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Appeal for peace movement renewed energy! Join the weekly vigil

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Aloha Peace Ohana,

Please join the Friday Hilo Peace Vigil 3:30-5PM at the downtown Post Office

This is a very critical time for exercising a voice for peace. Please consider joining the Friday Hilo peace vigil at the downtown Federal Building (Post Office) held from 3:30-5PM every Friday.  Come for a few minutes or the entire vigil.  Senior citizens bring a chair to sit in the shade.  Be sure to sign up on the Malu ‘Aina website (www.malu-aina.org) to receive our new weekly Peace leaflet.  This week’s leaflet is below.  Support for the Iran Nuclear Agreement is needed to counter a right wing push to defeat it.  With actions in the Ukraine and elsewhere, the U.S. is clearly trying to destabilize (regime change) Russia and the military escalation (pivot in the pacific) with new bases at Jeju Island in Korea, etc. is aimed squarely at China.  Not to mention the increasing chaos in the mideast with U.S. military actions taking place in several countries and the ongoing military contamination mess right here at Pohakuloa.

With the increasing threat of nuclear war due to global instability and the increasing catastrophic consequences of climate disaster, there is a need for a voice for justice, peace, and the earth like never before.  Please join in this effort and find a way to speak out.

Mahalo and solidarity.
Jim Albertini
Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org www.malu-aina.org

U.S. Military Arrogance is Hard to Top!

Army wants Categorical Exclusion from Radiation Monitoring

and Clean Up at Military Sites

      The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently announced that the Army wants a “Categorical Exclusion” (CATX) to the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements for its use of Depleted Uranium (DU) on military bases, including Pohakuloa and other sites in Hawaii. In short, the military does not want to do any air, water, or soil sampling or monitoring to determine the full extent of the radiation contamination, nor does it want to do any clean up. In fact it wants to continue to conduct high explosive training (bombing, shelling, etc.) in areas known to be contaminated.  Such blatant disregard for the health and safety of its own troops and the surrounding civilian residential communities, and visitors to Hawaii, is hard to top.

      DU was first used in Hawaii beginning in the early 1960s with a spotting round for the nuclear weapons system known as “Davy Crockett.” More than 2000 DU spotting rounds may have been fired at Pohakuloa alone. Others were fired at Schofield Barracks, and possibly Makua Valley on Oahu. The U.S. also fired Davy Crockett DU spotting rounds in 13 other states and 3 foreign countries. Today DU is used in a wide variety of weapons for armor piercing and bunker busting. It was used by the U.S. in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and possibly other countries. It results in radiation contamination that is long lived. DU has a half life of 4.5 billion years. It’s health hazard is mainly from inhalation of small dust particles that can lodge in the lungs and get into the lymph system causing cancer and other health problems.

      In 2008 the Hawaii County Council passed resolution 639-08 by a vote of 8 to 1 which called for stopping all live fire at Pohakuloa and clean up of the DU present at Pohakuloa. The military has ignored the Council’s voice. State and Congressional legislators have done little or nothing to take on this issue to protect public health. So it’s business as usual.

      Clarence Kūkauakahi Ching and Mary Maxine Kahaulelio have filed suit against the State of Hawaii for it’s failure to protect public trust lands leased to the military at Pohakuloa, The case is pending and the military is trying to renegotiate a long term lease of lands at Pohakuloa beyond the current lease expiration of 2029. In total, the military controls 133,000-acres of land at Pohakuloa and fires upwards of 14 million live rounds annually there according to military documents.

      It’s time for action at all levels –grassroots people power, county, state and federal, to stop the bombing. Enough is enough. No more destruction and desecration. Cancel the military lease. Military clean-up not build up needs to happen. Return the land to the Hawaiian people and the Hawaii nation.

Aloha ‘Aina! Stop the Bombing!

For Justice, Peace, and 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

Phone (808) 966-7622. Email: ja@malu-aina.org

Sign up on our website to receive our posts  http://www.malu-aina.org/

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Aug. 28, 2015 – 727th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

U.S. Military Arrogance at Pohakuloa, etc.

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

U.S. Military Arrogance is Hard to Top!

Army wants Categorical Exclusion from Radiation Monitoring

and Clean Up at Military Sites

      The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently announced that the Army wants a “Categorical Exclusion” (CATX) to the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements for its use of Depleted Uranium (DU) on military bases, including Pohakuloa and other sites in Hawaii. In short, the military does not want to do any air, water, or soil sampling or monitoring to determine the full extent of the radiation contamination, nor does it want to do any clean up. In fact it wants to continue to conduct high explosive training (bombing, shelling, etc.) in areas known to be contaminated.  Such blatant disregard for the health and safety of its own troops and the surrounding civilian residential communities, and visitors to Hawaii, is hard to top.

