Monday, March 27, 2017

Building resistance in the streets!

Last Friday a World Can't Wait-Hawai`i crew went to Waikiki to hand out the Statement from RefuseFascism.   We also took a big banner and set up at the corner of Seaside & Kalakaua.  B-Boys had already set up their dance routine on the Seaside corner; we were across from them.  Hawkers promoting gun clubs were passing leaflets.  Sidewalks were crowded.   The corner was wild!


As soon as we set up people began responding.  A group of women from Chicago stopped and
hugged us, saying she "didn't expect to see something like this in Hawai`i".  A group of military guys said "we completely agree but we can't say anything because we're in the military."   A resident working in a nearby store came and surreptitiously asked for a flyer saying her boss would fire her if she saw her.  A teenager said loudly:  "I'm with you but my dad isn't!   He thinks Trump's great" -- and then glared at her father.   Families and friends handed us their cellphones and asked us to take their photos with the banner.    We distributed 250 copies of the Statement and dozens of people had their photos taken with the banner. 


While we estimated that more than half of the people supported us, there were also a lot of Trump supporters.  There was a lot of talk against immigrants and refugees.   Some were really vocal.  One guy began calling us "racist" because the banner included a "Black Lives Matter" sign, and then went on to other misogynist epithets.   He stood nearby throughout the night and tried to rally people against us - with no success.   A group of right wing preachers armed with a big cross and placards stopped to yell at us over a loudspeaker:  "baby killers, fornicators...."    They only succeeded in calling more attention to the banner, with the result that more people took the flyers and stopped to talk.  


World Can't Wait-Hawai`i will be participating in three upcoming marches in April.  We urge you to put on your marching shoes make your signs, and join us!   The marches are:


Saturday, April 15:  Tax Day March, organized by Hawai`i J20.  Gather at Ala Moana Park (Diamond Head end) at 12 noon and march to the Federal Building.    The focus of the march is the demand that Trump show his taxes.  World Can't Wait-Hawai`i will also have signs and banners opposing war and militarism.  Join us! 


Saturday, April 22:  March for Science.   Gather at Bachman Lawn at 3pm for a rally; march begins at 4pm.  Route will be down University to Kng, right on King to Isenberg, mauka on Isenberg to Beretania, Beretania back to University and then back up to Bachman Lawn, where there will be activities and entertainment.  World Can't Wait-Hawai`i will have a booth.


Saturday, April 29:  People's March Against Climate Change.   Organized by 350.org and others.  Gather at Kalakaua Statue, Gateway Park (triangle park at the corner of Kuhio/Kalakaua in Waikiki.  March through Waikiki to Kapiolani Park. 


We'll see you on the streets!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What Happened at the Festival of Resistance at UH-Manoa?






On the morning of Monday, March 13th, more than a dozen banners appeared on buildings throughout the UH-Manoa Campus:  "NO Misogyny," "No Racism," "No White Supremacy," "NO Climate Deniers" and more.   A large banner hanging above McCarthy Mall directed students to the "Festival of Resistance Against the Trump Agenda" at the UH-Manoa Campus Center. 

More than 25 grassroots organizations set up tables in the Campus Center with the aim of talking to students and faculty about their programs and how they are being negatively effected by the Trump Agenda. 
 
 

































Students talked with reps and signed up for information.  Many groups had ways for them to to participate on the spot by making posters, taking photos, or writing messages. 


RefuseFascism's table invited students to write and then hold up a poster saying why they wanted to drive Trump/Pence from office.  World Can't Wait gathered messages of support to our Muslim sisters and brothers in Hawai`i.  Hawai`i J20 had a drum-making workshop where students could help make simple drums for upcoming protests as well as an apron-making project. 


 Representatives of many of the participating organizations spoke with great passion about the many challenges posed by Trump's agenda of bigotry, misogyny, immigrant-bashing, and ignorance that are threatening humanity and the planet.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Later in the afternoon there were two important workshops - one on the BDS Movement and the other on Militarism and Resistance in the Pacific. 


 

The Festival of Resistance was sponsored by Hawai`i J20+, a broad organization building resistance to the Trump/Pence Agenda.   World Can't Wait-Hawai`i, which has organized Festivals of Resistance at UH-Manoa in past years, played a big role in organizations the event. 
 









Monday, February 20, 2017

Festival of Resistance
Against the Trump Regime

University of Hawai`i at Manoa
Monday, March 13, 9am-3pm

(Organized by Hawaii-J20)


Featuring:  


9:30-2pm:  Tables & Displays by Community Organizations at Campus Center
Dozens of community organizations who have been, or will be, negatively effected by the Trump Agenda will have displays and information on how students/faculty can connect with grassroot community efforts to protect humanity and the planet.


12-1:30pm:  Speak-Out
Spokespersons from Community Organizations will give short talks on the Trump Agenda and how it effects their work.


9am-2pm:  Workshops & Panels
Workshops and panels on subjects as diverse as Trump's escalation of the militarization of the Pacific, Trump's genocidal "one-state solution" in Palestine, a "No Ban" project and much more!   Subjects, locations and times will be updated regularly.


Shenanigans:  
Banner-hanging, art, drumming and more!
 





Saturday, February 11, 2017

Wall at the Federal Building!

On Thursday, Feb 9th there was a new Wall in front of the Federal Building when 25 banners, along with smaller signs, stretched down Ala Moana Blvd.!   Each delivered a strong NO! against a single horror of the Trump Government.   Together they were a strong indictment of the fascist Trump agenda.

