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.