I have been warned by many friends on every island that those in traditional positions of power are concerned that the progressive movement is growing too strong.
They are concerned we will in fact win too many seats at the legislature in 2018, they are wary of our growing numbers, our increasingly effective organization, and what this means for the future.
They know that if we are successful, in 2019 Hawaiʻi will pass not just a $15 per hour minimum wage measure but possibly even one that mandates an actual living wage.
They know that if we succeed on August 11th that the public trust protection for our streams and rivers will be preserved and that big business will likely lose control of the water systems. And yes, they know that a bold social, environmental, and economic justice agenda will move forward more rapidly than ever before.
Attacks in the coming weeks and months should be expected.
Trust me, I have been there and have witnessed this scenario many times in the past.
Remember the attacks that were made against our friends on Maui in 2016. Remember what the SuperPac “Forward Progress” did in the past to former Governor Ben Cayetano and others. Those attacks were ruthless. A new SuperPac “All Hawaiʻi Stand Together” has recently been formed and appears to have a base within the same/similar group.
So expect the attacks, and when they come, you will know who is behind it. We can and must be prepared to respond quickly and to rally behind the candidates and organizations that are the targets.
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