Navy public meetings on marine impacts

Please pass the word.  Mahalo.

 
 Today, November 6, 4-8pm PUBLIC meeting in Honolulu on Environmental Impact Statement on US Military Exercises in the waters off the islands of Hawaii. 
 
Tuesday on Maui, Wed on Kauai and Thursday on Big Island, Hilo–and Friday in San Diego:
 
1. Monday, November 6, 2017, at Oahu Veterans Center, Fred Ballard Hall, Start Printed Page 477301298 Kukila St., Honolulu, HI 96818.
 
2. Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at Maui High School, Cafeteria, 660 S. Lono Ave., Kahului, HI 96732.
 
3. Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at Kauai Veterans Center, Main Ballroom, 3215 Kapule Highway, Lihue, HI 96766.
 
4. Thursday, November 9, 2017, at Waiakea High School, Cafeteria, 155 W. Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96720.
 
5. Monday, November 13, 2017, at Portuguese Hall, Main Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portugal, San Diego, CA 92106.
 
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/13/2017-22195/notice-of-public-meetings-of-the-draft-environmental-impact-statementoverseas-environmental-impact
 
Attendees will be able to submit oral and written comments during the public meetings. Oral comments from the public will be recorded by a court reporter and each speaker’s comments will be limited to three (3) minutes. 
 
Equal weight will be given to oral and written statements. Comments may also be mailed to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, Attention: HSTT EIS/OEIS Project Manager, 258 Makalapa Drive, Suite 100, Pearl Harbor, HI 96860-3134, or electronically via the project Web site (www.HSTTEIS.com). 
 
All comments, oral or written, submitted during the 60-day public comment period will become part of the public record and substantive comments will be addressed in the Final EIS/OEIS. 
 

Stand Up for Peace & No More War!

For distribution at the Navy EIS public meeting  on their bombing and sonar plans in Hawaiian waters and waters off San Diego.  The meeting is Thursday, Nov. 9th from 4-8PM at Waiakea High School cafeteria. If you can, come at 5PM and join in a protest.

US Navy – Clean Up Your Mess!

End U.S. Occupation of Hawaii,  and Stop Provoking War!

    The US Navy has been shelling and bombing Hawaii for over 100 years  What greater desecration can there be than to bomb the land and sea for which we depend for life?

    Hawaiʻi is the most militarized group of islands in the world.  The Bayonet Constitution and the Reciprocity Treaty of 1887 resulted in the US Navy getting exclusive use of Pearl Harbor. Six years later in 1893 the Navy ship, USS Boston, landed military troops in Honolulu to assist sugar planters in the illegal removal of Hawaiʻi’s Queen. An illegal US military occupation of Hawaiʻi has continued ever since.

    In the past 100 years the U.S. Navy has turned once pristine Pu’uloa  (Pearl Harbor), the fish breeding center of Hawaiʻi, into a Superfund toxic waste dump.  Millions of gallons of radioactive liquid waste has been discharged into Pearl Harbor along with other military toxins. Navy leaking 250 million gallon fuel tanks at Red Hill threaten safe drinking water on Oʻahu.  More than 2000 fifty-five gallon drums of radioactive solid waste from refueling Navy submarine nuclear reactors have been dumped to the ocean floor off Oʻahu’s southern shores.  The island of Kaho’olawe was used as a target island for more than 50 years. An EIS done on the island in the 80s said there were tens of thousands of unexploded bombs on the island, some as deep as 20 feet into the ‘āina.  $400,000,000 was spent on clean up of Kaho’olawe but the island and surrounding waters are still a mess.  68% of Kaho’olawe’s surface has been cleared; only 9% of the island has been cleared to a depth of 4 feet so putting a shovel in the ground to plant a tree can be life threatening experience.  Zero percent of the surrounding waters has been cleared.

    Military ordnance litters Hawaiʻi Island and surrounding waters. Live ordnance has been found off Hapuna Beach, in Hilo Bay, on residential and school grounds, and people have been killed and injured by exploding ordnance, some which can be set off by cell phones.  57 known military sites totaling more than 250,000 acres (nine Kaho’olawes in size) on Hawaiʻi Island are in need of clean up.  I’ll mention just a few of the sites: Navy Rocket Range in Hawi, Navy Bombing Range, Kawaihae, Big island Bombing targets Mahukona range,  Puakō, Mano Point, Makolea Point, Pakini Bombing Range, Kaʻū bombing range, Kapoho Target area, Cape Kumukahi, Kaloli Point, Leleiwi. The list goes on. This is what we know.  But there is likely much more that we don’t know.

