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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure. We must all do more to help stop this western corporate arrogance that puts the future generations lives in despair. @BruceKGagnon

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Arrested protecting Mauna Kea in Hawaii

On day three of the scheduled start of construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), police made their move to clear the Mauna Kea Access Road in Hawaii.

People gathered at Hawaii's tallest mountain to protest the construction of a massive telescope on land that Native Hawaiians consider sacred. A group of kupuna, or elders, tied themselves together with rope at the road to the summit of Mauna Kea.

A resolute group of kupuna, many of them well known Hawaiian cultural practitioners and dedicated aloha ʻāina, once again sat in the path of police, as they had on Monday and Tuesday. This time, however, police did not stand down. Officers from various law enforcement agencies took the kupuna into custody, one by one.

The Mauna Kea Kiaʻi and police agreed to conduct the arrests with respect. The hundreds of TMT opponents who lined the road sat, off-to-the-side on the lava rock, and quietly observed hamau kāleo, as the kupuna were respectfully guided to the police trucks for processing. Some of the elders were overcome with emotion as they were led away. Many onlookers cried at the sight. Officers were seen hugging kiaʻi.

“Our kupuna are being arrested,” wrote OHA Trustee Dan Ahuna in an urgent message. “Fellow OHA Trustee Hulu Lindsey was taken into custody. Our voices are being ignored. I implore the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to immediately file an injunction to halt any further efforts by the State of Hawaii, University of Hawaii and the Thirty Meter Telescope until the matters in our lawsuit are resolved.”


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