Monday, July 21, 2014

ACTION ON TUESDAY!

Tuesday, July 22, 4-6pm
Action To End U.S. Support for Israeli Crimes in Occupied Palestine!


An AdHoc Coalition of community members, activists and academics will hold a demonstration against war crimes that Israel is imposing on occupied Palestine utilizing United States financial support of over $3 billion in aid per year. The event will be held on Tuesday July 22nd from 4-6pm at the corners of Ala Moana and Atkinson Boulevards.

 Last Tuesday's action brought out more than 100.  The number exceeded organizers' expectations and diversity was remarkable.  People from dozens of ethnicities.  Young mothers with infants.  Children with theirown signs made with crayons.  Seniors in their 70's and 80's sitting in folding chairs and young men carrying banners.    Christians, Muslims, Jews, Atheists and Buddhists stood together to demand an end to U.S. Support for Israel's war crimes.  
 
Come out this Tuesday to grow our numbers and send an even strong message to the thousands of people who pass this corner in trolley cars, trucks, cars, and on foot. 
 
There's parking at Ala Moana but come early to find a space (limited since construction).  There's generally parking in Ala Moana Park but it may be a longer walk. 
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Monday, July 14, 2014

July 15, 4-6pm, Ala Moana Blvd & Atkinson Intersection
(near Ala Moana Shopping Center)
Note: This is a venue change from the Federal Bldg.
Emergency Protest Aganst the Bombing of Gaza!
US + Israel Collusion = DEATH in Gaza!



As Israeli "made in the USA" bombs rain down on the people of Gaza, people in the U.S. from all political perspectives, religious faiths, and walks of life need to be OUT IN THE STREETS!

At least 150 Palestinians have been killed since July 8, most of them women and children. More than 1,000 have been wounded, the majority of them children, and medical supplies are dwindling. If your heart is sickened by what Palestinians are living and dying through right now, let us confront - and act to help many more people confront - the fact that all this violence and murder is only happening because Israel acts with the full backing of the United States. 

An Ad Hoc Coalition of community members, activists and academics will hold a demonstration against war crimes that Israel is imposing on occupied Palestine utilizing United States diplomatic cover and financial support of over $3 billion in aid per year. The event will be held on Tuesday July 15th from 4-6pm at the corners of Ala Moana and Atkinson Boulevards.

Innocent victims: Palestinians run following what police said was an Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza City on July 9. The Israeli army intensified its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, striking Hamas sites and killing dozens of people in a military operation it says is aimed at quelling rocket fire against Israel. Photo: CNS/Majdi Fathi, Reuters

Friday, July 11, 2014

Times for Friday's action for Justice for Kollin Elderts have changed because the trial now going on.  Instead of signholding at the front of Iolani Palace from 12-12:45, the signholding will be at the 1st Circuit Court after the march.   Here's the updated schedule:

11-11:30 Pule, welcome by the Elderts family, and announcements
11:45 March to Honolulu DSS, 999 Bishop Street, Honolulu DSS Office
12:00 Elderts family deliver petition with Sponsors
12:15  Following the Delivery of the first 1000 signatures in the petition the Elderts family will make a brief Press statement
12:30 March on Courthouse, Punchbowl
1:15 Courthouse, Punchbowl. Statements from Sponsors and Q&A time for sponsors and Elderts Family
 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Demand Justice for Kollin Elderts!
Rally, Signholding, March & Press Conference
Friday, July 11, 11am-2pm
Gather at Iolani Palace

On November 5, 2011 U.S. State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy shot and killed a 23 year-old Hawaiian man, Kollin Elderts, at point blank range at a Waikiki McDonald’s restaurant. The first trial of Agent Deedy ended with a hung jury in August 2013. This was an outrage! The facts in this case are simple: Agent Deedy was drunk and packing his service weapon, which he used to kill an unarmed man. However, Agent Deedy has an entire racist system backing him up. Deedy is still working for the State Department, which is providing for his support.

The re-trial of Christopher Deedy began this morning. There will be an action tomorrow (Friday) from 11am-2pm. Because the trial has begun there have been some changes in plans.

Assemble at the Ahu at Iolani Palace at 11am, where there will be a short rally and orientation,  (The ahu is on the right hand side of the King Street entrance to the Palace.)

A march will go from the Palace to the Diplomatic Security Office (999 King Street at the corner of Bishop/King) to deliver a petition demanding justice for Kollin Elderts. There will be a short press conference, which will include members of the Elderts family, after the petition is delivered.

The march will then proceed to the First Circuit Court (Punchbowl and Halekauwila), where there will be another press conference and signholding.

 Bring water and sunscreen. We'll have some signs or you can bring your own.

Only the people can provide justice for Kollin Elderts. Stand in solidarity with the family of Kollin Elderts and show our commitment to fight for justice for Kollin Elderts!

[Organized by Elderts Ohana, Kihei Soli Niheu's Ohana, Ohana Koa-NFIP, Parents of Murdered Children, Movement for Aloha No ka ʻĀina (MANA), Aloha Aina no Ko'olauloa, World Can't Wait-Hawai`i

Friday, June 13, 2014

"Justice for Kollin Elderts" T-shirts!

