In Hawai'i, there is a proposal to increase helicopters stationed and housed at Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station (Oahu).
A squadron of Ospreys (a hybrid helicopter and plane that transports troops), Cobra attack helicopters, and a squadron of Hueys are proposed to be housed at Mokapu on Oahu, and practice on the Big Island.
On March 30, 2011, a helicopter crashed killing one Marine, and injuring 3 others.
The push for increased housing and training areas for military aircrafts in Hawai'i is a product of the U.S. military strategy in the Asia-Pacific, moving bases and troops from one island to another.
Throughout history, we have witnessed how the continued military developments on our communities and environments increased everyday violence and insecurity in Hawai'i, Okinawa, Philippines, and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
> > In 2009, global military spending was estimated at $1,531 billion, an increase of 6% from 2008 and 49% from 2000.
On April 12, 2011, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) will release its calculations of global military spending for 2010.
We estimate that this figure could reach $1.6 trillion. We join peace groups, budget priority activists, arms control advocates, and concerned citizens the world over in public demonstrations, solidarity actions and awareness raising events to call attention to the disparity between bountiful global investments in war-making and the worldwide neglect of social priorities.
Please visit the website for Global Day of Action on Military Spending at http://demilitarize.org/. > > The IWNAM demands that U.S. President Barack Obama administration > 1) Decline the Japanese sympathy Budget.
> 2) End the military build up in Okinawa, Guam, Hawaii and other territories. > 3) Stop the justification of militarism in times of natural disasters > 4) Fund alternative jobs that end dependence on militarism > > Signed, on behalf of the IWNAM: > > Kozue Akibayashi, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Japan > Ellen-Rae Cachola, Women for Genuine Security/Womens' Voices Women Speak, U.S. & Hawai'i
> Lotlot dela Cruz, KAISAKA, Philippines > Cora Valdez Fabros, SCRAP VFA Movement, Philippines > Terri Keko'olani, DMZ Hawaii/Aloha 'Aina and Womes' Voices Women Speak, Hawai'i
> Gwyn Kirk, Women for Genuine Security, U.S. > Mar Reinat Pumarejo, Il Conciencia-en-Acci?, Puerto Rico > Aida Santos-Maranan, Women's Education, Development, Productivity and Research Organization (WeDpro), Philippines
> Kim Tae-jung, Korea > Suzuyo Takazato, Okinawa Women Act Against Military Violence, Okinawa > Lisa Natividad, Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice, Guahan (Guam) > > > The International Women Network Against Militarism was formed in 1997 when forty women activists, policy-makers, teachers, and students from South Korea, Okinawa, mainland Japan, the Philippines and the continental United States gathered in Okinawa to strategize together about the negative effects of the US military in each of our countries.
In 2000, women from Puerto Rico who opposed the US Navy bombing training on the island of Vieques also joined; followed in 2004 by women from Hawaii and in 2007 women from Guam.
The Network is not a membership organization, but a collaboration among women active in our own communities, who share a common mission to demilitarize their lands and communities. For more information, visit www.genuinesecurity.org.