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ʻAina Fest celebrates an active year against GMOs in Hawaii

GMO-Free Oahu and Babes Against Biotech present this Sundayʻs (12/30/2012) "ʻAina Fest -- Food Sovereignty Now." Beginning with a march down Diamond Head Road (across from Kapiolani Community College) and ending at Kapiolani Park (near Kalakaua across from the Aquarium) it hopes to gather together the diverse opponents of GMO to meet each other, talk, and trade stories and ideas.

There will be informational booths, childrenʻs activities, and prizes at the park. And organic food, of course.

From the organizers' statement:
We, members and friends of GMO-Free Oahu and Babes Against Biotech, would like you to join us in spreading awareness by demanding food sovereignty for all.   People have the right to decide what they eat and to ensure that food in their community is healthy and accessible for everyone. However, that right has been stripped from us by large corporate interests. The current food system does not support small, local farmers and sustainable agricultural prac…

Breaking news: deOccupy Honolulu wins Restraining Order against Honolulu

From Sugar Russell:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Longest Running Occupy Encampment Wins Restraining Order against Honolulu, HI

Honolulu 12/17 -- On Wednesday, December 12th, members of (de)Occupy Honolulu filed a lawsuit against the City & County of Honolulu, Wesley Chun (Director & Chief Engineer of Department of Facilities 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 focus on the city & county’s abuse of Ordinance 10-26 (AKA Bill 39), which limits the use of sidewalks after pushing (de)Occupy to the…

The very strange state of the State of Hawaii and its case against Peace Activist Laulani Teale

OK, kind of a rant here, but it's as late at night for you as it is for me. Iʻm thinking about how really weird and twisted some things are here in Hawaii: We take as our state motto -- Ua mau ke ea o ka 'āina i ka pono -- which proclaimed by Kauikeaouli, King Kamehameha III, denies the very existence of the State of Hawaii (hereʻs part of a video by Umi Perkins explaining that point);And mindful that he would no doubt object to the imposition of foreign rule and an alien legal system on his nation, we name the District Court after him anyway (Kauikeaouli Hale); We declare Hawaiian as well as English an official language of the State, and although we give government buildings and streets Hawaiian names, we donʻt require any further familiarity with the language or culture, even for government officials and judges;We enshrine the Law of the Splintered Paddle, Kamehamehaʻs Kānāwai Māmalahoe, into the State Constitution, but donʻt require the State, its police, or its courts to …

Quick update and reminder: Peace Activist Laulani Teale's trial Day 5, all day 11/9/2012

Sorry I've been so out of touch. I plead a tired old "too much to keep track of" and "I promise a comprehensive update" on things like deOccupy Honolulu's 1 year anniversary. The one continuous year occupation of the Ward and Beretania corner makes it the most enduring encampment in the entire Occupy Movement worldwide.
But that's a long story. Just wanted to remind all that Day 5 of the trial of Laulani Teale will be today (Friday, November 9) at District Court. It's scheduled all day on the 7th floor starting at 8:30am in courtroom delta (7D) and changing in the afternoon at 1:30pm to courtroom alpha (yup, 7A). Laulani Teale is the activist who was arrested on disorderly conduct charges when trying to talk to Mayor Carlisle at the last May Day Lei Day celebration. Iʻm a witness. Or I should say, my video recording is a witness.
Yes, Hawaii Guerrilla Video's Kamuela Vance Viveiros will be covering the courtroom proceedings, but I will be hangi…

The 1st Amendment is the new 2nd Amendment

OK, so itʻs past midnight and I have to go to sleep. Iʻm going to be a witness in the ever continuing trial of Laulani Teale later on today (Wed 10/17/12). Actually, before her trial, the Court will hear whether the Hawaii Guerrilla Video Hui can continue the court coverage it was granted by the original judge in the trial. Judge Paula Devens doubted that the original order allowing us to provide media coverage was "providently granted" and halted the trial to avoid media coverage. The ACLU supports our right for continuing coverage of the trial -- Iʻm a member of the named "Hawaii Guerrilla Video Hui."

