Speaker Videos

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.

JERRY MANDER: (audio only) Int’l. Forum on Globalization, (U.S.)
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.
RALPH REGENVANU: Ni Vanuatu, Minister of Lands, Geology, Mines, Energy and Water, (Vanuatu)
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.
MAUREEN PENJEULI: Rotuman, Pacific Network on Globalization (PANG), (Fiji)
Pacific nations unite their efforts under PANG to navigate toward economic self-determination and resource protection.
JON OSORIO: (audio only) Kanaka Maoli, Chair, Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawaii
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.”
ANURADHA MITTAL: Oakland Institute, (India/U.S.)
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.
WALTER RITTE: Kanaka Maoli, (Hawai’i)
Molokai activist, “in love with my island,” amplifies cultural, political and environmental importance of Pacific sovereignty movements, particularly Hawaii: “Traditional peoples have the answers.”
GEMMA TILLACK: Rainforest Action Network, (U.S.)
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.
ROSA KOIAN: Kombigo, Bismarck Ramu Group, (Papua, New Guinea)
Cites horrific arrogance of corporate resource development in Papua, New Guinea, bringing terrifying brutality upon traditional peoples and the environment.
ANNIE LEONARD: The Story of Stuff Project, (U.S.)
Surveys the state of resource exploitation and environmental devastation throughout the Pacific, in service to global corporations and accelerated consumerism.
GALINA ANGAROVA: Buryat, Pacific Environment, (Siberia/Mongolia)
Resource exploitation battles advance in Mongolia. Russia, Siberia, Kamchatka—oil, gas, forests, minerals—as indigenous communities fight to protect them.
ARTHUR STAMOULIS: Citizens Trade Campaign, (U.S.)
Details variety of deadly effects of new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on democracy, sovereignty and environment.
MICHELLE CHAN: Friends of the
Earth, (U.S.)

New trade deals include deadly “investor-state” clauses—Global corporations gain rights over labeling, quotas, tariffs, enviro protections, bringing grave threats to democracy.
JIM SHULTZ: The Democracy Center, (Cochabamba, Bolivia)
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.
ARNIE SAIKI: Imi Pono Projects, (Hawai’i)
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.
MELISSA NELSON: Turtle Mt. Anishinaabe, Cultural Conservancy
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.”
VICTORIA TAULI-CORPUZ: Igorot, Tebtebba Foundation, (Philippines)
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.
JULIAN AGUON: Chamorro, (Guam)
Legal manipulation is “new gun,” used by U.S., subverting sovereign rights of Pacific peoples, while advancing militarization.
HERMAN WANGGAI: Melanesian, Representative to the United Nations, (West Papua, New Guinea)
Passionate plea for support of W. Papua independence movement.
CORINNA GOULD: Ohlone, American Indian Child Resource Center, (U.S.)
Brief history of California Ohlone colonization, and recent resistance, revival, cultural recovery.
KYLE KAJIHIRO: Hawaii Peace and Justice, (Hawai’i)
The “Pacific Pivot” caps a century of militarization/colonization and resistance, notably in Hawaii.
DANTE SIMBULAN: Professor, Author, (Philippines)
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.
DAVID VINE: Author, Professor, American University, (U.S.)
“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.
BRUCE GAGNON: Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, (U.S.)
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.
AKIHIKO KIMIJIMA: Professor, Ritsumeikan University, (Japan)
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.
HIDEKI YOSHIKAWA: Citizens’ Network for Biodiversity in Okinawa
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.
JOSEPH GERSON: American Friends Service Committee, Peace & Economic Security Program, (U.S.)
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.
CHRISTINE AHN: Korea Policy Institute, (U.S.)
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.
KOOHAN PAIK: IFG Asia-Pacific Program Coordinator, (U.S.)
Protests are accelerating against the new S.Korea/U.S. missile base on Jeju Island, causing cultural and environmental devastation.
CHRISTINE HONG: Korea Policy Institute, (U.S.)
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.
KANG DONG-KYUN: Tamna, Mayor of Gangjeong, (Jeju Island, South Korea)
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.”
DOHEE LEE: Tamna, Traditional Korean singer, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, (Jeju Island, S.Korea)
Musical performance by traditional Korean singing and drumming ensemble, with Dohee Lee and Jamaesori.
WALDEN BELLO: Akbayan (Citizens’ Action Party), (Philippines)
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.
DALE WEN: International Forum on Globalization, (China/Germany)
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.
JOHN MILLER: East Timor and Indonesia Action Network, (U.S.)
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.
JULIAN AGUON (2): Chamorro, (Guam)
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.
WALTER RITTE (2): Kanaka Maoli, (Hawai’i)
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.”
TERRI KEKO’OLANI: Kanaka Maoli, DMZ Hawai’i/Aloha Aina, (Hawai’i)
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.
MANUEL YANG: Okinawan, Author, Professor
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?
ALI’ITASI STEWART: Samoan, National Centre for Research on Europe, (New Zealand)
Advocates for advancing and developing the Moana Nui Declaration (2011) as tool toward effective self-governance.
ROSA MOIWEND: Malind, Independent campaigner, (W.Papua, New Guinea)
“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.
SANTI HITORANGI: Maohi Rapanui, Social Activist, Rapanui Cultural and Political Knowledge Practitioner,
(Easter Island)

Describes proposed Pacific Monitoring Authority, rooted in traditional cultural knowledge, that can help empower local communities to protect and benefit from their resources.
RALPH REGENVANU (2), Ni Vanuatu, (Vanuatu)
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.
ROSA KOIAN (2), Kombigo, Bismarck Ramu Group, (Papua, New Guinea)
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.
LOA NIUMEITOLU: Tongan, Pacific Islander Community Mental Health Advocate, (U.S.)
Native of Tonga, now in California, surveys the problems and needs of the growing Pacific diaspora.
CYNTHIA ONG: Sabah, LEAP-Land Empowerment, Animals, People, (Borneo)
Describes effective new strategies for “building bridges” and understandings among contending economic players in the Pacific.
PAUL O’TOKO: Chuukese/Pohnpeian, Director, Indigenous Stewards International, (Micronesia/Polynesia)
“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.
JON OSORIO (2): Kanaka Maoli, Chair, Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawaii
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.

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