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U.S. Killing fields

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

American Sniper!

From Las Vegas to Afghanistan and around the world.

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      

      “Violence… is as American as cherry pie” H. Rap Brown, July 27, 1967 (50+ years ago). Or to put it another way –the U.S. has a serious addiction problem. The U.S. is addicted to guns and war. The net result is more violence, both at home and abroad.

     The details of the Oct. 1, 2017 massacre in Las Vegas continue to unfold.  At least 59 people dead, and more than 525 injured at a country music concert.  The mass shooter — a white, multi-millionaire, American sniper armed to the teeth and perched in a 32nd floor luxury hotel room.  Currently, the killer’s motivations remain unknown.  Meanwhile, families grieve, a nation mourns, and the world asks: America– what have you become?  

      Here is what is clear. The U.S. #1 export product – violence – is coming home to roost. Violence begets violence. We cannot do to the earth, air, and water, to people, plants and animals without doing to ourselves. What goes around, comes around. U.S. gun violence, endless wars, and environmental destruction bringing on climate disaster hurricanes, raging wild fires, etc. are all interconnected. But many Americans, like other addicts, remain in denial. This is what we hear: “The Vegas sniper had a second amendment right to possess guns – even 47 guns in his homes and hotel room; we need to wage war for peace, freedom and democracy. As for destroying earth’s environment, it’s an unintended consequence of empire –“progress” and making money, and besides – technology will provide a solution to the problems of technology. As the president says, “Believe me.”

      Oct. 6, 2017 marks the 16th anniversary of the longest foreign war in U.S. history. The U.S. has spent $5 trillion on wars since 9-11. That $5,000,000,000,000 that could have been spent on health care, education, cleaning up the environment, etc. Instead of ending the U.S. war in Afghanistan, Trump has now ordered more U.S. troops sent there. And it’s not only Afghanistan where the U.S. is waging and threatening war. It’s Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, etc. And now threatening war on Iran, Venezuela, the “total destruction of North Korea,” and increasing tensions with Russia and China.

      It’s time to end the wars and the threat of wars and stop the destruction of the earth. It’s also time for meaningful gun control legislation to help stop or at least reduce the number of mass killings. In short, it’s time for the U.S. to stop making excuses and acknowledge its addiction to guns, war, and violence. It’s time for “we the people” to say enough. No more killing.

No more “one for the road.”

  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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Climate Disaster & Nuclear War!

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

The Fire Next Time!

Climate disaster and nuclear war pose the two greatest threats to life on the planet.

      Poor Houston and the Gulf Coast region! The catastrophe is still unfolding with unprecedented rainfall and flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Houston is experiencing its third “500-year” flood in 3 years! The death toll is mounting as I write. Homes and businesses destroyed in the thousands. The damage to property very likely will be in the tens of billions of dollars.

      Houston is known as “Petro Metro” and is home to more than a dozen oil refineries. The people who live closest to these industrial sites are low income and minority communities. Poor people of color bear the greatest burden of climate change, harmful pollution, and have the fewest options when natural or man-made disaster strikes. They do not have vacation homes and private country clubs to relocate to like the Trump, Bush, and corporate CEO families. The ordinary people of Texas and Louisiana effected by this flooding need support and I encourage all of us to do what we can to help.

“God gave Noah the rainbow sign/ No more water/  the fire next time.”           

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

    The risk of nuclear war, by accident or design, is at it’s highest point since the end of the cold war. Tensions with North Korea, Russia, China, Iran, etc. could spiral out of control very quickly into the use of nuclear weapons. Accidents also happen as shown by two recent collisions of billion dollar U.S. warships. Any use of nuclear weapons in the world could make the catastrophe in Texas pale in comparison.

     Who is the biggest threat to world peace? Consider the following. The US has 800 military bases in 63 countries worldwide, and military personnel presently active in 156 countries. The US has been at war or in a military conflict for 224 of its 241 years in existence. The US defense budget is higher than the defense budgets of the next 8 countries combined. The US is the only country that has ever dropped a nuclear bomb on a population, killing 200,000 people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The US has 6,800 nuclear weapons and is planning to spend $1 trillion dollars to modernize its nuclear arsenal.

Malama Honua ( Take Care of the Earth)

Wage Peace Not 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 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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It’s a question of human survival!

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Wage Peace Not War!

Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation or by madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us.” President John F. Kennedy 1961

     Our hearts go out to the families of innocent people (especially children) killed or injured in the Manchester, England, bombing, Portland train killings, etc. To see the faces of the people killed and hear the grief of families who lost loved ones is heart wrenching.  When will this violence end?   As Gandhi said, “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.

      We need to look at the root of this escalating violence.  What gave birth to ISIS and Al-Qaeda? The US and the CIA supported Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan when he was fighting the Russians.  Then came escalating US interventions in the Middle East, regime changes, and endless war — and the growth of Al Qaeda and ISIS.  Where is the violence headed?  A recent article states, “Civilians killed by US are largely ignored as endless global war continues.”  https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/24/civilians-killed-us-largely-ignored-endless-global-war-continues

      We point to the terrorist violence of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, etc. but fail to see the terrorizing violence of the U.S.A.  We need to end this escalating cycle of violence. It starts by “taking the log out of our own eye.” Matthew 7:5  Seeing U.S. violence for what it is: wars for oil, domination, global empire, profits of a military-industrial complex. Stopping U.S. violence is our first order of business. Otherwise bombs will continue to explode, including eventually nuclear bombs in cities all around the world.  It is up to each one of us to Stop the Violence.  Wage Peace not War!  Practice nonviolence – Kapu Aloha. Build a world of peace based on a foundation of justice for all.  Refuse to hate. “Love your enemies.”

End the Cycle of 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

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March to save the Planet from Climate Disaster & War

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Sat. April 29, 2017 Mo’oheau Bandstand in Hilo 12-5PM.  Help carry banners and signs

Save the Planet!  Aloha ‘Aina!

No More War!

Prevent Climate Disaster!

The U.S. Military is the single largest consumer of oil and the largest emitter of CO2 in the world.

Here in the center of Hawaii Island is a 133,000-acre toxic waste dump that includes lead, Depleted Uranium (DU) and a host of other pollutants. It’s known as the Military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA). And to make matters worse, the military is bombing the toxic waste dump. Are we inhaling toxic military DU oxide dust? The bombing must be stopped and PTA shut down, cleaned up, and returned to the independent nation of Hawaii.

Hawaii’s Dr. Lorrin Pang. MD explains in simple terms the health dangers of inhaling depleted uranium dust in this short video. https://vimeo.com/19153948?ref=fb-share&1

Solidarity for Justice, Peace, and the Earth.

                             Besides Climate Disaster, the threat of nuclear war poses an imminent danger to the survival of life on planet earth.

Why Is There So Little Popular Protest Against Recent Threats of Nuclear War?

          “The current situation in Korea, Syria, and the U.S. surrounding Russia and China with bases is an extremely dangerous situation that increases the risk of nuclear war.  There is an urgent need for diplomacy not war.  Much of the world views the U.S. as the greatest threat to peace on the planet.  Why is it a provocation when Korea test fires a missile yesterday, but the U.S. test firing a missile 2 days ago is not?  I was taught we should not talk about the speck in another person’s eye and ignore the log in our own eye.” Jim Albertini

Stand Up!   Speak Out!   Do Not be Silent!

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Effects of Climate Disaster on Coral Reefs

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017