Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July 15 Protest in Honolulu and in Major Cities in the U.S.

Hundreds, in several major cities, took to the streets and raised a unified demand: THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO!  This signifies something new. An organized force proposing a bold plan to demand that an entire regime be removed from power because it is fascist and what that would mean for the future of humanity and the planet.     Watch the national video, read the reports from various cities, including the report from Houston where the protest carried on in spite of being confronted by fascists armed with automatic weapons.


Honolulu was in the mix, where our relatively small protest made a really big impact!   Here's our report.

After a short rally on the lawn in front of Honolulu Zoo, we headed to central Waikiki.  As we took off a shout came from Hula's where a group had come to the lanai raising their fists and cheering us on.  It was a great beginning! 







As the  crossed Kalakaua Avenue, hundreds at Walls and on the beach turned to see what the noise was all about as we chanted  Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho!  Trump & Pence Have Got to Go!", accompanied by drums. 
When they gave us the thumbs-up, clapped and joined the chants we were fully energized.

As the march continued along Kalakaua, tourists at the hula mound and seated on the benches raised their camera and i-pads to take photos. 

Many found ways to show their support; a few shouted "I support Trump!" or frowned  This wasn't what they had expected on their vacation. 

As we approached the Cheesecake Factory a white GI tried to muster his group of 7-8 to counter us and began shouting USA!  His group divided, with several Latinos in the group giving us their thumbs up and smiling broadly.  The effort to counter us failed and the pro-Trump guy was silenced.  

The area in front of the cheesecake factory is always crowded and is one of our favorite spots.   Liz was on the bullhorn calling out the Trump/Pence Regime and calling on people to RESIST!   We wished we could have heard conversations at the open air-restaurants, where many put down their forks and listened. 

As we crossed Kalakaua and headed back our chants got louder: "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA!"   A ventriloquist performing on Kalakaua Avenue joined the chant.  

As the sun was setting we crossed back over to the beach side of Kalakaua. People sitting on their high-rise hotel lanais to watch the sunset stood up to watch. The scene was surreal as we chanted in front of Duke's statue and Liz stepped up on the sea-wall to agitate, calling on everyone do everything possible to prevent the Trump/Pence Regime from their power. 

As we returned to the Zoo, once again the crowds at Walls and in front of Starbuck's began dancing to the chats, clapping and cheering.   A line of surfer youth joined our chants.  

When the march ended our disappointment with the size of group had dissipated and instead many of us continued to talk about what a big impact our group had and our plans for the future!

If you're not on our e-list and want to be notified about what's happening next, let us know at worldcantwaithawaii@gmail.com.   We're on the streets almost every week and often don't get our actions up on this blog!  

 




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

What happened at the Festival of Resistance?

World Can't Wait/Refuse Fascism Hawai`i and Crossroads Mission for Peace, Justice and the Stewardship of Creation organized a "Festival of Resistance Against the Trump/Pence Agenda" on the beautiful grounds of Church of the Crossroads on Saturday, July 8, from 10am until 3pm.   We thank all of the organizations, speakers, musicians and artists who contributed to strengthening the movement of resistance to the fascist policies of  the Trump/Pence Regime.   Following is a summary with photos. 


Information Tables

28 organizations participated by setting up informational tables.  Throughout the Festival people networked with other groups and connected with people new to the movement.  

 






Participating organizations included:  Amnesty Int'l, Sierra Club, ACLU, Faith Action Coalition, Hawai`i Power & Light, Hawaii Healthcare for All, Kapuna Caucus, Refuse Fascism, Coalition for Palestine, Hawai`i SEED, Common Cause, Rainbow Family 808, AIKEA, Women's March, Drug Policy Forum, Community Alliance on Prisons, 350.org, Hawai`i J20, My Revolution,  Hawaii Coalition for Human Rights, Planned Parenthood, and Indivisible. 



 
































Workshops
Karen Ginoza (Immigration)
The Festival featured four 50 minute workshops on immigration, climate change, fascism/dissent, and war/militarism.   Featured speakers included Amy Agbayani (immigration), Mark Hixon (climate change), Kit Grant of ACLU (dissent), Sharon Uyeno (fascism), Kim Compoc (militarism of the Pacific), Carolyn Hadfield (expanding war).     However, in each workshop other members of the community shared their experiences, asked questions, and kept the sessions lively. 
Henry Curtis, Travis Idol
(climate change)

Mark Hixon, Climate Change)

Kit Grant (ACLU), Sharon Uyeno (Refuse Fascism)

 Some participants were new to the subject; others had a wealth of experience.  Many told organizers that they wish there were more discussions where a diverse group discussed particular aspects of the Trump/Pence agenda where they both learned and had the opportunity to express their own fears and thoughts. 

