At Home & Abroad!
U.S. AC-130H Spectre gunship/bomber destroyed Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan killing 22 and wounding 37. For more details on this Oct. 3, 2015 U.S. war crime see http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43050.htm http://www.countercurrents.org/kelly061015.htm
The U.S. has bombed seven countries in recent years – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen killing an estimated 4 million Muslims and creating widespread chaos in the region, including waves of refugees.
The Oregon college shooting is the 45th school shooting in the US for this year alone, and the 142nd since the attack at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012. Overall, there have been 994 U.S. mass shootings in the last 1,004 days. See a powerful graphic of these killings here: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/oct/02/mass-shootings-america-gun-violence?CMP=fb_gu
President Obama said “Our thoughts and prayers are not enough” before asking, once again, for voters to demand changes to the nation’s gun laws while he continues to bomb 7 countries. I would say, thoughts and prayers, and changes to US gun laws are not enough either. The US needs to end it’s addiction to violence, including war. You can’t keep invading country after country, dropping bombs, initiating regime changes, transforming local police into para-military units gunning down people in our streets, and not expect such violence to be repeated in our schools, churches, etc. The chickens are coming home to roost. Violence is as American as apple pie.
As individuals, communities, and nations, we need to embrace nonviolence. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said decades ago in very prophetic words: “It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.”
STOP THE WARS! STOP THE KILLING!
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:firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.malu-aina.org
Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Oct. 9, 2015 – 733rd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office