Anti-Olympic Organizers From Eight Cities Head to Tokyo for "NOlympics Anywhere" Protest

Olympic cities across the globe will come together for an unprecedented week of anti-Olympics actions

LOS ANGELES, CA — On July 24, 2019, one year before the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, NOlympics LA will partner with organizations from across the globe for an unprecedented anti-Olympic solidarity action in the Shinjuku neighborhood of Tokyo, Japan. Featuring representatives from eight recent and future Olympic cities, this public protest will be the climax of a week of anti-Olympic meetings and presentations in Tokyo.

WHAT: Anti-Olympic solidarity action in Tokyo, Japan

WHERE: Shinjuku Alta - 3-24-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

WHEN: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 6 p.m.

WHO: Anti-Olympics organizers from Seoul, Pyeongchang, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, and Jakarta

Click here to see the full list of events during the week of action in Tokyo.

What makes this event unique in the history of anti-Olympic organizing is the collective recognition that the Olympics represent a systemic danger for any city that would host them. In the past, dozens of individual city have mounted campaigns to reject the Olympics. This global action recognizes that no city should be forced to weather the corruption, displacement, financial stress, and heightened surveillance that inevitably comes with hosting the games. The protest in Tokyo represents the first time a coalition of allies from across the globe will get together and declare, in one voice, that they will not abide the Olympics anywhere.

"It’s not enough to just stop the Olympics from displacing Angelenos and exposing them to hyper-militarized security measures," NOlympics LA says. "The games exploit athletes and cities everywhere, and we stand with anti-Olympics movements and efforts from across town to across the globe."

In a moment when Los Angeles is facing crises of homelessness and corruption that are shaking the city’s government, NOlympics LA is not simply attempting to foist the 2028 games off on another city. Instead, the group opposes the International Olympic Committee, elected officials, and other complicit actors that exploit cities and amateur athletes for profit by wielding state power against the most vulnerable.

Hosting the events in Tokyo are the local organizations Hangorin No Kai and Okotowalink, which have been on the frontlines of this struggle since Tokyo was "awarded" the games in 2013. Representatives from South Korea, which hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics and plans to bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics, include members of Listen to the City. From Paris the delegation includes the Association NON aux JO 2024 à Paris and Parisian mayoral candidate Danielle Simonnet, of the La France Insoumise party.

NOlympics LA is a growing coalition of dozens of local organizations opposing the LA 2028 Olympics, born out of the Democratic Socialists of America, Los Angeles. See the group's platform here.


In Tokyo July 19-28: Jonny Coleman


In Los Angeles: Arielle Sallai


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