Archive for the ‘Social Justice’ Category

From Charlottesville to Mauna Kea

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

U.S. Racism on Display

     Recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia put on full display blatant racism, hate, bigotry and violence by white nationalists carrying Nazi and Confederate flags. One person was killed and many injured when a white nationalist rammed his vehicle at high speed into a crowd of counter protesters.  President Trump, like many whites, is in denial about the great racial divide in the U.S.

     Donald Trump on Tuesday in a press conference at N.Y. Trump Tower, appeared to backslide from previous scripted comments condemning racism, hate and violence. Even David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader, thanked Trump for his “honesty and courage” in his most recent comments. In short, Duke is grateful that Trump failed to condemn white supremacist terrorism.

     Trump really appears to be going over the edge. He has brought us to the brink of nuclear war. There is growing tensions with China, Russia and Iran. U.S./North Korea tensions remain high but appear to be on hold for the moment. Trump is now threatening military action with Venezuela. What next? Meanwhile, he is cutting environmental regulations meant to curb climate disaster. He is gutting public education, and going backwards in many other areas – immigration policies, health care, prisons, human rights, etc.

Racism in Hawaii!

     Hawaii’s Tourist industry likes to portray Hawaii as a melting pot – stir fry of people and cultures with a special emphasis on flavor – using Hawaiian culture to “sell Hawaii.” But look deeper and hard facts emerge. Hawaii’s host people, the Kanaka Maoli, are number one in very disturbing areas: poverty, homelessness, most imprisoned, health problems, shortest life expectancy, etc.

The true history of Hawaii is kept hidden. Hawaii is really an independent nation – the Hawaiian Kingdom, not the 50th state of the U.S. There has been no lawful government in the Hawaiian islands since 1893, when the U.S. military invaded and began a prolonged illegal occupation that continues to this day. There is no treaty of annexation of Hawaii to the U.S. It’s all a fraud, a house of cards.

     A striking example of racism in Hawaii concerns Kanaka Maoli’s spiritual/religious/faith beliefs and particularly Hawaii’s sacred mountain – Mauna Kea. Today, the summit area of Mauna Kea is dominated by 13 telescopes and there is major conflict over the proposed building of a fourteenth –the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) 18 stories tall. Many Kanaka Maoli are saying respect our most sacred site. Sacred is sacred. TMT is Too Many Telescopes. Here’s the point. Buddhists don’t try and dictate to Christians what should go on in their churches and cathedrals. Christians don’t try to dictate to Buddhists what goes on in their temples. But how come, Christians, Buddhists, etc. are trying to dictate to Kanaka Maoli what takes place on their most sacred mountain? I dare say, it’s arrogance of the worst kind, it’s dollars put before the sacred, and at it’s core – racism. It’s time to make things pono (right), from the bottom up and the top down. Respect the sacred! No TMT.

Stand with Kapu Aloha – Nonviolence!

  1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties.
    4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
    5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

Contact: Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai’i 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622. Email: ja@malu-aina.org

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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet August 18, 2017– 830th week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Stand Up! Speak Out! Diplomacy not War!

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Stand Up!  Speak Out!  Diplomacy not War!

I urge people everywhere to use every non-violent means possible to stand up and speak out against war .  Join the peace vigils in your communities  (Hilo 3:30-5PM Fridays at the downtown Post office), write Congress and the President, sign petitions,etc. etc. Every effort is important.

The situation between the U.S. and North Korea is extremely dangerous. Even if nuclear weapons are not used, any conventional war could result in the death of hundreds of thousands of people.  With nuclear weapons, the deaths could be in the millions. 

Please let your voice be heard.  Mahalo.,

Jim Albertini

The most dangerous times in generations

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Diplomacy Not War!

The World on the Brink of Nuclear Disaster

                                                             

      President Trump’s latest threat toward North Korea to bring “fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before,” is reckless and a blatant reference to a U.S. nuclear attack on Korea. Korea’s response: a threat to bomb a U.S. Air Base on Guam. In a time of increasing tension that risks the possibility of nuclear war by accident or design, what’s needed is not more threats and counter threats, but a tone of caution, dialogue and diplomacy. We need to reduce, not escalate tensions. It’s up to all of us to insure that reckless behavior doesn’t lead to a war that could kill millions in an instant.

