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On tonight’s show, Asia Pacific Forum speaks to Pua Case, Hawaiian Mauna Kea protector whom recently went to Standing Rock to offer solidarity to the movement to protect water and to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline; I talk with Chanel L. Porchia-Albert, the founder of Ancient Song Doula Services and lead organizer of the Decolonizing Birth Conference that was held in Brooklyn New York; and Jeff Chang discusses his most recent piece, “We ‘Gon Be Alright” with Pacific Underground.
Mauna Kea to Standing Rock with Pua Case
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has garnered widespread grassroots support across indigenous tribes and nations to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline as it poses a significant risk to the drinking water of the tribe and threatens to destroy their burial grounds and sacred sites. Water protectors have been met with violent resistance from North Dakota state entities -- from unleashing dogs on the protectors to the purposeful blockage of key organizers from entering the camp, a media blackout, and obtaining arrest warrants for and arresting water protectors.
Pualani Case discusses the stand she has taken to protect water and land from Mauna Kea to Standing Rock.
Pualani Case, born and raised on the Island of Hawai’i surrounded by the high mountains of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai and Kohala, the fresh waters of Kohakohau and Waikoloa and the plains of Waimea. Pua and her ‘ohana, her family are active as spiritual and cultural leaders in and beyond their community. They are an integral part of the protocol and ceremonies for Na Kalaiwa’a, Moku o Keawe Makali’i Voyaging Canoe, as well as for Hokule’a and other Pacific Island Voyages. Pua sits on various educational and cultural boards including the Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club, Waimea Schools’ and Community Education Hui, and the Mauna Kea Education and Awareness Hui. Pua and her family are petitioners in the Contested Case hearing filed on behalf of Mauna Kea Mountain, a representative of the Mauna Kea ‘Ohana Na Kia’I Mauna and has created Idle No More Hawai’i, Warriors Rising and Idle No More Mauna Kea to address the issues and challenges facing the sacred places and sacred ways of the people of Hawai’i from the heavens to the earth, the mountains to the sea.
Decolonizing Birth with Ancient Song Doula Services
There is a nuanced reproductive justice conversation and movement that is happening on the ground within communities of color, midwives, and doulas who seek to reclaim and unearth long-standing, ancestral traditions linked to choices around birth-- when to have birth, how to have birth, in what ways to have birth, applying cultural specificity and healing practices that have long been silenced by western medical practices. I spoke to Chanel Porchia-Albert about the organization she founded, Ancient Song Doula Services, and the movement that reproductive justice advocates are spawning, nationally, to decolonize and address the unique and systemic reproductive and health injustices that many communities of color face.
Chanel Porchia-Albert is the mother of 4 beautiful children, an Activist, Certified Labor & Postpartum Doula, Certified Holistic Health Counselor specializing in High Risk Mothers, Multiples, Survivors of Sexual Trauma.
Pacific Underground Interview: We 'Gon Be Alright with Jeff Chang
Writer Jeff Chang discusses his most recent piece, “We ‘Gon Be Alright,” and the re-imagining and re-contextualizing Asia America and its relationship to the current revolutionary movements in the United States. This is a rebroadcast from a #PacificUnderground interview by Pamela K. Santos and Canaan Schlesinger.
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