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Iraq Veterans Petition on Depleted Uranium

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Iraq Veterans Against the War!

Health Impacts of Depleted Uranium (DU)

      “The Iraq war was never over for Iraqi civilians and US veterans who continue to struggle with various forms of trauma and injury; for veterans and Iraqis who suffer the effects of environmental poisoning due to certain US munitions and burn pits of hazardous material; and for a growing generation of orphans and people displaced by war…

      One or our primary areas of focus has been research on the long-term health impacts of depleted uranium.

Since 2007, UN resolutions have included language affirming the need for research on the potential harmful effects of depleted uranium as well as the need for disclosure of where this weaponry has been used. The resolutions have been passed by the vast majority of the world’s nations, indicating a growing global concern. Unfortunately, each year the U.S. has isolated itself by opposing these resolutions, alongside only a few other countries. Help break the silence. Tell the US to stop opposing UN resolutions on depleted uranium. Sign the petition now

Toxic munitions in Iraq have created enclaves across the country in which entire generations of children are born with severe birth defects – most commonly cerebral palsy. Many of the mothers have been widowed by war and are struggle to care for children with special needs in a nation with poor access to medical care and very little support. One of the toxic munitions suspected of contributing to this incredible public health crisis is depleted uranium. In order to determine its impact and prevent this issue from continuing, more research with international oversight must be conducted, but the United States continually prevents this from happening. What could our government be hiding?

This petition could not be more timely. The Obama administration is attempting to justify military intervention in Iraq by claiming that it is on behalf of the human rights and right to self-determination of the people of Iraq. Meanwhile, on November 5, a new resolution on depleted uranium weaponry will be introduced to the United Nations General Assembly, and the US is likely to attempt to shut it down. The United States has a responsibility to support this resolution. Help break the silence on depleted uranium and stand up for the human rights of Iraqis in this time of crisis. Sign the petition now. Thank you for your commitment to this issue and for your ongoing support of our work.”

Iraq Veterans Against the War staff ( see ivaw.org)

The Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), located in the center of Hawaii Island, is contaminated by DU munitions, and a burn pit of hazardous materials is located on the 133,000-acre base. Schofield Barracks on Oahu is contaminated with DU, and possibly other sites in Hawaii too. DU weapons have been used by the U.S. in several countries and in training in more than a dozen states.

Deal with DU in Iraq, Hawaii, etc.

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  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Oct. 31, 2014 – 684th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

War Propaganda

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Propaganda War!

armchair generalsWAR IS US

      Medea Benjamin has a piece about the war mongering of the mainstream press. See http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/10/fourth-estate-flames-us-medias-award-winning-war-propaganda

There is a constant stream of “be very afraid of Muslims, we must bomb that country, no this country, no, the other country again.” Our economy, with most of the good paying manufacturing jobs sent after slave labor abroad, is increasingly dependent on what is euphemistically called “defense spending.”

This combination of a war economy and war propaganda hasn’t been this organized anywhere on the planet since the Third Reich.

Don’t Be Bamboozled!   Stop the Wars!

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  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Oct. 24, 2014 – 683rd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

We reap what we sow!

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Reaping the Whirlwind!

For they sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. (Hosea 8:7)

     What we do to the land, the water and air, we do to ourselves. We reap what we sow. Modern day industrial capitalism seeks short term profit with little or no thought to long term consequences. It is finally catching up with us on a global scale. The evidence is crystal clear: climate change with more frequent and intense storms, droughts, wild fires, rising sea levels, global warming, and corporate driven resource wars and pollution of the planet at unprecedented levels.

     As I write, Hurricane Ana is bearing down on the Hawaiian Islands. The second tropical storm/hurricane in 3 months. A lava flow is threatening residential communities in the Puna District of Hawaii Island where geothermal energy production has been taking place in utter disregard for the sacred nature of Hawaiian religious beliefs in Pele, the goddess of the Volcano. And Hawaiians are standing in protest of the desecration of their sacred temple – Mauna Kea by TMT – too many telescopes.

     One of the least recognized and talked about aspects of “Reaping the Whirlwind” has to do with militarism and war. The U.S. military is the largest single consumer of oil on the planet and the largest emitter of CO2. The U.S. military is the greatest polluter the world has ever known. Examples include vast pollution from chemical, biological, and nuclear weapon production and testing, and the present day use of Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions in warfare. Case in point – modern day Iraq and DU use in Hawaii.

