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How Many More Deaths?

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

END the

ENDLESS

WARS!

No More Troops! No More Bombs!

Promote Peace, Justice &

A Livable Planet!

More troops
U.S. Intervention is the problem not the solution! U.S. Intervention created ISIS!

     Malu ‘Aina, along with many others, have long stood against the escalation of war and the growth of the military industrial war complex. Today the U.S. is bombing in Iraq, Syria, and several other countries. War is all about death and destruction, and corporate profits for the few at the expense of the many. War is about increased surveillance and an erosion of civil liberties at home. War does not promote peace, justice, and a livable planet. It does not promote democracy, diplomacy, and lasting security. It does not promote jobs that serve the common good, and our ability to better care for one another and our environment. Instead, war diverts tax dollars away from education, jobs that serve human needs, universal health care, addressing climate change and a host of other domestic and international issues. For all these reasons, and more, we must demand an END TO ENDLESS WARS NOW! Enough War already!

It’s time to Wage Peace!

Stand up!  Speak Up!  Silence

is Consent!

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  On the web at malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Nov. 21, 2014 – 687th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Veterans Day Reflections

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Glorify

Peace Not

War:

Armistice Day vs. Veterans Day

war over
Let bells toll everywhere!

      In 1919, a year following the end of World War I, the “War to End All War,” Armistice Day was established on Nov. 11th as a celebration of peace and a time to remember the waste of war. In 1954 the U.S. Congress transformed Armistice Day into Veterans Day and transformed a day to celebrate peace into a day to glorify war and the celebration of those who participate in wars as “heroes.” What lesson does that teach our children — to dream of becoming peacemakers? No, to become a “hero” one goes off to kill or be killed in a future war.

      Let’s be clear. Wars are about empire, that serve the interest of a few at the expense of the many. Talk of “freedom and democracy” is window dressing to disguise the grab for resources by corporate profiteers. Veterans Day, like Armed Forces Day, has less to do about honoring the sacrifices of troops than it does about recruiting the next generation of soldiers to be used as cannon fodder in future wars of empire.

      Author and historian, William Blum, in a book “Killing Hope,” presents the facts of more than 55 foreign interventions by the U.S. military/CIA since WWII. Today, the U.S. empire maintains hundreds of military bases around the world, spends hundreds of billions of dollars on its military might, more than most of the other industrial nations combined, maintains an elaborate secret intelligence network that spies on everyone, and a masterful propaganda machine with a compliant media, to fuel fear and hatred in order to keep the U.S. military/industrial complex business booming. But at what human, financial, social, and spiritual cost?

Who has the Courage to Say – No More War!

Thank you for your service in refusing to Kill!

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  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Nov. 14, 2014 – 686th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Maui GMO Moratorium Election Victory!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Election Results in

Hawaii & U.S.

      I am writing these reflections on the morning following the Nov. 4th elections. I write from the standpoint of a long time non-violent activist for justice, peace and the environment and a small scale organic farmer. One’s standpoint in life determines one’s viewpoint, so here are my views.

     For me the brightest spot of the day was the victory of the Maui GMO moratorium initiative that was successful despite $8 million dollars being pumped in to defeat the initiative by Chemical giants Monsanto and Dow. It shows the power of a grassroots broad based effort against corporate power and money.

     GMOs, and their big Ag sponsors, are the new plantations seeking to dominate Hawaii and the world. In every way, GMOs violate the basic principle of aloha ‘aina –love for the land and the precautionary principle. GMOs are directly tied to the toxic chemicals produced by their corporate owners whose main concern is short term profit despite long term consequences. Poisoning of air, water and land, and people, plants, and animals are secondary concerns to the corporate bottom line.

      No doubt, these same chemical companies will now spend millions more to fight the Maui GMO Moratorium law in court. The battle is not over but a significant victory has been achieved by the Maui vote.

