This Week's Program: Thursday, November 14, 2019

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First Voices Radio extends a warm welcome to ANNE KEALA KELLY from the illegally occupied Hawaiian Kingdom, sitting in as Guest Host for Tiokasin Ghosthorse who is away from the studio this week. Keala (Kanaka ‘Ōiwi) has been a frequent guest and commentator on “First Voices Radio” for many years. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, writer and activist.

In the first half-hour, Keala welcomes PANIA NEWTON. Pania is a Maori activist and member of SOUL (Save Our Unique Landscapes), the group leading a years-long protest to protect Ihumatao, an area in Auckland, Aotearoa (New Zealand) that is slated for a large real estate development. The essence of this issue is not unlike what is now happening at Mauna Kea on Hawai’i Island—protection of a site that is sacred to Native Hawaiian people. The protection of Ihumatao and why it’s important is also not well known in the U.S., and Keala brings this issue to the airwaves so that all of us can be better educated about other sacred places around the world that are similarly endangered. More information can be found at https://www.protectihumatao.com/.

In the second half-hour, MARIO A. MURILLO is a Professor and the Vice Dean of the Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University and teaches in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program there. He has covered Latin America for a number of radio outlets and journals. Indigenous resistance throughout the hemisphere has accelerated, and Mario helps us make sense of the ongoing massacres—occurring on an ongoing basis—of Indigenous peoples defending their territories and also brings us up to date on what’s going with the Indigenous resistance movements throughout Latin America. Mario notes, “It’s important to point out that each one of these countries [Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, etc.]—has different circumstances that are leading to unrest and mobilizations.” Mario also talks about the upcoming November 21 National March in Colombia, which will call attention to the ongoing massacres of Indigenous peoples and protesting the government of Colombia President Ivan Duque.