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What does Good Friday mean to you?

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Good Friday 2014

Modern Day

Crucifixion –

Drone Wars, Special Ops – Assassination Squads, Economic Exploitation at Home and Abroad, and the Destruction of Earth’s Environment?

      Good Friday marks the day Jesus was executed by the Roman Empire for the crime of sedition –stirring up the people in Roman occupied Palestine. In Jesus’ time, for the Occupier and Occupied, crucifixion was up front and very personal. Troublemakers were rounded up, tortured, and executed in public places in an attempt to deter others from stirring up further trouble for the empire. Put simply, crucifixion was meant to terrorize and control an occupied people.

     The U.S. is today’s global empire with a very slick propaganda machine to disguise its wars of conquest as humanitarian missions in the name of “freedom and democracy.” It’s crucifying power operates on a much wider scale than the Roman Empire and is more stealth. It uses killer drones named “Predators and Reapers,” and a growing number of covert hit squads in an endless war for control of resources under the cover of “fighting terrorism.” Empire defines a “Terrorist” as anyone who resists domination by modern day moneychangers called bankers and multinational corporations.

Where Are Today’s Christians and People of Faith?

      After centuries of crucifying Christians, the Roman Empire learned the art of co-opting people. It made Christianity the official religion of the empire, put the cross on imperial shields, and got Christians marching off to fight imperial wars. Today, instead of standing in non-violent resistance to the crimes of empire, many Christians, and other people of faith, have again been co-opted, or have compromised and made accommodation to the imperial order. Where are the voices speaking out and standing up for peace, justice, and the earth? How many churches, temples, etc. are speaking out publicly to cut funding of the national security state and redirect spending to education, the environment, health care and other human needs including military clean up instead of build up in Hawaii? And what about the ongoing illegal U.S. occupation of the Nation of Hawaii?

Mark Your Calendars!

Saturday, April 26, 2014 Merrie Monarch Parade –March for Aloha ‘Aina. Meet at the Hilo King Kamehameha statue 9:30AM

Wear Green Colored Shirt/Attaire! 

Bring Positive -Aloha ‘Aina Signs!

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.
Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622Email ja@malu-aina.org   http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (April 18, 2014 –656th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Talk About a Bomb Shell!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

U.S. Bombs Hawaii Island with B-2 and B-52 Bombers flown from Louisiana and Missouri !

B-2-MOP

B-2 bomber shown with 30,000 pound GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP)

B-2 Spirit stealth bombers

believed to contains a large amount of depleted uranium and able to penetrate 200 feet of concrete before exploding, thus being capable to hit and destroy deeply buried targets like bunkers in Russia, Iran, etc.

      Two B-2 “Batwing” Stealth Bombers and two B-52 Stratofortress bombers bombed the 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) in the middle of Hawaii Island.on April 2 or the week prior. According to a feature story in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Sat. 4/5/14 the planes dropped 14 inert practice bombs – eight 500 pound BDU-50s by the B-52s and six 2,000 pound BDU-56s by the B-2s. The story was also published in http://theaviationist.com/2014/04/03/b-52-b-2-global-strike/ . But not a word in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today, the 2 daily newspapers on the island bombed. How come?

It’s not every day bombers fly 20 hour round-trips and spend nearly a million dollars in fuel to bomb PTA. These same Big Island dailies regularly run pro military propaganda stories written by the military touting things like school kids visiting PTA (without of course ever mentioning the kids possible exposure to depleted uranium at the contaminated base), so why not a story on our island being bombed by 2 B-52s from Barksdale A.F. B. in Louisiana and 2 B-2s from Whiteman A.F.B. in Missouri? Go figure! According to the Air Force, it was a coordinated range operation which included low approach training.

      Training for what? A bunker buster attack on Iran, Syria, Russia, North Korea? Just the cost of fuel alone used in these bombing missions could have fed a lot of hungry people.

Aloha ‘Aina NOT

Military 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.
Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622Email ja@malu-aina.org  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (April 11, 2014 –655th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Target of the U.S. National Security State

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Dr. Martin Luther

King, Jr.

Why he died & why it matters!

mlk on jobs

      Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the apostle of non-violence, was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. This year marks the 46 anniversary of his death. Many remember him for his civil rights work against segregation, his principled commitment to non-violence, and his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in the summer of 1963 delivered in Washington D.C. Fewer people remember him for his work for economic justice and an end to the U.S. war in Vietnam. Very few people realize that a jury in the wrongful death suit brought by the King family found that Dr. King’s death was “an act of State.” In short, King’s death was an inside job – a government operation, not the work of a lone assassin.

      On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was in Memphis to support garbage workers on strike. He was on his way around the country mobilizing for a poor peoples march on Washington, D.C. in the summer of 68. But this time Dr. King wasn’t going to deliver a speech and go home. He planned to stay and shut down the nation’s capitol, if necessary, through massive non-violent civil disobedience. King was calling for fundamental structural change in the U.S. He was calling for economic justice and peace. King believed that racism, militarism, and extreme materialism were the giant triplets of interrelated evil at the root of violence and human suffering that had to be overcome if society was to be transformed. The national security state that profits from feeding off the evil giant triplets of racism, militarism and extreme materialism said King had to go. His capacity for mobilizing millions was too much of a threat to changing the economic and political system that benefits the few at the expense of the many, and the earth itself.