Those who attended the war/militarism discussion were especially moved by the presentation by Kim Compoc, a member of Women's Voices, Women's Speak. 

The Stage: 

 
Hi`ipoi

Liko Martin
Musicians and performers were on stage throughout the Festival, beginning with a beautiful rendition of Kaulana Nā Pua by Hi`ipoi, and ending with songs by Laulani Teale & Liko Martin.  Entertainers also included James McCarthy and Tunji Heath, Elaine Lemon (fiddle), Don Conover & Ernest Harada, Sequoia (dance), Dave Mulinix & Sheri Pollack, and Anna Stirr.  Liz Rees MC'd.   Special thanks to Oren who set up and worked the sound system for five full hours!    

In case you're wondering about the stage props, they were provided by J20's Arts & Shenanigans team -- one manikin decked out in protest garb; the other wearing a flag straight-jacket.   . 

Kids' corner

Throughout the day kids (and some adults) joined the kids' art activities.   Thanks to Planned Parenthood, which brought their beautiful "coloring pages" and to Eric, who worked with kids to produce a beautiful mural of an ahupua`a, which is now on display at a Kailua pre-school.  











Monday, July 10, 2017

July 15: Rally & March!




To all who agonize and rage at what’s being done to the people, protest and demand:

THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO!

In the Name of Humanity,
We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America!


Gather in front of Honolulu Zoo
for a Rally and

March along Kalakaua Avenue


A DAY FOR HUMANITY -
A DAY FOR THE PLANET
A DAY TO SAY NO BAN - NO WALL - NO HATE - NO FEAR
NO TRUMP NO PENCE - NO FASCIST USA

A DAY OF NO, SO THAT WE CAN SAY YES TO THE FUTURE WE WANT
Organized by World Can't Wait & Refuse Fascism Hawai`i
Endorsed by Hawai`i J20+
For more information and to endorse this National Day of Protests
go to
http://www.refusefascism.org





Thursday, July 6, 2017

Festival of Resistance

Festival of Resistance Against the Trump/Pence Agenda!
Saturday, July 8 10am-3pm

on the grounds of Church of the Crossroads


Find out about the concerns of organizations that have been negatively effected by the Trump/Pence Agenda and find out how you can get involved.  Join teach-ins and discussions.  Enjoy continuous live entertainment .   Relax and have fun while learning.  Make new friends and become part of the movement of resistance against the horrors of the Trump/Pence Agenda. 


Tables from more than 20 organizations including:   350.org, ACLU-Hawai`i, AIKEA, Amnesty International, Common Cause, Community Alliance on Prisons, Conservation Council of Hawai`i, Crossroads Peace, Justice and the Stewardship of Creation, Hawai`i Coalition for Human Rights, Hawai`i J20, Hawai`i Interfaith Power & Light, Hawai`i SEED, Health Care for All Hawai`i, Planned Parenthood,  RainbowFamily808, Refuse Fascism-Hawai`i, Sierra Club,  Women’s March Hawai`i,   World Can’t Wait-Hawai`i


Live Music, Poetry and Performances: 
Musicians James McCarthy & Tunji Heath; Don Conover & Ernest Harada,  Laulani Teale & Liko Martin, and Elaine Lemon; Poet Travis T,  Dance by Sequoia & more!


Teach-In/Discussions:  Each teach-in will begin with short talks by invited discussants and will include adequate time for Q&A and discussion. 

10:30-11:30:   Immigration.   Speakers from Hawai`i's immigrant rights community will address Trump's immigration policies; our vulnerable community in Hawai`i, and steps that have been taken to resist.   
11:30-12:30:  Climate Change.  A trio of scientists will lead a discussion on the dangers of climate change, its effects in the Pacific, and resistance to climate change.


12:30-1:30:  Fascism/Dissent:   Representatives from ACLU and Refuse Fascism will speak to the dangers of fascism (what it is and how we need to resist), as well as current attacks on dissent.


