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Military Special Ops Planned for all Hawaiian Islands

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Come on elected officials:  Stand up, speak up against military intrusion everywhere.  Stop this madness! The potential for panic and the potential for unintended violent clashes from frightened locals or tourists if they see someone (Special Ops enemy role player) with a gun at Mauna Kea Park playground, or elsewhere, should not be taken lightly.  Jim Albertini

Military Special Ops Planned for all Hawaiian Islands

Air, land, and sea, near shore waters and shorelinesEven in County Parks, and the slopes of Sacred Mauna Kea!

      Hawaii is one of, if not, the most densely militarized places on the planet. Now the military wants to expand beyond its more than 100 military installations, and conduct secret Special Operations throughout Hawaii.

      Here is the link to the Navy’s Draft Special Ops Environmental Assessment (EA)

https://www.navfac.navy.mil/navfac_worldwide/pacific/about_us/national-environmental-policy-act–nepa–information/environmental-assessments-availble-for-public-review.html

      The public is encouraged to review and provide comments on the Draft EA through Dec. 10, 2018. Comments can be submitted by email to NFPAC-Receive@navy.mil or by mail to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, Attention: Project Manager, EV21.JZ, 258 Makalapa Drive, Ste 100, Pearl Harbor, Hi 96860-3134

      Jim Albertini of Malu’Aina said this Special Ops Draft EA is directly related to another Navy 106 document about Navy Special Ops proposed training in and around Mauna Kea Recreation area on Saddle Road. It’s outrageous.  It appears the Navy now wants to expand operations and conduct armed covert Special Ops in our Mauna Kea county park and on the slopes of Mauna Kea above the park.  I say no way.  The military needs to clean up its toxic messes including unexploded ordnance, Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation contamination, etc. all over Hawaii not expand its training into our parks, shorelines, and on the slopes of Sacred Mauna Kea. A map from the EA shows shoreline areas for Big island Special Ops besides the land training proposed in and around Mauna Kea Park.

De-Militarize All Hawaii 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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Nov. 16, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 895th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Veterans Day reflection from 50 years ago

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Armistice Day — Veterans Day 1968

Looking back 50 years ago today, I learned two valuable lessons in nonviolence.  In Nov. 1968 I was teaching at St. Francis school in Clearfield, Pennsylvania.  On Veterans Day two other teachers and myself decided to picket the local Draft Board in protest of the escalating war in Vietnam.  So after school around 3PM we went to the sidewalk outside the Draft Board in our usual coats and ties and began picketing: “End the War; Stop the Killing; No More Human Cannon Fodder for Empire.” 

We made two strategic mistakes that day:

  1. Know your terrain!  We neglected to investigate the area of the Draft Board ahead of time.  Had we done so we would have realized that around the corner from the Draft Board was a Vets hall with a bar room and by 3PM on Veterans Day there likely would be more than a few Vets who had overindulged.  That turned out to be true, which brings me to our second strategic mistake.
  2. Never make a picket sign out of material you would not want to be beaten with over your head. In other words don’t use 2 X 2 or 2 x4″ wood.

It turns out we were attacked by a group of drunken vets and beaten with our own picket signs. Those of us picketing did not resist.  Fortunately no one was seriously injured.  As I recall, the police showed up and loaded the drunken vets and the three of us picketers in a paddy wagon and took us to the police station.  Soon other citizens who observed the altercation arrived at the station and told police that we who were picketing were attacked by the drunken vets and that  we did not resist, or in any way taunt, or provoke the violence. In turn, the police released those of us who were picketing and asked if we wanted to press charges.  We declined to press charges but asked the police to kindly explain to the vets when they sobered up that there is such a thing as First Amendment Free Speech rights which the military is suppose to be defending.

50 years onward:  On Nov 1 and 2, 2018 myself and a few friends had to stand firm to again defend our right of free speech to picket a military public display and tours of four F-22 Raptor stealth war planes at Hilo Airport in Hawaii.  Initially the Airport Police tried to prevent us from holding signs and offering peace leaflets to those attending the public event.  Fortunately, eventually the police backed off, we were able to exercise our rights, and no one was injured.  This time no wood picket signs.

50 years onward US wars continue.  So must our nonviolent resistance.  Join the weekly Peace Vigils and other actions in your local communities wherever you are.  Below is a copy of our most recent peace vigil leaflet in Hilo, Hawaii.

Solidarity

— Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 email ja@malu-aina.org visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org sign up on our website to automatically receive our posts

Armistice Day – Veterans Day

A Celebration of Peace or War?

      In 1938, Congress declared Armistice Day – Nov. 11th a legal holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace. In 1954 the holiday was renamed Veterans Day and morphed into an occasion for flag waving and military parades.

      Nov. 11, 2018 will mark 100 years to the day since the end of WWI – “The War to End All Wars.” Thirty million soldiers were killed or wounded and another seven million taken captive during World War I. Some 50 to 100 million perished from a flu epidemic created by the war.

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      Members of the group Veterans for Peace are working across the U.S. to recover the original purpose of Armistice Day. They are using it to call for adequate psychological and material support for veterans, to help them cope with the terrors they have been forced to endure. Above all, they work to abolish wars, not glorify wars. What lesson do we want to teach our children? To become a “hero” by going off to kill or be killed in future wars, or to dream of becoming peacemakers?

