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Five dystopian predictions regarding Bill 48 and the criminalized homeless

[Update of 11/12/14: So far, I suck as Nostradamus. For one, I was late to the hearing because I was sure it would be in the afternoon. I was wrong. I got there in time to testify, but not to catch many other testimonies. I also missed if the City put on a presentation or testimony. I'm trying to get ahold of the video recording. But I'm pretty sure Jun Yang didn't speak. Could it be that the City doesn't support this bill? I'm thinking that might be the case...

The vote on the bill was deferred to Friday. Councilmember Menor pointed out that the changes to the draft were substantial enough to require 48 hour notice, and that it was necessary to be strict about this since the ordinance is sure to be challenged in court. To me, it seems odd to pass a law that is certain to be challenged in court where we (The People) have to bear cost of defense penalty for being unconstitutional. Why shouldn't the tourist corporations and businesses that paid the councilmembers …

Info links for the Hawaii Guerrilla Video Hui table at The Hawaii People's Fund Expo

It's easier sending someone to the DougNote.com than various URLs with numerals etc., so here are some links for the Hawaii Guerrilla Video Hui table presentation at The Hawaii People's Fund Expo on Saturday, November 8, 2014.


The Hawaii Guerrilla Video Hui is Laulani Teale, Kamuela Vance Viveiros, and H. Doug Matsuoka. 
At the time of the Hawaii People's Fund Expo, Kamuela was attending the Olelo Community Media's Volunteer Award ceremony, and Laulani Teale was on Kauai at the Aloha Aina Celebration in Kekaha. She was scheduled to perform with Liko Martin, and to livestream video to the Hawaii People's Fund Expo in the evening. Big mahalo to Karen Murray for helping me at the Hawaii Guerrilla Video Hui table at the Expo!
(Click pic to go to livestream and recording (bandwidth permitting) of the Aloha Aina Celebration on Kauai)
Laulani has been working with legendary poet/songwriter/musician Liko Martin, and just finished a 10 week stint at the Health Bar at Diamond…

Outline and links: LiveStreaming: Extending Your Reach

LiveStreaming: Extending Your Reach
These are the notes for: LiveStreaming: Extending Your Reach, on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the University of Hawaii.

Today's hashtag:

Today's Livestream "event": Livestream workshop notes and links

Recording of my first "real" livestream (Part 1 of the 12/29/11 demolition of the first deOccupy Honolulu encampment):



1. What is "livestreaming"?
Demo: Live to web page with notices via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Discussion:
Why livestream (lo rez) rather than video (hi rez)
     Evidence not in camera
     Immediately available
     Viewable and editable later

2. The THREE THINGS you need:

(a)  Hardware: Any fairly modern smartphone (iPhone, Android, MS Windows Phone). Useful optional hardware: auxiliary battery, microphone, monopod

(b) Internet live video account: Livestream video provider account.

Leading livestream providers. Both have free accounts subject to limitations:
Ustream.com. Free account limitati…

Dancing for dollars: Mayor Caldwell fast tracks bill for $57,600 in contributions?

[Update: I testified before the Honolulu City Council using the information in this post. Of course, it didn't make a difference to the outcome, but for the record, here's the video:


In my last post, I wondered how public outcry can have so little effect against Mayor Caldwell's attempts to criminalize the homeless, namely Bills 42, 43, and variants. This latest set of proposed ordinances has seen four hearings where hours and hours of testimony opposing the measures have been offered by all sorts of people: the young and old, haole and Kanaka Maoli, activists, attorneys, clergy, social workers, homeless and former homeless, etc. Yet the mayor's bills criminalizing sitting or lying on the sidewalk have marched through without much opposition from the Council.  And all this despite the fact that the mayor has been unable to present facts supporting the need for the bill or evidence of the efficacy of these sorts of "sit/lie" bills.

On June 12, Mayor Caldwell t…

Public opposition to Mayor Caldwell's criminalization of the homeless (Bills 42, 43, and their variants)

I've been opposing the endless stream of bills emanating from the Mayor and Honolulu City Council criminalizing homelessness for what seems like years. On reflection, it actually has been years. Introduced in 2011, Bill 54 met vigorous public opposition. But of course, it passed and became Revised Ordinance of Honolulu (ROH) 11-029. Although the Council claimed it was not targeting the homeless, that it was to keep people from storing property on sidewalks, its almost exclusive targets were the homeless. Them and Choon James who had signs critical of the Mayor and City on her property.

The implementation of Bill 54 was thwarted when people learned to comply with the ordinance without leaving the sidewalk. deOccupy Honolulu used color coded tents to openly show compliance with the law. Many homeless learned how to show compliance with the law in the same way. Of course, Council went back to the drawing board and came back with Bill 7, which allowed no-knock midnight raids to seize …

Free workshop on video live streaming

A lot of what I post are videos from my video livestreams. Well, Common Cause and the St Andrews Social Justice Crew are sponsoring a free video livestream workshop this coming Saturday. Space is limited so RSVP is required. Here's the wording on the flyer:
Citizen Advocate Workshop: Livestreaming
Hold power accountable – using your smartphone.
Live media coverage of important current events is shrinking. It’s increasingly becoming citizens’ responsibility to share significant events and key policy-decisions with others.
H. Doug MatsuokaAt this free workshop, you’ll learn from social justice activist H. Doug Matsuoka how to broadcast video live to the internet using your smartphone (iPhone, Android, WinPho).
H. Doug Matsuoka of Hawaii Guerrilla Video Hui has livestreamed midnight police raids on the homeless, protests and demonstrations, legislative hearings, and "hallway interviews" at political and legislative events. He has often provided the only video broadcast and r…

The problem is homelessness, not the homeless. Oppose Bills 42, 45, 45, 46, and 48

HEARING DATE/TIME
WHEN: Thursday, July 24th 2014 at 9am
WHERE: Honolulu Hale, 2nd floor hearing room, 530 S. King Street

SUBMIT TESTIMONY ONLINE by Wednesday, July 23rd:
http://www.honolulu.gov/ccl-testimony-form.html

>> Meeting Date: 2014-07-24
>> Council/PH Committee: Zoning and Planning
>> Agenda Item: Bills 42, 43, 45, 46, and 48
>> Your position on the matter: Oppose
>> If you plan to testify in person, select "Yes" next to "Do you wish to speak at the hearing?"

REGISTER TO SPEAK AT HEARING:
http://www.honolulu.gov/ccl-testimony-form.html

In the face of a relentless slew of bills enacted by the City of Honolulu and the State, let's remember that the problem is homelessness, not the homeless.

The hearing on July 9 brought out a bunch of different people, each with their own way of thinking about the problem.

Susan Schultz, the English professor from the UH deconstructs Mayor Caldwell's "compassionate disruption":


Acti…

Troubling questions plague Honolulu's rush to criminalize homelessness

[The criminalization bills in this post are up for second hearing on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, on the 2pm agenda. The hearings will be on the campus of Windward Community College at Hale Akoakoa.]

The Mayor's Message:
On June 12, 2014, Honolulu's Mayor Caldwell sent a message (MM58) to the Honolulu City Council along with drafts of two proposed ordinances. These drafts were immediately introduced by Council Chair Ernie Martin and scheduled for the first of three required public hearings only 14 days later, on June 26.

"With the Council's support, I anticipate that together we can make significant improvements for our Waikiki businesses, workers, and visitors." Honolulu's residents, the general public, and the homeless — all constituents of the City & County of Honolulu — are notably missing from the list of beneficiaries.

