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Malu Aina Annual Christmas Appeal

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

Annual Christmas Appeal    

Dear Friends,                                                                                                                           December 2019                                                                                                                                                                         

       Once a year we write to ask for your help to sustain the work of Malu ‘Aina for justice, peace and a living planet.  This year is extra special.  It marks the 40th anniversary of our founding, and the name Malu ‘Aina given by Bernard Punikai’a of Hale Mohalu and Kalaupapa.  For 40 years we have survived as an all volunteer organization and have been very grateful for your donations of support that have made that possible.  From the start we decided not to seek foundation money, corporate money, or government grants to maintain our independence and critical voice on important issues.

      A donation of 21 acres of land from a friend was the seed to start Malu ‘Aina.  Our vision was to start small and stay small, to be a kipuka of resistance, a base rooted in the principle of nonviolence, to learn and share sustainability skills to grow food, build simple structures, live off the grid, and organize for justice, peace and protecting the earth.  We started living in tents, catching rain water and clearing old sugar cane land by hand to plant fruits and vegetables.

      Over time we have built several small structures, still live off the electric grid and use rainwater catchment, planted more than 100 fruit trees and a wide variety of food crops to feed people.  We have served as an emergency food pantry for over 30 years, helping thousands, conducted 948 consecutive weeks and counting of a Hilo Peace vigil at the downtown Post office/Federal Building , writing a new leaflet each week for distribution on the street corner and via the internet, and available on our website www.malu-aina.org.  We continue efforts to stop the bombing and demilitarize Pohakuloa and all Hawaii, and to protect Sacred Mauna Kea from further desecration.  Protecting Mauna Kea is a direct connection to protecting the planet from climate catastrophe.  It all starts with respecting native people’s cultural and religious beliefs and practices.  It means protecting the Sacred.  Sacred before dollars!

     After 40 years, Malu ‘Aina is in transition to a new generation of leadership.  Hopefully, with your continued financial support and solidarity, and the volunteer helping hands of many, the vision of Malu ‘Aina will be carried forward for generations to come.  What is most important is the spirit and mission — to stand in the spirit of nonviolence — Kapu Aloha, and work for a Hawaii and world rooted in justice, peace, and protecting the sacred – mauka to makai –from the mountains to the sea.  Mahalo to all of you for your financial support and helping hands of solidarity in this journey of 40 years and beyond.

With gratitude and aloha,

Jim Albertini

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Donations are tax deductible if checks are made to Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 ‘Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760.  A Pay Pal account (Donate button) has also been set up on our webpage www.malu-aina.org as another convenient way to make donations.  On the website, please click “Subscribe” to receive the Malu ‘Aina weekly peace leaflet and other posts or send me an email ja@malu-aina.org. with a request.  You can also reach us by phone (808) 966-7622.  Mahalo.

Nov. 29, 2019 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet on Grim moment

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

The Current Moment!

The Most Grim Moment in Human History”

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Will organized human society survive?

Two enormous threats –environmental catastrophe and nuclear war

      While many are looking forward to Thanksgiving feasts, Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale specials and shopping till they drop to the tune “Dreaming of a White Christmas,” it’s time to get a sober grip on reality – our planet is being destroyed.

      Native people in Hawaii and around the world have been sounding the alarm to Malama Honua (Take care of the Earth) for a long time.  Our air, land, oceans, rivers, drinking water, etc. have been under attack  The movement to Protect Mauna Kea has been telling us to respect and protect the Sacred.  If we don’t learn this lesson fast, humans will destroy themselves and the planet beyond the point of no return. The movement to Protect Mauna Kea is a microcosm of the movement to Protect the Planet.

      Scholar, writer, and activist, Noam Chomsky, has recently said we are in “the most grim moment in human history.” There is a serious question “will organized human society survive?” Chomsky cited “two enormous threats –environmental catastrophe and nuclear war,” and said this generation faces “unprecedented challenges of cosmic significance.”

