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Inside the Two Minute Doomsday Warning Jan. 31, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

     2020 Doomsday Clock         

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Inside the two minute warning

      On January 23, 2020, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, whose Board of Sponsors includes 13 Nobel Laureates moved the hands of its famous Doomsday Clock to  100 seconds to midnight.  It’s the  closest the hands have ever been to Doomsday since the clock was created in 1947.                       

      The Bulletin says “humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change—that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society’s ability to respond. The international security situation is dire, not just because these threats exist, but because world leaders have allowed the international political infrastructure for managing them to erode.

      “In the nuclear realm, national leaders have ended or undermined several major arms control treaties and negotiations during the last year, creating an environment conducive to a renewed nuclear arms race, to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and to lowered barriers to nuclear war. Political conflicts regarding nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea remain unresolved and are, if anything, worsening. US-Russia cooperation on arms control and disarmament is all but nonexistent.

      “Public awareness of the climate crisis grew over the course of 2019, largely because of mass protests by young people around the world. Just the same, governmental action on climate change still falls far short of meeting the challenge at hand. At UN climate meetings last year, national delegates made fine speeches but put forward few concrete plans to further limit the carbon dioxide emissions that are disrupting Earth’s climate. This limited political response came during a year when the effects of manmade climate change were manifested by one of the warmest years on record, extensive wildfires, and quicker-than-expected melting of glacial ice. .. “

See the full Bulletin article here: https://thebulletin.org/doomsday-clock/current-time#clock-timeline

The World Needs to Respond Now!

Before it’s too late!

Prevent Nuclear & Climate Global Catastrophe!

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.

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org

For more information and to receive our posts go to www.malu-aina.org

Jan. 31, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 957 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Remove Trump But Do More Jan. 24, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

REMOVE TRUMP

BUT DO MORE!

      This week marked the U.S. national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the apostle of nonviolence.   It also marked the beginning of the Impeachment trial to remove Donald Trump as President, for committing high crimes. What a contrast!

                                                                           

                           

      King talked about, lived, and gave his life to confront what he called the giant triplets of evil – Racism, Capitalism, and Militarism, and Donald Trump champions all three.

      Given the make up of the Republican controlled Senate, the likelihood of removing Trump appears in doubt. But as King often said “No lie can live forever.” “The arc of the moral universe bends toward justice.” Trump or no Trump, Democrat or Republican in power, an important question is where do we stand day-to-day in life’s journey? Either we are an activist or an inactivist. Albert Einstein said: “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” So please do something!

      Our planet is facing two existential (life ending) threats: climate catastrophe and nuclear war that demand our immediate attention! Future generations are depending on the actions we take today. We who live on an island should know the importance of living in balance with nature, the importance of aloha aina, and what we do — mauka to makai (mountain to the sea). One thing affects the other. Everything is connected.

     We need to restore balance in Hawaii and on the planet to survive. It begins with controlling corporate greed, taking care of the land, air, fresh water, and the sea, and all the people, plants and animals as ohana. But there is more to do.  Hawaii has become one of the most militarized places on earth, including the U.S. command center and training ground for nuclear war?  Let us carry forward Dr. King’s vision. Let us find ways to address the root causes of the problems destroying Hawaii and our world – the giant triplets of evil –Racism, Capitalism and Militarism.

Stand Firm in Nonviolence – KAPU ALOHA!

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.

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org

For more information and to receive our posts go to www.malu-aina.org

Jan. 24, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 956 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Back from the Brink of Nuclear War Jan. 17, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
BACK FROM THE BRINK

OF NUCLEAR WAR!

Jan. 13th marked the  2ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALSE EMERGENCY NUCLEAR ALERT about an incoming nuclear missile to Hawaii that caused mass panic.

The article below –“Back from the Brink” speaks to the danger of nuclear war and notes resolutions already passed by dozens of cities including Honolulu, Philadelphia, LA, etc. We need your support. Urge the Hawaii County Council and Councils throughout the U.S. to pass a similar resolution.

                     https://truthout.org/articles/cities-in-the-crosshairs-are-pushing-back-against-nuclea

Support 5 basic points:

1. No first use of nukes

                2.  Restrict presidential authority to launch nukes         

3.  Nukes off hair trigger alert

4. Cancel modernization of nukes

5. Work for total nuclear disarmament

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      The 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), located in the center of Hawaii island, is used as a training ground for nuclear war. Three B-2 strategic nuclear bombers are deployed from joint base Pearl Harbor – Hickam on Oahu and train at Pohakuloa.  B-2 and B-52 strategic bombers fly from Louisiana, Missouri, and Guam to also practice nuclear bombing runs at Pohakuloa. Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation contamination at PTA is due to the training with the Davy Crockett nuclear weapon system spotting rounds dating back to the 1960s. 

      Hawaii County was the first municipality in the US to pass a law declaring itself a Nuclear-Free Zone in 1981. Today, hundreds of other municipalities have followed Hawaii County’s example. Hawaii County also passed resolution 639-08 by a vote of 8-1 in July 2008 calling for an end to all live-fire at Pohakuloa until there was a complete independent assessment and clean up of the Depleted Uranium (DU) contamination at PTA.  To date, this has not been done nor any of the other 7 actions called for in that resolution.

      Today, our world is facing existential threats from climate catastrophe and nuclear war.  Let us find ways to stand up, speak out, and take positive action now.  We all know there is such a thing as being too late! 

Stop Bombing Pohakuloa!  Shut Down PTA!

Clean Up the Military Mess Here and Everywhere!

Make the World Nuclear-Free!

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.

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org

For more information and to receive our posts go to www.malu-aina.org

Jan. 17, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 955 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Jan. 17 also marks the 127th anniversary of the illegal overthrow of the

independent nation of Hawaii by the U.S. in 1893, and the continued illegal military occupation ever since.  No lie can live forever!

