Monday, November 30, 2015

Hawai`i Joins the Global Climate March!

On Sunday, November 29th, more than 700,000 people across the globe joined actions to demand that world leaders take real actions to stop climate change.  50,000 in London.  45,000 in Sydney.  8,000 in Madrid.  Thousands and hundreds in cities and towns across the planet, and Honolulu was in the mix.

Almost 200 people converged at the Kalakaua statue at the intersection of Kalakaua and Kuhio for a signholding, followed by a march through Waikiki.  The weather was beautiful, belying the seriousness of climate change and the fact that the land we were standing on will be underwater if decisive action is not taken to divert a catastrophic climate crisis. 

The crowd was diverse, and most people brought their own creative signs.   "Stop Fossil Fools."  "Save the Arctic"  "Lives Not Profit", Capitalism is Destroying the Planet; We Need a Revolution",  "No to Next Era" "Save the Pacific Islands" and dozens more.   Many people stopped to take photos of World Can't Wait's beautiful banner: "Humanity and the Planet Come First."   Keiki crowded around a polar bear for a photo, and everywhere people were talking about their concerns and possible solutions. 

The march, which went along Kalakaua Avenue through Waikiki, was loud and colorful.  People made up chants as they went and passed out leaflets to pedestrians on the sidewalk.  One side of the street was led by a spirited group of Pacific Islanders who drew focused on the urgency of acting now to save their island homes.  

The march ended at the Gandhi statue in front of the Honolulu Zoo, where organizers had set up a tent, stage and sound system and marchers.  As marchers settled in on the lawn to listen to the rally, Liko Martin and Laulani Teale sang songs about climate change and their love for the `aina.  Many of the beginning talks at the rally focused on Hawai`i issues:  NextEra, renewable energy, and current laws but the urgency of the day was really made real by Chamorro poet, Craig Santos Perez, who spoke of the destruction caused and being caused by the U.S. military in Pacific island nations and challenging people see the interconnectedness of militarism with climate change, and protest both. 

World Can't Wait Hawai`i's spokesperson, Liz Rees, closed the rally with a powerful talk addressing the hypocrisy of Obama and placing the blame for the global climate change squarely on the system of capitalism-imperialism.   She ended with a challenge to the audience to see the interconnectedness of all of the attacks on the people: militarism, climate change, police terror, and more, and to build resistance to all attacks. 

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World Can't Wait-Hawai`i Responds to the Attack on Planned Parenthood

Signholding for Abortion Rights and Women's Lives

On Saturday, November 28th, more than a dozen people responded to a Call for an Emergency Response for Abortion Rights and Women's Rights.  The action, originally called for by Stop Patriarchy's Sunsara Taylor, was called on the day of the horrific attack on the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs and we were on the streets the day after. 

Our signholding was at the corner of Kapiolani and Keeaumoku, from 4-6pm on the day after Black Friday, so the streets were congested and the pedestrian traffic was heavy.  Thousands saw our signs.  Many drivers honked their horns or gave us a thumbs up, and some pedestrians stopped to thanks us or give us a quiet "I agree."   One woman initially walked by but then returned saying: "I'm a devout Christian and a strongly support you.  Thank you!."   Another man saw us, went into Walgreen's, and then returned with bottles of water and his thanks.  There were a few who expressed disagreements - some with a middle finger or a shout-out from their cars, and a few pedestrians who gave short negative nods.  In the face of the horror of Colorado Springs, it seemed few really wanted to stop and engage.  

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

One year after the murder of Tamir,
Sunday, November 22, 10am-noon
Ala Moana Park near entrance to Magic Island

Look for our tent with big photos of Tamir Rice near the entrance to the Magic Island parking lot.  The tent will have information about Tamir Rice's case as well as about other victims of police murder.  World Can't Wait activists and supporters will take information about the police murder of Tamir Rice to beachgoers and invite them to join the movement against police terror everywhere. 

As the Call to the National Day of Action for Justice for Tamir Rice states:

ONE YEAR ago, Tamir Rice was killed in less than two seconds of police arriving to the park where he was playing. The whole world has seen the video. First you see Tamir, a child playing by himself with a toy gun, with no one else in sight. At one point he puts the ‘weapon’ down on the sidewalk, makes a snowball, throws it, picks up the toy gun again. If you didn’t know what was coming, it would just be this cute scene of a child being... a child! Then a police car suddenly appears. Tamir walks towards it, the toy in his waistband. The car stops, and within two seconds a cop shoots Tamir. Though he is still alive, the cops do nothing to assist him or even to try and make him comfortable.

