USA / Japan: Stop the Planned Military Base in Okinawa – Home To The Endangered Dugong.


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Above – The Dugong.

Stop the Planned Military Base in Okinawa.

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Dear Mark,

Despite overwhelming opposition from the Okinawan people, their governor and scientists throughout the world, the Japanese and U.S. governments are moving to construct a controversial new air base in Japan’s Henoko Bay — the last refuge of the critically endangered Okinawa dugong, a distant relative of the manatee.

The Center has been fighting this project since 2003 — so stay strong with us and help save this irreplaceable “Galápagos of the East.”

The base will be built atop a coral-reef ecosystem that’s home to more than 1,000 species of fish, sea turtles and other marine life as well as dugongs.

We’re in court to stop the project, and Okinawa’s governor has rescinded a permit for the base. Yet this past month drilling surveys have proceeded on the project, even as the island’s people have been putting their bodies in the path of construction.

Please demand that President Obama and Prime Minister Shinzō Abe stop this atrocity against nature and the Okinawan people.

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Vaganuary – Something For The New Year ?



Newest New Year’s resolution sweeping the globe is joining “Veganuary”

We all know that New Year’s is a time that people often try to make positive change in their lives and that resolutions often range from losing weight and quitting cigarette smoking to being better organized and saving money. Boring but effective.

Two years ago, an animal-loving couple in the United Kingdom decided to seize that opportunity for change and are getting people around the world to participate in “Veganuary,” an effort for people to try to eat a plant-based diet free of animal products for just one month.

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A website,, provides people with the reasons not to eat meat and dairy, a “vegan starter kit,” recipes and an array of other information, including stories of both everyday and celebrities, including Woody Harrelson, Venus and Serena Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and even College of Charleston math professor Martin Jones.

Jones says the project is a brainchild of a friend, Matthew Glover and his wife, Jane Land.

“(Veganuary) has really grown over the years and their website has been getting more and more hits every year,” says Martin.

The effort is gaining ground in the media, such as the Huffington Post, which last week included participating in Veganuary among “5 Ways to be a Climate-Friendly Eater in 2016.”

Power of Meetup

Stacy Shepanek, who has emerged as a leader in the local vegan and vegetarian community, supports the idea of Veganuary.

“You can do anything for 30 days, and there is no better time than now to go vegan. It’s such a powerful choice. All at once, you can improve your health, the environment and the lives of countless animals and humans. It’s such an easy way to make a huge difference. No wonder so many people are trying it out,” says Shepanek.

As the organizer of the online “Charleston Veggies and Vegans” Meetup group and Facebook page, Shepanek has seen the membership go from 60 to more than 600 in three years. The third annual Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck drew about 125 people in November.

Shepanek says joining the Meetup provides locals with the latest information on two monthly potlucks, dining events and cooking demonstrations as well as restaurants.

Marty’s Place

And Charleston has gained more vegan and vegetarian restaurants, including Gnome on the corner of President and Cannon streets in the fall.

On Sunday, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., the College of Charleston and its Jewish Studies program will hold the grand opening of Marty’s Place, a 5,000-square-foot dining hall devoted to providing kosher, vegan and vegetarian food.

The $1 million dining hall is located in the Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center at 96 Wentworth Street, is named in memory of the long-time pillar of the Charleston Jewish community. Marty’s Place, named for long-time faculty member Marty Perlmutter, is open to the public.

In a college release, Perlmutter says he wanted it the dining hall “to be a place where people do what they do: Get together and eat.”

“It is a vegan/vegetarian restaurant that is designed to be attractive to the local community,” says Perlmutter, the college’s director of Jewish Studies.


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