Thursday, April 10, 2014

Signholding Against LANPAC

From 4-6pm on Wednesday afternoon 15 people joined a signholding to protest the LANPAC (Land and Power in the Pacific) Symposium and Exposition being held at the Sheraton Hotel in Waikiki.  

As thousands of people in cars, on bicycles, and riding tourist trolleys passed by the banner and signs lining Kalakaua Avenue,  many gave a thumbs up, shaka, or waved.  One trolley driver yelled a loud "Ku`e!" 

Several hundred leaflets were given to tourists at one of the busiest corners in Waikiki.  Many were puzzled as to why we were protesting in the heart of the tourist area, but when they heard that the military had organized an international conference to further militarize the Pacific many thanked us, including 2 soldiers and 4 tourists from the Middle East who took extra leaflets to give to their friends.   A few still asked what drones were, and there were many who said they felt safer with drones.  One even said she was against all wars, and was so thankful that we now had drones to keep wars from happening!  

This action the first of many that World Can't Wait-Hawai`i has called in solidarity with the national Spring Months of Action to End Drone Killings, Surveillance, and Global Militarization.   The next leafleting will be at the talk by Al Gore at the Stan Sherif Center (lower UH Manoa Campus) from 6-7 pm on Tuesday, April 15.  As one WCW activist said:  "If Al Gore really wants to help Hawai`i save its environment, he should help get the U.S. military out of Hawai`i!"  

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Honolulu Launching of Spring Days of Action!

April & May 2014
Spring Days of Action to Stop Drone Killing,
Drone Surveillance and Global Militarization!

Over the next two months World Can't Wait will organize a number of actions focused against drones and militarization. There will be an action to protest LANPAC in Waikiki on Wednesday, April 9th. We are also co-sponsoring the film "Wounds of Waziristan at Revolution Books on Sunday, April 6, 2014. A number of other actions are planned for April and May. See below for info about the action on April 9 and the Film Showing on April 6.

Signholding and Protest
Against LANPAC Military Conference
Wednesday, April 9, 4-6pm
at the corner of Kalakaua & Royal Hawaiian Avenue

The Association of the United States Army’s Institute of Land Warfare and the U.S. Army Pacific and U.S. Pacific Command are organizing LANPAC (Land & Power in the Pacific) at the Sheraton Waikiki from April 10-April 12.

Representatives from more than 30 countries have been invited, and speakers include generals from the U.S., Japan and Bangladesh. According to a spokesperson from the AUSA, “Participants will explore, in depth, the concept of strategic land power and the future of the Asia-Pacific theater with valuable perspectives from U.S. military and civilian leaders, industry leaders and service leaders from allied countries in this very important region of the world." The meeting will include an "industry exhibit." We expect that drone techniology will be front and center.

This will be a signholding (we have lots of anti-drone banners and signs) along Kalakaua Blvd. near the Sheraton entrance. Bring your own signs against drones, militarization, etc.

Sunday, April 6, 3pm
Film Showing: Wounds of Waziristan
Followed by Discussion
@ Revolution Books

Wounds of Waziristan is a 24 minute film that highlights the stories of those directly impacted by drone attacks in Pakistan–in their own words. After the film we will discuss the Spring Days of Action against Drone Warfare, Surveillance, and Global Militarization, including your suggestions for actions on O`ahu. This event is co-sponsored by by World Can't Wait-Hawai`i and Revolution Books.

We urge members from other groups and organizations to join us as we discuss the urgency of raising our voices against drones and ever-expanding global militarization.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

International Women's Day March in Chinatown!

The sidewalks, clubs and art galleries in Chinatown are usually crowded on 1st Friday so World Can't Wait-Hawai`i put out a call for a march through the district to demand an end to the war on women.   But this 1st Friday it rained!   When organizers got to the spot where the march was to begin the sidewalks and galleries were largely deserted.  Leafleters huddled beneath a gallery awning and began passing out the palm cards and leaflets from Stop Patriarchy,loudly announced that International Women's Day was the following day, and invited people to join a march beginning at 8.  At the beginning it seemed the evening was doomed to failure but things quickly turned around once people began reading the signs and palm cards.
Almost the first person who took a palm card was a woman from Mongolia who enthusiastically said: "International Women's Day is really big in my country!"   Another said: "I saw that International Women's Day was tomorrow on Google!"  A woman from Tagikistan related how it was celebrated in her country.  A tourist couple from Melbourne, Australia held signs.  A Russian woman was eager to talk about events in the Ukraine. 

 A man rushed up to the World Can't Wait-Hawai`i spokesperson saying "you would have loved the show on Olelo  on "One Billion Rising."     Then he looked at her and realized she'd narrated the show!  ["Voices of Resistance" - an hour-long show on community television is produced by World Can't Wait-Hawai`i'].  He went on to tell her that he had been moved to tears by the show, had watched it several times, and urged his friends who were with him to watch it as well.   

