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DISASTERS: the poor always suffer the most

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Disasters!

It seems the poor always suffer the most

      Whether it’s natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, lava flows, etc.) or man made disasters (war, climate disaster, toxic pollution, etc.) it seems the poor always suffer the most. The rich have more options. The poor have few, if any, options.

      In most natural disasters, those with money can easily relocate, and often have a second or third home to go. Some poor people don’t even have enough gas money to get to a disaster shelter. Who bore the burden in hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, and hurricane Harvey in Houston? Poor communities also usually bear the burden of toxic pollution. Flint Michigan’s lead water is a case in point. The Hawaiian Homestead area in Keaukaha in Hilo has as a next door toxic neighbor -–the airport, dump, fuel tanks, sewage plant, harbor, chemicals, etc.

      In wars such as Vietnam, the rich like Donald Trump and George Bush, easily found ways to avoid the draft and they certainly didn’t go to jail for nonviolent resistance to the war. The poor end up drafted or enlisting and dying in a rich man’s war for resources. In today’s wars, those being killed, injured and made refugees are disproportionately poor. Look at Palestine, Syria, etc.

      Puna, Hawaii, the site of the current lava flow, is the poorest district in the state, with thousands of lots in substandard subdivisions, many in high risk lava zones or near the toxic neighbor –Puna Geothermal Venture. Read the book “Land & Power in Hawaii” by George Cooper and Gaven Daws. Also read the article by Alan D. McNarie http://www.civilbeat.org/2018/05/big-island-how-land-schemes-turned-lava-fields-into-subdivisions/ By contrast the Kona-Kohala coast on the west side of Hawaii island is known as the Gold Coast with it’s many rich gated communities and high end resorts. The resorts never built housing for their employees, so many employees have to commute from distant Puna and Ka’u poor districts. Economic apartheid!

      I haven’t heard of one hotel offering free or discounted rooms to people displaced from the lava. And what of long range plans for people who have been displaced and have lost their homes, farms, businesses, etc.? Is it not the role of government to help? But where will the money come from you ask? That’s easy. From the FY 2019 Donald Trump proposed U.S. military budget of $681.1 billion. After all, what are we defending? And once we have recovered from disaster, we can begin the work of building a new economy from the ground up. That starts with growing food to feed Hawaii’s population instead of importing 90% of food consumed here. That will demand policy changes away from addiction to war and catering to the rich. The endless growth of tourism and militarism is killing Hawaii and the planet. Pele is telling us we need a fresh start and that we need to work together.

Live Aloha! Blessed are the Poor…

  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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May 25, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 870th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Stop the Violence! Justice for Palestinians!

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Come to the Friday Hilo Peace Vigil 3:30-5PM and stand in solidarity with Palestinians to stop the massacres

SHAME!

On Israel & the U.S. for the Massacre in Gaza

Israel Killed 61 & Wounded 2,700 Protesters in Gaza

for protesting the May 14, 2018 opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and 70 years of Israel’s occupation of Palestine. It was the deadliest day for Palestinian protesters since they launched the nonviolent Great March of Return on March 30. Palestinian leaders are accusing the Israeli military of carrying out war crimes during the crackdown. More protests and a general strike across the Palestinian territories are planned to mark 70 years since the Nakba, or Catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes after the state of Israel was formed. Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II – $134.7 billion, almost all in military assistance.

      “Sorry, Israel apologists: you sound just like the folks who defended apartheid when South Africa massacred unarmed black protesters in Soweto. As a Jew I used to debate you, but now I’m just sick and tired of you using my dead relatives to justify killing people who had nothing to do with the genocide.

      For so many years we’ve heard the lie that Palestinians don’t recognize Israel’s right to exist, and they want to “drive the Jews into the sea.” But it’s Israel that has failed to recognize Palestine’s right to exist, and is now shooting down hundreds of Palestinians at the Gaza border to force them back in the direction of the sea.

      You’re either with Trump and Netanyahu’s slaughter and hideous vision of ethnic cleansing, or you’re against it. Either Palestinians are human beings or they’re not–there’s no more middle ground.”

Zoltán Grossman, Professor of Geography and Native Studies, Evergreen State College

Boycott, Divest, & Sanction Israel!

  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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May 18, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 869th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Trump Fuels Extremism and Violence!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

The Coming Crash of the USA Empire!

Donald Trump’s May 8 withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear deal and the May 14 US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will only further isolate the U.S. and contribute to the US Empire’s demise.

      Dr. David Adams, retired professor from Yale and Wesleyan Universities says that European Professor, Johan Galtung, who predicted the crash of the Soviet empire in 1991, now predicts the end of the American empire within the next two years. https://www.transcend.org/tms/2018/05/the-times-call-for-radical-action/

      Galtung recently said: “Trump contributes by making USA an impossible leader to follow. As long as he is in command – and nobody knows how long that will last, before he is removed by impeachment, Amendment 25, or the old US tradition of killing inconvenient presidents –rebuilding the US empire is difficult… In short, I stand by my prediction (in 2004) that by Year 2020 the US empire is gone.” http://cpnn-world.org/new/?p=11608

      Let’s just hope that Dr. Adams is correct and this coming collapse happens “before the threatened wars, before the full development of fascism, and before the full effects of global warming”or the entire world and civilization as we know it, may be brought down with the collapse of the US empire.

