Facebook group Stolen Stuff Hawaii will be making their way into the political scene by hosting a rally at the state Capitol on April 15.
The online community, which was created in 2014, is widely known as an anti-crime group where Hawaii residents can post about any crime-related incidents to receive help or warn others.
“Thousands of victims have posted their stories here on SSH,” founder Michael Kitchens wrote. “Every day, we wake up to find more and more crimes committed against our communities. The law is weak against crime here…with repeat, habitual offenders run through a revolving door that neither punishes nor provides sufficient opportunity for rehabilitation. As a result, Hawaii has some of the worst property crime in the nation while violent crime like murder has begun to rise.”
The group will be advocating for change within the state government.
“Our leadership, by their own actions, are more concerned about the plight of the criminal and budget concerns as opposed to the actual victims,” Kitchens wrote in the Facebook group when he announced the upcoming event.
The all-day event will not be advocating for a specific issue, but a generalized anti-crime and corruption agenda.
City and state officials are focusing on criminals and their rights rather than the victims, the Facebook post said.
“There is so much focus on the rights of criminals that the priority of victims is laughable,” Kitchens wrote. “We are at the mercy of criminals here.”
Stolen Stuff Hawaii currently has 123,900 members, who are vetted by administrators of the group to be Hawaii residents or have Hawaii ties.