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

8.28.2012

From deOccupy Honolulu to Songs of Sovereignty


Some would think Hawaiian Sovereignty groups and deOccupy Honolulu would have trouble sharing Thomas Square… or anything else for that matter. But this yearʻs La Hoʻihoʻi Ea, (the commemoration of the restoration of sovereignty on July 31, 1843) saw the participation of deOccupy Honolulu with the Kanaka Maoli groups that filled the Victoria Street quadrant of the park at the end of last month.

I think some people want to look at the park and see a vast unused expanse of greenery and feel offended when something else happens there. But there are many ways to share park space and use. It takes cooperation, not armed police and bulldozers.

This past Sunday a Hawaiian sovereignty group met for the first of many "Songs of Sovereignty" gatherings. Of course, deOccupy Honolulu has been holding its "Food Not Bombs" jam sessions at the same day and time for months. Conflict? Time to call the police and bulldozers? Not at all.

So, how does one get from deOccupy Hawaii to Songs of Sovereignty? Follow Karen. (Oh, you were thinking this was an ideological question?)


(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. They 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.

H. Doug Matsuoka
28 August 2012
Makiki, Honolulu

P.S. There has been a steady stream of information coming out of the deOccupy Honolulu encampment and I havenʻt been able to keep up! More reporting soon, I promise!

8.08.2012

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 Chun and Kenneth Shimizu) and a buddy from his days as Prosecutor (Trish Morikawa) to the deOccupy Honolulu corner (Ward and Beretania) with a bunch of police, big body crews, bulldozers, dump trucks, and other heavy equipment to clear the corner at all costs. Then he could pop out his chest and boast about how he put these political dissenters in place. But how long will it stay cleared? Theyʻve done this before to no avail. Theyʻve either tagged or attempted seizure more than 30 times and they havenʻt managed to keep the protesters off the corner for the last 277 days. Iʻm thinking tents will be back on the corner this evening.

RRrrrr. Okay, maybe Iʻm venting. While I work on the uplifting article, I thought Iʻd show some photos and what not of todayʻs raid. Oh, Iʻm calling it the "Heil Carlisle" raid not just Director of Department of Facilities Management Westley Chun struck a perfect "Heil Carlisle" pose at the end of the raid, but because this method of controlling peaceful (and well organized) protest has been used before. By that other guy that compared poor minorities to "rat infestations."

Anyway, Beretania is the street that many voters will drive down on their way to the polling station on Saturday. Just sayinʻ.

Meanwhile, hereʻs a Flickr set of photos from todayʻs raid, plus a short video of Trish Morikawa stealing a tent, and links to the livestream recordings from me, Nova, and iZombies. Those should keep you occupied (no pun intended, really) until I finish drafting my article listing some of the significant achievements of the movement and encampment.

(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. They 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.

[Update: Just for the record, red tents went up that very night. Continuous encampment continued. Doug]

H. Doug Matsuoka
Makiki, Honolulu
08 August 2012

8.03.2012

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.

[The art wall before destruction]

The other side of the wall featured works by #STanigawa. These paintings -- many of them political statements -- were seized and destroyed on site. 

The area of the installation is directly across the sidewalk from the encampment, and not within the walled park boundaries. Armed police were used to keep deOccupy Honolulu residents from saving the artwork.

Many of the #STanigawa pieces in this flickr set were destroyed. 

Stay tuned for more info.

(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. They 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.

H. Doug Matsuoka
03 August 2012
Makiki, Honolulu