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DeOccupy Honolulu Wins New Injunction and is Spreading Out
Honolulu 12/05 – On Friday, November 29th, (de)Occupy Honolulu has won a new Federal Preliminary Injunction against the City & County of Honolulu, based on the unconstitutional illegal raids of Bill 7.
The ruling by Hawaii Federal District Judge, Leslie E. Kobayashi confirms that plaintiffs (de)Occupy Honolulu, Sugar Russell, and Terry Anderson have a probability of prevailing on merits in the lawsuit and that the case may move forward. The City has violated their due process and Fourth Amendment rights in its enforcement of Bill 7. The City has been ordered to return property and that changes are required in the process of notification. It also ensures the rights to retrieve all necessities during a raid if present, to recover necessities without the $200 fee or administrative hearing, and that the $200 fee may be waived based on the inability to pay.
The (de)Occupy Honolulu main encampment has been located to Thomas Square for over 2 years. With this ruling, they are becoming more aggressive in educating the houseless population of their rights. Members have begun to spread out to other areas where houseless sleep in hopes of organizing and educating people of their rights with raids. It also allows free movement to help document the tyranny the City inflicts on this population in other areas. “We are still at Thomas Square, but also on the move,” says (de)Occupy supporter H. Doug Matsuoka. “The City will not know when or where a camera will be documenting and how many will stand up for their federally protected rights.”
Explanation of Bill 7: http://www.youtube.com/
Sign this online petition against the raids of the houseless:
In the meantime, check out the following links:
Bill 7 and the Refugee Population of Hawaiʻi
Bill 7 and the Plight of the Displaced
[ Cross-posting from fb.com/occupyhonolulu ]
I'm still pretty amped after Saturday's March Against Monsanto. Great job to everyone who showed and took part. Ground-level media coverage is excellent, with more footage coming in every day revealing more about the 2 million people who took to the streets in over 430 cities around the world.
[ Corporate media ]
KHON - Hundreds of Hawaii residents join worldwide rally against GMOs
CNN - March Against Monsanto Coverage May 28, 2013 Full Segment
[ Ground-level media ]
Waikiki March Against Monsanto 5/25/13
March Against Monsanto in Waikiki, May 25, 2013
NO GMO March Against Monsanto: Waikiki Hawaii, May 25, 2013
March Against Monsanto May 25 2013 Waikiki Honolulu Hawaii
Special thanks to Doug Matsuoka, irmina777, honeythatsok, and WinstonWasHere DotCom for making these clips public.
[ Cross-posted from the Honolulu Weekly
by Karleanne Matthews | May 29, 2013
A community meeting about the future of Thomas Square, held May 13 at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre, demonstrated a deep community divide. Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who opened the meeting, said the goal was to create a plan that acknowledges the historical and cultural significance of the site–where, on July 31, 1843, Admiral Richard Thomas restored control of the Islands to Kamehameha III–and makes the park more beautiful as well as functional. Acknowledging that “Some of it is controversial,” Caldwell said that the plan should include art. “How do we work with the neighbors . . . to bring new life to this park?” he asked.
Tensions in the room surfaced as Caldwell spoke. When he said, “We all respect those who walked before us,” an audience member called out, “Then why are you here?” The mayor replied that everybody gets a turn and we all need to be respectful. But as the floor was opened up to the community, one man led off with a rather distasteful epithet, saying the mayor represented globalization and the suppression of the Hawaiian Kingdom. As the audience responded with both applause and boos, the mayor looked stoic; Deputy Managing Director Georgette Deemer, who was taking notes on stage, appeared shocked, then quickly reassumed a neutral expression.
One controversial element has already been implemented: the placement in April of large cement planters of pink hibiscus on the Beretania Street sidewalk where (de)Occupy Honolulu’s tents used to be. Sam Mitchell, a member of the Makiki neighborhood board, said the mayor never conferred with the board about the planters. Other speakers decried the use of so-called beautification efforts to displace people.
Arguments from the past year’s debates over appropriate uses for sidewalks were repeated: (de)Occupy members claimed that their presence is an expression of free speech, while others complained that public space ought not be monopolized by a specific group. Some attendees not affiliated with (de)Occupy, however, spoke in support of their protest rights. “Protesters actually serve us all; they’re not a special interest,” said one man. “I think there’s a place for protesters [in the park],” said another, “[but] it’s not a residence.”
D’Angelo McIntyre, a (de)Occupy member, said the group had made efforts to stay back from the street until police raids forced them onto the sidewalk. “The City is blocking the sidewalk more than we have or ever wanted to,” he said.
“The City is going to have to take those planters away,” said Larry Geller, who along with others noted there isn’t enough clearance for wheelchairs, violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). “The question is if there are going to be legal fees that the taxpayers are going to have to pay before they do it,” Geller said.
With regard to the homeless people who live in and around the park, some called for their removal, while others asked for more compassionate alternatives. Mitchell said that with the planters leaving no place to sleep on the sidewalk, the park ought to be reopened for 24-hour use. He said that the loss of Section 8 (federal rental subsidy) benefits due to the sequester could lead to more people losing their homes and needing shelter. Waikiki resident Jonathan Lott suggested that some people be allowed to reside in the park in exchange for maintaining it.
Several speakers invoked the Hawaiian Law of the Splintered Paddle, which sought “to protect the weak from the strong,” said Puakea Nogelmeier, professor of Hawaiian language at UH Manoa, who talked to the Weekly by phone after the meeting. “It doesn’t address living on the street. But while they’re there, they’re safe.” Many attendees declared that U.S. law has no standing in Hawaii. “They accuse you of occupying Thomas Square, but they occupy the whole ‘aina!” said Joseph Iokepa Madela. “The City and County of Honolulu needs to acknowledge its participation in the illegal occupation of Hawaii!” said Laulani Teale. “Without pono, there is no real beauty.”
“I understand that it’s frustrating that we can’t get past the issue of homelessness . . .,” said Ilima Long, “[but] Thomas Square is a symbol of sovereignty, and homelessness is a symptom of occupation.”
