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Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea on Hold Again

Story reprinted from Hawaii News Now Deep Green Resistance notes with exhilaration that activists on Mauna Kea have stalled desecration of the mountain. Resistance damages the system of industrial civilization, and even small successes rightfully encourage others to take on the mantle of activist. Resist now. Resist always.   HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Construction of the … Continue reading Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea on Hold Again

Protecting Mauna Kea: Pule Plus Action

By Will Falk / Deep Green Resistance I went up to Mauna Kea’s summit a few days ago to pule (to pray) with some of the protectors on a ridge inside the Thirty Meter Telescope’s (TMT) proposed construction site. When we reached the site, we were confronted by half a dozen large men in orange … Continue reading Protecting Mauna Kea: Pule Plus Action

Protecting Mauna Kea: Notes From the Summit

By Will Falk / Deep Green Resistance I went to the Thirty Meter Telescope construction site near the summit of Mauna Kea for the first time, today. Four-wheel drive is recommended for the road that twists steeply with hairpin turns up the Mountain, so ten of us piled into a Kanaka uncle’s (older native Hawaiian … Continue reading Protecting Mauna Kea: Notes From the Summit

Protecting Mauna Kea: Talking Story

By Will Falk / Deep Green Resistance Looking up at the still, lingering morning stars from the best stargazing location in the world early on the third day since my arrival at the occupation on Mauna Kea, my personal velocities catch up with me and I listen. I stand at 9,200 feet above sea level. North and … Continue reading Protecting Mauna Kea: Talking Story

Protecting Mauna Kea: They Hate Hawai’i

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

Protecting Mauna Kea: Stopping Murder-Suicide

Will Falk’s third installment in his series on protecting Mauna Kea addresses this culture’s conflation of spirituality with superstition. Many proponents of the massive Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project dismiss out of hand the cultural concerns of Hawaiians who defend the sacredness of Mauna Kea and decry the construction of yet another telescope as desecration. … Continue reading Protecting Mauna Kea: Stopping Murder-Suicide

Protecting Mauna Kea: Stopping Murder-Suicide

When people have asked me why I am going to Hawai’i to help protect Mauna Kea and my answer involves words like “sacredness” or “spiritual,” I am surprised whenever I see the grimaces. I often get an explanation like this, “I support indigenous people, of course, but the telescope is for science. Isn’t it a little…superstitious to block an astronomy project for a mountain?” ... Continue reading →

Protecting Mauna Kea: History for Haoles

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

Deep Green Resistance member Will Falk to report on TMT

DGR member Will Falk has written extensively on colonialism, racism, and patriarchy; the interconnections between them; effective resistance; and finding meaningful and ethical ways to live: Will Falk’s DIY Resistance series Will Falk’s Series on the Unis’tot’en Camp, an indigenous-led blockade of pipeline construction in so-called BC, Canada In a characteristically insightful and moving essay, … Continue reading Deep Green Resistance member Will Falk to report on TMT

Protecting Mauna Kea: Why the Mountain?

I am preparing to leave for Hawai’i to offer myself in support of resistance to the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project that would place a large telescope and stadium-sized structure on the peak of native Hawaiians’ most sacred place – Mauna Kea. The project, funded by a partnership including the University of California, the California Institute of Technology, and the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy among others, would also place a 5,000 gallon chemical waste container above the largest freshwater aquifer on Hawai’i Island. ... Continue reading →