Monday, August 28, 2017


On Saturday, September 26th, more than 100 people joined a "Women's March" through Waikiki.  The march was originally called by Indivisible Hawai`i to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the day women won the right to vote but was quickly eclipsed by events of today:  the escalation of attacks on women's rights by the fascist Trump/Pence regime, the resurgence of racism, immigration rights and more.   People came with signs and drums; some came in costume. 



Refuse Fascism brought Handmaid cloaks and bonnets (if you aren't familiar, this is taken from Margaret Atwood's "Handmaid's Tale", a novel about a "not to distant future" when women are reduced to breeders).  J20 brought stunning placards with faces of women of color who made extra-ordinary sacrifices to win the right to vote but were excluded from the Suffragette movement because of their race.  The "Windward Resisters" came dressed as Suffragettes   Many brought creative signs of their own. 



 
 

The march began at the front of Honolulu Zoo and proceeded down Kalakaua to Trump Tower on
Saratoga.  Protesters drummed while chants rang out through Waikiki:  "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA"     They were loud, visible and fast-moving.  People in shops and restaurants came to windows.  Tourists on hotel lanais towering above Kalakaua came came to the railings.  Many snapped photos, clapped or made approving gestures; a few scowled.    Hundreds of the Call to November 4th were distributed along the route. 













For more than half an hour protesters lined the front of Trump Tower, keeping up the drumming and chanting, before returning to Honolulu Zoo. 

Six months ago people coming to protests were very reluctant to recognize that the Trump/Pence Regime was fascist.  That has changed dramatically.   Now many come with their own signs denouncing fascism.  They initiate anti-fascist chants, and many pick Refuse Fascism's big "NO!  In the name of humanity, we REFUSE to accept a Fascist America."
 
 
 

 

 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Actions Against Racism & Fascism!

This past week, in the aftermath of the Klan-Nazi rally, the murder of Heather Heyer, and assaults on dozens of counter-protesters, Donald Trump took a clear stand on the side of  the murdering racist thugs.  In response, thousands of people took to the streets in cities across the U.S. in anger and disgust with a president and regime that would side with Klan members, Nazis, and other white supremacists who marched with torches, were armed to the teeth, and chanted slogans against Black people and Jews.  In Hawai`i several hundred gathered for a vigil at Magic Island (see previous blog post). 

Then on Tuesday, Trump doubled-down on his support for white supremacy.  World Can't Wait-Hawai`i immediately initiated a protest at the Federal Building on Wednesday.  30 people came out with less than 24 hrs notice.   Several hundred demonstrated at  New York's Trump TowerThis Saturday, August 19th, Amnesty Int'l-Hawai`i is calling for another action in Waikiki.  Meet at Kapiolani Park, just outside of the Shell, at 6pm.  Bring signs!


Following are some photos from Wednesday's protest at the Federal Building in Honolulu:


 




Monday, August 14, 2017

Taking Out RefuseFascism.org

During the past month we've introduced thousands of people to RefuseFascism.org in Hawai`i.  We've distributed leaflets at events, displayed signs and posters, and have given talks at rallies.   Here are just a few of the events we've attended:



On August 24th we joined about 20 people who came out to hold signs for Health Care for All in
front of the Federal Building.  The action was just days before the vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act in Congress.  There were lots of honks and thumbs up and only a few loud Trump supporters.





On August 28 about 40 people came to a gathering at Magic Island  to protest the ban against transgenders in the military. While we are against U.S. military actions anywhere, oppose the military presence in Hawaii, and do not think anyone should join the U.S. military, we also firmly believe  bigotry anywhere is wrong and intolerable!  


 On August 4th we brought our big posters listing the Trump/Pence Regime's crimes against the people to the sold-out Jack Johnson Concert Friday evening. While some of us leafleted the almost 3-hour line, the posters were held near the front of the line where everyone going to the concert could see them. Many thanked us and we got out hundreds of copies of the Call to Refuse Fascism but we were really surprised to find a lot of pro-Trump supporters in the line (maybe 25%!). Some said they thought climate change was "fake news"! What were they doing at a Jack Johnson concert? As several said, "We just listen to the music and not the words!"




On August 5th our big posters made an appearance at the fundraiser for the water protectors arrested at Standing Rock.   The fundraiser, organized by 350.org, featured a new film on the resistance at Standing Rock, as well as talks by Andre Perez, Kalama Niheu, and an activist from Standing Rock.  One attendee, reading the poster on the Regime's attacks on the environment commented:  "I had no idea....I thought the buffoon wasn't getting anything done!"  

On August 8th people entering Hanabusa's Town Hall meeting couldn't miss our signs at the entrance. We were there to speak out against warmonger Hanabusa's support of the anti-BDS Act (which would represent a further attack on the Palestinian people, as well as on protest in the U.S) and against launching a war against North Korea (she told us not to worry about nuclear war!?!). She lied on single payer health questions,, obfuscated on most issues, and used delay tactics to make sure she couldn't respond to most of the questions people brought. The evening ended with a chant: "No attacks on BDS!".


On Sunday, August 13, two days after the murder of a counter-protester in Charlottesville, several hundred gathered at Magic Island to show their solidarity with counter-protesters and mourn the victims. Many applauded when the World Can't Wait spokesperson called on people to find the courage to stand up and fight against the Nazi thugs and white supremacists. What happened in Charlottesville must be a clarion call to everyone to fight fascism, racism, and bigotry, wherever it exists -- including in Hawai`i.

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This Nightmare Must End:
The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!

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

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  (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.