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There is such a thing as acting too late!

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Trump & the War Hawks Prepare to Destroy the World

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moves forward its symbolic Doomsday Clock – two minutes to midnight – Global Annihilation!

Trumps Hubris Knows No Bounds

In one week Trump and his neocon henchmen threatened Iran, Syria, China, Venezuela and Russia. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50364.htm

The U.S. suggested that the U.S. Navy might blockade Russia because of its energy trade. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50363.htm  

US Would Preemptively Destroy Russian Warheads, Envoy Warns https://news.antiwar.com/2018/10/02/us-would-preemptively-destroy-russian-warheads-envoy-warns/

China: Security Talks Canceled at US Request. Foreign Ministry: US requested postponement because of tensions https://news.antiwar.com/2018/10/02/china-security-talks-cancelled-at-us-request/

Will Organized Human Life Survive? by Noam Chomsky A talk at St. Olaf College September 24th, 2018  https://dissidentvoice.org/2018/09/will-organized-human-life-survive/

The Final Word: Never Give Up!

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it – always.”
— M.K. Gandhi

  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 peaceful means and work for 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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October 5, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 889th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Stop the next war before it starts!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Danger of Escalating War!

Beware of “False Flag” Trigger Event

      The U.S. and Israel have no respect for the sovereignty of other nations. They act as if it is their right to bomb any country they want. Increasing tensions over Syria and Iran could escalate quickly into a global war involving Russia and other countries, including the possible use of nuclear weapons. See the Path to WWIII http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50313.htm

      U.S. national security advisor, John Bolton and U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo continue to beat the drums of war with threats and more threats at an ever increasing pace, including warning of regime change. Bolton: “We will come after you… There will be hell to pay.”  See https://mondoweiss.net/2018/09/channels-netanyahu-mongers/

https://www.timesofisrael.com/irans-rouhani-says-israel-the-most-daunting-threat-to-world-peace/

      The increasing U.S. rhetoric against Iran is sounding more and more like the run up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the phony U.S. claim of Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) that didn’t exist. The U.S. media helped sell the illegal U.S. war of aggression on Iraq. Will they do the same again with Iran? Don’t buy into it. Don’t buy war! Iran poses no more of a threat to the U.S. than Iraq did. It’s all hype.

      Trump tore up the Iran nuclear deal, despite the fact that Iran was adhering to it and despite the wishes of the other countries that were signatories to it. Now he is imposing draconian sanctions that are hurting the Iranian people. Don’t let Trump do to Iran what Bush did to Iraq. We need diplomacy not war. Act now to stop the next war before it starts. And don’t forget…

  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 peaceful means and work for 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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September 28, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 888th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Excellent testimony on Pohakuloa by Kau’i Trainer

Monday, September 24th, 2018

 

Loreto V. Borce, Jr
U.S. Army, Commanding Lieutenant Colonel 
(808) 969-2536 
loreto.v.borce.mil@mail.mil 
 
Dr. Julie M. Taomia 
Cultural Resources Manager
US Army Garrison – Pohakuloa Hawaii
Desk: (808) 969-2536 Cell: (808) 436-4280
julie.m.taomia.civ@mail.mil
 
John M. Fowler 
Executive Director 
202-517-0200 
jfowler@achp.gov
 
Suzanne Case,
SHPO and Chairperson
Department of Land & Natural Resources 
1151 Punchbowl Street
Suite 555
Honolulu, HI 96813
808-587-0400
 
Katharine Kerr
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
202-606-8534
kkerr@achp.gov
 
 
Sept 24, 2018
 
 
Aloha,
 
I am against the Programmatic Agreement until further consultation with Native Hawaiians occurs and a more collaborative effort to examine the concerns in question (below) are addressed.
 
