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When will we put an end to war?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Memorial Day!

Let us remember loved ones and the tragedy of war!

memorial day

     Since 1900, more than 80 million people have been killed in wars worldwide, hundreds of millions have been injured and made refugees, and tens of trillions of dollars have been spent on wars.  Tragically, things are not getting better.                                                                             

      United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon recently said: “Human suffering from the impacts of armed conflicts and disasters has reached staggering levels.” He documented his statement with specific figures: nearly 60 million people, half of them children, have been forced from their homes due to conflict and violence. As if this was not enough, the UN chief talked about another man-made tragedy: In recent years hundreds of millions of people are being affected by disasters at an annual cost to the global economy that now exceeds 300 billion dollars.  http://www.ipsnews.net/2016/05/human-suffering-has-reached-staggering-levels/

UN Assessment: Global Destruction of Mother Earth on Fast Track

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/20/un-assessment-global-destruction-mother-earth-fast-track

     As we pause to remember loved ones, and our own complicity in violence and suffering, let us rededicate our lives to peace, justice, and a healthy environment for all – present and future generations.

No More War!   Stop Climate Disaster 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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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (May 27, 2016 – 766th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Prevent Nuclear War!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

USA – Stop Threatening Russia

& the World!

In 1962, when the Soviet Union placed missiles in Cuba, 90 miles from U.S. shores, and the U.S. had missiles on Russia’s border in Turkey, events nearly escalated to a nuclear war. Today, the U.S. and NATO’s 27 member nations have moved troops and missiles to Russia’s door step resulting in escalating tensions that again, by accident or design, could result in a nuclear war.

The movement of U.S. and NATO troops and missiles on or near  Russia’s borders goes directly against the promise made in 1991 by then president George H.W. Bush to Mikkhail Gorachev of the USSR that the U.S. and NATO would not move one inch closer to Russia. That U.S. and NATO promise has been broken and dangerous tensions escalate.

The U.S. ABM missile systems being deployed in Eastern Europe is part of the U.S. nuclear war first -strike policy defined in the 1980s as the “Victory is Possible” crazy doctrine supported by Obama’s now secretary of defense, Ashton Carter. Today, there is a new U.S. cold war campaign to vilify the Russians that includes damaging economic sanctions, provocative military actions, and even plans by neocons for regime change in Russia, following the neocon $5 billion coup and regime change in the Ukraine. See http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44660.htm and https://www.popularresistance.org/americas-biggest-of-all-big-lies-were-not-threatening-russia/

Charges of Russian expansionism are bogus. In an article by Conn Hallinan, entitled “Bear Baiting Russia” he states that “Russia has two bases in the Middle East and a handful in Central Asia. The U.S. has 662 bases around the world and Special Forces (SOF) deployed in between 70 and 90 countries at any moment. Last year SOFs were active in 147 countries. The U.S. is actively engaged in five wars and is considering a sixth in Libya. Russian military spending will fall next year, and the U.S. will out-spend Moscow by a factor of 10. Who in this comparison looks threatening?”  https://www.popularresistance.org/natos-dangerous-game-bear-baiting-russia/

The U.S. Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) yields great profits from new Cold War threats and escalating military budgets for weapon systems. The $1.5 trillion new F-35 bombers are for the Russkies, not terrorists. “Scare the hell out of people.” That’s the game for weapon makers. Since March 2015 there have been over 60 incidents that could have triggered a major crisis between Russia and the United States. Let’s put a stop to this escalating tension. Speak out for peace now!  A nuclear war threatens the entire planet!

                                                                     radiation symbol caution                                             

NO MORE WAR!

  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 (May 20, 2016 – 765th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

A Killing Nation!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

What Has America Become?

Inside the U.S. Assassination Complex

Reaper drone #2U.S. Reaper Killer Drone

Let’s summarize: 4 million Muslims killed in U.S./NATO wars.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/four-million-muslims-killed-in-us-nato-wars-should-we-call-it-genocide/5470424

800,000 Iraqi children orphaned by conflict since 2003.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44588.htm

      We could go on-and-on: $trillions spent on endless wars and militarism, a national security surveillance state that has bombed and conducted drone and Special Ops assassinations (even of American citizens) in 7, or is it 8, 10, or 12 countries in the last 15 years. In addition the U.S. plans to spend another trillion dollars to modernize its nuclear weapons over the next 3 decades.