      Chomsky labeled Trump a “wrecking ball in the White House” and said the threat of nuclear war under Trump is increasing. For a long time nuclear weapon construction and testing have disproportionately affected indigenous peoples – Navajo and other Native tribes, Marshall Islanders, etc. It is long past time to rid the world of nuclear weapons and begin a healing process for planet earth. This past weekend, even Pope Francis spoke out in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan for the abolition of nuclear weapons and condemned the continued possession and use of such weapons as immoral and crimes against humanity.

      In Hawaii we say live “Kapu Aloha,” a commitment to nonviolence, where the means we use for justice, peace, and protecting the earth, are in line with the ends that we seek. The means and ends must cohere. Nov. 28 in Hawaii is La Ku’o ko’a Day – Hawaii Independence Day when in 1843 Hawaii was welcomed as an independent nation into the family of nations.

      The choice is ours: go with the flow of empire and greed over the cliff of planetary destruction or commit to Kapu Aloha and being part of the solution for a more just, peaceful, livable planet. Never grow weary. The time is urgent!

Never give up!

PS  Remember that Hawaii is the US Indo-Pacific Nuclear Command Center and training ground for Nuclear War.  B-2 strategic nuclear bombers routinely train at Pohakuloa in the center of Hawaii island.

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.

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org

For more information and to receive our posts go to www.malu-aina.org

Nov. 29, 2019 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 948 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Stop Following Orders Nov. 22, 2019 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Stop Following Orders!

World War II Criminal trials justifications for acts of genocide, often was based on “obedience” – that they were just following orders from their superiors.

How could this happen?  Read more about The Milgram Yale University Shock Experiment here

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52576.htm

Make a connection between Militarism, Climate Chaos, and the wisdom of Native People

     Today the U.S. War Machine on behalf of corporate interests is committing Ecocide – the destruction of the natural environment, and Omnicide – the total extinction of the human species as a result of destructive human action. Most commonly it refers to human extinction through nuclear warfare, but it can also refer to such extinction through ecological catastrophe.

Question More! Stand Up and Protect the Sacred!

Silence is Consent!

The world needs Kapu Aloha to survive!

  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 Hawaii and around the world.

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org

For more information and to receive our posts go to www.malu-aina.org

Nov. 22, 2019 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 947 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Article on Plowshares 7

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

Excellent article   Please share widely.  Mahalo. Jim Albertini

Christians vs. Militarists – In Clash of Religions Over Nuclear War, Militarists Win

https://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/59775-rsn-christians-vs-militarists–in-clash-of-religions-over-nuclear-war-militarists-win

Climate Change is Breaking Open America’s Nuclear Tomb in Marshall Islands & other Nuclear horrors at Johnston Island

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

The Marshall Islands say that plutonium is leaking into the Pacific Ocean from the concrete dome the U.S. built to dispose of nuclear waste.  (Also see information below on Johnston Island plutonium contamination, etc.)

During the Cold War, the United States nuked the Marshall Islands 67 times. After it finished nuking the islands, the Pentagon dropped biological weapons on the islands. Once the U.S. was finished, it scooped the irradiated and ruined soil from the islands, poured it into a crater left behind from a nuclear detonation, mixed it all with concrete, and covered the whole thing in a concrete dome. They called it “The Tomb.” According to a report from The Los Angeles Timesclimate change is breaking that dome open. Rising sea levels and temperatures are cracking open The Tomb, threatening to spill nuclear waste into the Pacific Ocean.

The Marshall Islands is a collection of 29 atolls across 1,156 islands. More than 50,000 people live on the islands. From 1946 to 1958, it was a proving ground for America’s nuclear arsenal. On March 1, 1954, the Pentagon conducted Castle Bravo and detonated a 15 megaton thermonuclear warhead over the Bikini Atoll. It was the largest nuclear weapon the U.S. ever detonated.

The fallout from the explosion rained down on the people of the Marshall Islands.

“It was only a matter of two or three years before women on the island started to give birth to things less than human,” a Marshall Islands woman told diplomats on a fact finding mission decades later. Birth defects are so common on the islands that the people have a number of words to describe them, among them marlins, devils, jellyfish children, and grape babies.

The U.S. has largely dismissed its responsibility to the Marshall Islands. It relocated many of its people and claims the cost of relocation and installation of The Tomb at the Enewetak Atoll covers its liability. As sea levels and temperatures rise, however, the Tomb is cracking. As it cracks, water rushes over it, leaching out plutonium and dumping it into the sea.

