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The Cost of War at home and abroad!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The Cost of War!

American Jihad

The money should stagger you. Journalist James Risen, author of Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War, a revelatory new book about the scammers, counterterrorism grifters, careerist bureaucrats, torture con artists, and on-the-make privatizers of our post-9/11 national security state, suggests that the best figure for money spent on Washington’s war on terror, including the Iraq and Afghan wars, is four trillion dollars. If you add in the bills still to come for the care of American soldiers damaged in that global war, the figure is undoubtedly significantly higher

      “Given Washington’s bedrock assumptions about the Greater Middle East, we should have no problem kissing another four trillion taxpayer dollars goodbye in the years to come. Eight trillion? If that isn’t a record, what is?  Some “USA! USA!” chants might be in order.”

Tom Engelhardt http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175926/

      And yet the U.S. empire can’t afford to provide basic medical care, a safety net to feed the poor, house the homeless, create living wage jobs, protect the environment, rebuild failing infrastructure, teach the children, so what exactly is the bloated U.S. military/war budget defending?

Racism, Ferguson Police

Violence, & Hawai`i

The decision of a grand jury not to indict white Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of 18 year old, unarmed, African American Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO has sparked protests in more than 150 cities throughout the U.S., Hawaii and beyond.

“I don’t think we can take away anything from this decision not to indict other than that it is now officially open season on black folks when it comes to police violence.”

Vince Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights

Racial profiling, disproportionate sentencing, and mass incarceration exist for people of color, throughout the U.S. and Hawaii. Hawaiians are reported to make up roughly 20% of the population but more than 60% of those imprisoned. How come?

Nov. 28thHappy Hawai`i Independence Day!

On Nov. 28, 1843 the British and French governments recognized the Independence of Hawai’i as a nation among the family of nations. It'[s long past due to end the U.S. Occupation of Hawai’i –ongoing since the Bayonet Constitution of 1887, the illegal overthrow of Queen Lili’uokalani in 1893 by U.S. troops and business interests, the fake annexation of Hawai’i in 1898, and Hawai’i becoming a Fake State of the U.S. in 1959.

End Racism, War, & U.S. Occupation!

It’s Time for Justice, Peace & Saving the Planet!

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. 28, 2014 – 688th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

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

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!