Less politically charged suggestions were also offered. “Instead of beautifying, how about a bathroom . . . that actually works?” asked a man who identified himself as “True Blue.” Others called for more drinking fountains and bike paths or making sure the park remains dog friendly. “Wouldn’t you love to be able to come down to Thomas Square and garden?” asked Andrea DeCosta. Many in the audience nodded or agreed as she specified that small lawn areas by Beretania Street could be freed up for community gardens.
Stephan Jost, the museum director, concluded the meeting by observing that improvements must start somewhere. “If the only end result here is better bathrooms that help preserve people’s dignity … that’s a good first step,” Jost said.
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(Update: 3-16, our friend, D'angelo has been freed and is safe with his family. Mahalo to all those who donated to the bail fund.)
Another day of protest that winds up with police assaulting the public.
Police harassed an individual who fell asleep in his car in a tow away zone. Rather than waking the individual and asking him to move, HPD called in a tow truck to have his vehicle removed.
With the driver arrested, a nearby friend, Nova, was given permission to move his vehicle. As he went to do so, the HPD Sergeant threatened him with a $1000 fine for getting involved and had the vehicle hitched to the tow truck.
Sugar Russell, another friend who was nearby, was given permission to recieve the driver's medication from the trunk of his vehicle. While Sugar is searching the trunk for medication, the Sergeant, with full knowledge of what was happening, instructed the tow truck to drive away with the car, causing the trunk to slam down on Sugar's head.
As Nova moves in to help Sugar and see if she's okay, the Sergeant continues to bark and threaten him. At no point did the officer try to help.
Nova goes to the HPD headquarters to file a police report against the Sergeant, who then comes back and refuses to file the report. After Sugar is taken to the Straub ER, the Sergeant repeatedly shouts at Nova that "Sugar will be okay!"
Remember, police brutality does happen, whether you like it or not.
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In response to Bills 2, 6, & 7 (de)Occupy Honolulu submits resolution to end encampment
Honolulu 3/6 – As (de)Occupy Honolulu sues the City & County of Honolulu in federal court over deprivation of civil rights during raids; the city fights back by criminalizing the houseless population in an attempt to remove the protesters. The City Council has submitted Bills 2, 6, & 7, targeting the houseless. Bill 2 is much like the current Bill 54, however makes sidewalks no longer public property. Bill 6 criminalizes anyone who has a tent on the sidewalk. The fine is up to $1000 and/or up to a year in jail with the instant confiscation of belongings. Bill 7 would define tents as a “nuisance” with the instant confiscation of belongings that will cost $200 to retrieve.
City Council member Ikaika Anderson has been at the forefront of this bills that will further criminalize the houseless in an effort to remove the movement. “Where do the rights of the Occupiers end,” asks Anderson. The City Council is not the only official supporting the legislation. Mayor Kirk Caldwell had stated that he intends to sign the Bill 7 and has requested city officials to escalate raids to every week.
ACLU Hawaii senior attorney Daniel Gluck reviewed the bills for city officials, and determined that they were not constitutional. “We intend to oppose,” Gluck said, “If implemented, the ACLU will be forced to bring a lawsuit in federal court.”
After sidewalk closures for tree trimming, the world’s longest running Occupy encampment moved from the north side of the park to the south side of the park. The movement has been hard at work discussing real solutions to the houseless problem. A resolution is being submitted to the city proposing to end (de)Occupy’s 24/7 vigil, that highlights the houseless crisis, at Thomas Square.
Let it be known that among the purposes of the ongoing DeOccupy Honolulu protest at Thomas Square are:
The changes we seek include, but are not limited to:
We are committed to these goals because they are the fair, just, and right thing to do.
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Reporting from Thomas Square park, site of the deOccupy Honolulu encampment, which has stood since October 2011 and withstood 60+ raids from City and County officials with the oversight of the Honolulu Police Department.
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A bill making it harder for people to keep tents and other items on Oahu sidewalks was given preliminary approval Tuesday by the City Council's Public Safety and Economic Development Committee.
Bill 7 (2013) has won the support of residents living near the (de)Occupy Honolulu encampment along the mauka edge of Thomas Square, as well as others who feel tents on sidewalks create an impediment and are unsanitary and unsightly. But (de)Occupy Honolulu supporters object to the bill and think it criminalizes homelessness and stifles free speech.
The city currently has in place a "stored property" ordinance where items placed on city sidewalks are "tagged" by city officials for a 24-hour period before authorities return the next day and seize them. Bill 7 differs in that there would be no need for a 24-hour notice before removal if they are identified as nuisances. As with the stored-property ordinance, property owners would have 30 days to retrieve their items for a fee, though the fee could be waived if contested successfully.
The bill now goes back to the full Council for a public hearing and the second of three required approvals.
City Council to sleep on the streets
We are formally and officially inviting the City Council of Honolulu to spend a night on the streets with a tent and without a tent. Members of (de)Occupy Honolulu will sleep along with them without a tent on either night. We figure that if they are writing Bills 6 & 7, that criminalize houselessness, then they should spend a few nights among the people to understand the struggle they face and the health and safety that a tent brings in that life. We will get a permit for this special occasion.
Bill authors Ernie Martin, Ann Kobayashi and Ikaika Anderson insist the bill is not aimed at punishing the homeless, but to rid city sidewalks of "nuisances" that impede the path of pedestrians.
"Obviously there is an issue … with our public areas being blocked and certain members of the public being denied access because other members of the public are deciding to occupy our sidewalks for whatever reason,"Anderson said. "I've long believed that this Council owes it to the public to ensure equal access to our public spaces to all members of the public, and not to allow for any one particular group or any one particular person to utilize public space at the expense of the general public."
Councilman Breene Harimoto said he and colleagues are receiving "numerous complaints from our constituents all over the island. … I believe it's really, truly evolved into a matter of public safety."
Staffers from the Institute for Human Services said they support the bill, as did the directors of the city Facility Maintenance and Community Services departments, which work with Honolulu police in enforcing a controversial stored-objects law.
