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Aloha Mauna Kea Gathering

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

From Pua Case:

Aloha Everyone, Gathering on the mauna, time to come together and connect to our sacred mountain. Bring a potluck if can, chairs to sit on, instruments to play, conversations to share and aloha for all. dress for all weather, layer up! What a beautiful time to grace the mauna in gratitude. me ke aloha nui. pua

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US Empire – Global Mafia Don – Jan 25, 2019 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

US Empire – Global Mafia Don!

The Problem is More than Donald J. Trump

      The late author William Blum said: “American people are very much like the children of a Mafia boss who do not know what their father does for a living, and don’t want to know, but then wonder why someone just threw a firebomb through the living room window.”

      The definition of Global Imperialism is quite simple and much like the expanded role of a local mafia crime boss: if you don’t do what the US tells you to do, the US will destroy you. The US will use economic sanctions, embargoes, threats of destruction and annihilation, violent covert military Special Ops, and as a last resort, invasion and war – all of course in the phony name of “defending freedom and democracy,” to control and dominate the world. The US is even prepared to initiate a global nuclear war, risking total annihilation to maintain profits and world dominance.

Today, the US empire (Global Mafia Don) has 95% of the world’s foreign military bases, with personnel in more than 160 countries, many personnel conducting “Special Ops” –covert unconventional warfare with drones and assassination teams to maintain US economic global domination. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50951.htm

From Violence to Nonviolence

      This past week the US celebrated the national holiday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – the apostle of nonviolence, who dedicated his life to working for justice and peace. What the mainstream media fails to address is King’s calling out the triplets of evil: Racism, Militarism and Capitalism. One year to the day of his assassination on April 4, 1968 King came out strongly against the US war in Vietnam. He said “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

      Today, the 26 richest people in the world have as much combined wealth as the poorest half of Earth’s population, while the gap continues to increase, according to a new report of Oxfam International. This is nothing short of an obscene concentration of wealth. Dr. King said: “The trouble is that we live in a failed system. Capitalism does not permit an even flow of economic resources. With this system, a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level. That’s the way the system works. And since we know that the system will not change the rules we are going to have to change the system.”

      Martin Luther King made a challenge to us: “Our only hope lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.” But he said we must do so in a spirit of, and a commitment to, nonviolence. Dr. King said: “We still have a choice today, nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation.” Violence and hate only lead to more violence and hate. Love is the answer. It is where hope begins.

Live the Dream! Work for Justice & Peace!

  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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Jan. 25, 2019 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — week 905 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Martin Luther King’s famous speech 1 year to the day of his assassination

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

MLK Beyond Vietnam Speech Relevant To War & Justice Today

By United For Peace. Staff of United for Peace & Justice – 50 years ago, on April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church, in NYC, Martin Luther King delivered his powerful and most controversial speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”. No longer willing to keep silent about the immorality of the Vietnam War, knowing the intense criticism he would receive for speaking out, he nevertheless was compelled to speak, “I am here tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice”. King spoke against war and its crippling effects on social progress. He denounced the death and destruction in Vietnam and the waste of billions on an immoral … -more-

PRESS RELEASE Re: State DLNR Needs to Stop Military Special Ops Training on Hawaii Public Shorelines, Parks, etc.

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

Press Release for immediate release Sat. Jan. 19, 2019

Re: State DLNR Needs to  Stop Military Special Ops Training on Hawaii Public Shorelines, Parks, etc.

further contact:

Jim Albertini, president
Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622
email ja@malu-aina.org
visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org
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                                          Hundreds of military training missions are planned per year in public areas involving groups up to 46 people, with each training lasting between 4 and 96 hours. And this is why they want to do the training  —

Today, the US empire has 95% of the world’s foreign military bases, with personnel in more than 160 countries, many personnel conducting “Special Ops —  covert unconventional warfare with drones and assassination teams to maintain US economic global domination.  See http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50951.htm

 The late author William Blum said: “American people are very much like the children of a Mafia boss who do not know what their father does for a living, and don’t want to know, but then wonder why someone just threw a firebomb through the living room window.”

Statement by Jim Albertini

“The Hawai’i State Department of Land & Natural Resources (DLNR) appears asleep.  The DLNR needs to stand up and act to protect public resources by stopping military Special Ops training on Hawai’i public shorelines, parks, etc. in public areas OUTSIDE of military bases on all islands   These Special Ops, including covert surveillance and assassination training involve the Navy, Army, Marines, and Air Force. Covert military Special Ops are a rapidly increasing part of US military policy worldwide.  This massive Military intrusion into our coastal nearshore waters, public shorelines and public spaces will irreversibly damage natural and cultural resources. These marine environments are crucial to sustaining Native Hawaiian cultural practices, fragile ecosystems supporting diverse species and fishing grounds used for generations.

“Hawai’i is already one of the most militarized places on the planet with over 100 military installations including nearly 25% of the island of Oahu and now the military wants to expand its warfare operations into coastal nearshore waters, shorelines, beaches, public parks, and inland non-federal land locations.  These crown and government lands and waters fall within the claimed jurisdiction of the State and belong to the public trust.  Therefore, DLNR has a responsibility to ensure the safe and responsible use of Hawai’i’s natural resources.  Many of the DLNR officials in charge of protecting Hawai’i’s natural resources that I’ve talked to were completely unaware of these planned military Special Ops and showed little or no interest in standing up to this military.

