Never been busier.
An educational campaign is on the horizon that will start to inform the broader public about the dior consequences we are facing at our university, and in our community if a UARC gets approved.
I'm also meeting people who are really into sustainability, and innovative ethical uses for science and technology. I'm particularly interested in these areas, because this is the direction I want to see our university set a bold course toward. What I believe has been so inspiring to all of us involved in this movement, and also what I feel is so different than those movements which came before us, is that we are trying to stop this UARC by creating solutions, and alternatives that will free Hawaii from its intense economic dependence on military money. The movement towards sustainability offers a lot of very viable sources of funding, economic engines, state and international programs, in the sciences, high technology, and liberal arts fields.
We are not trying to destroy our university. We are trying to bring money in that is flowing with good intentions. The results will be the development of technologies that help to ease human suffering. The creation of enormous institutions that are dedicated to the procurement of peace, instead of war. And the maintenance of a university atmosphere that facilitates the achievement of happiness, inner peace and self discovery among its student body.
One of the greatest obstacles we face in front of our sustainable dreams, is the institutionalization of the military in the economy of Hawaii. The economic justification for the military presence is suffocating. It presses on the Hawaiian people until some give in and invite their presence. It ruins the hope in the hearts of Hawaii's public until they accept the seizure of hundreds of thousands of acres of Hawaiian lands as a bitter reality. It crushes the voices of activists who spend years and years without even the smallest victory. What this does to the minds of the public is restricts their perspective until they can no longer see any of the innovative solutions and alternatives to the military that actually exist. This gets passed onto the children and before we know it there is a feeling of hopelessness, and helplessness that spans generations.
That is why the movement to stop UARC is gaining so much popularity. Our occupation of Bachman Hall rearranged people's perception of what is possible. It proved that groups of determined individuals really can make a difference. It reignited the flame in the hearts of so many citizens who had lost hope, and now the flame that burns at the heart of our movement is illuminating an entire globe of ways that people in Hawaii can regain their connection with the land, heal the scars and craters the military is making, and still be able to provide jobs, run industry, and put food on the table of Hawaii's public.
Another world is possible, we need to begin to believe that it can happen,