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UARC represents Military Encroachment onto the UH Campus that violates the University’s core values and threaten its integrity and educational mission. As a public university, the University of Hawai’I should be a place of learning and inquiry, of generating and sharing new knowledge, of the open exchange of ideas, and of research that serves the community and the public good. UH identified among its core values “aloha” and “malama ‘aina” to declare its intent as a Hawaiian place of learning. The University of Hawai’i motto is Maluna a'e o na lahui a pau ke ola ke kanaka translated as "Above all nations is humanity". THIS NONVIOLENT OCCUPATION of UH President David McClain's office is undertaken in that spirit and calls on the administration to listen to the voice of the students, the faculty and the community and SAY NO TO UARC NOW! ---> EMAIL UH President McClain at mcclain@hawaii.edu and tell him to end the occupation by rejecting militarization!

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May. 19th, 2005 @ 10:49 am Virtue, integrity and change takes immense courage
    Yesterday we had an action in front of Bachman Hall where we ate lunch in front of the building and reminded our administration that we were still around. The reason we did this was because the UH administration is attempting to go back on all its promises that it gave to us so we would vacate Bachman Hall. The administration heard that we were coming and locked the front doors to the building. A couple days ago they posted full time guards at the door. UH is paying them 1200 dollars a week to keep its own students, faculty and community members from being able to make their voices heard. 

   I thought it's kind of funny that they locked the doors. As we stood in front of them and gave our press conference. The barricaded Bachman Hall became a metaphor for the lack of transparency and honesty that is a historical characteristic of our university. Like I've said many, times it is this lack of integrity at my alma mater that I am struggling to change, so the locked doors only encourage me to push harder. I'm inspired to surge forth, because the currently militant reaction to the Save UH/Stop UARC coalition is an indicator that we are beginning to shed light into an institution that has been in the dark for many years. 
  People inside UH and Without are getting very nervous, and it is reflected in the actions of Interim President David McClain's actions. Speaking of, I think the actions of Dr. McClain raise an interesting observation I've made. The recent over-reactions to UARC opponents, such as increasing the police presence at my own graduation ceremony, is totally out of character. I've dealt with Dr. McClain on several occasions. He's a very smooth operator. He prefers to engage people in conversation. He wants it to look like he is being as cordial as possible. The recent actions of the administration don't reflect any of this. I think Dr. McClain is under some severe pressure to tow a certain line and project a certain image. 
  I'm not going to blame the disrespectful actions of the administration on Dr. McClain. I'm going to gamble instead. The fact is that Dr. McClain has the capability of stopping this UARC, and we are depending on him to make that decision. In order to make the decision to stop the UARC. He is going to have to see through all the pressure that is being placed on him from above, and have the courage to set a bold path based on the truth he feels in his own heart.

  Do I think Dr. McClain will do this? To tell you the truth I do not have a lot of evidence to make a conjecture. I haven't had enough personal interaction with David McClain in order to know how virtous of a human being he is. But I have had the opportunity to look into his eyes and I did not see a cold hearted human being. I saw someone who wanted to talk to me but felt trapped by the political circumstances surrounding us. My intuition tells me that Dr. McClain wants to make this decision on his own, and he wants to make the right decision. Sure, he probably has a very different belief system than I do when it comes to a lot of things (especially the military in Hawaii, and on campus) but I am not stuggling against people's ideologies. Such a thing would be too hippocritical. 
  What I am struggling against are the types of systems that trap those within them from making ethical decisions based on what they feel is their own inner truth. Currently, if Dr. McClain were to make a decision about the UARC, I believe he would decide for whatever choice aleviated the most political tension surrounding him, and stabilized his position. Such reasons aren't conducive to building an institution of integrity and truly global originality. What I want to work towards building is an atmosphere at UH that is conducive to Dr.McClain feeling more comfortable with making a decision that will come from the inner voice of his heart, and not from an analysis of who has the power. I suppose my end goal is to build a better world where the expression of our inner truths is possible for everyone of us, and our struggle at UH is an interconnected peace of this larger goal.
  I don't want to come across like I am being easy on Dr. McClain. To live by the sounds of our hearts is perhaps the hardest, and most challenging path through life that one can take. The pressures of the outside world to curve our paths and decisions will always be there. Life would not be life without these obstacles, because what we must do is confront them and see through the turbulence and interference that they cause. A man must stay focused on living from the truth within him, in order to grow as a person. This takes incredible courage. 

  What I am asking Dr. McClain to do is see the epic nature of the decision he faces. To look past the threats people are giving him to his job, and the threats to his reputation. To look past the future of his career, and have faith that the well being of his family will be taken care of if he gets fired for the decision that he makes. I want Dr. McClain to see the threat UARC poses to our university's future and the spirit of the community. I want to see stopping UARC as an opportunity to start cleaning out the corruption that surrounds our university, I want him to see how desperately connected his decision is to the peaceful hopes of humanity.

