Author: @Holierdenthou on Twitter.
I ask that you stand with Kānaka, the indigenous peoples of Hawai’i, as well as countless kūpuna (elders), kia’i (protectors), scientists, scholars and Hawai’i residents who do not consent to the desecration of Mauna Wākea. I ask that you immediately stop the thirty meter telescope “TMT” project. This issue of western ideologies suppressing and exploiting native peoples and their land is deep rooted in white supremacy, colonization, and must end here and now. A large community, including scientists, have supported Kānaka protecting Mauna Wākea because it is not about being anti-science, it is about anti-erasure. It is about listening to and respecting Kānaka voices and the entirety of a culture being forced to fight for their existence in their own homeland. Hawai’i nei already faces exploitive gentrification, and irresponsible over-development, and those affected most are the same community you actively choose to dismiss. Our illegally occupied state has one of the highest homelessness populations and Native Hawaiians make up nearly 40% of that. Time and time again, Kānaka have been oppressed and exploited on their own land. I ask you do what is right and stand in solidarity with those rightfully fighting for the prosperity and protection of land and culture.
Address this email to whomever you are reaching out to. Add and edit as you feel! Sign off with your name. Send to the following:
•David Lassner, UH Mānoa President:
•Governor David Ige:
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