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! 

For more information about www.stoppatriarchy.org (and its blog).

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..   

What Happened to our old Posts?

We were forced to move our blog because our previous site became corrupted.   However, you can still access our previous posts (with photos) at http://www.worldcantwaithonolulu.blogspot.com.