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Request for heart-to-heart talk ohana-style with Pohakuloa Commander

Thursday, February 13th, 2020
 
Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
 
 
Loreto V. Borce, Jr.
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Commander
United States Army Garrison, Pohakuloa Training Area
P.O. Box 4607
Hilo, Hawaii 96720-0607                                                                                                                                                                                                 Feb. 12, 2020
 
email loreto.v.borce.mil@mail.mil
 
Aloha Commander Borce,
 
We first met you in front of the PTA main gate when we demonstrated against RIMPAC on June 30, 2018. You introduced us to your wife and agreed to a meeting at a later date.
The three of us had a meeting with you on September 22, 2018 between 11 a.m. to noon on the PTA base. At the meeting you emphasized the local roots of both yourself and your wife. You said that you were born on Oahu in Kalihi. Because you are local you wanted our relationship to be transparent and ohana-style. At that meeting we requested four things that we felt were doable:
  1. You as commander would provide our organization a tour of PTA similar to that provided the Chamber of Commerce..
  2. As discussed with your predecessor, Commander Marquez, you would produce a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) for annual Makahiki opening and closing ceremonies and visits to cultural and religious sites on PTA.
  3. As a show of good faith you as Commander would NOT have school children visit PTA for Earth day events until there is comprehensive independent testing and monitoring for DU oxide. And
  4. You as Commander would have community meetings with the public to share what you are able to do and not do.
In the year and a half since that meeting not one of these four doable points have been accomplished.
We ask for a heart-to-heart talk ohana-style to be held with the public on Coconut Island in Hilo (previously a Pu`uhonua) on Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Saturday closest to the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day) [It will have been 22 months since you first met us and emphasized doing things ohana-style!]
 
Mahalo.
 
Jim Albertini,
Ronald Fujiyoshi
Danny Li
 
 
P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

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!

No War on Iran! War is NOT the Answer Jan. 10, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

NO WAR ON IRAN!

war
 

More Aloha Not More War!   Make Peace with Iran!

Only Love Can Conquer Hate!

Trump’s Ordered Assassinations: Cruel and Inhumane Breach of International Law

Photo of a U.S. “Reaper” Drone firing missile. It was a U.S. Reaper drone that assassinated

Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani and killed others near Baghdad Iraq airport on Jan. 2, 2020

There are those who benefit from war, the militarists, the arms dealers, the corporate media/military industrial complex, but those who really pay for militarism and wars are the people and the tax of the poor.  The propaganda and lies of war are being spread and this time the target is Iran, just like US/UK/NATO carried out wars against Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, etc.  Let us, the people, learn lessons from the past and unite and mobilize calling for no war against Iran… Yes to nonviolence, peace and dialogue!  Let the people unite together to stop war, remembering that there is power in truth and love is stronger than hate.”      Maired Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate

U.S. Troops Out of Iraq, the Middle East & Hawaii Too!

End U.S. Occupation!    Stop Bullying the World!

Stop Bombing Pohakuloa!

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. 10, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 954 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Jan. 4, 2020 Gathering outside the gates at Pohakuloa

Sunday, January 5th, 2020

PTA Commander Lt. Col. Loreto Borce, jr. local born Filipino from Kalihi on Oahu, did
not accept our invitation to come outside the gates to discuss and answer questions
from the public and news media about Depleted Uranium and other toxins at Pohakuloa.
His promise of openness and transparency when first becoming commander has not been kept.
Same old, same old. Sad.

Jim Albertini

Photos from Jan. 4, 2020 at Pohakuloa and Mauna Kea

Sunday, January 5th, 2020
photos by A. Tischler.  Mahalo.
All total we had 2-3 dozen people join in the Protect Pohakuloa Gathering.  Mahalo to all.
Jim Albertini

 

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