Videos from Moana Nui Teach-In Speakers, June 1 & 2, 2013
Martin Luther King Auditorium, Berkeley CA.
Below are 49 speaker videos from Moana Nui 2013. Over the next few weeks we will be adding most of the rest of the videos. (In a few upcoming cases, due to technical problems, only audio will be available.) A full transcript of the event is also being prepared.
Why are we here? Moana Nui hopes to accelerate support for Pacific Island Peoples, resisting colonialism, corporate trade exploitation, expanding U.S. militarism, and terrible environmental impacts.
14 newly independent Pacific nations struggle to develop new democracies while still facing economic controls and resource grabbing from giant foreign powers and local elites.
Pacific nations unite their efforts under PANG to navigate toward economic self-determination and resource protection.
Why are we here? Though we face ongoing battles, local and global, we do not abdicate to helplessness. “We’re here to proclaim our commitment to struggle, to recognize each other,” and to “celebrate our achievements.”
Massive “land-grabbing” by global corporations is accelerating, notably in Papua New Guinea, leaving indigenous communities (small farmers), “owners” of their lands for thousands of years, suddenly homeless and brutalized, in the name of development.
Molokai activist, “in love with my island,” amplifies cultural, political and environmental importance of Pacific sovereignty movements, particularly Hawaii: “Traditional peoples have the answers.”
RAN battles against “resource raiding” in the Pacific, and to protect forest peoples against corporate intrusions for palm oil plantations, pulp and paper exports, and export mono-crop food production.
Cites horrific arrogance of corporate resource development in Papua, New Guinea, bringing terrifying brutality upon traditional peoples and the environment.
Surveys the state of resource exploitation and environmental devastation throughout the Pacific, in service to global corporations and accelerated consumerism.
Resource exploitation battles advance in Mongolia. Russia, Siberia, Kamchatka—oil, gas, forests, minerals—as indigenous communities fight to protect them.
Details variety of deadly effects of new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on democracy, sovereignty and environment.
New trade deals include deadly “investor-state” clauses—Global corporations gain rights over labeling, quotas, tariffs, enviro protections, bringing grave threats to democracy.
Corporations are machines, not people. They are driven only by profit and growth. Their one fear is effective citizen democracy, organizing and action. Victories are possible, as we saw in Cochabamba, but we must build a bigger global movement.
Reviews a broad array of on-coming exploitative corporate trade deals, and the efforts of Island Peoples to oppose them and maintain local cultures, economies and sovereignty.
Working to protect sacred places, indigenous knowledge and practice in U.S. and the Pacific. Cites 3 major focuses: Indigenous rights, local sovereignty, and UN Declaration on “free, prior & informed consent.”
Most of the Earth’s last intact ecosystems are on indigenous lands, a credit to indigenous practices, and recent political victories. But vast new challenges require accelerated effective international organizing.
Legal manipulation is “new gun,” used by U.S., subverting sovereign rights of Pacific peoples, while advancing militarization.
Passionate plea for support of W. Papua independence movement.
Brief history of California Ohlone colonization, and recent resistance, revival, cultural recovery.
The “Pacific Pivot” caps a century of militarization/colonization and resistance, notably in Hawaii.
A detailed deconstruction of inter-relationship of U.S. military and corporate presence in the Philippines, interlocked with local governing elites and corporations. A stark violation of prior treaties, sovereign rights, and human rights.
“Pacific pivot” actually began a century ago; U.S. bases cover hundreds of islands from Hawaii to Diego Garcia (India); from Japan, Korea, Guam to Cocos Islands (drone base), ignoring huge local protests.
Describes the extent to which the U.S. economy is now dependent upon and merged with military expansionism, obvious throughout Pacific, but now also dominating everyday life in the U.S. itself.
Argues for preservation of Article 9 of Japanese constitution, a total rejection of preparations for war. However, President Abe is now pushing hard to change that.
