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The Cost of War at home and abroad!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The Cost of War!

American Jihad

The money should stagger you. Journalist James Risen, author of Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War, a revelatory new book about the scammers, counterterrorism grifters, careerist bureaucrats, torture con artists, and on-the-make privatizers of our post-9/11 national security state, suggests that the best figure for money spent on Washington’s war on terror, including the Iraq and Afghan wars, is four trillion dollars. If you add in the bills still to come for the care of American soldiers damaged in that global war, the figure is undoubtedly significantly higher

      “Given Washington’s bedrock assumptions about the Greater Middle East, we should have no problem kissing another four trillion taxpayer dollars goodbye in the years to come. Eight trillion? If that isn’t a record, what is?  Some “USA! USA!” chants might be in order.”

Tom Engelhardt http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175926/

      And yet the U.S. empire can’t afford to provide basic medical care, a safety net to feed the poor, house the homeless, create living wage jobs, protect the environment, rebuild failing infrastructure, teach the children, so what exactly is the bloated U.S. military/war budget defending?

Racism, Ferguson Police

Violence, & Hawai`i

The decision of a grand jury not to indict white Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of 18 year old, unarmed, African American Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO has sparked protests in more than 170 cities throughout the U.S., Hawaii and beyond.

“I don’t think we can take away anything from this decision not to indict other than that it is now officially open season on black folks when it comes to police violence.”

Vince Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights

Racial profiling, disproportionate sentencing, and mass incarceration exist for people of color, throughout the U.S. and Hawaii. Hawaiians are reported to make up roughly 20% of the population but more than 60% of those imprisoned. How come?

Nov. 28thHappy Hawai`i Independence Day!

On Nov. 28, 1843 the British and French governments recognized the Independence of Hawai’i as a nation among the family of nations. It’s long past time to end the U.S. Occupation of Hawai’i –ongoing since the Bayonet Constitution of 1887, the illegal overthrow of Queen Lili’uokalani in 1893 by U.S. troops and business interests, the fake annexation of Hawai’i in 1898, and Hawai’i becoming a Fake State of the U.S. in 1959.

End Racism, War, & U.S. Occupation!

It’s Time for Justice, Peace & Saving the Planet!

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 (Nov. 28, 2014 – 688th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Palestinian-American human rights attorney and activist NOURA ERAKAT to speak on Oahu

Friday, November 21st, 2014
Palestinian-American human rights attorney and activist NOURA ERAKAT to speak in Hawaii.
PalestinianHawai’i Friends of Sabeel, The Muslim Association of Hawai’i, The Hawai’i Coalition for Justice in Palestine – HCJP , Jewish Voice for Peace-Hawai’i, and UH departments and centers will be hosting three events with Palestinian-American human rights attorney and activist NOURA ERAKAT.


Details will follow regarding these events, but save the dates and watch for updates!

Fri., Nov. 28, at Calvary by the Sea, following an introduction by Jon Osorio, Erakat will deliver a talk entitled “Spotlight on Gaza: Contexts and Ethical Responses.” 6-7:30 p.m. Address: 5339 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96821 (accessible by the IL line of The Bus)

Sun., Nov. 30, at St. Andrews Church, Erakat will give a talk, “Spotlight on Gaza: Contexts and Ethical Responses.” 1-2:30 p.m. Corner of S. Beretania St. at Alakea/Queen Emma

Mon., Dec. 1, from 5-8 p.m. at the UHM Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies Halau, there will be a Panel, Pūpū and Performances. (Please note, you may park for $6 in the structure right next to the Center, which is on 2645 Dole St. Spots in the Center’s parking lot require the $6 tkt, too. Street parking is free though not readily available.)

Erakat will speak on “The Legal Anatomy of Israeli Settler-Colonialism,” and Andre Perez and ‘Ilima Long of Movement for Aloha No ka ʻĀina (MANA) will be in conversation with her and audience members about connections and differences that characterize settler colonialism and occupation in Palestine and Hawai’i.

