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Friday Peace Vigil will go on

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Aloha Peace Ohana,

In light of the pending tropical storm Darcey, the radiation monitoring planned for the Hilo and Kona sides this weekend (Sat & Sun) is canceled. Friday’s Hilo peace vigil 3:30-5PM at the downtown Post office will go on.

Please pass the word. I hope all will be safe.

Mahalo.

Jim


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

Citizen Radiation Monitoring

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

What’s Blowing in the Wind? 

Leina'ala Sleightholm photo

      Currently, RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) deadly war games by 26 countries are taking place in and around Hawaii that include bombing at the 133,000-acre military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) located in the center of Hawaii Island. Pohakuloa is known to be contaminated with Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation from weapons training there.

    However, no comprehensive independent survey of Pohakuloa has been done to determine the full extent of DU contamination. DU burned by high explosives forms DU oxide particles that can be carried long distances by the wind. When inhaled DU oxide radiation alpha particles can cause cancer, birth defects, and genetic damage for future generations.

     Citizen radiation monitoring over the years have picked up significant spikes around the island well above background radiation. In fact, in 2007 citizen monitors detected high radiation readings at Mauna Kea Park adjacent to Pohakuloa before the military officially confirmed military radiation weapons had been fired at Pohakuloa. For years the military denied even having used DU weapons here in Hawaii.

     The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH), The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Nuclear regulatory Agency (NRC) have not stepped up to do proper surveying and monitoring to protect the health and safety of troops who train at Pohakuloa, and residents and visitors of Hawaii. Even during a recent major brush fire in the Pohakuloa bombing impact area, no one was doing any monitoring to see what was coming off the base in the smoke. This is unacceptable. We want responsible government action and answers to questions about military radiation contamination on Hawaii Island. We want action and answers NOW!  What is blowing in the wind?

Stop Bombing Hawaii!

  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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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (July 22, 2016 – 774th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Upcoming RIMPAC Protests, Radiation Monitoring, and La Hoi Hoi Ea Day

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Aloha kakou,

Here is what came out of Monday night’s  (July 18th) Protest RIMPAC planning meeting at the Keaau Community center.  Please pass the word and join in when you can.

Solidarity,

Jim Albertini

1.  Sign holding to protest RIMPAC 2016 and protect air, land and sea, people, plants and animals.  Wednesday, July 20 and 27th 3-5PM at Hilo airport intersection/Hwy 11  Let’s make RIMPAC 2016 the Last RIMPAC.

2.  Big island Radiation Monitoring  — East Side- Sat. July 23rd

8 AM at scenic point just north of Hilo on Hwy 19.

9:30 AM at Akaka Falls Park

11:30 AM Highway 11 median near Panaewa Zoo

3.  Big island Radiation Monitoring west side Sunday July 24th (those of us coming from east Hawaii meet at Komohana and Saddle Rd at 8AM for car pooling.  We will stop for a short protest   at Pohakuloa main gate around 9AM

10AM  at King’s trail  that crosses entrance road of Waikoloa Resort  near the King’s shops

12 noon at the sea wall in Kailua – Kona near Kailua pier

4.  Sunday, July 31 “La Hoi Hoi Ea — Hawaiian Restoration Day” Protest RIMPAC to Protect Pohakuloa at Pohakuloa main gate 11AM – 12:30 followed by flag ceremony at nearby Mauna Kea   Park.


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

Press Release: July 16, 2016 Press Release on Citizen Radiation Monitoring, free-speech rights, and police action

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

July 16, 2016 Radiation monitoring at Hilo pier

Press Release: July 16, 2016 Press Release on Citizen Radiation Monitoring, free-speech rights, and  police action

New problems with police over Free Speech rights in Hilo

further contact: Jim Albertini 966-7622, email ja@malu-aina.org

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

Less than 24 hours after meeting with Hilo Police Captain Richard Sherlock, assigned by the Chief to discuss free speech issues with us, new problems have arisen. On Friday afternoon Captain Sherlock said that Hawaii Revised Statue 291C-77 protects free speech rights to leaflet. Yet again, on Saturday, July 16, at 11AM another police officer, D. Kenison threatened to cite a person from offering drivers of stopped vehicles in the makai bound left turn lane on Kanoelehua at the Hilo airport intersection traffic light, the identical site affirmed by Captain Sherlock as a site protected for free speech after a threat of arrest by another officer, officer Gouveia on Wednesday, July 13th. I informed officer Kenison of myself and Rev. Ronald Fujiyoshi meeting with Captain Sherlock yesterday and that Captain Sherlock had affirmed our free-speech rights and would be letting all officers know to respect our rights. Apparently the word has yet to go out. to officers. To his credit officer Kenison who threatened arrest had a respectful tone in his conversation with us.

