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DISASTERS: the poor always suffer the most

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Disasters!

It seems the poor always suffer the most

      Whether it’s natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, lava flows, etc.) or man made disasters (war, climate disaster, toxic pollution, etc.) it seems the poor always suffer the most. The rich have more options. The poor have few, if any, options.

      In most natural disasters, those with money can easily relocate, and often have a second or third home to go. Some poor people don’t even have enough gas money to get to a disaster shelter. Who bore the burden in hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, and hurricane Harvey in Houston? Poor communities also usually bear the burden of toxic pollution. Flint Michigan’s lead water is a case in point. The Hawaiian Homestead area in Keaukaha in Hilo has as a next door toxic neighbor -–the airport, dump, fuel tanks, sewage plant, harbor, chemicals, etc.

      In wars such as Vietnam, the rich like Donald Trump and George Bush, easily found ways to avoid the draft and they certainly didn’t go to jail for nonviolent resistance to the war. The poor end up drafted or enlisting and dying in a rich man’s war for resources. In today’s wars, those being killed, injured and made refugees are disproportionately poor. Look at Palestine, Syria, etc.

      Puna, Hawaii, the site of the current lava flow, is the poorest district in the state, with thousands of lots in substandard subdivisions, many in high risk lava zones or near the toxic neighbor –Puna Geothermal Venture. Read the book “Land & Power in Hawaii” by George Cooper and Gaven Daws. Also read the article by Alan D. McNarie http://www.civilbeat.org/2018/05/big-island-how-land-schemes-turned-lava-fields-into-subdivisions/ By contrast the Kona-Kohala coast on the west side of Hawaii island is known as the Gold Coast with it’s many rich gated communities and high end resorts. The resorts never built housing for their employees, so many employees have to commute from distant Puna and Ka’u poor districts. Economic apartheid!

      I haven’t heard of one hotel offering free or discounted rooms to people displaced from the lava. And what of long range plans for people who have been displaced and have lost their homes, farms, businesses, etc.? Is it not the role of government to help? But where will the money come from you ask? That’s easy. From the FY 2019 Donald Trump proposed U.S. military budget of $681.1 billion. After all, what are we defending? And once we have recovered from disaster, we can begin the work of building a new economy from the ground up. That starts with growing food to feed Hawaii’s population instead of importing 90% of food consumed here. That will demand policy changes away from addiction to war and catering to the rich. The endless growth of tourism and militarism is killing Hawaii and the planet. Pele is telling us we need a fresh start and that we need to work together.

Live Aloha! Blessed are the Poor…

  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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May 25, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 870th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Stop the Violence! Justice for Palestinians!

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Come to the Friday Hilo Peace Vigil 3:30-5PM and stand in solidarity with Palestinians to stop the massacres

SHAME!

On Israel & the U.S. for the Massacre in Gaza

Israel Killed 61 & Wounded 2,700 Protesters in Gaza

for protesting the May 14, 2018 opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and 70 years of Israel’s occupation of Palestine. It was the deadliest day for Palestinian protesters since they launched the nonviolent Great March of Return on March 30. Palestinian leaders are accusing the Israeli military of carrying out war crimes during the crackdown. More protests and a general strike across the Palestinian territories are planned to mark 70 years since the Nakba, or Catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes after the state of Israel was formed. Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II – $134.7 billion, almost all in military assistance.

      “Sorry, Israel apologists: you sound just like the folks who defended apartheid when South Africa massacred unarmed black protesters in Soweto. As a Jew I used to debate you, but now I’m just sick and tired of you using my dead relatives to justify killing people who had nothing to do with the genocide.

      For so many years we’ve heard the lie that Palestinians don’t recognize Israel’s right to exist, and they want to “drive the Jews into the sea.” But it’s Israel that has failed to recognize Palestine’s right to exist, and is now shooting down hundreds of Palestinians at the Gaza border to force them back in the direction of the sea.

      You’re either with Trump and Netanyahu’s slaughter and hideous vision of ethnic cleansing, or you’re against it. Either Palestinians are human beings or they’re not–there’s no more middle ground.”

Zoltán Grossman, Professor of Geography and Native Studies, Evergreen State College

Boycott, Divest, & Sanction Israel!

  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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May 18, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 869th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

News article on Pohakuloa

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

News article on Pohakuloa

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/native-hawaiians-resist-bombing-sacred-lands-180430121142340.html

Protest Pohakuloa “Earth Day Hypocrisy”

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

There will be a protest of Pohakuloa “Earth Day Hypocrisy” on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the PTA main gate from 8:30-10:30AM.  Car pools will leave Hilo (Komohana and Saddle rd. at 7:45AM) Bring water, sunscreen, and be prepared for all weather conditions.  Mahalo and please pass the word.

POHAKULOA CELEBRATES

“EARTH DAY HYPOCRISY”

On April 20, 2018 the military is inviting school children and the public to Pohakuloa for “Earth Day” activities.

Can you imagine greater hypocrisy?

Pohakuloa DU Threat

      The 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) is contaminated with Depleted Uranium (DU), lead, and other military toxins from more than 70 years of military live-fire training. More than 14 million live-rounds are fired annually at PTA from a wide variety of weapon systems by all branches of the military. Even global strike B-52, B-1 and B-2 strategic bombers fly non stop from Louisiana, Missouri, and Guam to bomb Pohakuloa as practice for nuclear war.

      The inhalation of Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide dust particles are “the most deadly form of radiation.” This is according to Hawaii resident, Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD, listed in the who’s who best doctors, and retired from the Army Medical Corp. If anyone inhails DU oxide particles those particles can remain in your body for decades causing a wide range of problems including cancer, and genetic damage to future generations. 

      Let’s be clear. DU metal on the ground at Pohakuloa does not pose a serious health threat. But if that metal has been hit with high explosives it burns and turns the metal into DU oxide dust particles which can be carried long distances in the wind.

     DU was first used by the military at Pohakuloa in the early 1960s fired into the 57,000-acre impact area. That impact area has been subjected to decades of high explosives firing ever since.

Are We Inhaling DU Oxide Dust?

Malama Honua –Protect the Earth

Stop the Bombing!

  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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April 20, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 865th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Friday, April 20 Earth Day Protest at Pohakuloa

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Friday, April 20 Earth Day Protest at Pohakuloa

Aloha kakou,

PTA is having an Earth Day gathering on Friday, April 20! What a fraud! Celebrating Earth Day by bombing and contaminating the aina with lead, Depleted Uranium and a host of other military toxins. Protest at PTA main gate starting at 8:30. Protest 8:30-10:30. Carpool leaving from Komohana and Saddle rd. on Hilo side at 7:45AM

Please help pass the word? Mahalo.

Jim Albertini