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How Many More Deaths?

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

END the

ENDLESS

WARS!

No More Troops! No More Bombs!

Promote Peace, Justice &

A Livable Planet!

More troops
U.S. Intervention is the problem not the solution! U.S. Intervention created ISIS!

     Malu ‘Aina, along with many others, have long stood against the escalation of war and the growth of the military industrial war complex. Today the U.S. is bombing in Iraq, Syria, and several other countries. War is all about death and destruction, and corporate profits for the few at the expense of the many. War is about increased surveillance and an erosion of civil liberties at home. War does not promote peace, justice, and a livable planet. It does not promote democracy, diplomacy, and lasting security. It does not promote jobs that serve the common good, and our ability to better care for one another and our environment. Instead, war diverts tax dollars away from education, jobs that serve human needs, universal health care, addressing climate change and a host of other domestic and international issues. For all these reasons, and more, we must demand an END TO ENDLESS WARS NOW! Enough War already!

It’s time to Wage Peace!

Stand up!  Speak Up!  Silence

is Consent!

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  On the web at malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Nov. 21, 2014 – 687th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Veterans Day Reflections

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Glorify

Peace Not

War:

Armistice Day vs. Veterans Day

war over
Let bells toll everywhere!

      In 1919, a year following the end of World War I, the “War to End All War,” Armistice Day was established on Nov. 11th as a celebration of peace and a time to remember the waste of war. In 1954 the U.S. Congress transformed Armistice Day into Veterans Day and transformed a day to celebrate peace into a day to glorify war and the celebration of those who participate in wars as “heroes.” What lesson does that teach our children — to dream of becoming peacemakers? No, to become a “hero” one goes off to kill or be killed in a future war.

      Let’s be clear. Wars are about empire, that serve the interest of a few at the expense of the many. Talk of “freedom and democracy” is window dressing to disguise the grab for resources by corporate profiteers. Veterans Day, like Armed Forces Day, has less to do about honoring the sacrifices of troops than it does about recruiting the next generation of soldiers to be used as cannon fodder in future wars of empire.

      Author and historian, William Blum, in a book “Killing Hope,” presents the facts of more than 55 foreign interventions by the U.S. military/CIA since WWII. Today, the U.S. empire maintains hundreds of military bases around the world, spends hundreds of billions of dollars on its military might, more than most of the other industrial nations combined, maintains an elaborate secret intelligence network that spies on everyone, and a masterful propaganda machine with a compliant media, to fuel fear and hatred in order to keep the U.S. military/industrial complex business booming. But at what human, financial, social, and spiritual cost?

Who has the Courage to Say – No More War!

Thank you for your service in refusing to Kill!

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 (Nov. 14, 2014 – 686th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Re: Please help!! From all Hawaii counter-recruiting groups

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Aloha Peace ohana,
Below is a message from Caki Kennedy asking for your help.  Below her message is one I sent to the career day folks.
Jim Albertini

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: Re: Please help!! From all Hawaii counter-recruiting groups
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 19:03:24 -1000
From: Jim Albertini <ja@malu-aina.org>
To: Caki Kennedy <palidogs@hawaiiantel.net>
On 11/11/2014 6:14 PM, Caki Kennedy wrote:

Aloha all,

Please help get the word out and complain that ALL island counter-recruiting groups have been banned from next week’s career fairs.
The following simple piece compiled by us explains the situation and gives suggestions.
Thank you if you can post this widely, and if you have time fire off a letter to your school, newspaper or the organizers of the fair.
Many mahalos, Caki

Begin forwarded message:


From: Shannon Rudolph <shannonkona@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Draft Letter – College & Career Fair…
Date: November 11, 2014 at 9:34:15 PM EST
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
tank

Heads Up ~ YOUR Quick Email Needed NOW ~ for Equal Time!

Upcoming Hawaii College & Career Fairs BANS Local Peace Groups!

The annual Hawaii College & Career Fair starts next week and travels to all islands.The Fairs provides career information and opportunities for 12,000 kids and parents to speak to over 200 representatives of higher education institutions including trade schools, business groups, visitor industries, and military recruiters.

THIS YEAR, at the last possible moment, local Hawai’i ‘counter military recruiting’ groups have been UNINVITED and EXCLUDED from the fairs on all islands. Banning these groups is illegal and they need your help now.

Local counter military recruitment groups are youth advocacy groups that provide high school and middle school youth with crucial information ‘to counter’ the slick pitch for enlistees from military recruiters and give them alternative ideas besides enlistment.