1:30-2:30:   Representatives from Women's Voices, Women's Speak and World Can't Wait-Hawai`i will give presentations on Trump's expanding war in the Middle East,  threats of nuclear war, and the increased militarization in the Pacific.   A delegation that just returned from Okinawa's front-line struggle will give a short report-back.


Children's Activities:   Paint an ocean mural; coloring pages; games







    





Tuesday, June 6, 2017

What's been happening?

Over the last several weeks there have been numerous "street actions" against the Trump-Pence Regime in Honolulu.  Here are just a few that World Can't Wait/Refuse Fascism Hawai`i were involved in. 










When James Comey was fired there were protests across the U.S. and we immediately sent out a call to protest at the Federal Building.  About 40 people came with creative signs, drums and other noisemakers to show their outrage.  Response from motorists along Ala Moana Blvd. was unusually enthusiastic. 

On Memorial Day some activists went to the Annual Lantern Floating event at Ala Moana Park to distribute the Refuse Fascism leaflet.   Response was limited.  Hundreds of people took the leaflet; some were enthusiastic; some were just curious; a few were upset and said they supported Donald Trump.   We met hundreds of people who were frustrated and angry about Trump's policies and were able to talk with people we wouldn't meet at demonstrations and intend to do more outreach in the community.


On June 1st World Can't Wait/Refuse Fascism called for an emergency action in response to the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords.  About 40 people came to the Federal Building on June 2nd - only 20 hours later.  The mood among the protesters was both disbelief and outrage. 





The next day, on June 3rd, we had a contingent in the National March for Truth that had been called by Women's March, Indivisible, and others.  Signs demanded transparency, an investigation of collusion with Russia, and action around climate change.  About 70 people participated.




On Sunday we joined the National Die-In for health care at the State Capital.  Medical professionals denounced Trump's murderous "health care" plan.  Participants held signs along Beretania Blvd. and staged a "die-in. 








Wednesday, May 10, 2017


EMERGENCY ACTION!

PROTEST THE FIRING OF FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY!

Thursday, May 11, 4-5:30pm Federal Building (ewa side of the Federal Bldg along Ala Moana)


The firing of FBI director James Comey is an outrageous escalation in the un-relenting onslaught of the fascist moves from the Trump/Pence Regime. It reveals theTrump/Pence's regime total disregard of the rule of law and due process & justice. We must not wait it out. Take to the streets, demand Trump, Pence, Session and the whole regime be driven from power.



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Hundreds participated in the People's Climate March in Honolulu last Saturday, joining hundreds of thousands in climate marches  across the U.S. and around the world!    People gathered at Waikiki Gateway Park where they held signs as others joined them, and then assembled to hear short speeches from 350.org, members of the faith community, and the World Can't Wait spokesperson.  As the march went through Waikiki hundreds of tourists clapped, shouted their agreement, and raised their fists.  The march ended at the front of Honolulu Zoo, where people gathered for a rally.  One of the high points of the rally was an 11-year old speaker from Tokelau who spoke of the effect of climate change to her island nation.

For mainstream media reports of the local action see Hawai`i News Now and Star Advertiser.   Here are some photos:






April: A Month of Resistance!

During April, millions of people took to the streets to speak out against the Trump/Pence Regime. They marched, they rallied, they drummed and they chanted.  People who had never marched before became organizers.  People and organizations that  had never worked together worked to lead mass protests.  Scientists stepped out of their laboratories; labor unions rallied their members; and faith groups spoke out for the planet. People made their voices heard at Town Hall meetings; they fought to create sanctuary cities and states; and they held forums.  And yes, all of this happened in Honolulu too!  Some of the major actions in Honolulu:

→  April 15:  Tax Day March.  About 500 people participated in a march and rally to demand that Trump show his taxes and for government transparency.  The march was in solidarity with more than 300 others across the U.S.

→  April 22:  March for Science:      More than 2300 people participated in Honolulu's march and rally in solidarity with more than 500 marches across the U.S. and around the world

→  April 29:  People's Climate March:  700-1000 marched through Waikiki, in solidarity with hundreds of thousands across the U.S. and around the world.

→  May 1st Protest:  More than 500 marched for labor rights and immigrant rights in an action called by a coalition of labor unions and joined by allies, joining millions in the U.S. and around the world who were on the streets on May 1st.

