Mahalo to Joy for leading a zine-making workshop at the Women's Voices Women Speak Art-I-Vism Tent @ La Hoʻi Hoʻi Ea 2015. We are grateful to the people, young and old, in sharing their visions, in poetic and visual form, about what genuine security and genuine sovereignty means to them.
TRANSLATION (from Google Translate) "Although we are good at cocktail parties, we are first and foremost a war machine '
(Aftenposten): The Norwegian frigate "Fridtjof Nansen" has risen far
the river delta in the world's largest naval exercise.
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and severe at the same time.
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direction to cut emissions spenningen who oppstått-operation between the
Chinese and a number of other countries in this part of the Nordic
Søreide But Harris's right - there are many other countries that are
included. India, Japan, Brunei, Chile and Australia are among those who
have made the trip to Pearl Harbor.
for the first time is also the Norwegian Navy represented. As the only
European countries, Norway has sent a vessel all the way to the other
side of the earth.
- It be noted, says Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide, who attended the opening of the navy exercise this week.
says that the Norwegian frigate "Fridtjof Nansen" is sent to Hawaii
both to gain practical experience at a level and scale that never occurs
But it is also a vital national security element here. We have long
wanted to take Americans' attention increasingly to our region in the
north. And then it's important that we can show them that we are willing
to accept our share of the collective burden distribution, not only
through budgets, but also by participating in geographical areas that
are important to Americans, she said. Changes attention
Admiral Harris told Aftenposten that he totally agrees.
What is happening in the Pacific are important for Europe and what is
happening in the Arctic is of importance to us here in the Pacific, he
2011, the U.S. government made it clear that they want to focus
increasingly on Asia, which has been Norway and other NATO countries to
realize that the alliance with the Americans no longer something we can
take for granted.
Søreide and Chief Haakon Bruun-Hanssen is pleased that the Chinese also
participate this year. - We are very easy to point to China as
an adversary. But because we want to have stability in the Pacific
region. We wish you this should not evolve into an area with a military
arms race, but rather an area where there is cooperation, says defense
invited the Norwegians to receiving the "Fridtjof Nansen". The menu was
whale meat, cured meat, smoked salmon and other specialties. And among
the many white-clad guests were Zhao Xiaogang, commander of the four
Chinese ships participating.
He was very nice and for contact. He said he was happy to be invited
and that he wanted me to take a trip on board to him, which I intend to
do, says Commanding Officer Per Rostad on the Norwegian frigate. - Norway should have stayed home
agrees that exercise offers a unique training opportunity for the crew.
In addition, they show off the Norwegian technology in the form of NSM
missile, to be launched on 10 July in the hope that some of the
housemates will flock to the King's customer list.
- Although we are good at cocktail parties and receptions and stuff, so we are first and foremost a war machine, said Rostad.
point is Kim Compoc very aware of. She was born and raised in Honolulu
and strongly dislikes the 25,000 naval personnel are gathered in his
This illustrates the militarization of our society, which we must put
an end to. The main purpose of this exercise is that the defense
industry wants to make more money. Moreover, this is an environmental
disaster. Does anyone think of the carbon footprint of this exercise
creates? I wish Norway and the other countries had remained at home,
says Compoc, which has strongly involved in the case through the
organization Women Voices, Women Speak.
We are Womenʻs Voices, Women Speak and we are here today to express our
support for the family of Kollin Elderts. It is with heavy hearts that
we deliver this statement. We know that their grief has surely not
lessened since that horrible night in November 2011 when this precious
young person was brutally murdered. No amount
of solidarity will bring back this son, brother, cousin, friend.
Nevertheless, we know that at times like these, we must let this family
know that they do not grieve alone. This Kanaka Maoli family does not
walk to that American courthouse alone. As a compassionate community, we
walk with this family today, encircling them with the care and
protection of our bodies, protection we could not offer to dear Kollin
that night Christopher Deedy took his life away.
at the Parents of Murdered Children recently reminded us that once your
family has been impacted by deadly violence like this, you never feel
secure again. Imagine that? To never feel secure again. That is how it
feels when your child is murdered. Now imagine that it is the government
– this illegal occupying government - who did the killing, and now that
same government refuses to call it murder.
As we march today,
we know very little can make things better for the Eldertsʻ family. But
unfortunately, we are reminded that there are many things that can make
it worse. And going through two trials is surely making things worse.
Having Christopher Deedy still on the job and with his badge and
carrying this gun is making things worse. And having to listen to media
and the defense team make disparaging remarks about Kollin is making
Why was Christopher Deedy not tested for drugs
and alcohol? Apparently, as a special agent, he could refuse to do so!
He also had the good fortune of being alive to tell the tale. Poor
Kollin, on the other hand, is subject to any number of allegations about
his behavior that night, but he is no longer here to defend himself.
This is a violation of his basic human rights and dignity. While we are
outraged by his murder, we are also outraged by the way he is now
bombarded with these insults against his character.
We are an
organization that stands for “genuine security.” What does that mean to
us? It means that we believe quality food, water, housing, and education
are the highest priorities for human beings to feel safe and secure in a
genuine way. We also believe that people’s fundamental human dignity
should be honored and cultural identities respected. We are an
organization that stands up against militarism, and any notion that the
US military is a “natural” presence here.
The APEC conference
represents the opposite of these priorities. They represent the 1%, the
mega-rich, the corporations, those with the money to protect their
assets and their agenda. And sure enough, a militarized police force was
hired at great expense - at our expense - to protect their agenda.
With Christopher Deedyʻs help, they knew they could aim their guns at
anyone suspected of getting in their way and shoot with impunity. Many
of us did not know how serious they were about this agenda until they
took Kollin away from us.
