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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

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

Don’t add to the perception of Hawaii corruption: Vote down SB 2816, HB 2501 and HB 1581

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

(I just sent the message below to all of Hawaii’s legislators and members of the news media)

Aloha legislators:

Please don’t add to the perception of Hawaii’s corruption. The perception is bad enough.

Hawaii: “The only state in which both legislative and executive branches are perceived to be very corrupt”

… Hawaii’s aggregate scores are in the highest quartiles of both illegal and legal corruption ….

Our organization strongly urges you to vote down SB 2816, HB2501 and HB 1581.  It’s time to do the right thing!

Both SB 2816 and HB 1581 appear to be efforts by Governor David Ige and various special interests to ram thru TMT and criminalize peaceful first amendment protest on State lands.  Please protect the constitutional right of free speech and the right of citizens to protest.  Attempts to fast tract TMT in the past caused major problems for the state and a second attempt is likely to result in more of the same.  Allow existing legal due process procedures to stand.  No more special legislation for special interests. Vote down these bills.

We also urge you to vote down HB2501 which we view as a sneaky bill involving corporate theft of public streams.  Our organization has been growing kalo in Kurtistown for 36 years and we want to support small scale taro farmers and the people’s right to water (not A&B Big 5 corporate interests) on Maui.

Mahalo for your consideration.

Jim Albertini

president

Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org www.malu-aina.org

Happy May Day Solidarity

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

With Kapu Aloha

Sample email on legislative bills

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Aloha legislators:

Our organization strongly urges you to vote down SB 2816, HB2501 and HB 1501.

Both SB 2816 and HB 1501 appear to be efforts by Governor David Ige and various special interests to ram thru TMT and criminalize peaceful first amendment protest on State lands.  Please protect the constitutional right of free speech and the right of citizens to protest.  Attempts to fast tract TMT in the past caused major problems for the state and a second attempt is likely to result in more of the same.  Allow existing legal due process procedures to stand.  No more special legislation for special interests. Vote down these bills.

We also urge you to vote down HB2501 which we view as a sneaky bill involving corporate theft of public streams.  Our organization has been growing kalo in Kurtistown for 36 years and we want to support small scale taro farmers and the people’s right to water (not A&B Big 5 corporate interests) on Maui.

Mahalo for your consideration.

Jim Albertini

president


Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org www.malu-aina.org

‘Ōiwi Film Festival 2016 on Oahu

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

‘Ōiwi Film Festival 2016 on Oahu

Please attend as many of the events listed below and pass the word to friends.  The Festival honors Puhipau (who passed away recently) and his partner Joan Lander and their wonderful documentary work Na Maka o Ka ‘Aina (Eyes of the Land) Mahalo.

Jim Albertini for malu ‘Aina

 

Mauna Kea: Temple Under Siege

http://www.honolulumuseum.org/events/films/15670-mauna_kea_temple_under_seige
Directed by Puhipau and Joan Lander. 2005. 57 min.
Sunday, May 8 at 1pm

This portrait of a mountain that has become a symbol of the Hawaiian struggle for physical, cultural and political survival explores conflicting forces as they play themselves out in a contemporary society where cultures collide.
Screens with:
Kapu Aloha 101:
ʻŌiwi TV. 2015. 11min
– and –
ʻO Poliʻahu me Kūkahauʻula
Directed by Hunter Catton. 2016. 7min.

 

‘Ōiwi Film Festival 2016
May 7-8, 2016

http://honolulumuseum.org/15677-iwi_film_festival_2016

Opening Night: The Tribunal 

http://www.honolulumuseum.org/events/films/15669-tribunal

Pele’s Appeal + Stolen Waters

http://www.honolulumuseum.org/events/films/15671-peles_appeal_stolen_waters