World Can't Wait/RefuseFascism participated in all of these, as well as in smaller actions such as  the protest against Mike Pence, against Tania's deportation, and more.   You couldn't miss our big "NO!  In the Name of Humanity, We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America" placards, reflecting the urgency of the situation we face today.

This growing movement of resistance is something to celebrate, but it's not enough.  The Trump/Pence Regime is still in power and much greater resistance is needed to drive the fascist regime out!   

We urge you to link up with World Can't Wait/Refuse Fascism Hawai`i to be part of building resistance.   We are making big plans for the summer.  Want to know more?   Join us at a public discussion of what's needed and what we're aiming to do on Wednesday, May 10th, at 6:300 at the Friends Meeting House in Manoa.  
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

1500+ in Honolulu Science March!



On Saturday, April 22nd, more than 1500 joined Honolulu's March for Science on a day crammed with Earth Day activities around the island.  They were joining hundreds of thousands around the world who were speaking out against ignorance and for science and truth  The afternoon began at Bachman Lawn at UH-Manoa well before 3pm. 

There were scientists in lab coats, groups of students, and families, and even dogs sporting signs saying "alternative fact".People crowded around tables to check out exhibits featuring everything from live sea-urchins and brittle stars to the latest medical discoveries. Displays set up by university departments, student and conservation groups filled two big tents with almost 40 tables and scientists explained their work and answered questions. 

A rally nearby featured almost a dozen speakers on everything from climate change to STEM education. Following the rally, everyone spilled from the lawn and onto University Avenue to join a mile-long march.  There were so many people that last marchers had barely begun when they met the first marchers returning to Bachman lawn. In spite of causing a colossal traffic jam, many of the motorists honked enthusiastically as the march went through the University district.

Many were drawn to the World Can't Wait/Refuse Fascism booth, took leaflets and signed e-lists.  The big "NO!" signs were quickly taken and were seen bouncing above the crowd throughout the afternoon and in the march itself.    Silk-screened "No Fascism" flags were pinned onto T-shirts, back-packs and baby strollers.Honolulu's March for Science was only one of more than 600 Marches for Science held around the world.  For more photos of marches across the U.S. and around the world click here.

World Can't Wait/Refuse Fascism-Hawai`i is proud to be among the many marches across the U.S. getting out the message: “NO! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America! Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime!”The March for Science was a great beginning, but there is an urgent need for this fight to be continued—to draw in many more people, become even more determined, and more sharply target the Trump/Pence fascist regime.Join us at the People's Climate March this coming Saturday!   Make your signs - or pick up one of ours.   The march begins at Waikiki Gateway Park (the small triangle park at the intersection of Kuhio/Kalakaua) and will end at the Honolulu Zoo where there will be a rally at the Gandhi Statue.  






















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Sunday, April 16, 2017

400+ Join Honolulu Tax March


The movement of resistance against the Trump/Pence Regime continues to grow!   Saturday's Tax Day March was loud, defiant and energetic.   More than 400 people gathered at McCoy Pavilion to get ready for the march.  Small kids mingled with 80+ year veterans in a festive atmosphere as they read signs, met old friends and made new ones.   Most signs focused on Trump's taxes, but others were there as well:  Planned Parenthood, RefuseFascism, anti-war....   

Marchers chanted, clapped, and drummed.  There was a  huge 10-foot chicken atop a golf cart.  Pruitt and Bannon zombies, a "money monster" and more. 

When the march reached the Federal Building marchers eagerly grabbed up bottles of ice cold water and popsicles, signed up to get information about the next anti-Trump actions, and settled down under the shade of the big monkeypod trees to listen to a rally and visit with friends.


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 April is a month of Action!  There will be a big Earth Day Festival at UH on Wednesday (19th). Next Saturday (the 22nd) is the March for Science.   On Monday, April 24th, VP Mike Pence is stopping over in Honolulu.  The People's Climate March will be happening on April 29th, and people will hit the streets again on May 1st.

Tax Day protests happened in more than 100 cities across the U.S.

World Can't Wait-Hawai`i/Refuse Fascism brought a stack of the big NO signs and people quickly grabbed them up and carried them in the march.  These signs are popular in marches across the U.S. and are easily downloadable at www.refusefascism.org   Just download a copy, go to FedEx and enlarge it, and paste it to a cardboard backing.   Then have it at the ready to bring to the next action! 



Refuse Fascism contingent in the Tax Day protest in NYC
Tax March in NYC