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When will we put an end to war?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Memorial Day!

Let us remember loved ones and the tragedy of war!

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     Since 1900, more than 80 million people have been killed in wars worldwide, hundreds of millions have been injured and made refugees, and tens of trillions of dollars have been spent on wars.  Tragically, things are not getting better.                                                                             

      United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon recently said: “Human suffering from the impacts of armed conflicts and disasters has reached staggering levels.” He documented his statement with specific figures: nearly 60 million people, half of them children, have been forced from their homes due to conflict and violence. As if this was not enough, the UN chief talked about another man-made tragedy: In recent years hundreds of millions of people are being affected by disasters at an annual cost to the global economy that now exceeds 300 billion dollars.  http://www.ipsnews.net/2016/05/human-suffering-has-reached-staggering-levels/

UN Assessment: Global Destruction of Mother Earth on Fast Track

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/20/un-assessment-global-destruction-mother-earth-fast-track

     As we pause to remember loved ones, and our own complicity in violence and suffering, let us rededicate our lives to peace, justice, and a healthy environment for all – present and future generations.

No More War!   Stop Climate Disaster Now!

  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 (May 27, 2016 – 766th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Prevent Nuclear War!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

USA – Stop Threatening Russia

& the World!

In 1962, when the Soviet Union placed missiles in Cuba, 90 miles from U.S. shores, and the U.S. had missiles on Russia’s border in Turkey, events nearly escalated to a nuclear war. Today, the U.S. and NATO’s 27 member nations have moved troops and missiles to Russia’s door step resulting in escalating tensions that again, by accident or design, could result in a nuclear war.

The movement of U.S. and NATO troops and missiles on or near  Russia’s borders goes directly against the promise made in 1991 by then president George H.W. Bush to Mikkhail Gorachev of the USSR that the U.S. and NATO would not move one inch closer to Russia. That U.S. and NATO promise has been broken and dangerous tensions escalate.

The U.S. ABM missile systems being deployed in Eastern Europe is part of the U.S. nuclear war first -strike policy defined in the 1980s as the “Victory is Possible” crazy doctrine supported by Obama’s now secretary of defense, Ashton Carter. Today, there is a new U.S. cold war campaign to vilify the Russians that includes damaging economic sanctions, provocative military actions, and even plans by neocons for regime change in Russia, following the neocon $5 billion coup and regime change in the Ukraine. See http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44660.htm and https://www.popularresistance.org/americas-biggest-of-all-big-lies-were-not-threatening-russia/

Charges of Russian expansionism are bogus. In an article by Conn Hallinan, entitled “Bear Baiting Russia” he states that “Russia has two bases in the Middle East and a handful in Central Asia. The U.S. has 662 bases around the world and Special Forces (SOF) deployed in between 70 and 90 countries at any moment. Last year SOFs were active in 147 countries. The U.S. is actively engaged in five wars and is considering a sixth in Libya. Russian military spending will fall next year, and the U.S. will out-spend Moscow by a factor of 10. Who in this comparison looks threatening?”  https://www.popularresistance.org/natos-dangerous-game-bear-baiting-russia/

The U.S. Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) yields great profits from new Cold War threats and escalating military budgets for weapon systems. The $1.5 trillion new F-35 bombers are for the Russkies, not terrorists. “Scare the hell out of people.” That’s the game for weapon makers. Since March 2015 there have been over 60 incidents that could have triggered a major crisis between Russia and the United States. Let’s put a stop to this escalating tension. Speak out for peace now!  A nuclear war threatens the entire planet!

                                                                     radiation symbol caution                                             

NO MORE WAR!

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

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (May 20, 2016 – 765th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Honor Father Dan Berrigan: carry the torch of justice & peace!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Father Daniel Berrigan, S.J.

The Passing of a Legend! 1921-2016

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Father Daniel Berrigan, a Jesuit priest and giant of nonviolent activism for justice and peace, died on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Jesuit infirmary at Fordham University in New York city. He was 94. Dan Berrigan was a poet, educator, playwright and lifelong resister to what he called ‘American military imperialism.’ Along with his late brother Phil, Dan Berrigan played an instrumental role in inspiring the antiwar and antidraft movement during the late 1960s, as well as the movement against nuclear weapons. He is the author of 50 books.

In early 1968, Dan made international headlines when he traveled to North Vietnam with U.S. historian Howard Zinn to bring home three U.S. prisoners of war. Later that year, Dan, his brother Phil and seven others took hundreds of draft files from the draft board in Catonsville, Maryland and set the files on fire in the parking lot, using homemade napalm, to protest the Vietnam War. They became known as the Catonsville Nine and inspired over 100 similar acts of protest. In 1980, the Berrigan brothers and six others began the Plowshares Movement when they hammered nuclear warhead nose cones at a General Electric nuclear missile facility in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and became known as the Plowshares Eight.