Hawai’i Friends of Sabeel, The Muslim Association of Hawai’i, The Hawai’i Coalition for Justice in Palestine – HCJP , Jewish Voice for Peace-Hawai’i, and UH departments and centers will be hosting three events with Palestinian-American human rights attorney and activist NOURA ERAKAT.

Details will follow regarding these events, but save the dates and watch for updates!

Fri., Nov. 28, at Calvary by the Sea, following an introduction by Jon Osorio, Erakat will deliver a talk entitled “Spotlight on Gaza: Contexts and Ethical Responses.” 6-7:30 p.m. Address: 5339 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96821 (accessible by the IL line of The Bus)

Sun., Nov. 30, at St. Andrews Church, Erakat will give a talk, “Spotlight on Gaza: Contexts and Ethical Responses.” 1-2:30 p.m. Corner of S. Beretania St. at Alakea/Queen Emma

Mon., Dec. 1, from 5-8 p.m. at the UHM Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies Halau, there will be a Panel, Pūpū and Performances. (Please note, you may park for $6 in the structure right next to the Center, which is on 2645 Dole St. Spots in the Center’s parking lot require the $6 tkt, too. Street parking is free though not readily available.)

Erakat will speak on “The Legal Anatomy of Israeli Settler-Colonialism,” and Andre Perez and ‘Ilima Long of Movement for Aloha No ka ʻĀina (MANA) will be in conversation with her and audience members about connections and differences that characterize settler colonialism and occupation in Palestine and Hawai’i.

This panel will be accompanied by pūpū (including potluck contributions made from THE GAZA KITCHEN recipes!), and followed by music, Hawai’i poetry, and readings from the forthcoming BIOGRAPHY issue, “Life in Occupied Palestine.” https://www.facebook.com/biographypalestine?ref=br_tf

This visit is generously funded by Hawai’i Friends of Sabeel and the Muslim Association of Hawaii. Co-sponsors: HCJP; MANA; Jewish Voice for Peace-Hawai’i; World Can’t Wait; Revolution Books; St. Clement’s Episcopal Church; Food (+); Hawai’i Institute for Human Rights; Hawai’i Faculty for Justice in Palestine (H-FJP); the UHM School of Hawaiian Knowledge; the UHM Center for Biographical Research; the UHM Departments of American Studies, Anthropology, English, Ethnic Studies, Political Science, and Women’s Studies; and the Chaminade History Department.

NOURA ERAKAT is a human rights attorney and activist. She is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University and a Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya e-zine. Most recently, she was a Freedman Teaching Fellow at Temple Law School and has taught International Human Rights Law and the Middle East at Georgetown University since 2009. She served as Legal Counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, chaired by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich. Noura’s scholarly interests include humanitarian law, human rights law, refugee law, and national security law. Her scholarly publications include: “U.S. vs. ICRC-Customary International Humanitarian Law and Universal Jurisdiction” in the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy, “New Imminence in the Time of Obama: The Impact of Targeted Killings on the Law of Self-Defense” in the Arizona Law Review, and “Overlapping Refugee Legal Regimes: Closing the Protection Gap During Secondary Forced Displacement,” forthcoming in the Oxford Journal of International Refugee Law . Noura’s media appearances include MSNBC, Fox News, PBS NewsHour, BBC World Service, NPR, Democracy Now, and Al Jazeera. She has published in The Nation, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Huffington Post, IntlLawGrrls, The Hill, and Foreign Policy, among others. Noura is the co-editor of Aborted State? The UN Initiative and New Palestinian Junctures, an anthology related to the 2011 and 2012 Palestine bids for statehood at the UN.

ABOUT the HAWAI’I COALITION FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE:
HCJP is a coalition of community members, activists, students and academics joining together to work towards justice in Palestine. HCJP has been formed to join in solidarity with Palestinians and the international community in opposing Israel’s illegal and unjust acts. We oppose the use of our tax dollars–over $3 billion per year–being used to support ethnic cleansing, colonization, blockades, and occupation by Israel in Palestine. This panel will be accompanied by pūpū (including potluck contributions made from THE GAZA KITCHEN recipes!), and followed by music, Hawai’i poetry, and readings from the forthcoming BIOGRAPHY issue, “Life in Occupied Palestine.” https://www.facebook.com/biographypalestine?ref=br_tf

How Many More Deaths?