Response from passers-by was overwhelmingly enthusiastic.  Many honked their horns, signaled a shaka or thumbs up, or raised their fists.  Of course there were a few people who shouted "get over it" or gave a thumbs down, but they were in the great minority.  

Following the signholding there was a short rally where Liko Martin and Laulani Teale performed an original song in solidarity with the struggle against DAPL at Standing Rock.  








Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Action thursday!

No! to the Trump/Pence Agenda
Signholding at the Federal Building
3:30-5:30pm, Thursday, February 9


The Saturday banner-making crew made 25 banners!   Now we need YOU!!   The large banners (painted on bedsheets) will be held at the Federal Building:  No War; No Racism; No Misogyny; No Climate Denial; No Bullying.....   Each message is short, clear and easy to read.     If you don't want to hold a banner, bring your own sign.

The Trump administration has made their fascist agenda clear.  Trump's executive orders and policy orders have attacked immigrants, civil liberties, the environment, other nations and more.  His tweets have attacked the Judiciary and anyone speaking out against him.  Tens of thousands have taken to the streets to show their outrage, but much more is needed.

Every person with a conscience and who wants a better world must find ways to speak out and act.  Join us this Thursday afternoon.
















Monday, January 30, 2017

Hawai`i Speaks Out Against Trump's Ban on Muslims!

World Can't Wait issued a Call for a Protest against Trump's ban on Muslims on Saturday evening.  By Sunday morning other organizations, including Hawaii J20 and the Honolulu Women's March, notified their membership.  As a result, more than 200 people joined Sunday's protest on short notice. This is unprecedented in Hawai`i, and this momentum must be continued and built upon!  

There are many things you can do.  Meet with your churches about setting up a sanctuary.  Speak out in your classrooms and at work.   Put a sign in your window:  "Refugees are Welcome Here."   For more suggestions for actions in Hawai`i we encourage you to go to the Hawai`i J20 website and facebook page.   For news about protests elsewhere, as well as materials, go to RefuseFascism.org

Following are photos from the protest at the Honolulu International Airport:










Monday, January 23, 2017

World Can't Wait-Hawai`i in the streets!!

This blog will only speak to some of what World Can't Wait Hawai`i was involved in organizing last week, but it's just a tiny part of what happened throughout the U.S. and around the world.   Literally millions hit the street.  Marches, speak-outs, concerts, art shows and performances and so much more.  The world changed this week.  Now the task before us all is to sustain and expand this change.  To face the horrors of the Trump/Pence agenda with courage, spirit, and a determination to not quit until this fascist regime is stopped!

World Can't Wait-Hawai`i had an awesome contingent in last Monday's MLK Day Parade!  About 40 people joined our contingent led by the Hawaii J20 and the Refuse Fascism banners.  Our truck delivered a great big NO! to the Trump/Pence Regime.   The response from the people lining the street was enthusiastic.  Many clapped and chanted; thousands raised their cell phones, i-pads and cameras and took photos to beam around the world.  




Throughout the week we had a table at UH-Manoa's Campus Center to distribute flyers to build for J20, and on Wednesday we organized sign-making at the Sustainability Courtyard.

J20 Actions!
When we arrived at UH-Manoa Friday morning (inauguration day) a large american flag messages written on the stripes was hanging upside down from one of the buildings.  A group of students were playing Macklemore's "Fuck Donald Trump" on an amplified speaker in Campus Center, and students began chalking the sidewalks and malls.  The Art Building sported a big banner and soon students began launching T-shirts onto McCarthy Mall from the 2nd floor.  A number of departments held seminars and workshops:  on protest music, climate change, Black Lives Matter, attacks on Muslims, and much more.  Some of us remarked that we didn't think that there had been such a day on the UH-Manoa campus since the Vietnam War!!







Before noon a silk-screening set-up was printing shirts in the Campus Center courtyard, signs were laid out on sidewalks, and protest music was being amplified.  Three "sound carts" filled the campus courtyard with a drumbeat, and a puppet and dancers swooped in.  At noon a teach-in with a line-up of "experts" laid out the dangerous and fascist nature of the Trump/Pence Agenda.   Hundreds of students filled both sides of the campus steps and  and courtyard.  

At 2:30 more than 500 UH-Manoa students and faculty began to march.   Another group, gradually growing to about 100, left the Honolulu Zoo, and another group left Ala Moana Park.  All converged at Gateway Park, where even more people joined them.  The assembly was by then a beautiful mix of people -- young and old, some who were participating in their first protest and others who were veterans of many.   Creative signs reflected a huge variety of concerns.  Energy was high.  Drumming and chants filled the streets and echoed from high rises where tourists were summoned to lanais by the sounds:  "No Trump - No KKK - No Fascist USA" Then everyone went together to the front of Trump Hotel, where chanting and drumming continued.  

Hundreds then walked the length of Kalakaua to the Waikiki Shell, where an amazing free concert featured all-star bands:  Makana (with John Cruz), Black Square, Jammerek, Taimane and more!  World Can't Wait-Hawai`i, along with a dozen other organization, had booths where people could sign up and get involved.  

The day had a real "no business as usual" atmosphere, and there was a huge outpouring of concern, anger, and fear about the future that was expressed in so many ways:   At the same time, there was a celebratory feeling in the air - a feeling of new beginning of activism, and a sense of hope in the power of the people.









And then on to the amazing Women's Day March on Saturday!