A well-dressed older woman shared that she "can't believe we're still fighting for abortion rights" and then went on to share her outrage that the women's movement had largely backed off of "being radical."

 Coming out in the rain had gotten a whole lot better.  Most people took palm cards and thanked us.  One couple initially by saying "I don't want one" and then quickly walked back to ask for one saying "I'm going to give this to my granddaughter." 

 At 8pm things were definitely looking up and an organizer turned on her bullhorn and called on people to pick up signs and and begin marching.  More than a dozen people headed through the district chanting and holding up  signs for people in restaurants, galleries and clubs to see:  A few people along the short route took signs and joined up.   As the march went past popular clubs, young people standing outside snapped pictures.  A few raised fists.  
 While the march wasn't as big as we had hoped, and we didn't reach as many people as we had hoped, when the march ended spirits were high.    Pictures of signs and banners were taken to send to an International Women's Day march in Gaza.  Marchers seemed reluctant to leave and instead took cover and continued conversations,   It was hard to believe that only a short time before organizers had considered cancelling the march. 

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Friday, March 7: International Women's Day March!

Stop the War on Women!
Friday, March 7th
Take to the streets with women (and men) around the world to demand an end to the war on women - everywhere!   Friday, March 7th, is the First Friday Art Walk.  Meet in front of Mark's Garage by 8pm for a short march through Waikiki.   We'll go through the art and club areas to demand an end to the War on Women.   Bring signs with your own demand or pick up one provided by World Can't Wait!   Spread the word and bring your friends!  For more information e-mail

World Can't Wait-Hawai`i picnic

Saturday, March 1, 11am-1pm
Picnic at Kaka`ako Waterfront Park

World Can't Wait-Hawai`i supporters and friends are invited to a potluck picnic at Kaka`ako Waterfront Park to socialize and share ideas.  

World Can't Wait-Hawai`i is currently making plans for the April-May months of action against drone warfare and surveillance and we'd like your ideas and feedback. 

We also encourage activists with other progressive to join us and share your own plans.  There are many small groups in Hawai`i - each fighting on urgent fronts.  One of the issues World Can't Wait-Hawai`i would like to explore is how we can better support each other's efforts. 

Several of the members of the World Can't Wait-Hawai`i planning committee will be at this picnic, and look forward to hearing your concerns and ideas.   We have no agenda; there will be no "meeting" - just an informal time to socialize and share. 

Where will we be?    There are three pavilions on the waterfront.  We'll be at or near the pavilion on the Diamond Head end.   If you enter on Cooke Street and park in the parking lot across from the Children's Discovery Center, the pavilion will be to your left.  If you come in on Ahui Street and park there (by Point Panic), the pavilion will be to your right.  Look for the blue earth flags. 

What should you bring?   We'll have paper goods and some food to share.  Any food you can bring will be welcome but if for some reason you can't bring any don't let that keep you away.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Stop the Keystone Pipeline!

On Monday, February 3, people in more than 266 cities and towns across the U.S. and in Honolulu participated in protests against the Keystone XL pipeline.

In spite of rain, about 20 people held signs in front of KITV and the Hawaiian Electric (HECO) parking lot entrance on King Street with signs reading "Stop the KXL Pipeline," "Tar Sands Kill" and more. A tourist couple who arrived in Honolulu only that morning saw the announcement of the demo on a national site and made their way; one woman came with her newly made sign saying it had been years since they'd made a protest sign. Our big World Can't Wait banner reading: "Humanity and the Planet Come First" was in the mix.  

While King Street was jammed with traffic at the end of a workday, response was pretty limited to affirmative honks and a few thumbs up, and our guess was that a lot of people didn't know much about the Keystone XL. One passerby yelled "what does that have to do with Hawai`i," revealing how much work we have to do to educate people about how tar sands mining (and the KXL pipeline) will not only pollute the immediate area but the entire planet.  photo IMG_0274_zps10ccfa05.jpg  photo IMG_0269_zpsba261ef5.jpg
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

World Can't Wait Contingent in the MLK Day Parade!

By the time the MLK Day parade rolled out of the Magic Island Parking lot our flatbed truck was decorated with signs protesting drone warfare and our drone replica was flying high.  Five drummers sitting on the back of the truck kept up a beat for the entirety of the route from Magic Island to Kapiolani Park and Liz and Ali were on the bullhorns leading chants. 

Thousands participated in the parade and many more lined the 3-mile parade route through Waikiki.   As they saw our lead banner reading:  "Humanity and the Planet Come First" many clapped their approval, swayed their bodies or clapped to the drum beat,  and began snapping photos.   When they caught sight of the drone many more aimed their cameras upwards and snapped photos.   As one person in our contingent said afterwards,  "doing this is worth it just for all of the pictures."    Here are a few photos of our contingent:

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