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Remembering the 1954 U.S. Nuclear Blast named Bravo at Bikini, Marshall Islands

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Remembering the 1954 U.S. Nuclear Blast named Bravo at Bikini, Marshall Islands

You are cordially invited to attend:

 The Bravo Test Remembrance Worship Event

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Sanctuary, Hilo First Born Temple

181 Oio St. Hilo, Hawaii (Behind the Hilo Shopping Center)

On March 1, 1954 the U.S. government tested Bravo, a hydrogen bomb on Bikini atoll in the Marshall Islands. The test proved to be 1,000 times stronger than the Hiroshima A-bomb. The Bravo test was just one of 67 nuclear tests done at Bikini and Enewetak from 1946 to 1958.

The Bravo test Remembrance Worship Event, the 64th anniversary of the Bravo test, is the fourth to be held in Hilo. The agenda will include: 1) Service of Remembrance, 2) “Nuclear Savage” DVD, 3) Testimonies representing Bikini, Rongelap and Utrik atolls, and 4) a medical report of the present situation of Micronesians in Hawaii.

Planners of the event are Rev. Maize Luke of the Hilo Marshallese Assembly of God, Rev. Roney Joel of the Hilo Marshallese Ministry, Rev. Glann Lokebol of the Marshallese Full Gospel Church, Mr. Ronald Fujiyoshi and Carmina Alik Hilo Marshallese Community President.

For more information, contact Ronald Fujiyoshi at 808-959-9775 or email: ronsan2224@aol.com

Bring your friends with you to learn of the injustices of the past, why Marshallese are in Hawaii in growing numbers and the effects of nuclear radiation. An offering will be taken. You are invited to contribute some food to be shared with all after the official part of the event.

Make Hawaii & the Pacific Nuclear-Free & Independent

Historic “Golden Rule” Anti-nuke sailboat to visit Hawaii

Saturday, February 10th, 2018
The Vets for Peace anti-nuke historic sailboat The Golden Rule which attempted to sail from Honolulu to the atomic test site in the Marshall Islands in 1958 is being sailed to Hawaii in late spring/early summer 2018!!  It will go on to the Marshall Islands, Guam, Okinawa and Japan–arriving there in 2020.

Vets for Peace renovated the sailboat and has been sailing it on educational missions along the West Coast for the past two years.  
http://www.vfpgoldenruleproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/grdecember2017websitepdf.pdf
 
 

 
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The Golden Rule in Honolulu 1958
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Golden Rule in San Diego 2017
 
The GOLDEN RULE historic anti-nuclear sailing ship RETURNS TO HAWAII!
 
JOIN Veterans for Peace National President Gerry Condon at the Honolulu Friends Meeting House on Saturday, February 10 at 5pm for a presentation on the return of the sailing ship to its home in Honolulu in 1958 when its crew of four Quakers attempted to sail from Hawaii into the atomic test site in the Marshall Islands to stop atmospheric nuclear testing.
 
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Gerry Condon, National President of Veterans for Peace

Free Yourself from Bunker mentality! Protest Nuclear weapons & militarism

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

VIDEO: Peace Activist Encourages Attack Siren Protest

http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2018/01/31/video-peace-activist-encourages-attack-siren-protest/

Local & Global Nuclear Casualties

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

An Hawaiian Uncounted U.S. Nuclear

Testing Casualty

Written by (MS), a dear Hawaiian friend of Malu ‘Aina who wishes to remain anonymous

      Between 1946 and 1963, while the United States tested nuclear bombs in the Pacific, hundreds of civilian construction workers were lured to such places as Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands in the western Pacific and Johnston atoll located 850 miles southwest of Honolulu with the promise of high wages in a safe working environment. Among those, in the 1960s, was my brother-in-law. In his thirties, married, father of young children, he went down with a group from Hawai’i. His goal was to earn enough to build a nice house where his children would “never have to be ashamed to bring their friends home.”

      There was little recreation available, and some workers blew their big money on drinking and gambling, nut he and his companions resolutely saved their pay for their families back home. Instead, they enjoyed the simple pleasures of fishing. They were allowed to fish, but they had been told not to eat what they caught. That made no sense to the Hawaiians. They spent their leisure time fishing, cooking on the beach, and eating together.