“Will the police get away with the murder of Tamir Rice? NO! This cannot be allowed!

“One year since the murder of Tamir Rice with NO justice for his family. A Grand Jury investigation has begun in Cleveland, OH but actions of county prosecutor Timothy McGinty have greased the skids to a repeat of the decision not to indict the officers responsible for murdering Tamir, as we saw with the police that murdered Eric Garner and Michael Brown and too many others.”

The cold-hearted police murder of Tamir Rice, the obscene refusal of authorities to even charge the police who murdered him for a whole year, and now the outrageous moves by the prosecutor to manipulate a grand jury exoneration of the killers—this is an intolerable outrage... and it is bigger than that. What is at stake here is what kind of society are we going to be living in? Let’s be real: If police can murder an unarmed 12-year-old boy playing in a park, a child posing no threat to anyone, and get away with it, what Black person, or Latino person, or Native American, anywhere, doing anything, can feel that they do not have a target on their back for police to aim at?

Nobody should turn their head and go about business as usual while Tamir’s murderers go unpunished. We cannot sit back and wait and see what the authorities are going to do here because they have ALREADY covered up this murder for nearly a year and they are sending out signals they are about to let the murdering police go free.

Which side are you on?"

Join us at Ala Moana Park on Sunday, November 22nd!   Hang out at the tent and talk with people, or join the teams going out to leaflet.  But be there!  

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

10-days in Jackson for Abortion on Demand & Without Apology!

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PicturePanelist Liz Rees referred to the Jackson Clinic at a recent screening of "Vessel" and one of the doctors on the panel who provides abortion said "Willie Parker is my hero."  Dr. Willie Parker is the doctor who provides abortions at the Jackson Reproductive Health Center.   This sentiment was echoed by several people affiliated with Planned Parenthood Hawaii who personally knew Dr. Parker when he was a professor at UH's John Burns School of Medicine. 

Today abortion providers are under increasing attacks in the wake of the vicious campaign against Planned Parenthood and access to abortion everywhere.  This makes it even more important to support Stop Patriarchy's campaign to "Take Patriarchy by Storm" in Jackson, Mississippi.  There will be actions.  There will be a livestream testimony from Jackson (including with the owner of the Jackson Clinic), and there will be support actions at the clinic itself.  What happens in Jackson will affect what happens to abortion rights nationwide! 

Another comment we heard a lot at the film screening was "Where are the young people?"  While the film screening did attract some young people, the crowd was overwhelmingly older - veterans who have carried on the battle for abortion rights for decades.  So where are the young people?   We urge you to check out the Stop Patriarchy blogsite!  There ARE young people -- and they are looking for an organization that speaks to them, and allows them to speak!   

This campaign needs your support!   No donation is too small! 

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World Can't Wait-Hawai`i has sent this banner to Jackson!  Watch for it in news from Jackson.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Screening of "Vessel"

More than 70 people filled the auditorium at The ARTS at Marks Garage for the Hawai’i premier screening of “Vessel:  Past Land, Past Law, Past Permission” this past Tuesday (July 14th).  The screening, was co-sponsored by  Revolution Books, World Can't Wait-Hawai`i, Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking, the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, Planned Parenthood Young Leaders, and the ARTS at Marks Garage, brought together veteran pro-choice activists and supporters from a variety of organizations, as well as some who were new to the movement.

The film documents the efforts of a young doctor, Rebecca Gomperts, who is  horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion laws around the world, and feels compelled to challenge  this.  

“Vessel” takes you onboard as the Women on Waves project takes to the seas to bring women the knowledge and tools to help them exercise the “most basic right” to control when and if they have children.   Their methods are bold and audacious, and constantly evolve to meet the needs and possibilities the project faces as it goes to different communities and countries.   

This is not a boring documentary!  The women are audacious, determined, and daring.  As the film was screened you could feel the audience responding as people clapped, laughed and sometimes commented to their neighbors and many stayed to ask an excellent panel questions relating to the film.    This is a film that should be seen by everyone!    Vessel has just been made available on Netflix.   If you don’t have Netflix call Revolution Books (944-3106) and arrange to borrow a copy for private viewings.   An interview with the film director is also available here..   

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