Ohana Ho’opakele Press Release

Press Release: Stop Attempt by the State of Hawaii to bring the Prison-Industrial Complex to Hawaii

—–Original Message—–
From: Jim Albertini <ja@malu-aina.org>
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Subject: Press Release: Stop Attempt by the State of Hawaii to bring the Prison-Industrial Complex to Hawaii

Press Release: Stop Attempt by the State of Hawaii to bring the Prison-Industrial Complex to Hawaii
April 3, 2014

From Ohana Ho’opakele
www.ohanahoopakele.org
Further contact: Palikapu Dedman, president  959-4930
Palikapu Dedman <palikapud@gmail.com>
Ron Fujiyoshi, Treasurer 959-9775
“Ronsan2224@aol.com” <Ronsan2224@aol.com>
Stop Attempt by the State of Hawaii to bring the Prison-Industrial Complex to Hawaii
      “Ohana Ho’opakele president, Palikapu Dedman, said “Ohana Ho’opakele opposes any effort to expand the state’s prison system. This includes the current effort as stated in SCR 120 now before the legislature. SCR 120 is an attempt to bring the Prison-Industrial Complex to Hawaii to make money off the misery of Native Hawaiians who make up more than 60% of Hawaii’s prison population.”
      SCR 120 was recently passed out of the Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee, chaired by Will Espero. Community testimony was overwhelmingly opposed to SCR 120. As amended SCR now calls for a fast track for Requests for Proposals (RFP) to be put out for private prison contractors by May 31, 2014 and sets a deadline of Dec. 31, 2014 to select a private prison contractor..
      “Ohana Ho’opakele says prisons do not work. They are proven failures. In 1970 there were fewer than 1000 prisoners. Today there are nearly 6,000 prisoners, 4,000 of which are Hawaiians. It is time to begin reducing, not expanding, Hawaii’s prison populations by initiating Hawaiian traditional Pu’uhonua (Wellness Centers) on every island,” says Dedman. “Pu’uhonua are places of healing where the traditional ho’oponopono process of making right will be used to help heal individuals, families, and communities. Ohana Ho’opakele believes, and so do nearly 2000 supporters who have signed our KAHEA, that Pu’uhonua centers are for the good of all Hawaii’s people and can provide real hope in saving money, reducing recidivism, crime prevention, and long-term positive change,” says Dedman. According to Dedman, “private prisons are profit making corporations. There in the bed business. To them Hawaiians are commodities upon which to profit. Private prisons are not interested in reducing the number of people going to prison. They want full occupancy and expansion of prison. The more prisoners, the more they profit.”
      Dedman says “prisons are breeding grounds for crime and a burden on the taxpayers. $40,000 per head. It’s time we focus on positive solutions. Pu’uhonua and Ho’oponopono are traditional practices of restoring balance in individuals, our families, and communities. We need to once again restore this balance in the scales of justice. It’s time to let Hawaiians take care of ourselves. No More prisons – public or private. Defeat SCR 120 and any similar efforts. Pu’uhonua is the way to go.”
-pau-

Target of the U.S. National Security State

Dr. Martin Luther

King, Jr.

Why he died & why it matters!

mlk on jobs

      Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the apostle of non-violence, was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. This year marks the 46 anniversary of his death. Many remember him for his civil rights work against segregation, his principled commitment to non-violence, and his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in the summer of 1963 delivered in Washington D.C. Fewer people remember him for his work for economic justice and an end to the U.S. war in Vietnam. Very few people realize that a jury in the wrongful death suit brought by the King family found that Dr. King’s death was “an act of State.” In short, King’s death was an inside job – a government operation, not the work of a lone assassin.

      On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was in Memphis to support garbage workers on strike. He was on his way around the country mobilizing for a poor peoples march on Washington, D.C. in the summer of 68. But this time Dr. King wasn’t going to deliver a speech and go home. He planned to stay and shut down the nation’s capitol, if necessary, through massive non-violent civil disobedience. King was calling for fundamental structural change in the U.S. He was calling for economic justice and peace. King believed that racism, militarism, and extreme materialism were the giant triplets of interrelated evil at the root of violence and human suffering that had to be overcome if society was to be transformed. The national security state that profits from feeding off the evil giant triplets of racism, militarism and extreme materialism said King had to go. His capacity for mobilizing millions was too much of a threat to changing the economic and political system that benefits the few at the expense of the many, and the earth itself.

      Today, the disparities in wealth are far greater than when Dr. King lived. Now the top 1% has 65 times the wealth of the bottom 50%. Racism still runs rampant. African Americans and Native Hawaiians are disproportionately represented in the U.S. and Hawaii prison systems. And violence remains as American as apple pie. What Dr. King said 46 years ago still holds true: The U.S. is “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” Amen and mahalo Dr. King!

Peace Demands Economic Justice!

Never Give Up!   We Shall Overcome!    Resist with Aloha!

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 4, 2014 –654th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Article on Martha Hennessy who just visited Malu Aina

http://digital.hawaiicatholicherald.com/WebProject.asp?CodeId=7.5.6.2&BookCode=#

Please defeat SCR 148/ SR84

Aloha Peace & Justice Ohana,
Please send a short message to Hawaii State Senators opposing SCR148 / SR84.  My message and the address to all the senators is below.
Mahalo.
Jim

sens@capitol.hawaii.gov

Aloha Senators,
Our organization strongly opposes these resolutions.  We see them as a sneak attack to push geothermal development in resolutions concerning fencing at state parks.  This is not due process.  It’s geothermal development jumping the fence of citizens rights to be involved in the decision making process.  Please reject these resolutions.
Mahalo.
Jim Albertini
president

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

Merrie Monarch week solidarity actions for Justice

Walk and stand in solidarity for justice, peace, and the aina

* WALK Saturday, April 26, 2014 in the Hilo Merrie Monarch parade behind the Aloha ‘Aina Banner of Hawaiians.

* Stand and join with Hawaiians on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Pohakuloa –chanting and drumming for justice, peace and Aloha ‘Aina. Meet at the ahu on Saddle Rd. and Mauna Kea Summit access Rd. from sunrise on to mid day. Come when you can. Mahalo.

Jim Albertini

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