Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Aloha Boston -- Hawaii Occupy message in wake of Boston Marathon bombing gains national attention

Hawaii Boston marathon bombing
Occupy Hilo photo supporting Boston, courtesy photo
A Hilo group's message of support to a city reeling from the bombings Monday at the Boston Marathon is getting national attention, with photos on Daily Cos, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Disney's Babble.

Occupy Hilo, a group on Hawaii's Big Island, had originally planned to light up the island April 15  with "Tax Evaders" messages. But the group quickly regrouped on news of the Boston bombings.

Marks
Kerri Marks, an Occupy Hilo member, said she chose a scenic overlook with views of the lights of  Hilo Town and the Pacific to set up her shot.

"Overpass Light Brigades, projection teams, game designers and activist groups across the nation had been working for weeks to coordinate an action on for Tax Day. The goal was to shine light on the corporate tax evaders like Exxon, Google, and the Wall Street hui of Bankers," Marks said.

" Once the tragedy in Boston began to unfold, we immediately realized we needed to change our message to one of positivity and solidarity. Occupy Hilo Light Brigade took out this message to show our aloha for all the people affected by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon."