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Request for Testimony on Geothermal bill SB 2663

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Aloha Peace ohana,
Below is an email from Bob Petricci of Puna Pono Alliance requesting testimony in support of SB 2663.  Below his email is testimony I sent in. Please send in testimony and pass the word.  Mahalo.
Jim Albertini

Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org www.malu-aina.org

This year’s geothermal legislation needs your help now, one last time.  Please send an email (see below) and ask your friends to do the same.  The immediate need for these emails ends this week (please do not send emails after April 26th.)  You may use our online form to send your email:www.punapono.com/sb.php
Representatives Chris Lee and Cindy Evans along with their committees on Energy and Environmental Protection and Water and Land made appropriate changes to Senate Bill 2663 (now referred to as SB2663 SD2 HD2.) They not only cleaned up the Senate version of the bill, but they also provided for contested cases in geothermal permitting and a ban on fracking (with a sunset of 10 years.)   Representative Sylvia Luke and her Finance committee then also approved the favorably amended legislation.

On Friday, April 25th, SB2663 SD2 HD2 will be considered by a conference committee (where Chris, Cindy, Sylvia and Cynthia Thielen will confer with Senators Malama Solomon, Donovan Dela Cruz, Mike Gabbard, Brickwood Galuteria and Sam Slom for decision making only, with no public testimony.)   Puna Pono Alliance is supporting a campaign of email messages to the conference committee members.   Here is a sample email message:

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Thank you for your concern and support for a community that lives near Hawai`i’s only geothermal development. We appreciate how the House has provided for contested cases in geothermal permitting and a ban on fracking as amendments to Senate Bill 2663.  These House changes, along with other improvements in language and intent, make Senate Bill 2663 an initiative I support. As members of the House and Senate confer on the bill, I ask that you please keep contested cases and the ban on fracking as essential elements of the bill.  Without both of these elements, I feel that the bill would not be worthwhile.

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Bob’s email:
Please freely edit the above draft text for your email.   Here are the email addresses of the conference committee members::

repclee@capitol.hawaii.gov,repevans@capitol.hawaii.gov,repluke@capitol.hawaii.gov,repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov,senslom@capitol.hawaii.gov,sendelacruz@capitol.hawaii.gov,sengabbard@capitol.hawaii.gov,sengaluteria@capitol.hawaii.gov,sensolomon@capitol.hawaii.gov

You also may use our online form to send your testimony by email –www.punapono.com/sb.php    –

Thanks very much for your help,
Bob
My testimony:

Aloha Legislators,

As a 34 year resident of Puna on the Big Island I have long been
concerned about geothermal issues. Thank you for your concern and
support for a community that lives near Hawai`i’s only geothermal
development. We appreciate how the House has provided for contested
cases in geothermal permitting and a ban on fracking as amendments to
Senate Bill 2663.  These House changes, along with other improvements in
language and intent, make Senate Bill 2663 an initiative supported by
Puna Pono Alliance which is a grassroots community group I support. As
members of the House and Senate confer on the bill, I ask that you
please keep contested cases and the ban on fracking as essential
elements of the bill.  Without both of these elements, I feel that the
bill would not be worthwhile.

I do want to add that personally I stand with the Pele Defense Fund
in strong opposition to all geothermal as a violation of Native
Hawaiian religious beliefs that Pele is a deity and drilling into Pele
is sacrilegious and a desecration of the Hawaiian religion equal to the
desecration of drilling for oil in the Vatican, the Temple mount in
Jerusalem or the sacred sites of Mecca.  How have we come to this?  Have
we no longer any shame?  Where is our aloha and respect for Hawaii’s
native religious practitioners?

Mahalo for your consideration.
Jim Albertini

All Hawaii Stand Together!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

March For

Aloha ‘Aina

Saturday, 4/26/14

9:30 AM

King Kamehameha Statue

(Hilo)

Let’s March in Solidarity

For Aloha ‘Aina

in the Merrie Monarch Parade


Now is the time we put all

our Mana together for

our Sacred ‘Aina!


