Archive for the ‘Social Justice’ Category

Preventing Global Nuclear War!

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

God Help Us!

Climate disaster hurricanes Harvey, Irma, …, wild fires burning in multiple states, Trump ending DACA immigrant protection, and now possible global Nuclear War!

                                  

                                                 

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is acutely aware of the brutal end of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi following U.S. military interventions, after they abandoned their so-called weapons of mass destruction.

      “There is no other way to solve the North Korean nuclear issue, save that of peaceful dialogue” said Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin joined urgent calls for deescalation and diplomacy, deeming the military option “a dead end. “Ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless,” Putin told reporters at the end of the 2017 BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China. “It could lead to a global, planetary catastrophe and a huge loss of human life,” Putin concluded. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/05/warning-planetary-catastrophe-putin-joins-calls-diplomacy-north-korea

      China’s Ministry of Defense warned that China ‘would not allow’ US or South Korea troops to enter North Korea. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47738.htm People need to understand the history of the Korean war and how it shapes the current situation in Asia. https://popularresistance.org/who-really-started-the-korean-war/

Diplomacy and Negotiations!

      What’s needed? First, negotiate a decades-overdue armistice, mutual non-aggression pact among the two Koreas and the U.S. Then negotiate a global nuclear disarmament treaty, led by the leading nuclear armed powers – the U.S. and Russia. But Diplomacy not War will not happen without an aroused and reinvigorated global peace movement demanding action for planetary survival.

      Where are U.S. voices for peace? One commentator said: U.S. people are too busy playing games on their cell phones and computers. Plus, as long as their beer is cold, and endless sporting events are on TV, people are distracted and sedated.

     Future generations depend on us speaking up now!

No Nuclear War!      Peace Now!

  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 September 8, 2017– 833rd week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Climate Disaster & Nuclear War!

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

The Fire Next Time!

Climate disaster and nuclear war pose the two greatest threats to life on the planet.

      Poor Houston and the Gulf Coast region! The catastrophe is still unfolding with unprecedented rainfall and flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Houston is experiencing its third “500-year” flood in 3 years! The death toll is mounting as I write. Homes and businesses destroyed in the thousands. The damage to property very likely will be in the tens of billions of dollars.

      Houston is known as “Petro Metro” and is home to more than a dozen oil refineries. The people who live closest to these industrial sites are low income and minority communities. Poor people of color bear the greatest burden of climate change, harmful pollution, and have the fewest options when natural or man-made disaster strikes. They do not have vacation homes and private country clubs to relocate to like the Trump, Bush, and corporate CEO families. The ordinary people of Texas and Louisiana effected by this flooding need support and I encourage all of us to do what we can to help.

“God gave Noah the rainbow sign/ No more water/  the fire next time.”           

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

    The risk of nuclear war, by accident or design, is at it’s highest point since the end of the cold war. Tensions with North Korea, Russia, China, Iran, etc. could spiral out of control very quickly into the use of nuclear weapons. Accidents also happen as shown by two recent collisions of billion dollar U.S. warships. Any use of nuclear weapons in the world could make the catastrophe in Texas pale in comparison.

     Who is the biggest threat to world peace? Consider the following. The US has 800 military bases in 63 countries worldwide, and military personnel presently active in 156 countries. The US has been at war or in a military conflict for 224 of its 241 years in existence. The US defense budget is higher than the defense budgets of the next 8 countries combined. The US is the only country that has ever dropped a nuclear bomb on a population, killing 200,000 people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The US has 6,800 nuclear weapons and is planning to spend $1 trillion dollars to modernize its nuclear arsenal.

Malama Honua ( Take Care of the Earth)

Wage Peace Not 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 September 1, 2017– 832nd week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

 

 

 

Solidarity for Justice to Protect Sacred Mauna Kea

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

On Monday Aug. 28, 2017 Interfaith Communities in Action held a “Faith Voices For Justice” sign holding vigil on Bayfront in Hilo.  It was in response to voices of white supremacy, racial injustice in Charlottesville, Virginia and elsewhere. The vigil was attended by about 50-75 people of different Faiths.   I attended the vigil with a sign “Aloha Not Hate” and offered the leaflet below to other participants to support Mauna Kea protectors.

Jim Albertini

An Invitation to

Faith Voices for Justice”

     It is an honor to stand with you today here in Hilo “to advocate for justice for all people” and “ repudiate the voices of race supremacy and segregation.” It is important that Faith Voices stand in public witness “for justice throughout the land.”

     In this spirit, I would like to extend to you an invitation to join a Vigil for Justice on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 from 7:30 -9AM on Banyan Drive fronting the Naniloa Hotel in support of Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) seeking to protect their most sacred mountain –- Mauna Kea –Mauna a Wakea. At 9AM on that day, Kanaka Maoli will be appealing to the Board of Land & Natural Resources to deny a permit for the 18 story Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) atop Mauna Kea, the fourteenth telescope to be built in the sacred summit area and the tallest building on the island.

Mauna Kea is sacred to the Native Hawaiians and is the zenith of their ancestral ties to creation.   The upper regions, Wao Akua, are the realms of the Akua (creator) and the summit is a temple of the Supreme Being in not only Hawaiian culture but also in many histories throughout Polynesia.  It is the home of Na Akua (divine deities) and Na’Aumakua (divine ancestors) as well as the meeting place of Papa (Earth Mother) and Wakea (Sky Father) who are progenitors of the Hawaiian people.  It is also both a burial ground and the embodiment of ancestors that include Na Alii and Kahuna (high ranking chiefs and priests.)  Modern Native Hawaiians continue to regard Mauna Kea with reverence and many cultural and religious practices are still performed there.  In addition to sacred importance the summit is also home to near a hundred archaeological sites and many traditional cultural properties eligible to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. “

http://sites.coloradocollege.edu/indigenoustraditions/sacred-lands/sacred-lands-mauna-kea/

     Faith Voices standing in public witness for justice throughout the land should not ignore the Faith Voice of Hawaii’s host people, the Kanaka Maoli, seeking to protect their most sacred site in all Hawaii. They are simply saying Respect the Sacred. Sacred is sacred. TMT is too many telescopes dominating sacred Mauna a Wakea.

Mahalo for your consideration and solidarity,

Jim Albertini

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

For a deeper look at U.S. racism in Hawaii, please see “From Charlottesville to Mauna Kea” http://malu-aina.org/?p=4856

Speaker series on Pohakuloa

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Excellent speakers on various aspects of issues  July 20, 2017 at Hawaii Community College

Isaac “Paka” Harp on illegal military occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom

Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD on medical dangers of Depleted Uranium (DU)

Ruth Aloua, an impassioned appeal for activism to stop the bombing of Pohakuloa and to protect people, plants, and animals, air, land, and water.

 
 

The Blind Following the Blind: More War!

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

AFGHANISTAN

Graveyard of Empires!

                                              

Trump Proclaims

Full Speed Ahead into longest war in U.S. history

16 years and no end in sight

With Trillions of dollars spent on war by the U.S. over the last 16 years, with millions of lives lost, country after country destroyed and turned into chaos (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Syria, etc.) resulting in increased hatred against the U.S., Trump has announced he is going to expand U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan. The only winner will be the U.S. military-industrial complex. What happened to the “No More Intervention” Donald?  Looks like he has been made to heel by the more-war neocons, his cabinet of Goldman Sachs bankers and generals surrounding him.

Stand up! Speak up! 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 August 25, 2017– 831st week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office