   Then, I am expecting him to have the strength and inner fire to stop UARC. This is the type of strength that we absolutely must have in our leaders, and it is the type of strength that I expect to see in the president of Our University. In the end this is the type of strength which balances out all the suffering, war and deception that lie on the other side of human nature. I truly hope, that for the hearts and spirits of the students, community, and Hawaiians that have invested themselves in stopping this UARC that Dr. McClain will find it within himself to use his position as a platform for endorsing the spread of such virtues. 
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May. 6th, 2005 @ 03:51 pm Never been busier.
Wow, so many doors of opportunity have opened up after this action I don't know where to begin. Actually I do, it's all about stopping UARC for good. We're trying to tighten up our networks of advocates and activists, and streamline our channels of communication.

An educational campaign is on the horizon that will start to inform the broader public about the dior consequences we are facing at our university, and in our community if a UARC gets approved.

I'm also meeting people who are really into sustainability, and innovative ethical uses for science and technology. I'm particularly interested in these areas, because this is the direction I want to see our university set a bold course toward. What I believe has been so inspiring to all of us involved in this movement, and also what I feel is so different than those movements which came before us, is that we are trying to stop this UARC by creating solutions, and alternatives that will free Hawaii from its intense economic dependence on military money. The movement towards sustainability offers a lot of very viable sources of funding, economic engines, state and international programs, in the sciences, high technology, and liberal arts fields.

We are not trying to destroy our university. We are trying to bring money in that is flowing with good intentions. The results will be the development of technologies that help to ease human suffering. The creation of enormous institutions that are dedicated to the procurement of peace, instead of war. And the maintenance of a university atmosphere that facilitates the achievement of happiness, inner peace and self discovery among its student body.

One of the greatest obstacles we face in front of our sustainable dreams, is the institutionalization of the military in the economy of Hawaii. The economic justification for the military presence is suffocating. It presses on the Hawaiian people until some give in and invite their presence. It ruins the hope in the hearts of Hawaii's public until they accept the seizure of hundreds of thousands of acres of Hawaiian lands as a bitter reality. It crushes the voices of activists who spend years and years without even the smallest victory. What this does to the minds of the public is restricts their perspective until they can no longer see any of the innovative solutions and alternatives to the military that actually exist. This gets passed onto the children and before we know it there is a feeling of hopelessness, and helplessness that spans generations.

That is why the movement to stop UARC is gaining so much popularity. Our occupation of Bachman Hall rearranged people's perception of what is possible. It proved that groups of determined individuals really can make a difference. It reignited the flame in the hearts of so many citizens who had lost hope, and now the flame that burns at the heart of our movement is illuminating an entire globe of ways that people in Hawaii can regain their connection with the land, heal the scars and craters the military is making, and still be able to provide jobs, run industry, and put food on the table of Hawaii's public.

Another world is possible, we need to begin to believe that it can happen,
Bart Abbott
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May. 5th, 2005 @ 09:11 am Are we Hypocrites?
The only response that i got to yesterday's blog said, "you're a hypocrite". As beautiful as all this media coverage we got was, it seems some people might have expectations for us that are not our own. When you participate in a movement that is this size, you feel the pressure of all those expectations threatening to curve your decision making process. Over the course of this occupation I think we all did an excellent job of not letting these pressures sacrifice the integrity of what we are trying to create at the university of Hawaii, and the changes we want to see all across the islands. If anyone wants to call us a hypocrite because they were waiting for us to get arrested or give "the kill shot" to our administration that is there prerogative, but...

The supporters of our movement are those who realize that stopping UARC is only a piece of a life long struggle to build a better world. These are the people whom we feel so blessed to have come into contact with through all our media attention. These people will support us in our endeavors to end the militirization of our university and Hawaii, as we will support them in all their similar attempts.

We stopped the UARC from coming to our university until at least November of 2005. We did not stop the UARC entirely. The earliest record that we have found of our administration establishing this UARC dates back to september 15, 2002. That's two and a half years that our administration has been institutionalizing this UARC. No single protest, or occupation is going to allow us to untangle the knots that have been tied between our university and the military.

Hard work, hope, and firm determination over the next year will topple this UARC.
The occupation of Bachman hall has leveled the playing field. We are confident in our research that this UARC cannot survive a fair, and intense dialogue about its ehtical and financial impacts on our university.