    The Navy’s claim about being good stewards of the land and sea is a lie.  The US military (Navy included) is the greatest polluter on the planet. The US Navy needs to learn the lesson that all of our mothers teach.  “Don’t even think about creating a new mess until you have cleaned up your old mess.”  Mālama ‘āina, Mālama kai, Mālama honua.   Today the US Navy has 3 aircraft carrier groups with multiple combat ships from Pearl Harbor now in waters surrounding Korea.  This is provocative action toward war that can occur by accident or design, just like the two navy ships recently involved in collisions with civilian transport vessels in the the western Pacific.  Also let us not forget the phony U.S. claims that started past wars: “Remember the Maine” in the Spanish American war and the “Tonkin Gulf incident” in Vietnam.

    In short, Stop your war games and provoking war. No more bombs, sonar experiments, etc. in and around Hawaii.  We’ve had enough.  The U.S. Navy has plenty of work to do in cleaning up its existing mess in Hawaii and around the world.  Whatever we do to the land, the sea, the marine life, etc. we do to ourselves. Peace must come through peaceful means, not through war and the training for war.

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

Stand Up! Speak Out! To Prevent Nuclear War!

No War in Korea

The world may be closer to the brink of nuclear war than at any time in history!

Click here to add your name to the People’s Peace Treaty.

The People’s Peace Treaty will be sent to the governments and peoples of Korea, as well as to the U.S. Government. The People’s Peace Treaty concludes:

NOW, THEREFORE, as a Concerned Person of the United States of America (or on behalf of a civil society organization), I hereby sign this People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea, dated November 11, 2017, Armistice Day (also Veterans Day in the U.S.), and…

Urge Washington and Pyongyang to immediately stop their preemptive (or preventive) conventional/nuclear attack threats against each other and to sign the new UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons;

Call upon the U.S. Government to stop its large-scale, joint war drills with the armed forces of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and Japan, and commence a gradual withdrawal of the U.S. troops and weapons from South Korea;

Pledge that I will do my best… to reach out to the North Korean people – in order to foster greater understanding, reconciliation and friendship.

Also please view and share the links below to recent educational events. Share with friends, churches, teachers, community organizations, etc.

ON THE BRINK OF WAR IN KOREA –HOW DID WE GET THERE AND HOW DO WE GET OUT?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVcAQN2HDLI&feature=youtu.be

ECONOMIC WARFARE ON NORTH KOREA: IMPACT OF SANCTIONS ON THE NORTH KOREAN PEOPLE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJHKo_uwgnw&feature=youtu.be

ON THE BRINK OF WAR: PEACE ACTIVISTS IN SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN RESPOND 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UadS7dOPrE0&feature=youtu.be

Other links to forums on paths to peace https://pisa.elliott.gwu.edu/ramps-war-paths-building-peace-north-korea and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoWqyUDKPWQ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOyhF–by2A

Peace Now!  Stand Up!  Speak Up!

  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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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet Nov. 3. 2017– 841st week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Protect our Oceans! Stop the Bombing!

  Show up, stand up and speak up!  Mahalo.

 Hilo meeting Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 4-8PM Waiakea High School

Gov. Ige and Mayor Kim’s proposal for Mauna Kea Peace Park

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ige-taps-kim-lead-working-group-mauna-kea-peace-monument

You cannot bomb and desecrate your way to peace.  Speak out in support of Stopping the bombing of Pohakuloa and demand the military clean up its mess of unexploded ordnance and toxic stew of contamination, including Depleted Uranium Radiation.  Respect Mauna a Wakea  — the Hawaiian Sacred Temple by not building the proposed $1.4 billion dollar Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), the 14th telescope on Mauna a Wakea then we can begin dialog about a Peace Park possibly at the present Mauna Kea County Park or the 9000 foot visitors area.  A Peace Park must be built on a foundation of justice and respect for the Sacred.

Jim Albertini