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Stand Up! Speak Out! Diplomacy not War!

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Stand Up!  Speak Out!  Diplomacy not War!

I urge people everywhere to use every non-violent means possible to stand up and speak out against war .  Join the peace vigils in your communities  (Hilo 3:30-5PM Fridays at the downtown Post office), write Congress and the President, sign petitions,etc. etc. Every effort is important.

The situation between the U.S. and North Korea is extremely dangerous. Even if nuclear weapons are not used, any conventional war could result in the death of hundreds of thousands of people.  With nuclear weapons, the deaths could be in the millions. 

Please let your voice be heard.  Mahalo.,

Jim Albertini

Reminder Hilo Pohakuloa forum

Monday, July 17th, 2017

There is a Pohakuloa forum 5-7 PM this Wed. July 19 at the Hawaii Com. College Manono St. campus Kaneikeao conference room where Ruth Aloua, Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD and Paka Harp will be speaking.  It is sponsored by the Hilo Hawaiian Civic Club.

Bring questions in writing you want answered.

 

Historic Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Historic Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Adopted: U.S. a No Show!

      By a vote of 122 (including Iran and Iraq)  to 1 (Netherlands) countries at the United Nations voted on July 7, 2017 in support of a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. History was made, but the U.S. and 8 other nuclear-armed states chose to stand on the wrong side of it. They boycotted the vote.  The 8 are Russia, China, Israel, India, Pakistan, N. Korea, France, United Kingdom.

      “The adoption of the nuclear weapons ban treaty marks an historic turning point in the centuries-old battle to eliminate all weapons of mass destruction,” said Jeff Carter, executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

      “Right now,” Carter added, “the U.S. government defies its existing disarmament obligations under the Nonproliferation Treaty by planning to fund an extensive buildup of its nuclear arsenal. The ban treaty is the start of a new worldwide movement that gives the United States an opportunity to break from its self-destructive nuclear weapons policy.”

      The treaty is based in humanitarian law and prohibits the development, testing, production, possession, or stockpiling of nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, the transfer of such weapons, and also bans not only their use but the threat of their use. It also calls for states to undertake environmental remediation for areas contaminated by nuclear weapons use or testing, and for states to provide assistance to victims “including medical care, rehabilitation, and psychological support, as well as provide for their social and economic inclusion.”

      “In the twenty-first century, we can no longer pretend that these doomsday devices are instruments of security. The active conscience of the American health community calls on the United States to sign the nuclear weapons ban treaty to ensure that we safeguard our world for the next generation. It’s past time that we part from this untenable path. Prohibiting and eliminating these weapons of mass destruction is the only responsible course of action for U.S. nuclear weapons policy,” Carter continued. (See the full article below.)

              https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/07/us-no-show-historic-nuclear-weapons-ban-treaty-adopted?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=email_this&utm_source=email

It’s time for the U.S. and the world to work for justice, peace and saving the planet.

 BAN THE BOMB!

                             

  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 21, 2017– 826th week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Protest at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) main gate 9:30AM Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Protest at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) main gate Wednesday, June 28, 2017

PTA is having a ground breaking ceremony for modernizing ranges and infrastructure beginning at 10AM on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (See below)  They are doing their modernization/expansion piecemeal to avoid a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on their overall expansion plans.  We are planning a protest at the PTA main gate beginning 9:30AM  till 11AM.  Carpools leaving the Hilo side Komohana/Saddle Rd. intersection at 8:45AM on Wednesday morning.  Please join and help pass the word.  Mahalo.

We call for stopping all live fire at PTA, comprehensive testing and monitoring for Depleted Uranium (DU) Radiation contamination, clean up of the DU, no renewal of the PTA lease by the State of Hawaii which expires in 2029, and a military exist plan and overall clean up and restoration of this sacred area –“The Land of the Night of Long Prayer.” and a return of this crown and government lands to the Hawaiian people.