The Bills:
Bill 42 is the "sit/lie" bill making it a crime to sit or lie down on the sidewalk in Waikiki. Bill 45 extends this isla…

Honolulu City Council disappears video of hearings

If you want to catch the Honolulu City Council hearings you could always count on the hearing videos being mounted within minutes at the Council's citizen page (http://honolulucountyhi.iqm2.com/Citizens/calendar.aspx). No longer. The last video mounted is of the May 28, 2014, Budget Committee meeting.
This made it difficult for me to find out what happened at the June 26, 2014, Planning and Zoning Committee hearing where the newest slew of bills criminalizing homelessness were to be heard after being rushed through first hearing that very morning. The video wasn't mounted, and I noticed nothing mounted since May 28.
The DVD I requested was delivered a couple of days later, but this sort of disappearing act doesn't speak to the transparency in government issue very well, does it?
Since the Council didn't post a video, I guess I'll do it here as a public service if you want to watch the whole 3.5 hearing. Else I'll have excerpts and something to say in a few hou…

Long life to Mayor Caldwell and Councilmembers - My testimony on the bills criminalizing homelessness

[This is my testimony to the Honolulu City Council which will hear Bills 42, 43, and 44 on Thursday, June 26, at 8:45 am, then immediately again by the Zoning Committee at 9 am. Bills 42 and 44 propose to make it illegal to sit or lie on the sidewalk (in Waikiki for Bill 42, extending to Downtown in Bill 44), and Bill 43 makes it illegal to urinate or defecate in public even if there are no restrooms available. These criminalize the acts of living, innocent behavior, of the homeless without addressing any remedy for them. The Council refuses to address the causes of homelessness on Oahu, where the median selling price of a used house is $682,000.

Links to the bills and other cited material are at the end. Doug]


Aloha Chair Martin, Vice Chair Anderson, and Councilmembers,

As a founding director of Hawaii Guerrilla Video Hui, I have documented the raids on the homeless by HPD and City DFM crews (sometimes with its Cabinet level Director calling the shots). These raids generally happen in…

Up in the sky — is that a contrail or chemtrail?

OK, weighing in on the chemtrails issue. For some, the very existence of chemtrails is a tinfoil-hat conspiracy theory that has large forces of government, giant corporations, and other such dark (often secret) forces, acting in collusion to control the weather and even to control countries and their populations.

The most visible "evidence" cited are persistent contrails (often in crosshatch patterns) left in the sky. These chemtrails (chemical contrails) are not composed of the vaporous exhaust of airplane engines, but intentional injection of chemicals into the stratosphere. The supposed purposes of laying chemtrails range from global weather control, international warfare, or world depopulation initiatives. All of this in secret without any oversight or control by the affected populations.

Oh my. For a while the chemtrails theory seemed to call out for skeptical distancing on my part.

My worldview accommodates some fundamental craziness in everyone so I'd tolerate my …

HB2409, a bill criminalizing homelessness makes lying down at bus stop disorderly conduct

Up for hearing at the Big House (aka Hawaii State Capitol) on Wednesday morning at 10am in room 016 downstairs, is HB2409 Relating to Disorderly Conduct. It's yet another bill criminalizing homelessness, but this one really takes the cake. It makes lying down at a bus shelter Disorderly Conduct and subject to a $50 fine. Of course, if you have to lie down at a bus shelter you don't have $50. You just continue to get cited until you get pulled in for outstanding citations and then you are processed by the criminal justice system whch then has no choice but to put you in jail. Introducing this is about as low as you can get and credit where it's due, Representative Karl Rhoads gets the mention here.

My testimony, which I reproduce below, requests criminalizing the introduction of these kinds of bills.

Every legislative session one sees a number of really bizarro bills introduced. Aside from wasting a tremendous amount to time and (public) money to introduce and hear them, it…

First Exposure: Hawaii Congressional candidates forum caught on video

When The Kokua Council announced they had managed to gather together six of the seven congressional candidates for District 1's hotly contested "Hanabusa" seat, I decided to livestream the entire forum. Congressional District 1 is basically Honolulu, and the other district is the other islands and cities and everyone else. That's how important Honolulu is.

Maybe that's why of those seven announced candidates there are three Honolulu City Councilmembers: Ikaika Anderson, Stanley Chang, and Joey Manahan. While the City & County of Honolulu encompasses the entire island of Oahu, Congressional District 1 only includes urban Honolulu and some outlying areas. Ikaika Anderson of Waimanalo actually represents and resides outside Congressional District 1. But I guess that's a minor quibble. Representative Gabbard who represents CD2 lives in CD1.