This was not the case a. few hours earlier on Saturday. Four of us in white radiation suits, hard hats and masks with a 3’X8′ “ Radiation Monitoring” sign, clip boards and several radiation monitors where standing on the sidewalk opposite the Hilo Farmers’ Market by Mo’oheau Park. At approximately 8:30AM an unidentified police officer in a white Jeep, license plat ZCJ 215 pulled up to the curb and said in a rough voice “What are you doing here?” We explained that we were monitoring for radiation given that the military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) is known to be contaminated with Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation and there is presently large scale live-fire taking place at PTA as part of RIMPAC 2016. We further explained that high explosives at PTA can turn DU into DU oxide particles which can be carried long distances in the wind and that such small particles are extremely dangerous if inhaled, causing various cancers, birth defects, and genetic damage. We gave the officer an informational leaflet. The officer’s again rough response was “Get that sign off the sidewalk.” The 8 foot long sign was actually perpendicular to the sidewalk with most of the sign on the park grass and only about 12-18 inches on the sidewalk leaving several feet of clear sidewalk for people to pass. Foot traffic on the park side sidewalk where we were standing was very light. Most of the foot traffic was across at the Farmers’ Market. Still, we complied with the officer’s demand but what was disturbing was the tone of his interaction which was harsh, bullying, not respectful and the kind of tone that doesn’t build a sense of police/citizen community, which is sorely need in our society. Frankly I felt harassed by the officer for exercising my free-speech constitutional rights.

After doing an hour of radiation monitoring at the Hilo Farmers’ Market, an hour at Rainbow Falls where we had a lot of good conversations with local residents and visitors from all over the world, we went to Hilo airport to monitor radiation. Carl David of our group decided to stay at the Hwy 11/Airport intersection and hand out leaflets as described above where he was confronted by officer D. Kennison. Three of us road in a pickup truck with the “Radiation Monitoring” sign upright in the bed and did three loops around the airport donut road. On the third trip we were followed by 2 Airport security vehicles and when we pulled into the cell phone parking lot area to lower the sign in preparation for leaving the airport, we were confronted by two Airport Security Police who said we had to leave.. We explained that in fact we were preparing to leave but we believed it was our constitutional right to drive on the public roadway and conduct citizen radiation monitoring, especially in light of RIMPAC bombing at Pohakuloa and the likely spread of radiation in the winds around our island home. I can only assume based on the Airport police statements that had we decided to continue our radiation monitoring at Hilo airport, the Airport Police would have arrested us.

Our last stop of the day for Radiation Monitoring was the entrance to Hilo Harbor, where we stayed for approximately 1 hour. Thankfully we had no encounter with police there. No police passed by.

In summation, for simply doing peaceful citizen radiation monitoring and offering informational leaflets to people about the dangers of Depleted Uranium radiation from ongoing bombing at Pohakuloa, a base known to be contaminated with DU, we had 3 police encounters in 3 hours. Why isn’t our State Department of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Agency doing Radiation Monitoring, an independent survey of the Depleted Uranium present at Pohakuloa and a clean up of the toxins there? After all, the Hawaii County Council passed Resolution 639-08 on July 2, 2008 by a vote of 8-1 that called for stopping all live-fire and any activities at PTA that creates dust, and it called for monitoring and clean up of the DU present at PTA. To date, the live fire continues and the DU has not been cleaned up. And no one is doing monitoring except us. How come? Fortunately the radiation monitoring readings we recorded today were not as high as what we recorded on other occasions. Today, the winds were light. Who knows what will be blowing in the wind tomorrow? We are not going to hold our breath until our government officials do their job. We are going to continue to act for people, plants and animals, for the air, land and sea, and the right to breathe free. Join us! Mahalo.

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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

Radiation monitoring schedule --join if can

Sun. July 17th  (meet at Komohana/Saddle Rd 8AM) 9AM Mauna Kea Park (near

Pohakuloa), 10AM Waikoloa Village, 11AM Mauna Kea Beach hotel/Hapuna beach park

Entrance

Check the Malu ‘Aina website www.malu-aina.org for future Radiation Monitoring dates and sites.

Press Release: Peaceful Pohakuloa protector threatened with arrest in Hilo for leafleting

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Press Release: July 13, 2016  at 9PM

Press Release: Peaceful Pohakuloa protector threatened with arrest in Hilo for leafleting

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

further contact: Jim Albertini 966-7622, email ja@malu-aina.org

“As part of a Protest RIMPAC 2016!  Stop Bombing Hawaii!  Aloha Not War! sign holding and informational leafleting today at the intersection of Hilo airport and Hwy 11 (Kekuanaoa & Kanoelehua) a participant in the gathering (Carl David) was threatened with arrest by a Hilo police officer” according to Jim Albertini, president of Malu ‘Aina, a sponsoring organization of the protest.  Albertini said  “a similar protest was held last Wed. July 6 without incident.  In fact, the same person, Carl David was leafleting then in the same place and gave out several hundred leaflets including leaflets to three Hilo police officers passing by in their cars and none of the officers raised any concerns.”  Albertini said “today, a Hilo police officer threatened Carl David with arrest on the charge of ‘distracting drivers’ for simply walking along the grassy 8-10 foot median strip and offering informational flyers about RIMPAC to cars stopped at the traffic light heading makai on Kanoelehua in the left turn lane for Kekuanaoa.  There were up to 15 cars at a time stopped at that light to turn left and Mr. David stayed on the grassy median and offered leaflets to any stopped vehicle that rolled down its window.”

