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An Injury to One is an Injury to All

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Income & Wealth Inequality!

An article entitled “Inequality Against Democracy” by Richard Eskow provides shocking facts. Below is a summary. You can read the full article here.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/02/08/inequality-against-democracy-10-facts-about-1-percent

      “The 0.01 percent – a tiny group of people – controls a vast amount of wealth. 16,000 Americans hold as much wealth as 80 percent of the nation’s population – some 256,000,000 people – and as much as 75 percent of the entire world’s population. A few billionaires are even wealthier. In the United States, 536 people had a shared net worth of $2.6 trillion at the end of 2015.

      “CEOs are taking up a bigger piece of the pie, and workers are getting less. Fortune 500 CEOs earned about 42 times as much on average as the typical worker in 1980. Today they earn 373 times as much. In fact, seven of this country’s 30 largest corporations paid their CEOs more than they paid in taxes.

      The average American household is falling behind on wages. The median household income in the United States fell by more than 7 percent between 1999 and 2014. The average American owns less wealth than people in many other developed countries. The median wealth of an American adult is roughly $34,316. That’s far below that of adults in countries like Japan ($78,862), Luxembourg ($78,453), the United Kingdom ($75,734), Norway ($54,362), the Netherlands ($52,649), Switzerland ($43,700), and Australia ($47,477.)

      “More than one child in five lives in poverty. The U.S. poverty rate for children is over 20 percent, higher than that of all other major developed countries. Overall, more than 48 million Americans live in poverty.

The Challenge

      “A government controlled by wealthy individuals and large corporations will be much more likely to harm the environment and subvert democratic processes. It will cater to the defense industry abroad and the for-profit prison industry at home. It will hamper racial justice…”

      That is why runaway inequality is one of the most important issues of our time. It stifles democracy, breeds violence and wars, and leads to a more dangerous world. The time for action is now! Rise up. Unite as the 99.9%. A system that has created this kind of inequality needs to be fundamentally changed. It can be done. We are the many. They are the few. Don’t let the few continue to divide us. In unity there is strength. Never give up!

Stop Runaway Inequality!
Build a Movement for Justice, Peace and the Earth!

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

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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Feb. 12, 2016 – 751st week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Why are people so Upset?

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Good article below.  Wall Street’s pathetic worldview.

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/34964-wall-street-worldview-why-are-people-upset

Feb. 5, 2016 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet on War & More War! What the Candidates Will do

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

War & More War!

      While U.S. primary elections have most of the public and media attention, the U.S. is planning massive military escalation and few seem to care or notice. Distraction is the disorder of the day.

What the candidates Will Do!
2016 election bombing What Marco, Jeb, Carly, Chris, etc. will do

     “U.S. troops are going back into Iraq, our presence in Libya is escalating, and Obama has widened the war in Afghanistan – all without much of a public debate” according to Adam Johnson, associate editor at AlterNet. And escalation in Syria too.

See (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44106.htm

      In 2011, the Libya “No Fly Zone” campaign quickly became regime change and the killing of Muammar Qaddafi resulting in total chaos in Libya. Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept noted that Secretary of Sate at the time, Hillary Clinton, sociopathically boasted and laughed about the mob rape and murder of Qaddafi on 60 minutes “We came, we saw, he died.” According to the New York Times, the new war effort in Libya is “expected to include airstrikes and raids by elite American troops.” Who knows how long it will last.

     Today, the escalation of war is all done in the name of fighting ISIL. How convenient for the arms makers – endless war!  According to Johnson’s article, “When the U.S. began its anti-ISIL efforts in August 2014, ISIL was in two countries. Now, after tens of thousands of aerial ordinances have been dropped on two continents, ISIS now has a presence in over 20 countries. The U.S. has even expanded its war in Afghanistan to include ISIS, the White House announced last Thursday. None of the major presidential candidates, including the most progressive member of the U.S. Congress, Bernie Sanders, outwardly opposes the U.S. current anti-ISIL efforts, including the once-unpopular drone program.” So where is the public debate about all this war and more war? And putting an end to war?

What Will We DO?

  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

Sign up on our website to receive our posts  http://www.malu-aina.org/

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Feb. 5, 2016 – 750th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Report on January 30, 2016 Aloha ‘Aina gathering at Pohakuloa to Stop the Bombing

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Report on January 30, 2016 Aloha ‘Aina gathering at Pohakuloa to Stop the Bombing

Alha Kakou,

Our Aloha ‘Aina gathering today started out with pule and ho’okupu at the Pu’uhuluhulu ahu.  We then proceeded to the main gate area of Pohakuloa (mauka side of the Saddle Rd) for a one hour sign holding vigil.  Several dozen bikers and others were already there as part of the pro-military Gathering of Eagles.  They had only a few signs but lots of American flags, even an Israeli flag.  Military jets and live fire bombing could be heard in the background.

There are 7 photos below. The first 5 are people calling for stopping the bombing at Pohakuloa.  The bottom 2 are those supporting the bombing.  The group “Gathering of Eagles” must monitor our Malu ‘Aina website (www.malu-aina.org) and whenever we have a gathering at Pohakuloa, the Eagles are there to support the U.S. military.   The event was mostly civil with the exception of an “Eagle woman” on a bull horn that some other Eagles refer to as “The Screaming Eagle” who hurled a few insults across the highway.

Our Aloha ‘Aina gathering concluded at noon with some prayers and chants facing Mauna Kea.  As we left, we waved and exchanged words of aloha with some of the Eagles.  We appreciate the good will of those Eagles who respect the right to disagree. Those of our group that could were headed to the hale near the Mauna Kea visitors center for a meeting to discuss future strategy to protect Mauna Kea.

We took this action today to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the landing by 9 Hawaiians in Jan. 1976 to occupy the Island of Kaho’olawe in a call to Stop the bombing there.  It was the birth of a movement.  It took more than a decade, the loss of 2 lives –George Helm and Kimo Mitchell, and the imprisonment of others but the bombing was eventually stopped.  The action of the Kaho’olawe 9 and others inspire our actions today to Stop the Bombing of  Pohakuloa.
Jim Albertini

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Video of Jan. 21, 2016 Demilitarizing Hawaii & the Pacific forum

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Video of Demilitarizing Hawaii & the Pacific forum at UH Hilo Jan. 21, 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0QflUcZ5lo&feature=youtu.be