Written by Ilima Long
Published: 29 November -0001
Kanaka Maoli in Hawaiʻi are engaging in direct action to protect our sacred mountain, Mauna Kea, against the construction of what would be the 14th, and largest, telescope complex on its summit. Plans for this telescope, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) are being pushed by the University of Hawaiʻi and a number of other academic institutions who make up the partners of the TMT Corporation. A petition was started in April, urging the partners to divest and is being circulated through the academy to show investors that there is substantial opposition to the construction of the TMT from within the academy. This is to interject on the University partners' official positions of support for the TMT, to interject on the narrative that the opposition is made up of a marginal few radical Hawaiians and to disrupt the narrative being put out by many in the astronomy community that to oppose the TMT is to oppose the pursuit of knowledge. We ask that members of NAISA kindly read our petition and consider standing in solidarity with the Kanaka Maoli who are working to protect our mountain by signing.