The Island of Hawaii’s Occupy Wall Street movement staged a protest on December 31, 2011 against the “1%” of wealthy Americans, including wealthy residents living in the Kuhio area.
Jim Albertini, a well-known community organizer who has hosted several local events, hosted the event because he heard there were more than two dozen private jets parked at Kona Airport. He wrote on his blog: “It’s time to tell the 1% – PAY YOUR SHARE! At a time when 26% of the children of this island are food insecure, this kind of extravagant wealth of the jet set is SHAME!
Albertini, who runs a “peace” institute, received $ 231,788 in state taxes to expand his property Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-Violent Education and Action and the Hawaii Island Land Trust, located in the district. from Puna 10 miles south of Hilo.
The former Pennsylvanian was awarded the 2010 Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Prize last year. his Albertini web profile, the acknowledging organization notes: “He has been arrested dozens of times for nonviolent resistance to war and injustice, notably serving more than 20 months in prison for his actions of civil disobedience. In 1972, he was arrested along with author Jim Douglass for spilling blood on top secret electronic warfare files at Pacific Air Force headquarters at Hickam Air Force Base. In 1984, he attempted to prevent a nuclear warship from entering Hilo Harbor in violation of the historic Hawaii County Nuclear Free Zone Act.
Although these Hilo protesters are several miles away from the thousands of people camping in New York City, they have one thing in common: They are unhappy with what is happening in the United States of America.
During the demonstration on December 31, attendees complained about everything from “greed kills” to “war is not an employment program” to “1%” of rich Americans shouldn’t be so rich .
They were less than a mile from the exotic and luxurious Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in historic Ka’upulehu in Kona, where American minority leader Nancy Pelosi, one of the most powerful supporters of the Occupy Wall movement. Street, stayed over the holiday season. But the protesters apparently did not try to contact her directly, and she did not recognize them either.
According to Western Hawaii Today, Pelosi spent the previous Christmas vacation in Kona at the same hotel in an elaborate Presidential Suite that rents for $ 10,000. Her spokesperson did not disclose which suite Pelosi was staying in this year, saying that personal information is not being made public.
Pelosi, who reported a 62% increase in his wealth earlier this year from $ 20 million to $ 35.2 million, is one of the richest legislators in the country. In addition to the $ 223,500 a year she earned as Speaker of the House and the $ 193,400 she now earns as House Minority Leader, she and her husband Paul have made a number of ‘wise investments in Apple, the United Football League, as well as real estate and a capital management company.
Despite her wealth which easily launches Pelosi into the so-called “1%”, she has been a staunch supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which claims to represent the “99%” and protests against the “1%” or the richest. ‘America. people.
On October 8, 2011, during a press conference, Pelosi praised those involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement: “God bless them for their spontaneity. It’s independent… it’s young, it’s spontaneous and it’s focused. And it will be effective. The protesters’ message is a message to the establishment everywhere. The recklessness of some on Wall Street will no longer cause massive unemployment on Main Street. “
Pelosi said ABC News in an exclusive interview on Oct. 9 that she, like the protesters, is dissatisfied with Congress. “Count me among those… who oppose the way Congress conducts itself. We have a responsibility to try to find common ground.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama, another powerful ally of the Occupy Wall Street movement, is on vacation on the island of Oahu. His trip turned out to be much more expensive for state and federal taxpayers.
In a Hawaii reporter article published last week, the total cost (based on what is known) for a 17-day round-trip Hawaii vacation for the president, his family, staff and security is estimated at $ 4,113,038.
This includes $ 3,629,622 for a separate trip for the president and his family, $ 151,200 for housing for security, $ 72,216 for staff to stay at one of Hawaii’s most luxurious resorts, the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki, and local police protection and ambulance details for $ 260,000.
The president’s family and friends pay for their own beachfront rental, which can cost up to $ 3,500 a night.