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



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.  

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.  




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.



 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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Protest Against the bombing of Syria

About 40 people responded to calls put out by World Can't Wait, YPDA, and 350.org to join a signholding and rally to oppose U.S. the bombs of Syria at the Federal Building on Monday afternoon.  Signs lined Ala Moana Blvd with a clear message of NO! NO! NO! U.S. Bombs on Syria!   The response from motorists was overwhelmingly positive -- with lots of honks, thumbs up, and shakas.   A short rally after the signholding highlighted the hypocrisy of the U.S., which only weeks before had bombed Mosul, killing more than 200 civilians.   



Friday, April 7, 2017

NO U.S. Bombing of Syria!
Protest at the Federal Building
Monday, April 10, 3:30-5:30pm
Donald Trump told us all along he would “bomb the shit out of” the Middle East.

Thursday he sent 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles into a Syrian government airbase, in what he said was retaliation against the Assad regime’s reported poison gas attack which killed 200 Syrian civilians.

Trump, who said he was responding to the deaths of “innocent children, innocent babies,” had ordered an airstrike on a mosque in Al-Jineh Syria March 16, killing 46 civilians. He has twice attempted to ban civilians from that same country, Syria, from entering the U. S. as refugees.

Join Refuse Fascism, World Can't Wait-Hawai`i, Young Progressives Demanding Action (YPDA), My Revolution, Amnesty International,  and other organizations to condemn the thuggish aggression of the Trump/Pence regime. They are illegitimate and a danger to humanity.

We'll have some signs - or bring your own.  We'll be standing along Ala Moana Blvd on the Ewa side of the Federal Building.  This is a safe area for kids since there's lots of lawn.  There are also some trees but bring sunscreen and water. 

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.