International Day of Action for a Free & Independent Pacific And Against RIMPAC
NZ should have nothing to do with the US military and its endless wars. Join the International Day of Action for a Free & Independent Pacific And Against RIMPAC
DATE: Saturday, 21 June
Location: Across Aotearoa - in your community
On the weekend of June 20 & 21st, we are inviting you to take action to demand an end to RIMPAC. We are asking people to create messages of solidarity, as groups or as individuals.
This might include conducting your own cultural practices, or doing something as simple as writing a message, holding a banner or designing something more involved as the creative urge strikes, expressing solidarity in the way that feels most comfortable and appropriate for you.
We take this moment to uphold the Tino Rangatiratanga of Tangata Whenua, and the sovereignty of the indigenous people of Hawai’i.
Please take a photograph of your action! And use #CancelRIMPAC2020 and post to the event page.
From across Te Moana-Nui-A-Kiwa, the great Pacific Ocean, we stand in solidarity with our Hawaiian brothers, sisters and friends resisting RIMPAC, the Rim of the Pacific military exercise.
This US-led naval exercise includes 26 countries, over 25,000 troops, and hundreds of warships. It is the world’s biggest war exercise and it is due to go ahead in August, on land and at sea around Hawai’i. For now, the New Zealand government is intending to participate.
RIMPAC serves to enforce the US’s ongoing illegal occupation of Hawai’i. It is part of a larger military arms race in the Pacific which threatens the lives and freedoms of peoples across the Pacific. The buildup of weapons of war in the Pacific and the practising of these weapons makes war more probable as it creates fear, and opportunities for misunderstandings.