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Raid 14 on (De)Occupy Honolulu brings call for Forum Freedom Furniture

(De)Occupy Honolulu, day 174 of Thomas Square encampment: Seven armed Honolulu Police Department personnel, and City crews under the direction of Director of Facilities Maintenance Westley Chun and Coordinator of Office of Housing Trish Morikawa conducted a seizure raid on Occupy Honolulu today at around 11:30am. Counting the Bill 54 tagging and seizure raids of April 9, 10, 12, and 26, this is raid number 14. (Tagging raids 13A and 13B were on April 9 and 10, with companion seizure raid on April 12.)

After yesterday's tagging raid, (De)Occupy Honolulu rotated all tents out to supporters' private property to disqualify them from seizure under "Bill 54" (ordinance 11-029) which requires property to be "stored" for 24 hours on public property after being tagged. However, chairs, desks, and a really comfortable sofa which were tagged yesterday were seized. These items are either gleaned from Makiki curbsides or contributed by supporters.

Why do people support (De)Occupy Honolulu? Repeat contributor and masked man Zorro (not his real name) sent this art piece and limerick (along with some tents and chairs) not too long ago.

So be like Zorro! Donate some Freedom Furniture (or let (De)Occupy Honolulu know where you see furniture appropriate for the Public Forum).

(De)Occupy Honolulu is in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and the worldwide Occupy Movement which asserts 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 urge people to exercise the right to peaceably assemble, occupy public space, create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

Oh, and big party and call for General Strike on May 1, but that's a whole other post.

H. Doug Matsuoka
27 April 2012
Makiki, Honolulu


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