Haunani Kay Trask, Pioneer in the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement, Died at 71 & Global News

by Debra Brown

Global News

Each Wednesday, All the Pretty Birds recaps the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news. This week we’ve included coverage of the death of Haunani Kay Trask, a pioneer in the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, along with updates about the voting laws in the United States.


Haunani Kay Trask, Pioneer in the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement, Died at 71

Haunani Kay Trask, a pioneer in the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, devoted scholar and activist, died at the age of 71. As a founding member of Ka Lahui Hawai‘i, she was at the forefront of fighting for self-determination, providing numerous writings and speeches about Native Hawaiian rights, institutional racism, gender discrimination and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

A 30-years tenured professor at the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa, Trask was the founding director of the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, and is credited with influencing the study of Hawaiian studies for several generations of students over the last three decades.


Miami Condo Search Resumes After Explosives Bring Down Building

Rescuers were given the all-clear to resume work looking for victims at a collapsed south Florida condo building after demolition crews set off a string of explosives that brought down the building’s remains in a plume of dust.

Three more victims were discovered in the rubble of the collapsed South Florida condo building after the explosives, raising the death toll to 27 people. More than 115 people remain unaccounted for.

The decision to demolish the remnants of the Surfside building came after concerns that the damaged structure was at risk of falling, endangering the crews below and preventing them from operating in some areas. Parts of the remaining building shifted, prompting a 15-hour suspension in the work.

New reports have detailed a long debate among condo board members at Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, over extensive and costly repairs the building was expected to undergo before it collapsed.


Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Voting Laws That Lower Court Found Were Unfair to Minorities

The Supreme Court upheld two Arizona voting restrictions that a lower court had said discriminated against minority voters, a ruling that suggests that it will be harder to successfully challenge a spate of new laws passed by state legislatures in the aftermath of the 2020 election.

The voting rights cases from Arizona marked the first time the court considered how one section of the VRA applies to voting rules that have a disproportionate impact on minority groups. And it came at a time when Republican-led states have adopted a string of voting changes that Democrats say will impose such burdens.

Some election law experts said the decision is part of a pattern that has systematically weakened legal protections for minority voters.


140 Students Missing After Gunmen Raid Nigerian School

About 140 students are missing after armed men raided a boarding school in Nigeria’s Kaduna state, and police said they were in hot pursuit alongside military personnel.

The attack is the 10th mass school kidnapping since December in northwest Nigeria, which authorities have attributed to armed bandits seeking ransom payments.

The highest profile school kidnapping was that of more than 270 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from the town of Chibok in 2014. About 100 of them remain missing.


Woman Who Falsely Accused Black Teen in SoHo Is Charged With Hate Crime

A California woman who falsely accused a teenager of stealing her phone and then attacked him at a New York City hotel was charged with a hate crime.

Miya Ponsetto, 22, pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree unlawful imprisonment as a hate crime, one count of second-degree aggravated harassment and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. She was arraigned in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan over video call.

Ms. Ponsetto gained widespread attention after a video was released of her confronting Keyon Harrold Jr., then 14, in the lobby of the Arlo Hotel in SoHo. In the video, which was recorded by Keyon’s father, the prominent jazz musician Keyon Harrold, Ms. Ponsetto, who is of Puerto Rican and Vietnamese descent, tackles the teenager, who is Black, after accusing him of stealing her phone.

Mr. Harrold said his family was moving forward with a lawsuit against the Arlo Hotel and Ms. Ponsetto.


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