Why is it important to think about
security? Because this government commits these heinous acts in the name
of “national security” or “regional security” or “public safety” – and
they depend on us not to complain or protest or call them out on their
lies. But we are here to let them know we demand Justice for Kollin
Elderts! We demand genuine security, genuine peace and genuine
sovereignty for our families, our communities, and our precious island
"We need to ask hard questions about the environmental cost of 48 ships,
six submarines, and hundreds of aircraft invading our shores. What is
the carbon footprint of RIMPACʻs live-fire training, sunken ships,
explosive ordnance disposal, and expended fuel? What are the impacts on
the military personnel who are exposed to such toxins every day?"
People Over Profits Rally
Hawai’i State Capitol
By Khara Jabola Carolus
Imagine an American-controlled city on an island in the Pacific Ocean. Here the trees are black and the mountains are flat, barges of trash from Japan are dumped into the central bay, people have to rally for breathable air, and the capitol is so congested that drivers spend an average of 1,000 hours a year stuck in traffic. Here journalists are slaughtered for their words, entire villages are wiped out by hurricanes that exceed all weather scales, and the government is the country’s largest human trafficker. Here, if you’re like me, the daughter of a former American serviceman and a Filipino woman, your whiteness is your mother’s scarlet letter because people will always wonder if she’s your nanny, a mail-order-bride or what the American soldiers called a “LBFM PBR” --- that is, a Little Brown Fucking Machine Powered By Rice.
Thankfully, these islands are not Hawai’i. Unfortunately, they are real. They’re the Philippines today.
Hawai’i is connected to the Philippines by its history of conquest and because the militarization of our everyday lives is connected to the U.S. imperialist project abroad. I’m here to talk today about people to people solidarity and the next wave of militarization in Hawai’i.
The future of Hawai’i is above us. In fact, 2014 has been dubbed “the year of the drone” for Hawai’i. Drones can be used for a myriad of applications such as invasive species control, search and rescue, and even pizza delivery but we must fully examine the policies and stakeholders behind the push for domestic drone use. The benefit to society is undeniable but the threat is also enormous.
This past December, without the people’s input or consent, Hawai’i was approved as a drone testing site for the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone program, which will integrate drones into our airspace by 2015. The Electronic Frontier Foundation anticipates that 30,000 drones will be flying inside the U.S. by 2020 as a result of the opening of airspace through the FAA test program. On the mainland U.S., it is now common practice for federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security to loan Predator drones to state and local law enforcement for everyday crime prevention. In the past three years, it has loaned out Predator drones at least 700 times. One such loan was used for the first drone-assisted arrest in 2011. Note that this Predator-assisted arrest targeted the political activity of individuals perceived as threats to the status quo.
The Predator drone is the infamous hunter/killer model used to terrorize our brothers and sisters living through the horror of U.S.-led wars in the Philippines, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.
The U.S. Congress estimates that ten to thirty percent of drone casualties abroad are innocent civilians. One Pakistani child recently testified before U.S. Congress: “Now I prefer cloudy days because the drones don’t fly. When the sky brightens and becomes blue, the drones return and so does the fear."
The push for domestic drone use is being driven by a campaign to rid the U.S. of drugs and unauthorized economic refugees crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. This supposedly contributes to the security of our communities.
In Hawai’i we know all too well that expanded law enforcement means increased incarceration and increased insecurity for our communities. If Hawai’i was an independent country, it would be the 5th largest jailer in the world. Native Hawaiians and Filipinos account for over half of those imprisoned in Hawai’i, most for drug-related offenses. The number of incarcerated women in Hawai’i is double the national number and women are the fastest growing segment of prison populations in every state under U.S. control. One third of these women are incarcerated for drug offenses.
Militarized law enforcement is not a solution to substance abuse--- which is a public health problem, nor is it a solution to poverty, houselessness, lack of education, and other so-called aggravating factors for criminal activity. Militarization will never bring genuine security to Hawaii and drones are a wasteful giveaway of taxpayers dollars to defense contractors. To reject drone surveillance is to reject the fiction that the only way for our economy to thrive is by fomenting wars and developing war industries.
Currently, there are no laws protecting us from drone surveillance by law enforcement. This Legislative session there are a number of drone bills but HB 1775 is where the protection of Hawai’i’s high standard of privacy, the protection of economic refugees, and the fight for indigenous self-determination intersect.
• It restricts law enforcement use of drones to emergency and lifesaving situations
• It bans drone collected evidence from state courts to preempt backdoor collusion x fed’l
agencies and state law enforcement)
• It bans weaponization of drones
• And it sets up a robust reporting regime that keep legislators and the public engaged
Join me in saying no to economic dependence on unsustainable industries that profit from the stolen land and labor of other island people.
No militarized policing!
No mass surveillance!
No mass incarceration!
Support HB 1775, support real security for Hawai’i!
"Nearly 70 years ago the United States took over the Japanese island of
Okinawa after one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. More than
200,000 people died, mostly Japanese civilians. Today the United States
operates 34 bases on the island and is planning to build a new
state-of-the-art Marine base, despite mass protests. A multi-decade
movement of Okinawa residents has pushed for ousting U.S. forces off the
island, citing environmental concerns and sexual assaults by U.S.
soldiers on local residents. Broadcasting from Tokyo, we are joined by
two guests: Kozue Akibayashi, a professor and activist in Japan with the
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Women’s
International Network Against Militarism; and John Junkerman, a
documentary filmmaker currently working on a film about U.S. military
bases in Okinawa."