A report from 11/11 Rally

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Many of us may be not able to get over from the shock of the election.

But no more than ever we have to do the small things to make change.
We had a very good rally. Four people spoke out. Most expressed their concerns about
the future of US, Japan and the world.
The high light was Sarasa Weinstein’s letter to PM Abe, attached at the bottom.
SF branch of IWJ (Independent Web Journal) recorded our rally.  Here is the link of 11/11 Rally Video. http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/92726479
And please do not forget to attend on Sunday November 20 at 2:30 at the Berkeley Central Library for the film viewing ” Fukushima Living With Disaster”. Attached poster please see.
Thank you for standing together to make the better world!



TRUMP ERA: Japan jittery over U.S. base issue with new leader at helm


毎回のIWJ(Independent Web Journal) SF支局さんは、今回は同時中継でなく、録画となりましたが以下が抗議集会のヴィデオのリンクです。是非ご覧ください。


written by NNA member Chizu Hamada

– Letter to P.M. Abe –

To Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe

I wish you would resigned. Frankly, I think you suck as leader of Japan. I usually do not say such word “suck” to others. My parent raised me be nice to others and watch my mouth, especially with those who are high in the hierarchy. However, in your case, my mom agrees with me and she won’t correct me saying such.

Mr. Abe, my mom is a healthy 80 years old, living by herself without any assistance. She is patriotic, law abiding, team player, courteous, agreeable, generous, thrifty, diligent, loyal and faithful to promises. Her childhood was sacrificed to the government during the war but she has never complained. She is the best citizen you could ever dream of as a politician. She thinks she has lived well and she can die without regret anytime soon, But you upset her. She is very unhappy with you and your government. She told me she can’t die in peace, knowing you have restarted a nuclear power plant, that one of the most evil creation by humans and danger to the future of generations to come.

What kind of fool would play with Devil’s toy? You are a lair saying that the Fukushima accident is contained and safe. You must be crazy, you have lost your mind most likely that our regular conversation between mom and I.

We are in unison in this matter, we are bonding strongly because of you and your brainless government. Thanks for that but no thank you.

Mr. Abe, You still have chance to change course from catastrophe. Otherwise, you will be remembered as a fool who destroyed the Earth, if anybody left.

On behalf of my mother Kyo Ichisawa

Sarasa Weinstein


One Response to “A report from 11/11 Rally”
  1. Jason N. Kamalie says:

    It’s not the size of the group in any given fight that counts, but rather, the size of the fight within the group that makes all the difference. And, at the core of this small band of activists and earth protectors – this No Nukes Action Committee – is a ferocious and loyal heart that continues to speak out, in large numbers or small, against the harms of nuclear power and energy. Sometimes, the best things come in small packages. Given the energy and activism of the NNA at this latest rally outside the Japanese Consulate, those gathered there certainly seemed to prove the point. Despite what seemed to be slackened numbers because of various absences, those participants made the absolute most of their effort and energies speaking out, chanting, cheering, reading and comprising what might well be one of the best rallies yet. I’m always surprised at how well the NNA gets on, no matter rain or shine, in thick numbers or thin. Tough, persistent, informative, they are heroes to a world that wants to forget the tragedies of its terrible energy industries, practices, and policies.

    After the group’s chants which reverberated off the buildings and through the alleys, Chizu – the NNA’s eloquent Master of Ceremonies – began the day with a solemn reflection on the recent election, and how so many in the group feel heartbroken and angry at the result. From there, Chizu quickly went through some of the painful facts from the reports out of Fukushima. She did her usual superb job recapitulating the unfortunate situation, providing all the latest updates and information, and putting into perspective – over the long haul – how serious and long-ranging the catastrophes of the Daiichi meltdowns really are, and how affective they are of the local populations. Though her report was grim, there was a comedic moment where I had to laugh at one of her sentiments. Seizing on Trump’s recent suggestion that Japanese should have to pick up the entire bill to have U.S. troops stationed there – or else the U.S. should simply withdraw its troops, Chizu jumped on that very quickly quoting, and saying:

    “If you do not pay all – we will WITHDRAW!” (As if that was a threat to an entire nation that does not want U.S. military presence).

    Chizu’s response:

    “That will be VERY FINE! Thank you. Please – get home. We don’t need you.”

    I don’t know. There was bravery and humor in the statement and I was kind of struck by each. What wasn’t so humorous, however, was Chizu’s recap on how many people, particularly children, have been affected by thyroid and other abnormalities almost certainly instigated by the meltdowns. Then there were government threats of cutting compensation for families who didn’t return to the radioactive area. It’s painful to think of the stress those people might be under. Other imagery and quotes from her opening:

    “Because those sizzling hot, melted cores are so dangerous, people can’t even get close.”
    “This accident containment [effort] has just started to begin. This takes decades or a century.”