This weeks occupation has begun to forge a whole new generation of leaders on our campus. Many of the old-timers say UH has not been this politicized since the days of the vietnam war. We have reminded those who have forgotten, that individuals really can make a difference. We have restored people's faith in our university's ability to be a place of learning and self-discovery. We have begun to forge a new generation of students who will fight for what they believe in, instead of accepting the bitter state of the military in Hawaii as an unchangeable reality.

So to the person who called us a hypocrite. I truly respect your right to say it, if it is what you truly believe. But I would ask next time you right something to remember that there is another human being (myself) on the other end of your comment, and that I have tried to pour every ounce of my heart and soul into this movement. I am not saying don't be critical, please do, but maybe you could explain why you feel the way you do so that I could better understand.
Thanx and Peace,
Bart Abbott
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May. 4th, 2005 @ 06:08 pm Victory for Now!
Well, we have officially ended our occupation of Bachman Hall because of the agreements we have made our interim president put in writing. We are giving him an opportunity to fulfill his promises, but we have made clear that if he does not we will be back. Our University has a very consistent record of deception, so I will tell you we are skeptical. But true compassion means forgiveness and so we are giving our administration the chance to meet our demands within ten days. The only difference is that we got them to put all there agreements in writing so we have legal documentation if they decide to leave their promises unfullfilled. In the meantime, we have been able to throw a significant wrench in the establishment of a UARC.
-We got the UH to agree to release all documentation regarding the institutionalization of the military at our university.
-We found out that the university was trying to sign a UARC contract in June behind our back, but we forced them to put in writing that they wouldn't sign any contract until after they take it to the Board of Regents, and we made them agree not to go to the BOR until after October 1.
-One of the things we didn't get them to agree to was to revoke the Board of Regents provisional approval of the UARC that they gave last November, even though Interim President David McClain admitted in front of all the TV cameras that it was his fault for bringing the UARC to the BOR prematurely. This just shows us how ready the administration is to honestly work with us, if they won't even right the wrongs they have done to the community faculty and students of UH (it's also why we remain very skeptical, and ready to return to Bachman hall if we need to.

Please look to our closing press releases to see more specifically the victories we have won. Also in our press release we gave shout outs to all you wonderful people from all across the world who have lifted our spirits when we were in there. For all of you who have kept up with this issue please email ideas for ways we can begin to network.
This has been the experience of a lifetime, but our job is just beginning. The presence of the military in Hawaii is suffocating, and I cannot even begin to explain the maginitude of the victories we have just one. We have set a precedent for change that will continue tp grow in the hearts of the faculty, students, and community members of Hawaii. Make no mistake, Hawaii faces the encroachment of the United States military more than any other state in the nation. Over 25 percent of the island of Oahu is occupied by the military. We already have an entire Striker Brigade that is coming to the Hawaiian islands, which will sieize another 250,000 acres of the big island (island of Hawaii) and now they are trying to station another aircraft carrier at Pearl Harbor. The UARC is the leg of this military encroachment which is trying to militarize the educational institutions of the Hawaiian islands. If this happens I dare say what the future inventions, ideas, technologies and leaders that come out of our university will do to harm the well being and progress of humanity toward a more peaceful state of being.

We need to network! The very core of this movement has been the concept of onesness, togetherness, unity, they are all similar words for describing our membership in a global movement called humanity. True globalization is not this phony economic justification for the destruction of environmental sanctions and support of state terrorism. Our type of globalization is using technology to link us all into a tighter unity, where those on the other side of the world can aid in the struggle of people's such as the Hawaiian people to overcome the system that threatens their culture. We have demonstrated the beginning of this higher state of Humanity with the occupation of our University's presidential office.

Let's begin to design a system that can fire like the synapses of a human brain when any of our fellow brethren need help anywhere in the world. Let's begin to weave a better world, through our ability to communicate, and our ability to breath our souls into everything that we do.

I've never done anything like this blog so I'm pretty excited about it. unfortunately I have to get off the computer so my roomate can use it. In the meantime... it feels good to be home for the first time in six days. I'll write again later on and try to explain more about our the situation as it develops. Stay with us everyone. We love you and we need you.
Thanxs and Peace,
Bart Abbott
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May. 4th, 2005 @ 08:43 am Day 7!

Hello everyone, my name is Bart Abbott and I'm going to be taking over responsibility for the BLOG. I'm a political science major who's been doing research on the UARC and classified research at UH for my senior thesis project. As you can probably see it's turned into one heck of a school project.