“A Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to supposedly analyze the potential impacts of the Special Ops.  See it here Environmental Assessment Open for Public Review It made a Finding of No Significant Impacts (FONSI).  THE FINDING IS A LIE!  The deadline for public comments on the Draft EA was Jan. 7, 2019.  Who is the military kidding?  The Draft EA said there are hundreds of proposed trainings planned per year involving groups up to 46 people, with each training lasting between 4 and 96 hours. The training may involve air and submarine drones, boats, helicopters, etc. The Special Ops EA has three action options: a preferred option for Special Ops training, a 2nd modestly scaled down version option, and instead of a NO Action third option, it notes continued Special Ops training as currently taking place without explaining where, how many, and the kinds of ongoing Special Ops training.”

“A specific point to invalidate the Draft EA and require a full EIS is that the draft EA is incomplete and does not cover all the Special Ops that have been planned.  I will cite one specific case below involving armed Navy Special Ops planned for Mauna Kea Recreation Area and the slopes of Mauna Kea that was not included in the Draft EA Special Ops.  Given this fact, there is reason to believe there may be additional Special Ops also planned for other areas that were also not included in the draft EA Special Ops.  Here is the link for the Navy Special Op planned for Mauna Kea Recreational Area.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BctJ9aw2rcJJQG3YNsM9SrqRGqWBnfiV/view?usp=sharing  This Mauna Kea Park Special Op according to press reports of Nov. 28, 2018  (Hawaii Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today front page articles) was cancelled due to community opposition.  But this was done after the Draft EA Special Ops was published.”

Here are some of the DLNR people I spoke with in person or by phone:

1.  Shelly Habel, DLNR conservation & coastal lands 1-808-587-0377. When I explained my concern about the military Special Ops, Ms. Habel said “I was wasting her time.” She was completely unaware of the Military Special Ops EA and appeared not to care.

2.  Gordon Heidt, DLNR Big island Land Division Manager 961-9590 was unaware of the Military Special Ops EA but read in the newspaper about Malu ‘Aina and others stopping Special Ops training at Mauna Kea park.

3.  Jay Hakeyama, DLNR Forestry and wildlife Hilo office 974-4221  Unaware of Military Special Ops EA.  He referred me to Aquatics Division

4.  Jordan Carter, DLNR Aquatics Resources Hilo office 961, 9530  Unaware of Military Special Ops EA, but appeared concerned and referred me to DLNR director’s office, Suzane Case on Oahu 1-808-587-0400

5.  DLNR Director’s office 1-808 587-0400.  I called on the afternoon of 1/17/19.   After I explained my concern to the person who answered the phone, I asked to speak to the director or one of her staff. I was put on hold for 15 min. and then the same person said she would pass on my concerns.  When I asked the person with whom I was speaking for her name for my record, she refused to give it to me and hung up on me. All this on the very day of the 126th anniversary of the US illegal overthrow of the government of Queen Lili’uokalani and the Hawaiian Kingdom with the assistance of the U.S. military.

6.  Chris Yuen, BLNR Board member from the Big island 963-6966  I’ve known Chris for decades and actually spoke to him on Thanksgiving day about the Special Ops then planned for Mauna Kea park.  In my phone call with Chris on1/17/19 I told him of my experience trying to get help from DLNR pushing back to the Military Special Ops without success or even knowledge by many DLNR people of the military special ops plans.  I gave him a link to my post on malu-aina.org website  http://malu-aina.org/?p=5820 for further info on the Military Special Ops and  he said he would look into it.

7.  Sam Lemmo, Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands Administrator 1-808-587-0377.  I emailed him a copy of my testimony to the Navy EA.  I called  on 1/17/19 and asked his secretary for Sam to return my call. Sam returned my call and left a brief message on Friday, Jan. 18th 3:07PM when I was at the Malu ‘Aina weekly peace vigil in downtown Hilo.

Jim Albertini, President Jan. 19, 2019

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 Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

126 Years of Illegal US Occupation

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

126 Years of Illegal U.S. Occupation 

Hawaii’s Queen Lili’uokalani

     On January 17, 1893 a coup d’état was carried out against Queen Lili’uokalani and the Hawaiian Kingdom by foreign resident business interests with the assistance of U.S. Marines from the USS Boston. An illegal U.S. occupation of Hawai’i has continued ever since. Contrary to popular belief there never was a Treaty of Annexation.

     Today, occupied Hawai’i is home to more than 100 U.S. military installations, a runaway tourist industry and settler population that has turned Hawai’i into a playground for rich land speculators. Nearly 1 in every 2 households can’t cover basic needs.  $92,000 is now considered low income on Oahu. Native Hawaiians (Kanaka Maoli), who make up 20% of the population, now make up the majority of homeless and 60% of the prison population in their own homeland. The sacred Kanaka Maoli temple — Mauna Kea, is being desecrated by scientific development including the 13th telescope – TMT. 133,000-acres at Pohakuloa continue to be desecrated, bombed and contaminated with military toxins, and 90% of food consumed in Hawai’i is now imported to what was once a 100% food self sufficient society.  Aloha ‘Aina –Mauka to Makai!  Malama Honua!  Save the planet!

     Today, a new military coup of sorts is being carried out in Hawaii. It’s called “Special Ops.” Covert military water, land, and air-based trainings OUTSIDE of military bases are being planned. They will be carried out in coastal nearshore waters, shorelines, and inland locations on all islands involving Navy, Army, Marines and Air Force. This is a gross expansion, normalization, and glorification of militarism and war in our communities. It will only add to the catastrophic consequences – environmental, cultural, etc. of 126 years of illegal US military occupation of Hawaii. In short, it is military training to do to other nations what the US has already done to the Hawaiian Kingdom –overthrow its government and illegally occupy it’s territory. Justice demands the U.S. end it’s illegal occupation and restore Hawai’i as it was –an independent nation of military neutrality.

Stop this Military Madness! Free Hawaii Now!

  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
    Sign up on our website to receive our posts 
    http://www.malu-aina.org/

Jan. 18, 2019 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — week 904 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office