My recorded livestream of the Teale arrest itself contradicts the testimony of the prosecutionʻs witnesses -- all of them City and County of Honolulu employees. Whether they will allow the video or not, Iʻll be able to show it to you so you can decide.
Which brings me to this point. I hear 2nd Amendment proponents talking all kinds of stuff about how the right to ke…

Two members of deOccupy Honolulu's "chain gang" arrested

[Update of 10/22/2013: Cathy Russell and Blade Walsh are currently on trial for Obstruction of Government Operations. Madori Rumpungworn was found guilty of Obstruction of Government Operations and sentenced to 30 days incarceration at Oahu Community Correctional Center. Supporters have started a petition calling for an end to the raids on deOccupy Honolulu and the houseless and for defenders of human rights to be freed. Click here for petition. Doug]

When Honolulu Police Department (HPD) officers and City crews raided the deOccupy Honolulu encampment today to seize property tagged yesterday, they also came upon three protesters who had chained themselves to each other and to the tent flooring pallet. The "chain gang" was protesting the City's continuing use of Bill 54 (ordinance 11-029) to seize and destroy the belongings of the homeless.

The police called for an ambulance and a firetruck, but the firemen to their credit refused to cut the chain gang out of their chains…

How your news gets disappeared by the Court

So how did the trial of peace activist Laulani Teale go today at District Court? Tealeʻs first court appearance on a disorderly conduct charge was on August 24 of this year. The four officers who were subject to subpoena did not show up. If you or I donʻt show up at court, the Court issues a warrant for our arrest. In this case, they continued the trial to today.

Before Teale's first Court appearance, I applied for and received an order for "Extended Media Coverage" that would allow me and Kamuela Vance Viveiros to video and photograph the proceedings. The application cited Hawaii Guerrilla Video Hui as the media organization. Viveiros and I are both founding members of the hui which was recently awarded a grant by the Hawaiʻi People's Fund and the Kim Coco Iwamoto Fund for Social Justice to continue frontline media coverage of social justice actions. Viveiros' recently competed documentary, Kalo Culture, will premier on October 13, at the Hawaii International Fi…

(de)Occupy Honolulu celebrates Occupy Wall Street’s one-year anniversary

Day 316, deOccupy Honolulu: Although Honolulu took 49 days after Occupy Wall Street took Zuccotti park to set up their own encampment at the corner of Ward and Beretania, (de)Occupy Honolulu is the longest continuing encampment in the worldwide Occupy Movement.

In the works is a short history and list of accomplishments (in the face of 42 raids by police and City crews) but for now I'm circulating the official schedule of events celebrating the first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.

Honolulu will be joining various Hawaii Occupy groups and the Occupy Movement worldwide to stop corporate GMO giant Monsanto.

I'll be live streaming some of the events starting tonight. Follow me @HDoug at Twitter for broadcast notifications, or Ustream channel HonoluluDoug.

And follow the Twitter hashtag #S17 for news before it's disappeared.

H. Doug Matsuoka
16 September 2012
Makiki, Honolulu

For Immediate Release
September 15, 2012

Occupy Wall Street, the first of many public demonstrations t…

Then and Now (notes for a presentation on activism in Hawaii)

I've been asked to give a presentation for a class focusing on the history of local activism, especially comparing the movements of "then" with the "now" of Occupy Movement (at deOccupy Honolulu) and Hawaiian Sovereignty/Kanaka Maoli struggles. At least that's what I think I'm presenting -- as documentor who was there then and is here now.

My premise is that activism (or "reactivism") has a definite cultural component and you are "activated" when something strikes you as compelling. And often that can be culturally defined.

Rather than just be some old guy with reminiscences, I thought I would present some data that might be interesting. So here is my outline with notes and links.

From deOccupy Honolulu to Songs of Sovereignty

Today's "Heil Carlisle" raid on deOccupy Honolulu clears corner -- but for how long?

Day 277, deOccupy Honolulu. I swear, I was working on a pleasant, uplifting little article on the recent accomplishments, achievements, and precious moments at deOccupy Honolulu (at the art and political events in the park) when the third raid in three days cleared the whole corner. 

And since the mainstream media isnʻt covering it, a little interim report follows:

The City must be upset that yesterdayʻs raid was such a public humiliation for them. They had invited media to witness massive heavy equipment and armed force to close the encampment. But the deOccupiers had swapped out the tents making themselves exempt from seizure under the Bill 54 ordinance 11-029. The tents were swapped out again, but today they didnʻt bother following the law at all and just seized everything even though nothing was tagged and nothing was at all subject to seizure.

Tell me if Iʻm wrong. Iʻm thinking that under pressure from lagging poll numbers, Mayor Carlisle sent a couple of cabinet members (Westley…

The Life of the land... goes into the garbage

Day 272, deOccupy Honolulu. In a midnight raid, Honolulu police and City crews descended on the deOccupy Honolulu encampment on the corner of Ward and Beretania to seize artwork created for this past weekendʻs "Off Art After Dark" event and Sundayʻs "La Hoʻihoʻi Ea," the commemoration of the return of sovereignty to the Hawaiian nation on July 31, 1843.

