50TH OR FAKE STATE?
Aug. 21st marks the 51st anniversary of Hawai’i allegedly becoming the 50th State of the U.S. The long history of misinformation goes like this: in 1898 Hawai’i was annexed to the U.S. thus making Hawai’i a territory. In 1959 Hawai’i, after first becoming a territory of the U.S., then became a state.
That history is a fraud. International law says annexation to be legal must be by mutual agreement. Annexation of Hawai’i was not mutual and therefore not legal. In truth, Hawai’i has been under U.S. occupation since 1898.
There are those that say Hawai’i statehood was voted by a 9 to 1 majority. The fact is the 1959 statehood vote was built on more than 6 decades of illegal U.S. occupation, misinformation, and a vast in migration of a U.S. settler population. If the so-called annexation of Hawai’i was illegal in 1898, it doesn’t matter if the vote was 99-1 for statehood in 1959. Stolen property is still stolen property. Dr. Keanu Sai writes, “The challenge for …the fields of political science, history, and law is to distinguish between the rule of law and the politics of power. In the history of Hawai’i, the might of the U.S. does not make it right.” Nor does time erase the wrong.
Just because a vast majority of U.S.citizens initially supported the illegal U.S. wars and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, it didn’t make the illegal wars and occupations any less illegal. Actually similar impulses lead to the occupation of Hawai’i, Afghanistan and Iraq. In Hawai’i’s case the business interest was sugar . In Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s oil and pipelines. Expanding empire and military global positioning are also contributing factors to the ongoing occupations.
If we want genuine peace, we need to work for justice. Justice and peace in Hawai’i means supporting….
Hawai’i Independence from U.S. Occupation!
As further symptoms of U.S. military occupation, within the next two weeks there are scoping meetings about Marine and Navy expanded operations and an Army closed door meeting about depleted uranium radiation contamination in Hawai’i. For details see www.malu-aina.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.malu-aina.org
Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Aug. 20, 2010 – 466th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office