 
  • How does each training activity impact archaeological resources that are known?
  • If only 45% of the known resources have been discovered, and 55% of the areas being used have not even been surveyed, what is the timeline for surveying so that we know what other impacts are occurring? 
  • What are the adverse effects caused by continued use of the live-fire ranges, including the targeted high-hazard impact area?
  • What are the adverse effects associated with investigation and disposal of unexploded ordnances?
  • What type of adverse effects could result from emergency situations, including but not limited to, emergencies declared by the President or the Governor of Hawaii or actions to protect human health and property?
  • How many archaeological sites will be adversely impacted by training activities within the “Go” areas and each training, high impact and maneuver areas?
 
Stipulation I.A. of the PA states: “To the extent feasible, USAG-Pōhakuloa and RDH shall develop and authorize undertakings designed to avoid adverse effects to historic properties.” The PA authorizes USAG-Pōhakuloa and RDH as the only individuals who will provide “mitigation” measures. Every “mitigation” measure should be formed in consultation with Native Hawaiian organizations and individuals who attach religious and cultural significance to historic properties that may be affected by an undertaking. The PA should be revised to ensure we the consultants and other NHOs are consulted regarding these “mitigation” measures. 
 
There is a reason why I emphasize the word mitigation. The word mitigation means to reduce the severity, seriousness, or painfulness of something. It often feels like the military and the government agencies do not really seek to mitigate adverse effects to historic properties because the severity, seriousness and painfulness of the their destructive actions have not been reduced, but rather, it has increased in depth and breadth. As a kanaka, Iʻd like to see real solutions and real collaboration to identify what archaeological sites and resources we have, what they mean for us as a people, and whether we are still willing to participate in a legacy of desecration and erasure of these sites and resources. I am certainly not willing to do so. Why we continue to wage war when our world needs us, more than ever, to wage peace, is an issue that we MUST address at all levels of society, all levels of government, and most certainly at all levels of humanity. We cannot continue to destroy the earth and its inhabitants without recognizing humanityʻs role in the consequences. 
 
In the findings of Ching v Aila Civil No. 14-00253, the court determined that:
1.The Defendants breached their trust obligations by failing to mālama ʻāina the Subject Lands [State General Lease No. S-3849], 2. The Defendants are ordered to fulfill their trust obligations by doing the following: A. Defendants shall promptly initiate and undertake affirmative activity to mālama ‘āina the Subject Lands. B. Mālama ‘āina of the Subject Lands by Defendants includes, but is not necessarily limited to 1. To develop a written plan to mālama ʻāina the Subject Lands. I would add, AND ACT ON THAT PLAN TO MĀLAMA ʻĀINA.
 
Please make sure that the Defendants fulfill their trust obligations. Make good on the court findings.
 
Iʻd like to see the military stop all live bombing of our land and waters. Iʻd like to see the military clean up Kahoʻolawe like they said they would. Iʻd like to see the military clean up Makua Valley, Waikoloa, Pohakuloa, and Red Hill. There needs to be greater accountability in regards to environmental and cultural issues. Be pono.
 
Mahalo for the opportunity to comment,
 
Kauʻi Trainer
Hilo, HI
Kau’i Trainer
kauitrainer@gmail.com
 
Aloha kekahi i kekahi.
 

Next Pohakuloa Strategy meeting is Wed. Sept. 26th from 6-8PM

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Next Pohakuloa Strategy meeting is Wed. Sept. 26th from 6-8PM at the Keaau community center.  Items for agenda will include evaluation of the meeting with PTA commander Borce on 9/21, Drake’s radiation monitoring, Mike Reimer’s proposal, etc.  Please come and help pass the word.   Summary of meeting with PTA commander Borce below.  Mahalo.
Jim Albertini

Monday, Sept. 24th Councilwoman Jen Ruggles is having a community meeting from 6-8PM at the Keaau Community Center
Tuesday, Sept. 25th there is a Mauna Kea Management Board hearing from 5-7PM at Imiloa Astronomy center on new proposed hard line rules on Mauna Kea that could seriously restrict free-speech protest rights and Hawaiian rights to cultural and religious practice.  Pass the word and attend.  Mahalo and solidarity

Meeting with Pohakuloa Commander LTC Loretto V. Borce, Jr.

