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April 24, 2015 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet on Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Earth Day – Everyday!

One planet, One home, One chance to get it right!

Generations to come are counting on us!!!!

Malama Mauna Kea, Pohakuloa & the Planet

Earth Day is a reminder that we all live on one planet and it is our individual and collective responsibility to malama (take care of) mama ‘aina (the earth) that provides us life. Here at home we need to protect Hawaii’s most sacred temple –Mauna Kea, from further desecration. This means stopping the $1.4 billion 18-story Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) from being built on Mauna Kea. Already thirteen telescopes dominate the sacred summit area in the name of science.

In the saddle area between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa is the 133,000-acre military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA). Pohakuloa is nearly five times the size of the island of Kaho’olawe. Pohakuloa is translated to mean “The Land of the Night of Long Prayer.” This sacred area has been bombed by the military since WWII and is known to be contaminated with a wide range of military toxins, including Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation. Military documents claim that up to 14.8 million live-rounds are fired annually at Pohakuloa by all branches of the U.S. military and other countries. Weapon systems of all sorts are used at PTA, including small arms, artillery, helicopter gun ships, bombing by fighter jets, B-52, B-1 and B-2 bombers, etc. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), drone aircraft, are used in training at PTA. On July 2, 2008, the Hawaii County Council, by a vote of 8-1, passed Resolution 639-08 calling for a halt to all live-fire at PTA and clean up of the DU present at Pohakuloa. The Army has ignored the Council’s call. Both Pohakuloa and Mauna Kea are Hawaiian Kingdom crown and government lands.

War and the training for war is one of the greatest pollution sources on the planet. The U.S. military is the single largest consumer of oil and the greatest emitter of CO2. Here on Hawaii island there are a minimum of 57 present and former military sites, totaling more than 400 square miles (250,000-acres) that may contain unexploded ordnance and military toxins. Western wars have killed more than 4 million Muslims since 1990, displaced millions more and turned much of the cradle of civilization into rubble and chaos. See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/unworthy-victims-western-wars-have-killed-four-million-muslims-1990-39149394#sthash.YOTIoMkk.dpuf

US Department of Defense is the Worst Polluter on the Planet

      With the growing reality of man made climate disasters and escalating conflict to the brink of nuclear war, we better come to terms with the urgent need to stop desecrating the sacred and instead — Malama ‘Aina.

Live Aloha!   No TMT!   Stop the Wars!   Stop Bombing Pohakuloa!

  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 http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (April 24, 2015 – 709th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

April 21 Oahu March for Mauna Kea

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

April 21, 2015 Mauna Kea

Student rights protest UHH Board of Regents meeting

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Please promote:  Student Rights Protest
Join the Protest tomorrow (Thursday, April 16, 2015)  7:15-9AM corner Kapiolani/Kawili. 9AM march to BOR meeting (UCB127) http://bit.ly/1EIvksJ SupportStudentRights!

2015 Merrie Monarch parade aloha ‘aina for Mauna Kea and Pohakuloa

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Aloha kakou,
The 2015 Merrie Monarch parade had a great turn out of hundreds carrying Hawaiian flags, signs and banners for Aloha ‘Aina with particular concerns for Mauna Kea and Pohakuloa.  There were lots of spirited chants along the way and the response of the thousands lining the parade route was enthusiastic support.  In fact many people lining the parade route had their own signs for Mauna Kea and against the TMT (Thirty Meter telescope).  What I found to be very moving was the look in peoples eyes as they saw such a large contingent in the parade for Aloha ‘Aina.  People’s joy, sense of pride, and hope was very heartening.  Clearly a strong movement for aloha ‘aina has been born and is growing rapidly.  The activities on all the islands and around the world for Mauna Kea  is strong testimony of this movement.
Solidarity,
Jim IMG_0972

 

April 2015 131

Navy Ship denied entry to Hilo Harbor

Friday, April 10th, 2015

http://damontucker.com/2015/04/10/navy-ship-uss-chung-hoon-denied-entry-to-hilo-harbor/

 

This ship  USS Chung-Hoon is a guided missile warship coming to the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo. What’s merrie about a warship?  In fact, it’s a reminder that a US warship — the USS Boston, entered Honolulu Harbor in January 1893 and landed troops to assist in the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani and the Hawaii nation on behalf of greedy sugar business interests.  For the Merrie Monarch Committee, or whoever invited the Navy to send a warship into Hilo for the Merrie Monarch festival, this defies historical logic. It would be like inviting the Klu Klux Klan to a civil rights rally.  Go figgah!   Or maybe it is history repeating itself.  Perhaps the ship was going to land troops to assist in arresting Hawaiians protesting the desecration of Mauna Kea by the TMT construction taking place there.

Jim Albertini