Archive for the ‘Climate Change’ Category

DISASTERS: the poor always suffer the most

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Disasters!

It seems the poor always suffer the most

      Whether it’s natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, lava flows, etc.) or man made disasters (war, climate disaster, toxic pollution, etc.) it seems the poor always suffer the most. The rich have more options. The poor have few, if any, options.

      In most natural disasters, those with money can easily relocate, and often have a second or third home to go. Some poor people don’t even have enough gas money to get to a disaster shelter. Who bore the burden in hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, and hurricane Harvey in Houston? Poor communities also usually bear the burden of toxic pollution. Flint Michigan’s lead water is a case in point. The Hawaiian Homestead area in Keaukaha in Hilo has as a next door toxic neighbor -–the airport, dump, fuel tanks, sewage plant, harbor, chemicals, etc.

      In wars such as Vietnam, the rich like Donald Trump and George Bush, easily found ways to avoid the draft and they certainly didn’t go to jail for nonviolent resistance to the war. The poor end up drafted or enlisting and dying in a rich man’s war for resources. In today’s wars, those being killed, injured and made refugees are disproportionately poor. Look at Palestine, Syria, etc.

      Puna, Hawaii, the site of the current lava flow, is the poorest district in the state, with thousands of lots in substandard subdivisions, many in high risk lava zones or near the toxic neighbor –Puna Geothermal Venture. Read the book “Land & Power in Hawaii” by George Cooper and Gaven Daws. Also read the article by Alan D. McNarie http://www.civilbeat.org/2018/05/big-island-how-land-schemes-turned-lava-fields-into-subdivisions/ By contrast the Kona-Kohala coast on the west side of Hawaii island is known as the Gold Coast with it’s many rich gated communities and high end resorts. The resorts never built housing for their employees, so many employees have to commute from distant Puna and Ka’u poor districts. Economic apartheid!

      I haven’t heard of one hotel offering free or discounted rooms to people displaced from the lava. And what of long range plans for people who have been displaced and have lost their homes, farms, businesses, etc.? Is it not the role of government to help? But where will the money come from you ask? That’s easy. From the FY 2019 Donald Trump proposed U.S. military budget of $681.1 billion. After all, what are we defending? And once we have recovered from disaster, we can begin the work of building a new economy from the ground up. That starts with growing food to feed Hawaii’s population instead of importing 90% of food consumed here. That will demand policy changes away from addiction to war and catering to the rich. The endless growth of tourism and militarism is killing Hawaii and the planet. Pele is telling us we need a fresh start and that we need to work together.

Live Aloha! Blessed are the Poor…

  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/

May 25, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 870th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Trump Fuels Extremism and Violence!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

The Coming Crash of the USA Empire!

Donald Trump’s May 8 withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear deal and the May 14 US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will only further isolate the U.S. and contribute to the US Empire’s demise.

      Dr. David Adams, retired professor from Yale and Wesleyan Universities says that European Professor, Johan Galtung, who predicted the crash of the Soviet empire in 1991, now predicts the end of the American empire within the next two years. https://www.transcend.org/tms/2018/05/the-times-call-for-radical-action/

      Galtung recently said: “Trump contributes by making USA an impossible leader to follow. As long as he is in command – and nobody knows how long that will last, before he is removed by impeachment, Amendment 25, or the old US tradition of killing inconvenient presidents –rebuilding the US empire is difficult… In short, I stand by my prediction (in 2004) that by Year 2020 the US empire is gone.” http://cpnn-world.org/new/?p=11608

      Let’s just hope that Dr. Adams is correct and this coming collapse happens “before the threatened wars, before the full development of fascism, and before the full effects of global warming”or the entire world and civilization as we know it, may be brought down with the collapse of the US empire.

      The US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal will fuel increasing conflict in the middle east risking a widening war in Syria and beyond. It needs to be restated that US and international inspectors have said repeatedly, that Iran was in full compliance with the accord. Be prepared now for “False Flag” events blaming Iran for some alledged provocative action to justify military action against Iran by Israel, Saudi Arabia,and/or the US. Also be prepared for major international outrage on May 14 by the US Embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It does not serve peace and stability in the region!

Trump Fuels Extremism and Violence!

  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/

May 11, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 868th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Speaking Truth to the Liars War Club

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

LIARS WAR CLUB

                               

Powell lying about Iraq WMDs             Netanyahu lying about Iran 

                                                                                                          

                                              Trump & Co. lying about…

LIES, LIES, AND MORE LIES

      The U.S. has been lying its way into wars for a long time. It’s been said the first casualty in war is truth. So be on extra alert while the war salesmen amp up their sales pitch of noble causes for the next war. Use critical thinking. Question more. Don’t buy the lies being sold in the name of truth.

