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Iraq Veterans Petition on Depleted Uranium

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Iraq Veterans Against the War!

Health Impacts of Depleted Uranium (DU)

      “The Iraq war was never over for Iraqi civilians and US veterans who continue to struggle with various forms of trauma and injury; for veterans and Iraqis who suffer the effects of environmental poisoning due to certain US munitions and burn pits of hazardous material; and for a growing generation of orphans and people displaced by war…

      One or our primary areas of focus has been research on the long-term health impacts of depleted uranium.

Since 2007, UN resolutions have included language affirming the need for research on the potential harmful effects of depleted uranium as well as the need for disclosure of where this weaponry has been used. The resolutions have been passed by the vast majority of the world’s nations, indicating a growing global concern. Unfortunately, each year the U.S. has isolated itself by opposing these resolutions, alongside only a few other countries. Help break the silence. Tell the US to stop opposing UN resolutions on depleted uranium. Sign the petition now

Toxic munitions in Iraq have created enclaves across the country in which entire generations of children are born with severe birth defects – most commonly cerebral palsy. Many of the mothers have been widowed by war and are struggle to care for children with special needs in a nation with poor access to medical care and very little support. One of the toxic munitions suspected of contributing to this incredible public health crisis is depleted uranium. In order to determine its impact and prevent this issue from continuing, more research with international oversight must be conducted, but the United States continually prevents this from happening. What could our government be hiding?

This petition could not be more timely. The Obama administration is attempting to justify military intervention in Iraq by claiming that it is on behalf of the human rights and right to self-determination of the people of Iraq. Meanwhile, on November 5, a new resolution on depleted uranium weaponry will be introduced to the United Nations General Assembly, and the US is likely to attempt to shut it down. The United States has a responsibility to support this resolution. Help break the silence on depleted uranium and stand up for the human rights of Iraqis in this time of crisis. Sign the petition now. Thank you for your commitment to this issue and for your ongoing support of our work.”

Iraq Veterans Against the War staff ( see ivaw.org)

The Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), located in the center of Hawaii Island, is contaminated by DU munitions, and a burn pit of hazardous materials is located on the 133,000-acre base. Schofield Barracks on Oahu is contaminated with DU, and possibly other sites in Hawaii too. DU weapons have been used by the U.S. in several countries and in training in more than a dozen states.

Deal with DU in Iraq, Hawaii, etc.

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 (Oct. 31, 2014 – 684th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Monsanto , Dow, and Big Land owners Buying the Vote in Hawaii

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Aloha!
Hope you will SHARE these 2 important pieces of information!

Maui anti-GMO rally

​( and Forward Progress PAC spent nearly 382,000 to defeat Maui council candidates)

And they’ve still got another week to spend MORE. Holy $#%!

via Autumn Rae Ness
Scroll to the bottom to see that Monsanto and Dow Agrosciences have spent $7,896,163 LYING to the people of Maui.

The “Citizens against the farming ban” campaign is funded entirely by Monsanto, Dow & one other buddy. “Citizens” my ass.

It takes more than $8 mill to hide your dirty secrets.
It takes more than $8 mill to pay us off for making our kids, land and oceans sick.
I’m glad you spent all that money. Now the whole population of Maui will know how scared you are of the TRUTH.

The truth will ALWAYS come out, not matter how many millions of dollars you spend trying to bury it.

> Source: https://nc.csc.hawaii.gov/…/20141027205821NC20473SA.html

via Karen Chun
Campaign disclosure is out and, as suspected, Monsanto and Dow are the sole funders of “Citizens Against the Maui Farming Ban”. And wow baby! Did they fund it! $7,896,163 worth!
As of the filing date, Monsanto and Dow had spent a total of $6,335,083.

Question to Maui/Molokai people voting NO on the GMO Initiative: Now that you know that “Citizens Against…” is ENTIRELY funded by Monsanto and Dow and that they’ve paid in $7.9 million to influence you, does that change your opinion?

HEADS UP ON THIS SLEEPER!!!

Ag 2

Looks like the jig is up on this one. Nice try #localfoodcoalition. You may have actually had support for this if you hadn’t had been so #sneaky.

The #2 Ag Amendment on the ballot is just a way for (a) large land owners to get bond funding without dedicating their ag land to actual agriculture, using good groups of smiley young farmers as pawns – who couldn’t qualify for the bonds or loans in the first place.

#isupportsmallfarmers, not sneaky billionaires.

Re: #2 Ag Amendment – Half a million dollars spent to push this amendment – by one guy. WTH?

via Bart Dame
People have been wondering who has been supplying the Big Money behind the campaign to pass the Ag Bonds Con Am.

The spending report by the “Local Food Coalition” is now online.

Here is their organizational report:

https://nc.csc.hawaii.gov/NCFSPublic/ORG_Report.php

And here is their financial disclosure report:

https://nc.csc.hawaii.gov/NCFSPublic/ReportDetail.php

Their org report discloses the names of three officers. Brandon Lee is the Chairman. Murray Clay is the treasurer, Eric Datta is the First Deputy Treasurer. All three are employed by Ulupono Initiative.

The financial disclosure report shows they have raised $505,250. $500K of which came from Ulupono Initiative. They had spent, as of the last day in the reporting period, $352 K, with almost all of it going to Anthology Marketing to run their campaign.

It is fair to say, as I had recently started doing, that the Local Food Coalition is a “wholly-owned” subsidiary of the investment firm, Ulupono Initiatives.

Early statements by supporters of the Coalition had assured us that all their contributions came from “their members.” While, technically, true, that was a statement intended to mislead. The money is all (meaning 99%) coming from Pierre Omidyar.

> Complaint: Hawaii super PAC didn’t report spending

Link: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/26867900/complaint-hawaii-super-pac-didnt-report-spending

> Corporations, Advocacy Groups Spend Big on Ballot Measures
Link: http://time.com/3532419/ballot-measures-corporations

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
~ Anne Frank

DONATE! http://voteyesmaui.org/ #fightback!

VOTE: Nov. 4th!

Fellow Nobel Peace Laureates to Obama: Stain of US Torture Your Job to Repair

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Check this one out:

Fellow Nobel Peace Laureates to Obama: Stain of US Torture Your Job to Repair
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/27/fellow-nobel-peace-laureates-obama-stain-us-torture-your-job-repair

Great statement.  Former President Jose Ramos-Horta of East Timor (and Nobel peace prize winner in 1996) visited here at Malu Aina some years back. It was a great honor to have him come and spend some time with us.   Jose and Arbishop Desmond Tutu lead this effort to write Obama.

Jim Albertini

Reminder: Walk For Palestine in Hilo

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Reminder: Walk For Palestine in Hilo

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

10AM -11AM

Meet at Kalakaua Park

for more information call Bunny Smith 935-0622

Please help pass the word.  Mahalo.

War Propaganda

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Propaganda War!

armchair generalsWAR IS US

      Medea Benjamin has a piece about the war mongering of the mainstream press. See http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/10/fourth-estate-flames-us-medias-award-winning-war-propaganda

There is a constant stream of “be very afraid of Muslims, we must bomb that country, no this country, no, the other country again.” Our economy, with most of the good paying manufacturing jobs sent after slave labor abroad, is increasingly dependent on what is euphemistically called “defense spending.”

This combination of a war economy and war propaganda hasn’t been this organized anywhere on the planet since the Third Reich.

Don’t Be Bamboozled!   Stop the Wars!

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 (Oct. 24, 2014 – 683rd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office