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Hawaii County Resolution Diplomacy not War in Korea

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Please testify in support of this important resolution #354 at the start of the 9 a.m. meeting Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 at the West Hawaii Civic Center, or by videoconference from council chambers in Hilo, the Pahoa and Waimea council offices, the Naalehu state office building or the old Kohala courthouse. 

Mahalo.  Jim Albertini

http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/council-resolution-trump-kim-seeks-peace-north-korea

 

Council resolution to Trump, Kim seeks peace with North Korea

Updated: 
October 15, 2017 – 7:58pm

HILO — All they are saying is give peace a chance.

Two County Council members are sponsoring a nonbinding resolution urging the United States to seek a peaceful and diplomatic solution to reduce tensions between the United States and North Korea.

The resolution, if passed Wednesday by the council, would be sent to President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the U.S. secretaries of state and defense, Hawaii’s congressional delegation, Hawaii County mayor and Hawaii governor.

Koohan Paik, who is involved in an Asia-Pacific peace group, asked the two council members to sponsor the resolution. If it passes, Hawaii County will likely be the first local government to send such a request, Paik said.

“We need diplomacy,” Paik said, rather than Trump and Kim “flinging unlawful threats at each other.”

The tension between the two leaders escalated at the end of last month, with Trump calling Kim “rocket man,” and saying he’s on a “suicide mission,” while Kim responded that Trump was “deranged,” and will “pay dearly” for his threats, according to The Associated Press.

Paik said she asked Honokaa Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter to sponsor it as council chairwoman, and Hilo Councilman Aaron Chung because he, like Paik, is of Korean descent.

“To me, it makes perfect sense that we should be the ones to pass a resolution to promote diplomatic talks with North Korea. Our culture is centered around the concept of ‘aloha,’” Poindexter said. “Not only that, but we are at the crossroads of East and West. We should be the bridge, not in the crosshairs for war.”

Chung said he’s usually not one to sponsor nonbinding resolutions and has in the past spoken out against them. But he decided this particular one merited discussion.

“This one has been a topic of great conversation in my household,” Chung said. “This is something I feel strongly about.”

As the closest county in the closest U.S. state to North Korea, Hawaii Islanders are feeling especially vulnerable to the increased tensions between the two nations, according to resolution sponsors.

“A peaceful solution to the present situation between the United States and North Korea is of particular importance to the State of Hawaii given our geographic location and vulnerability in the event of a war between the two nations,” the resolution states. “A call by the people of Hawaii for a peaceful resolution to any serious conflict situation, not just this one, is in keeping with our islands’ most treasured ideal, that of aloha.”

The public can comment on Resolution 354 at the start of the 9 a.m. meeting Wednesday at the West Hawaii Civic Center, or by videoconference from council chambers in Hilo, the Pahoa and Waimea council offices, the Naalehu state office building or the old Kohala courthouse.

Paik is director of development with the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action and formerly project director of the Asia-Pacific Program at the International Forum on Globalization.

 


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

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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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet October 6. 2017– 837th week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Do not wait: Speak Up for Diplomacy Not War!

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Hawaii Under Nuclear Attack!

      The enormous U.S. military presence in Hawaii makes Hawaii and its people (residents and visitors alike) vulnerable to attack and has major ongoing environmental consequences. There is no question that Major military command and force installations on Oahu would be prime targets in the event of any nuclear war. Places such as the Pacific Command at Camp H.M. Smith located above Aloha stadium, Pearl Harbor, Hickam Air Force base, Schofield Barracks, Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station, the NSA base near Wahiawa, major munition bases at West Loch of Pearl Harbor, Lualualei on the Waianae coast, etc. For decades, there has been a military command plane named the “Blue Eagle” on 24 hour alert at Hickam A.F. Base to take military commanders airborne in the event of any nuclear attack while the rest of us remain sitting ducks. It has been reported that the pilot and copilot on “Blue Eagle” wear eye patches to prevent total blindness from nuclear blast flashes.

      Recently, the Hawaii State Emergency Management Agency has issued a warning that a North Korean missile attack would only involve 20 minutes from launch to detonation. Their only advice is get indoors, stay indoors and stay tuned. Nuclear fallout could cover all the islands depending on which way the wind blows. For more info (it is not good) See

http://hawaiipublicradio.org/post/north-korean-nuclear-attack-20-minutes-launch-detonation

      Hawaii has already suffered effects from nuclear war preparations. Pearl Harbor is a superfund toxic waste site. Liquid nuclear waste has been discharged into Pearl Harbor and more than 2000 drums of solid nuclear waste have been dumped off Oahu’s southern shores. Nuclear accidents –release of radioactive materials (classified top secret) have reportedly taken place on Oahu. Military fuel tanks are leaking and threatening ground water contamination in the Red Hill area near Tripler Army hospital. Depleted Uranium radiation weapons have been used at Schofield Barracks, the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on Hawaii Island and possibly other sites in Hawaii such as Makua Valley and Kaho’olawe. The PTA contaminated sites continue to be bombed with high explosives.

      During atmospheric nuclear weapon testing in the late 1950s and early 60s, 12 U.S. atomic and hydrogen bombs were set off at Johnston Island located 500-700 miles south west of Hawaii. 67 U.S. nuclear tests were done in the Marshall islands in Micronesia. The nuclear flash on Johnston Island could be seen from Oahu. Street lights went out. Later soil testing determined that Hawaii had plutonium contamination. Upper jet stream winds travel west to east and rain brought the fallout down. Plutonium has a half-life of 24,400 years. Depleted Uranium’s half life is 4.5 billion years.

      The late retired Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Command (CINCPAC) Admiral Noel Gayler called for the abolition of nuclear weapons and put forward a proposal in 2000 to achieve this goal. His assessment was influenced by viewing Hiroshima from the air only six days after its devastation on August 6, 1945 by a US nuclear weapon.  He also witnessed the atmospheric testing of thermonuclear weapons in the Marshall Islands in the 1960s.  In his proposal, Adm. Gayler dispels some common illusions concerning the military value of nuclear weapons. See more here

https://www.wagingpeace.org/admiral-noel-gayler-dispelling-nuclear-illusions/

No More War! The Only Shelter is Peace!

  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
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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet September 29, 2017– 836th week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

The U.S. Military Junta

Monday, September 18th, 2017

The Rise & Rule of

The Generals

                                                                                             

Generals McMaster, “Mad Dog” Mattis, and Kelly!

Trump’s National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, Secretary of Defense and retired Marine General James Mattis, and former head of the Department of Homeland Security, now White House Chief of Staff, retired Marine General John Kelly

The Militarization of Everything

not just foreign policy but – police, schools, sporting events, media, movies, TV, churches, and of course government spending priorities.

A Government of, by, and for, the generals!

Instead of civilians controlling the military. It’s the military controlling the civilians with little or no significant Congressional oversight, and wars now waged in secret. Trump has been reduced to a public figurehead of the military junta.

See http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/its-bizarre-american-generals-who-have-led-us-disaster-mideast-are-treated

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47821.htm

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47834.htm

https://www.globalresearch.ca/who-rules-america-2/5608802

No surprise in policies: War, War & More War!

Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Pakistan, etc.

More of the same! Now threatening nuclear war with Korea, escalating tensions with Russia, China, Iran, and of course helping produce record profits for the arms makers. Silence is not an option. Stand Up! Speak Up! Resist!

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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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet September 22, 2017– 835th week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Battleship Guam – Militarism in the Pacific

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

The militarization of Guam and Hawaii

http://hawaiiindependent.net/story/battleship-guam