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Letter to Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources on RIMPAC protests

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Mr. Gordon Heit

District Land Agent  DLNR
35 Aupuni St. Rm 204
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

June 13, 2018

Dear Mr. Heit,

I would like to request permission for an ad hoc group of citizens to temporarily park vehicles on a DLNR parcel of land across from the road entrance to Hilo airport along Kanoelehua Ave. Our purpose is to peacefully protest RIMPAC 2018 which will include bombing ‘aina at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA).

RIMPAC 2018 is scheduled for a six week period from June 27 until Aug. 2. Our intent would be to conduct a peaceful sign holding protest along the mauka sidewalk of Kanoelehua at the Kekuanaoa intersection.for approximately 1-2 hrs. in the afternoon 1 day a week during the six week period of RIMPAC 2018. Based on past protests, estimates would be approximately 25 people attending the protests.

It should be noted that the DLNR is currently leasing land to the military at PTA which enables the bombing to take place. It should also be noted that recently a state judge has ruled that the DLNR has failed to Malama ‘Aina as required in that lease. We would hope that the existing PTA lease will be cancelled in the near future or at a minimum not renewed, and the military base will be closed and cleaned up, thereby negating the need for future protests.

Mahalo for your consideration. Aloha & Malama ‘Aina.

 
Jim Albertini

P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622

Reminder: RIMPAC 2018 Pohakuloa Strategy Meeting in Hilo Monday, June 11, 2018; 6:00 p.m. Church of the Holy Cross 440 W Lanikaula St

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Please help pass the word. Mahalo and solidarity.

Jim

Reminder: RIMPAC 2018 Pohakuloa Strategy Meeting Monday, June 11, 2018; 6:00 p.m. Church of the Holy Cross 440 W Lanikaula St. in Hilo

The meeting is in the Youth Lounge off the mauka side parking lot opposite the UHH science & technology (glass) bldg.

Come on Brothers & Sisters: Stand Up & Protest RIMPAC

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Come on Brothers & Sisters:

Stand Up & Protest!

      What has happened to the spirit of nonviolent resistance? Where have all the justiceseekers and peacemakers gone? Have we been so beaten down that we no longer have the will to save ourselves and the planet? Are we so consumed by fear or with looking down at our cell phones that we are incapable of standing up for our rights and the rights of others? What are the forces that helped create a demoralized, passive, population?

      These are serious questions that we need to answer. Bruce E. Levine is a practicing clinical psychologist who addresses some of these questions in his latest book is Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite.  You can read an article by Levine here: https://www.alternet.org/are-americans-broken-people-heres-why-weve-stopped-fighting-back-against-forces-oppression?src=newsletter1092898

      Here in Hawaii we have RIMPAC 2018 coming up June 27th till August 2nd. Some 26 nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are expected to participate in the biennial RIMPAC war games. This year, even Israel who has been massacring Palestinians, and threatening war on Iran is coming to Hawaii to practice its warmaking. Included in RIMPAC is air, land, and sea military live-fire. The 133,000-acre military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) located in the center of Hawaii island, will be subjected to multi nation bombardment. PTA is known to be contaminated with radiation and a wide range of military toxins from 75 years of bombing and RIMPAC 2018 will add to the toxins here in our midst and resuspend Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide particles present at PTA. According to Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD with 24 years in the Army Medical Corps says inhaling DU oxide dust particles is the most deadly form of radiation. DU can not only cause various cancers, but it can cause genetic damage that can be passed on to future generations. DU has a half life of 4.5 billion years. The question is now being asked — does bombing a site known to be contaminated with DU constitute “human experimentation” that requires prior consent?

      RIMPAC, the world’s largest international war exercise, is now organized out of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, based on Oahu at Camp H.M (“Howling Mad”) Smith, located in Halawa Heights above Aloha Stadium. The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command controls military activity in more than 60% of the earth’s surface.

      Hawaiian activist, Ruth Aloua, says: “People in every district on the island can hear and feel the bombs drop on Pohakuloa…. Why is not the wider collective saying anything?”

Break the Silence Now! Speak Up! Stand Up!

  1. 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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June 8, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 872nd week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Stop the Violence! Justice for Palestinians!

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Come to the Friday Hilo Peace Vigil 3:30-5PM and stand in solidarity with Palestinians to stop the massacres

SHAME!

