Inside the Two Minute Doomsday Warning Jan. 31, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

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Inside the two minute warning

      On January 23, 2020, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, whose Board of Sponsors includes 13 Nobel Laureates moved the hands of its famous Doomsday Clock to  100 seconds to midnight.  It’s the  closest the hands have ever been to Doomsday since the clock was created in 1947.                       

      The Bulletin says “humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change—that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society’s ability to respond. The international security situation is dire, not just because these threats exist, but because world leaders have allowed the international political infrastructure for managing them to erode.

      “In the nuclear realm, national leaders have ended or undermined several major arms control treaties and negotiations during the last year, creating an environment conducive to a renewed nuclear arms race, to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and to lowered barriers to nuclear war. Political conflicts regarding nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea remain unresolved and are, if anything, worsening. US-Russia cooperation on arms control and disarmament is all but nonexistent.

      “Public awareness of the climate crisis grew over the course of 2019, largely because of mass protests by young people around the world. Just the same, governmental action on climate change still falls far short of meeting the challenge at hand. At UN climate meetings last year, national delegates made fine speeches but put forward few concrete plans to further limit the carbon dioxide emissions that are disrupting Earth’s climate. This limited political response came during a year when the effects of manmade climate change were manifested by one of the warmest years on record, extensive wildfires, and quicker-than-expected melting of glacial ice. .. “

See the full Bulletin article here: https://thebulletin.org/doomsday-clock/current-time#clock-timeline

The World Needs to Respond Now!

Before it’s too late!

Prevent Nuclear & Climate Global Catastrophe!

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.

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org

For more information and to receive our posts go to www.malu-aina.org

Jan. 31, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 957 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Remove Trump But Do More Jan. 24, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

REMOVE TRUMP

BUT DO MORE!

      This week marked the U.S. national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the apostle of nonviolence.   It also marked the beginning of the Impeachment trial to remove Donald Trump as President, for committing high crimes. What a contrast!

                                                                           

                           

      King talked about, lived, and gave his life to confront what he called the giant triplets of evil – Racism, Capitalism, and Militarism, and Donald Trump champions all three.

      Given the make up of the Republican controlled Senate, the likelihood of removing Trump appears in doubt. But as King often said “No lie can live forever.” “The arc of the moral universe bends toward justice.” Trump or no Trump, Democrat or Republican in power, an important question is where do we stand day-to-day in life’s journey? Either we are an activist or an inactivist. Albert Einstein said: “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” So please do something!

      Our planet is facing two existential (life ending) threats: climate catastrophe and nuclear war that demand our immediate attention! Future generations are depending on the actions we take today. We who live on an island should know the importance of living in balance with nature, the importance of aloha aina, and what we do — mauka to makai (mountain to the sea). One thing affects the other. Everything is connected.

     We need to restore balance in Hawaii and on the planet to survive. It begins with controlling corporate greed, taking care of the land, air, fresh water, and the sea, and all the people, plants and animals as ohana. But there is more to do.  Hawaii has become one of the most militarized places on earth, including the U.S. command center and training ground for nuclear war?  Let us carry forward Dr. King’s vision. Let us find ways to address the root causes of the problems destroying Hawaii and our world – the giant triplets of evil –Racism, Capitalism and Militarism.

Stand Firm in Nonviolence – KAPU 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 peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org

For more information and to receive our posts go to www.malu-aina.org

Jan. 24, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 956 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Wally & Kay Inglis receive Martin Luther King Award

Wally & Kay Inglis receive Martin Luther King Award

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Kay and Wally Inglis:  two wonderful and very deserving people received the 2020 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Peacemaker Award at an inspiring service last night at the Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu.  Wally has been the long time Secretary-Treasurer of Malu Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action.  Wally is a former Catholic priest and Kay a former Catholic nun.  They have now been married nearly 50 years and have 3 wonderful children and several grandchildren. Wally, Kay and I have been arrested together over the years for nonviolent witness for peace. 

