Today, Native Hawaiian leaders called for a UH system-wide walkout for programs that serve their people. The Puko`a Council says school officials are disregarding their voice in opposition of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project. The council is made up of teachers and community leaders across UH’s 10 campuses. They asked students, professors and staff to walk-out at noon today. Construction on the TMT has been put on hold until next Monday.
UH Maui College participated alongside campuses state-wide. The group delivered a letter stating opposition to the TMT project to Vice Chancellor Dr. John McKee:
UHMC walk-out! Presenting our letter and petition to Vice Chancellor John McKee in opposition of the construction and desecration of the TMT telescope on Mauna Kea. It was a beautiful moment… #TMTshutdown #MaunaKea #UHMCwalkout
Posted by Ku'ulei Hanohano on Monday, April 13, 2015
On Saturday, officials from the Thirty Meter Telescope released a statement saying they’re consulting with community leaders about the project. And the telescope’s public relations firm has now created a new website, designed to answer some key questions, including what’s being done to protect the mountain’s cultural resources.
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