Occupy Hawaii and Its Organizations
What started off as local actions in some Hawaiian cities during the Fall, 2011, finally got organized on a statewide basis around December 12th, according to a short news blurg in the "Hawaii Free Press" (HFP), . The December 13th edition of HFW wrote the following under the headline: "Occupy Hawaii organized by UNITED HERE Local 5":
- Lauren Ballesteros, 24, a part-time restaurant worker who also workes part time fo the Local 5 Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union, helped facilitate Saturday's discussion...
- "The structures that (the 1 percent of the population) have created have diminished the quality of life for 99 percent of us of all colors, genders and sexual orientations," Ballesteros said..."
- Despite different priorities raised, from APEC to Hawaiian Independence, the group will be able to find common ground, Ballesteros said.
- "We can build a collective consciousness because we share a similar frustration," she said. "That is the value of a democracy. People being able to have healthy debated with one another and then work toward something."
In the same edition of "HFP", there were several other small blurb-like stories about "Occupy Hawaii" protests and named local organizations.
Under "Occupy Wall Street movement hits Hawaii", some 75 people gathered in Honolulu financial district to protest "corporate greed."
Another small story in the same edition of HFP, entitled "Maoists, UH Perfesser, Occupy Wall Street prepare to Occupy APEC", is reproduced in its entirety.
"During the Asian Development Bank's conference at the Hawai'i Convention Center in 2001, the state planned for as many as 5,000 protesters. About 500 turned out and there were no arrests.
Already, a group known as Occupy Honolulu -- based on the Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York calling for change in the U.S. financial system -- is organizing in Hawaii and comparing the APEC leaders to the corporations opposed by the Wall Street group.
The group (of Maoists) says the APEC member economies use "free trade" as a code term to advance policies giving "imperialist powers and multinational corporations the 'right' to go into oppressed countries and take out whatever they want." ...
"Tha main problem with APEC is that the interests that they servve are the interests of big business, " said Nandita Sharma, an associate professor of Sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. "I really think that is contrary to the interest of most everyone else." (End of article)
- Renee - "My name is Renee. I'm here to represent people's needs not wall street greed." "I'm tired of living like a slave. I want to be free."
- Grace - "I'm Grace. I'm a teacher and I'm here to make sure my students have a future."
- Megan Brooker - a protestor, who said, "The slogan of the movement is "We are the 99% and the one percent is controlling it and that's politicians and wall street bankers."
- Raghu Giuffer - author and protestor, said, "This is one more about the moral standing that we're standing up as one voice."
- Orneallas - "I just hope that one day everyone wakes up and realized they are part of the 99 percent and join their brothers and sisters in this protest."