Archive for February, 2011

Peace Meeting Monday Feb. 28th 7 PM in Keaau

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Aloha Peace Ohana,
Reminder: Thee will be a peace meeting on Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 from 7-9PM at the Keaau Community Center.
Among items for discussion are:
1.  Plans for a major April 9th anti-war and anti-occupation rally
2.  Mobilizing in support of a resolution in the state legislature for comprehensive, independent testing and monitoring for depleted uranium at Pohakuloa
3.  Discussions of anti-union movement in the US and widening protests in the Arab world.
4.  Discussion of a march Malu Aina farm day and update on the adjacent land
5.  Report on Ohana Ho’opakele Pu’uhonua and Ho’oponopono as alternatives to prison meeting held 2/24
Come and bring your ideas and join in the efforts for justice and peace.  Please pass the word to friends too.
Mahalo.
Jim

Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

TMT on Mauna Kea:

“One more for the road!”

On Friday, February 25, 2011 the State  BLNR will be deciding whether to issue a permit for construction of a Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) atop Mauna Kea.  Send testimony to Adaline.F.Cummings@hawaii.gov  Below is Jim Albertini’s testimony in opposition.

I am opposed to any and all permits for the TMT on Mauna Kea.  I believe the issues of expanding military training and industrial development on Mauna Kea is a microcosm for our fragile world.  Our planet is now facing profound life threatening climate change due to the cumulative effects of global industrial development.  No single, particular, industrial development can be said to have caused the global tipping point.  But it is clear our planet’s ecosystem is now in dire straights due to the cumulative effects of industrial development, and the crisis is accelerating.

As we all know, Mauna Kea is sacred.  It is a revered temple by the Kanaka Maoli, the native people of this place, and native people around the Pacific.  It is a fragile environment that already has suffered from extensive industrial development.  We give lip service to these facts but then we go forward with more industrial development on Mauna Kea.   Today, we have the lure of TMT –  bigger-is-better, more jobs, world class astronomy status, major PR efforts, and community pay offs  by the vested economic and scientific community.  But all of this has not stopped the growing tension of science vs the sacred, industrial development vs environmental preservation.

It is time for Hawaii and our world to affirm the sacred over science, environmental preservation over further industrial development.  It is time to restore our balance with nature, to become pono.  We have become so far out of balance that it is difficult for us to see clearly, to see ourselves as we truly are.  In many ways, we have become military/industrial drunks, believing that one more military/industrial drink won’t hurt us, one more for the road.  One more for jobs, one more for “full spectrum dominance” and world class astronomy.

One more industrial drink on the road to global military/industrial destruction is not the answer.   TMT is not the answer.  More industrial development is not the solution to the problems of industrial development.  To find our staggering, drunken, way home to what is pono, is not an easy task.  But one thing is clear: the means we use must be in line with the end that we seek. The means and ends must cohere.  Industry can no longer dominate the temple and the fragile environment.  Those days are over, long gone.  Non-violence is a sacred principle we better relearn quickly if we are going to survive as a species.

The meaning of non-violence is clear for those who have eyes to see our present situation.  No more military/industrial drinking on Mauna Kea!  It is time for clear vision and clear speaking, followed by clear action.  Honor and protect Mauna Kea. Deny the TMT permits.

Send the military/industrialists to Rehab!

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, 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 AB Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622.  Email ja@interpac.net   http://www.malu-aina.org
Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Feb. 25, 2011 – 493rd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Reminder: Important alternative to prison meeting

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

KAHEA from Ohana Ho’opakele

Aloha Kakou,                                                                                                           January 6, 2011

This is a call for your help in establishing Pu’uhonua on all islands as alternatives to prisons to help heal our people, families and communities.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has said he wants to bring our roughly 2,000 pa’ahao home from being locked up in Correction Corporation of America (CCA) prisons for profit on the U.S. continent. That is a good thing.  But where will they go when they come home?

The mission of Ohana Ho’opakele (To Rescue the Family) is to establish Hawaiian Holistic Alternative to Prisons open to everyone, not just Kanaka Maoli.  We advocate a traditional ho’oponopono process and decentralized pu’uhonua (wellness centers) on each island and eventually in every district on every island.  To do this we need lots of kokua.  This is a kakou thing.  It involves all of us.

We need to begin to act now.  While other positive programs are being proposed, in our judgment Pu’uhonua has the best hope of long-term positive change and healing for our people and communities.  Pu’uhonua is also the best hope in crime prevention, saving money, reducing recidivism, and making the transition to a restored independent nation of Hawaii judicial system that is based on the host culture of this place.

If we independence leaders and allies do not act to put forward Pu’uhonua as alternatives to prison, it is likely that both the building of more private or public prisons here in Hawaii will be proposed.  We cannot allow that to happen.  We do not need more prisons.  We need Pu’uhonua as alternatives to prisons, and we need them now.