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

END the

ENDLESS

WARS!

No More Troops! No More Bombs!

Promote Peace, Justice &

A Livable Planet!

More troops
U.S. Intervention is the problem not the solution! U.S. Intervention created ISIS!

     Malu ‘Aina, along with many others, have long stood against the escalation of war and the growth of the military industrial war complex. Today the U.S. is bombing in Iraq, Syria, and several other countries. War is all about death and destruction, and corporate profits for the few at the expense of the many. War is about increased surveillance and an erosion of civil liberties at home. War does not promote peace, justice, and a livable planet. It does not promote democracy, diplomacy, and lasting security. It does not promote jobs that serve the common good, and our ability to better care for one another and our environment. Instead, war diverts tax dollars away from education, jobs that serve human needs, universal health care, addressing climate change and a host of other domestic and international issues. For all these reasons, and more, we must demand an END TO ENDLESS WARS NOW! Enough War already!

It’s time to Wage Peace!

Stand up!  Speak Up!  Silence

is Consent!

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  On the web at malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Nov. 21, 2014 – 687th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Thursday November 13 National Call-in Day: No Bombs! No Endless War!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
Call Congress Today:
Toll-free number to Capitol Switchboard:  877-429-0678
President Obama announced last week that he was sending another 1500 troops to Iraq and would be calling on Congress to issue a new “authorization for the use of force” (AUMF) against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. He is also asking for $5.6 billion to pay for this new war.
It’s already clear that this policy isn’t working. After months of American bombing in Iraq and Syria ISIS is stronger than ever, controlling roughly the same territory they did when the first strikes occurred. Instead of being degraded ISIS has seen a massive increase in recruitment,
Another American-directed war is not a solution to the challenge of ISIS. There are less violent alternatives available with greater prospects for success.
See Grassroots Handout- Short Version
Congressional Handout
Recognizing the urgency of this situation, United for Peace and Justice is joining together with more than twenty national peace and justice organizations to build Congressional opposition to this new war.
You can help. Pick up the phone and call your Representative and two Senators. Use Toll-free Number to Capitol Hill Switchboard: 877-429-0678 *(provided by Friends Committee on Legislation)
Let them know you are opposed to this new war.
Emphasize  that as a constituent you want them to Vote Against Any Authorization for the Use of Force (AUMF) in Syria and Iraq.
Ask the staff member where the member of Congress stands on the issue. Please report results to
rustiandgael@unitedforpeace.org 
We are now facing an uphill struggle in mobilizing members of Congress. But it is helpful to remember that every member of Congress who votes AGAINST this counter-productive, dangerous and costly  effort is laying the foundation for an ongoing mobilization on behalf of peace.
Please copy and forward widely.

 

We won one

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Great news.  Mahalo  Koohan for passing this along.  Nice to have positive results at lest once in a while.
Solidarity,
Jim

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Date: November 12, 2014 4:40:44 PM HST
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Subject: BREAKING NEWS…and it’s GOOD!

     It’s not so often we get to report really good news. Sharon and I met this morning with Brycen Moritsugo, president of College & Career Fair who coincidentally lives on Kaua`i. Then 1/2 hour ago at 3:45 he called up and said he is changing his mind and we, and all the other islands, can represent at the Fair. This has generated a ton of publicity, all negative for HI C & C Fair, from the likes of Jim Albertini, Island Breath, a facebook page generating comments, an ACLU attorney who’s looking into this, the presenters from all the islands  and probably some pissed off students, teachers and parents. We just don’t know what really swung the deal but whatevah!!!

I immediately called Chris D’Angelo at TGI, who had interviewed Brycen, to tell him to hold the story and guess who called Chris immediately after I did?  This is a big win for our statewide progrssive community and it just shows how a united effort can pan out. Kip