Pam Witty-Oakland, Community Services director-designate, said the city keeps in constant contact with service providers to find suitable housing for those in need.
Downtown resident Ann Beeson said she's growing increasingly annoyed at the presence of tents on Thomas Square. She noted that last month she watched as items along Beretania were tagged by the city and then removed by their owners before city workers returned 24 hours later. A week later the same tents, sofas and other items were back. "It was impossible tell that anything had happened."
Beeson said what was originally created as a symbolic gesture "no longer bears any resemblance to Occupy. It appears simply to be a homeless site." Walking through the area at least once a week, "I'm tired of trying to tightrope along the 12- to 18-inch strip that's left for pedestrian use. I often run into an okole sticking out into this little strip where someone is reaching inside to do housework inside their tent."
Karen Edwards, also a downtown resident, said she's nearly tripped several times because of the people, tents and other objects occupying the sidewalk in her neighborhood. "It is vital that we not add additional hazards to an already crowded area," she said.
"Sanitation is also a problem here,"Edwards said. "I've stepped in what very much looked like human excrement and urine."
(De)Occupy Honolulu supporters, who made their opposition to the bill known at a full Council meeting last week, were not present at Tuesday's committee meeting.
However, reached later, several movement supporters said the bill is a further escalation of the city's unfair treatment of homeless people.
Sugar Russell said the movement has a lawsuit in federal court seeking to strike down the city ordinance and said that is the reason the Council is attempting to craft new language.
"The problem with criminalizing houselessness is it really puts up a divide within a community,"Russell said. "It encourages assumptions and stereotypes of a population that is in struggle and in crisis. Nobody grows up thinking they want to be homeless."
Russell and others in the movement at last week's Council meeting invited Council members to stay overnight at the encampment. While there were no takers, Russell said the offer still stands.
H. Doug Matsuoka, another supporter, said city officials should be doing more to help the homeless. If the city is worried about safety and sanitation, he said, it should provide tents for the homeless and open public restrooms for their use.
Council Public Safety Chairwoman Carol Fukunaga said the sidewalk bill is designed to address only part of a complex issue. "Today's discussion was a good starting point," she said.
She noted that Witty-Oakland and other city officials and homeless providers are working on an "action agenda" to tackle homelessness. She added that Councilman Stanley Chang introduced Resolution 13-41, which calls on Community Services and the Office of Housing to explore "alternative solutions"to helping the homeless.
On Tuesday, city employees tagged items left on sidewalks in more than a dozen locations from Aala Park to Waikiki, said Jesse Broder Van Dyke, spokesman for Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
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There were some facts disappeared from yesterday's Star Advertiser story on the City's raid on deOccupy Honolulu — the 57th by my list but I may be missing some — but you really can't blame them. Star Advertiser photographer Dennis Oda showed up for part of the raid, and the bylined "Star Advertiser Staff" is a euphemism for cut and paste from the City's press release.
I was there for the entire raid and live streamed video and photographed the whole thing. There were a couple of authentic firsts at what would otherwise have been a routine raid. I don't know if this is part of the new Caldwell administration policy or what, but the "crime tape" that cordons off the exclusion zone required by the Federal court agreement now carries advertising.
Messages in dialog:
On tent:"I am a tent. Often I am used for camping, sleepovers, or housing. Today I am the face of the houseless and a movement fighting for social and economic justice. I am a sign. I am art. I am a message."
On new Honolulu Police Department crime tape advertisement: "Countdown Sales Event, up to $1000 off selected models / See Suzuki Dealer for Details / 0% APR for 5 years"
[Full captioned slideshow at Flickr]
While corporate sponsorship of raids on the homeless is certainly consistent with the Occupy Movement's world view, I can't see why anyone would want to be associated with these actions or may imagine that this kind of advertising is effective. There are better public service announcements that can be used instead of this sort of advertising. I'll be tracking down how organizations can take advantage of this new opportunity if it is indeed a new program, so stay tuned.
But there's more, and this first is perhaps as inadvertent but much more significant:
Under the Carlisle administration, the raids were conducted by Westley Chun, the Director of the Department of Facility Maintenance, a cabinet position. The new Director, Ross Sasamura was watching from the sidelines as Deputy Director Ken Shimizu — an old hand at this by now — actually led the raid (see the Flickr photo set).
While Sasamura dodged my questions with a "no comment," deOccupier Chris Smith (and Makiki Neighborhood Board member) was more successful in engaging him in an actual discussion, the first such dialog after more than a year of adversary action by the City on the group.
The last half of this edited video of the raid features part of the discussion between the two.
Perhaps these discussions will continue without the armed personnel or heavy equipment and their associated costs to tax payers?
H. Doug Matsuoka
1 February 2013
Sunday, Dec 23rd, 2012
A small guerilla performance took place in front of the Walmart/Sam's Club near the Ala Moana Shopping Center on the morning of Black Friday, 2012.
Thanks to everyone who participated and helped facilitate this action. Thanks for all the feedback we've been getting. Connect with us on our Facebook, Twitter, and Website.
Boycott Black Friday, stop consumerism, build communities.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
by Larry Geller, Disappeared News
No sooner did the toner dry on a stipulated order filed with the federal court yesterday (see below) than Honolulu police descended on the (de)Occupy encampment near Thomas Square to tag property.
The lawsuit filed by attorneys for several (de)Occupy Honolulu plaintiffs asks for a preliminary injunction and a jury trial to prevent the city from violating plaintiffs’ civil rights and asks for compensation for property taken and destroyed illegally. The agreement draw up by both parties is in lieu of a temporary restraining order and basically requires the city to follow its own ordinance.
If the city complies, that would mean that loading personal possessions into garbage trucks, as video demonstrates has been the previous practice, would be a violation of the agreement and could bring court sanctions.
If HPD follows past practice, according to one of the plaintiffs, they may show up today at about 10:30 at the encampment.
