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