On Israel & the U.S. for the Massacre in Gaza

Israel Killed 61 & Wounded 2,700 Protesters in Gaza

for protesting the May 14, 2018 opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and 70 years of Israel’s occupation of Palestine. It was the deadliest day for Palestinian protesters since they launched the nonviolent Great March of Return on March 30. Palestinian leaders are accusing the Israeli military of carrying out war crimes during the crackdown. More protests and a general strike across the Palestinian territories are planned to mark 70 years since the Nakba, or Catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes after the state of Israel was formed. Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II – $134.7 billion, almost all in military assistance.

      “Sorry, Israel apologists: you sound just like the folks who defended apartheid when South Africa massacred unarmed black protesters in Soweto. As a Jew I used to debate you, but now I’m just sick and tired of you using my dead relatives to justify killing people who had nothing to do with the genocide.

      For so many years we’ve heard the lie that Palestinians don’t recognize Israel’s right to exist, and they want to “drive the Jews into the sea.” But it’s Israel that has failed to recognize Palestine’s right to exist, and is now shooting down hundreds of Palestinians at the Gaza border to force them back in the direction of the sea.

      You’re either with Trump and Netanyahu’s slaughter and hideous vision of ethnic cleansing, or you’re against it. Either Palestinians are human beings or they’re not–there’s no more middle ground.”

Zoltán Grossman, Professor of Geography and Native Studies, Evergreen State College

Boycott, Divest, & Sanction Israel!

  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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May 18, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 869th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Behind the fluff news articles — DU Blowing in the wind!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

EARTH DAY AT PTA”

(Pohakuloa Training Area) “Annual event draws hundreds of students”

PTA is a 133,000-acre military training area located in the center of Hawaii Island that has been used for more than 70 years. More than 14 million live rounds are fired annually, from small arms to B-52 and B-2 bombers. The base is contaminated with a wide range of military toxins including radioactive Depleted Uranium (DU).

      The same article about the April 20 “Earth Day at PTA” appeared in the West Hawaii Today (4/22) and the Hawaii Tribune-Herald (4/23). The article said first, second, and fifth grade classes from  Connections Public Charter School attended. Also mentioned was a Saint Joseph’s second grade class and an eighth grade class from Kua O Ka La Public Charter School in Kalapana. There likely were other classes from other schools that attended besides those mentioned.. Please share this informational flyer with parents of school children. If you haven’t read the articles you can read them here –

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2018/04/23/hawaii-news/earth-day-at-pta-draws-hundreds-of-students/

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2018/04/22/hawaii-news/earth-day-at-pta/

      What the articles didn’t say is what’s important. The following Public Service Announcement was sent out to every school on the island one month in advance of the 4/20 PTA 2018 Earth Day event.

For School Officials & Teachers – Please print and post in the teacher meeting room.Please forward this message to your Parent-Teacher Association PTA, so that this important information is circulated prior to organizing ANY STUDENT EARTH DAY EXCURSIONS TO POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA

P U B L I C   S E R V I C E   A N N O U N C E M E N T  (PSA)

     Parents of young children and pregnant women are warned of the dangers of DU (Depleted Uranium) and other military toxins at the Pohakuloa Training Area!

      Please view the short video of Dr. Lorrin Pang, M.D., public health officer and retired Army Medical Corps explaining the health dangers of inhaling DU oxide dust particles (See https://vimeo.com/19153948). As Dr. Pang explains, especially vulnerable are young children and pregnant women.

     Allowing children in your care to attend programs at Pohakuloa, especially during live fire training, unnecessarily puts them at risk. Mahalo. For more information, contact Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action, P.O. Box 489, Kurtistown, HI 96760. Tel. (808) 966-7622.”

      Also important, but missing from the news articles was this important fact: At 9:18AM on Friday, April 20, 2018 a Malu ‘Aina certified calibrated radiation monitor hit 68 Counts per minute (CPM) outside the main gate of PTA, 2-3 times background levels.

      Between 30-50 people demonstrated from 8:30-10:30AM outside the PTA Earth Day event on Friday, April 20, 2018. See https://www.facebook.com/ruth.aloua/videos/1785022954869557/?t=205

Are DU Oxide Dust Particles Blowing in the Wind?

  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/

April 27, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 866th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office