Saturday, October 15, 2011


The Occupy Honolulu General Assembly formally announces a demonstration to be held on Saturday, October 15, 2011 in solidarity with the Global Day of Action. All members of the community are welcome to attend and make their voices heard. Sign making will begin at 9:30am on Magic Island near the first restroom. We will then gather at 11:00am at the corner of Ala Moana Blvd and Atkinson Drive. We will march peacefully to Waikiki via Kalakaua Avenue ending near the intersection with Kapahulu Avenue. We will hold a debrief and information session after the march at approximately 3:00pm near the Gandhi statue by the Honolulu Zoo. 

Why We March:  We march in peaceful solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy movements in over 1,400 cities worldwide. We march as the 99% who will no longer sit idly by while corporate and special interests run our government. The top 1% of Americans control between 40% and 50% of the nation’s wealth – and more importantly, often use that wealth to undermine the democratic process. When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty. We the people must now rise up together and take our country back. We invite the 99% to speak out for economic and political systems that work for all people, not just a few. We are a new beginning, a global fight on all fronts that will usher in an era of shared prosperity, respect, mutual aid, and dignity.

Why Waikiki?  Waikiki represents the center of corporate greed on O’ahu. It houses mainland banks, hotels, investors, and conglomerates who have come to Hawai’i to control the economy. Waikiki is also the tourist hub of O’ahu where corporations persuade visitors to mindlessly shop and spend, allowing their corporate domination to continue. The 1% have created a global economic system, neoliberalism, that attacks our human rights and destroys our environment. We are the 99% that demand a world that works through democracy, not corporatocracy.

What is Occupy Honolulu?  Occupy Honolulu, in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.  We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.  We will not be silent.  Join us. 

Occupy Wall Street: What is involved in making a new world?
From Riyana-Rebecca Sang <>

...the Occupy Together groups are starting to have to face the reality that it is downright difficult to reach our ideal of bringing together people from all walks of life, with disparate belief systems, communication styles, education and cultural backgrounds, etc. into one force that can challenge those in power and lead to laws and policies that serve a united majority and our sweet garden planet home rather than the rich minority....

In conversations on the margins of the crowds, people admit sheepishly about feeling left out for being the vegan, the queer, the heterosexual, the anarchist punk, the suburban mom, the elder with decades of experience, the young kid stepping out into the world of activism for the first time.  These moments are the shadows of unity – moments that show us the growing edges of where we need to go and teach us the tools that we need to develop in order to get there....

We all want the deep work of great change but we are never actually prepared for how hard it’s going to be, or how our personal shadows can snake through even the most conscious intentions, to ambush us from behind.  And that’s how it’s supposed to be. We can imagine what it would feel like to be our biggest, brightest selves, and we can envision what this world would be like if we could truly come together to heal, protect, and nourish our communities and ecosystems, but it’s the dirty, difficult work of wading through the shadows that gives us the skills, capacities, and tools to manifest them and get to the next level.  We may have a sense of the what, but the how comes with the journey, developed through the growing pains of evolution.  Part of that growth process is shining a bright light into the shadows, not to dis-spell their darkness, but to see what is there and what we can learn from diving deep into them.

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