Protesting Okinawans cite Pacific Pivot as latest expression of linkage between U.S. economic and military goals. A culture distinct from Japanese, Okinawans suffer social and environmental impacts from a half century of U.S. presence. They demand withdrawal.
Many Pacific regions are verging on military conflict. Problems accelerated from U.S. Pacific Pivot, and strategic responses from China, Philippines, Japan, Korea. Military tech–drones, missiles, space-tech–amplify dangers.
U.S. military/economic dominance of the Pacific is hyped by events in Korea, including the unending “60 year war”—U.S. avoidance of the armistice—with tragic social and financial costs, for everyone but Lockheed.
Protests are accelerating against the new S.Korea/U.S. missile base on Jeju Island, causing cultural and environmental devastation.
Details ways that military threats from N.Korea are deliberately over-stated by U.S. to justify military expansionism throughout Pacific, also threatening China, while increasing hardships for N.Korean people.
Leader of resistance to Korea/U.S. missile base in Jeju—jailed many times, like hundreds of fellow citizens—argues the base will never be supported by the people. It does not bring “security” but destruction; Jeju should remain “an island of peace.”
Musical performance by traditional Korean singing and drumming ensemble, with Dohee Lee and Jamaesori.
Cites increased destabilization of the Pacific from three factors: The U.S. Pacific Pivot with its enormous military and personnel deployments; increased territorial claims by China, disputed by other countries; and, resurgent right-wing nationalism in Japan.
China expresses many contradictions: rapid development bringing-on environmental crises, plus conflicts in rural areas. Internal debates focus on pros and cons of expansionism, resource conservation, military and trade challenges from U.S., and degrees and experiments of internal democracy.
Reviews complex history of U.S.-Indonesia relations that led to E. Timor independence (2002) after bloody struggles. It has also brought U.S.-Indonesia military-economic cooperation into shameful enterprises, from RIMPAC to W. Papua.
Q&A from audience brings debate among panelists on the intentions and performance of China within the Pacific.
The native Chamorro attorney and author speaks on the arresting beauty of Pagan island, the amazing Marianas, U.S. imperialism, indigenous rights and the language of loss.
Places Pacific resistance in framework of broader “global justice” movements, and crises of empire, economy and ecology.
We want our nations back. We want our sovereignty. Resistance starts small, but realization grows. “Everybody in the Pacific must realize they can’t do this alone. We have to get together.”
Hawaiian resistance includes “decolonization of our minds” as well as battles against U.S. annexation, and campaigns to protect native agriculture, culture, navigation rights, and an end to military occupation.
An author’s reflections on oppression, revolution and uprising, in the Pacific and globally. What values finally explode into individual and collective militancy? When does the need for recognition and expression overcome victory or loss?
Advocates for advancing and developing the Moana Nui Declaration (2011) as tool toward effective self-governance.
“Our values connect to nature, land, ancestors. We know what to do, we have the customs.” But government leased Malind land to 26 companies from China, Singapore, Japan, for “development”. Palm oil, food export, minerals. We don’t need “development.” We need our land.
Describes proposed Pacific Monitoring Authority, rooted in traditional cultural knowledge, that can help empower local communities to protect and benefit from their resources.
Supports Pacific Monitoring Authority: “No one can manage the environment better than us. Traditional knowledge of Pacific people is most effective management.” We need to ensure its preservation.
Papua is now invaded by corporate people from China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, all hungry for mineral and oil riches for export, taken from our land, from which we get nothing.
Native of Tonga, now in California, surveys the problems and needs of the growing Pacific diaspora.
Describes effective new strategies for “building bridges” and understandings among contending economic players in the Pacific.
“I come to speak of hope, identity, dignity” and to celebrate “indigenous wisdom.” We praise the voiceless from tiny islands, not here with us; we advocate for indigenous values, and stewardship.
In 1893, after overthrow of Hawaii Queen Lili’uokalani, replaced by U.S. colonial government, the Royal Hawaiian Orchestra resigned in mass protest, and sang this powerful protest song.