      Syria is the flash point for a possible widening war with Iran, Russia, etc. Beware of what’s called a “False Flag” event designed to provide for further attacks in Syria and beyond. U.S. retired Col. Larry Wilkerson says Israel does not want to end the war in Syria, it is in their interest to keep this war going, and to keep the Iran Nuclear Deal from succeeding, despite international inspectors saying Iran is in full compliance.  From all appearances, Israel wants to push the U.S. to war with Iran.  See

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/04/30/bizarre-powerpoint-event-netanyahu-channels-iraq-invasion-rhetoric-push-us-towards?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=email_this&utm_source=email

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49338.htm

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.phpoption=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=21693

https://theintercept.com/2015/03/02/brief-history-netanyahu-crying-wolf-iranian-nuclear-bomb/

      The country in the Middle East with known (but undeclared) nuclear weapons is Israel (estimates range between 75 and 400 nuclear weapons on submarines, bombers, and land missiles), but hardly anyone talks about that, or evidence that Israel stole weapons-grade uranium for its nuclear weapons program from a nuclear reprocessing plant in Apollo, Pennsylvania. https://lobelog.com/israels-stolen-nuclear-materials-why-it-still-matters/

           Israel’s Netanyahu seems to like to talk about the speck in another person’s eye, and ignore the log in his own eye. He doesn’t want to be held accountable for ordering Israeli snipers to kill unarmed Palestinians in Gaza!! 43 executed and 1500 wounded and 2000 injured by Israeli tear gas and other Israeli chemicals.

Truth, Justice & Peace 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/

May 4, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 867th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

January 20 March and Women’s Imua Event

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

January 20 March and Women’s Imua Event

I have been asked to share the info below on the Jan. 20 Hilo March — Stand Up for your Rights.– Please pass on to others.  Mahalo.

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 Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

You are invited to participate in our STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS march on January 20, 2018.

We will be meeting at Liliu’okalani Gardens, in the gardens across from the Hilo Bay Café.   The march starts at 11:00 a.m. so get there before 11:00. 

 Bring an umbrella.  Protect yourself from the sun. Bring water.

 A limited number of signs will be provided.  People are encouraged to bring their own signs.  Signs that express your concern about rights that have been lost or are likely to be lost under the Trump administration.  Rights such as: environmental protections, health care, social security, medicare, minority rights, DACA, etc.

 Participants are encouraged to car pool.  There is limited parking at and around Liliu’okalani Gardens.  There is also parking in the Wailoa River lot, by the Civic, by the King Kamehameha statue, and in the Hilo Bayfront lots. 

 Individuals who choose not to walk the entire route, from Liliu’okalani Gardens to Mo’oheau Band Stand, can join in from anywhere along the route. 

 This will be a peaceful event. We will march on the sidewalk on the makai side of the highway.   Crossing at Pauahi St will be controlled by march marshalls.

 The march will end at Mo’oheau Bandstand where the Hilo Women’s March organization, will be holding its civic engagement expo entitled “IMUA: Doing My Part” from noon to 3 P.M.

 Visit our Facebook page:  January 20, 2018 Hilo March!

 Thank you in advance for participating.

Please pass along this information to all of your friends and relatives.  Invite them to attend.

  Virus-free. www.avg.com

Cheron poster.jpg

Best Christmas Gift We Can Give!

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Mele Kalikimaka!

      Merry Christmas blessings to you and your loved ones in this Holy Season! “Peace on Earth, Good Will to All” is the spirit we need to carry in our hearts throughout the year. But we don’t have to look far to see that much work needs to be done to narrow the gap between word and deed.

      The United States now has military operations of one sort or another underway in Afghanistan, Cameroon, Chad, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia, Syria, Uganda, and Yemen. Very likely, this is an incomplete list. Donald Trump’s first year set a record for U.S. Special Ops. Elite U.S. commandos are now deployed in 149 countries in 2017. Overall, the U.S. has 800 military bases worldwide, and many people in the Middle East now regard the United States as the greatest menace to peace they face. In short, U.S. policy is all military –all the time!

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48443.htm

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48415.htm

Let this sink in: the US Government Has Killed More Than 20 Million People In 37 “Victim Nations” SinceWW2 https://anewkindofhuman.com/3486-2/

    Meanwhile, Philip Alston, the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights recently completed a fact-finding tour of the U.S. Alston said that Trump and the U.S. Republican led Congress are attempting to turn the U.S. into the “world champion of extreme inequality.” Among other things, the Republican tax bill rushed through Congress will widen the gap between rich and poor. While the billionare class increases, it’s been reported that 60% of American families would have difficulty meeting a $500 emergency need for funds.

No room in the Inn” Hawaii’s increasing homeless encampments

Growing Threat of Nuclear War & Climate Disaster!

 Is the Trump Administration Planning a First Strike on North Korea?

http://tinyurl.com/y73e7s57

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/42413-scientists-warn-of-ecological-armageddon-amid-waves-of-heat-and-climate-refugees

This Christmas, let us rededicate our lives to work for justice, peace and caring for the planet. Future generations depend on the depth of our commitment, walking our talk, and putting words into action. This is the best Christmas gift we can give.

  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 Dec. 22, 2017– 848th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office