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April 18, 2013

Think About It: Occupation(al) Therapy

As the plants go in, the people simply move around. The (de)Occupy Honolulu movement, formerly part of the Occupy movement seen in cities throughout America, simply moves across the street, so they can (re)Occupy Honolulu. However, some of the campers seem to be more interested in creating a (pee)Occupy movement as complaints continue to grow about the eyesore.

I guess that's part of the point- to raise a stink, so to speak, to draw attention to problems that need action. Homelessness in Hawaii, one key issue of the tent city dwellers, is being focused on by both city and state officials, perhaps more than ever. And some (de)Occupy occupants believe their efforts are making a difference in items now in play before our state legislators.

Here's a thought for those in the group who choose to be on the streets to make a point rather than those who really are struggling to find shelter and have no choice right now- why not take your gripes and ideas directly to the people who can make a difference and augment the change you desire. Those people reside right down the street from your campsite at the legislative building at 415 South Beretania Street for about 100-days a year; sometimes they're rational and they do listen to constituents. They are the ones that can help you to make a difference or change, if that's truly your goal. Your gripes should not be with city workers doing their jobs or dog walkers who feel intimidated or harassed as they pass by Thomas Square each day. Maybe someday soon we can (free)Occupy those who wish to (de)Occupy Honolulu through a directed, logical, and articulate approach. Think about it…

 

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