Sidewalk re-design and ‘Operation Sidewalk Sweeper’ targets street artists for APEC
A number of advocates and street artists defending free speech were in attendance at Honolulu City Council meeting October 5, for discussion on approval of a gift to the Honolulu Police Department of $75,000. Street artists were there in support of the Save Waikiki Sidewalk group which vigorously objected to the resolution.
11-247 CD1 is a part of a long-term strategic attack by corporate members of Waikiki Improvement Association and its sister, Waikiki Business District Improvement Association. It is especially targeted against sidewalk artists and free speech voices who entertain and express themselves on Kalakaua Avenue for the benefit of visitors and locals.
It also targets Honolulu’s homeless people who are, by their very condition, terribly discriminated against. It appears the city has contempt for democratic concepts and treads on basic rights protected by UN Declaration on Human Rights and national laws such as USA First Amendment rights of free speech. Read more →