World Can't Wait-Hawai`i hit the streets twice this week: on Monday we had an anti-war contingent in the MLK Day Parade; on Friday we lined Beretania Street in front of the anti-abortion rally at the State Capitol. At each we created controversy, provoked discussion, and also enjoyed a good deal of support.
January 18: MLK Day Parade:
More than 2,000 people participated in this year's parade. There were contingents from the military, churches, unions, and NGO's. World Can't Wait-Hawai`i was in the mix with a contingent against the U.S.'s endless war on the world and was joined by representatives from Hawai`i's Veterans for Peace chapter and a lawyer who was representing 3 Guantanamo prisoners who just happened to be in Hawai`i.
As our banner reading "The Arab People Are Not Our Enemies" bystanders shouted "Amen Sister", "Thanks so much for saying that!" and "You Speak for Me Too!". One chant especially provoked raised fists and clapping: "People of the World Scream and Shout: U.S. Military Get the Hell Out!" When we passed Waikiki Beach a group of young people ran up to the truck shouting "Say it again! Say it again!" Our big banner: "War Without End? Not In Our Name" also provoked a lot of thumbs up and affirmative nods.
As far as we could tell, World Can't Wait-Hawai`i was the only group to oppose the U.S.'s endless war on the people of the world. There should have been far more!