      To create an atmosphere for discussion, a logical first step would appear to be a halt by U.S./South Korea to large scale joint military exercises and a North Korea halt to any further missile or nuclear tests. China and Russia have both called for this reasonable action.

      People need to put themselves in North Korea’s shoes. North Korea lost close to 30% of its population as a result of US bombings in the 1950s. That’s several million people. 78 cities and thousands of North Korean villages were destroyed by U.S. bombing over 3 years. http://www.globalresearch.ca/PrintArticle.php?articleId=22131 And North Korea saw what happened when Libya, under pressure from the U.S. abandoned it’s nuclear weapons program. The U.S. orchestrated an overthrow of the government of Muammar Gaddafi. Libya, once a prosperous country is in total chaos today. The same for Iraq. Remember the U.S. false claim of attacking and overthrowing Saddam Hussein because of his Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). The fact is there were no Iraq WMDs. Saddam had abandoned them but was attacked and overthrown by the U.S anyway. No wonder North Korea feels threatened by the U.S. and doesn’t want to abandon its nuclear program. It believes it is a deterrent to being attacked and overthrown by the U.S.

      The U.S. is the only nation in the world to ever use nuclear weapons in war. This week marks the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945. It is nothing but U.S. arrogance to say that North Korea must stop its missile tests while the U.S. continues its tests. The U.S. needs to lead the world to disarmament by example. And we the people must demand it.

No More Hiroshimas Ever Again!

  1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties.
    4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
    5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

Contact: Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai’i 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622. Email: ja@malu-aina.org

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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet August 11, 2017– 829th week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Talk about a hog wash article on the Kennedy assassination

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Talk about a hog wash article on the Kennedy assassination.

More disinformation on the JFK murder.  It was the CIA, Secret service, FBI, Military-Industrial Complex that killed Kennedy with strong evidence pointing to fired CIA boss Allen Dulles as the ringleader. This article about recently released Kennedy assassination files is a modern effort to steer people away from the real culprits.  Read Jim Douglass’ book:  JFK and the Unthinkable: Why he died and why it matters.  Also David Talbot’s book:  The Devil’s Chess Board about Allen Dulles.  Ordinary people sense the truth:  It was an inside job!

Jim Albertini

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/45097-focus-how-the-cia-came-to-doubt-the-official-story-of-jfks-murder

Please share widely on North Korea

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

 

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3 big lies about North Korea

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Lie #1: North Korea constantly threatens and provokes the United States
The truth: Every year, the United States carries out massive “Foal Eagle” and “Key Resolve” military exercises alongside South Korean forces that simulate the invasion of the North. Labelled “war games” by the corporate media, these drills are understood for what they are by North Korea (also known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or DPRK) — a menacing reminder that the United States could launch a war and destroy their country at any moment. This year, the U.S. military went even further and held a nuclear bombing drill, where a U.S. strategic bomber flew right up to the border between North and South Korea as practice for a possible nuclear attack on the North.
Unlike the United States, North Korea has never launched a war of aggression against any country. The United States does claim that North Korea invaded South Korea in 1950, five years after the division of the country at the end of World War II. This was a civil war inside of Korea similar to the civil war that was waged between North Vietnam and South Vietnam, which was also divided by “great powers” at the end of World War II. The U.S. military is by far the largest and most powerful in human history, but the North Korean military’s budget is smaller than the New York Police Department’s. The notion that the DPRK is threatening the superpower United States is outrageous.
Lie #2: North Korea is a “rogue state” led by a madman who clings to nuclear weapons and refuses to negotiate
The truth: The DPRK suspended its nuclear weapons program in the 1990s as a direct consequence of a negotiated agreement with the United States. The United States failed to live up to its side of the agreement to provide substitute energy sources to replace North Korea’s nuclear power program. The United States expected that the North Korean government would collapse following the implosion of its socialist allies in the USSR and elsewhere. The DPRK ultimately decided to leave the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) only after George W. Bush in January 2002 declared North Korea, Iran and Iraq an “Axis of Evil” while the United States prepared to carry out an invasion of Iraq — which it did in the next 15 months.

As Tensions Explode on Korean Peninsula, U.S. Peace Delegation Calls for Immediate Response to North Korea’s Offer to Freeze Its Nuclear Program

The Solidarity Peace Delegation, concluding their July 23-28 visit to South Korea, calls for immediate U.S.-South Korean action to de-escalate growing military tensions on the Korean Peninsula.