COUNCIL TO APPROVE $100,000 GRAFT on WEDNESDAY
August 31, 2015
DEAR BUSKERS, SIDEWALK ARTISTS and FREE SPEECH DEFENDERS,
That one Waikiki corporate business association responsible for the cruel police undercover and arrest operations aimed at sidewalk performers and artists is at it again. Resolution 15-207 -Wednesday Sept 02, 2105- to accept a gift to City Police of $100,000 from Waikiki businesses to address sidewalk activities.
In the past Waikiki Business Improvement District Association (BID) has regularly given Waikiki police annual gifts of $75,000 twice yearly. This current "gift" includes $15,000 for security cameras along Kalakaua Avenue. But, as Dave Moskowitz, Waikiki resident, questions "Do they lead to results? What good do they do?" and says, "where the prostitutes hang out the lighting is too low for images of use, will they be installed there anyway?"
Clearly private donations to commission police services and alter normal police procedures is unconstitutional under any democratic law.
Their is no dispute that public rights and enjoyment of Waikiki by everyone should not be infringed upon and issues of drug dealership and anti-social behaviors related to mental illness, homelessness or drug and alcohol matters need to be taken care of in a health care or otherwise correctional way.
And if the USA had a culture of respect for International Law regarding the occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom or tried to mitigate poverty instead of making it, and if housing were provided as the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights mandates then the overall look of Waikiki would be clean and emulate overseas tourist destinations. Such is Oppression and Occupation 101.
As you know the only reason one can use the sidewalk for activities other than getting from A to B (conveyance) is the Public Forum quality protected under Free Speech. This may be an intellectual property but its not lost on artists, unions, independent media workers, activists and the religious despite the corporate agenda to confuse, commodify and materialize life.
Note; that the Public Forum is no less a conveyance as getting from A to B is. Free speech is communication; the free and public interchange/exchange. And that property is not beyond the public to understand and hold dearly.
I believe the recent quite months where Waikiki police have quit harassments and sting operations targeting artists is due to the fact that private corporate funding for those sweeps had temporarily ceased. I need to check when the last funding was made to be sure about this conclusion. We don’t know how the new money will be spent or how effective it is at addressing sidewalk issues. But sidewalk buskers maybe a target.
Jan Yamane and Paul Kosasa of Waikiki Business Improvement District Association (BID) are buying police services by using a “GIFT” of $100k to HPD. The donation is usually one of two (similar amounts) made annually stipulated to be used to address “illegal” sidewalk issues in the Waikiki Peninsular - Kalakaua Av and side streets.
Regardless of the reason for the quite, it appears that generally no problems, upsets, obstructions have occurred regarding sidewalk artists and free speech users. In fact the absence of the disgraceful scene in front of international visitors is a positive: police handcuffing, arresting, seizing cherished equipment and belongings of humble folk sharing their talent is gut wrenching.
But the scenes not seen are worse. The prison brutality and court humiliation for everyone there, the sentencing and fines or jail time is nothing short of Dickens. But, this is the USA systemic culture of abuse that occupied Hawai`i is found in. This is where the original motivation of the coupé consisting of corporate businessmen to take Hawai’i from the Monarchy, Queen Lili’uokalani, in 1893, lingers on in the never-ending battle to maintain the crime and curruption.
In honesty, we must not fear addressing the core elephant in the room. We see gloss in Waikiki, but it’s the century-long rickety foundations of the USA military occupation and unrecognized war going on here that will show itself at the same time as the fake state falls. Absentee businessmen backed by their military tools, the Chief of Command, believe they own things they do not.
They seem mighty bully and blood thirsty with thousands of nuclear warheads on trigger alert, but bad businessmen tremble- they tremble from day one since they have no footing.
The city will hear final public presentations on Wednesday at the City Council meeting at Honolulu Hale, King Street.
Please come and speak to OPPOSE the “GIFT” as it subverts the normal procedure for police work and it unduly affects sidewalk artists having shocking and devastating consequences.
** Come Wednesday to present to Council. Use your minute to call for decriminalization of sidewalk buskers receiving money on the sidewalk
** Send a written testimony on CR-310 Resolution 15-207 by Tues nite: Submissions
** Call Chief of Police office Louis M. Kealoha and complain - Ph 723-3848
** Be prepared to rally against BID: Jan Yamane and Paul Kosasa Waikiki Business Improvement District Association
Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk Plantation Tower, 2nd Floor 227 Lewers Street, Box 202 Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
**Media: Between 2011 and 2013 Civil Beat news covered this story fairly and with common sense and I hope they will do so again. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org I believe Honolulu NewsNow is following the story. You can email News department contact: News@HawaiiNewsNow.com
Of course the biggest most important issue, well beyond our own life and lot, the one most overlooked, is that private corporate intrusion of this kind by chamber of commerse associations representing transnational interest undermines the people’s public sidewalk itself and the Public Forum aspect of it - our neighbourhoods.
Far from independent artists being a nuisance or wanting to take the sidewalk, we are not. We are a positive contribution of quality where only the best get to stay in a world-class competitive space. We provide smiles, aloha, information, engagements and entertainment.
The real fact is that when business people pay for something (or otherwise not) they think they own it. As they pay for services in the public arena you can be sure the public has somehow unwittingly surrender it even if it happens over a generation or two.
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