Albertini said, “I find it significant that 3 police officers last week took leaflets in the same spot and from the same person that today a police officer threatened to arrest.  In this national climate where there is an effort to promote dialog and respect between the community and police in light of growing tension over police shootings and police officers being shot, one would hope that all police officers would have more respect for the right of peaceful protest and first amendment expression.”  Albertini noted that “4 people in Hawaii have been shot and killed by police so far in 2016 and three of those police killings occurred in Hilo, all not far from the scene of the threatened arrest for leafleting.”

Albertini said “our organization stands ready for respectful dialog with Hilo police.  We do our best to stand in Kapu Aloha with all people we encounter, police included.”

Albertini added that  “below is a copy of the leaflet that was handed out at the Hilo airport protest last week and today.  Below that is a leaflet I prepared for distribution this Friday, July 15, 2016 at Malu ‘Aina’s 773 consecutive weekly peace vigil at the downtown Hilo Post office.  Each week a new peace leaflet is prepared.  This week’s leaflet is on “Stop the violence! Live Aloha” written in response to police killings and police being killed.

Albertini noted that “another Protest RIMPAC 2016! Stop  Bombing Hawaii! Aloha Not War! will be held Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 3-5PM at the Kona airport highway intersection.:  Alberetini said “I hope there will be no threats of arrest there.”

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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

Protest RIMPAC 2016

Stop Bombing Hawaii! Aloha Not War!

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      RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific), the world’s largest U.S. led deadly war game is taking place in and around Hawai’i from June 30 to Aug. 4. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th in the series that began in 1971. It keeps expanding. It now involves twenty-six nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel waging war on the earth – air, land, and sea, people, plants and animals. As part of RIMPAC two military ships will be sunk by rockets, missiles, torpedoes and bombs this year. That will make 54 military ships sunk in waters around Hawaii since 1999. The U.S. military is the world’s greatest polluter. It is the singles largest consumer of oil and the largest emitter of CO2. It has dumped barge loads of weapons, including chemical weapons in Hawaii’s waters and reefs; thousands of barrels of nuclear waste dumped south of Pearl Harbor. Killed and injured thousands of marine mammals with it’s explosives and high powered sonar and has contaminated Hawaiian lands with chemical, biological and radiation weapons training.

It has been confirmed that RIMPAC air and ground live-fire will be taking place at the 133,000-acre military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) located in the center of Hawai’i Island. Pohakuloa is contaminated with military Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation and a wide range of military toxins. Continued bombing risks spreading the contamination downwind, endangering the lives of troops, residents and visitors alike . DU is particularly dangerous when small DU oxide particles are inhaled which can cause cancer, birth defects and genetic damage.

The Honolulu’s Chamber of Commerce says Hawaii stands to make $52 million from the RIMPAC 2016 war games. For them it’s all about tourist dollars. They never look at the true costs. It is a disgrace that Hawaii is used as a training ground for killing and destruction which the U.S. then spreads all over the world. The U.S. is currently waging wars in at least six countries, and provoking and risking new wars with other countries, including possible nuclear war with Russia and China. It’s time to stop all these wars. The Hokule’a is sailing around the world with the important message Malama Honua. It’s time to wage justice and peace! Stand up for the land and the sea and all its creatures! Protest RIMPAC! Go to malu-aina.org for upcoming actions and organizing meetings.

Malama Honua – Care for the Earth!

  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

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

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (July 8, 2016 – 772nd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Stop the Violence!

     The U.S. needs to stop its endless wars abroad and the increasing militarization of police at home. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continues to speak to us about this important truth. Violence in response to violence only fuels a cycle of violence. Western terrorist wars for oil breed terrorist suicide bombers. The USA is the daddy of ISIS. The killing of African Americans by police give rise to retaliatory killings of police officers. Racism and racial profiling have no place in civilized societies. There is no end but destruction in a world of military killer drones, police killer robots, and assault weapons everywhere.

If we want peace in our communities and in our world, we need to demilitarize our communities and world. We need to use peaceful means to build more just communities and nations. The gap between rich and poor needs to be narrowed, not widened. And the basic necessities of life need to be available to all. In our efforts to live this dream, let us be guided not by fear, hate, and violence, but by the courage of common ground – love, respect, community, and togetherness.

MLK on violence#2

The amount of money currently spent on militarism and wars could provide food, clothing, shelter, education, health care, and employment for all in helping to heal our broken world.

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 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

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

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (July 15, 2016 – 773rd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office