March in March: What we love we will protect!

| March 27, 2013 | 5 Comments

Moms on a Mission–Molokai News Release

Every Saturday during the month of March, thousands of individuals across Hawaii, including families with children, local farmers, and advocates for food safety, have been marching to express their love for the land, the ocean, and their desire to protect them from GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) chemical testing and farming.
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Marches have already been held in Hale’iwa, Oahu (March 2), Kaua’i (March 9), Big Island (March 16), and Maui (March 23). The final march will take place here, on Molokai, Saturday, March 30, at Kulana ‘Oiwi and the Molokai Public Library.

Supported by Hawaii SEED, Moms on a Mission–Molokai, Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition, and Aloha ‘Aina, the Molokai march will focus on moving forward for a safer and healthier today and tomorrow for our keiki. Moms on a Mission–Molokai encourages all supporters to participate this Saturday, including, those who support labeling GMOs, those who are concerned about the impacts of chemical pesticides (used to grow GMO seeds) on our land and water, our limited resources, and the health of our children.

The opening ceremony will be held near Kulana ‘Oiwi at 8 a.m. where the march will begin at 9 a.m. The march concludes on the library lawn at 10 a.m. with live music by Bryson and Friends, keiki activities, speakers, an information booth and a potluck meal. Speakers will include Dustin Barca, professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter and surfer from North Shore of Oahu, as well as State Representative Jessica Wooley, Chair for the House Agriculture Committee.

Please bring your signs for the march, a dish to share, and your hali’i for seating at the event after the march. To reduce plastic waste, participants are also encouraged to bring their own water bottles (free refills and insulated stainless steel “Hydro Flasks” for purchase will be available).

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  1. RT says:

    My Manao:
    I wish and pray that we the people of Molokai would put as much energy into fighting domestic violence and drug abuse as we do fighting GMO.

    I’m not asking to stop fighting GMO! I’m asking to spend an equal amount of time/energy/aloha fighting domestic violence against women and innocent keiki. Fight the drugs, too.

    The difference between a LEADER and a FEAR MONGERER:

    A Leader is not afraid to take the unpopular path, fight the unpopular fight and stand up for people who have no voice. A Leader stands in support of something good and doesn’t just point out the evils of others.

    A Fear Mongerer is someone who beats their own chest, yells profanity and uses scare tactics to make their point.

    Please Molokai – take note of who are our Leaders and who are your Fear Mongerers.

    We are all in this together.

    Aloha

    • kalaniua ritte says:

      so rt you know all about how to lead eh,so get out there and lead..i know lets start by putting your self out there and stand by what you say…its easy to talk about what a leader is ,but try actually being one.
      every leader and situation is different.
      FEAR-when someone puts people down and uses an alias
      aloha

      • steve says:

        eh, i no see where rt put anyone down, but maybe i missed something.

        only a short time spent working at legal aid in honolulu decades ago, but i recall taking numerous calls from parties looking for a place to turn to escape domestic violence.

        kinda feel helpless when a well-funded entity like that can only send out information or provide a couple of phone numbers.

        btw ua, my hat’s off to your wife for the tireless effort, a definite leader!

      • RT says:

        I can’t tell if Mr. Ritte is angry at me or if I’m mis-reading his reply to my message. I wasn’t insinuating that his wife was a Fear Mongerer. Someone help me out if I touched a nerve.

        Rather, I was suggesting for Molokai to be careful and watch who steps forward to lead, to see how they lead, and what objective they are leading us toward. I’ve been here close to 10 years and have watched issues (and leaders) come and go.

        My 25+ years serving in the USMC taught me that people tend to listen more when I spoke with a softer voice. And directions written on smaller pieces of paper were usually more closely studied rather than directions shouted over a bull horn. I think the same theory applies to issues and leadership on Molokai.

        Loud voices and big banners are hard to ignore… but in my experience the audience doesn’t pay as much attention as they do when someone speaks softly (with aloha) and with their actions (rather than just talk). A mother’s plea to protect her child will get my ear. A loud mouthed bully will get my back.

        My message was simply one of Aloha and for us to be Akamai when we choose our leaders and our campaigns. Best wishes to all.
        RT

        • kalaniua ritte says:

          if every one who has an opinion about problems would just take the next step and put action to their opinion we wouldnt have a domestic violence or ice problem.i am just saying that concerned citizens shoundnt wait for a “leader” to battle these problems.they should become that leader and help to end these problems that they feel strongly about.a comment where someone uses his god given name will get my ear,a comment with an alias on it will get my frustration. no disrespect or anger intended,alolha.

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