Hereʻs a livestream of the raid by iZombies:

The main installation, an art wall, was painted with the words, "E mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono," in solidarity with Sundayʻs La Hoʻihoʻi Ea commemoration of the return of sovereignty to the Hawaiian nation.


Hey Big Brother, Little Brother is watching back!

[First posted at DisappearedNews.com on July 19, 2012.]
Day 257, DeOccupy Honolulu. I couldnʻt be at Thomas Square today for the expected seizure/tagging raid by Honolulu Police and the Department of Facilities Maintenance, so I followed along on Honolulu City & Countyʻs "traffic cam" of the area. The encampment was abbreviated in preparation of the seizure raid, and also because there is currently a second encampment in front of Kamehameha Schools Kawaiahaʻo Plaza protesting Bishop Estate landlord injustice.
I followed along also on livestreamer "iZombies" livestream of the raid. And when the police and DFM crews went to the Kawaiahaʻo encampment I switched to livestreamer "RebelutionNovaʻs" channel. My five photo Flickr set also has links to the recorded livestreams.
I long ago noticed that the camera was almost never focused on the traffic. Itʻs usually focused directly on the DeOccupy Honolulu encampment. This is creepy in some ways, and in some …

The Vegas Ohana and DeOccupy Honolulu protest Bishop Estate

Even before it got dark, the line of red tents fronting Bishop Estate headquarters at Kawaiahao Plaza in downtown honolulu was growing. By midnight there were seven in a neat line:

The Vegas family has been trying to get Bishop Estate to do something to prevent the continual flooding of their Punaluʻu property. At this point, they are working against an eviction order -- from their home, not the tents.
Some background here at the Vegas familyʻs BishopEstateLandlordInjustice.com and in this video.
More later,
H. Doug Matsuoka 11 July 2012

DeOccupy Honolulu still relevant challenge to status quo

[Reprinted with permission from the Star Advertiser where it was first published 07/09/2012 as an "Island Voices" guest editorial. This link goes to the subscription required original version. Doug]


As I write this, the smoke is still clearing from the raucous, beery entertainment that the commemoration of the war of American independence has become.

But I don't want to get into the politics of that at the moment. I want to argue that DeOccupy Honolulu, the encampment that continues at the corner of Ward Avenue and Beretania Street, is the most persistent and pointed challenge to the political status quo in many a year.

It has been the target of more than 20 raids by the police and the city Department of Facilities Maintenance (DFM), and a like number of arrests, including the first eight on Nov. 5, 2011, when the encampment began.

The raids have come at 3 a.m.; they have come in broad daylight. Armed personnel and heavy equipment accompany the raids.

Although the pretex…

Two arrested as police harassment continues at DeOccupy Honolulu

[Cross-posted at Disappeared News]
Day 241, DeOccupy Honolulu at Thomas Square Park. Last night at around 10.40 pm, Honolulu Police raided the DeOccupy Honolulu encampment and arrested two protest participants, Terry Anderson and D'Angelo McIntyre, charging them with being within the official park borders after the 10pm closing time. They were cited with more than just park violations as Terry's bail is set at $1,000 and D'Angelo at $600. 
A protest was immediately mobilized. This photo was taken around 2:36 am and was moved in front of the HPD headquarters shortly after.
The arrests come after four consecutive raids last week by police and the Department of Facilities Maintenance (DFM). The police and DFM illegally seized tents and contents in last Thursday's raid after mainstream media press had documented the area 24 hours before. The seizures are being conducted under "Bill 54" (now ordinance 11-029) which requires items to be tagged 24 and left on prope…

4th Raid in 4 Days: Illegal seizure of property at DeOccupy Honolulu

Day 236, DeOccupy Honolulu encampment. For the fourth time in four days, Honolulu Police Department (HPD) personnel and Department of Facilities Maintenance (DFM) crews raided the DeOccupy Honolulu encampment.
The encampment removed most of tents to private property during yesterdayʻs raid to exempt the property from seizure under Bill 54 (now ordinance 11-029). (Flickr photo narrative here.) Two brand new (and therefore untagged) tents were seized, and for the first time, the untagged contents of tents were seized.
The city seems to be intent on a courtroom showdown to resolve the legality of Bill 54 and its implementation.
DeOccupy Honolulu plans to have an encampment back on the corner this afternoon. They have completely rebuilt the encampment a number of times since the first teardown on 12/29/2011 when the Thomas Square Park boundaries were redrawn so HPD could tear it down.
Nova Smithʻs recorded livestream of the event:
(De)Occupy Honolulu is in solidarity with Occupy Wall Stre…

