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There Will Be No Peace Without Justice!

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Christmas Peace – Where?

MLK on violence

      The domestic police killings of unarmed civilians in Ferguson, New York City and elsewhere do not take place in a vacuum. Our militarized police practices are directly connected to global U.S. military/CIA policies of torture, targeted assassinations, killer drones, and endless pre-emptive wars of empire. Together they work to further the corrupt financial interests of Wall St. Banks and the military-industrial complex at the expense of ordinary people, especially people of color. This systematic violence at home and abroad is why Dr. King referred to the U.S. as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” King’s words were true in 1967 and they remain true today with the violence becoming even more pervasive despite efforts by spin doctors to rationalize it.

      The gap between rich and poor in the U.S. has never been wider, and the corrupt government policies that favor corporations and the rich have never been more blatant. It’s “in your face” violence and greed. Wall St. corruption pushed millions out of jobs and their homes. Instead of charging Wall St. bankers with crimes, the government rewards them with deregulation of derivatives, gives them bonuses and bailouts, and then criminalizes the homeless, the victims of Wall St. crimes. These same greedy bankers and corporate interest have pushed the planet to the brink of economic and ecological collapse and are threatening WWIII for control of resources. This Holy season is a call for ordinary people around the world to declare a global state of emergency: unite issues for the common good and stand in solidarity and nonviolent resistance for peace, justice and the earth.

There will be No Peace Without Justice!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all!

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 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  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Dec. 19, 2014 – 691st week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

2014 Christmas Eve Candlelight Vigil for Peace in Hilo

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

ANNUAL SILENT CANDLELIGHT-VIGIL

FOR PEACE

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 ALL ARE WELCOME

WHEN:  Wednesday,  December 24th, 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hwy 11, Hilo (between Ross and Walgreens)

Let’s overcome the holiday message of materialism and instead hold a light to its spiritual message of loving kindness, peace and good will to all.  Global, AND LOCAL suffering is increasing with on-going wars, poverty, and destruction of our environment. May the glow of our candles and our SILENT presence serve as testimony that a better way is possible. Let us strengthen our resolve to end suffering and dedicate our lives to caring for each other and working for justice, peace, and aloha ‘aina (love for the land), here in Hawaii and around the world.

COME JOIN US

AS WE RAISE A CANDLE FOR PEACE

AND THE HEALING OF OUR PLANET

If you can, please bring a peaceful sign and a wind-protected candle or lantern, and be prepared for a chance of rain.

  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 justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
    Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
    Phone
    (808) 966-7622.  Email ja@malu-aina.org http://www.malu-aina.org

Malu ‘Aina Annual Christmas Appeal and 690th weekly peace leaflet

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Annual Christmas Appeal

Dear friends,                                                                                      December 2014

     I write to ask for your help to sustain the work of Malu ‘Aina. Malu ‘Aina has been planting seeds, sharing food with people in need, and standing up for peace, justice, aloha ‘aina (love for the land) and a living planet for 34 years. You have been an important part of that effort in one way or another, and we thank you for your solidarity in the journey.

     The work for peace, justice, and the environment, like farm work, is never ending. As an all-volunteer organization we do our best to carry on. We know that we can’t do it alone. We can always use more help. We need your financial support and we need the next generation to carry the torch of nonviolence and the spirit of aloha in the work of Malu ‘Aina.

     The widening gap between rich and poor, the growing number of hungry and homeless, the endless wars, private prisons for profit, and corporate GMO domination of agriculture, all speak to a broken system that benefits the few at the expense of the many. It’s a system whose main concern is short term profit despite long term consequences. Catastrophic climate change and poisoning of air, water, and land, and people, plants and animals are secondary concerns to the corporate bottom line.

     Together, we realize that positive change doesn’t come from the top down. It comes from the bottom up. It takes grassroots organizing to clarify vision and unite people for the common good. We have our work cut out. We need to unite issues of peace, justice and preserving the earth realizing that an injury to one is an injury to all. Your support and solidarity helps us from being discouraged by setbacks along the way and to never, NEVER, give up. Blessings of the season to you and your loved ones.