Resistance was a way of life for Dan. He was arrested dozens of times and spent years in prison for his witness. A few years ago he was asked when he would stop. His answer –”the day after I’m embalmed.” Dan did not believe in heroes. For him, it was the movement and community of people standing together that was important. His passing is an invitation for us to carry on the work of justice and peace. He once said, “Just don’t do something, stand there.” And so we invite you to stand with us in Dan’s memory in this ongoing weekly Friday witness for peace. Dan had Hawaii connections. He spoke at the University of Hawaii about peacemaking, supported Hawaiian leprosy patients at Hale Mohalu, and blessed us by staying several days at our Malu ‘Aina peace farm. Democracy Now just produced a one hour program in tribute to Dan. Links to this and other material about the life of Dan Berrigan are on our website www.malu-aina.org.

Resistance Means Life!

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

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (May 6, 2016 – 763rd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Sample email on legislative bills

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Aloha legislators:

Our organization strongly urges you to vote down SB 2816, HB2501 and HB 1501.

Both SB 2816 and HB 1501 appear to be efforts by Governor David Ige and various special interests to ram thru TMT and criminalize peaceful first amendment protest on State lands.  Please protect the constitutional right of free speech and the right of citizens to protest.  Attempts to fast tract TMT in the past caused major problems for the state and a second attempt is likely to result in more of the same.  Allow existing legal due process procedures to stand.  No more special legislation for special interests. Vote down these bills.

We also urge you to vote down HB2501 which we view as a sneaky bill involving corporate theft of public streams.  Our organization has been growing kalo in Kurtistown for 36 years and we want to support small scale taro farmers and the people’s right to water (not A&B Big 5 corporate interests) on Maui.

Mahalo for your consideration.

Jim Albertini

president


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

Urge legislators to vote down SB 2816 & HB 2501

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Aloha Kakou,

SB 2816 appears to be another effort by Governor Ige to ram thru TMT and criminalize peaceful first amendment protest on State lands.  Protect the constitutional right of protest. Vote this bill down. This bill is due to be voted on Tuesday, May 3rd at 10AM so action is needed NOW!   Please speak out and urge State legislators to vote against SB 2816 –Trespass on State lands bill.  Mahalo.  Legislators email addresses are below.  You can call toll free from the Big Island 974-4000 and ask for the legislative office you want. I would encourage those on Oahu to go to the Capitol Tuesday morning in protest of this bill and the Maui water bill HB 2501 which is the corporate theft of Maui streams.

Jim Albertini

SENS:

senbaker@Capitol.hawaii.gov, senchunoakland@capitol.hawaii.gov, sendelacruz@capitol.hawaii.gov,senenglish@capitol.hawaii.gov,senenglish@capitol.hawaii.gov, senespero@capitol.hawaii.gov,sengabbard@capitol.hawaii.gov, sengaluteria@capitol.hawaii.gov,sengreen@capitol.hawaii.gov,senharimoto@capitol.hawaii.gov, senihara@capitol.hawaii.gov, seninouye@capitol.hawaii.gov,senkahele@capitol.hawaii.gov,senkeithagaran@capitol.hawaii.gov, senkidani@capitol.hawaii.gov, senkim@Capitol.hawaii.gov,senkouchi@Capitol.hawaii.gov,sennishihara@capitol.hawaii.gov, senriviere@capitol.hawaii.gov, senruderman@capitol.hawaii.gov,senshimabukuro@capitol.hawaii.gov, senslom@capitol.hawaii.gov, sentaniguchi@capitol.hawaii.gov, senthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov,sentokuda@capitol.hawaii.gov, senwakai@capitol.hawaii.gov

REPS:

 repaquino@Capitol.hawaii.gov,  repbelatti@Capitol.hawaii.govrepbrower@Capitol.hawaii.govrepcachola@Capitol.hawaii.govrepchoy@Capitol.hawaii.gov,
repcreagan@Capitol.hawaii.govrepcullen@Capitol.hawaii.govrepdecoite@Capitol.hawaii.govrepevans@Capitol.hawaii.govrepfukumoto@Capitol.hawaii.gov,
rephar@Capitol.hawaii.govrephashem@Capitol.hawaii.govrepichiyama@Capitol.hawaii.gov,  reping@Capitol.hawaii.govrepito@Capitol.hawaii.gov,
repjohanson@Capitol.hawaii.govrepkawakami@Capitol.hawaii.gov,  repkeohokalole@Capitol.hawaii.govrepkobayashi@Capitol.hawaii.govrepkong@Capitol.hawaii.gov,
repclee@Capitol.hawaii.govreplopresti@Capitol.hawaii.gov,  replowen@Capitol.hawaii.govrepluke@Capitol.hawaii.govrepmatsumoto@Capitol.hawaii.gov,
repmcdermott@Capitol.hawaii.govrepmckelvey@Capitol.hawaii.govrepmizuno@Capitol.hawaii.govrepmorikawa@Capitol.hawaii.govrepnakashima@Capitol.hawaii.gov,
repohno@Capitol.hawaii.govreponishi@Capitol.hawaii.gov,
 repmoshiro@Capitol.hawaii.govreppouha@Capitol.hawaii.govreprhoads@Capitol.hawaii.govrepsaiki@Capitol.hawaii.gov,
repsanbuenaventura@Capitol.hawaii.govrepsay@Capitol.hawaii.govrepsouki@Capitol.hawaii.govreptakayama@Capitol.hawaii.govreptakumi@Capitol.hawaii.gov