The U.S. has said The Tomb is now the Marshall Islands’ responsibility.

“I’m like, how can it [the dome] be ours?” Hilda Heine, the president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, told The Los Angeles Times. “We don’t want it. We didn’t build it. The garbage inside is not ours. It’s theirs.”

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JOHNSTON ISLAND QUESTIONS TOO!

And what about Johnston Island located 800 miles south west of Hawaii where 12 nuclear atmospheric tests were conducted.   Two nuclear weapons also blew up on the launch pad contaminating  the island with plutonium.  For years Johnston also was the storage and disposal site for chemical and biological weapons, many of which were incinerated there.  The original size of Johnston island was enlarged by dredging for the harbor there, but it is likely that the island will revert to it’s original size or even smaller as a result of climate change.  The big question is what will happen to all those nuclear, chemical and biological contaminants there that were put in a large hole and simply capped with dirt and a sign placed on the island — “Wildlife Refuge,” before the military abandoned the island.  There were reports that following the plutonium accidents on the launch pad that the plutonium was simply bulldozed into the lagoon  In 2018 Johnston took a direct hit from a hurricane.  I wonder what was washed off the island already with that and other storms and have the currents brought that toxic pollution to Hawaii’s shores and waters.

Below is a study of Plutonium fallout from atmospheric nuclear tests.  Please note that of all the soil samples tested, the soil sample with the highest level of plutonium contamination worldwide was from Papaikou, Hawaii, four miles north of Hilo.  The correlation seems to be the high rainfall bringing the fallout down on the east side of the Hawaiian Islands.  The upper jet stream winds which travel west to east (opposite the trade winds) would have brought the fallout eastward from Johnston to Hawaii.  I would suspect that all the windward sides of the Hawaiian Islands received plutonium fallout from Johnston Island tests in the late 50s and early 60s.  One of the atmospheric nuclear tests done at Johnston in 1962 resulted in street lights on Oahu and phone lines on Kauai being knocked out by the electromagnetic pulse of the atmospheric nuclear blast.

See — Just after 11 p.m. Honolulu time on July 9, 1962 the 1.45-megaton hydrogen bomb was detonated thirteen minutes after launch from Johnston Island. Almost immediately, an electromagnetic pulse knocked out electrical service in Hawaii, nearly 1,000 miles away. Telephone service was disrupted, streetlights were down and burglar alarms were set off by a pulse that was much larger than scientists expected….

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/going-nuclear-over-the-pacific-24428997/#GOqjVoAyVucmqPgw.01

Plutonium Fallout

Hardy, E.P., Krey, P.W. and Volchok, H.L. (February 16, 1973). Global inventory and distribution of fallout plutonium. Nature. 241. pg. 444-445.

The following letter is one of the most important ever published in the British journal Nature, providing baseline data about the dispersal of weapons testing-derived fallout plutonium as well as plutonium isotopes derived from the 1964 satellite accident.  Hardy, et. al. used the reporting unit of mCi/km2.  This can be converted directly to the more understandable (for the layperson) reporting unit of pCi/m2.  Few areas in the northern hemisphere contain less than 1000 pCi/ m2 of fallout 239Pu, 1/2 T 24,240 years.  Even though this fallout is stratospheric rather than tropospheric, the higher values in soils are correlated to some extent with locations having the greatest annual precipitation, as well as mid-latitude locations.  One to four thousand pCi/m2 of fallout 239Pu is the minimum baseline level of plutonium contamination in the northern hemisphere.  More recent research identifies numerous areas with much higher levels of plutonium in soils, see especially the data collected pertaining to the Rocky Flats facility in Colorado.

Below is a scan of page 444 followed by a more readable enlargement of the table.  See RAD 8:5 Anthropogenic radioactivity: Baseline data: Plutonium and Americium for more comments on this article and other information on plutonium fallout.  For more information on this satellite accident, consult RAD 11:9 Anthropogenic radioactivity: Major plume source points: Nuclear Powered Satellite Accidents.