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Construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea halted by group of protectors.

A group of Native Hawaiians have temporarily stopped the restart of construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea in Hawaiʻi today.

Over 700 protectors gathered on the mountain early Wednesday as crews from TMT and Hawaiʻi DLNR (Department of Land and Natural Resources) attempted to reach the construction site near the summit. Waves of protectors lined up in solidarity and peacefully protested the project, even greeting Hawaiʻi County police officers, some of whom were Native Hawaiian, who were there to arrest those who did not disperse after being told they must leave. In all, 11 protectors were arrested today. After about several hours, TMT and DLNR crews turned around and headed back down the mountain.

In a statement released late today, Governor David Ige said that “construction is on hold until further notice,” igniting cheers from opponents of the project.

Construction of the telescope has been postponed since April after protectors stopped TMT workers from ascending the mountain.

Some Hawaiians believe that construction of the telescope will desecrate the mountain, which is sacred in the Hawaiian culture.

In late May, Governor Ige publicly announced his support for the project, as well as future guidelines regarding the University of Hawaiʻi’s stewardship of the mountain.

Here’s what you can do:

  • STAY INFORMED!!!!!
  • Learn more about the Thirty Meter Telescope here
  • View more photos from today’s blockade here.
  • Read about Mauna Kea and its ecosystem here.
  • Watch a video called “Sacred Mountain” and learn about why Mauna Kea is sacred to Native Hawaiians here.

RUSSIAN FEDERATION, Moscow : Russia’s opposition supporters carry portraits of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov during a march in central Moscow on March 1, 2015. Words under portraits read “‘Those bullets for everyone of us”, “He fought for a free Russia”, “He died for the future of Russia”. The 55-year-old former first deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin was shot in the back several times just before midnight on February 27 as he walked across a bridge a stone’s throw from the Kremlin walls. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV                        

Es ist nicht viel, was es braucht, um glücklich zu sein. Es braucht Freundschaft. Es braucht Frieden und für jeden Geborgenheit. Das Recht auf Heimat und für jeden ein Leben in Freiheit.
—  Frei.Wild [Es braucht nicht viel, um glücklich zu sein]
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Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

‘Man, Kat fascinated me, every aspect of her. She was beautiful, but it went so beyond that. She was so incredibly strong, and she bore the scars of her strength like a prizefighter. She was smart and stubborn, but most of all, she was kind, and she’d given me the ultimate gift when she loved me in return.
That was the most important thing I’d always take from this.
Love was a gift

RUSSIAN FEDERATION, Moscow : Russia’s opposition supporters carry a banner reading “These bullets in each of us” during a march in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow on March 1, 2015. The 55-year-old former first deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin was shot in the back several times just before midnight on February 27 as he walked across a bridge a stone’s throw from the Kremlin walls. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV                        

Rompí todas las reglas de mi clase por sanarte y mantenerte conmigo. Me casé contigo y quemé toda una ciudad para mantenerte a salvo. He matado por ti. ¿Crees que iba a olvidar lo que significas para mí? ¿Que nada en este mundo; en cualquier mundo; sería más fuerte que mi amor por ti?
—  Daemon, Opposition. 
I don’t know.” I pressed my fingers to my temples. “We really could use the Avengers right about now.”
“Screw that. We need Loki,” Daemon retorted.
General Eaton arched a brow. “Well, unfortunately, the Marvel universe isn’t real, so …
—  Opposition (Lux Series #5), Jennifer L. Armentrout

MYANMAR, YANGON : US President Barack Obama (L) and Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi make their way from a press conference at her residence in Yangon on November 14, 2014. Obama began talks with Suu Kyi, in a show of support for the opposition leader as the nation turns towards elections next year with uncertainty over the direction of reforms. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN