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Push Back the Doomsday Clock!

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

We Are All Down Winders!

      March 1st is known as “Nuclear-Free & Independent Pacific Day.” It commemorates the tragic 15 megaton U.S. nuclear bomb test, code named Bravo, at Bikini atoll in the Marshall Islands of Micronesia, on March 1, 1954. Many people died in the Marshall Islands from radiation contamination and fallout down wind of the Bravo blast and the 66 additional U.S. nuclear weapon tests there. The Bravo test was 1000 times more powerful than the U.S. bomb that destroyed the city of Hiroshima, Japan. (You are cordially invited to attend: The Bravo Test Remembrance Worship Event, Monday, March 2, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Church of the Holy Cross 440 W. Lanikaula St., Hilo, Hawai`i – across from UHH new glass building.)

      Today, we are all Down Winders. The mining and milling of uranium for making fuel for nuclear power plants and nuclear bombs, thousands of nuclear bombs tested worldwide, numerous nuclear accidents –Fukushima, Chernobyl, etc. and the widespread use of depleted uranium weapons in training and in war, have now made earth’s entire population DOWN WINDERS.

      The 133,000-acre military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) located in the center of Hawai`i Island is known to be contaminated with radiation from Depleted Uranium (DU) used in weapons testing, as well as lead and other military toxins. PTA is located in a dry environment, adjacent to a Girl Scout Camp where continued bombing and military maneuvers, together with frequent high winds, risk spreading the contamination in small dust particles that can be transported around the island and beyond. Citizen monitors on numerous occasions have detected radiation in civilian areas beyond the confines of PTA boundaries.

      PTA is also subject to flash flooding, which risks the introduction of military toxins into the ground water and toxins being flushed all the way down to the ocean, endangering humans, plants and animals. On July 2, 2008, the Hawai`i County Council, by a vote of 8-1, passed Resolution 639-08 calling for a halt to all live-fire at PTA and a clean up of Depleted Uranium radiation present at PTA. The U.S. military has ignored the Council’s call and continues to bomb Pohakuloa.

      The land at Pohakuloa is Hawaiian Kingdom Crown and Government lands. It’s been used as a military bombing and training area since WWII. Over 84,000 -acres were simply seized through presidential executive order #11167 at no cost. Nearly 23,000-acres are leased by the Army from the State of Hawaii for 65 years at a total cost of $1.00. Overall, Hawai`i is the most heavily militarized group of islands in the world. The Bayonet Constitution and the Reciprocity Treaty of 1887 stationed the U.S. Navy at Pearl harbor, lead to the removal of Hawai`i’s Queen in 1893, and continued U.S. military occupation ever since.

Down Winders Unite!

Remember the Marshall Islands & “Bravo”!

Stop the Bombing, Shut Down PTA, & Free Hawai`i!

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

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Feb. 27, 2015 – 701st week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

700th Hilo weekly peace vigil Feb. 20, 2015

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

IMG_0952Some of those participating in the 700th Hilo Peace vigil Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 3:30-5PM at the downtown Post office/Federal Building

Please join the Feb. 20, 2015 Hilo Peace vigil — the 700th Consecutive Weekly Peace Vigil

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Aloha peace ohana,

Come join the 700th consecutive weekly Hilo Peace Vigil.  Weather permitting, we will have a solar charged sound system.  I will bring my guitar to play a few peace songs and an open mic will be available to share thoughts.  Mahalo and please pass the words to others.

Jim Albertini

700th Consecutive

Weekly Hilo Peace


Restraint Not Vengeance”

      Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 marks the 700th consecutive weekly Hilo, Hawaii Peace Vigil held from 3:30-5PM at the downtown Post office/federal building sponsored by Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action based in Kurtistown. That’s over 13 years and counting. Each week a new peace leaflet is prepared and distributed widely in Hawaii, the U.S. and internationally, via email lists, Facebook, and the website. Copies are emailed to county and state officials, the news media, and hundreds of additional copies are handed out on the Hilo street corner of Kinoole and Waianuenue Ave. Anyone can sign up at to receive the weekly leaflet free and other information for peace, justice and aloha ‘aina to save the planet.

      The Hilo Peace Vigil was initiated by Malu ‘Aina founder, Jim Albertini, and the late Zen Buddhist Roshi, Robert Aitken, on Sept. 12, 2001 as an effort to encourage “Restraint not Vengeance” in response to the 9-11 attacks. To quote from that first leaflet: “The purpose of today’s vigil is to offer prayers and thoughts for the victims and their families of yesterday’s attacks and to seek ways to end our world’s escalating cycles of violence. Violent retaliation will only escalate the cycle of violence that is making the whole world blind to our need to live together on this planet. This tragedy underscores the urgent need to embrace policies of international cooperation, a more just distribution of the world’s resources, and a direction that moves away from militarism and violence as methods of solving problems.”

      Where are we today –700 weeks onward? Trillions of dollars have been spent on war and militarism and what have we bought? Is the world a safer place? In 700 weeks of war millions have been killed, injured, made orphans and refugees. The cradle of civilization in Iraq, and surrounding areas, have been heavily destroyed and contaminated with U.S. military toxins including depleted uranium, causing cancer and birth defects. The U.S. has bombed Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and now Syria. After 13 years of war in the name of “freedom and democracy” the entire Middle East is in chaos and civil liberties in the U.S. have been eroded. The cycle of violence continues to escalate, from “Shock and Awe” to killer drones, targeted assassinations, beheadings, and U.S. Special Operations Forces conducting secret missions in more than 133 countries. Now President Obama is seeking expanded authorization for more endless wars against the Islamic State even though U.S. Middle East wars helped create the Islamic State.

      This much should be crystal clear. More war and spending 69 cents out of every U.S. tax dollar on militarism and a national security state are not the answer.  The five core points that appear at the bottom of each week’s peace leaflet may help guide us in a more positive direction. Our key task is to stop the violence: stop the U.S. from continuing to treat Hawaii and the entire world as occupied colonies; and prevent the destruction of civilization and planetary suicide by nuclear war or human induced climate disaster. Imagine a better world and with every breath of our beings never give up in a non-violent struggle to make it a reality.

Never, Ever, 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

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Feb. 20, 2015 – 700th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

End the Cycle of Violence!

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

The Terror We Give Is the Terror We Get!

      ” In my experience, including my time in combat, I’ve seen no difference between the results of war and the results of terrorism.  The terms, to me, are interchangeable, like barbarism and savagery– both describe the same heart of darkness.  In my teens, long before I saw war first-hand, I remember thinking that the definition of “civilized” should be changed to “those who do not participate in war.”  People don’t have to see the results of war in person to know it is an abomination.

      “It is irrational to glorify war as though it is somehow better than terrorism, as so many in our bellicose culture do.  The more mothers we kill, the more sons will come for us, whether we behead the mothers with swords or cruise missiles.  The more children we kill, the more fathers will come for us, whether we blast the children with suicide vests or hellfire missiles.  It is ludicrous to say the next bomb will end any of it, particularly the delusion– we only sink deeper into denial.”  –Jack Balkwill  [libertyunderground] Today’s LUV News  10 February, 2015 [4 Attachments]


We fire missiles from the sky that incinerate families huddled in their houses. They incinerate a pilot cowering in a cage. We torture hostages in our black sites and choke them to death by stuffing rags down their throats. They torture hostages in squalid hovels and behead them. We organize Shiite death squads to kill Sunnis. They organize Sunni death squads to kill Shiites. We produce high-budget films such as “American Sniper” to glorify our war crimes. They produce inspirational videos to glorify their twisted version of jihad.

The barbarism we condemn is the barbarism we commit. The line that separates us from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is technological, not moral. We are those we fight…

Terror is choreographed. Remember “Shock and Awe”? Terror must be seen and felt to be effective. Terror demands gruesome images. Terror must instill a paralyzing fear. Terror requires the agony of families. It requires mutilated corpses. It requires anguished appeals from helpless hostages and prisoners. Terror is a message sent back and forth in the twisted dialogue of war. Terror creates a whirlwind of rage, horror, shame, pain, disgust, pity, frustration and impotence. It consumes civilians and combatants. It elevates violence as the highest virtue, justified in the name of noble ideals. It unleashes a carnival of death and plunges a society into blood-drenched madness…  Terror is the engine of war. And terror is what all sides in this conflict produce in overabundance.” Chris. Hedges
article for historical perspective on modern war

Stop the Wars!   End the Terror!

  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.

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Feb. 13, 2015 – 699th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Let’s re-build an anti-war movement

Saturday, February 7th, 2015
vietnam protest Demobilized in the USA: Why There Is No Massive Antiwar Movement
by Tom Engelhardt
“What’s missing is any sense of connection to the government, any sense that it’s ‘ours’ or that we the people matter.”
If nothing else, please read the last paragraph of the above article.  It sums up the spirit of defeatism that exists today.  We need to rekindle the spirit of resistance. “Can, instead of no can.”
The 700th consecutive Friday Hilo peace vigil is coming up on Friday Feb. 20th 3:30-5PM  Please help pass the word, come and bring some friends.  I intend to bring my guitar and play some peace songs weather permitting, and we’ll have an open mic.  Let’s share thoughts on how we can re-build a Hilo anti-war movement.  Mahalo.