      Let’s be clear, 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. It’s time once again to remember and celebrate peace, not make more wars!

      Kathy Kelly of the group Voices for Creative Nonviolence says “Armistice Day gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the brutal futility of armed conflict, the wastefulness of our military spending, and the responsibility we share to abolish all wars.”

No More War! War Never Again!

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 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/

Nov. 9, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 894th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Please Join the Hilo Friday Peace Vigil in the face of increasing threats

Friday, November 9th, 2018

Aloha fellow peacemakers,

      We need your help. There has been growing hostility expressed toward the few of us at the weekly Hilo Friday Peace Vigil.  I attribute this to Trump’s increasing climate of hate  toward asylum seekers, women, minorities, journalists, etc. etc.

     This is an appeal for joining the Friday Hilo Peace Vigil 3:30-5PM at the downtown Post Office if at all possible.  Come for 5 minutes, a half hour, or whatever time you can afford.  Bring a chair and sit in the shade if you like. There is strength and safety in numbers.

     The Hilo Peace vigil has been taking place every Friday for over 17 years, since 9-11.  Sign up on at www.malu-aina.org to receive the new weekly peace vigil leaflet and other posts. And please pass the word to join the vigil if at all possible.  Your solidarity is much appreciated.

Mahalo.

Jim
— 
Jim Albertini
Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622
email ja@malu-aina.org
visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org
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Armistice Day – Veterans Day – A Celebration of Peace or War?

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Armistice Day – Veterans Day

A Celebration of Peace or War?

      In 1938, Congress declared Armistice Day – Nov. 11th a legal holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace. In 1954 the holiday was renamed Veterans Day and morphed into an occasion for flag waving and military parades.

      Nov. 11, 2018 will mark 100 years to the day since the end of WWI – “The War to End All Wars.” Thirty million soldiers were killed or wounded and another seven million taken captive during World War I. Some 50 to 100 million perished from a flu epidemic created by the war.

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      Members of the group Veterans for Peace are working across the U.S. to recover the original purpose of Armistice Day. They are using it to call for adequate psychological and material support for veterans, to help them cope with the terrors they have been forced to endure. Above all, they work to abolish wars, not glorify wars. What lesson do we want to teach our children? To become a “hero” by going off to kill or be killed in future wars, or to dream of becoming peacemakers?

      Let’s be clear, 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. It’s time once again to remember and celebrate peace, not make more wars!

      Kathy Kelly of the group Voices for Creative Nonviolence says “Armistice Day gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the brutal futility of armed conflict, the wastefulness of our military spending, and the responsibility we share to abolish all wars.”

No More War! War Never Again!

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 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/

Nov. 9, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 894th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Join Vigils Against Hate & Violence

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Press Release:  Monday, Oct. 29, 2018  Hilo Vigil against Hate & Violence

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

further contact: Jim Albertini 966-7622 ja@malu-aina.org

     “The  focus of a Friday, Nov 2, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil will be “An Urgent Call for No More Violence.”  We urge people to come and join in solidarity to remember the recent victims of  hate in the Jewish Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,  the grocery store victims of racist violence in Kentucky, and victims of violence everywhere, said Jim Albertini of Malu ‘Aina.  The vigil will be on the sidewalk fronting the downtown Hilo Federal Building on Waianuenue Avenue from 3:30-5PM.  Bring a peaceful sign if you want.  Below is a leaflet I have drafted for distribution at the vigil.  Please help spread the word.  Mahalo.  Jim Albertini

NO MORE VIOLENCE

An Urgent Call!   At Home & Abroad!

The choice today is no longer between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 
      In recent days we have learned about the terrorist hate crime murders at a Pittsburgh Jewish Synagogue; the racist murders of two black senior citizens in a Kentucky grocery store, the mailing of more than a dozen package bombs to critics of President Trump; the grisly murder of a Washington Post journalist inside a Saudi Arabian consulate; the sending of US troops to confront fleeing Central American refugees at the Mexican Boarder, and the U.S. withdrawal from another international agreement – this one an arms control treaty with Russia.

      What we haven’t heard as much about lately are the ongoing US wars (is it currently six or seven?) in the Middle East that have resulted in millions killed, wounded or made refugees, covert US “Special Ops” taking place all over the world, and the past US wars and regime changes in Latin America that have created chaos, violence, poverty and a vast number of fleeing refugees and asylum seekers.

      What’s next? Who knows, but one thing is clear: More guns and bombs are NOT the answer. Unless we change our ways and turn away from hate and violence at home and abroad, humanity is headed down a path of violent self destruction. What we are doing to one another we are also doing to the earth. The violence that goes around comes around. That’s why climate disaster and nuclear war are the two greatest threats to civilization as we know it. Live aloha! Aloha ‘Aina! Malama Honua (Take Care of the Earth.)

      All the moral giants of history were committed to truth and love and they were people with a vision of hope. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” Truth will overcome Lies. Love will overcome Hate. Let us never give up!

The Choice is Ours: Nonviolence or Nonexistence

Love Your Enemies!”

  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/

Nov. 2, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 893rd week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office