We, the peoples of the Pacific, aim to create a peaceful, sustainable, and thriving region free of militarism and its negative consequences. We stand in solidarity with each other, empowered by the spirit of our ancestors and as stewards of Moana Nui (the Pacific Ocean).

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