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.