     In other election matters locally, some good candidates won. Others lost. In the U.S., the Republicans now control the House and Senate. U.S. imperial wars will continue full throttle which is one thing Republicans and Democrats agree on. From October 26 through November 2, 2014, Hawaiian Civic Clubs from across the Hawaiian Islands and the United States met at its annual convention. Resolution 14-28, acknowledging the continuity of the Hawaiian Kingdom. was passed on November 1, 2014. This is an important vote of Hawaiian sovereignty toward restoring the independent nation instead of being corralled into a U.S. Indian tribe reservation.

      The moral of the story on all elections and issues is this. Positive change doesn’t come from the top down. It comes from the bottom up. It takes grassroots organizing to clarify vision and unite people for the common good. We have our work cut out for peace, justice and preserving the earth. We need to unite our issues realizing that an injury to one is an injury to all. Don’t be discouraged by setbacks along the way and never, NEVER, give up!

The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

Aloha ‘Aina Now & Forever!

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  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Nov. 7, 2014 – 685th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Iraq Veterans Petition on Depleted Uranium

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Iraq Veterans Against the War!

Health Impacts of Depleted Uranium (DU)

      “The Iraq war was never over for Iraqi civilians and US veterans who continue to struggle with various forms of trauma and injury; for veterans and Iraqis who suffer the effects of environmental poisoning due to certain US munitions and burn pits of hazardous material; and for a growing generation of orphans and people displaced by war…

      One or our primary areas of focus has been research on the long-term health impacts of depleted uranium.

Since 2007, UN resolutions have included language affirming the need for research on the potential harmful effects of depleted uranium as well as the need for disclosure of where this weaponry has been used. The resolutions have been passed by the vast majority of the world’s nations, indicating a growing global concern. Unfortunately, each year the U.S. has isolated itself by opposing these resolutions, alongside only a few other countries. Help break the silence. Tell the US to stop opposing UN resolutions on depleted uranium. Sign the petition now

Toxic munitions in Iraq have created enclaves across the country in which entire generations of children are born with severe birth defects – most commonly cerebral palsy. Many of the mothers have been widowed by war and are struggle to care for children with special needs in a nation with poor access to medical care and very little support. One of the toxic munitions suspected of contributing to this incredible public health crisis is depleted uranium. In order to determine its impact and prevent this issue from continuing, more research with international oversight must be conducted, but the United States continually prevents this from happening. What could our government be hiding?

This petition could not be more timely. The Obama administration is attempting to justify military intervention in Iraq by claiming that it is on behalf of the human rights and right to self-determination of the people of Iraq. Meanwhile, on November 5, a new resolution on depleted uranium weaponry will be introduced to the United Nations General Assembly, and the US is likely to attempt to shut it down. The United States has a responsibility to support this resolution. Help break the silence on depleted uranium and stand up for the human rights of Iraqis in this time of crisis. Sign the petition now. Thank you for your commitment to this issue and for your ongoing support of our work.”

Iraq Veterans Against the War staff ( see ivaw.org)

The Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), located in the center of Hawaii Island, is contaminated by DU munitions, and a burn pit of hazardous materials is located on the 133,000-acre base. Schofield Barracks on Oahu is contaminated with DU, and possibly other sites in Hawaii too. DU weapons have been used by the U.S. in several countries and in training in more than a dozen states.

Deal with DU in Iraq, Hawaii, etc.

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  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Oct. 31, 2014 – 684th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

War Propaganda

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Propaganda War!

armchair generalsWAR IS US

      Medea Benjamin has a piece about the war mongering of the mainstream press. See http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/10/fourth-estate-flames-us-medias-award-winning-war-propaganda

There is a constant stream of “be very afraid of Muslims, we must bomb that country, no this country, no, the other country again.” Our economy, with most of the good paying manufacturing jobs sent after slave labor abroad, is increasingly dependent on what is euphemistically called “defense spending.”

This combination of a war economy and war propaganda hasn’t been this organized anywhere on the planet since the Third Reich.

Don’t Be Bamboozled!   Stop the Wars!

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  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Oct. 24, 2014 – 683rd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office