    “Underground waters, they go through, under the buildings, are contaminated with radioactive materials, and seep into the Pacific Ocean.”

    “They put the radioactive material into plastic bags, and they stack them up to five or six bags tall [covering] a huge areas [and lots] filled.”

    Pretty grim report from Chizu, but she has to report what the major media does not.

    After Chizu’s introduction, Dan – who forms one third of the NNA’s talented triad of speakers (Chizu, Dan, and Steve) – gave his take on the reverberations of the election as those related to Japan. Like Steve and Chizu, Dan has a particular gift for speaking out and citing all the critical points at issue, and has been able to provide thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening assessment of various components of the Fukushima disaster and politics as they relate thereto. He gave another superb, concise assessment as to what a Trump presidency might mean for Japan.

    “American foreign policy has been a silent partner in Japan, but a very supportive one. So, the secrecy law in Japan was never challenged [by American politicians related to or involved with Japanese politics].”

    “It’s the people of Okinawa who are suffering, and the land of Okinawa. And, it couldn’t happen without the support of the U.S.”

    “Now, it looks like, instead of this kind of muted support, we might have a much louder version of American foreign policy.”

    “One biographer of Donald Trump described him as a 13 year old in a 70 year old body. And, his grasp of foreign policy issues seems to be very slippery.”

    “The media has a huge responsibility which it has abdicated.”

    “The Truth will out, and we all have to find our own creative ways. We already know there are lots and lots of people who agree with us. The spirit of resistance [to oppression, warmongering, earth-damaging] is the future.”

    Dan has been a constant and terrific highlighter of perspectives and sides to the problem not often seen or discussed.

    Maureen spoke next, referencing her Christian faith and compassion, opining that Trump is not a person of compassion. Maureen has often been to these meetings and contributed in her low-key, often thoughtful way.’

    I was very moved by Yoko, who spoke next. She has such a command of the English language and expresses her views so well, that she’s compelling to listen to, although she hasn’t often spoke. She expressed her extreme revulsion to Trump. Couldn’t even mention his name. She was upset, mad, and couldn’t sleep recently because of the election result.

    “Environment safety, for us, for the generations to come. And, not just for the U.S.,, but for the entire universe!”

    “I was just listening to the scientists who speak, and we DON’T have four years to waste! No! No!”

    “Trump [and his environmentally killing ilk] are committing crimes against humanity.”

    When Yoko sang, I almost got teary. She does NOT have a terrible voice, as she said. Her voice is very pretty, and her song was sad. She sang the song of a Japanese activist jailed years ago. I tell you, when I heard her sing, I got chills. There were angels across heaven, those who had ties to Japan, or might have lived as Japanese people once, watching her, and who knew the words of her song — and they stepped forward to sing with Yoko. One great choir filling the clouds. That’s what I imagined when I heard her song.

    “Let’s keep in shape!”

    Yoko bangs her pans on marches with the NNA, and the sound crashes against the concrete, and rings through the street reminding of the disharmony of dirty and dangerous energies. Sometimes, along the way, Sam Kanno chants and sounds like the Grim Reaper, to remind of the death involved with atomic energy put to harmful uses.

    Sarasa Weinstein wrote a letter that, if you read the subtext, and between the lines, is heartrending and sobering. It seems clear she was always very close to her mother, and thinks of her often. That, even in this letter to the Abe administration, she mentions the discussion she had with her mom about the administration’s decision to restart the nuclear power plants. Sarasa makes it clear that her mom has been greatly bothered by those decisions in the wake of Fukushima, and that she’s lived long enough to see some bad decisions, but that this one, in the wake of Fukushima, bothered her very much . Her letter is brief, but very pointed.

    “I think you suck as the leader of Japan.”

    “I wish you would resign.”

    That about sums it up, from her perspective.

    Chizu gave a little more information about the potentialities of other nuclear power plants restarting, while Jon stood nearby giving support, providing commentary and such throughout the rally. Jon also has been a regular and dependable fixture at the rallies. Chizu reminded of the film viewing activity on November 20th at the Berkeley Library and that Steve and Kazumii are currently visiting Japan and Okinawa, and that they made a report of the goings on there.

    Although the numbers have slackened lately, I don’t think that will continue. People, as they rediscover or hear something new about Fukushima will come back into the NNA group. And, that’s one of the main reasons to be around. That people will need a group like the NNA as the effects of Fukushima become more apparent.

    Thanks so much to the NNA for your wonderful commitment and outcry — and for working to save the world!

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