Aloha March 2000 will protest high court ruling

LIHU’E — With the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Rice vs. Cayetano now in

hand, organizers of Aloha March 2000 announced Wednesday they will be

protesting the Supreme Court decision.

The Aloha March 2000 will take place

along Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol Building to the White House on Aug.

11 and 12.

March organizer Butch Kekahu said the Aloha March 2000 is now a

critical part of achieving Native Hawaiian self-determination.

“I

call upon all Hawaiians and all of our supporters in the cause to come to

Washington, D.C. this August and march with us. We must show the United States

that they cannot dictate our future to us. Enough is enough. Let us all march

in unity in August and deliver our message to America and the

world.”

Kekahu also said the case should not have come before the high

court in the first place.

“For us, the political, spiritual and

cultural significance of being Hawaiian is very important. We do not desire or

need the permission of the U.S. Supreme Court or the United States itself to

tell us what our rights as Native Hawaiians are.”

Responding to those

that are down-playing the court decision, Kekahu stated, “Hawaiians are

sick and tired of being told to forget their culture and to assimilate. What I

want for my people is the basic human right of

self-determination.”

Kekahu went on to state that those that disagree

ignore more than 100 years of racially motivated oppression and political and

economic exploitation of Native Hawaiians.

For more information on Aloha

March 2000, call Butch Kekahu and the Koani Foundation, (808) 822-7643, or

e-mail him at: alohamarch2k@yahoo.com.

Or visit the website:

www.alohamarch2000.org

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