      After his first year, my brother-in-law came home proudly, with enough money saved to build the outside shell of his house. Friends and family helped raise the structure, and he moved in with his wife and children. He was happy, even when we teased him about the strange blisters on his face. They had been diagnosed by the doctor down there as “sunburn.” Not to worry. “What kind Hawaiian you?” we teased. “How come you get sunburn?”

      He signed up for another year, then returned home again with enough money to complete the interior of his house. He looked tired, and he had lost a lot of weight. One sister-in-law and I looked at each other with concern. “He doesn’t look good. And remember that rash he had last time! You think he get radiation sickness?” We refrained from worrying the rest of the family with our suspicions, but quietly urged him not to go back. He brushed us off. “One more time. Gotta get furniture for my kids.”

      After his third year he came home skin and bones. Barely abler to walk. Now it was obvious to the rest of the family what we had suspected. Shocked by his appearance, frightened, then angry about the doctor’s “sunburn” diagnosis, they took him to a “good” doctor, who confirmed our fears. Radiation sickness, Leukemia.

      He died a few months later in the nice house with the nice furniture, his family around him, having given them his best. Two of us tried to persuade his widow to file a complaint. To demand compensation. Anything! But she would not. Bitterly, she said, “for what? That’s not gonna bring him back?” Generations of subjugation had taught her that “making waves” only brought trouble back on one’s self. To challenge the United States nuclear program was beyond her capability, and she implored us not to make waves.

      Later, we learned that one of my brother-in-law’s fellow workers on Eniwetok had also died of leukemia. We never heard of any others, but we wondered…. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been sickened or killed over the years as a result of America’s nuclear testing. How many cases remain uncounted because they were never documented as such? How many more will occur?

Global Nuclear Casualties

(The late Dr. Rosalie Bertell, PhD, epidemiologist, cancer research scientist, Catholic nun, author, and known worldwide for her work on the effects of ionizing radiation, estimated that as of 2012, a billion and a half people have died world wide due to radiation from the industrial development of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy.)

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
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Feb. 2, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 854th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

“This is NOT A Drill”

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Evict the U.S. Military!

Abolish Nuclear Weapons!

The Only Shelter is Justice, Peace & Malama Honua!

      The recent false missile attack on Hawai’i should be a wake up call, not for more military presence in Hawaii but for Freeing Hawai’i from U.S. military occupation. The over 100 U.S. military installations in Hawai’i make Hawai’i and its people (residents and visitors alike) the bulls-eye of any confrontation between other countries and the U.S. And the U.S. empire is poking and trying to exploit resources in more and more countries around the world. No wonder some countries are beginning to poke back.

      The scientific genius, Albert Einstein, said many years ago that there is NO defense against nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons have made our world defenseless. The only real defense against nuclear weapons is to stop building them and abolish the ones that already exist. Wise leaders have come to the conclusion that we cannot bomb our way to peace. Violence begets violence, and in a nuclear world that can result in global destruction and an end to civilization as we know it. That’s why in July 2017 the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly (122 to one) to abolish nuclear weapons. Instead of joining that effort, the U.S. is planning on spending a $trillion dollars on its nuclear arsenal over the coming decades. It is up to each one of us to let our voices be heard. No More Nukes! No more War! Earth’s future hangs in the balance and future generations are counting on us to to act now for peace and sanity.

      Help Hawai’i once again become a symbol of world peace, a neutral nation, a nuclear-free and independent restored Hawai’i nation.

THIS IS NOT A DRILL”

Join the grassroots people’s response to the growing threat of nuclear destruction. Protest the monthly Nuclear Attack Siren Tests.

The Next Siren Scare Test is — Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018

Wherever you are, come out into a visible public place, in your neighborhood, along a public roadway, etc. and hold a sign for 15-30 minutes from 11:30-12 noon on the day of the Nuclear Attack Siren Scare Test which blasts at 11:45 AM. Sign suggestions include: No Nukes, No War, No Need Sirens, The Only Shelter is Peace. There is no place to hide. We are all in this together.

U.S. Out! Free Hawai’i Now!

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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January 26, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 853rd week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office