As demonstrations in Hawaii shade into their 2nd week, allies of Native Hawaiians acting to secure Mauna Kea are getting in touch with the organizations backing the Thirty Meter Telescope job to act to secure the protestors and, in many cases, to divest from the job completely.
“We are just imploring the investors to divest and to prevent what could be major violence against the Indigenous people and other residents of Hawaii,” Noelani Goodyear-Ka’ōpua, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa teacher and among those standing in demonstration at Mauna Kea, informed the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on Friday.
Big Island Now reports that college students and teachers from UC Berkeley, Caltech, the University of Toronto, and many other organizations have actually signed a petition asking that “members of the astronomy community leverage their power to oppose further violence against Mauna Kea protestors.”
The letter’s needs consist of asking the powers behind the TMT to “engage protestors in discussion with the aim to reach consensus” in addition to avoid legal action against the protestors and contribute to the bail fund for those who have actually currently been jailed.
Canadian astronomer David Charbonneau, among the letter’s signatories, “said that the prospect that further police action will be required to move construction forward should be a concern to the Trudeau government, which has committed to advancing Indigenous reconciliation in Canada,” composes The World and Mail‘s Ivan Semeniuk.
On The Other Hand, at UC Berkeley, a group of trainees arranged a demonstration to need that the organization divest from the TMT job completely. “Our sacred places are becoming smaller and smaller,” Corrina Gould, an agent of Indian Individuals Organizing for Modification, informed Annie Cheng of The Daily Californian. “We have to stand right now to protect the sacred sites, the places to which we are tied; otherwise, we, as humans, tend to lose altogether.”