Kelly's Save Our Surf group started with surf and fishing site protection and got involved with most of the important land and land use struggles of the later part of the 20th century in Hawaii. The recent Occupy Movement reminds me of these struggles, and this essay still strikes me as a model of clarity. With humility, I offer it to all current activists battling the greed and excesses of giant corporations who stand in the way of a life worth living for the rest of us. -- H. Doug Matsuoka]
Love, Truth, and Action
by John Kelly
|[Before the internet, there were pamphlets and posters. Kelly had a printing press at home that kept busy keeping people informed. This is from around 1971.]|
One often hears dismay over differences among the various [Hawaiian] sovereignty movements today. We believe that they reflect differences in the class outlook, and lack of familiarity with key historical happenings. Differences are replaced by unity as the true facts of history become available.
Neither public nor private schools have ever taught the true plundering history of the system that created and controls them. In my seven years at Punahou, five at Roosevelt and three at the U.H. before WWII, nothing truthful was ever mentioned about the mahele, for example, the vagrancy slave-labor law, or the illegal colonial overthrow by the U.S. military. And it took a student/faculty strike at the University of Hawai'i to force the government to fund the Ethnic Studies program begun by rebellious students and a few faculty members, 66 years after the U.H. was created in 1903.