How your news gets "disappeared": Raid 23 on DeOccupy Honolulu

DeOccupy Honolulu day 234: Since Honolulu Police Department (HPD) officers and Department of Facilities Maintenance (DFM) crews "tagged" property yesterday, todayʻs "Bill 54" seizure raid was expected. These coupled tagging & seizure raids have become somewhat routine to DeOccupy Honolulu who have endured more than 20 Bill 54 raids since the first ones on February 1 & 2.
But todayʻs raid offered a glimpse into how news is effectively disappeared in the first place. I expect to see a one sided story about todayʻs raid on tonightʻs news (KHON I think, but I donʻt watch TV so I canʻt ID the reporter). I suspect one sidedness because I was at the raid, livestreamed and photographed it, saw how the "news" crew covered only a very carefully selected one half of the story.
But I jump ahead of myself. I mounted a Flickr set (here) to tell the story, but here are some of the highlights:
Per HPD and DFM current practice, they cordoned off the entire area i…

Eric Seitz: Pro bono is a crock

At yesterday's "Justice in Jeopardy, Expanding Access to Justice in Challenging Economic Times" at the UH Richardson Law School, Dean of Harvard Law School Martha L. Minow pointed out that one in five Americans now qualify for civil legal assistance because they are within 125% of the Poverty Level -- a record high in the history in the county. As the demand for legal services grows, the available resources continue to diminish, leaving most without the "equal protection" of the law.

I checked out the breakout session on pro bono because I used to work for Hawaii's pro bono referral service, Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii (VLSH).

These days, most pro bono services are not attorneys representing clients, but short informational sessions at legal clinics. Moderator Robert LeClair asked attorney Eric Seitz what he thought of this turn in pro bono services.  This is what Eric said:

"Well, let me start out by saying that I've always thought pro bono w…

Interim report: Everybody knows

Today's "Justice in Jeopardy: Expanding Access to Justice in Challenging Economic Times" at the Richardson Law School was most interesting. Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow revealed that 63 million Americans -- that's 1 out of 5 -- now qualify for legal assistance because they fall within 125% of the poverty level, the highest in the history of this country. OK. Except the means to deliver that assistance is also at an all time low. Result? Those who need legal assistance don't get it. It's kinda something that everybody knows.

I'm waiting for a certain attorney to OK a quote for accuracy before making a blog post here, and I'm also making notes to write a post about what it will really take to make "Bill 54" work. But maybe everything falls into the "everybody knows" category and I don't even need to write it.

In the meantime, "the poor stay poor, and the rich get rich, that's how it goes -- everybody knows."



Activist Nani Rogers at (De)Occupy Honolulu 06/10/2012

June 10, 2012, Day 218: A week after last Sundayʻs visit from Senator Will Espero, longtime Kauaʻi activist Nani Rogers dropped by (De)Occupy Honolulu to share song, history, and advice. She was on hand to welcome the return of Michael Daleyʻs painting/banner, "Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono," which was one of three paintings targeted by the City for seizure on 4/30/2012.

But unlike the political Q&A session with Senator Espero, this gathering took the form of the usual Food Not Bombs jam session. Or I guess I should use the term kanikapila in this case.

Mayor Carlisle: City violating law and civil rights

Mayor Carlisle,

Yesterday, a DVD with two video compilations showing HPD and City personnel breaking the law was delivered to Corp Counsel and the State Attorney General. The compilations were gathered from footage taken at (De)Occupy Honoluluʻs Ward/Beretania encampment and show repeated and routine seizure and destruction of untagged property, violation of the Law of the Splintered Paddle, and violations of the First and Fourth Amendments of the US Constitution.

The public can view the videos either at Youtube or the posts made at my blog the DougNote or at DisappearedNews.com. I am sending this email to you to ensure that you are aware of the serious matters presented by the videos. Since you have not responded to my query of 2/17/2012 regarding the seizure of personal property from private property, or my query of 3/29/2012 requesting a breakdown of Bill 54 costs, I do not expect you to respond to this. I copy this message to the members of the Honolulu City Council who passed Bill …

(De)Occupy Honolulu to City and State: Who do you call when the police are stealing your stuff?

[Cross posted from Disappeared News]

It's small compared to some of the historic encampments but at 215 days the handful of (De)Occupy Honolulu tents comprises the longest running Occupy encampment in the Occupy Movement worldwide. Some call it an eyesore, some say it's just plain dangerous to the occupants. Tents are perched precariously near traffic on the sidewalk. But there is a reason for positioning the tents in a line abutting the roadside: The Kanawai Mamalahoe, the Law of the Splintered Paddle. This, the first law declared by Hawaiʻi's first king (Kamehameha) and incorporated into Hawaiʻi's constitution decrees the protection and safety of all those who lie by the road.