Yesterday at approximately 4:00 we received a response to our proposal from Interim President David McClain. We told him, since he took thirty one hours to respond to our proposal that we were going to do the same. We are now in the process of deciding on a response and drafting it into a written document.
We have made Dr. McClain put in writing that he will not take the UARC to our Board of Regents until after October 1, of 2005. We have also made him put in writing that he will not allow a contract or award for a UARC to be signed before the BOR meeting. We made him do this because on Monday night we discovered a document from a Naval official that said our administration was going sign an award for a UARC in June. We had a press conference to announce this because this document proved what we had been saying all along; our university was trying to go behind our backs and sign a contract for a military research center.  
As some of you may have read, we have had a historical problem at our university with the lack of transparency. Interim President Mclain's response agreed to release any and all information relating to a UARC at the University. We also made him agree to release any and all documentation relating to a UARC at the Research Corporation of UH (RCUH). We have seen the shadow hand of executives RCUH in this UARC since they began it's establishment back in 2002. UH has really gone to great measure to their name out of the dialogue. This isn't surprising to us. The RCUH executives and employees who have been instrumental in the development of a UARC are also subjects of a Naval Criminal Investigation into the mis-use of federal funding and the mishandling of classified information at the University of Hawaii.

At Four o'clock today we will release our response to Dr. McClain so stay tuned.
Again My name is Bart Abbott, and I want to say thanks for everything, I cannot tell you how often we have felt the spirit of our supporters in this office with us, keeping us strong in the face of such adversity.

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May. 3rd, 2005 @ 01:18 pm STOPUARC on Democracy Now!
Amy Goodman interviews STOPUARC activist and Political Science graduate student Ikaika Hussey about the recent occupation of Bachmann Hall on Democracy Now!

AMY GOODMAN: We are joined on the phone now by Ikaika Hussey, one of the students who is currently occupying at University of Hawaii. Welcome to Democracy Now!

IKAIKA HUSSEY: Thank you very much. Aloha.

AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about what you're doing right now, as Daniel Ellsberg is listening in?

IKAIKA HUSSEY: Well, right now, actually, we're all sleeping, except for me. But we're engaged in a civil disobedience action. We've occupied Bachman Hall, which we've called Bachman Hall Demilitarized Zone for the last five days. And we will continue to do so until the administration decides to stop the creation of this classified Military Research Center.

AMY GOODMAN: And what exactly would this do, and the history of the Agent Orange on your campus?

IKAIKA HUSSEY: Well, Agent Orange is a real blight on the history of our university and on Hawaii. It led to untold destruction in Southeast Asia. Also, of course, the U.S veterans who have been affected by it. And also even here in Hawaii there are areas which are still defoliated and contaminated by Agent Orange. There are also researchers involved in the creation of Agent Orange who – they were just employees of the State University, they didn't know what they were being exposed to, and they have since died from exposure to Agent Orange. And so, it's a real sore point in the history of the University of Hawaii, and it’s something that we keep in mind when the university talks about more military research.

AMY GOODMAN: And the building of the Navy Military Research Center, what would it do on campus?

IKAIKA HUSSEY: It would be tied into the existing large military infrastructure in Hawaii. Hawaii is one of the most militarized places in the United States and it has been since the invasion of Hawaii by U.S. military forces in 1893. Right now the island of Oahu, which is the most urban island, it’s 25% controlled by the military. There's about 20% of all of Hawaii, all the eight major islands, which is controlled by the military. And what happened with this Military Research Facility is it would tie into the existing military installations and also civilian installations, which would then be able to be used for classified purposes. From all the points in the island chain, it would tie into Star Wars ballistic missile defense work that's being done here at the Pacific Missile Range Facility. It would tie into underwater kind of work with sea mines and so forth. And most importantly it would make Hawaii a part of the American war machine, which is not something that we want.

AMY GOODMAN: Daniel Ellsberg, as you listen to this political science graduate student at the University of Hawaii, occupying the administration offices, your final comment from your history?

DANIEL ELLSBERG: Well, everyone has to sleep regularly, and I'm glad that those students are sleeping where they are, obstructing by their bodies a process that shouldn't be going on at all. I don't think we'll ever be out of Iraq. We will not avoid the war in Iran. We will not change our relations to dictatorial tyrannist governments as in the Sudan without the kinds of opposition that we saw in the Vietnam War against the Vietnam War, consciencious, truthful, nonviolent civil disobedience. And that is more than symbolic. People actually showing that they're willing to do everything they can, nonviolently and truthfully, to bring these processes to the attention of the fellow voters, but also to stop them, to obstruct them. And that can have a great personal cost as Mordechai Vanunu found, has suffered. And it can be very worthwhile. It can save very many lives. So I want to say my appreciation to the people in Hawaii and hope that they'll have -- inspire much similar activity over here.

AMY GOODMAN: Daniel Ellsberg, I want to thank you for being with us, as well as Ikaika Hussey, speaking to us from the University of Hawaii. And a shout out to our listeners and viewers in Hawaii. Democracy Now! airs in Hawaii on KKCR Community Radio and community TV stations, AKAKU and Olelo.
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