Time to Down Size the Military
Meetings have been taking place on Oahu about possible troop reductions in Hawaii. Many of Hawaii politicians have been groveling for the military to stay at full strength. Honolulu Mayor Kurt Caldwell said: “We love what you do.” U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, State Senator Gil Kahele, etc. echoed similar concerns. Little or nothing from the politicians about the military mess of polluted lands and unexploded ordnance that needs to be cleaned up, nor the burden placed on affordable housing and schools, etc. due to the large presence of U.S. military troops in Hawaii. The groveling politicians were pathetic and disgusting. Only sovereignty activists and grass roots community people spoke in support of military down sizing; about the ongoing illegal U.S. military occupation of Hawaii and the military involvement in the illegal overthrow of Queen Lili’uokalani in 1893 to benefit the sugar interests, and the continuing down side costs of the U.S. military presence in Hawaii.
The Army has decided to remove hundreds of Stryker Vehicles (19-ton wheeled tanks) from Hawaii. That’s a good thing. These Strykers destroyed aina at Schofield, Makua, Pohakuloa, etc. Good riddance to them, but there is a lot more to go. Below is just one example.
The U.S. military is the world’s largest consumer of oil and largest emitter of CO2 causing climate change. It’s time we put an end to war and redirect funds from destroying people and the planet to more positive pursuits. I’m sure you can add to the list above where tax dollars could be used more wisely. All Hawaii and the world stand together!
End War! Save the Planet!
- 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 (July 24, 2015 – 722nd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office