“Why are there no evacuation plans for us?”

Hawaiʻi residents will hold public forum to discuss plans to prevent a nuclear holocaust in Hawaiʻi as the Trump Administration "gears up for imminent war with North Korea."

A public forum will be held on Saturday, March 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Crossroads (1212 University Ave., Honolulu) to discuss options for preventing war with North Korea.

Speakers will include Ralph Cossa of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Jairus Grove, Professor of International Relations at the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) at Manoa.

According to Grove, “there are clear signs that the Trump administration is gearing up for a war on North Korea.”

Since late-2017, the U.S. has set the stage for a war with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). It has deployed the bulk of its nuclear submarine and aircraft carrier fleet to the Western Pacific. These have been reinforced by stealth joint fighter teams (including F22s), B2 stealth bombers capable of delivering nuclear weapons, and F35s loaded with the critical software needed to use them. All munitions needed to arm soldiers, air and naval support have been moved to U.S. bases in South Korea, Guam and Okinawa. At the same time, the Trump administration is sabotaging efforts at diplomacy and building an international case to strengthen its case for an attack on North Korea.

Kim Jong-un has publicly pledged that he will use all means necessary to ensure the regime’s survival. With its vastly inferior nuclear weapons, air force and conventional fighting force, North Korea has only one option: raise the cost of further invasion such that the U.S. would willingly pull out. Grove says that makes Hawaiʻi a likely target. The full capabilities of North Korea’s nuclear program are unknown.

Yet, while the U.S. issued a “Non-combatant Evacuation Operations” memo on Feb. 25, 2018 with plans to evacuate U.S. citizens in South Korea, there are no plans to evacuate residents of Hawaiʻi.

“My friends, family and I are living in fear of a nuclear holocaust,” said Nandita Sharma, Associate Professor of Sociology at UH Manoa. “In fact, the ‘red line’ drawn by the Trump Administration does not include North Korea strikes on Hawaiʻi, but only on the continental USA. And, despite claims that interception missiles will save Hawaiʻi, the current U.S. success rate to intercept North Korean missiles is, at best, 30 percent. And, the most recent test in Hawaiʻi failed.”

Hawaiʻi has no approved public bomb shelters. Instead, we are told to “shelter in place,” even though most Honolulu homes are made of wood and do not have basements. People in Hawaiʻi have nowhere to go and nowhere to hide. Having recently received a taste of what it is like to wait for unstoppable death with those we love most, residents have decided to hold a forum to demand immediate and emergency actions to stop the impending war with North Korea that could lead to the nuclear destruction of Hawaiʻi.

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Everything you need to know about the Coco Palms eviction, part 2

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Everything you need to know about the Coco Palms eviction, part 1

A group of Hawaiian konohiki—stewards or caretakers—works to restore the ecosystem at the mouth of the Wailua River even after a judge ordered their eviction to make way for a proposed development with problematic funding sources and a dubious claim to the land.

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State should support, not persecute, Waianae puuhonua

While state relief is slow-coming, if at all, Waiʻanae’s houseless are already addressing their community needs within an indigenous framework that values kuleana, family and working together toward a common good.

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Movement on state chlorpyrifos ban, neonicotinoids and glyphosate restrictions

Hawaiʻi lawmakers in the House Ag and Environmental Protection committees advance tough regulations against harmful pesticides for the first time.

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#MissileAlert could mean federal control over states’ alert systems

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Report documents the rise and the violent reach of the “alt-right”

On December 7, 2017, a 21-year-old white male posing as a student entered Aztec High School in rural New Mexico and killed two students before taking his own life. At the time, the shooting went largely unnoticed by national media outlets. But the online activity of the alleged killer, William Edward Atchison, bore all the hallmarks of what is now an infamous subculture and political movement consisting of vicious trolls, racist activists, and bitter misogynists—the “alt-right.”

Atchison wasn’t nearly the first to fit the profile of the alt-right killer—that distinction belongs to Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old who killed six in Isla Vista, California in 2014 after uploading a manifesto filled with hatred toward young women and interracial couples. Atchison admired Rodger and even used his name as an online alias, using the persona to laud the “supreme gentleman,” a twisted, paternalist, misogynist archetype Rodger had written about and a title he had bestowed upon himself, and which has since become a meme among the alt-right community.

Including Rodger’s murderous rampage, there have been at least 13 alt-right related fatal episodes, leaving a total of 43 dead and more than 60 injured. Nine of the 12 incidents occurred in 2017 alone, making last year the most violent year for the movement.

This week, The Southern Poverty Law Center released a report entitled “The Alt-Right is Killing People,” which examines the deadliness of the alt-right—a movement that enjoys continued and increasing access to the mainstream public sphere where it reaches young recruits like white supremacist killer Dylann Roof, and others.

The report reveals some key statistics:
· More than 100 people killed or injured in at least 13 fatal episodes related to the alt-right;
· 2017 was the most violent year of the alt-right movement;
· The perpetrators were all male and all are American with the exception of one Canadian;
· The average age of these alt-right killers is 26 with the youngest being 17. All but three were under the age of 30 at the time they are alleged to have killed;
· While some certainly displayed signs of mental illness, all share a history of consuming and/or participating in the type of far-right ecosystem that defines the alt-right.