      DU was first used in Hawaii beginning in the early 1960s with a spotting round for the nuclear weapons system known as “Davy Crockett.” More than 2000 DU spotting rounds may have been fired at Pohakuloa alone. Others were fired at Schofield Barracks, and possibly Makua Valley on Oahu. The U.S. also fired Davy Crockett DU spotting rounds in 13 other states and 3 foreign countries. Today DU is used in a wide variety of weapons for armor piercing and bunker busting. It was used by the U.S. in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and possibly other countries. It results in radiation contamination that is long lived. DU has a half life of 4.5 billion years. It’s health hazard is mainly from inhalation of small dust particles that can lodge in the lungs and get into the lymph system causing cancer and other health problems.

      In 2008 the Hawaii County Council passed resolution 639-08 by a vote of 8 to 1 which called for stopping all live fire at Pohakuloa and clean up of the DU present at Pohakuloa. The military has ignored the Council’s voice. State and Congressional legislators have done little or nothing to take on this issue to protect public health. So it’s business as usual.

      Clarence Kūkauakahi Ching and Mary Maxine Kahaulelio have filed suit against the State of Hawaii for it’s failure to protect public trust lands leased to the military at Pohakuloa, The case is pending and the military is trying to renegotiate a long term lease of lands at Pohakuloa beyond the current lease expiration of 2029. In total, the military controls 133,000-acres of land at Pohakuloa and fires upwards of 14 million live rounds annually there according to military documents.

      It’s time for action at all levels –grassroots people power, county, state and federal, to stop the bombing. Enough is enough. No more destruction and desecration. Cancel the military lease. Military clean-up not build up needs to happen. Return the land to the Hawaiian people and the Hawaii nation.

Aloha ‘Aina! Stop the Bombing!

For Justice, Peace, and 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

Phone (808) 966-7622. Email: ja@malu-aina.org

Sign up on our website to receive our posts  http://www.malu-aina.org/

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Aug. 28, 2015 – 727th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Aug. 21, 2015 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet on standing firm

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Aloha ‘Aina!

For Justice, Peace,

and the Planet!
standing firm

Respect the Sacred!

Protect Mauna Kea & Pohakuloa!

No TMT! Stop the Bombing!

Live Aloha!

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
Sign up on our website
to receive our posts  http://www.malu-aina.org/

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Aug. 21, 2015 – 726th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Pohakuloa lease issues on BLRN agenda

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Item D.7 on the August 14, 2015, BLNR agenda
kuulei.n.moses@hawaii.gov

Dear Land Board,

This is a supplement to my previous testimony in support of the lawsuit by Ku Ching and Maxine Kahaulelio.  Attached are copies of the map (2 pages) of 57 known military sites on Hawaii Island that should be considered military hazard areas and in need of clean up.  The last thing we need is for the BLNR to extend the lease at Pohakuloa to the military. Don’t extend the military lease at Pohakuloa.  Cancel the existing lease and make the military clean up its rubbish, not do a partial job like on Kaho’olawe and all their other sites.  Make the military clean up not only Pohakuloa, but all other crown and government lands held in trust that they have trashed including the site in the Waiakea Forest reserve (Hilo’s water shed) where the military tested some of the most toxic chemical and biological agents in the US arsenal including deadly Sarin nerve gas –1/50 of a drop kills you.  There are reports from hunters that even after 50 years there are areas where nothing grows as a result of military testing. And there are reports of rusting barrels of the chemical agents left in the area. The military has never been held accountable by the BLNR that leased those public trust lands to the military.  No clean up. No damages, etc. Now even spreading Depleted Uranium radiation around Pohakuloa.  No accountability.  Auwe!

Jim Albertini

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Ban the Bomb! Save the Planet!

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Support Iran Nuke Agreement!

Iran bomb

The U.S., five other world powers (China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany), and Iran, have reached a nuclear agreement which will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The agreement has been approved by the UN. Now the U.S. Congress will vote on whether to approve or derail this historic agreement in September.

War hawks (some of the same ones who brought us the war in Iraq) are planning to spend as much as $40 million on fear-mongering ads, lobbying, and other campaign tactics to bully Congress into sabotaging diplomacy. Don’t buy the baloney!

“Big money and ads clash over Iran nuclear deal,” USA Today, July 22, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305747&id=&id=&t=10&id=128243-21527403-Tcqn4xx&t=1

      A congressional rejection of the Iran Nuclear Agreement could provoke a dangerous confrontation with Russia and China and inflame relations with U.S. allies in Europe and Asia, and possibly worse – WWIII.

US press blacks out Israeli defense minister’s citation of ‘Nagasaki and Hiroshima’ as model for dealing with Iran – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/05/ministers-nagasaki-hiroshima#sthash.KlPTGtRw.dpuf

The U.S., which is the world’s leading military power, and the only nation ever to use nuclear weapons in war, must take the lead toward the elimination of all nuclear weapons and a redirection of military expenditures toward addressing unmet human needs.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/gorbachev-calls-for-nuclear-free-world-on-hiroshima-day-a-1046900.html

Support Diplomacy, Not War!

Ban the Bomb!  Save 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 (Aug. 14, 2015 – 725th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office