Veterans Day Reflections

Glorify

Peace Not

War:

Armistice Day vs. Veterans Day

war over
Let bells toll everywhere!

      In 1919, a year following the end of World War I, the “War to End All War,” Armistice Day was established on Nov. 11th as a celebration of peace and a time to remember the waste of war. In 1954 the U.S. Congress transformed Armistice Day into Veterans Day and transformed a day to celebrate peace into a day to glorify war and the celebration of those who participate in wars as “heroes.” What lesson does that teach our children — to dream of becoming peacemakers? No, to become a “hero” one goes off to kill or be killed in a future war.

      Let’s be clear. Wars are about empire, that serve the interest of a few at the expense of the many. Talk of “freedom and democracy” is window dressing to disguise the grab for resources by corporate profiteers. Veterans Day, like Armed Forces Day, has less to do about honoring the sacrifices of troops than it does about recruiting the next generation of soldiers to be used as cannon fodder in future wars of empire.

      Author and historian, William Blum, in a book “Killing Hope,” presents the facts of more than 55 foreign interventions by the U.S. military/CIA since WWII. Today, the U.S. empire maintains hundreds of military bases around the world, spends hundreds of billions of dollars on its military might, more than most of the other industrial nations combined, maintains an elaborate secret intelligence network that spies on everyone, and a masterful propaganda machine with a compliant media, to fuel fear and hatred in order to keep the U.S. military/industrial complex business booming. But at what human, financial, social, and spiritual cost?

Who has the Courage to Say – No More War!

Thank you for your service in refusing to Kill!

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.
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  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Nov. 14, 2014 – 686th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Re: Please help!! From all Hawaii counter-recruiting groups

Aloha Peace ohana,
Below is a message from Caki Kennedy asking for your help.  Below her message is one I sent to the career day folks.
Jim Albertini

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: Re: Please help!! From all Hawaii counter-recruiting groups
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 19:03:24 -1000
From: Jim Albertini <ja@malu-aina.org>
To: Caki Kennedy <palidogs@hawaiiantel.net>
On 11/11/2014 6:14 PM, Caki Kennedy wrote:

Aloha all,

Please help get the word out and complain that ALL island counter-recruiting groups have been banned from next week’s career fairs.
The following simple piece compiled by us explains the situation and gives suggestions.
Thank you if you can post this widely, and if you have time fire off a letter to your school, newspaper or the organizers of the fair.
Many mahalos, Caki

Begin forwarded message:


From: Shannon Rudolph <shannonkona@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Draft Letter – College & Career Fair…
Date: November 11, 2014 at 9:34:15 PM EST
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
tank

Heads Up ~ YOUR Quick Email Needed NOW ~ for Equal Time!

Upcoming Hawaii College & Career Fairs BANS Local Peace Groups!

The annual Hawaii College & Career Fair starts next week and travels to all islands.The Fairs provides career information and opportunities for 12,000 kids and parents to speak to over 200 representatives of higher education institutions including trade schools, business groups, visitor industries, and military recruiters.

THIS YEAR, at the last possible moment, local Hawai’i ‘counter military recruiting’ groups have been UNINVITED and EXCLUDED from the fairs on all islands. Banning these groups is illegal and they need your help now.

Local counter military recruitment groups are youth advocacy groups that provide high school and middle school youth with crucial information ‘to counter’ the slick pitch for enlistees from military recruiters and give them alternative ideas besides enlistment.

> PLEASE SEND YOUR QUICK COMMENT TO:
http://www.hawaiicollegecareerfair.org/About-Us.html

If you are a parent, please ask your child’s principal for ‘equal time’ for ‘counter-recruiters’ at the fair if you child’s class is being bussed into this event.

Also, please send letters of support and/or outrage to your local newspapers. This is a blatant attempt to keep youth from getting full disclosure about military careers that they have a LEGAL right to.

Without the the local counter-recruitment groups participating at these fairs, minors will get heavily biased information, funded by our tax dollars.

ONLY YOU can put the pressure on to correct this injustice, right now.

Mahalo!
O’ahu – Hawaii Peace & Justice
Maui – Careers in Peace Making
Kaua`i – Kaua`i Alliance for Peace & Social Justice
Hawai`i Island -The Peace Squad

Here’s a copy of the message I sent.

I was appalled to learn that counter military recruiting groups have been banned from the career fairs on all Islands.  What kind of blatant Nazi action is this in the land of the free?  Lift the ban.  Respect the right of students to receive a balanced approach to counter military recruitment.  And apologize to the groups once banned and the youth for trying to deny them to see all sides of an issue.   Shame on you.
Jim Albertini


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 This communication may be unlawfully collected and stored by the National Security Agency (NSA) in secret. The parties to this email do not consent to the government retrieving or storing of this communication and any related metadata, as well as printing, copying, re-transmitting, disseminating, or otherwise using it. If you believe you have received this communication in error, please delete it immediately.

Petition against Pro-GMO Clifton Tsuji as House Ag Chair

FYI  Passing this on from Shannon Rudolph.  Please share with others.  Mahalo.
Jim

Nomi Carmona shared Babes Against Biotech‘s photo.

