On November 22 and 23, the Fertile Ground Environmental Institute offered the proper diagnosis for the ecological crises we all face to over 700 attendees at Earth at Risk 2014. Focusing on environmental and social justice, the conference brought together seemingly disparate voices to weave together diverse perspectives to offer a comprehensive response to global destruction. ... Continue reading →
By Will Falk / Deep Green Resistance Trigger warning: This piece contains graphic descriptions of sexual and colonial violence. Hatred is one of the most misunderstood processes at work in the world today. Cops are killing young people of color while simultaneously maintaining they’re not racists and do not hate the people they’re killing. A … Continue reading Protecting Mauna Kea: They Hate Hawai’i
By Will Falk / Deep Green Resistance In the first essay of my Protecting Mauna Kea series, I made a mistake. I wrongfully described the ongoing, illegal American occupation of Hawai’i as an “annexation.” Hawaiian friends of mine pointed this out to me and gave me a thorough history lesson. I was referred to documents, books, and websites … Continue reading Protecting Mauna Kea: History for Haoles
We’ve reported in the past on efforts to block construction of the massive Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, due to environmental and cultural concerns. Unfortunately, construction has begun, but with it, so have protests on Mauna Kea and around the world in solidarity. Anne Keala Kelly, Hawaiian filmmaker, journalist, and activist, has worked for … Continue reading “Noho Hewa” on Vimeo as fundraiser to protect Mauna Kea
For many years now, indigenous Hawaiian people have been involved in a battle to stop the construction of a new 30-meter telescope (TMT) array on Mauna Kea mountain, which is a sacred place and the source of all drinking water on the island. The project would be the size of a sports stadium – bigger … Continue reading Mauna Kea – Defending a Sacred Mountain
The Nation recently published a fairly concise summary of the differences between, and controversy over, federal recognition vs full independence as routes to Hawaiian sovereignty. The article reports a surprising swell in support among Native Hawaiians for a complete break; until recently it was believed that most were willing to settle for the more paternalistic … Continue reading Is Hawai’i an occupied state?
Mauna Kea is under threat by planned construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. Though Hawaiians and non-Hawaiian allies successfully disrupted the TMT groundbreaking ceremony, the fight isn’t over yet. The award-winning Hawaiian filmmakers Anne Keala Kelly and Mary Alice Kaʻiulani Milham are teaming up to create a documentary in protection of Mauna Kea. They are … Continue reading Documentary to protect Mauna Kea: “Why the Mountain”
Owen Lloyd of the Deep Green Resistance News Service recently interviewed Hawaiian activist and filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly on traditional practices such as the lū‘au, hula, and giving of lei. They explore how the dominant colonizer culture has appropriated and corrupted those traditions, in part to sell a tourism industry, and as part of the … Continue reading Interview with Anne Keala Kelly on the appropriation of Hawaiian culture
By Owen Lloyd / Deep Green Resistance News Service Recently, the school where my wife works decided to host “luau” events throughout the state I live. When she contacted the school to tell them the events were cultural appropriation and racist, they quickly responded by transforming the event into a beach party. Calling out racism … Continue reading Consuming Hawaiʻi: Anne Keala Kelly on the Appropriation of Hawaiian Culture
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Anne Keala Kelly, a Hawaiian journalist, filmmaker, and activist, will speak at this year’s Earth at Risk. The event spans the weekend of November 22 and 23, with two full days of panels and speakers discussing environmental defense, social justice, and grassroots activism. Kelly will join such notables as Vandana Shiva, Alice Walker, Chris Hedges, … Continue reading Anne Keala Kelly at Earth at Risk, San Francisco