JUSTICE FOR KOLLIN ELDERTS!
T-shirt now available ($5)

Jury selection in the trial of Christopher Deedy is set to begin next week (pending pre-trial motions, including Deedy's Motion to Dismiss). An article on the status of the motion to dismiss, as well as jury selection, is in today's Star-Advertiser.

World Can't Wait Hawai`i has silk-screened a "Justice for Kollin Elderts" T-shirt which is now available for $5 each (the cost of the materials). The T-shirt is white with black lettering and photo. Buy one for yourself, your family, and your friends. Shirts are available in S, M, Lg, and XLg, (We had XXL but they're already gone and we'll be printing more within the next couple of weeks.   You can currently buy them at Revolution Books (all proceeds to World Can't Wait-Hawai`i to cover the cost of producing the shirt).   

 There's a quantity discount (10 shirts = $45).   If you would like us to mail you 10 shirts the cost will be $50.   Send a check for $50 to World Can't Wait-Hawaii, P.O. Box 11225, Honolulu, HI  96828   If you have any questions e-mail us at worldcantwaithawaii@lava.net.

Many people have forgotten that Deedy's previous trial for the murder of Kollin Elderts ended in a hung jury and is being re-tried.  Wearing this shirt is a way you can initiate conversation with people about what's happening, and why they need to demand justice for Kollin Elderts.

As more information is available we'll send info about the re-trial and planned actions.   If you aren't already on the World Can't Wait-Hawaii e-list, send us an e-mail asking us to add your name. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Join the World Can't Wait Contingent in the Pride Parade

Join the World Can't Wait Contingent
in the 2014 Honolulu Pride Parade
Saturday, June 7
Meet at Magic Island by 9:30 am
(look for our blue world flag)



Chelsea Manning (born Bradley Manning), is a U.S. Army soldier and whistleblower who leaked documents to Wikileaks in 2010. The documents exposed the crimes of the U.S. Government in Iraq to millions. Chelsea is a whistleblower, whose courageous actions inspired people around the world.


Chelsea was arrested, held in solitary confinement,and then sentenced in August 2013 to 35 years in prison for telling the truth about U.S. crimes. Soon after that Manning announced that she was a trans woman.    This year Chelsea Manning was chosen as the Honorary Grand Marshal of the San Francisco Pride Parade - the largest pride parade in the world. Last year the Chelsea Manning contingent in the SF parade numbered 1,500! This year there will be Support Chelsea Manning contingents in Pride parades around the world. Our contingent will honor Chelsea Manning for her courage: There is no pride in killing people in other countries!     

 Join World Can't Wait-Hawai`i's contingent in Hawai`i's Pride Parade on Saturday. We'll have a truck decorated with signs supporting Chelsea. Our lead banner will read "Humanity and the Planet Come First." You can walk, ride on our truck, or bring your bicycle, scooter or skateboard. Bring your own signs speaking out against justice of any kind - or pick up one of ours. The parade will leave Magic Island at 10am before marching to Kapiolani Park via Kalakaua.   

 Thousands of people participate in Honolulu's Pride Parade, and thousands more line the street. Make your voices heard!       We'll have water on the truck; bring your own sunscreen. The truck will be returning to Magic Island immediately after the parade so you can get a ride back to the park if you like. There will be a Pride Festival at Kapiolani Park from 11am-4pm.   



Saturday, May 24, 2014

Shut Down Guantanamo! Stop Torture!

It wasn't your usual Friday night in Waikiki as thousands of tourists aiming to escape the realities of the world were instead forced to think about the horrors of Guantanamo.   Confronted with pictures of detainees who have been "released" but continue to be detained at the world's most notorious torrture prison 12 years after being illegally kidnapped, reactions were mixed.  Some hurled ugly epithets:  "Kill them all!,"   "Nuke all those countries," "If they look like that, they're terrorists! 

Many more stopped to take pictures, ask questions, or thank us.  A Pakistani woman who stood away for a time finally came to us saying:  "I saw those pictures and was sure you were saying bad things about them, but then I felt so good when I saw you were with us!"  She asked if she could take pictures to put up on her facebook.   Others from Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Pakistan thanked us enthusiastically.  Japanese tourists smiled broadly and quietly gave us a "thumbs up."    Many took pictures to post on social media.

An ex-Army Ranger was passing by on his bicycle when he stopped and said he'd actually accompanied prisoners to Guantanamo but had no idea what he was really doing.  He'd been in the Army for 11 years, and had gone on 7 deployments.  He quit the military because he couldn't stand the killing.  He was now has PTSD and is unemployed.  Groups of soldiers read the signs, studied the pictures, and stood around in groups to talk among themselves and with us.  Many knew nothing about Guantanamo.  One shook his head and quietly said:  "I thought there wouldn't be another war when I signed up 6 months ago but now I'm worried about the Ukraine."  

We were a small crew, but we had a big presence.  Our signs and photos were seen by thousands; we distributed about 300 leaflets.   As we left a couple who had been watching us stopped us saying:  "Thanks so much.  What you're doing is an inspiration to all of us who should be standing out there with you."