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Oppose Private Prisons Coming to Hawaii

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

ATTENTION!  Hearing for SCR 120 (Private prisons coming to Hawaii) has been set for Thursday, Apr. 24th at 3:45 PM.  Send in testimony by Wed., at 3:45 pm! OPPOSING SCR120 Mahalo!

My testimony is below.
Jim Albertini
Rep. Henry J.C. Aquino, Chair
Rep. Kaniela Ing, Vice Chair
Rep. Sharon E. Har
Rep. Roy M. Takumi
Rep. Linda Ichiyama
Rep. Ryan I. Yamane
Rep. Mark M. Nakashima
Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita
Rep. Gregg Takayama
Rep. Bob McDermott
NOTICE OF HEARING
DATE:
Thursday, April 24, 2014
TIME:
3:45 PM
PLACE:
Conference Room 312
State Capitol
415 South Beretania Street
A G E N D A
REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR TO EXPLORE A COMPETITIVELY PROCURED PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT FOR A NEW SYSTEM OF CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES THAT MAY INCLUDE REENTRY CENTERS, REPORTING CENTERS, TREATMENT CENTERS, PRISONS, JAILS, AND HALFWAY HOMES, TO BE OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE STATE AND ITS COUNTIES.
PBS
DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

SCR120
Submitted on: 4/22/2014
Testimony for PBS on Apr 24, 2014 15:45PM in Conference Room 312

Submitted By Organization Testifier Position Present at Hearing
Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Oppose No

Comments: Aloha Legislators, Our organization strongly opposes SCR 120 and the move to bring private prison corporations to Hawaii to profit off the backs and misery of Native Hawaiians who make up more than 60% of Hawaii prisoners. In 1970, Hawaii had less than 1000 people locked up statewide. Today it’s nearly 6,000. That’s nearly a 6 fold increase when the population has not even doubled. Something is very wrong. Hawaii already has more than enough prison bed space to confine those who are a danger to the community. It’s time we move in a different direction, and start reducing, not expanding Hawaii’s prison population. Private prisons are not interested in reducing prison populations. They want expansion of prisoners and profits. Our organization supports Ohana Ho’opakele’s constructive call for Pu’uhonua or wellness centers, places of healing, on every island, instead of building new prisons to keep locking up more Hawaiians. Pu’uhonua is a traditional Hawaiian right guaranteed under Article 12, Section 7 of the State Constitution. Ho’oponopono is the process of making right and healing individuals, families and our communities. Our organization echos Ohana Ho’opakele’s call: “No More Prisons –public or private! Defeat SCR 120. Pu’uhonua is the way to go.” Mahalo. Jim Albertini, president of Malu ‘Aina

If you would like to send testimony, please go to:  www.capitol.hawaii.gov

  • Sign in at the top.
  • Click on the “Submit Testimony” icon.
  • Type the Bill number in the box and click on “Submit.”
  • Click on “support” or “oppose”
  • Click on “Individual” (unless you are a bonafide Organization)
  • Add comments if you wish or attach written testimony from your browser Click on “Next”
  • Check small box at the bottom
  • Press Submit again and you will get a “Successful” message
  • A copy of your testimony will be emailed back to you.

 

Join the “March for Aloha ‘Aina” Sat. in Hilo

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Aloha Peace Ohana,
The March for Aloha Aina in the Merrie Monarch parade this Saturday is an important event to link struggles — Respect for Mauna Kea, GMO-Free Hawaii, Let Pele Be, Go Solar, Aloha Aina Pohakuloa, Feed the People, etc. etc.  Please mobilize people to join.  Bring positive signs.  Talk to Craig Neff (number below) if more information is needed.
Mahalo and solidarity,
Jim

Aloha Peace Ohana,
Below is an email from March organizers  about the “March for Aloha ‘Aina.”  Please pass the word and join this important solidarity action to take care of the land and one another
Mahalo.
Jim Albertini

Aloha e ‘ohana:)

Date: Saturday, 4/26/14
Location: Merrie Monarch Parade
Time: 9:30am at King Kamehameha Statue
Attire: Green colored shirt/clothing
Signs: Positive Aloha ‘Aina
For more information contact: Craig Neff (808) 934-7171

Let’s all stand in solidarity FOR Aloha ‘Aina!

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

Campaign Non-violence –End war, poverty, and climate crisis

Monday, April 21st, 2014
April 15, 2014
Dear Wally ,
Just released! A brand-new Campaign Nonviolence video.
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What does Good Friday mean to you?

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Good Friday 2014

Modern Day

Crucifixion –

Drone Wars, Special Ops – Assassination Squads, Economic Exploitation at Home and Abroad, and the Destruction of Earth’s Environment?

      Good Friday marks the day Jesus was executed by the Roman Empire for the crime of sedition –stirring up the people in Roman occupied Palestine. In Jesus’ time, for the Occupier and Occupied, crucifixion was up front and very personal. Troublemakers were rounded up, tortured, and executed in public places in an attempt to deter others from stirring up further trouble for the empire. Put simply, crucifixion was meant to terrorize and control an occupied people.

     The U.S. is today’s global empire with a very slick propaganda machine to disguise its wars of conquest as humanitarian missions in the name of “freedom and democracy.” It’s crucifying power operates on a much wider scale than the Roman Empire and is more stealth. It uses killer drones named “Predators and Reapers,” and a growing number of covert hit squads in an endless war for control of resources under the cover of “fighting terrorism.” Empire defines a “Terrorist” as anyone who resists domination by modern day moneychangers called bankers and multinational corporations.

Where Are Today’s Christians and People of Faith?

      After centuries of crucifying Christians, the Roman Empire learned the art of co-opting people. It made Christianity the official religion of the empire, put the cross on imperial shields, and got Christians marching off to fight imperial wars. Today, instead of standing in non-violent resistance to the crimes of empire, many Christians, and other people of faith, have again been co-opted, or have compromised and made accommodation to the imperial order. Where are the voices speaking out and standing up for peace, justice, and the earth? How many churches, temples, etc. are speaking out publicly to cut funding of the national security state and redirect spending to education, the environment, health care and other human needs including military clean up instead of build up in Hawaii? And what about the ongoing illegal U.S. occupation of the Nation of Hawaii?

Mark Your Calendars!

Saturday, April 26, 2014 Merrie Monarch Parade –March for Aloha ‘Aina. Meet at the Hilo King Kamehameha statue 9:30AM

Wear Green Colored Shirt/Attaire! 

Bring Positive -Aloha ‘Aina Signs!

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.
Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622Email ja@malu-aina.org   http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (April 18, 2014 –656th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD to speak on GMOs at UHH Sat. evening

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Dr. Lorrin Pang has been
Featured in several movies about
GMOs in Hawaii, including
 ”Islands at Risk” and “Round Up
Ready Nation” 

Dr. Pang will be giving a presentation on the risks of 
GMO’s and pesticides followed by a lively discussion.
 Saturday, April 19th at 7pm  at 
UH Science and Technology Building (STB), room 108
(on Lanikaula St. across from Church of the Holy Cross)

Dr. Lorrin Pang is one of most qualified persons in the state to talk about
the subject.  He is an M.D.
 A Medical Researcher & Genetic
Expert, A Health Officer for
Maui County and a Health Dept.
Consultant- World Health
Organization (WHO). 
 Spread the word- 
Aloha!