Tuesday, Dec 18th, 2012
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Longest Running Occupy Encampment Wins Restraining Order against Honolulu, HI
Honolulu 12/17 -- On Wednesday, December 12th, members of deOccupy Honolulu filed a lawsuit against the City & County of Honolulu, Wesley Chun (Director & Chief Engineer of Department of Facility Maintenance), Trish Morikawa (County Housing Coordinator), and Sergeant Larry Santos (Honolulu Police Department), over deprivation of civil rights during raids on the encampment, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai`i. On Monday, December 17th, a Temporary Restraining Order has been issued, until the Preliminary Injunction hearing in a month, dealing with raids of Thomas Square. All defendants have either quit their jobs or retired since the last raid at Thomas Square, the day before Thanksgiving.
The lawsuit focuses on the City & County’s abuse of Ordinance 10-26 (aka Bill 39), which limits the use of sidewalks after pushing deOccupy to the sidewalk, and Ordinance 11-029 (aka Bill 54), which allows the Department of Facility Maintenance, Housing, Parks, and HPD to traumatize, steal, and brutalize the vulnerable houseless population.
Since the deOccupy camp was established on November 5, 2011, the movement has been fighting against Ordinance 11-029, which was used as a tool to repress freedom of speech within hours of being signed into law. City ordinances like Bill 39 and Bill 54 criminalize the houseless. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals stated in Tony Lavan v. City of Los Angeles, “For many of us, the loss of our personal effects may pose a minor inconvenience. However, . . . the loss can be devastating for the homeless.”
“Houseless rights are human rights. We have been standing vigil 24/7 for over a year. During that time the city has repeatedly stolen and destroyed our collective and personal property, including car registrations, medications, and bedding of protesters and the houseless alike,” says Sugar Russell, plaintiff. “The city has humiliated people using intimidation and violence. This is what the government does to people who are willing and able to stand up and document abuse and inequality.”
“The fight is not over until the peoples’ voice means more than corporate money! deOccupy Honolulu is determined to shut down the unconstitutional ordinances of Bill 39 and Bill 54 throughout the County of Honolulu. Prioritizing programs like job placement, rehabilitation, and housing first will show a better return in value for both the community, and the thousands of houseless on the island,” says plaintiff Christopher Nova Smith. “Restructuring the assistance housing funds to mirror Hawaii County’s plan could offset the financial strain on the community. By investing in the value of people, the City and County of Honolulu can save taxpayers millions of dollars while promoting equal civil rights and community sustainability.”
[A playlist of videos (mostly edited from livestream recordings) showing the illegal seizure and destruction of property, and violation of free speech, civil rights, and the Kanawai Mamalahoe is here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpuR67BLmK3RCstuw_g_opGW1MoBvTB91
A Flickr set of deOccupy Honolulu actions and raids is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hdoug/collections/72157631014137840/
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Destroyed 9/6, hours after creation
These articles come from reporters with the Honolulu Weekly.
Special thanks to them for being in the right spot at the right time.
Article: Joan Conrow
Image: Karleanne Matthews
Calling it "seed money," the agrochemical company DuPont Pioneer recently gave 59 third-graders at Kauai’s ‘Eleele School $25 each to open a savings account. Teacher Lori Carl had applied for a school grant from Pioneer, which grows genetically modified (GMO) seeds, when University of Hawaii funding for the west side school’s financial literacy program was cut.
"More importantly, we have formed a partnership between the school, Kaumakani Federal Credit Union and Pioneer," Carl said to The Garden Island newspaper. "This partnership benefits our children who are the future of Kauai."
The children traveled to the company’s Waimea facility to say thanks and take a tour. They were given seeds that they "planted" in a plastic glove so that they could watch the germination process at home.
"It was a blatant propaganda move, and I know a number of parents of students at the school who feel the same way, but they’re torn by the old ‘Thumper Principle’ [‘If you can’t say somethin’ nice, don’t say nothin’ at all’] and the fact that a significant number of families are tied to the company for a job," commented Waimea resident Elaine Albertson in an email to the Weekly. "Hence, they will not speak out. Kids at this age mostly don’t have a clue as to the implications of the corporation’s actions. They were used, and they don’t even know it.
Article and image: Karleanne Matthews
In its last meeting of the year, on Dec. 5, the City Council approved the receipt of $1.55 billion in federal funds for the rail project, with Tom Berg casting the lone vote against it. Some community members questioned the financial soundness of the entire project and expressed concerns that devoting funding to rail would harm the bus system. Proponents argued that passing the resolution was simply a way to ensure funding for a projectthat voters had approved.
The Council also agreed to remove a park symbol in Nanakuli from a public map, despite testimony from many community members who decried the lack of park space on the Waiʻanae Coast and the disparity in facilities compared with Hawaiʻi Kai or Kailua. Councilmember Breene Harimoto, who voted in favor, argued that while there ought to be more parks in that area, the issue at hand was if this particular park symbol should remain. Councilmember Ernie Martin said that since this parcel was extremely unlikely to be developed into a park, the county should find a different parcel.
A resolution allowing the Honolulu Police Department to accept a gift of $75,000 from the Waikiki Business Improvement District Association drew fire from citizens concerned that these gifts amounted to bribes.
Kaitlyn McKee, a farmer, asked that one item not on the agenda–a resolution on GMO labeling–be discussed. When Blade Walsh brought up GMO labeling, he was asked to limit his testimony to agenda items, but he continued until he was escorted out by police. Michael Daly also testified about GMOs and was made to step down. Outside, a group of protestors held signs and sang.
Doug Matsuoka, released this video with footage from Wednesday:
Sunday, Oct 28. 2012
Whew! What a weekend.
Thank you to all the people who came down to Thomas Square and make this Off Art After Dark particularly fun. You can check out some of our friends' ustreams on our website to digitally visit the ground, http://www.deoccupyhonolulu.org/webstreams.htm
There's a lot of people to thank for all this, so real quick...
Thanks to the organizers and volunteers, whose backbreaking work made all this possible.
Thanks to our local artists and #Stanigawa who turned the park into a place of inspiration.
