Here is the letter I sent as testimony to the navy regarding their training proposal.
and this is the petition the community has been circulating in opposition to this training. Please read & sign.
To whom it may concern
I oppose the US Navy’s proposal to expand training operations to the shore
waters of south Molokai. Many people here are aware that the US military
is the worst polluter on the planet beyond just your consumption of
hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil every single day. You have no
business training to kill people in the same place that people go fishing,
surfing, & paddling.
If even one single monk seal is inconvenienced, much less displaced, that
is one too many. As it is, our monk seals & sea turtles are forced to
sunbathe on beaches covered with plastic that washes here from the pacific
ocean, that washes here from a world of mindless consumption that you
train & fight to preserve.
Will you be stewards of the environment here the same way that you were
with islands like Kaho’olawe, Bikini Atoll, and Vieques? Will you treat
the people of Molokai with the same level of respect you treated the
patients of Kalaupapa when you turned part of that small peninsula into
the Makanalua bombing range?
When you moved the pacific fleet here in 1940, you painted a huge target
on Oahu. There is still a target on islands other than Molokai and we are
not ok with that but we will not roll over and remain silent as you try
expanding that target to include this peaceful farming community.
People here know that it was the military running the internment camps in
the 1940’s which imprisoned some of their neighbors. I hope that none of
the survivors of those camps have to see even one navy seal training when
they are looking for whales.
The military has shown zero respect for Kanaka Maoli, for other locals,
and for the ‘aina. History has taught us that America’s interests do not
align with Hawaii’s. If you try to say that things are different now, we
all know you’re lying.
As a farmer who takes care of this ‘aina every day, I oppose the further
desecration of Molokai in any form.
As a human being who respects life, I oppose the missions that you train
for no matter how noble you believe them to be. Taking innocent life is
the antithesis of aloha.
Jayson R. Mizula