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by Anna Cherkasova, staff writer

 

“Response from passers-by was awesome,” said Carolyn Hadfield, 64, one of the organizers of the event. “Lots of honks and shakas, and a few even stopped what they were doing to participate,” Hadfield added.

Hawai‘i was not the only place demonstrations were held Nov.2. They took place all over the country in 15 states. A group called the World Can’t Wait organized the demonstrations. Its primary goal, according to its mission statement, is “to create a political situation where the Bush administration’s program is repudiated, where Bush himself is driven from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking U.S. society is reversed.”

The group, however, does not offer an alternative to the “the Bush regime.” On its Web site, it announces only that “the question of what will replace the Bush regime should be discussed and debated as we join together and work shoulder-to-shoulder toward our common political goal.”
Nearly 100 people marched across the UH-Manoa campus, Hadfield said, and about 40 people boarded a trolley for downtown Honolulu.

“ Bush’s policies are important not only for the United States; everything he does affects the international climate,” said Veronica Andersson, an HPU student from Sweden majoring in international politics, who joined the protesters early in the morning. She and her boyfriend Patrik Hjeln, an HPU sophomore majoring in psychology, also from Sweden, were the only international students participating in the protest.

After protesting at the intersection of King and Bishop Streets, about 120 people relocated to the military recruiting stations near the intersection of Kapiolani Blvd. and Pi‘ikoi Street.

“ Activists redecorated the front of the Army station with posters; three chained women padlocked the door,” Hadfield said. “Cheerleaders charged the group with enthusiastic anti-war and anti-Bush routines,” she added.

In the evening the action returned to the Sustainability Courtyard at UH-Manoa, where musicians and poets entertained the protesters.

Hadfield was satisfied with the event, saying that “it won’t change the world, but it will make an impact on changing it.”

Hadfield is an experienced protestor herself. She came to Hawai‘i 45 years ago as a Republican. During the Vietnam War she changed her beliefs and became a Democrat and has been a social activist since. Today she is one of the organizers of the World Can’t Wait movement in Hawai‘i.

The group’s next goal is to “drown out Bush’s State of the Union speech in January with protest,” according to the World Can’t Wait Web site.

The group’s ongoing goal is to recruit as many high school and college students as possible. “Their strong and determined actions are an inspiration to the world that the youth [of America] see the dangers of the Bush regime, and have the courage to act,” Hadfield said.
 
 

 

 

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