Mahalo to David Mulinix, Laulani Teale, and Rich Rath for their melodic playlist, and again to Rich Rath for his sound sculpture. Who thoughts making faces in front of a projector could be so much fun?
Thank yous to Seretonin Ronin for their grungy, psychedelic stylings.
Thanks to Jive Slinky, whose skills at creating energy and throwing it at you are exciting and addicting.
Thank you, the people, for occupying public space with us!
Special thanks to the City and County of Honolulu, the Department of Facility Maintenance, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Honolulu Police Department, whose doggedness and persistence to trample on the United States and Hawaiian State Constitutions continue to fan the flames of resistance in the streets.
Keep on dancing, friends. Come join us down at the corner of Ward and Beretania as we continue to hold and take over Thomas Square, as is our right. See you next Off Art After Dark!
Thank you to our live/ustreamers who captured the whole thing for the digital archives. Here are some videos of that night from our friend Doug:
Before we get ahead of ourselves, let's take a moment for those were effected by Saturday's tsunami. We have reports that at least a hundred small crabs were been displaced due to the tsunami's ferocious two-foot waves.
Celebrate Food Week with us as we kick-off with Food Not Bombs this Sunday, at 3 PM. Let's do our best to keep our friends and family fed this week!
So, we've been doing this for a few months now and it's really getting to a great place.
Off Art After Dark is a public venue, open to all, with art, performances, poems, and more by people of the community. Join us October 26th! It starts at 5 PM, going on until 10 PM in Thomas Square
For Immediate Release
September 15, 2012
(de)Occupy Honolulu celebrates Occupy Wall Street’s one-year anniversary
Occupy Wall Street, the first of many public demonstrations that have now spanned into a world-wide grassroots movement, will be celebrating its first anniversary on September 17th, 2012. In solidarity with OWS’s calls to action, (de)Occupy Honolulu has plans for the upcoming days.
On Sunday, September 16th from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm activities kick-off with a celebration; Food Not Bombs and a live streaming party marking the anniversary of the Occupy movement by joining a countdown to midnight in time zones across the United States.
Beginning Monday, September 17, at 10:00 am and continuing through the week, “Occupy UH Manoa-santo,” a public forum and encampment, will be formed on the sidewalk at University & Dole Street. A rally will be held at the Hawai‘i State Capitol from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm, followed by a discussion on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) at Thomas Square from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, featuring guest speakers and soap box. At 6:00 pm, a march will commence from Thomas Square and end at University & Dole to join the encampment there. Documentaries, music, and other media will be shown at the UH encampment media center.
"At the UH Manoa campus, you have CTAHR," explains Blade W., “It stands for College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. They've received $620,000 from Monsanto to establish the Monsanto Research Fellows Fund. We’re setting up an encampment at UH to bring public attention to the University’s connection to this harmful form of agriculture.”
"Monsanto's money has blinded the University to the downsides of GMO." tells Michael Broady Jr., "When you listen to the official story, biotechnology seems like a positive thing. It is supposed to help farmers grow more food, prevent loss of crops, while Monsanto is able to provide the University with funding. However, those first two claims have not been substantiated, instead leading 250,000 farmers in India to suicide due to the increased dependence on Monsanto which comes with patented GMO seed. I urge UH CTAHR to question the paradigm of monoculture, which is not profitable if all factors are considered including damages to the environment and human health."
(de)Occupy Honolulu stands in solidarity with the larger Occupy movement and all those in occupied territory throughout the world. Organizers have kept a full presence at Thomas Square since November 5, 2011. It is the longest, sustained Occupy encampment in the world.
Schedule for Sept 16 & 17:
Food Not Bombs @ Thomas Square (3 pm - 6 pm)
LiveStream Party @ Thomas Square (6 pm - 10 pm)
Rally @ Hawaii State Capitol (12 - 3 pm)
Network, organize, and stand against harmful agriculture.
DeOccupy Honolulu // www.DeOccupyHonolulu.org
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(de)Occupy Honolulu no longer complies with unconstitutional ordnances
9th US Circuit Court of Appeals bans cities from seizing belongings of the houseless
September 6, 2012
(de)Occupy Honolulu feels that houseless rights are human rights. “In the raid on Thursday at Thomas Square, I witnessed workers assault a Vietnam veteran walking with a cane as he tried to save his belongings. I cannot stand by and do nothing as Trish Morikawa, head of Housing, fulfils her stated mission to put the houseless in a state of crisis to help them. This ordinance allows Housing, Faculties Maintenance and the HPD to traumatize, steal, and brutalize this vulnerable population”, says Sugar Russell.(de)Occupy is expecting a 3rd day in a row of raids of Thomas Square. Based on past patterns, the city will attempt another full seizure of items, even if they have not been tagged within the previous 24 hours. In response to the unconstitutional actions of seizing property of the houseless, individual participants of DeOccupy Honolulu have stated that they will no longer comply with ordinance 11-029. “For many of us, the loss of our personal effects may pose a minor inconvenience. However, . . . the loss can be devastating for the homeless,” says the 9th US Circuit Court.
"Plaintiffs claim that because they are homeless, they have no option but to leave their personal property unattended on public sidewalks during … in order to get food, shower, use the bathroom, obtain medical care and other private and government services, and go to work." The city not only violates this same situation, but they also forcibly separates people from their personal items, at times taking items from their hands after chasing them down or even taking chairs that people are sitting in.
(de)Occupy Honolulu is actively speaking with their own lawyers and are seeking to meet with Corporate Council about this issue.
The encampment at Thomas Square was raided again (as per Ordinance 11029) on Wednesday. The HPD Sergeant on the scene had said that what was happening was not legal, yet still allowed the actions of the Dept. of Facility Maintenance with the Dept. of Parks and Recreations to continue. Amidst other protesters, Andrew Smith filed charges of theft against the County Housing Coordinator, Trish Morikawa, as well as the director of the DFM, Westley K.C. Chun.
Police told Andrew that those individuals would not be arrested because they were "high value targets" and that there was a "process" to it. Activists with (de)Occupy Honolulu rejected the premise that government officials are above the law and blocked the entrance to the police station for 17 hours. During this action, Andrew Smith was physically assaulted by an officer (who has been charged with assault).
