Women's Voices Women Speak

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Women's Voices Women Speak (WVWS) was founded in 2004 when Terri Keko'olani, Bernadette Gigi Miranda, Julia Estrella, and Ellen-Rae Cachola returned from the East-Asia-U.S.-Puerto Rico Women's Network Against Militarism gathering in Manila, Philippines. This delegation of women represented Hawai'i, reporting on how issues of militarism and colonialism affect the Native Hawaiian peoples and lands. They shared with other peace, anti-bases women activists from Asia, the Pacific, the U.S. and the Caribbean. During this meeting, the participants learned about the impact of militarism on Philippine people, specifically women, and on the environment. From this gathering, Terri, Gigi and Ellen-Rae thought it was important to continue building this transnational relationship as well as inter-ethnic relationship in Hawai'i. Since then, WVWS has participated in other Network gatherings and has invited more Indigenous and local women to represent Hawai'i in San Francisco, Guåhan, Puerto Rico, and Okinawa, and to build relationships with other women activists across the world. Community reports can be found on the blog site: wvws808.blogspot.com. Also, some Hawai'i delegates have published scholarly articles reporting on issues learned at international gatherings. This collection features some archival materials produced by WVWS members throughout the years.


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    Hoʻomoʻomoʻo: Piecing Together Expressions of Resistance
    (Shannon Collier, Terri Kekoʻolani, Brenda Kwon, Summer Nemeth, Anjali Puri, Darlene Rodrigues, Cawa Tran, Leandra Wai, and Kyle Kajihiro., 2009) Collier, Asia Nalani Muriko ; Cachola, Ellen-Rae ; Caligtan, Grace Alvaro ; Casumbal, Melisa ; Garces, Nicki Sahagun ; Kwon, Brenda ; McDougall, Brandy ; Medalle, Melanie ; Nemeth, Summer ; Osorio, Jamaica ; Rodrigues, Darlene ; Tran, Cawa ; Wendt, Mahealani ; Zabala, Sonya ; Ray, Gaby
    A handmade book of poetry representing a diversity of community women's perspectives on how militarization affects Hawaiʻi. It discusses the contradictions and differences among these women, due to different colonial histories that shape their relationship to militarization. But the book of poetry aims to weave their words together to bridge the divisions created by colonial and military oppression. Pieces include Artwork on Agent Orange by Asia Collier, I was born in a place/Filipino-Americans/They be watching us by Ellen-Rae Cachola, Hay(na)ku for Love in Occupied Nations by Grace Alvaro Caligtan, this is for the weavers by Melisa Casumbal, Michael of the Illest Rhymes by Nicki Sahagun Garces, Disneylands/How to Leave Your Mother by Brenda Kwon, Papatuanuku by Brandy McDougall, The Letter Speaks by Melanie Medalle, Map: Impacts of Militarization in Hawaiʻi/Nā Wahine Koa by Summer Nemeth, eJAMAICAtion by Jamaica Osorio, 4 years nad 1 anniversary are enough for me/The Meaning of Peace by Darlene Rodrigues, Between My Legs by Cawa Tran, A Kanaka Maoli Motherʻs Meditation and Prayer by Mahealani Wendt, On Militarism by Sonya Zabala, and a drawing of a woman kicking a tank by Gaby Ray.
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    Women Against Militarism: Reclaiming Life, Land & Spirit
    ( 2005) Miranda, Bernadette Gigi
    This video documents an anti-war march at the Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet Headquarters (CINPAC) where Kanaka Maoli demilitarization organizer Terri Kekoʻolani conveys a speech reporting on the solidarity between her organization and Filipina activist Marie Enriquez. The U.S. military has been using of stolen Native Hawaiian lands to engage in warfare in the Philippines. The documentary covers a community hearing in which community members Gwen Kim, Melisa Casumbal and Darlene Rodrigues testify against the use of Waikane valley for military training because of its impact on Native Hawaiians and the people of the Philippines. It then covers a conversation between Kekoʻolani and Bernadette Gigi Miranda about their upcoming trip as the Hawaiʻi delegation to attend an international gathering of women anti-bases activists in the Philippines.