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Stop Climate Disaster & Military Madness

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Stop Climate Disaster & Military Madness:

Two Sides of the Same Coin

      An international panel of scientists reported this week that humans are facing immediate life-or-death choices in dealing with climate change. Too many US political leaders have their heads in the sand on this all encompassing issue of human-caused global warming and the danger of nuclear war. Unless immediate action is taken unprecedented disaster looms over planet earth. For more details —  See https://www.thenation.com/article/1-5-to-stay-alive-says-landmark-un-climate-report/

      Case in point: Johnston Island (Kalama atoll) is located approximately 750 miles southwest of Hawaii Island. Johnston Island approximately 2 miles long and ½ mile wide is one of the most military polluted places on earth. (Pohakuloa, Pearl Harbor,  too!) The original size of Johnston Is. was 19 hectors. By dredging the military increased it’s size 10 fold. With climate change increasing storms and rising sea levels, Johnston Island will likely be dramatically reduced in size if not completely covered by rising seas. 12 US atomic and hydrogen bombs were exploded above Johnston island in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Two nuclear weapons exploded on the launch pad contaminating the island with toxic plutonium. The plutonium was bulldozed into the lagoon so that nuclear testing could continue. Johnston Island was also home to chemical and biological weapons and the weapons (including agent orange) were incinerated there. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnston_Island

                      

         Johnston Island with Sand island at bottom                          

 

 

 

 

Nuclear armed missile explodes in 1962 on Johnston Island

 

     According to the US Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) the east side of Hawaii island has the highest concentration of plutonium in the soil from atmospheric nuclear weapons testing of 65 random sites tested north and south latitude. The east side of Hawaii Island also was the highest rainfall site tested and there is a possible correlation to the nuclear tests conducted at Johnson Island, upper jet stream winds and rain-out of plutonium.  See http://www.davistownmuseum.org/cbm/RadxPlutonium.html

      Recently now abandoned Johnston Island was hit by Hurricane Wakala. It is simply the latest of several hurricanes to hit Johnston. Are US military chemical, biological contaminants and plutonium being carried by the currents in the recent high swells of Hurricane Wakala to hit Hawaii’s shores?

Act Now for Malama Honua & Global Nuclear Disarmament!

  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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October 12, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 890th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

There is such a thing as acting too late!

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Trump & the War Hawks Prepare to Destroy the World

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moves forward its symbolic Doomsday Clock – two minutes to midnight – Global Annihilation!

Trumps Hubris Knows No Bounds

In one week Trump and his neocon henchmen threatened Iran, Syria, China, Venezuela and Russia. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50364.htm

The U.S. suggested that the U.S. Navy might blockade Russia because of its energy trade. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50363.htm  

US Would Preemptively Destroy Russian Warheads, Envoy Warns https://news.antiwar.com/2018/10/02/us-would-preemptively-destroy-russian-warheads-envoy-warns/

China: Security Talks Canceled at US Request. Foreign Ministry: US requested postponement because of tensions https://news.antiwar.com/2018/10/02/china-security-talks-cancelled-at-us-request/

Will Organized Human Life Survive? by Noam Chomsky A talk at St. Olaf College September 24th, 2018  https://dissidentvoice.org/2018/09/will-organized-human-life-survive/

The Final Word: Never Give Up!

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it – always.”
— M.K. Gandhi

  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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October 5, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 889th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Next Pohakuloa Strategy meeting is Wed. Sept. 26th from 6-8PM

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Next Pohakuloa Strategy meeting is Wed. Sept. 26th from 6-8PM at the Keaau community center.  Items for agenda will include evaluation of the meeting with PTA commander Borce on 9/21, Drake’s radiation monitoring, Mike Reimer’s proposal, etc.  Please come and help pass the word.   Summary of meeting with PTA commander Borce below.  Mahalo.
Jim Albertini

Monday, Sept. 24th Councilwoman Jen Ruggles is having a community meeting from 6-8PM at the Keaau Community Center
Tuesday, Sept. 25th there is a Mauna Kea Management Board hearing from 5-7PM at Imiloa Astronomy center on new proposed hard line rules on Mauna Kea that could seriously restrict free-speech protest rights and Hawaiian rights to cultural and religious practice.  Pass the word and attend.  Mahalo and solidarity

Meeting with Pohakuloa Commander LTC Loretto V. Borce, Jr.