      The US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal will fuel increasing conflict in the middle east risking a widening war in Syria and beyond. It needs to be restated that US and international inspectors have said repeatedly, that Iran was in full compliance with the accord. Be prepared now for “False Flag” events blaming Iran for some alledged provocative action to justify military action against Iran by Israel, Saudi Arabia,and/or the US. Also be prepared for major international outrage on May 14 by the US Embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It does not serve peace and stability in the region!

Trump Fuels Extremism and Violence!

  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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May 11, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 868th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Speaking Truth to the Liars War Club

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

LIARS WAR CLUB

                               

Powell lying about Iraq WMDs             Netanyahu lying about Iran 

                                                                                                          

                                              Trump & Co. lying about…

LIES, LIES, AND MORE LIES

      The U.S. has been lying its way into wars for a long time. It’s been said the first casualty in war is truth. So be on extra alert while the war salesmen amp up their sales pitch of noble causes for the next war. Use critical thinking. Question more. Don’t buy the lies being sold in the name of truth.

      Syria is the flash point for a possible widening war with Iran, Russia, etc. Beware of what’s called a “False Flag” event designed to provide for further attacks in Syria and beyond. U.S. retired Col. Larry Wilkerson says Israel does not want to end the war in Syria, it is in their interest to keep this war going, and to keep the Iran Nuclear Deal from succeeding, despite international inspectors saying Iran is in full compliance.  From all appearances, Israel wants to push the U.S. to war with Iran.  See

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/04/30/bizarre-powerpoint-event-netanyahu-channels-iraq-invasion-rhetoric-push-us-towards?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=email_this&utm_source=email

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49338.htm

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.phpoption=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=21693

https://theintercept.com/2015/03/02/brief-history-netanyahu-crying-wolf-iranian-nuclear-bomb/

      The country in the Middle East with known (but undeclared) nuclear weapons is Israel (estimates range between 75 and 400 nuclear weapons on submarines, bombers, and land missiles), but hardly anyone talks about that, or evidence that Israel stole weapons-grade uranium for its nuclear weapons program from a nuclear reprocessing plant in Apollo, Pennsylvania. https://lobelog.com/israels-stolen-nuclear-materials-why-it-still-matters/

           Israel’s Netanyahu seems to like to talk about the speck in another person’s eye, and ignore the log in his own eye. He doesn’t want to be held accountable for ordering Israeli snipers to kill unarmed Palestinians in Gaza!! 43 executed and 1500 wounded and 2000 injured by Israeli tear gas and other Israeli chemicals.

Truth, Justice & 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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May 4, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 867th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Behind the fluff news articles — DU Blowing in the wind!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

EARTH DAY AT PTA”

(Pohakuloa Training Area) “Annual event draws hundreds of students”

PTA is a 133,000-acre military training area located in the center of Hawaii Island that has been used for more than 70 years. More than 14 million live rounds are fired annually, from small arms to B-52 and B-2 bombers. The base is contaminated with a wide range of military toxins including radioactive Depleted Uranium (DU).

      The same article about the April 20 “Earth Day at PTA” appeared in the West Hawaii Today (4/22) and the Hawaii Tribune-Herald (4/23). The article said first, second, and fifth grade classes from  Connections Public Charter School attended. Also mentioned was a Saint Joseph’s second grade class and an eighth grade class from Kua O Ka La Public Charter School in Kalapana. There likely were other classes from other schools that attended besides those mentioned.. Please share this informational flyer with parents of school children. If you haven’t read the articles you can read them here –

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2018/04/23/hawaii-news/earth-day-at-pta-draws-hundreds-of-students/

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2018/04/22/hawaii-news/earth-day-at-pta/

      What the articles didn’t say is what’s important. The following Public Service Announcement was sent out to every school on the island one month in advance of the 4/20 PTA 2018 Earth Day event.

For School Officials & Teachers – Please print and post in the teacher meeting room.Please forward this message to your Parent-Teacher Association PTA, so that this important information is circulated prior to organizing ANY STUDENT EARTH DAY EXCURSIONS TO POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA

P U B L I C   S E R V I C E   A N N O U N C E M E N T  (PSA)

     Parents of young children and pregnant women are warned of the dangers of DU (Depleted Uranium) and other military toxins at the Pohakuloa Training Area!

      Please view the short video of Dr. Lorrin Pang, M.D., public health officer and retired Army Medical Corps explaining the health dangers of inhaling DU oxide dust particles (See https://vimeo.com/19153948). As Dr. Pang explains, especially vulnerable are young children and pregnant women.

     Allowing children in your care to attend programs at Pohakuloa, especially during live fire training, unnecessarily puts them at risk. Mahalo. For more information, contact Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action, P.O. Box 489, Kurtistown, HI 96760. Tel. (808) 966-7622.”

      Also important, but missing from the news articles was this important fact: At 9:18AM on Friday, April 20, 2018 a Malu ‘Aina certified calibrated radiation monitor hit 68 Counts per minute (CPM) outside the main gate of PTA, 2-3 times background levels.

      Between 30-50 people demonstrated from 8:30-10:30AM outside the PTA Earth Day event on Friday, April 20, 2018. See https://www.facebook.com/ruth.aloua/videos/1785022954869557/?t=205

Are DU Oxide Dust Particles Blowing in the Wind?

  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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April 27, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 866th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office