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Love, Truth, and Action: John Kelly's 3 requirements for activists

[I found this essay, originally published in 1997 and simply titled, "Save Our Surf" at Hawaiian Sovereignty activist Dennis "Bumpy" Kanahele's Hawaii-Nation website. I have retitled it and added headings and illustrations. All illustrations are from the University of Hawaii's digital collection of Kelly's pamphlets, posters, and photos. The are from protests and demonstrations dating back to the 1960's. 

Kelly's Save Our Surf (SOS) group started in the late 1960's in an effort to protect surfing and fishing sites that were being threatened by corporate development. Not only was SOS successful in those efforts, it helped create legislation protecting our natural resources, and was behind the creation of the first inventory of the public use of Hawaii's shoreline on all islands. — H. Doug Matsuoka]

Love, Truth, and Action
by John Kelly

One often hears dismay over differences among the various [Hawaiian] sovereignty movements today. We belie…

Let the lawmakers hear: The people speak out for GMO labeling

Like a lot of people, I was disappointed that the Honolulu City & County left mandatory GMO labeling out of its Resolution 11-339 which will go to the State Legislature for action.  The other three counties (Kaua‘i, Maui, and Hawaii Island) included that in their draft of the Hawaii State Association of Counties Legislative Package that the Hawaii Legislature will look at in 2012.

And like a lot of you, I sat through the hours of testimony that were overwhelmingly FOR the mandatory labeling of GMO products. There was a lot of written testimony submitted too, and I wondered how many were for GMO labeling, and how many against.

The Council's web document sharing system links all submitted testimony, but doesn't label it "For" or "Against." I'd think that kind of info would be helpful to the council members, but what do I know.  I decided to look at every piece of testimony, tally it up and present it here...

Competing GMO corporations sit at the same table in Hawaii

[Update for 2013: This was written for the 2012 Hawaii Legislative session and is still current except the President of the association listed here as Monsantoʻs Perlak was replaced by Syngentaʻs Pillipson.] 

While reviewing the testimony submitted in opposition to the mandatory labeling of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) products in Honolulu City Council Resolution 11-339, I wasn’t surprised to see lobbyists for huge chemical corporations like Monsanto and Syngenta.   I’m new at this and not familiar with the “players” so when I saw the name of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, I decided to take a look and find out what they were about. In their testimony in opposition to GMO labeling, they describe themselves as “a nonprofit trade association representing the seed industry in Hawaii.” How cool, right? Wrong! I tried to find out more about them by researching their officers and directors.  Here’s a breakdown:
Position Name From President Fred Perlak Monsanto (Hawaii Lobbyist) Vice …

Let the people speak - Label GMO's! Support Resolution 11-339 (Hearing 12/7/11 Honolulu City Council)

[updated 12/5/11 9:29pm]

Not only will the Honolulu City Council be acting on Bill 54 (further criminalizing homelessness and protest) on Wednesday, 12/7/11, but it will also have a chance to pass Resolution 11-339 which contains a provision requiring the labeling of GMO foods! As one would expect, the item has already incurred strong opposition by food product lobbyists, and GMO giants Monsanto and Syngenta.

Now let the people speak out in support of Resolution 11-339 and the labeling of GMO foods!  Here are some quick links to help you do that:

Honolulu City & County Agenda for Wednesday, 12/7/2011 (with links to Bill 54, and Resolution 11-339)

UPDATE of 12/05/2011: Councilmember Tom Berg will be offering a floor amendment which includes the provision for the mandatory labeling of GMO products.  This is "Resolution 11-339, CD1, Proposed FD1 (TB)" in the above Agenda.  The other version does not have the GMO provision. 

Resolution 11-339 Status (which includes links to th…