The Third Hawaiʻi Abolition Collective Direct Action

The third Hawaiʻi Abolition Collective direct action

Barely one month since our founding, my abolitionist comrades and I have continued planning actions and events as we just hosted the third Hawaiʻi Abolition Collective direct action in front of the Hawaiʻi Department of Public Safety tonight. We only founded HAC on December 19th and since then, we planned and hosted two candlelight vigils outside of the Oʻahu Community Correctional Center (here’s a post about our first one and another about our second one), rallied together in the third Hawaiʻi Abolition Collective direct action in the late afternoon, organized a penpal program (and here’s a post about that program!), established a few media contacts, and garnered attention from other organizers and groups in the community through social media and news broadcasts. We’ve spent most of our in-person organizing time outside of OCCC because the jail is Hawaiʻi’s largest and it was the first facility badly hit by COVID. Tonight’s action—the third one—though departed from our OCCC familiarity and instead took place in front of the Department of Public Safety. Our goal is to hit every facility, politician’s house, elected official offices, and other prominent locations to ensure that people are aware of what’s going on in the jails and prisons and that we’re fighting every day for the release of everyone. The third Hawaiʻi Abolition Collective action wasn’t as strictly planned for as with the previous ones (even though this time we had a whole week to work on it!), but I impromptu emceed, we winged the “program,” and several more people spoke than in previous experiences! We had about 48 ish people come to this action, which was exciting because the front area we gathered in was quite tight and inconvenient. We also had around 10 people pass the megaphone around during a freestyle open mic moment. Because we want to make every event a safe and comfortable collaborative environment, the open mic portion is of utmost importance to us. For that reason, we were thrilled to see so many people step up and talk even if they were scared this time! We don’t have any actions currently planned for February, but there will most likely be another Free Them All rally within the next four weeks! Stay tuned for all of the emails and participation in our HAC group! If you’re interested in organizing with us, please shoot us an email or DM! We need as much willpower and skill as they have!