Sarah Burt, Attorney, International Program: “For the plaintiffs, for the local communities in Okinawa, the fight goes on. They’ve been organizing and campaigning and trying to make their voices heard to protest against the increasing militarization of their communities for a long time now. This lawsuit is just one tool. The law is a powerful tool, but they will continue organizing and fighting for their way of life.”
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Sarah Burt, Attorney, Earthjustice: "Judge Chen is taking seriously his obligation to review what the Department of Defense has done. I'm hopeful that we have been able to convince him that the very purpose of the statute is informed decision-making in partnership with local communities. I was able to make the case for the people of Okinawa and the dugong."
Sarah Burt, Attorney, International Program: “It’s mandated that the government talk to the communities themselves. It’s like the government building a base on sacred Hawaiian and saying ‘we’re not going talk to the native communities but we’ll talk to an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii.’”