16 hours after theft charges were filed, police informed Andrew that the report was “lost”. Another report was made and a request to give them 2 days to investigate.
Solidarity! Please call these offices and demand that the city and county apply the laws equally and fairly, even to government officials. Tell them to stop restricting free speech and criminalizing houselessness.
Police Department's non-emergency
Honolulu attorney general
Department of Facilities Maintenance
Mayor Peter Carlisle (CarLIAR)
Press about action:
Multiple videos on story
“Officials say the protestors' presence could pose a security threat if they remain there.”
"I will not leave this building until Trish Morikawa and Westley Chun" — the director of the city's Department of Facility Maintenance — "are arrested for theft," Smith said. "We're not letting this one go."
“The 28-year-old says city workers tagged the items Tuesday at Occupy's main protest site near Honolulu. Smith says protesters substituted the items in front of a police supervisor and another city official, but they were confiscated anyway.”
“Protestors made the decision to camp outside on Wednesday afternoon after they claimed city workers improperly seized their items.”
“While at the station, one of the protestors said he was pushed by an officer. According to the Star Advertiser, an assault case against the officer has been opened.”
“Protester Andrew Smith says they’re upset with city officials for confiscating nine tents plus bedding and personal items.”
“Occupy Honolulu protesters set up a new encampment at the Honolulu Police Department's headquarters on South Beretania Street, asserting that city workers improperly seized their items.”
“ Honolulu's version of Occupy Wall Streethas taken its protest to police headquarters to confront city officials for confiscating tents and other personal items. “
Videos from Doug
Other story pick-ups
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bill 54/Ordinance 11-0-29:
Honolulu Police Dept. and Dept. of Facility Maintenance raids (de)Occupy Honolulu and illegally seizes camp
National call-in campaign underway to protect longest running encampment
Friday, June 29th
The Honolulu Police and Department of Facilities Maintenance failed suppression of the (de)Occupy Honolulu encampment has brought the “authorities” out 4 days this week. On Thursday, June 28th (day 236 of encampment) HPD and DFM illegally seized the entire encampment. In response, a national call-in campaign has begun in support of the local movement, and the encampment was back up in force within hours. An additional encampment arose on Thursday night in front of the HPD headquarters.
(de)Occupy Honolulu has been victim of 26 raids since it began November 5th and the city has spent an estimated $240,000 on camp sweeps. “How many community services, homes, or jobs could have been provided with that money? Instead, the priorities of Wesley "No Fun" Chun and Trish Morikawa are politically motivated”, says activist Andrew Smith. “I do not believe that this is what tax payers are intending for their hard earned money in an economy that forces families to struggle at one of the highest rates in the nation.”
The rounds of “tagging” (notification to remove personal property of the public walks within 24 hrs required by bill 54, now Ordinance 11-0-29) began at (de)Occupy Honolulu on Monday. The encampment tore down camp and replaced the property at the encampment. On Tuesday DFM did another round of tagging on the new items. In response, the activists removed the belongings from the site all day on Wednesday, which ruined a planned raid that the city pre-notified media about. The camp that arose on Thursday was a combination of newly purchased items and old items that had not been tagged for a time. However, Wes Chun and Trish Morikawa, who were embarrassed by their failed PR on Wednesday, felt the need to order the HPD and DFM to fully remove all items from the corner of Thomas Square on Thursday. There was no legal ordinance that would have classified this as anything else but theft by the DFM with support of HPD.
Department of Facilities Maintenance: 808-768-3343
Police Commission: 808-723-7580
Corporation Counsel: 808-768-5193
Honolulu Attorney General: 808-586-1500
Mayor Peter Carlisle: 808-768-4141
Join our Seeds for Sus[Aina]bility conference at Thomas Square! The event starts at 4 PM, Wednesday. Speakers include:
Dr. Kioni Dudley
Dr. Hannah Miyamoto
Dr. Hector Valenzuela
Dr. Jeff Scott
and Dr. Juanita Mathews.
TEDxHONOLULU - Matthew Lynch - Beyond Sustainability: The Story of a Reformed Capitalist:
>Information on speakers (pdfcast):
>Fliers and Info Photos:
Join our music and potluck event on Friday, at 3 PM. Bring friends, food, music, poems, speeches and any other creative works you'd like to share with the community.
We stand in solidarity with the 99% around the world. Keep your eyes and ears open as the US hosts the G8 and NATO summits on the 20th through 21st of May.
Take a deep breath...
Take park in history. Sometimes, the only way forward is to STOP!
In solidarity with International Workers Day, (De)Occupy Honolulu will be hosting a May Day event with the working class people of Oahu.
We're setting up at Thomas Square park and will be having open mic and speeches throughout the day.
Bring your leis and flowers for our Wishing Tree!
10:00 am, sign making workshop
11:00 am, Food Not Bombs (potluck and jam session, bring food and utensils)
01:30 pm, Labor March (with melt-in action)
04:00 pm, live music by DJA2Z, Rich Rath, Seph 1, Laulani Teale, Serotonin Ronin, Kevin Richards, Dylan Pilger, and you! Bring down your peoms, songs, instrumentals, performances, speeches and more!
Beginning May 1st, 2012
NO CHORES - NO WORK
NO SCHOOL - NO SHOPPING
NO BANKING - NO INTIMIDATION
Calling on all people of the world to start planning NOW for a Global Strike. The goal is to shut down commerce worldwide and show that we the people will not be taken for granted, we will not be silenced, and we will NOT move until our grievances are redressed.
FOR IM/MIGRANT RIGHTS
FOR AN END TO ALL WARS
FOR ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND LABOR RIGHTS
FOR PEACE WITH JUSTICE
FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES AND AN END TO THE POLICE STATE
FOR HOUSING, EDUCATION, AND HEALTH CARE AS HUMAN RIGHTS
FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND TRUE GENDER EQUITY
Every continent, every country, every state, every city will stand up.