According to the report, two formative moments helped to breed this young generation of far-right activists who were raised on the Internet: the murder of the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin and “Gamergate,” a controversy in which female game developers and journalists were systematically threatened with rape and death by young male gamers. These events magnified the belief that white identity is under attack by multiculturalism and political correctness.

The “alternative right” was coined in part by white nationalist leader Richard Bertrand Spencer in 2008, but the movement as it’s known today can largely be traced back to 2012 and 2013 when two major events occurred: the killing of the black teenager Trayvon Martin and the so-called Gamergate controversy where female game developers and journalists were systematically threatened with rape and death. Both were formative moments for a young generation of far-right activists raised on the internet and who found community on chaotic forums like 4chan and Reddit where the classic tenets of white nationalism — most notably the belief that white identity is under attack by multiculturalism and political correctness — flourish under dizzying layers of toxic irony.

Significantly, Gamergate also launched the career of Milo Yiannopolous who later used his perch at Breitbart News to whitewash the movement and push it further into the mainstream (former senior adviser to President Donald Trump and Breitbart executive editor Stephen Bannon infamously called the site “the platform for the alt-right.”).

Today, the audience available to alt-right propaganda remains “phenomenally larger” than that available to ISIS-type recruiters, according to MoonshotCVE, a London-based group that counters online radicalization. This accessibility makes it easy for gradual indoctrination, particularly on social media platforms where tech companies long ignored the warning signs that their platforms were contributing to the radicalization of far-right extremists. That so much violence has taken on the shades of a specific subculture like the alt-right quickly shows just how critical these wide-open platforms have been to the growth of the movement.

Read more here.

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Founder, publisher of theHI announces council candidacy

Ikaika Hussey enters the race for Honolulu City Council in the 6th District.

After six months of house visits with residents from Makiki to ʻAiea, business owner and community organizer Ikaika Hussey formally announced his candidacy today for the sixth district of Honolulu’s City Council. He is running a uniquely grassroots campaign, dedicated to the stories of the people of this highly populous district.

“Over the last six months I have gone door-to-door everyday listening to the voices of our fellow islanders,” Hussey said in a press release. “What I’ve heard are stories of community, of family, of resilience—but also a deep concern about how difficult it is to make it here in this home that we love.”

He continued, “I’m running to carry the messages from our neighbors to Honolulu Hale: We need to focus on our people; on the basic needs of our fellow islanders.”

Hussey supports maintaining affordable rents for senior citizens in low-income housing, zoning changes to allow for denser affordable developments in urban Honolulu, limited budgetary authority for neighborhood boards and increased investment in infrastructure and public transit. He has assembled a diverse campaign team, bringing together environmentalists, organized labor, entrepreneurs, native Hawaiians and immigrants. The team is advised by veteran political leaders Marion Shim and retired federal appeals court judge Walter Heen.

With $30,165 cash on hand, Hussey faces incumbent Carol Fukunaga ($52,871 cash on hand) and construction industry lobbyist Tyler Dos Santos-Tam, Executive Director of the Hawaiʻi Construction Alliance, who has not yet filed a campaign finance report. In the 2014 primary election, Ms. Fukunaga received an average 46 percent across the 21 precincts of District VI.

Hussey informed Fukunaga of his candidacy with a letter sent to her at the end of November, 2017:

Aloha Councilmember Fukunaga: I hope this missive finds you well.

I am writing to inform you that I have decided to stand for election to the Honolulu City Council, District VI. I make this decision after much deliberation, and with no animus or ill-will towards you. Much to the contrary, I hold you and your four-decade career of public service in high esteem and appreciation. Mahalo nui loa.

I’m running for office out of a profound desire to serve our city and island. Honolulu should aspire to become our name — ‘sheltered harbor’ — as we confront several gathering storms: inequality, global warming, a technological revolution and a rapidly shifting global economy. Our forebears left us an island paradise, but I have grave concerns about the state of the inheritance we are leaving for our children and grandchildren.  We can and must do better.

I have been a passionate advocate for social justice for many years, stemming from my family’s Catholicism and simple deeds of goodness that I witnessed from my parents. I’ve lived those values as a student activist, volunteer on community boards, social entrepreneur and parent. I aim to bring that same passion, resoluteness and hunger for solutions to my tenure as councillor of this city which you and I both love.

Ikaika Hussey

Councilmember Fukunaga responded saying, “Mahalo for the heads-up on your candidacy. I welcome other perspectives on issues facing our constituents, and appreciate your contacting me in advance. Your participation gives voters a choice between candidates, which will clearly strengthen our democratic form of government.”

Hussey has been active in Hawaiʻi grassroots and electoral politics since the 1990s. He is a graduate of ‘Iolani School (1996) and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, from which he earned both a B.A. and Master’s Degree in Political Science. Four years ago he founded Summit, a nationally-distributed Hawaiʻi arts, literature and fashion magazine, which opened a retail storefront on King Street in 2017. He is an investor in social enterprises and local small businesses such as the Hau‘oli Lofts condominium in Mo‘ili‘ili. Hussey is active on the boards of several organizations including the Kalihi Valley Neighborhood Board, Kamehameha Federal Credit Union, Hanahauʻoli School, and the Domestic Violence Action Center. He lives with his spouse, Marti Townsend, the director of the Sierra Club of Hawai‘i, and their three young children in Kalihi.