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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