This weekend we hosted our fourth Environmental Justice Bus Tour–this time with an added stop at the Farmer’s Market. Mahalo to everyone who came out to learn more about Wai`anae! We had a great mix of people hailing from far and wide. Groups represented were Nakem Youth (from Kalihi), CEJE, Hawai`i Farm Union, the Hawai`i Independent, and the Lawai`a Action Network–as well as some community members. Special shout out to Nakem Youth for blogging your reflections of the bus tour! Check it out! Here is some of their powerful testimony:
Mark: “We gotta change our public perception of Waianae. I didn’t know about the agricultural lands, it was beautiful to see and very different from the way the mainstream media presents it.”
Sonny: “I have family members who live in Waianae and I fear for their lives. There are many kids who run around and I don’t want them getting hit by trucks…”
Rochie: “I live in Waianae I didn’t know what was really happening. The dumpsite was all blocked and I thought it was for housing development. We need more transparency from these companies and the state.”
Powerful! More at their blog. Mahalo to Nakem Youth member, Mark Fiesta, also for putting up such beautiful photos of the event. Here’s a link to his blog. Solidarity is a beautiful thing. 🙂 Mahalo to everyone for coming, if you are interested in joining our next tour, it is on August 28th. Email email@example.com for more information.