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Request for heart-to-heart talk ohana-style with Pohakuloa Commander

Thursday, February 13th, 2020
 
Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
 
 
Loreto V. Borce, Jr.
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Commander
United States Army Garrison, Pohakuloa Training Area
P.O. Box 4607
Hilo, Hawaii 96720-0607                                                                                                                                                                                                 Feb. 12, 2020
 
email loreto.v.borce.mil@mail.mil
 
Aloha Commander Borce,
 
We first met you in front of the PTA main gate when we demonstrated against RIMPAC on June 30, 2018. You introduced us to your wife and agreed to a meeting at a later date.
The three of us had a meeting with you on September 22, 2018 between 11 a.m. to noon on the PTA base. At the meeting you emphasized the local roots of both yourself and your wife. You said that you were born on Oahu in Kalihi. Because you are local you wanted our relationship to be transparent and ohana-style. At that meeting we requested four things that we felt were doable:
  1. You as commander would provide our organization a tour of PTA similar to that provided the Chamber of Commerce..
  2. As discussed with your predecessor, Commander Marquez, you would produce a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) for annual Makahiki opening and closing ceremonies and visits to cultural and religious sites on PTA.
  3. As a show of good faith you as Commander would NOT have school children visit PTA for Earth day events until there is comprehensive independent testing and monitoring for DU oxide. And
  4. You as Commander would have community meetings with the public to share what you are able to do and not do.
In the year and a half since that meeting not one of these four doable points have been accomplished.
We ask for a heart-to-heart talk ohana-style to be held with the public on Coconut Island in Hilo (previously a Pu`uhonua) on Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Saturday closest to the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day) [It will have been 22 months since you first met us and emphasized doing things ohana-style!]
 
Mahalo.
 
Jim Albertini,
Ronald Fujiyoshi
Danny Li
 
 
P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

New Nukes & Increasing risk of Nuclear War

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Risk of Nuclear War Rises 

Trump Deploys New Low Yield Nukes

          “We have all these Nuclear Weapons, why can’t we use them?” Donald Trump

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     Trident Nuclear submarine     

                        

                                                                                             Trident Nuclear Missile being fired

      There is a real danger in putting nuclear weapons in anyone’s hands, but especially Donald Trump’s hands. This new low yield nuclear weapon is especially dangerous because of increasing tensions with Iran, North Korea, etc. To many, a low yield nuclear weapon is a usable nuke, especially against a non-nuclear country. Against a nuclear power such use risks a rapid escalation to an all out global nuclear war.

      Where are the voices of presidential candidates speaking out against nuclear weapons, and especially about this most recent deployment of the new USABLE NUKES?

      The W-76-2 nuclear warhead (5 kilotons) is about 1/3 the size of the US atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. The W-76-2, along with the 90-kiloton W76 warhead and the 475-kiloton W88 warhead, is now deployed on US Trident submarines. It’s the first new nuclear weapon deployed since the end of the Cold War. On Capitol Hill, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith said: “This destabilizing deployment further increases the potential for miscalculation during a crisis.” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said: “the United States is actually lowering the nuclear threshold and that they are conceding the possibility of them waging a limited nuclear war and winning this war. This is extremely alarming.

      William Arkin, a longtime reporter who focuses on military and nuclear policy broke the story about the deployment of the new low-yield nuclear weapon in an article he co-wrote for the Federation of American Scientists. He also wrote the cover story for Newsweek, which is headlined “With a New Weapon in Donald Trump’s Hands, the Iran Crisis Risks Going Nuclear.”

      For more information see: https://truthout.org/video/risk-of-nuclear-war-rises-as-u-s-deploys-new-nuke-for-first-time-since-cold-war/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=9bf82710-05f8-463e-a0b9-b0608eb22996  Also https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-deploys-new-low-yield-nuclear-submarine-warhead/5702872

Despite Everything — Happy Valentine’s

Day!

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

Feb. 14, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 959 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Inside the Two Minute Doomsday Warning Jan. 31, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

     2020 Doomsday Clock         

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Inside the two minute warning

      On January 23, 2020, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, whose Board of Sponsors includes 13 Nobel Laureates moved the hands of its famous Doomsday Clock to  100 seconds to midnight.  It’s the  closest the hands have ever been to Doomsday since the clock was created in 1947.                       

      The Bulletin says “humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change—that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society’s ability to respond. The international security situation is dire, not just because these threats exist, but because world leaders have allowed the international political infrastructure for managing them to erode.

