Archive for the ‘Social Justice’ Category

Alternatives to Building a New prison

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Ohana Ho’opakele (Family Rescue)
A Hawaiian Holistic Alternative to Prisons

P.O. Box 5530
Hilo, Hawai’i 96720
(808) 959-9775
OhanaHoopakele@gmail.com

February 5, 2016 For Viewpoint consideration.

Stop the Prison-Bed Business

 

Before the State of Hawaii attempts to embark on fast tracking the building of a $485 million new prison without broad and transparent community discussion and without even an Environmental Impact Assessment or Statement, there are actions that we in Ohana Ho’opakele propose that Governor David Ige and the the State legislature take.

  1. Follow the Federal and many state examples of reviewing disproportionately long prison sentences and release prisoners in Hawaii who have already served long sentences. The Feds have already released 6,000 prisoners, as many prisoners as Hawaii has locked up today.
  2. Review the disproportionate number of Hawaiians locked up. Dr. RaeDeen Keahiolalo-Karasuda, PhD says that Hawaiians, who make up 20% of the State’s population, represent more than 60% of those imprisoned. Take action to correct this racist disproportionate imprisonment and length of sentences against Hawaiians. (See A Report of the Hawai`i Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, September 2011)
  3. Follow the call of Ohana Ho’opakele and establish modern day Pu’uhonua on all islands as alternative to prisons. Also establish community-based Ho’oponopono centers on all islands to help heal conflicts and resolve small community problems before they turn into major crimes.

The above actions will save the State money, reduce crime, and help heal our communities. 40 years ago the State’s Correctional Master Plan talked about the need for alternatives to prison, but the alternatives were never seriously implemented. Don’t make the same mistake again. Before building another prison, first, take action on the above matters and there will be no need to build a new prison. Hawaiians and the general public taxpayers will all benefit when we stop the prison-bed business. We ask the public to support this effort of alternatives to prison and urge people to contact the Governor and State Legislators. Mahalo and aloha.

 

Palikapu Dedman

President of Ohana Ho’opakele

Why are people so Upset?

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Good article below.  Wall Street’s pathetic worldview.

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/34964-wall-street-worldview-why-are-people-upset

Report on January 30, 2016 Aloha ‘Aina gathering at Pohakuloa to Stop the Bombing

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Report on January 30, 2016 Aloha ‘Aina gathering at Pohakuloa to Stop the Bombing

Alha Kakou,

Our Aloha ‘Aina gathering today started out with pule and ho’okupu at the Pu’uhuluhulu ahu.  We then proceeded to the main gate area of Pohakuloa (mauka side of the Saddle Rd) for a one hour sign holding vigil.  Several dozen bikers and others were already there as part of the pro-military Gathering of Eagles.  They had only a few signs but lots of American flags, even an Israeli flag.  Military jets and live fire bombing could be heard in the background.

There are 7 photos below. The first 5 are people calling for stopping the bombing at Pohakuloa.  The bottom 2 are those supporting the bombing.  The group “Gathering of Eagles” must monitor our Malu ‘Aina website (www.malu-aina.org) and whenever we have a gathering at Pohakuloa, the Eagles are there to support the U.S. military.   The event was mostly civil with the exception of an “Eagle woman” on a bull horn that some other Eagles refer to as “The Screaming Eagle” who hurled a few insults across the highway.

Our Aloha ‘Aina gathering concluded at noon with some prayers and chants facing Mauna Kea.  As we left, we waved and exchanged words of aloha with some of the Eagles.  We appreciate the good will of those Eagles who respect the right to disagree. Those of our group that could were headed to the hale near the Mauna Kea visitors center for a meeting to discuss future strategy to protect Mauna Kea.

We took this action today to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the landing by 9 Hawaiians in Jan. 1976 to occupy the Island of Kaho’olawe in a call to Stop the bombing there.  It was the birth of a movement.  It took more than a decade, the loss of 2 lives –George Helm and Kimo Mitchell, and the imprisonment of others but the bombing was eventually stopped.  The action of the Kaho’olawe 9 and others inspire our actions today to Stop the Bombing of  Pohakuloa.
Jim Albertini

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Video of Jan. 21, 2016 Demilitarizing Hawaii & the Pacific forum

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Video of Demilitarizing Hawaii & the Pacific forum at UH Hilo Jan. 21, 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0QflUcZ5lo&feature=youtu.be

Reminder: Pohakuloa Sat. Jan. 30th

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Aloha ‘Aina!

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Justice

&

Peace

Demilitarize

Hawaii &

The Pacific

Saturday, January 30, 2016

10 AM Pule at Ahu on Saddle Rd and

Mauna Kea Access Rd.

11 AM – Noon sign/banner holding at

Pohakuloa Main gate

      January 2016 marks 40 years since the historic action of 9 people who went to the Island of Kaho’olawe to stop the bombing there. It sparked a movement. Many people followed in the months and years after. Some went to jail. Two — George Helm and Kimo Mitchell, lost their lives, but the bombing of Kaho’olawe was eventually stopped. Kaho’olawe is 28,000 acres. Pohakuloa, located in the center of Hawaii Island, is 133,000 acres, nearly 5 times the size of Kaho’olawe. Millions of rounds are fired on Pohakuloa annually. It has been going on more than 50 years. It is time to Malama ‘Aina everywhere. It is time stop the bombing and desecration of Pohakuloa.

  We in Hawaii are part of a larger “Moana Nui” movement to demilitarize the entire Pacific. Pacific Island and Pacific Rim communities are currently actively mobilizing thousands of citizens–in Okinawa, Korea, Guam etc–against U.S. military bases.

Please come in a spirit of Kapu Aloha for the ‘aina and all people we encounter, including those who may disagree with us. Mahalo.

Protect Pohakuloa!  Stop

the Bombing!

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 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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