Our greatest mission is upon us

Hafa adai, tirow, and hello, my friends:

Friends, there may be many missions in life, but I guarantee you that far fewer will ever come close to matching the importance and historic significance of the mission we are currently undertaking. For what could be more important than today’s mission to save our home islands from massive destruction and poison at the hands of the U.S. military? A mission to protect our very limited and precious land resources so we will have something to leave to our children and their children’s children? A mission to preserve and protect our cultures and cultural artifacts—our cultural DNA that claims us and gives us our unique identities amongst humanity’s oceans of peoples? A mission to save our waters and lands along with the many innocent creatures on land and sea that co-exist with us in our region of the world? A mission to fight for our very survival as peace-loving peoples of the Marianas who want nothing more than to be left alone to raise our families and live off these sacred lands we call home? This is my life’s mission—I claim it, I own it, and I humbly invite you all to embrace it as well.

Our journey has just begun; we have many, many more hills to climb before we will conquer the mountain. But, remember these lessons well—divide and conquer. We must not allow the military or anyone to divide and conquer us. United we stand; divided we fall.

May God bless and protect us all and may God bless our Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands.

Si yu’us ma’ase, olomwaay, and thank you.

Cinta M. Kaipat
AltZero Steering Committee Member
PaganWatch, Beautify CNMI! and UNIA

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  • Juanita Mendiola

    Amen!

  • Ioanes

    The destruction of Pagan from pozzolan mining. Is this your mission too?

  • John

    Nonsense

  • jun

    Buenas,

    What happen to the ferry proposal that you went against? Our people continued to suffered for the lack of economic progress, while you collect your fat earnings from your employer. Remember that our people are suffering and the military would give them the opportunity to advance in the their lives. Maybe, you are content with what you have, but we need economic infusion via the U.S. Armed Forces for the betterment of our people. What good to preserved our land, when some of our people are living without electricity, running water and with little food for their daily consumption. Don’t be selfish, by instilling your principles on our underprivileged people. Yes, preserved our land with the expenses of our poor individuals like many of us. Maybe, you had not experienced homelessness or hunger in your life, but for many of us, we are trying to make ends meet in our daily life and at times we worry about what to eat on our next meal.

    The ferry proposal could had help many of our people, but let us preserve our land and at the same time let our people suffer in the process. Ai adai familia-ku.

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