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Alternatives to Building a New prison

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Ohana Ho’opakele (Family Rescue)
A Hawaiian Holistic Alternative to Prisons

P.O. Box 5530
Hilo, Hawai’i 96720
(808) 959-9775
OhanaHoopakele@gmail.com

February 5, 2016 For Viewpoint consideration.

Stop the Prison-Bed Business

 

Before the State of Hawaii attempts to embark on fast tracking the building of a $485 million new prison without broad and transparent community discussion and without even an Environmental Impact Assessment or Statement, there are actions that we in Ohana Ho’opakele propose that Governor David Ige and the the State legislature take.

  1. Follow the Federal and many state examples of reviewing disproportionately long prison sentences and release prisoners in Hawaii who have already served long sentences. The Feds have already released 6,000 prisoners, as many prisoners as Hawaii has locked up today.
  2. Review the disproportionate number of Hawaiians locked up. Dr. RaeDeen Keahiolalo-Karasuda, PhD says that Hawaiians, who make up 20% of the State’s population, represent more than 60% of those imprisoned. Take action to correct this racist disproportionate imprisonment and length of sentences against Hawaiians. (See A Report of the Hawai`i Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, September 2011)
  3. Follow the call of Ohana Ho’opakele and establish modern day Pu’uhonua on all islands as alternative to prisons. Also establish community-based Ho’oponopono centers on all islands to help heal conflicts and resolve small community problems before they turn into major crimes.

The above actions will save the State money, reduce crime, and help heal our communities. 40 years ago the State’s Correctional Master Plan talked about the need for alternatives to prison, but the alternatives were never seriously implemented. Don’t make the same mistake again. Before building another prison, first, take action on the above matters and there will be no need to build a new prison. Hawaiians and the general public taxpayers will all benefit when we stop the prison-bed business. We ask the public to support this effort of alternatives to prison and urge people to contact the Governor and State Legislators. Mahalo and aloha.

 

Palikapu Dedman

President of Ohana Ho’opakele

Why are people so Upset?

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Good article below.  Wall Street’s pathetic worldview.

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/34964-wall-street-worldview-why-are-people-upset

Feb. 5, 2016 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet on War & More War! What the Candidates Will do

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

War & More War!

      While U.S. primary elections have most of the public and media attention, the U.S. is planning massive military escalation and few seem to care or notice. Distraction is the disorder of the day.

What the candidates Will Do!
2016 election bombing What Marco, Jeb, Carly, Chris, etc. will do

     “U.S. troops are going back into Iraq, our presence in Libya is escalating, and Obama has widened the war in Afghanistan – all without much of a public debate” according to Adam Johnson, associate editor at AlterNet. And escalation in Syria too.

See (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44106.htm

      In 2011, the Libya “No Fly Zone” campaign quickly became regime change and the killing of Muammar Qaddafi resulting in total chaos in Libya. Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept noted that Secretary of Sate at the time, Hillary Clinton, sociopathically boasted and laughed about the mob rape and murder of Qaddafi on 60 minutes “We came, we saw, he died.” According to the New York Times, the new war effort in Libya is “expected to include airstrikes and raids by elite American troops.” Who knows how long it will last.

     Today, the escalation of war is all done in the name of fighting ISIL. How convenient for the arms makers – endless war!  According to Johnson’s article, “When the U.S. began its anti-ISIL efforts in August 2014, ISIL was in two countries. Now, after tens of thousands of aerial ordinances have been dropped on two continents, ISIS now has a presence in over 20 countries. The U.S. has even expanded its war in Afghanistan to include ISIS, the White House announced last Thursday. None of the major presidential candidates, including the most progressive member of the U.S. Congress, Bernie Sanders, outwardly opposes the U.S. current anti-ISIL efforts, including the once-unpopular drone program.” So where is the public debate about all this war and more war? And putting an end to war?

What Will We DO?

  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

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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Feb. 5, 2016 – 750th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Report on January 30, 2016 Aloha ‘Aina gathering at Pohakuloa to Stop the Bombing

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Report on January 30, 2016 Aloha ‘Aina gathering at Pohakuloa to Stop the Bombing

Alha Kakou,

Our Aloha ‘Aina gathering today started out with pule and ho’okupu at the Pu’uhuluhulu ahu.  We then proceeded to the main gate area of Pohakuloa (mauka side of the Saddle Rd) for a one hour sign holding vigil.  Several dozen bikers and others were already there as part of the pro-military Gathering of Eagles.  They had only a few signs but lots of American flags, even an Israeli flag.  Military jets and live fire bombing could be heard in the background.

There are 7 photos below. The first 5 are people calling for stopping the bombing at Pohakuloa.  The bottom 2 are those supporting the bombing.  The group “Gathering of Eagles” must monitor our Malu ‘Aina website (www.malu-aina.org) and whenever we have a gathering at Pohakuloa, the Eagles are there to support the U.S. military.   The event was mostly civil with the exception of an “Eagle woman” on a bull horn that some other Eagles refer to as “The Screaming Eagle” who hurled a few insults across the highway.

Our Aloha ‘Aina gathering concluded at noon with some prayers and chants facing Mauna Kea.  As we left, we waved and exchanged words of aloha with some of the Eagles.  We appreciate the good will of those Eagles who respect the right to disagree. Those of our group that could were headed to the hale near the Mauna Kea visitors center for a meeting to discuss future strategy to protect Mauna Kea.

We took this action today to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the landing by 9 Hawaiians in Jan. 1976 to occupy the Island of Kaho’olawe in a call to Stop the bombing there.  It was the birth of a movement.  It took more than a decade, the loss of 2 lives –George Helm and Kimo Mitchell, and the imprisonment of others but the bombing was eventually stopped.  The action of the Kaho’olawe 9 and others inspire our actions today to Stop the Bombing of  Pohakuloa.
Jim Albertini

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Kapu ‘Aloha! Nonviolence Guidelines

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Kapu Aloha!  Nonviolence Guidelines!

Mahalo for joining today’s gathering for Aloha ‘Aina, justice and peace.

1. Please maintain a spirit of Kapu aloha –nonviolence, openness, and good will toward all we encounter. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

2. Please show respect to all people –even those who strongly oppose us and that for which we stand. Ignore any inflammatory remarks, jeers, insults, or other verbal abuse from opponents. Please do not return insults for insults, anger for anger, hate for hate. Keep a pono spirit, centered in Kapu Aloha.

3. Avoid hostile language, slogans and gestures. We will use no violence, verbal or physical, toward any person. Please keep children under close supervision and be safety conscious of traffic at all times.

Mahalo. Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org