It is our proposal with this KAHEA that meetings by independence leaders and allies, be set up on all islands to discuss establishing Pu’uhonua on each island.  Myself and others in Ohana Ho’opakele would be glad to come and share our efforts with you.  We have already done a Needs Assessment and a Feasibility Study for Pu’uhonua, but we need you to carry the effort forward on your home island.

Here on Moku O Keawe, we are planning a meeting on Thursday, February 24th from 9-11AM at the Church of the Holy Cross, 440 W. Lanikaula St. Hilo (right across from the University of Hawaii at Hilo).  Come if you can.  Email or call and leave a message if you can’t make it but want to be involved.  The important thing is to pull together on each island for a Pu’uhonua.  It is for the good of all of our people and our nation.

Mahalo nui loa,

Samuel Kaleleiki
President

Ohana Ho’opakele P.O. Box 5530 Hilo, Hawaii 96720
ohanahoopakele@gmail.com
Phone 937-7193

March Like Egyptians!

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

If we had the passions of Egyptians!

Last week saw the remarkable power of non-violent action of a committed people.  Egyptian dictator, Hosni Mubarak, was forced to resign, after 30 years of repressive rule, because of the persistent, passionate demands of a broad cross section of the Egyptian people.  For eighteen days people stood firm in the streets calling for Mubarak to resign.  What will replace him remains to be seen.  See http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1102/S00466/egypts-protesters-communique-number-1.htm But I am reminded of a line in one of Gandhi’s favorite hymns –Lead Kindly Light — “I do not ask to see the distant scene, one step enough for me.”

The Egyptians have taken a major step forward for all of humanity seeking a world of peace and justice.  If only more of us had the passions of Egyptians in committed non-violent action, the U.S. wars of aggression and ongoing illegal occupations would cease to exist.

Before the 2003 illegal invasion of Iraq by George W. Bush, more than 11 million people worldwide took to the streets protesting the impending U.S. attack.  We protested but then we went home.  We did not stay in the streets, squares, and capitols of power to say with the passion of our lives, as the Egyptians did, that we will not go home until our demands are met.

In  the summer of 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. went to Washington along with hundreds of thousands of others.  There he gave his famous “I have a dream” speech.  Then King and all the others went home.  Five years later, Dr. King was mobilizing for another summer gathering in Washington in 1968.  This time he said he would be staying in Washington and calling for massive civil disobedience to shut down the nation’s capitol until the demands of the people were met.  In 1968 King was calling for an end to the war in Vietnam, and end to institutionalized racism, and he was especially calling for economic justice –jobs or income for the nations poor — all poor people –black, brown, white, etc.

Dr, King was gunned down on April 4, 1968 in Memphis in support of garbage workers on strike.  He was assassinated in what the jury verdict in the civil trial on his wrongful death called “An Act of State.”.  An “Act of State” means this: King’s death was not the work of a lone crazed assassin.  It was a government operation. King was murdered by the U.S. national security state because he was going to Washington to stay until peoples demands for justice and peace were met.

Dr. King had the vision, the passion, the commitment, and following required to bring about profound non-violent change.  That’s why the U.S. national security state made up of powerful political and economic vested interests considered him dangerous and took steps to eliminate him.  Like Gandhi, JFK, and Malcolm X,  King was a prophetic leader and easily targeted.  The Egyptian uprising appeared leaderless, or at least a movement of many leaders, not so easily targeted.

Let us learn from the vision, passion, and commitment of Gandhi, Dr. King, the Egyptians, and all those dedicated non-violent activists throughout history that have changed history.  In our hands lies a power greater than we know, a power than can change the world when we join hands together with the passion of the Egyptians in non-violent direct action.

Let’s March Like Egyptians!

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, 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 AB Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622.  Email ja@interpac.net   http://www.malu-aina.org
Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Feb. 18, 2011 – 492nd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Be a Valentine for Peace!

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Peace Organizing meeting

Malu Aina will have a peace organizing meeting on Monday, Feb. 14th from 7-9PM at the Keaau Community Center.
1. Please come to lend a Valentine Day hand for peace.  We are planning a solidarity day of Peace Action against the wars for April 9th in Hilo in conjunction with actions around the U.S.  There is lots to be done to mobilize.
2.  We also need help to get the DU monitoring resolutions passed in the Hawaii State legislature.
3.  We need deas for resisting major military expansion at Pohakuloa, including helicopter flights up Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.  One idea for discussion is a possible annual Ho’olaule’a at Mauna Kea Park near the PTA main gate.  A celebration of resistance with food, music, speakers, info tables, etc.  A day of fun but also protest.
Other ideas are welcome too.
Mahalo.

Jim Albertini