     Iraqi doctors call the use of DU munitions in Iraq by U.S. and British military, “Genocide.” In an Oct. 14, 2014 article by reporter Dahr Jamail in Truthout, it’s stated that

“Contamination from depleted uranium (DU) munitions is causing sharp rises in congenital birth defects, cancer cases and other illnesses throughout much of Iraq, according to numerous Iraqi doctors. .Iraqi doctors and prominent scientists believe that DU contamination is also connected to the emergence of diseases that were not previously seen in Iraq, such as new illnesses in the kidney, lungs and liver, as well as total immune system collapse. DU contamination may also be connected to the steep rise in leukemia, renal and anemia cases, especially among children, being reported throughout (Iraq). There has also been a dramatic jump in miscarriages and premature births among Iraqi women, particularly in areas where heavy US military operations occurred, such as Fallujah during 2004, and Basra during the 1991 US war on Iraq. It is estimated that the United States used 350 tons of DU munitions in Iraq during the 1991 war, and 1,200 tons during its 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation.” (See the complete article here http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/26703-iraqi-doctors-call-depleted-uranium-use-genocide)

What about DU use in Hawaii?

     The U.S. military has confirmed that DU munitions have been fired at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on Hawaii island and Schofield Barracks on Oahu and possibly other sites. The full extent of DU use remains unknown. The U.S. continues to bomb military sites in Hawaii known to be contaminated with DU – up to 14.8 million live-rounds annually at PTA alone. Without comprehensive testing, monitoring, and study of possible effects, the answers to citizen questions remain blowing in the wind.

Stop the Bombing!  Stop the Wars!  Respect the Sacred!

“We can’t keep on desecrating.”

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  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Oct. 17, 2014 – 682nd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

All Hawaii Stand Together – We can’t keep on desecrating.

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

“All Hawaii Stand Together”

Protet Mauna Kea
      Some years back, Hawaiian legendary composer and musician, Liko Martin, wrote a song entitled “All Hawaii Stand Together – Hawai’i Loa Ku Like Kakou. That song has become a modern day anthem of Hawaiian sovereignty to save the land. Liko Martin, together with Laulani Teale, Kaliko Kanaele, and others, sang that song on Tuesday, Oct. 7th a top Mauna a Wakea — Mauna Kea. The occasion was a coming together, especially of young Native Hawaiians, to protect the Mauna from the desecration of building a $1.4 billion dollar, 18 story high Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) in the summit area. Hundreds of people chanted and prayed with aloha at Pu’uhuluhulu to protect Mauna Kea. Dozens then traveled to the summit area to chant, pray and offer ho’okupu and through peaceful, non-violent action block the ground breaking ceremonies for the TMT.

      Kaliko Kanaele of the Royal Order of Kamehameha put the matter sharply and spoke for many when he said “We can’t keep on desecrating.” The sacred Mauna is already dominated and desecrated by too many telescopes. Kaliko’s words of wisdom apply equally to the continued bombing at Pohakuloa, the drilling into Pele for geothermal energy, and the overall profit driven pollution of the planet causing a global climate crisis and endless wars.  “We can’t keep on desecrating.”

      It is time for people everywhere to stand together and put the sacred before the almighty dollar in both word and deed. It is time to demonstrate through our actions what God or Gods to whom we pray.  Stopping the desecration by TMT (Too Many Telescopes) on Mauna Kea is an important start.

      It is especially important that people of faith, whose god is not the dollar, — Catholics, Methodist, UCC, New Hope, etc. –all spiritual believers, stand in solidarity with Native Hawaiian practitioners in prayer and action to protect the sacred temple — Mauna Kea. We all have responsibility to aloha one another, especially the host culture’s spiritual beliefs in the place where we live and call home.

 See photos and articles about Mauna Kea Oct. 7, 2014   http://malu-aina.org/?p=2751

We can’t keep on desecrating.”

