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Important statement for Hawaiian Justice

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

 

4:42pm Sep 22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Conference 12 noon @ ‘Iolani Palace

Hawaiians Openly Reject President Obama’s new rule—a DOI invented process to create a Native Hawaiian Tribe

As President Obama announces his plans to federalize Hawaiians as a tribe, Hawaiian community leaders and groups who have for many years protested attempts to turn Hawaiians into Native Americans (the Akaka Bill), will hold a press conference Friday, September 23rd at 12 noon in front of‘Iolani Palace. They will restate their opposition to the Obama Administration’s Department of Interior (DOI) rule change.

“This change is intended to circumvent legal, congressional processes, and Hawaiian community input,” said Healani-Sonoda Pale, founding member of the group, Protest Na‘i Aupuni and one of the organizers of the press conference. “President Obama tasked his DOI to come up with a process that will allow him to use his Executive Order privilege and designate federally chosen groups of Hawaiians as recognized. Without any congressional oversight or congressional vetting, President Obama and his successor will confer immense power on a pseudo native government,” Sonoda-Pale said. “And this will allow the DOI to move forward with a process of creating land and resource settlements that typically follow legitimate, congressionally conferred federal recognition.”

Two years in the making, the Obama/DOI rule change was created in response to Office of Hawaiian Affairs CEO Kamana’opono Crabbe’s May 5, 2014 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. In it, he essentially questioned the legitimacy of US jurisdiction in Hawaii by requesting proof of how the Hawaiian Kingdom was legally annexed to the United States.
However, rather than answer the question, President Obama instructed the DOI to hold public hearings in Hawaii to discuss federal recognition. During the summer of 2014, hearings were held for 2 weeks on 5 of the Hawaiian Islands. Thousands of Hawaiians lined up, but only hundreds were able to testify. The overwhelming majority (over 95%) rejected the idea of a DOI Rule change and spoke powerfully in opposition to any Federal or State controlled process for sovereignty.

“It feels like the overthrow all over again,” says Kahalu’u Kupuna and Protest Na’i Aupuni member Kapu Lambert. “The finalization of the DOI Rule forebodes more hardship Hawaiians. Many of our people are homeless and are at the bottom of every socioeconomic statistic in Hawaii. We cannot trust the State and Federal governments and their collaborators to do the right thing on our behalf especially when it comes to Hawaiian sovereignty and lands. I refuse to accept this Rule.”

“After tens of millions of dollars were spent by the state agency Office of Hawaiian Affairs to lobby for federal recognition, after 15 years of resistance to being federalized, we are now going to be saddled with being a fake tribe and federally designated so-called leaders,” said Sonoda-Pale.

Asked why the US would want to federalize Hawaiians when, in fact, hundreds of tribes on the continent have been trying to get federally recognized for many decades, Sonoda-Pale said, “Why? Because they want our land. They want to create a so-called universal land claims settlement of our Crown and Government lands, aka ‘Ceded Lands.’ And further,” she said, the United States of America, who has never been respectful of indigenous peoples—as we are seeing in North Dakota, is trying to dissolve our rights as a people to self-determination as defined by international law, and our human rights as indigenous people that have also been codified by the United Nations.

Stop the Violence at Home & Abroad!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Wars In Iraq, Afghanistan Cost Almost $5 Trillion Dollars So Far…

     The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost U.S. taxpayers nearly $5 trillion so far, and that total could rise even higher in the years to come, according to new calculations released by independent researchers late last week.

     That total includes not only the costs of equipment and personnel in those countries, but also State Department spending to help local populations, Department of Homeland Security spending linked to the wars and Department of Veterans Affairs services that expanded as troops returned home. 

     In a report for Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, study author Neta Crawford called the total “so large as to be almost incomprehensible,” but noted the dollar figures are only one part of the costs of war. 

https://www.popularresistance.org/report-wars-in-iraq-afghanistan-cost-almost-5-trillion-so-far/

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45478.htm

What are the Human costs of War?

U.S. Has Killed More Than 20 Million People in 37 Nations Since World War II

http://anonhq.com/war-on-terror-lest-we-forget-the-u-s-coup-detat/

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No More War!

  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 (Sept. 23, 2016 — 783rd week) — Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post office

Reminder: Protect Pohakuloa Strategy meeting TONIGHT 9/19/16

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Reminder: Protect Pohakuloa Strategy meeting TONIGHT 9/19/16

Campaign to Protect Pohakuloa!

Strategy meeting to Shut Down the Military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) Monday, Sept. 19th 6-9PM at the Keaau Community Center.

Aloha kakou,

I trust you got the  message about PTA strategy meeting Monday, Sept. 19th 6-9PM Keaau Community Center.  Please come and pass the word to others.  Mahalo.

Jim Albertini

Some things to think about:

1.  county action –follow up to Res 639-08

2.  State action? Dept of Health?

3.  Fed action?  Comprehensive archeological survey,  EIS on cumulative impacts

4.  legal review of Kaho’olawe court cases to see what applies

5.  Cultural access to sites at PTA — ahu, etc. Makahiki season coming up.

6.  Upcoming 9/30 meeting  at PTA  on programmatic agreement

7.  ongoing lawsuit by Ku Ching and Maxine Kahaulelio at PTA

8.  Military  Impacts to water well and aquifers

9.  Independent radiological survey.

10. Tour and briefing at PTA like Chamber of Commerce got.

11.  Contact Curtis Tyler and others on Pohakuloa Advisory Council

12.  Non-violent direct action focus  — convoys, etc.

13.  National legal suit on all areas where DU training has occurred (At least 15 other states)

14. Organization allies

15. Concerts, etc. to educate and mobilize

16. Clean up Costs

17. State lease renewal being negotiated

18. Leverage of the tourist industry

other ideas welcome

etc…


Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org www.malu-aina.org

Campaign to Protect Pohakuloa!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Strategy meeting to Shut Down the Military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA).

Aloha kakou,

I trust you got the  message about PTA strategy meeting Monday, Sept. 19th 6-9PM Keaau Community Center.  Please come and pass the word to others.  Mahalo.

Jim Albertini

Some things to think about:

1.  county action –follow up to Res 639-08

2.  State action? Dept of Health?

3.  Fed action?  Comprehensive archeological survey,  EIS on cumulative impacts

4.  legal review of Kaho’olawe court cases to see what applies

5.  Cultural access to sites at PTA — ahu, etc. Makahiki season coming up.

6.  Upcoming 9/30 meeting  at PTA  on programmatic agreement

7.  ongoing lawsuit by Ku Ching and Maxine Kahaulelio at PTA

8.  Military  Impacts to water well and aquifers

9.  Independent radiological survey.

10. Tour and briefing at PTA like Chamber of Commerce got.

11.  Contact Curtis Tyler and others on Pohakuloa Advisory Council

12.  Non-violent direct action focus  — convoys, etc.

13.  National legal suit on all areas where DU training has occurred (At least 15 other states)

14. Organization allies

15. Concerts, etc. to educate and mobilize

other ideas welcome

etc…


Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org www.malu-aina.org

Living & Resting in Peace

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Questions to Ponder!

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               Could it be the U.S. is poking around in other people’s business and taking their stuff? Or worse yet, killing them indiscriminately….

Is this what the U.S. means when it calls itself the “exceptional” nation?  Is this why so many people hate the U.S.?

If we want peace, we need to work for justice!

 No More War!

Stop the Violence!  Stop the Bombing!

Malama Honua!  Care for the Earth!

And one another!

  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

Sign up on our website to receive our posts  http://www.malu-aina.org/

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Sept. 16, 2016 – 782nd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office