> PLEASE SEND YOUR QUICK COMMENT TO:
http://www.hawaiicollegecareerfair.org/About-Us.html

If you are a parent, please ask your child’s principal for ‘equal time’ for ‘counter-recruiters’ at the fair if you child’s class is being bussed into this event.

Also, please send letters of support and/or outrage to your local newspapers. This is a blatant attempt to keep youth from getting full disclosure about military careers that they have a LEGAL right to.

Without the the local counter-recruitment groups participating at these fairs, minors will get heavily biased information, funded by our tax dollars.

ONLY YOU can put the pressure on to correct this injustice, right now.

Mahalo!
O’ahu – Hawaii Peace & Justice
Maui – Careers in Peace Making
Kaua`i – Kaua`i Alliance for Peace & Social Justice
Hawai`i Island -The Peace Squad

Here’s a copy of the message I sent.

I was appalled to learn that counter military recruiting groups have been banned from the career fairs on all Islands.  What kind of blatant Nazi action is this in the land of the free?  Lift the ban.  Respect the right of students to receive a balanced approach to counter military recruitment.  And apologize to the groups once banned and the youth for trying to deny them to see all sides of an issue.   Shame on you.
Jim Albertini


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 This communication may be unlawfully collected and stored by the National Security Agency (NSA) in secret. The parties to this email do not consent to the government retrieving or storing of this communication and any related metadata, as well as printing, copying, re-transmitting, disseminating, or otherwise using it. If you believe you have received this communication in error, please delete it immediately.

Maui GMO Moratorium Election Victory!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Election Results in

Hawaii & U.S.

      I am writing these reflections on the morning following the Nov. 4th elections. I write from the standpoint of a long time non-violent activist for justice, peace and the environment and a small scale organic farmer. One’s standpoint in life determines one’s viewpoint, so here are my views.

     For me the brightest spot of the day was the victory of the Maui GMO moratorium initiative that was successful despite $8 million dollars being pumped in to defeat the initiative by Chemical giants Monsanto and Dow. It shows the power of a grassroots broad based effort against corporate power and money.

     GMOs, and their big Ag sponsors, are the new plantations seeking to dominate Hawaii and the world. In every way, GMOs violate the basic principle of aloha ‘aina –love for the land and the precautionary principle. GMOs are directly tied to the toxic chemicals produced by their corporate owners whose main concern is short term profit despite long term consequences. Poisoning of air, water and land, and people, plants, and animals are secondary concerns to the corporate bottom line.

      No doubt, these same chemical companies will now spend millions more to fight the Maui GMO Moratorium law in court. The battle is not over but a significant victory has been achieved by the Maui vote.

     In other election matters locally, some good candidates won. Others lost. In the U.S., the Republicans now control the House and Senate. U.S. imperial wars will continue full throttle which is one thing Republicans and Democrats agree on. From October 26 through November 2, 2014, Hawaiian Civic Clubs from across the Hawaiian Islands and the United States met at its annual convention. Resolution 14-28, acknowledging the continuity of the Hawaiian Kingdom. was passed on November 1, 2014. This is an important vote of Hawaiian sovereignty toward restoring the independent nation instead of being corralled into a U.S. Indian tribe reservation.

      The moral of the story on all elections and issues is this. Positive change doesn’t come from the top down. It comes from the bottom up. It takes grassroots organizing to clarify vision and unite people for the common good. We have our work cut out for peace, justice and preserving the earth. We need to unite our issues realizing that an injury to one is an injury to all. Don’t be discouraged by setbacks along the way and never, NEVER, give up!

The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

Aloha ‘Aina Now & Forever!

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 (Nov. 7, 2014 – 685th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Tuesday, Nov. 4th 4:30 at Kamehameha Statue in Hilo

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Aloha Kakou..people of Hilo, please join us tomorrow, Tuesday in front of Kamehameha Statue at 4:30 p.m. as we hold “pro” or positive signs fronting the statue and near the Mo’oheau Bandstand. Bring your signs for Mauna kea, Aloha Aina, food Sovereignty, Pohakuloa, etc. and your spirit of Aloha for our Hawai’i…Aloha – a firm commitment to PONO! (mahalo Luana for that definition) We need you all to help us to spread the message…Mauna Kea Shawls welcome! Hope to see you there..let’s get our message out there! Far from over, we are in this, we are not defeated because we believe in the good things coming!