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  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Oct. 10, 2014 – 681st week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Photos and articles about Mauna Kea Oct. 7, 2014

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Photos and articles about Mauna Kea Oct. 7, 2014

SELECTED PHOTOS & NEWS LINKS from October 7th, 2014—An amazing day of unity that ended up shutting down the groundbreaking ceremony for the TMT mega-telescope on sacred Mauna Kea. This is a selection of photos from social media, reposted via Hualalai N Alohi Keohuloa, Evan Bordessa, Occupy Hilo & others. ‪#‎protectmaunakea‬ ‪#‎buildingTMT‬

***Selected news articles & video links:

*Hawaii telescope groundbreaking, blessing delayed
http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/26729950/hawaii-telescope-groundbreaking-blessing-delayed
* Hawai’i Tribune-Herald: TMT groundbreaking disrupted
http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/tmt-groundbreaking-disrupted
* AP: Protesters halt Mauna Kea telescope groundbreaking
http://www.chron.com/business/technology/article/Protesters-halt-Hawaii-telescope-groundbreaking-5807781.php
* KITV4: Protesters disrupt Mauna Kea telescope groundbreaking
http://www.kitv.com/news/protesters-disrupt-mauna-kea-telescope-groundbreaking/28998256

* Video: TMT Opponents Halt Groundbreaking Ceremony
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZ4Gt35hs-s
* Video: Protesters halt Mauna Kea telescope groundbreaking
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4dv8IU7LsA#t=72
* Video: Blockade Chant
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152814927386155
* Video: KITV4 news about the protests
http://www.kitv.com/news/mauna-kea-telescope-blessing-draws-protestors/29004510
* Video: Mayor Kenoi at the #buildingTMT blockade
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA_9VSamqdk

* UPI: Protestors object plans to build telescope on land sacred to native Hawaiians
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2014/10/08/Protestors-object-plans-to-build-telescope-on-land-sacred-to-native-Hawaiians/6821412737145/
* NPR: Protests Disrupt Telescope Groundbreaking In Hawaii
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/10/08/354477691/protests-disrupt-telescope-groundbreaking-in-hawaii
* SF Chronicle: Peaceful protest in Palo Alto against massive Mauna Kea telescope
http://blog.sfgate.com/hawaii/2014/10/07/peaceful-protest-in-palo-alto-against-massive-mauna-kea-telescope/#27343101=0
* Mauna Kea Protest Oct 7 Press Release:
http://sacredmaunakea.wordpress.com/
* MLPA Initiative funder pledged $250 million for Maua Kea telescope
https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/10/07/18762577.php
* KHON2: Telescope groundbreaking ceremony on Mauna Kea delayed by protesters
http://khon2.com/2014/10/07/telescope-groundbreaking-ceremony-on-mauna-kea-delayed-by-protesters/
* Pacific Business News: Groundbreaking for $1.3B Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii delayed
http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2014/10/07/groundbreaking-for-1-3b-thirty-meter-telescope-in.html
* China Topix: Native Hawaiians Halt Groundbreaking for TMT in Hawaii
http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/15055/20141008/hawaii-protesters-telescope-thirty-meter-telescope-tmt-mauna-kea-mauna-kea-summit-native-hawaiians-hawaiian-protesters-groundbreaking-delay-blessing-ceremony-tmt-observatory.htm
* Maine News Online: Thirty Meter Telescope’s Groundbreaking Ceremony Thwarted by Protestors
http://mainenewsonline.com/content/14101079-thirty-meter-telescope-s-groundbreaking-ceremony-thwarted
* The Ecologist: Native Hawaiians protest ‘sacred mountain’ telescope
http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2585795/native_hawaiians_protest_sacred_mountain_telescope.html

*** For background info about Mauna Kea see:
Sacred Mauna Kea wordpress:
http://http://sacredmaunakea.wordpress.com/
Indigenous Hawaiians Fight Proposed Telescope on Sacred Mauna Kea
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/06/24/indigenous-hawaiians-fight-proposed-telescope-sacred-mauna-kea-155426
Video: Sacred Mountain by Pua Case
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUSVUQK9Bq4
Mauna Kea—Temple Under Siege film:
http://www.oiwi.tv/channels/culture/mauna-kea-temple-under-siege/
Sacred Land Film Project—Mauna Kea:
http://www.sacredland.org/mauna-kea/
Protect Mauna Kea facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Protect-Mauna-Kea/138435822892206