Thanks to all who have contributed to date. Only about $1,000 short of my goal with only three weeks to go before departure. There is still time to help out if you have been intending to do so.
As I reported last time, I have booked the entire trip: Kyoto, Hiroshima, Okinawa, Jeju, The Marshall Islands, Guam, and Hawaii. I leave on the 25th of July and return September 5th to Maine.
From my research, I’ve learned a great deal about issues and events that have been unreported and classified for many years. For example, I had no idea that nuclear tipped short range missiles were deployed to Okinawa during the Cuban missile crisis, and thereafter more than 1200 nuclear missiles were deployed in silos until the 1970’s.
I am so looking forward to spending 10 days in Gangjeong Village where I will film the progress of the base which is about 85% completed. And, I will have a leisurely time to interview Gangjeong villagers, Fr. Mun and the Jesuits as well as spending quality time with my many friends.
From Jeju, I fly to the Marshall Islands where several interviews with national politicians and local residents have been scheduled. I will make a day-night trip to Kwajelein to show the massive U.S. military presence there that is the heart of the missile testing program conducted from Vandenburg Air Force base in California.
The Marshall Islands have not only suffered immensely from the detonation of 67 atomic bombs, but the Marshallese have been brutally treated by the U.S. military since 1946 when thousands were lied to and relocated to a tiny atoll where thousands live in abject poverty.
All kinds of cancers have caused premature births and deaths from the contamination of their land and the food chain.
The Marshallese are also among the first to be threatened by rising sea levels caused by global warming. Where will the island people go when their islands are covered by the sea?
On the way to Hawaii, I’ll make a brief overnight stop on Guam, another island that has been occupied by the U.S. military.
Finally, I will spend a full week in Hawaii with activists involved in protests against the militarization of their homeland, the illegal annexation of Hawaii by the U.S. in 1898, and the construction of the 18 story high new telescope on Mauna Keo.
Many of us are aware of Monsanto and GMOs, but few are aware of what five of the world’s largest biotech chemical corporations have been doing in Hawaii. For the past 20 years, Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Pioneer and BASF have performed over 5,000 open-field-test experiments of pesticide-resistant crops on an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 acres of Hawaiian land without any disclosure, making the place and its people a guinea pig for biotech engineering. (See more at: http://www.occupy.com/article/hawaiians-against-monsanto-struggle-reclaim-paradise#sthash.3rv1q2G1.dpuf)
In spite of all of these imminent threats to our existence on this planet, the people of the Pacific islands are rising up and providing the rest of us with hope and an example of what it will take to overcome the evils of Capitalism.
My hope for this film is to educate and inform people around the world about the threats to our existence and encourage them to do something to stand in solidarity with all of the oppressed people of the world.
The only hope to turn things around is for a world-wide and peaceful uprising against the dark forces that would destroy us.
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