      “In the nuclear realm, national leaders have ended or undermined several major arms control treaties and negotiations during the last year, creating an environment conducive to a renewed nuclear arms race, to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and to lowered barriers to nuclear war. Political conflicts regarding nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea remain unresolved and are, if anything, worsening. US-Russia cooperation on arms control and disarmament is all but nonexistent.

      “Public awareness of the climate crisis grew over the course of 2019, largely because of mass protests by young people around the world. Just the same, governmental action on climate change still falls far short of meeting the challenge at hand. At UN climate meetings last year, national delegates made fine speeches but put forward few concrete plans to further limit the carbon dioxide emissions that are disrupting Earth’s climate. This limited political response came during a year when the effects of manmade climate change were manifested by one of the warmest years on record, extensive wildfires, and quicker-than-expected melting of glacial ice. .. “

See the full Bulletin article here: https://thebulletin.org/doomsday-clock/current-time#clock-timeline

The World Needs to Respond Now!

Before it’s too late!

Prevent Nuclear & Climate Global Catastrophe!

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

Jan. 31, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 957 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Back from the Brink of Nuclear War Jan. 17, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
BACK FROM THE BRINK

OF NUCLEAR WAR!

Jan. 13th marked the  2ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALSE EMERGENCY NUCLEAR ALERT about an incoming nuclear missile to Hawaii that caused mass panic.

The article below –“Back from the Brink” speaks to the danger of nuclear war and notes resolutions already passed by dozens of cities including Honolulu, Philadelphia, LA, etc. We need your support. Urge the Hawaii County Council and Councils throughout the U.S. to pass a similar resolution.

                     https://truthout.org/articles/cities-in-the-crosshairs-are-pushing-back-against-nuclea

Support 5 basic points:

1. No first use of nukes

                2.  Restrict presidential authority to launch nukes         

3.  Nukes off hair trigger alert

4. Cancel modernization of nukes

5. Work for total nuclear disarmament

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      The 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), located in the center of Hawaii island, is used as a training ground for nuclear war. Three B-2 strategic nuclear bombers are deployed from joint base Pearl Harbor – Hickam on Oahu and train at Pohakuloa.  B-2 and B-52 strategic bombers fly from Louisiana, Missouri, and Guam to also practice nuclear bombing runs at Pohakuloa. Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation contamination at PTA is due to the training with the Davy Crockett nuclear weapon system spotting rounds dating back to the 1960s. 

      Hawaii County was the first municipality in the US to pass a law declaring itself a Nuclear-Free Zone in 1981. Today, hundreds of other municipalities have followed Hawaii County’s example. Hawaii County also passed resolution 639-08 by a vote of 8-1 in July 2008 calling for an end to all live-fire at Pohakuloa until there was a complete independent assessment and clean up of the Depleted Uranium (DU) contamination at PTA.  To date, this has not been done nor any of the other 7 actions called for in that resolution.

      Today, our world is facing existential threats from climate catastrophe and nuclear war.  Let us find ways to stand up, speak out, and take positive action now.  We all know there is such a thing as being too late! 

Stop Bombing Pohakuloa!  Shut Down PTA!

Clean Up the Military Mess Here and Everywhere!

Make the World Nuclear-Free!

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

Jan. 17, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 955 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Jan. 17 also marks the 127th anniversary of the illegal overthrow of the

independent nation of Hawaii by the U.S. in 1893, and the continued illegal military occupation ever since.  No lie can live forever!

Back from the Brink of Nuclear War

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Yesterday was the  2ND ANNIVERSARY OF the EMERGENCY NUCLEAR ALERT.about an incoming nuclear missile to Hawaii.

Urge Hawaii County Council to pass Resolution “Back from the Brink of Nuclear war.”
Support 5 basic points:
1. No first use of nukes
2. Restrict presidential authority to launch nukes
3. Nukes off hair trigger alert
4. Cancel modernization of nukes
5. Work for total nuclear disarmament

Remember, the Big island is a training ground for nuclear war. B-2 and B-52 strategic nuclear bombers practice bombing at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) and Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation contamination at PTA first resulted from the nuclear weapon system Davey Crockett DU spotting rounds fired in the 1960s.
Stop Bombing Pohakuloa! Shut Down PTA! And Clean up the military mess there.

article on “Back from the Brink” resolution passed by dozens of cities including Honolulu, Philadelphia, etc.

Cities in the Crosshairs Are Pushing Back Against Nuclear Weapons