Labor and workers are under attack by the 1%. Occupy stands with Immigrants and Labor both organized and not. Unions and union rights are what made our working class strong. Every benefit we have as working people has come from the struggles of organized labor and immigrants fighting for their rights. Now they are trying to destroy our bargaining rights, they want their greedy hands on our pensions. They don't have enough already? ENOUGH.
A DAY FOR MIGRANT RIGHTS, LABOR RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS.
Education, Housing and Healthcare are human rights NOT "entitlements."
Keaau, a place of refuge, especially for Hawaiians, who - despite the harshness of oppression - are caring for the land and each other in amazing ways.
Back in March, those living along and in Keaau beach park received a trespass notice from the City and County of Honolulu to remove their belongings by 10 PM of April 16th. Any remaining property would be dealt with by HPD and other police state employees.
Going by the notice, city officially participated in the eviction at 10 PM, Monday, April 16, 2012.
Occupy Honolulu stands in solidarity with those from Keaau Beach Park and stand against the City and County's bulldozer-backed oppression. Special thanks to those who traveled out there to capture their stories. The people will not be silent!
Financial Fridays are a rally of the people to address the financial inequality and injustice as a result from bad business practices and greed.
Central Pacific Bank lost 60 million dollars that tax payers like you and I are never going to see again. Money that was coerced from the people and given to these banks in the form of a bailout.
We're taking this all the way to the bank! Let them hear your voice!
Thursday 4/5/12 @ Ward & Beretania, Thomas Square
3:00pm-6:00 API (Art, Performance, and Installations) sign making day
11:30am Meet up at camp (Ward & Beretania, Thomas Square)
12:00 March anyone? Roll out to Central Pacific Bank on Alakea and King.
Solidarity! See you there!
Monday, March 13h, 2012 (12:57 AM)
Cross-posted from: http://dougnote.blogspot.com/2012/03/raid-10-on-occupy-honolulu-bill-54.html
For immediate release:
Honolulu Police and City crews under Wes Chun (Honolulu Facilities Maintenance Department) conducted a Bill 54 "tagging raid" on (De)Occupy Honolulu at their encampment on the corner of Ward and Beretania this morning at 7am sharp. The City used 10 personnel in 5 cars including 1 "Aloha Police" in an aloha shirt, and 2 armed policemen.
The group has suffered 9 previous raids including the one on December 29, 2011, in which City crews redrew park boundaries to tear down and destroy the main encampment. Since then, (De)Occupy Honolulu has been setting up a public forum on the corner in what the City claims is park area, and moving that to the sidewalk during park closed hours. Those staying at the encampment set up tents along the roadside under the protection of the Kanawai Mamalahoe, the Law of the Splintered Paddle, which is enshrined in the State Constitution. The Honolulu Police Department (whose uniforms and badges bear a depiction of the Splintered Paddle) repeatedly violates this Law.
(De)Occupy Honolulu resident and Makiki Neighborhood Board member Chris Smith's recorded live stream of the raid is here at his Pineapple Glitch channel on Ustream.
The police actions are commonly called "Bill 54" raids after the bill which became ordinance 11-029 Revised Ordinances of Honolulu which allows the City to seize attended property that has been stored on public property for 24 continuous hours. The tagged items are subject to seizure after 24 hours, but in practice, the City has taken untagged items that are in compliance with the ordinance.
In this one minute excerpt from the live stream, Lucas Miller asks if the law only protects those with property:
Doug has been a crucial member of OHNL's media team, capturing events on his ustream channel, covering General Assemblies, affinity meetings, raids from the city, local rallies and events, and more. His perspective on media and tenacity of spirit is reflected in his blog, The Doug Note
Again, you can find Doug's blog at: http://dougnote.blogspot.com/
You can find his streams at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/honoluludoug
He also has a YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheYTDoug (While you're there, check out our OccupyHNL channel)
Monday, Feb. 27th, 2012 (11:16 pm)
The Senate has reconvened for HB 2874 at 10:30 pm (read again, that's pm) and is going into the decision making process.
Keep calling and tell them that they serve the interest of the people, not Oceanic Time Warner Cable!
Chair: Kyle Yamashita, 586-6331
Vice Chair: James Tokioka, 586-6270
Monday, Feb. 27th, 2012
Tell the state you support public media.
This House Bill, HB 2874, seeks to permanently cap funding for all community access centers at current levels. Olelo and their PEG Access sister organizations are united in strong opposition to this bill since it will make it impossible for any of Hawaii's PEG Access centers to maintain current service levels after this year. On the surface, the revenues above the cap will go to create a broadband special fund to (I guess in the state treasury; for the public schools) fund public school broadband and laptop initiatives.
Basically, the state is seeking to place a 3% cap in accordance with Oceanic Time Warner's cable fees receieved in 2011 to provide more laptops for select schools, meanwhile Olelo already provides equipment, including laptops to those who have signed up and been certified for their use, FOR FREE. BECAUSE IT'S PUBLIC INFORMATION.
Also, the city came by this morning at 8:30 am after a week-long break to tag items at our encampment in accordance to Ordinance 11029.
Thursday, Feb. 16th, 2012
(Note: This video was taken on the 15th of Feb. It's just that it's taken this long to get everything together and uploaded due to the conditions at hand.)
Our contingency plans to have a mobile camp were foiled when the Department of Parks and Recreations, in tandem with the Honolulu Police Department stepped off the sidewalk of Thomas Square to steal our belongings that we had moved off the property and up Ward Ave long before they were in any position to take it.
The city has taken our tents, furniture, generator, storage containers, gone through backpacks, and have stolen laptops, mobile phones, bikes, prescription medicines, and thrown an entire team's (Art, Performance, and Installations) worth of art and art supplies into the garbage.
They have violated our constitutional rights, both United States and Hawaiian Kingdom. Our city is out of control, friends, and it's up to us to come together and show that we not be moved. We the people will not be bullied and exploited.
Like us on Facebook under Occupy Honolulu.
Follow us on Twitter: @OccupyHonolulu #OHNL.