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Meeting with Pohakuloa Commander LTC Loretto V. Borce, Jr.

On Friday, Sept. 21, 2018  Kahu Ron Fujiyoshi, Danny Li and myself met with the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) commander, LTC. Lorettto V. Borce, Jr. up at Pohakuloa from 11AM till 12 noon..  The meeting had been limited by Commander Borce to three people.  With Borce was suppose to be his deputy commander Greg Flemming and Community Relations person Mike Donnelly. Flemming was not present. In his place was Bob Cherry, a retired Army Col. who is now a liaison person between the Army and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  Also present was PTA safety officer Miranda.

The meeting was limited by Borce for 1 hr. from 11AM to 12 noon.

Danny said Borce opened the meeting by saying that he wanted to listen and he is for openness, transparency and process.

Ron then affirmed  Borce’s initial comments to us and similar comments in an informal discussion following a RIMPAC protest outside the PTA gate on June 30, 2018.  Borce said he wanted to be transparent and do things ohana style.  Borce is born and raised on Oahu in Kalihi and his wife is Hawaiian and related to Keanu Sai.

Ron made 4 points:

1. Borce had said he would provide stop RIMPAC demonstrators on June 30, 2018 a tour of PTA.

2.  Ron asked for an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) which Borce’s predecessor LTC Marquez said he would do but never did: an MOU for Makahiki opening and closing ceremonies and visits to cultural and religious sites on PTA.

3.  Ron asked Borce for a show of good faith by NOT having school children come to PTA for Earth day events until there is comprehensive independent testing and monitoring for DU oxide.

4.  Ron urged more public community meetings with Borce

Jim presented Borce with

1.  several  dozen signed Military Human Experimentation forms saying that individuals do not give their consent to being experimented upon by the military continuing to bomb a base known to be contaminated with Depleted Uranium.  The Nuremberg principles affirm such rights.

2.  requests that both the 106 process and the $210 million PTA construction EA process be extended.  Borce did say he read Ruth Aloua’s 40 page document on the 106.

3.  copy of the Hawaii County Council resolution 639-08 passed by a vote of 8-1 in July 2008 calling for 8 actions including a stop to all live fire and anything that creates dust at PTA until there is a complete assessment and clean up of DU present at PTA and 7 other actions related to the DU.  Jim asked why the military had taken no action on any of the 8 actions called for by the county council in reso 639-08  In addition Jim gave Borce a copy of reso 701-08 naming Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD as Hawaii county’s official representative.  Borce said he was unaware of the resos.

4.  a copy of a pre-proposal by Retired nuclear geologist, Mike Reimer, Ph.D. for $100,000 of the military’s $210 million proposed building project in the main base contonment area go towards a joint military/citizen DU monitoring effort to see if DU oxide is coming off PTA.  Jim said that he and a number of others had some reservations about the study being co-opted by the military but were willing to discuss matters further.

Jim questioned why retired Army Col. Bob Cherry was at this meeting, saying he did not trust Cherry, his history of downplaying DU hazards and stonewalling comprehensive independent testing and monitoring for DU oxide.

Danny asked Borce to review the 2008 Hi. County resolution 639-08 on DU, and said toxic cleanup would be ideal training for troops at PTA.

At the end of the meeting he gave the “Commander’s coin” to Jim, Ron and Danny.

Question: Will the relationship between this commander be different from that of other Commanders in the past?

Commander Borce seemed open to meet with Ruth Aloua, Leilani Lindsey-Kaapuni, Puaena Ahn and others before larger community gatherings.

Would be good to check on what he has told others in the meetings with small groups. I.e. Royal Order of Kamehameha.

— Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action