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

7.20.2012

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 ways, not.

Mayor Carlisle had some expensive high resolution cams put in for APEC but the image gets deresolved before itʻs served to the public. The one devoted to DeOccupy Honolulu is usually (around 5 out of 6 images) especially blurred out. I did find a (legal) way to access the unblurred image, though.

Hereʻs one I just captured from the official "traffic cam."

And hereʻs one from the same cam, but from a different source:

During todayʻs raid, I noticed the camera "zoom" into the action. Check the Flickr set for some comparison shots.

For better or worse, weʻre living more and more in public, and Iʻm okay with that. Now, imagine if we could bring this sort of transparency to government! Iʻd really like to see who Mayor Carlisle is talking to or what lobbyist is buying the drinks for my legislator. Or whatever.

Maybe a politician will volunteer for some kind of constant live streaming coverage? He/she would be able to turn it off whenever he/she wanted to, but at least the public would either be able to follow or know he/she had killed the feed. What think you?

H. Doug Matsuoka
Ustream "HonoluluDoug"
19 July 2012
Makiki, Honolulu

7.11.2012

The Vegas Ohana and DeOccupy Honolulu protest Bishop Estate



[Photo by DeOccupy Honolulu]

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

7.10.2012

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.

From a recent (05/31/2012) raid where artwork and other property was trashed
Although the pretext of the raids is the enforcement of Bill 54 (now ordinance 11-029) which is about "storing property," neither the Honolulu Police Department nor DFM bother following the ordinance or obeying the law at all. Property, including personal possessions, pamphlets and expressive material such as signs and artwork are seized and destroyed rather than tagged and stored as the ordinance requires.

Attacking DeOccupy Honolulu is important enough for Mayor Peter Carlisle to send Cabinet-level DFM Director Westley Chun to lead the raids, along with Trish Morikawa, coordinator of Carlisle's newly created Office of Housing. Morikawa was deputy prosecutor under Carlisle when he was prosecuting attorney. These are political patronage positions, not public service positions, although the public does pay their salaries ($112,000 and $80,000, respectively).

7.03.2012

Two arrested as police harassment continues at DeOccupy Honolulu



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.

[Photo by Nova Smith]
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 property before being subject to seizure and impoundment.