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An Injury to One is an Injury to All

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Income & Wealth Inequality!

An article entitled “Inequality Against Democracy” by Richard Eskow provides shocking facts. Below is a summary. You can read the full article here.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/02/08/inequality-against-democracy-10-facts-about-1-percent

      “The 0.01 percent – a tiny group of people – controls a vast amount of wealth. 16,000 Americans hold as much wealth as 80 percent of the nation’s population – some 256,000,000 people – and as much as 75 percent of the entire world’s population. A few billionaires are even wealthier. In the United States, 536 people had a shared net worth of $2.6 trillion at the end of 2015.

      “CEOs are taking up a bigger piece of the pie, and workers are getting less. Fortune 500 CEOs earned about 42 times as much on average as the typical worker in 1980. Today they earn 373 times as much. In fact, seven of this country’s 30 largest corporations paid their CEOs more than they paid in taxes.

      The average American household is falling behind on wages. The median household income in the United States fell by more than 7 percent between 1999 and 2014. The average American owns less wealth than people in many other developed countries. The median wealth of an American adult is roughly $34,316. That’s far below that of adults in countries like Japan ($78,862), Luxembourg ($78,453), the United Kingdom ($75,734), Norway ($54,362), the Netherlands ($52,649), Switzerland ($43,700), and Australia ($47,477.)

      “More than one child in five lives in poverty. The U.S. poverty rate for children is over 20 percent, higher than that of all other major developed countries. Overall, more than 48 million Americans live in poverty.

The Challenge

      “A government controlled by wealthy individuals and large corporations will be much more likely to harm the environment and subvert democratic processes. It will cater to the defense industry abroad and the for-profit prison industry at home. It will hamper racial justice…”

      That is why runaway inequality is one of the most important issues of our time. It stifles democracy, breeds violence and wars, and leads to a more dangerous world. The time for action is now! Rise up. Unite as the 99.9%. A system that has created this kind of inequality needs to be fundamentally changed. It can be done. We are the many. They are the few. Don’t let the few continue to divide us. In unity there is strength. Never give up!

Stop Runaway Inequality!
Build a Movement for Justice, Peace and the Earth!

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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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Feb. 12, 2016 – 751st week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Feb. 5, 2016 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet on War & More War! What the Candidates Will do

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

War & More War!

      While U.S. primary elections have most of the public and media attention, the U.S. is planning massive military escalation and few seem to care or notice. Distraction is the disorder of the day.

What the candidates Will Do!
2016 election bombing What Marco, Jeb, Carly, Chris, etc. will do

     “U.S. troops are going back into Iraq, our presence in Libya is escalating, and Obama has widened the war in Afghanistan – all without much of a public debate” according to Adam Johnson, associate editor at AlterNet. And escalation in Syria too.

See (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44106.htm

      In 2011, the Libya “No Fly Zone” campaign quickly became regime change and the killing of Muammar Qaddafi resulting in total chaos in Libya. Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept noted that Secretary of Sate at the time, Hillary Clinton, sociopathically boasted and laughed about the mob rape and murder of Qaddafi on 60 minutes “We came, we saw, he died.” According to the New York Times, the new war effort in Libya is “expected to include airstrikes and raids by elite American troops.” Who knows how long it will last.

     Today, the escalation of war is all done in the name of fighting ISIL. How convenient for the arms makers – endless war!  According to Johnson’s article, “When the U.S. began its anti-ISIL efforts in August 2014, ISIL was in two countries. Now, after tens of thousands of aerial ordinances have been dropped on two continents, ISIS now has a presence in over 20 countries. The U.S. has even expanded its war in Afghanistan to include ISIS, the White House announced last Thursday. None of the major presidential candidates, including the most progressive member of the U.S. Congress, Bernie Sanders, outwardly opposes the U.S. current anti-ISIL efforts, including the once-unpopular drone program.” So where is the public debate about all this war and more war? And putting an end to war?

What Will We DO?

  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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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Feb. 5, 2016 – 750th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

30 Year Peace Vigil at the White House

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

“Live by the Bomb, Die by the

Bomb”

connie at White HouseConchita across from the White House

      Concepcion Picciotto, known to many as Conchita or Connie, protested outside the White House for more than 30 years making the peace vigil the longest-running act of political protest in the U.S. Picciotto died on Jan.25, 2016. (Zoeann Murphy/The Washington Post) She was believed to be 80.

      In a 2013 profile in The Washington Post, Ms. Picciotto said she spent more than 30 years of her life outside the White House “to stop the world from being destroyed.” “Through her presence, she said she hoped to remind others to take whatever action they could, however small, to help end wars and stop violence, particularly against children.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/concepcion-picciotto-who-held-vigil-outside-the-white-house-for-decades-dies/2016/01/25/e0f829e2-c3b0-11e5-a4aa-f25866ba0dc6_story.html 

Concepcion Picciotto Dies; Kept Vigil Behind White House for 3 Decades

Despite President Obama’s declaration less than three months after taking office that he would “seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,” today his administration plans to spend $1T, over the next three decades, to modernize every single element of America’s nuclear triad. 

Thank you for your service Conchita.

You are now gone. But your warning endures. 

Stop the Wars!  Stop the Violence! 

Disarm 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 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 (Jan. 29, 2016 – 749th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Protect Pohakuloa! Stop the Bombing!

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Aloha ‘Aina!

Kalo graphic                                                                                                        peace symbol

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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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Jan. 22, 2016 – 748th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Kapu Aloha! Unarmed truth and unconditional love!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Remembering

Hawaii’s Queen Lili`uokalani and

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Liliuokalani                                             king
      January 17th marks the date of the illegal overthrow of Hawaii’s Queen Lili’uokalani and the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893 by U.S. business interests with the assistance of U.S. Marines. It is a crime and injustice still waiting to be undone and restitution made – 123 years late. But better late than never!

      January 18th marks the holiday in the U.S., and U.S. occupied Hawaii, named for the late Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. who was a champion for civil rights, justice, peace and the power of nonviolent action. Dr. King was assassinated in 1968. A jury in a wrongful death suit brought by the King family determined King’s killing was “an act of State.” In short, King’s assassination was a U.S. government operation, not the work of a lone assassin.

      Though having bombed 7 countries, and assassinated thousands by drone strikes, U.S. President Barrack Obama in his 2016 State of the Union address spoke highly of Dr. King’s belief that “unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word…” Dr. King  did not support bombing anyone.  He shared a belief similar to Queen Lili’uokalani. Hawaii’s Queen did not advocate violence in response to the illegal and unjust overthrow of her government. She yielded power temporarily to save lives and with the belief that no lie can live forever.

      Today, Kingdom of Hawaii nationals, African Americans, and others are continuing the call for justice. Hawaii nationals, rightfully so, want their nation back. African Americans want their call that “Black Lives Matter” to be taken seriously.  All movements for justice, peace, and civil rights, like Birmingham, Selma, stopping  wars and bombing of Kaho’olawe, Pohakuloa, and protecting Mauna Kea, etc. require committed, sustained, nonviolent action. In Hawaii we call this belief and spirit of  “unarmed truth and unconditional love” — Kapu Aloha. Indeed, Truth and Love, not bombs, should have the first and final word.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize &

Never Give Up!

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

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

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Jan. 15, 2016 – 747th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office