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We broadcast some of the panels for the Moana Nui two-day teach-in that took place in Berkeley, June 1 – 2.
Speaker bios below:
Jon Osorio, Professor of Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawai’i, Manoa
In 2010, Jon Osorio was the recipient of the Robert W. Clopton award for Distinguished Community Service. He has been praised for his inspirational work and contributions as an insightful, caring and intellectual leader. Osorio has devoted his life to becoming an expert in Hawai’i politics and history, music and identity, and indigenous civil rights and social justice. He advocates for the restoration of Hawai’i’s political independence and the need to end the military occupation, and is the author of Dismembering Lahui: A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887 (2002).
Julian Aguon, Professor, Attorney, and Author
Julian Aguon, a native son of Guam, lived many lives before becoming an international attorney-at-law. A prolific writer, gospel singer, human rights campaigner, and international relief worker.Having for years lived and worked in Guam and the surrounding islands of Micronesia, Julian has honed an intercultural competence allowing him to meet the complex needs of international clients engaging, or seeking to engage, the peoples, governments and legal systems of these small island states. Julian is also a United Nations-recognized expert in the international law on self-determination and a noted legal scholar of U.S. federal-territorial law.
Annie Leonard, Co-Director, The Story of Stuff Project
Annie Leonard has dedicated nearly two decades to investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues. Leonard is writer and host of the popular online film The Story of the Stuff, which has been viewed over 20 million times since its release in December 2007. Prior to making The Story of Stuff, she worked with the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption, GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives), Health Care Without Harm, Essential Action and Greenpeace International.
The two-day event brought together 45 speakers, with 20 nations represented. Civil society organizers, educators, environmentalists, indigenous rights activists, from as far as Paupa New Guinea, and as close as occupied Ohlone land addressed military, trade, and resource issues affecting Asia, and Oceania.
- On Tuesday, June 25 at 6:30PM, join filmmaker Ben Wang, and producer Christine Kwon for a community screening of Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story. The free screening will take place at the New Parkway Theatre, out in Oakland. The film is in a draft form, so audiences are encouraged to provide crucial feedback that will lead to the completion of the project. For more information, click here.
- The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) invites you to meet their new Executive Director, Tamiko Wong, on Wednesday, June 26 at 5:30 at the OACC. Please also come out and experience what OACC and the surrounding Chinatown community have to offer in the arts, services, and opportunities. For more information, click here.
- Next Thursday, June 27 at 6:00PM, join Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) in a Karaoke sing-off — Loud and Proud, a benefit for KSW’s historical APAture. Just in time for PRIDE, Kearny Street Workshop invites you to a raucous and rollickin’ Thursday night party to get your weekend started. Give your best (and worst) renditions of classics such as the Rainbow Connection. Enter your self, your bestie, or your entire office in a competition for prizes AND the prestige of being crowned KSW Idol for one unforgettable night. If you fancy, come in an outfit or costume that expresses your True Colors and go out in a Blaze of Glory. For more information, click here.