But back to the table: The Kokua Council managed to gather six of the seven for a short forum. Only State Senator Donna …

Crash and Burn: GMO Bill SB110 "Sneak Attack"

I wrote about how SB110 went from a completely blank bill to one preempting counties from regulating GMOs and pesticide disclosure in my DougNote post. (This is the bill that was being called "Hawaii's Monsanto Protection Act.") The hearing on this bill was scheduled the very next day, 2/4/2014, at 2:46pm (less than 24 hours) and NO TESTIMONY would be allowed. That didn't stop Walter Ritte or Kauai Councilmember Gary Hooser from flying in. If Senate Ag Committee Chair Clarence Nishihara wanted to pull this sort of stunt on behalf of his GMO industry sponsors, he'd have to endure a stare down with them and with the standing-room-only crowd that packed the small committee room.

With six Agriculture Committee present, Nishihara hemmed and hawed through other business until he could not delay any longer. He also gave a long, detailed, and seemingly endless speech about the bill. He was waiting for Senator Glenn Wakai to join the group whose vote would pass the action…

OMG! Blank bill becomes "Hawaii Monsanto Protection Act" before my eyes!

So Iʻm sitting at my computer this afternoon frittering away my life on Facebook as usual when I get some kind of notification of a legislative "sneak attack" at the state capitol on the newly enacted Kauai and Hawaii County ordinances regulating pesticides and GMOs. Aside from two bills already dubbed Hawaiiʻs "Monsanto Protection Act," another has been stealthily introduced and scheduled for hearing tomorrow!

Itʻs SB110 says the alert. So I look, and nah, itʻs this weird bill with nothing in it introduced LAST year in January of 2013:

Haha. False alert. You know how crazy and emo these GMO people get. But the alert gets propagated all over the place and I figure, letʻs do everyone a favor and put the rumor to rest. No need wasting time, energy, transportation (bus or gas, and downtown parking!) for nothing, right? So I look at the bill status page again to get a reference URL link.

Holy Shmoly! At around 5pm, the same bill looks like this:

The language is clearly…

Testimony in strong opposition to Bill 6

[Bill 6 criminalizing the homeless by subjecting those erecting a tent on a public sidewalk to 1 year in jail and $1,000 fine will be heard by the Public Safety and Economic Development Committee on Tuesday, January 14, at Honolulu Hale. This is the testimony I submitted.]


12 January 2014

To: Chair Fukunaga and the Honolulu City Council Committee on Public Safety and Economic Development:

It is regrettable that the public must learn that your deferral of Bill 59 (criminalizing homelessness) on moral and legal grounds was more display than substance. Bill 6 is worse in every way.

This bill along with Bill 7, which was already passed into law as ordinance 13-8, targets what Councilmember Stanley Chang famously calls an "epidemic of people who are obstructing our sidewalks." Please remind Councilmember Chang that he is actually talking about the homeless members of our community who have been driven out of housing by high cost and low wages. Laws and HPD have also driven them o…

Bill 6: Corporate Sponsored Government vs The Poor and Homeless

Alert! New attempt to criminalize the poor and homeless: Honolulu City Council, after deferring Stanley Chang's Bill 59 criminalizing homeless, is pushing Ikaika Anderson's Bill 6 (scheduled for hearing Tues 1/14 at 9am). What's the deal with Bill 6? For merely erecting any "collapsible structure capable of providing human shelter" on the sidewalk or mall you get a year in jail and $1,000.

Who are trying to find human shelter in a collapsible structure on the sidewalk? We should get them off the sidewalk by increasing the minimum wage and reducing the cost of housing, not by providing the prison industrial complex with an influx of cheap/free labor. And at your expense, by the way.

And what of families and children in those collapsible shelters? Do we have the resources available to care for the kids?

Many of those dwelling in collapsible shelters are working -- bread winners for kids under a non-collapsible roof. What happens to those kids?

And what happens to …