45 Speakers/ 20 nations: May 31 – June 2
(by invitation or request)
*PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE CROWD-SOURCING CAMPAIGN TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR VIDEO DOCUMENTATION AT http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/moana-nui-2013
As battleships and globalization pivot across the Pacific, it is no longer sufficient to speak about working to “protect local cultures” and “traditional economic practices.” We need to engage in deeper dialogue with Pacific peoples who are confronted by the larger hegemonic battles of the United States vs. China.
In May, 2013, the International Forum on Globalization (IFG), in collaboration with a broad range of indigenous and small island peoples of the Pacific, and joined by activists from countries throughout the Pacific Basin, will sponsor and produce a three-day series of public events in the Bay Area, Northern CA. These events will be a continuation of the first Moana Nui gathering in Honolulu, November 2011, held at prominent Civil Society venues, Calvary by the Sea, Church of the Crossroads, and the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii—which IFG helped create in partnership with Pua Mohala I Ka Pō and several other Pacific Island activist groups.
Moana Nui #1 gathered 500 Pacific activists from 17 countries for three days of spirited public meetings, collaborative organizing, protest marches, and long term campaign planning. The events received enormous attention and praise in the Pacific region, and formed a unique bond among peoples who may live thousands of miles apart, across the sea, and had rarely attempted to join forces before. We are eager to continue.
The direct purpose of Moana Nui is to respond to growing threats impacting Oceania and Pacific peoples. Recent shifts in United States economic and military strategies are having broad negative effects on the peoples, bio-diversity, resources, economies and geo-politics of the Asia-Pacific region. These policy shifts, mostly under the Obama Administration program, “The Pacific Pivot,” particularly affects the future viability and sovereignty of indigenous peoples and small nations of the Pacific, and accelerate dangerous power struggles underway between the United States and China over trade, ocean and island resources, and the economic and military domination of an area one-third the total surface of the earth .
Moana Nui is created in direct response to this Pacific Pivot. Its primary goals are: 1) to stimulate new collaborations among Pacific Island peoples and nations, toward common purposes in regard to their resources, cultures and sovereignty, and 2) to wake-up U.S. mainland policy-makers, activists and media —mostly still oblivious to the details– about what is underway in the Pacific right now, and to initiate contacts and support for the indigenous and Pacific Small Island States peoples struggle to protect their environments, and to retain control of their experience.
The event will feature three days of speakers, workshops, rallies and celebration.
As the great Tongan-Fijian Epeli Hauʻofa writes: “human reality is human creation, if we fail to create our own reality someone else will do it for us”.