Aloha e,The (de)Occupy Honolulu Thomas Square encampment was installed on November 5, 2011 to stand in solidarity with the worldwide Occupy Wall Street movement, which has been addressing the imbalances and injustices inherent in existing financial and political systems. Necessary and urgent discussion in regards to this issue, which directly affects most people today, and other relevant and inter-related issues are the reason why we MUST have an open, accessible, and public space that is available for people to assemble peacefully at all times. We established the encampment in order to provide a common space for citizens to gather and participate in creative solutions, in accordance with constitutional law, whenever they are able.
We do understand that some people have experienced inconvenience by our struggle to maintain an encampment. If we had not been forced to the far edges of the sidewalk by constantly shifting legislation, we assure you we would not be setting up our 24/7 free speech zones there. We have made several attempts and appeals to the City officials to find a way to work together to ensure people’s ongoing rights to freedom of speech while maintaining public safety and accessibility.
While we stand in full solidarity with the plight of the houseless population on Oahu, we are not a “homeless camp,” as may be a perception by some people. Please understand, it is a challenge for us to maintain a presence in public as we do, especially with police and governmental pressure to dismantle our efforts. Be assured, we are not here to “make house.” We are here to create a sustainable space in “the Commons” that allows for peaceful assembly and freedom of speech at all times. We chose Thomas Square because it holds great cultural and historical significance for sovereign rights.
In spite of the challenges we face, we are becoming more passionate and organized than ever. The local (de)Occupy movement is much larger than the few tents that remain at Thomas Square. We invite everyone who feels the call, from near and far, to participate in whatever capacity they choose.
If you would like to learn more about who we are and what we are doing, please:
Go to the open forum webpage: www.deoccupyhonolulu.org
Join our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OccupyHonolulu or follow us on Twitter: @occupyhonolulu and #OHNL
Or, just come by and talk story.
We call out to one and all, please, join us!
We stand with the 99%.
(de)Occupy Honolulu General Assembly
Monday, Feb. 6th, 2012
Our rights do not have a curfew!
Please join us at the Honolulu District Courthouse (1111 Alakea Street) on February 8th to show your support for the six (of eight) individuals who were arrested on Nov. 5th, 2011 for remaining seated in the grass area after park closure hours. Those arrested showed the courage to assert fundamental freedoms, which do not end at 10pm!
Saturday, Feb. 4th, 2012
In preparation for the city's arrival, more art was created.
It took them all day, but the Department of Park and Recreation (DOPAR), with Honolulu Police Department (HPD) finally showed up at 2 am on the 4th of February. "Raid!" one individual said as people emerged from their tents, surrounded by flashing Police lights.
Along with the art display, cardboard, signs, clothing, notebooks, furniture, chalk, paint, and more being confiscated, the city had considered taking the dog food we have for Bo, our OccuDog, until an occupant convinced them otherwise.
This is what happens to the houseless community on the island. Their shelter and bedding are taken, and are sometimes fined depending on the city representative's mood.
Check out the footage one our Facebook page
Thursday, Feb. 2nd, 2012
Though we were ready for the city's enforcement of Ordinance 1129 since 8 am, city employees did not show up until after 1 pm. They took our chairs, tents, signs, totes, shelves, and more, but we are still here. You cannot steal the integrity of free thinkers!
In light of the tactics used by the city, our own Lucas Miller decided to lighten the mood with a prank, which resulted in his prompt arrest with no charge until after processing.
Check out the footage and articles on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OccupyHonolulu
FREE LUCAS MILLER!
On the morning of February 1st the Dept. of Parks and Recreations with the Honolulu Police Dept. came to tag the community property at Thomas Square in accordance to Ordinance 1129 (previously known as Bill 54). Tomorrow, the 2nd, they will return to confiscate belongings that have not been moved. We suspect the Parks and Recreation team to appear as early as 7:00 am.
Come any time you can to bear witness, stand in solidarity, and let your voice be heard! See you there.
Tagged Splinter Paddle?! The absurdity won't pass unnoticed!! The paddle represents Kānāwai Māmalahoe, the Hawaiian law that grants the people the right to "lie by the side of the road in safety". Hawai'i Police has a paddle in the badges.
The department of transportation has surveyed the area around Thomas Square and has drawn new boundaries for the park, which happen to include where our encampment is now. Sgt. Santos of HPD has informed us of this change. After 10 PM, the encampment will be on park grounds and in violation of park rules. Please help us secure this space, write or call:
Office of the Mayor: 808-768-4141
Parks and Recreation: 808-768-3003
☮ Visit us @ Thomas Square on the corner of Ward Avenue and Beretania. Participate in the spirit of direct participation and consensus @ a General Assembly (GA) on Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 6pm.
Join us, and make your voice heard! ☮
To learn about the GA process you can check the GA EXPLAINED page (see tab above).
As each of us participates in the General Assembly, online and in any other setting, we shall make every effort to use “I” statements rather than talking about “you,” “all of humanity,” or any other group. We shall strive to talk about our relationship with others while refraining from speaking for them. We recognize that the gross inequality in wealth depends upon colonization, displacement, and marginalization on the basis of race, sexual orientation, class, gender and gender identity, nationality, age, and ability. We shall consider our own possible privileges as we create a safe and non-judgmental space for each other’s expression of thoughts and feelings, by our respectful listening, speech and actions. In being mindful in this way we recognize that fighting inequality of all kinds rocks the foundations upon which corporate dominance and economic exploitation are built. In addressing our differences our work can become truly revolutionary and transformative.
Local singer Makana visits the Occupy Honolulu camp
and sings his new song, "We are the Many".
Civil Disobedience: freedom of speech doesn't end at 10PM! 1st night of occupation (Nov 5, after 1 month of daily GAs). Mic checks before the arrests.
Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
THIS DOCUMENT WAS ACCEPTED BY THE NYC GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2011
As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
... As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.
They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *
To the people of the world,
We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.
Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.
To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.
Join us and make your voices heard!
*These grievances are not all-inclusive.