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

9.26.2012

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.

Press interview the deOccupy Honolulu "chain gang" after police left. Two -- Catherine Russell and Jehle Phillips were later arrested and released on bail.
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 so they could be removed to jail. And the ambulance workers likewise refused that their ambulance be used as paddy wagon. So the police left to raid the pop-up encampment that deOccupy Honolulu had set up at the University of Hawaii on September 17, as part of the worldwide Occupy Monsanto effort.

That encampment had been moved temporarily to private property to circumvent the ordinance. The police did not even bother getting out of their cars at that encampment and left after being called out by the deOccupy Honolulu bullhorns.

9.20.2012

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.

Laulani Teale in Court during her August 24 appearance
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 Film Festival.

9.16.2012

(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 that have now spanned into a world-wide grassroots movement, will be celebrating its first anniversary on September 17th, 2012. In solidarity with OWS’s calls to action, (de)Occupy Honolulu has plans for the upcoming days.


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On Sunday, September 16th from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm activities kick-off with a celebration; Food Not Bombs and a live streaming party marking the anniversary of the Occupy movement by joining a countdown to midnight in time zones across the United States.

9.11.2012

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.