Jim Albertini

 

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK was assassinated exactly one year to the day he came out strongly against the US war in Vietnam.  On April 4, 1967 he gave his now famous speech “Beyond Vietnam” at the Riverside Church in NY City.  On April 4, 1968 he was assassinated in Memphis, TN while he was organizing for a Massive Poor People’s March on Washington DC for the summer of 68.  He was talking about the need for massive civil disobedience in the nation’s capitol to deal with issues of economic injustice. 

I believe one of King’s statement that sealed his fate  was when he talked about the “giant triplets of evil: Racism, Militarism and Capitalism.” 

Let’s us carry on King’s vision of nonviolence as we continue to deal with the giant triplets of evil:  Racism, Militarism and Capitalism.  Never Give Up!

Solidarity forever.

Jim Albertini

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Warned That the Poor Pay for War With Their Lives

Nicholas Powers, Truthout

More than five decades ago, Martin Luther King Jr. implored the civil rights movement to recognize the role of war in creating mass poverty and global carnage. War, King said, robs society of the funds to uplift the poor and kills the working-class people who fight it. Today, we must recognize that the cost of a war with Iran would be more homelessness, hunger and mass death.
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In Anti-Communist Fervor, FBI Built a 500-Page File on Coretta Scott King

Aaron J. Leonard, Truthout

The FBI’s aggressive monitoring of Martin Luther King Jr. is common knowledge; what’s less known is that Coretta Scott King was also meticulously monitored by the Bureau, which compiled over 500 pages of records on her. While the stated reason was suspicion of Communist infiltration in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the file is more of a testament to the larger racist ugliness festering in the U.S., then as now.
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Back from the Brink of Nuclear War Jan. 17, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

BACK FROM THE BRINK

OF NUCLEAR WAR!

Jan. 13th marked the  2ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALSE EMERGENCY NUCLEAR ALERT about an incoming nuclear missile to Hawaii that caused mass panic.

The article below –“Back from the Brink” speaks to the danger of nuclear war and notes resolutions already passed by dozens of cities including Honolulu, Philadelphia, LA, etc. We need your support. Urge the Hawaii County Council and Councils throughout the U.S. to pass a similar resolution.

                     https://truthout.org/articles/cities-in-the-crosshairs-are-pushing-back-against-nuclea

Support 5 basic points:

1. No first use of nukes

                2.  Restrict presidential authority to launch nukes         

3.  Nukes off hair trigger alert

4. Cancel modernization of nukes

5. Work for total nuclear disarmament

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      The 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), located in the center of Hawaii island, is used as a training ground for nuclear war. Three B-2 strategic nuclear bombers are deployed from joint base Pearl Harbor – Hickam on Oahu and train at Pohakuloa.  B-2 and B-52 strategic bombers fly from Louisiana, Missouri, and Guam to also practice nuclear bombing runs at Pohakuloa. Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation contamination at PTA is due to the training with the Davy Crockett nuclear weapon system spotting rounds dating back to the 1960s. 

      Hawaii County was the first municipality in the US to pass a law declaring itself a Nuclear-Free Zone in 1981. Today, hundreds of other municipalities have followed Hawaii County’s example. Hawaii County also passed resolution 639-08 by a vote of 8-1 in July 2008 calling for an end to all live-fire at Pohakuloa until there was a complete independent assessment and clean up of the Depleted Uranium (DU) contamination at PTA.  To date, this has not been done nor any of the other 7 actions called for in that resolution.

      Today, our world is facing existential threats from climate catastrophe and nuclear war.  Let us find ways to stand up, speak out, and take positive action now.  We all know there is such a thing as being too late! 

Stop Bombing Pohakuloa!  Shut Down PTA!

Clean Up the Military Mess Here and Everywhere!

Make the World Nuclear-Free!

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.

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org

For more information and to receive our posts go to www.malu-aina.org

Jan. 17, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 955 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Jan. 17 also marks the 127th anniversary of the illegal overthrow of the

independent nation of Hawaii by the U.S. in 1893, and the continued illegal military occupation ever since.  No lie can live forever!