A must read new book: The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program by Jeremy Scahill and the staff of The Intercept, with a foreword by Edward Snowden and afterword by Glenn Greenwald, published by Simon & Schuster.   In short, it is a book about what America has become – not hope and change, but unrestrained power.

      It has become increasingly clear that the U.S. is not about the business of “freedom and democracy” but rather global domination that benefits an economic corporate elite at the expense of nearly everyone else and the earth itself. Of course the domination is disguised and fueled by fear: war on terror, regime change, destroying Al Qaeda, ISIS, etc. but increasingly the world is seeing through the disguise.

So what are we to do? It is an illusion and a fraud to say we can bring real change and put an end to U.S. imperial wars through electoral politics controlled by the very people and money system of empire. The solution is not a Trump, Hillary or even a Bernie Sanders. Any hope for real change must begin at a much deeper level.  In the midst of empire, the task before us is to build communities, people’s movements, and take action of non-violent resistance for justice, peace, and the earth.  Do it because it is the right thing to do.and it needs to be done.  Then, keep standing and keep acting.  It won’t be easy but never give up.  As the late Father Dan Berrigan said: ”There is no peace because there are no peacemakers. There are no makers of peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war.” The real question is – Are we willing to pay the price? To stop the violence, to stop the killing, the buck stops here!

The Wars Stop Here!

  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 (May 13, 2016 – 764th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Honor Father Dan Berrigan: carry the torch of justice & peace!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Father Daniel Berrigan, S.J.

The Passing of a Legend! 1921-2016

Dan Berrigan1

Father Daniel Berrigan, a Jesuit priest and giant of nonviolent activism for justice and peace, died on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Jesuit infirmary at Fordham University in New York city. He was 94. Dan Berrigan was a poet, educator, playwright and lifelong resister to what he called ‘American military imperialism.’ Along with his late brother Phil, Dan Berrigan played an instrumental role in inspiring the antiwar and antidraft movement during the late 1960s, as well as the movement against nuclear weapons. He is the author of 50 books.

In early 1968, Dan made international headlines when he traveled to North Vietnam with U.S. historian Howard Zinn to bring home three U.S. prisoners of war. Later that year, Dan, his brother Phil and seven others took hundreds of draft files from the draft board in Catonsville, Maryland and set the files on fire in the parking lot, using homemade napalm, to protest the Vietnam War. They became known as the Catonsville Nine and inspired over 100 similar acts of protest. In 1980, the Berrigan brothers and six others began the Plowshares Movement when they hammered nuclear warhead nose cones at a General Electric nuclear missile facility in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and became known as the Plowshares Eight.

Resistance was a way of life for Dan. He was arrested dozens of times and spent years in prison for his witness. A few years ago he was asked when he would stop. His answer –”the day after I’m embalmed.” Dan did not believe in heroes. For him, it was the movement and community of people standing together that was important. His passing is an invitation for us to carry on the work of justice and peace. He once said, “Just don’t do something, stand there.” And so we invite you to stand with us in Dan’s memory in this ongoing weekly Friday witness for peace. Dan had Hawaii connections. He spoke at the University of Hawaii about peacemaking, supported Hawaiian leprosy patients at Hale Mohalu, and blessed us by staying several days at our Malu ‘Aina peace farm. Democracy Now just produced a one hour program in tribute to Dan. Links to this and other material about the life of Dan Berrigan are on our website www.malu-aina.org.

Resistance Means Life!

  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 (May 6, 2016 – 763rd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Corruption in Hawaii & U.S.

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Survey Says … Hawaii Is Corrupt!

Reporters across the country were asked about their perceptions of corruption in government. The Aloha State did not fare well.

I saw this article after I wrote this week’s Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet on Oligarchy (corruption).  It fits right in.  Please read and pass on. Mahalo.

Jim

http://www.civilbeat.com/2016/04/survey-says-hawaii-is-corrupt/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=users&utm_campaign=morning_beat&mc_cid=f05fd446a4&mc_eid=44530550f1