H. Doug Matsuoka's notes in the margin of the Big Everything.

12.27.2011

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

[Before the internet, there were pamphlets and posters. Kelly had a printing press at home that kept busy keeping people informed. This is from around 1971.]

One often hears dismay over differences among the various [Hawaiian] sovereignty movements today. We believe that they reflect differences in the class outlook, and lack of familiarity with key historical happenings. Differences are replaced by unity as the true facts of history become available.

Neither public nor private schools have ever taught the true plundering history of the system that created and controls them. In my seven years at Punahou, five at Roosevelt and three at the U.H. before WWII, nothing truthful was ever mentioned about the mahele, for example, the vagrancy slave-labor law, or the illegal colonial overthrow by the U.S. military. And it took a student/faculty strike at the University of Hawai'i to force the government to fund the Ethnic Studies program begun by rebellious students and a few faculty members, 66 years after the U.H. was created in 1903.

12.17.2011

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...

12.05.2011

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 President
Laurie Goodwin
Syngenta Hawaii
Treasurer
John Anderson
(anyone have info?)
Secretary
Alika Napier
DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred
Director
David Gilliland
Mycogen Seeds (sells Monsanto "Roundup Ready" seeds)
Director
Cindy Goldstein
DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred (Hawaii Lobbyist)
Director
Adolph Helm
Dow Agro-Science
Director
Kirby Kester
BASF Plant Science
Director
Steve Lupkes
BASF Plant Science
Director
Mark Phillipson
Syngenta Seeds
Director
Mark Stoutemeyer
DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred
Director
Alan Takemoto
Monsanto (Hawaii Lobbyist)

And the Executive Director of this group, Alicia Maluafiti? Sheʻs a registered State of Hawaii lobbyist.

12.03.2011

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 the resolution, scroll down for links to testimony).

Submit testimony, sign up to speak.

Hearings will be at Honolulu Hale, 530 S King St,  Room, 202 Honolulu, HI 96813.  Phone (808) 768-5010.

Why is it important to act on the city, county, and state level?  Check this out:


See you December 7.  GMO's have got to go!

H. Doug Matsuoka
3 December 2011
Makiki, Honolulu

Related: The Hawaii Crop Improvement Association submitted testimony against labeling GMO's.  Who are they?  Just a lobbying group of the largest GMO corporations on Earth.  See my post here.

[Follow up of 12/17/2011: Tally For/Against = 92% For labeling GMO / 8% Against, but still fails.]