Movement-building for Ea
Movement-building for Ea is a curriculum aimed at developing community-organizing skills, drawing upon the lessons, philosophies and tactics of historical Hawaiʻi-based peoples’ movements. The curriculum is modular and customizable, depending on the needs of particular community groups or classes. That is to say that it could be run as a full-length, four-day training, such as a spring break program for youth; or it could be run as chunked workshops on particular topics, such as recognizing racism, planning for direct action, or building relationships and solidarity across difference. While the curriculum was originally written with community organizers and activists in mind, it has also been piloted with numerous school-based groups, including teachers-in-training, high school student leaders, and undergraduate and graduate students in universities. The curriculum can be used in conjunction with the book, A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land and Sovereignty, or it can be used as a stand-alone curriculum that includes both a Participants’ Workbook and an Instructor’s Manual.
Hānau ka Mauna:
Re)connecting to the Piko of our Ea
Focusing on Maunakea, the first module of the MB4EA curriculum helps people think about their connections to ʻāina as a source for motivating activism, and it explores the concepts of ea and piko.
Makeʻe Pono Lāhui Hawaiʻi
Anti-racism and Campaign Planning
Building on the story of Makeʻe Pono Lāhui Hawaiʻi, this module helps participants understand institutional racism and colonialism in Hawaiʻi, while also giving them practice in targeted campaign-building.
Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana
Taking Control of the Story, Taking Control of Our Future
Based on the story of the struggle to stop US military bombing on Kahoʻolawe, this module focuses narrative strategy and on building broad-based support through the use of story and memes.
Waiāhole-Waikāne’s Eviction Struggle
The Power of Kuleana and Direct Action
The final module calls people to grapple with positionality and to consider various aspects of planning direct action. Participants engage in a role-play based on the 1977 Waiāhole-Waikāne blockade against evction, as a way to think about non-violent confrontations.