During the 20 plus "Bill 54" raids by City crews with trucks, cranes, and other heavy equipment, armed Honolulu Police Department officers -- who have the Splintered Paddle emblem on their badges -- have done nothing to enforce this protective law. In fact, they have helped violate t…

Will Espero at the (De)Occupy Honolulu Public Forum

[This was originally posted yesterday at Larry Gellerʻs DisappearedNews.com, which covers news that has either escaped local media or been "disappeared" mysteriously. Doug]
Mahalo to Larry Geller for inviting me to contribute to Disappeared News, Hawaiiʻs major source of the news you wonʻt see covered in the mainstream media. Iʻve been covering much of the continuing story of (De)Occupy Honolulu, particularly the 24 raids on the camp conducted by the police and the Cityʻs Department of Facilities Maintenance. At 212 days, (De)Occupy Honolulu is the longest running encampment in the entire Occupy Movement worldwide.
One of its goals is to establish a 24/7 public forum. A public forum is a traditional use of public space, and is one of the identifying features of a real democracy. When Senator Will Espero dropped by this past Sunday, 6/3/12 (after getting a lot of feedback from his Facebook photo of the encampment), he became the first elected official to participate in the en…

Raid Twenty Something on (De)Occupy Honolulu -- Trying to Keep Up

[Something of an interim report, or update for the time being -- Doug]
Iʻm trying to keep up with the number of times the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) and the City Department of Facilities Maintenance (DFM) has raided the (De)Occupy Honolulu encampment and either tagged or seized and trashed property. Iʻll have an authoritative list in a few days.

I reported the raid on May 30 as a tagging raid and sure enough, on Thursday, May 31, HPD and DFM showed up, taped off the area to appropriately place themselves in a "crime scene" and proceeded to seize and trash works of art produced for the Off Art After Dark event on May 25.

If you recall, this was the same artwork the day before during the HPD/DFM tagging raid:

Day 207: Raid 22 tags Off Artwork and Tents

[Itʻs hard keeping up with the Bill 54 seizure raids. My last post was on 5/21 and Raid 19, which was a "tagging" raid, which begot the seizure raid on May 22 (Raid 20). Then another raid (the third in three days) came on May 23, where some Freedom Furniture was taken, but tents not tagged, and that would be Raid 21.]

Armed police under the direction of Westley Chun, Director of the Department of Facilities Maintenance (the pothole fixers) and a small group of City personnel conducted a Bill 54 tagging raid on the (de)Occupy Honolulu encampment on the corner of Ward and S. Beretania this morning around 9:30am. 
Unlike the previous three raids, the area was not sealed off with crime tape. The group tagged tents, Freedom Furniture, and artwork created for the successful May 25, Off Art After Dark (permitted) event in the park. 

(de)Occupy Honolulu by the Numbers: Day 198, Raid 19

Just to document the count of days and count of raids on (de)Occupy Honolulu, I submit a photo from todayʻs Bill 54 tagging raid:

(click to embiggen)
The Honolulu Police Department and Department of Facilities Maintenance under Westley Chun and the Office of Housing under Coordinator Trish Morikawa raided (de)Occupy Honolulu this morning around 8.30am. This is the 19th raid in the encampmentʻs 198 day history of continuous encampment at Thomas Square. 
The tag on this plant means that it is subject to seizure 24 hours from now when (presumably) the Honolulu Police Department and Department of Facilities Maintenance will return with dump trucks to trash the place once more. They have trampled, dug up, or seized all plant life the encampment has attempted to grow.

Laulani Tealeʻs "Mele O Kaho‘olawe" at (De)Occupy Honolulu

I meant to post this video of Laulani Teale singing "Mele O Kaho‘olawe" last week as part of the 22nd anniversary of the islandʻs return from the military, and thatʻs certainly why Laulani sang it at the April 29, Food Not Bombs jam session at (De)Occupy Honolulu. But the police decided to stage a raid the next morning to seize the artwork that was being created at the very time Laulani was singing, and that really messed up my schedule.

To make matters worse, on May 1, when Laulani approached Mayor Carlisle at the Cityʻs annual Lei Day ceremony, a group of policemen arrested her and injured her hands in the process. Laulani and her mom have participated in this event as lei makers for years. I donʻt know if the cops knew she was a lei maker and musician who depends on her hands, but they seem to have gone out of their way to cause injury. Iʻm glad to have caught this performance for posterity.

Before she started singing, she told us, "This is a song in Hawaiian by this…