Wear Green Colored Shirt/Attire

Bring Positive – Aloha ‘Aina Signs

For more information contact: Craig Neff (808) 934-7171

Malu Aina believes The March for Aloha Aina this Saturday is an important event to link struggles for justice, peace and the environment – A Free Independent Hawaii, Respect for Mauna Kea, Pu’uhonua not Prisons, GMO-Free Hawaii, Let Pele Be – No More Geothermal, Go Solar, Stop the Bombing at Pohakuloa, Climate Change, Feed the People, Peace not War, etc. etc.
All Hawaii Stand together.  Please join in solidarity and bring your ohana and friends. Mahalo.

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 25, 2014 –657th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Oppose Private Prisons Coming to Hawaii

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

ATTENTION!  Hearing for SCR 120 (Private prisons coming to Hawaii) has been set for Thursday, Apr. 24th at 3:45 PM.  Send in testimony by Wed., at 3:45 pm! OPPOSING SCR120 Mahalo!

My testimony is below.
Jim Albertini
Rep. Henry J.C. Aquino, Chair
Rep. Kaniela Ing, Vice Chair
Rep. Sharon E. Har
Rep. Roy M. Takumi
Rep. Linda Ichiyama
Rep. Ryan I. Yamane
Rep. Mark M. Nakashima
Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita
Rep. Gregg Takayama
Rep. Bob McDermott
NOTICE OF HEARING
DATE:
Thursday, April 24, 2014
TIME:
3:45 PM
PLACE:
Conference Room 312
State Capitol
415 South Beretania Street
A G E N D A
REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR TO EXPLORE A COMPETITIVELY PROCURED PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT FOR A NEW SYSTEM OF CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES THAT MAY INCLUDE REENTRY CENTERS, REPORTING CENTERS, TREATMENT CENTERS, PRISONS, JAILS, AND HALFWAY HOMES, TO BE OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE STATE AND ITS COUNTIES.
PBS
DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

SCR120
Submitted on: 4/22/2014
Testimony for PBS on Apr 24, 2014 15:45PM in Conference Room 312

Submitted By Organization Testifier Position Present at Hearing
Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Oppose No

Comments: Aloha Legislators, Our organization strongly opposes SCR 120 and the move to bring private prison corporations to Hawaii to profit off the backs and misery of Native Hawaiians who make up more than 60% of Hawaii prisoners. In 1970, Hawaii had less than 1000 people locked up statewide. Today it’s nearly 6,000. That’s nearly a 6 fold increase when the population has not even doubled. Something is very wrong. Hawaii already has more than enough prison bed space to confine those who are a danger to the community. It’s time we move in a different direction, and start reducing, not expanding Hawaii’s prison population. Private prisons are not interested in reducing prison populations. They want expansion of prisoners and profits. Our organization supports Ohana Ho’opakele’s constructive call for Pu’uhonua or wellness centers, places of healing, on every island, instead of building new prisons to keep locking up more Hawaiians. Pu’uhonua is a traditional Hawaiian right guaranteed under Article 12, Section 7 of the State Constitution. Ho’oponopono is the process of making right and healing individuals, families and our communities. Our organization echos Ohana Ho’opakele’s call: “No More Prisons –public or private! Defeat SCR 120. Pu’uhonua is the way to go.” Mahalo. Jim Albertini, president of Malu ‘Aina

If you would like to send testimony, please go to:  www.capitol.hawaii.gov

  • Sign in at the top.
  • Click on the “Submit Testimony” icon.
  • Type the Bill number in the box and click on “Submit.”
  • Click on “support” or “oppose”
  • Click on “Individual” (unless you are a bonafide Organization)
  • Add comments if you wish or attach written testimony from your browser Click on “Next”
  • Check small box at the bottom
  • Press Submit again and you will get a “Successful” message
  • A copy of your testimony will be emailed back to you.

 

Join the “March for Aloha ‘Aina” Sat. in Hilo

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Aloha Peace Ohana,
The March for Aloha Aina in the Merrie Monarch parade this Saturday is an important event to link struggles — Respect for Mauna Kea, GMO-Free Hawaii, Let Pele Be, Go Solar, Aloha Aina Pohakuloa, Feed the People, etc. etc.  Please mobilize people to join.  Bring positive signs.  Talk to Craig Neff (number below) if more information is needed.
Mahalo and solidarity,
Jim

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

Aloha e ‘ohana:)

Date: Saturday, 4/26/14
Location: Merrie Monarch Parade
Time: 9:30am 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!

Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org www.malu-aina.org

Campaign Non-violence –End war, poverty, and climate crisis

Monday, April 21st, 2014
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