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Meeting with Pohakuloa Commander LTC Loretto V. Borce, Jr.

On Friday, Sept. 21, 2018  Kahu Ron Fujiyoshi, Danny Li and myself met with the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) commander, LTC. Lorettto V. Borce, Jr. up at Pohakuloa from 11AM till 12 noon..  The meeting had been limited by Commander Borce to three people.  With Borce was suppose to be his deputy commander Greg Flemming and Community Relations person Mike Donnelly. Flemming was not present. In his place was Bob Cherry, a retired Army Col. who is now a liaison person between the Army and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  Also present was PTA safety officer Miranda.

The meeting was limited by Borce for 1 hr. from 11AM to 12 noon.

Danny said Borce opened the meeting by saying that he wanted to listen and he is for openness, transparency and process.

Ron then affirmed  Borce’s initial comments to us and similar comments in an informal discussion following a RIMPAC protest outside the PTA gate on June 30, 2018.  Borce said he wanted to be transparent and do things ohana style.  Borce is born and raised on Oahu in Kalihi and his wife is Hawaiian and related to Keanu Sai.

Ron made 4 points:

1. Borce had said he would provide stop RIMPAC demonstrators on June 30, 2018 a tour of PTA.

2.  Ron asked for an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) which Borce’s predecessor LTC Marquez said he would do but never did: an MOU for Makahiki opening and closing ceremonies and visits to cultural and religious sites on PTA.

3.  Ron asked Borce for a show of good faith by NOT having school children come to PTA for Earth day events until there is comprehensive independent testing and monitoring for DU oxide.

4.  Ron urged more public community meetings with Borce

Jim presented Borce with

1.  several  dozen signed Military Human Experimentation forms saying that individuals do not give their consent to being experimented upon by the military continuing to bomb a base known to be contaminated with Depleted Uranium.  The Nuremberg principles affirm such rights.

2.  requests that both the 106 process and the $210 million PTA construction EA process be extended.  Borce did say he read Ruth Aloua’s 40 page document on the 106.

3.  copy of the Hawaii County Council resolution 639-08 passed by a vote of 8-1 in July 2008 calling for 8 actions including a stop to all live fire and anything that creates dust at PTA until there is a complete assessment and clean up of DU present at PTA and 7 other actions related to the DU.  Jim asked why the military had taken no action on any of the 8 actions called for by the county council in reso 639-08  In addition Jim gave Borce a copy of reso 701-08 naming Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD as Hawaii county’s official representative.  Borce said he was unaware of the resos.

4.  a copy of a pre-proposal by Retired nuclear geologist, Mike Reimer, Ph.D. for $100,000 of the military’s $210 million proposed building project in the main base contonment area go towards a joint military/citizen DU monitoring effort to see if DU oxide is coming off PTA.  Jim said that he and a number of others had some reservations about the study being co-opted by the military but were willing to discuss matters further.

Jim questioned why retired Army Col. Bob Cherry was at this meeting, saying he did not trust Cherry, his history of downplaying DU hazards and stonewalling comprehensive independent testing and monitoring for DU oxide.

Danny asked Borce to review the 2008 Hi. County resolution 639-08 on DU, and said toxic cleanup would be ideal training for troops at PTA.

At the end of the meeting he gave the “Commander’s coin” to Jim, Ron and Danny.

Question: Will the relationship between this commander be different from that of other Commanders in the past?

Commander Borce seemed open to meet with Ruth Aloua, Leilani Lindsey-Kaapuni, Puaena Ahn and others before larger community gatherings.

Would be good to check on what he has told others in the meetings with small groups. I.e. Royal Order of Kamehameha.

— Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

Hawaii Island Basics & Military Radiation

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018