Pacific Islanders March for Self-Determination

A strong and loving reminder of a day where we marched side-by-side with our Pacific Islander sisters and brothers who are on the front lines of climate change. Much love and thanks.

muliwai

Pacific Islanders March for Self-Determination

by Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu

10968437_10153095330320990_2021671806692931982_n Photo by Dan Bacher. Part of the Pacific Islander (Melanesian, Micronesian, Polynesian) Contingent at the major Climate Change March, Feb. 7, 2015, in downtown Oakland. Signs held by marchers include: “Marshall Islands. Our Tides are Too High So We Rise… ” and “Pacific Islands: Melanesia * Micronesia * Polynesia. We are not Drowning / We Are Fighting / For Our Mokopuna. Oceania Coalition of Northern California.”

Even many weeks after that historic moment, viewing images of our Pacific Islander (Melanesian, Micronesian, Polynesian) contingent, marching collectively alongside each other and arm-in-arm with our Native American relatives in the Indigenous Block at the major Climate Change March on Saturday, February 7, 2015, which were shown on the many photos widely disseminated on social media, and or stored within the repository of my memory, I’m always moved to tears. I’m humbled by the images of…

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