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Father Daniel Berrigan, S.J. goes back to God

Saturday, April 30th, 2016


FYI  Father Daniel Berrigan, 94 went back to God today.  I’m sure it’s a grand welcoming.

Dan was a great inspiration to many, myself included.   The Democracy Now piece and the NY Times article below gives more on his life.  And there is plenty more.  Just google Daniel Berrigan. I highly recommend reading some of his many books.  One place to start is his autobiography “To Dwell in peace.”



A statement from the Family of Father Dan Berrigan, SJ

This afternoon around 2:30, a great soul left this earth. Close family missed the “time of death” by half an hour, but Dan was not alone, held and prayed out of this plane of existence by his friends. We – Liz McAlister, Kate, Jerry and Frida Berrigan, Carla and Marc Berrigan-Pittarelli—were blessed to be among friends—Patrick Walsh, Joe Cosgrove, Father Joe Towle and Maureen McCafferty—able to surround Daniel Berrigan’s body for the afternoon into the evening.

We were able to be with our memories of our Uncle, Friend and Brother in Law—birthdays and baptisms, weddings and wakes, funerals and Christmas dinners, long meals and longer walks, arrests and marches and court appearances.

It was a sacrament to be with Dan and feel his spirit move out of his body and into each of us and into the world. We see our fathers in him—Jerry Berrigan who died in July 2015 and Phil Berrigan who died in December 2002. We see our children in him—we think that little Madeline Vida Berrigan Sheehan-Gaumer (born February 2014) is his pre-incarnation with her dark skin, bright eyes and big ears.

We see the future in him – his commitment to making the world a little more human, a little more truthful.

We are bereft. We are so sad. We are aching and wrung out. Our bodies are tired as Dan’s was—after a hip fracture, repeated infections, prolonged frailty.  And we are so grateful: for the excellent and conscientious care Dan received at Murray Weigel, for his long life and considerable gifts, for his grace in each of our lives, for his courage and witness and prodigious vocabulary. Dan taught us that every person is a miracle, every person has a story, every person is worthy of respect.

And we are so aware of all he did and all he was and all he created in almost 95 years of life lived with enthusiasm, commitment, seriousness, and almost holy humor.

We talked this afternoon of Dan Berrigan’s uncanny sense of ceremony and ritual, his deep appreciation of the feminine, and his ability to be in the right place at the right time. He was not strategic, he was not opportunistic, but he understood solidarity—the power of showing up for people and struggles and communities. We reflect back on his long life and we are in awe of the depth and breadth of his commitment to peace and justice—from the Palestinians’ struggle for land and recognition and justice; to the gay community’s fight for health care, equal rights and humanity; to the fractured and polluted earth that is crying out for nuclear disarmament; to a deep commitment to the imprisoned, the poor, the homeless, the ill and infirm.

We are aware that no one person can pick up this heavy burden, but that there is enough work for each and every one of us. We can all move forward Dan Berrigan’s work for humanity. Dan told an interviewer: “Peacemaking is tough, unfinished, blood-ridden. Everything is worse now than when I started, but I’m at peace. We walk our hope and that’s the only way of keeping it going. We’ve got faith, we’ve got one another, we’ve got religious discipline…” We do have it, all of it, thanks to Dan.

Dan was at peace. He was ready to relinquish his body. His spirit is free, it is alive in the world and it is waiting for you.


Elections NOT For Sale!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Overthrow the Oligarchy

  Democracy Now!

“The U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt…” is the finding of a study in the academic journal Perspectives on Politics.

      “The authors of this historically important study are Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page, and their article is titled “Testing Theories of American Politics.” The authors clarify that the data available are probably under-representing the actual extent of control of the U.S. by the super-rich. (.1of 1% controls about as much wealth as the bottom 90% U.S. combined.)

“The clear finding is that the U.S. is an oligarchy, no democratic country, at all. American democracy is a sham, no matter how much it’s pumped by the oligarchs who run the country (and who control the nation’s “news” media)… Today, after this exhaustive analysis of the data, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” That’s it, in a nutshell.”

According to former President, Jimmy Carter (1977 to 1981), the American Essence or value has been compromised through “unlimited political bribery” using “unlimited money” by “oligarchs” to elect their chosen politicians to office. The system subverts the American definition of Democracy…

 Big Money Out of Politics! 

Power to the People!

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Depleted Uranium (DU) contamination

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Local and global problems with DU contamination

US Army’s Depleted Uranium Licencing Saga Highlights Post-Conflict Contradictions

Pohakuloa Sham Earth Day Celebration

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Pohakuloa Sham Earth Day Celebration

The Hawaii Tribune Herald had an article on page A-6 yesterday (April 21, 2016) about Pohakuloa having an Earth Day celebration today, April 22.
Can you imagine such hypocrisy?  Here is a place where upwards of 14 million live rounds are fired annually by the US military and is contaminated with a wide range of military toxins, including Depleted Uranium (DU), lead, etc.  Bombing the sacred ‘aina is the daily routine.  Such a sham earth day celebration is worse than the cartoon below.
Jim Albertini


Sham Earth Day

Please pass the word on the ‘Oiwi Film Festival 2016 on Oahu

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Please pass the word on the ‘Oiwi Film Festival 2016 on Oahu.  

Here is the link to the ‘Ōiwi Film Festival 2016 lineup:

Malu ‘Aina places Special emphasis on the film:
Mauna Kea: Temple Under Siege
Sunday May 08


Directed by Puhipau and Joan Lander

2005. 57 min.

A decade before Mauna Kea was the scene of protests against the development of a 30-meter telescope, Puhipau and Joan Lander turned their cameras on the volcano. For five years, Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina captured on video the seasonal moods of Mauna Kea’s unique 14,000-foot summit environment, the richly varied ecosystems that extend from sea level to alpine zone, the legends and stories that reveal the mountain’s geologic and cultural history, and the political turbulence surrounding efforts to protect the most significant temple in the islands, the mountain itself.

Mauna Kea: Temple Under Siege paints a portrait of a mountain that has become a symbol of the Hawaiian struggle for physical, cultural and political survival. The program explores conflicting forces as they play themselves out in a contemporary island society where cultures collide daily.

Featuring Aka Mahi, Pualani Kanahele, Kealoha Pisciotta, Paul Neves, Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer, Keawe Vredenburg, Sam Gon III, Julie Leialoha, Kahu o Terangi, Kapono Souza, Clarence Kukauakahi Ching, Debbie Ward and Nelson Ho. 

See the trailer.