With gratitude and aloha,

Jim Albertini for Malu ‘Aina

peace dovePS. Donations are tax deductible if checks are made to Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 ‘Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawai`i 96760.  A Pay Pal account (Donate button) has also been setup on our webpage www.malu-aina.org as another convenient way to make donations.  Please click “Subscribe” to receive the Malu ‘Aina weekly peace vigil leaflet (now 690 weeks — see this week’s leaflet below) and other posts for peace, justice and the environment. Other contact information: Phone (808) 966-7622. Email: ja@malu-aina.org  Mahalo.

It’s the Christmas Season!

What Happened to Silent Night?

Sleep in heavenly peace!”
Dogs of War
It’s War, War, and More War! And Torture Too!

Former Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, who helped end the Cold War, recently issued a warning on current US-Russia relations:
‘We may not live through these days’

“This is extremely dangerous, with tensions as high as they are now. We may not live through these days: someone could lose their nerve,” he wrote in a commentary entitled “To unfreeze relations”

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Latest-News-Wires/2014/1210/Gorbachev-on-current-US-Russia-relations-We-may-not-live-through-these-days

It’s Time for Peace: time to defuse, not inflame, tensions!

  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 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 http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Dec. 12, 2014 – 690th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

House Res 758 moves U.S. closer to War with Russia

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Below is a copy of a recent email I sent to U.S. Hawaii Representatives Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa.  I urge you to send similar emails and to Hawaii senators as well.  Urge the senators to vote against any similar resolution in the Senate.  Mahalo. Jim

Aloha Tulsi,
Why didn’t you vote NO on House Res 758 that will bring us closer to war with Russia.  House  Res 758 is reckless. See the commentary at the link below from Rep. Ron Paul.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40396.htm
We need to defuse the conflict in Ukraine with Russia not inflame it.
Thank you.
Jim Albertini

Congressional contacts:

Member Name DC Phone DC FAX Contact Form
Senator Brian Schatz (D- HI) 202-224-3934 202-228-1153 http://www.schatz.senate.gov/contact
Senator Mazie Hirono (D- HI) 202-224-6361 202-224-2126 http://www.hirono.senate.gov/contact/email
Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D – 01) 202-225-2726 202-225-0688 https://hanabusa.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D – 02) 202-225-4906 202-225-4987 https://forms.house.gov/formsgabbard/webforms/email-m …

 

Climate Change & the U.S. Military

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Climate Change Challenges: Support the Environment or the U.S. Military?

military-industrial-complex

By Kathy Kelly edited version below. Full article here http://tinyurl.com/oxc6wuu [Common Dreams]

      Having lived through the 1991 Desert Storm bombing and the 2003 Shock and Awe bombing in Iraq, I tread carefully when speaking about any danger greater than war that children in our world might face…

      Even so, it seems the greatest danger—the greatest violence—that any of us face is contained in our attacks on our environment. Today’s children and generations to follow them face nightmares of scarcity, disease, mass displacement, social chaos, and war, due to our patterns of consumption and pollution.

     Ironically, one of the institutions in U.S. society which comprehends the disasters that loom is the U.S. military. In the past few years, the Pentagon has issued several reports which concur that the greatest threat to U.S. national security is posed by climate change and potential environmental disasters… What’s more, the U.S. military, with its more than 7,000 bases, installations, and other facilities, worldwide, is one of the most egregious polluters on the planet and is the world’s largest single consumer of fossil fuels.

      Its terrible legacy of forcing its own soldiers and their families, over decades, to drink lethally carcinogenic water on bases that should have been evacuated as contaminated sites is covered in a recent Newsweek story. Civilians drinking from wells around. ..U.S. military bases… can fare little better…

  (What about Hawai`i – contaminated by military Depleted Uranium radiation, leaking military fuel, and a stew of other military toxic chemicals?)

Save the Planet! Stop the Wars 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 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  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Dec. 5, 2014 – 689th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office