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Call for a New Campaign to Support and Empower the Displaced in/of East Japan

1.
There is no need for much phrasing about the devastating damages and tragedies caused by the earthquake of 3/11, as well as the coming catastrophic situation. Among Japanese yoseba (day laborer's communities) San'ya is closest to the stricken areas in the North. We, the coalition of self-support groups of homeless and underclass workers in Sanya, consider the situation as un-ignorable and will begin a new campaign to support refugees. These are the three tasks for our struggle:

A) To create a support system by and for the people
B) To support the refugees from the stricken areas, and fight together for our rights and autonomy
C) To support the future refugees to be created inevitably by the effects of this calamity, and fight together for our rights and autonomy

2.
About (A):
The Japanese government is dispatching massive numbers of Self Defense Forces to the stricken areas. As opposed to the state-led project, our most urgent task is to create a support system, no matter how small it is, by and for the people. To begin with, we shall send persons and goods to the areas once a week.

About (B):
The refugees from the stricken areas have already begun their lives in facilities installed in various places in the Tokyo metropolitan area, from which, however, the intervention of civilian support groups are rejected, and wherein what the administration supplies is said to be far less than people’s needs. It is thus our task to understand and supply what the refugees lack. Furthermore it is necessary to begin a project for establishing the lives of the people by and for themselves from a mid-term perspective.

About (C):

The Lehman Shock of 2008 caused a new wave of refugees, epitomized as it was by the so-called Haken (dispatched workers) Village. The homeless population in Sanya area increased dramatically. But the situation now is just incomparable. Discharges and suspension of employment are already rampant. In various ways, our fellow homeless have been mercilessly hit by the effects of the earthquake.

3.
At the moment, the government is about to mobilize more than ten thousand troops of the Self Defense Forces, at the same time hiding its lack of agenda and seeking to contain all criticisms against it. Meanwhile the media
orchestrate a major yet empty campaign of “Save Japan,” whose tendency is toward nothing short of a new form of total mobilization that the people already experienced during the fascist regime. We consider this as a total collapse of the way the state and society had been organized up until 3/11.

4.
During our struggle to fight against coerced evacuation, and practices such as community kitchens in the past several years, we have been searching for a method by which the process of struggle itself contains the germination of a people’s society. This attempt has remained in an embryonic stage. Now more than ever, we believe it necessary to concentrate our forces toward this goal, in confrontation with the calamitous situation. This must entail a full-hearted rejection of restoration of prevailing social orders as well as the reconstruction of a society based upon nuclear power, and a move toward creation of a society by and for the people.

5.
We know at the moment we are overwhelmingly weaker than the state project in terms of material power. But we might be able to surpass, it if and only if we can gather the power of the many. We call for a collaboration of all of those individuals and movements who share the same intention as ours.

March 21st 2011
Sanya Workers Welfare Center
Sanya Struggle Committee
Anti-unemployment Struggle Committee

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