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[From Akane Nabusa of Japan Pacific Resource Network
and Japan Multicultural Relief Fund]
I want to share with you a story of our small action in this holiday season.
Maxina Ventura of Occupy Berkeley, who has been coordinating the "Sit-In & Knit-In" project, contacted me via Louise and Akiyo-san of No Nukes Action Committee a couple of weeks ago because they wanted to send a box of knitted hats and scarves to Fukushima woman who's been protesting in Tokyo. We've made an arrangement to send a box to Fukushima. They received the gifts right before they're leaving from Fukushima to Tokyo for participating in the year-end big protest at the TEPCO yesterday! They're SO happy to received the gifts form the Occupy Berkeley!!
On behalf of Ruiko Muto and Fukushima women, I thank for Occupy Berkeley (especially Max and Johnny!), No Nukes Action Committee, Japan Multicultural Relief Fund, and Professor Nobuyo Goto to make this holiday action possible!
Thanks again for all your hard work in 2011!!
|Box of warm things bound for Fukushima|
Dear Max and Johnny,
I just want to let you know that Ms. Muto received your gifts today! Thank you!! Fukushima women are going to Tokyo for a year-end big protest today. They will wear your hats and scarves today's protest!! They are really touched by your action and thank for your solidarity.
Hello Max & Johnny,
I received an email response from Japan last night!
Please send your box to Ms. Ruiko Muto. Since the address is long, please double check the spelling when you ship your box.
Ruiko says in her email:
"We'd love to receive your warm gifts and thank you for your solidarity. I Please make sure to tell our warmest thanks to the people who knitted at the Occupy Berkeley for us and support our action from Berkeley. "
Ruiko is the person who made this speech. http://www.moneycontrol.com/news-topic/nifty/video-moving-speech-by-ms-muto-from-fukushima -dont-snatch-away-our-lives_6hzsCDLjCwI.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hzsCDLjCwI
Thanks for your email and thinking about our people in Fukushima. I've contacted our friends in Fukushima and am still waiting to get the address of the organization which you can send a box of hats and scarves. I will let you and Johnny know as soon as I find out. Thank you for being patient.
Japan Pacific Resource Network (JPRN)
310 8th Street, Suite 305A
Oakland, CA 94607 USA
Japan Multicultural Relief Fund http://www.jprn.org/relief
Thanks. We'll be looking out for an email from you.
[The Ocupy Berkeley Knit-in]
Louise who organized the recent peace walk said by sending an email to this address I could get a name and address to which we can send a box of beautiful hats and scarves and such warm things as were knitted at Occupy Berkeley in solidarity with victims of the Fukushima disaster. We want them to know they are in our thoughts and that we so appreciate the work they have done, and continue to do, on behalf of all children in the world.
A Japanese documentary film making team accompanied by a Bay Area Japanese media person, Junko, whose card unfortunately I misplaced, interviewed me at Occupy Berkeley about a month ago and told me about the occupation in Tokyo to which they marched. I would like to know more details about the march and occupation, if you might have information you could send. If so, you please send it to me via my son, Andy? His email is **********. Thank you.
Johnny, whose email is above, has the box at his home and graciously has offered to mail it alongside the boxes for people at Tahrir Square in Cairo, and Occupy Wall Street in New York City.
You can email Johnny directly or phone me at 510-895-2312 to let us know who best would receive the box. We don't know if it is best to send to someone in the Fukushima area or to someone in Tokyo. We trust you will know.
Maxina Ventura of Occupy Berkeley