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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 …