Are we Hypocrites?
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,