Jim Albertini
Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622
email ja@malu-aina.org
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Below is a military release  to invited guests.  We, of course, are NOT on the list.  Someone sent this to me to let me know what’s happening.
Jim

On behalf of Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Marquez, Commander USAG-Pohakuloa, you’re cordially invited to Pohakuloa Training Area Installation Improvement Ground Breaking:

Date: 28 June 2017, Wednesday

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: Pohakuloa Training Area on the island of Hawaii

Narrative along with historic pictures:

Pohakuloa Training Area is under-going a series of phased construction projects to modernize ranges and improve Cantonment infrastructure.  Characterized as an austere training environment for military personnel, and a remote duty station for civilian staff, Pohakuloa Training Area represents the largest single live-fire range facility in the Pacific region.  Originally constructed with the intent that facilities were temporary, Pohakuloa has remained an important training asset for all DoD services for the past 70 years.  Temporary facilities have out-lasted their cost-effective life-spans for maintenance and upkeep.  Today, out-dated and worn systems cannot fully support the requirements of military leaders to ensure combat readiness, nor provide adequate facilities for civilian support personnel.  The Pohakuloa “Facilities Improvement Plan” focuses first on Cantonment basic services of water, power, wastewater, and communications.  As utility systems are upgraded, new structures will replace antiquated Quonset huts, including barracks, dining facilities, laundries, and professional office space for civilian staff.  Down-range initiatives will proceed in parallel with Cantonment upgrades.  The recently completed Infantry Platoon Battle Course is the first of several modern range initiatives that will maximize training effectiveness within the existing boundaries of Pohakuloa.  With a civilian workforce of ~200, and military throughput of ~12,000 annually, the “Facilities Improvement Plan” is necessary to enhance Pohakuloa operational capabilities and administrative services, to maintain the readiness of United States armed forces.

The contact info for questions is:  

USAG-HI Protocol @ 808-656-0615

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

License to Poison!

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Fails to Protect Troops, Residents, and Visitors from Military Radiation on Hawaii Island

      On June 13, 2017, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) denied a hearing request about Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation dangers at the 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) located in the center of Hawaii island. Concerns raised by Big island petitioners Ruth Aloua, Hawane Rios, Cory Harden and Jim Albertini involved the danger of inhaling Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide dust particles dispersed by winds and high explosives. This applies to the health and safety of troops who train at Pohakuloa, residents and visitors alike. Other concerns included contamination of water, sacred sites, plants and animals. The NRC located in Rockville, Maryland said we who live on Hawaii island have “NO Standing” about military radiation in the center of our Island. Ruth and Hawane are Kanaka Maoli who live and farm only a few miles from Pohakuloa. If they don’t have standing, who does? Petitioner Jim Albertini said it appears that the military “mission” trumps all. We are being treated as lab rats for military experiments. What ever happened to inform consent.”

      Albertini said “I have come to see the so called Nuclear Regulators much like Bank Regulators.  They are insiders and rubber stamps of the industries they are suppose to be regulating.  The fact is, there is little or no regulation. There has been no comprehensive study to determine the full extent of Depleted Uranium contamination and other military toxins on PTA and no comprehensive studies to determine what is coming off the base.  Citizen radiation monitors, on numerous occasions, have detected radiation levels 3-4 times background levels in public areas around PTA. More needs to be done.  I ask fellow citizens to view the short video by Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD explaining the health dangers of inhaling DU oxide dust particles and judge for yourself if there are health dangers.   See

https://vimeo.com/19153948)

      Nearly 9 years ago, on July 2, 2008, the Hawaii County Council passed resolution 639-08 which called for stopping all live fire at Pohakuloa, comprehensive testing and monitoring, and clean up of the DU present at Pohakuloa.  The military has ignored the Council’s voice.

      The military bombing Pohakuloa known to be contaminated with Depleted Uranium and other military toxins is not defense training. It is criminal reckless endangering. War Crimes! The NRC has placed the military mongoose in charge of the hen house. In short, the military has been issued an NRC license to poison. How much DU oxide dust is being dispersed from Pohakuloa is unknown. Hold your breath. The answer 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 June 16, 2017– 821st week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

NRC letter attached–conclusion:

“We deny the hearing requests and dismiss the petitions of Petitioners Albertini, Harden,

Rios, and Aloua for lack of standing and failure to proffer an admissible contention…

Any Petitioner may appeal this decision to the Commission, pursuant to 10 C.F.R. § 2.311,”

within 25 days of service of this Memorandum and Order.

ISSUE DU 2017 6-13 NRC to petitioners