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What does Good Friday mean to you?

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Good Friday 2014

Modern Day

Crucifixion –

Drone Wars, Special Ops – Assassination Squads, Economic Exploitation at Home and Abroad, and the Destruction of Earth’s Environment?

      Good Friday marks the day Jesus was executed by the Roman Empire for the crime of sedition –stirring up the people in Roman occupied Palestine. In Jesus’ time, for the Occupier and Occupied, crucifixion was up front and very personal. Troublemakers were rounded up, tortured, and executed in public places in an attempt to deter others from stirring up further trouble for the empire. Put simply, crucifixion was meant to terrorize and control an occupied people.

     The U.S. is today’s global empire with a very slick propaganda machine to disguise its wars of conquest as humanitarian missions in the name of “freedom and democracy.” It’s crucifying power operates on a much wider scale than the Roman Empire and is more stealth. It uses killer drones named “Predators and Reapers,” and a growing number of covert hit squads in an endless war for control of resources under the cover of “fighting terrorism.” Empire defines a “Terrorist” as anyone who resists domination by modern day moneychangers called bankers and multinational corporations.

Where Are Today’s Christians and People of Faith?

      After centuries of crucifying Christians, the Roman Empire learned the art of co-opting people. It made Christianity the official religion of the empire, put the cross on imperial shields, and got Christians marching off to fight imperial wars. Today, instead of standing in non-violent resistance to the crimes of empire, many Christians, and other people of faith, have again been co-opted, or have compromised and made accommodation to the imperial order. Where are the voices speaking out and standing up for peace, justice, and the earth? How many churches, temples, etc. are speaking out publicly to cut funding of the national security state and redirect spending to education, the environment, health care and other human needs including military clean up instead of build up in Hawaii? And what about the ongoing illegal U.S. occupation of the Nation of Hawaii?

Mark Your Calendars!

Saturday, April 26, 2014 Merrie Monarch Parade –March for Aloha ‘Aina. Meet at the Hilo King Kamehameha statue 9:30AM

Wear Green Colored Shirt/Attaire! 

Bring Positive -Aloha ‘Aina Signs!

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 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622Email ja@malu-aina.org   http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (April 18, 2014 –656th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Talk About a Bomb Shell!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

U.S. Bombs Hawaii Island with B-2 and B-52 Bombers flown from Louisiana and Missouri !

B-2-MOP

B-2 bomber shown with 30,000 pound GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP)

B-2 Spirit stealth bombers

believed to contains a large amount of depleted uranium and able to penetrate 200 feet of concrete before exploding, thus being capable to hit and destroy deeply buried targets like bunkers in Russia, Iran, etc.

      Two B-2 “Batwing” Stealth Bombers and two B-52 Stratofortress bombers bombed the 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) in the middle of Hawaii Island.on April 2 or the week prior. According to a feature story in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Sat. 4/5/14 the planes dropped 14 inert practice bombs – eight 500 pound BDU-50s by the B-52s and six 2,000 pound BDU-56s by the B-2s. The story was also published in http://theaviationist.com/2014/04/03/b-52-b-2-global-strike/ . But not a word in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today, the 2 daily newspapers on the island bombed. How come?

It’s not every day bombers fly 20 hour round-trips and spend nearly a million dollars in fuel to bomb PTA. These same Big Island dailies regularly run pro military propaganda stories written by the military touting things like school kids visiting PTA (without of course ever mentioning the kids possible exposure to depleted uranium at the contaminated base), so why not a story on our island being bombed by 2 B-52s from Barksdale A.F. B. in Louisiana and 2 B-2s from Whiteman A.F.B. in Missouri? Go figure! According to the Air Force, it was a coordinated range operation which included low approach training.

      Training for what? A bunker buster attack on Iran, Syria, Russia, North Korea? Just the cost of fuel alone used in these bombing missions could have fed a lot of hungry people.

Aloha ‘Aina NOT

Military Bombing!

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 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622Email ja@malu-aina.org  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (April 11, 2014 –655th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Hilo “March for Aloha Aina” 4/26/14

Monday, April 7th, 2014

March 4 Aloha ‘Aina Flyer v.4_Craig’s Drawing

Join the Hilo “March for Aloha Aina”

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Aloha Peace Ohana,
Below is an email from March organizers and attached is their flyer about the “March for Aloha ‘Aina.”  Please pass the word and join this important solidarity action to take care of the land.
Mahalo.
Jim Albertini

Aloha e ‘ohana:)
Please find attached our “March for Aloha ‘Aina” flyer(s) to print and/or distribute/post.
Date: Saturday, 4/26/14
Location: Merrie Monarch Parade
Time: 8am at King Kamehameha Statue
Attire: Green colored shirt/clothing
Signs: Positive Aloha ‘Aina
For more information contact: Craig Neff (808) 934-7171

Let’s all stand in solidarity FOR Aloha ‘Aina!

Target of the U.S. National Security State

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Dr. Martin Luther

King, Jr.

Why he died & why it matters!

mlk on jobs

      Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the apostle of non-violence, was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. This year marks the 46 anniversary of his death. Many remember him for his civil rights work against segregation, his principled commitment to non-violence, and his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in the summer of 1963 delivered in Washington D.C. Fewer people remember him for his work for economic justice and an end to the U.S. war in Vietnam. Very few people realize that a jury in the wrongful death suit brought by the King family found that Dr. King’s death was “an act of State.” In short, King’s death was an inside job – a government operation, not the work of a lone assassin.

      On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was in Memphis to support garbage workers on strike. He was on his way around the country mobilizing for a poor peoples march on Washington, D.C. in the summer of 68. But this time Dr. King wasn’t going to deliver a speech and go home. He planned to stay and shut down the nation’s capitol, if necessary, through massive non-violent civil disobedience. King was calling for fundamental structural change in the U.S. He was calling for economic justice and peace. King believed that racism, militarism, and extreme materialism were the giant triplets of interrelated evil at the root of violence and human suffering that had to be overcome if society was to be transformed. The national security state that profits from feeding off the evil giant triplets of racism, militarism and extreme materialism said King had to go. His capacity for mobilizing millions was too much of a threat to changing the economic and political system that benefits the few at the expense of the many, and the earth itself.

      Today, the disparities in wealth are far greater than when Dr. King lived. Now the top 1% has 65 times the wealth of the bottom 50%. Racism still runs rampant. African Americans and Native Hawaiians are disproportionately represented in the U.S. and Hawaii prison systems. And violence remains as American as apple pie. What Dr. King said 46 years ago still holds true: The U.S. is “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” Amen and mahalo Dr. King!

Peace Demands Economic Justice!

Never Give Up!   We Shall Overcome!    Resist with Aloha!

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 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622Email ja@malu-aina.org   http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (April 4, 2014 –654th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office