Honored and privileged to be in Washington DC with my daughters, husband, brother, sister, Berkeley Friends and half a million people. From the 9 year old great grand daughter of MLK to all the hero’s and shero’s that are the youth leaders of this movement and other youth community building and violence prevention movements. You are my #heros and #sheroes Your words,your tears,your strength,your organization! You are a force. Thank You. Parkland Student #samanthafuentes who was shot in the thigh, whose face was scarred with shrapnel, and who watched her friend die in front of her in a classroom at Parkland was so brave and powerful. She laughed and cried and vomited from the emotion and trauma of the recent memories and standing on a stage in front of 1/2 a million supporters. She took a moment and continued her speech courageously and gracefully. #integrity#familyandfriends#Nickwerememberyou#parklandheros#parklandsheros#toomany#enough
I didn't go to sleep earlier, as I went to turn the tv off to go to bed I saw a programme called "9/11 the firemans story" I always feel like I should watch them in honour of the fallen. #heros#fireman #9/11
Revolutionary Hero's of 🇼🇸
Lauaki Namulau’ulu Mamoe (b. 1850s? – d. 1915) 1909 the year Lauaki was exiled to Saipan, in the Northern Marianas by the Imperial German government in Samoa.
Lauaki was known throughout Samoa for “his mastery of history & legend, for his talents as a speaker & political negotiator, & for his prowess in war” (Davidson 1970). He went on to lead an important political movement, the Mau of Pule (the Opinion of Pule). The term Pule was the collective name, given to a number of influential orator groups on Savai`i. The tulafale & tulafale Ali`i of Pule spoke for the principal nu`u & district of Savai`i as a whole, &served it’s ranking Ali`i.
The aim of the Mau of Pule was to challenge German rule, & try to secure for Samoans more involvement in their own affairs of government. Under Lauaki’s leadership, the movement was initially successful, but struggled due to factionalism. In 1909 & because of his resistance to the colonial authority, Dr Wilhelm Solf the German Governor at the time took Lauaki into custody. Later Lauaki along with nine other chiefs, & their families were exiled to Saipan in the Mariana Islands, as punishment for refusing to give up their opposition. 6 years later in 1915, the New Zealand government sent a ship to bring Lauaki & his supporters home. But tragically Lauaki unfortunately passed during the return voyage from dysentery.
Writing in 1970, historian James W Davidson noted that Lauaki Namulau`ulu Mamoe was still well remembered with respect: “In Saipan, where the exiles maintained the conventions of their homeland in a village they built near Tanapag, the commanding figure of their leader has not yet been forgotten. In Samoa, old men recall the splendours of his oratory” (Davidson 1970: 298).
Lauaki was an orator chief, famous throughout Samoa for his knowledge of history & his political skills. He tried hard to keep Samoan traditions alive when Samoa was under German rule – a time when Samoa experienced great change. Though he died before his dream of Samoan independence could come true, his legacy would be picked up by others & Lauaki is remembered as a true Samoan hero.