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We did a quick interview with Dustin Barca long time friend of Contrast for what to expect at todays march in Haleiwa.
Contrast: what is the march on the 15th for?
Barca: we are putting on a march in Haleiwa to bring awareness to the way Haleiwa Waialua, and Kunia land is being used for chemical testing and seed testing by the largest chemical corporations in the world, which is Monsanto around these areas mostly. We really want to urge Kamehameha Schools to not renew the new lease that is coming up at the end of this year. It’s worth thousands of acres in Haleiwa. We really want to build awareness to the threats it causes for our natural resources and our health.
C: you have done some other marches already this year?
Barca: the first marches we put on were called the march in March. We did 5 different islands in the month. We started at Haleiwa and we had thousand plus people marching Haleiwa it was heavy. Then we went to Kauai and there were more then two thousand people in pouring rain and that really set the bar and how serious we are about our future. We went onto the big island next we had 1500 people in Hilo and 300 in Kona the same day. Then it was Maui we had 2000 people in Kahului. The last one was in Molokai we had hundreds of people in Molokai. Monsanto has really divided that place apart they took over the Molokai ranch so they own all that land it’s a scary future for Molokai. Out of those marches couple of bills came up, on Kauai it was a pesticide regulation bill to give us disclosure on all the chemicals that they are using. In these county counsel meeting we been having we started learning all these new crazy stuff these companies are doing. Facts like they are spraying 6 times more poison per acre on Kauai then anywhere else in the country. So that bill brought up disclosure buffer zones and environmental impact statements that’s going to be done now. The Big Island passed a bill that fully bans these companies form coming in doing anything like that. We flew over there and testified and gave them warning that they can stop what we already have going on in Kauai. On Kauai they have spiked cancer rates people are getting all kinds of weird diseases all sicknesses all around these fields. Yeah its already happening on Kauai because they been there for a long time.
C: how long have these companies been on Kauai?
Barca: some of them have been there for over 30 years. As soon as sugar cane started going out the big corporations took advantage of the plantation workers and took over. Thank god for the Internet because we can look up all the chemicals and all the health hazards and come up with our own conclusions.
C: if someone’s never been to a march what should they expect?
Barca: Everyone make signs whatever message that you want to get out get it out there. This one is a aloha aina march so we invite anyone whose fighting for the land or the water, bring all your people and we can build awareness to all the issues happening in Hawaii right now.
C: so what’s the plan for this march?
Barca: we are meeting at 7-11 at the top of Haleiwa and it starts at 12pm we got permits and we are going to march through the town to the bottom of Haleiwa to the beach park where we’ll have some great guest speakers and some live music everyone can come and open their minds a little bit. This is a peaceful march so just bring your aloha.
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