      Today, the disparities in wealth are far greater than when Dr. King lived. Now the top 1% has 65 times the wealth of the bottom 50%. Racism still runs rampant. African Americans and Native Hawaiians are disproportionately represented in the U.S. and Hawaii prison systems. And violence remains as American as apple pie. What Dr. King said 46 years ago still holds true: The U.S. is “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” Amen and mahalo Dr. King!

Peace Demands Economic Justice!

Never Give Up!   We Shall Overcome!    Resist with Aloha!

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.
Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622Email ja@malu-aina.org   http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (April 4, 2014 –654th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Speak up: Bread NOT Bombs!

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

U.S. $1

Trillion

Dollar

National Security

Budget!

     Take action to reign in the U.S. National Security State and redirect funding to much needed program to help meet human needs such as green energy, curbing pollution, housing, education, job training, health care, Head Start, cancer research, food assistance, etc.

      The official Pentagon budget request for 2015 was recently released, and in addition to nearly $500 billion in its base budget, there are lots of other hidden national security related expenditures. Examples include the Pentagon’s $79.4 billion estimate for the Overseas Contingency Operations budget which amounts to a multi-billion dollar military slush fund.  (Since 2001 more than $1 trillion dollars has been spent by the Pentagon in this special “Overseas Contingency Operations budget” to fund multiple wars.)

    Here are some other hidden national security budget items in the 2015 budget:

  • DOE Nuclear weapons activity                                                                                                                                $19.4 billion

  • International FBI activities, Selective Service, the National

    Defense Stockpile and other miscellaneous defense-related  activities.                                                                                                 $36 billion

  • Military retirement programs                                                                                                                                          $37.8 billion

  • Veterans Affairs                                                                                                                                                                  $161.2 billion

  • International Affairs                                                                                                                                                          $ 39 billion

  • Homeland Security                                                                                                                                                            $ 52.1 billion

  • Share of Interest on the defense related Debt                                                                                                     $ 82.7 billion

  • Misc. DOD Retiree Health Care Fund Costs                                                                                                                  $ .1 billion

        GRAND TOTAL U.S. National Security State Budget                                                                                                         $ 1,000 + billion

Source: http://truth-out.org/news/item/22495-americas-1-trillion-national-security-budget
http://act.credoaction.com/go/3786?t=6&akid=10243.6095158.ZzhVI0

The petition to Congress reads:
“Congress should rein in military spending and stop the Pentagon from using the Overseas Contingency Operations account as a slush fund to avoid much-needed spending cuts. We already spend far too much on our military and the Pentagon’s wasteful weapons programs.”
Sign petition here
3786

Cut Military Spending! Fund Human Needs!

The best security for all is building a just, peaceful world!

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.

Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622Email ja@malu-aina.org   http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (March 28, 2014 –653rd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Official Action Needed Now!

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Mauna Kea Park &

Hawaii Island

Contaminated with Military Radiation?

      The March 17, 2014 lead front-page story in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald said that Hawaii County Mayor, Billy Kenoi, wants Hawaii County to take over management of what is presently Mauna Kea State park. Does that mean Hawaii County will take over the liability if it is determined that the park is contaminated with Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation and people using the park are harmed? The park is adjacent to the 133,000-acre military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) that has been the target of more than 60 years of military bombing involving millions of live rounds fired annually.

      In August of 2007, after years of denial, the military confirmed it had fired hundreds (possibly thousands) of DU spotting rounds on PTA ranges approximately 1 mile south of Mauna Kea Park. On May 29, 2007, three months before the military’s official confirmation of DU use at PTA, a citizen radiation monitor at Mauna Kea park detected radiation spikes well above background radiation with strong winds coming from PTA to the south toward Mauna Kea park with dust devils clearly visible.  Since that time citizen radiation monitors have picked up more above background radiation spikes on several occasions in Mauna Kea park and the vicinity.

      Despite these off base radiation readings, no comprehensive testing and monitoring has been done at PTA, Mauna Kea park, or elsewhere to determine the extent of radiation contamination, and if, and how far, it has spread. In fact, less than 1% of PTA has been surveyed for DU, and that with questionable methodology.

      Our organization is aware of three MDs and a Naturopathic doctor in Hilo who have patients that tested high for uranium in 24 hour heavy metal urine tests.  There appears to be a need for further testing and research to determine the cause of such uranium in urine and if it is related to PTA. In March of 2013 our organization requested PTA to offer 24 hour urine tests to some of its long term workers to see if uranium was showing up in their urine but the PTA commander, Lt. Col. Eric Shwedo, declined our request.

      It should also be noted that on July 2, 2008 the Hawaii County Council, by a vote of 8-1, passed Resolution 639-08 calling for a halt to all live-fire at PTA due to the presence of DU radiation  The resolution also called for clean up of the DU along with several other action points.  The Army has ignored the Council’s call despite Army regulation 700-48 which says the Army must follow such requests by local governments.

      Regardless of who is liable –federal, state, and/or county governments, there are potentially serious health and safety concerns for residents and visitors with the increased use of Saddle Road, frequent strong winds and occasional flash flooding in the area, and military bombing of a base known to be contaminated with DU and other military toxins. When will public officials take responsible action to address these concerns? For now the answer is “Blowing in the Wind.”

Malama Pono! Seek & You Shall Find!

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.
Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622Email ja@malu-aina.org  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (March 21, 2014 –652nd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office