ACTION ALERT: Challenge Militarism; Challenge RiMPAC

June 17th, 2022 - by Colonel Ann Wright (Ret.) / RootsAction

What’s the Biggest, Most Reckless Thing to Be Done on Water? RIMPAC
Colonel Ann Wright (Ret.) / RootsAction

(June 14, 2022) — It’s RIMPAC, the Rim of the Pacific naval war rehearsal. RIMPAC dramatically contributes to the destruction of the ecology and aggravates climate collapse in the Pacific region. RIMPAC war forces will blow up decommissioned ships with missiles, endangering marine mammals and polluting the ocean. Land forces will conduct ground assaults that will tear up beaches where green sea turtles breed. And RIMPAC will fuel massive expenditures on weapons and increased militarization, making wars more likely.

2022 RIMPAC includes military forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Please sign a petition that we can deliver to those governments.
The Pacific Peace Network and its allied organizations call for the cancellation of the dangerous, provocative and destructive international Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval war practice and for increased citizen pressure for a demilitarized Pan-Pacific Zone of Peace.

RIMPAC naval war practice, the largest naval war maneuvers in the world, will take place off Hawai’i and the West Coast of the US from June 29 to August 4, 2022. At RIMPAC 2022, over 25,000 military personnel, 38 ships, 170 aircraft, 4 submarines from 26 countries will practice war simulations engaging “enemy forces.”

RIMPAC, coupled with expanding US military capability in Hawai’i, Australia, Guahan and other Pacific nations, increases the likelihood of armed conflict between the United States and China — either by design or accident — with unthinkable consequences for the peoples of Asia, the Pacific, and the world.

Please endorse this call to action. Pacific Peace Network will share this petition and call on legislators of each participating country to cancel RIMPAC. Click here to add your name.

Hawai’i Peace and Justice
Veterans For Peace, Chapter 113-Hawai’i
Women’s Voices Women Speak
Oahu Water Protectors, Hawai’i
World Can’t Wait Hawai`i
Students and Faculty for Justice at the University of Hawai’i)
350 Hawaii
Our Revolution Hawaii
Hawai’i Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action, Big Island, Hawai’i

ASIA EUROPE PEOPLES FORUM (Peace and Security Cluster)
Philippine Initiative on Critical and Global Issues
Peace Women Partners. Inc. Philippines
Philippine Women Network for Peace & Security
STOP the War Coalition Philippines

United States
Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security
CODEPINK: Women For Peace
Environmentalists Against War
Veterans For Peace, Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter, Baltimore, Maryland
Veterans For Peace, San Diego chapter
Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space

Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN)
Just Peace Queensland

Youngsolwara Pacific
Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian
Youngsolawara Pacific
Our Common Wealth 670

South Korea
Inter-Island Solidarity for Peace of the Sea Jeju Committee
Gangjeong Peace Network
Association of Gangjeong Villagers Against the Jeju Navy Base,
Gangjeong International Team
People Making Jeju a Demilitarized Peace Island
Seongsan Committee against the Jeju 2nd Airport Project
Catholic Climate Justice Action
Center for Deliberative Democracy and Environment
Jeju branch of Service Industry Labor Union
St. Francis Peace Center Foundation
The Frontiers

World BEYOND War
International Peace Bureau
No to NATO