The Hawaiʻi Abolition Collective + A Candlelight Vigil

The Hawaiʻi Abolition Collective candlelight vigil

My abolitionist comrades and I have recently been putting in lots of overtime work (whoever thinks organizing is easy probably hasn’t done the work before) establishing our Puʻuhonua Penpal Program, planning and executing a bailout for Lā Kūʻokoʻa, and now organizing under our official group name, the Hawaiʻi Abolition Collective, and devising weekly vigils and rallies for our incarcerated ʻohana in Hawaiʻi facilities. COVID has truly ravaged through jails and prisons across America and here in Hawaiʻi because politicians and public safety departments truly do not give a shit about what happens to people behind bars. One of the main goals of our Hawaiʻi Abolition Collective is to organize and build with people inside and ensure that we’re supporting them as best as we can outside. We decided that our first direct action under our official group name is a candlelight vigil outside of the Oahu Community Correctional Facility aka OCCC (where we bailed out kānaka maoli at the beginning of the month) this Wednesday. The holiday season is usually exciting and happy for most people, so we wanted to bring attention to the disparity between celebrations for us outside and suffering and inevitable sickness inside. We planned a nighttime vigil with prayer (for those who are spiritual), speeches, Christmas caroling and the honoring of communal grief so incarcerated people and their loved ones know that they haven’t been forgotten or abandoned by the masses. We wrote a media release, open letter, and created the graphics featured above to spread the word of the possibly biweekly vigils. Please join us outside OCCC on Wednesday night if you can and even if you can’t gather with us, connect with our Hawaiʻi Abolition Collective at hawaiiabolitioncollective@gmail.com or on Twitter @abolitionhawaii! We’ll be sharing more direct actions moving forward and hopefully inviting more people into our shared struggle for abolition in our islands.

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