Back from the Brink of Nuclear War

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Yesterday was the  2ND ANNIVERSARY OF the EMERGENCY NUCLEAR ALERT.about an incoming nuclear missile to Hawaii.

Urge Hawaii County Council to pass Resolution “Back from the Brink of Nuclear war.”
Support 5 basic points:
1. No first use of nukes
2. Restrict presidential authority to launch nukes
3. Nukes off hair trigger alert
4. Cancel modernization of nukes
5. Work for total nuclear disarmament

Remember, the Big island is a training ground for nuclear war. B-2 and B-52 strategic nuclear bombers practice bombing at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) and Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation contamination at PTA first resulted from the nuclear weapon system Davey Crockett DU spotting rounds fired in the 1960s.
Stop Bombing Pohakuloa! Shut Down PTA! And Clean up the military mess there.

article on “Back from the Brink” resolution passed by dozens of cities including Honolulu, Philadelphia, etc.

Cities in the Crosshairs Are Pushing Back Against Nuclear Weapons

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & A Happy New Year Dec. 27. 2019 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

2019 Into 2020

We Must Do MORE!

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     In the last few weeks, during this Holy Season of Peace on Earth and Good Will to All, the U.S. Congress passed overwhelmingly the largest military budget in history – $738 BILLION. The vote was 377 to 48 in the House, and 86 to 8 in the Senate. Ed Case, Mazzie Hirono, and Brian Schatz from Hawaii voted YES. Only Tulsi Gabbard voted NO. The U.S. has an obsession with weapons, is bent on military supremacy, and is disregarding arms control treaties and the urgent need for climate action.

      More than 50 years ago, in a lead up to his assassination on April 4, 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King was mobilizing a Poor Peoples Campaign against what he called the giant triplets of evil: Racism, Militarism, and Capitalism. He labeled these triplets of evil “enemies of the poor.” Today, in Hawaii, and across the US, there is mass homelessness and incarceration disproportionately representing Native Hawaiian and people of color.  There is a declining standard of living for many while those in the top .1% billionaire class have record income and wealth growth. More local people are forced to move out of Hawaii while more people with wealth are moving in. The number of tourists visiting Hawaii is now more than 10 million – ten times the population of Hawaii. Hawaii imports 90% of the food it consumes. The world is facing an increasing risk of nuclear war and climate catastrophe that now threatens civilization itself. Things are seriously out of balance to put it mildly.

      We have some difficult days ahead. But one of the most hopeful signs in Hawaii is the Mauna movement to protect Hawaii’s most sacred temple – Mauna Kea. The movement is challenging racism, militarism, and capitalism. It’s focus is Aloha Aina, Sacred before Dollars, and nonviolence –Kapu Aloha. It is a microcosm of the global movement that is needed to protect the earth from Climate Catastrophe and Nuclear War, and build a more just and peaceful world.

Happy New Year!

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.

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org

For more information and to receive our posts go to www.malu-aina.org

Dec. 27, 2019 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 952 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

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Annual Christmas Appeal    

Dear Friends,                                                                                                                                                                                                  December 2019       

       Once a year we write to ask for your help to sustain the work of Malu ‘Aina for justice, peace and a living planet.  This year is extra special.  It marks the 40th anniversary of our founding, and the name Malu ‘Aina given by Bernard Punikai’a of Hale Mohalu and Kalaupapa.  For 40 years we have survived as an all volunteer organization and have been very grateful for your donations of support that have made that possible.  From the start we decided not to seek foundation money, corporate money, or government grants to maintain our independence and critical voice on important issues.

      A donation of 21 acres of land from a friend was the seed to start Malu ‘Aina.  Our vision was to start small and stay small, to be a kipuka of resistance, a base rooted in the principle of nonviolence, to learn and share sustainability skills to grow food, build simple structures, live off the grid, and organize for justice, peace and protecting the earth.  We started living in tents, catching rain water and clearing old sugar cane land by hand to plant fruits and vegetables.

      Over time we have built several small structures, still live off the electric grid and use rainwater catchment, planted more than 100 fruit trees and a wide variety of food crops to feed people.  We have served as an emergency food pantry for over 30 years, helping thousands, conducted 948 consecutive weeks and counting of a Hilo Peace vigil at the downtown Post office/Federal Building , writing a new leaflet each week for distribution on the street corner and via the internet, and available on our website www.malu-aina.org.  We continue efforts to stop the bombing and demilitarize Pohakuloa and all Hawaii, and to protect Sacred Mauna Kea from further desecration.  Protecting Mauna Kea is a direct connection to protecting the planet from climate catastrophe.  It all starts with respecting native people’s cultural and religious beliefs and practices.  It means protecting the Sacred.  Sacred before dollars!

     After 40 years, Malu ‘Aina is in transition to a new generation of leadership.  Hopefully, with your continued financial support and solidarity, and the volunteer helping hands of many, the vision of Malu ‘Aina will be carried forward for generations to come.  What is most important is the spirit and mission — to stand in the spirit of nonviolence — Kapu Aloha, and work for a Hawaii and world rooted in justice, peace, and protecting the sacred – mauka to makai –from the mountains to the sea.  Mahalo to all of you for your financial support and helping hands of solidarity in this journey of 40 years and beyond.

With gratitude and aloha,

Jim Albertini

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Donations are tax deductible if checks are made to Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 ‘Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760.  A Pay Pal account (Donate button) has also been set up on our webpage www.malu-aina.org as another convenient way to make donations.  On the website, please click “Subscribe” to receive the Malu ‘Aina weekly peace leaflet and other posts or send me an email ja@malu-aina.org. with a request.  You can also reach us by phone (808) 966-7622.  Mahalo.