Thursday, April 18, 2013
No Drones Protest at University of Hawai`i Manoa!
A dozen activists carrying banners and leaflets, along with our drone replica, rolled down UH's McCarthy Mall on Wednesday morning.
We were initially confronted by campus security, who tried to say we couldn't be there but we were soon able to head to the Hamilton Library steps to leaflet. Students leaving the library or the food court couldn't miss us. Many took photos of the drone and/or banners on cellphones and told us they'd be posting them to their classmates and on Facebook. Many more took leaflets. A few stopped to talk before rushing on to their next class.
We then headed down to Varney Circle, where we continued to hold banners and pass out leaflets and small "Stop Drone" stickers. Some students immediately put the stickers on their backpacks, bikes or skateboards. Some asked for extra to give their friends and classmates.
Many students and faculty members stopped to thank us. Some had never heard of drones! Some opposed domestic surveillance but were ambivalent about using drones in other countries. A few energetically supported either drone warfare or domestic surveillance. This is the first time we've been able to put out a strong message against drones at the UH-Manoa Campus and felt the action was a success. Now we're gearing up for April 27th, when we'll protest in front of the Wheeler Air Force base near Higgins Gate.