Noting parallels to their struggles, Prutehi Litekyan is holding a rally demonstration today in support of the Mauna Kea Telescope protest.
Hawaii activists are protesting the construction of the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, which they consider to be sacred.
Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian is inviting the community to join in a solidarity demonstration in support of the protest in Hawaii by holding a “wave” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the ITC Intersection on Monday, July 22.
“From the Mariånas to Mauna Kea, and in many other communities, indigenous people continue to rise up to defend what is sacred: our water, land, ancestral sites, and historic and cultural resources. These are our inalienable rights as indigenous people. We are connected through the love for our land and culture, and through continued colonization, oppression and environmental racism inflicted upon our people,” Prutehi Litekyan.
According to Maria Hernandez of Prutehi Liteykan, there are numerous parallels between their struggles here in the Mariånas and what is happening in Hawai’i.
“In the same way it is not about a telescope in their fight, it is not about being anti- or pro-military for ours. It is about our rights as CHamoru people and theirs as Kanaka Maoli to stop desecration on sacred lands that are designated as conservation zones; where construction has the potential to impact our aquifers; where our culture and quality of life will be forever impacted by projects that are not in the best interests of our people,” Hernandez said.
Funds can be donated to the Aloha ‘Āina Support Fund at bit.ly/maunafund to support non-violent direct action taken to protect Mauna Kea from further industrial development.
Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian is a direct action group dedicated to the protection of natural and cultural resources in all sites identified for DOD live-fire training on Guam.
It opposes the establishment of any military firing range, stands in solidarity with Guardians of Gani’, PaganWatch, Tinian Women’s Association, and Alternative Zero Coalition by preventing environmental degradation and destruction on sacred and native lands, and promotes the continued pursuit for return of ancestral lands.