URGENT ACTION ALERT HAWAII: Please sign petition now to stop Rep. Clift Tsuji appointment. He is a known chemical and GE industry proponent and has even been awarded Biotech Legislator of the Year as House Agriculture Chairman for blocking any GE and pesticide regulation! He is bad news, if Clift gets appointed, we won’t have any statewide agricultural protections or progress in the legislature! He has taken over $15,000 from the chemical GE industry while Hawaii is being used as an open air genetic and chemical laboratory. Unless our legislators listen to us, he will be Agriculture Chair again. This is a clear conflict of interest and highly inappropriate to appoint Rep. Tsuji to the House Agriculture Committee Chairmanship.

That’s why we created a petition to The Hawaii State House. PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE:
http://petitions.moveon.org/si…/stop-appointment-of-biotech…

You can also email legislators at reps@capitol.hawaii.gov, repsouki@capitol.hawaii.gov & repsaiki@capitol.hawaii.gov but for some strange reason all the House Rep emails keep bouncing so we made a petition!

MAHALO!

Tsuji

URGENT ACTION ALERT HAWAII: Please sign petition (link below) & call Speaker of the House now to stop Rep. Clift Tsuji appointment. He is a known chemical and GE industry proponent and was awarded Biotech Legislator of the Year as House Agriculture Chairman for blocking any GE and pesticide regulation! He has taken over $15,000 from the chemical GE industry while Hawaii is being used as an open air genetic and chemical laboratory. That’s why we created a petition to The Hawaii State House.

1) ***PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE*** http://tinyurl.com/qcrgr68

2) Please very politely and nicely call Speaker of the House Joe Souki of Maui at 808-586-6100, and ask him to please not appoint Rep. Tsuji to the Agriculture committee chair position. Remember he will probably not be there so you will be leaving a RECORDED message so please choose your words wisely. Here is a sample of a message you could leave:

“Aloha this message is for Representative Joe Souki, my name is (your name) and I am a registered voter in (your town) calling to ask you please, do not appoint Representative Clift Tsuji as House Agriculture Chair. This is a clear conflict of interest and would be extremely inappropriate as Rep. Tsuji has taken over $15,000 from chemical GE companies and their registered lobbyists. He was also awarded by the world’s largest biotech trade organization as legislator of the year for blocking any GE or pesticide regulation.

Tens of thousands of Hawaii residents are deeply concerned about these GE pesticide companies using Hawaii as an outdoor chemical and genetic laboratory without independent health or environmental safety studies. I find it disturbing that the House would even even consider a legislator such as Clift Tsuji. Agriculture is such an important committee which addresses some of the most pressing and controversial concerns for Hawaii voters today, regarding local food, agriculture, pesticide and genetic engineering protection and fair provisions for small, local farmers.

In order to avoid clear conflict of interest, please do NOT appoint Rep. Clift Tsuji to the House Agriculture Chairmanship. My phone number is __________ and I urge you to please choose a more pono agriculture chair. Mahalo and aloha.”

You can also email legislators at reps@capitol.hawaii.gov, repsouki@capitol.hawaii.gov & repsaiki@capitol.hawaii.gov but for some strange reason all the House Rep emails keep bouncing so we made a petition!

MAHALO!

Clean Elections Forum at UHH

FYI Please mark your calendar and help pass the word on this important “Clean Elections forum” Thursday, Nov. 20th 6:30PM at UH Hilo UCB 100.  See below.
Mahalo.
Jim Albertini

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: Fwd: PRESS RELEASE: Clean Elections Panel 11/20 @UH Hilo- Get big money out of Hawaii elections
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 16:20:35 -1000
From: Noelie Rodriguez <noelie@hawaii.edu>
To: Jim Albertini <ja@interpac.net>
Dear Jim–Here’s the press release we are sending out.  Thanks for helping with this by forwarding it to your email list!  We want to get a lot of people out for this!  And also:  Thank you for all that you DO!  Aloha, noelie

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Global H.O.P.E. (Hawaii Organization for Peace and the Environment) <globalhopehawaii@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 2:52 PM
Subject: PRESS RELEASE: Clean Elections Panel 11/20 @UH Hilo- Get big money out of Hawaii elections
To: noelie@hawaii.edu

Get big money out of Hawaii Elections- Panel at UH Hilo- 11/20 6:30pm
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              Press Release

November 6, 2014
For Immediate Release
Media contact: Noelie Rodriguez – hm. 963-6966; o. 934-2635; noelie@hawaii.edu

PANEL TO SPEAK ON CLEAN ELECTIONS AND TRANSPARENCY: LIMITING OUTSIDE MONEY IN ELECTIONS

Thursday, November 20
6:30PM UH HILO UCB100
Free and open to the public

A panel will discuss Clean Elections and Transparency in a forum on Thursday November 20 at 6:30PM in UCB 100 on the University of Hawaii Hilo (UHH) campus.  The featured speaker will be Carmille Lim the Director of Hawai’i Common Cause.  Also speaking will be Susan Dursin from The League of Women Voters and Chris Yuen, attorney, former board member of The Hawaii Elections Project.In 2008, UHH students played a leading role in the Legislature to pass the  Big Island Clean Elections Pilot Program passed, which allowed Council candidates who qualified to campaign with public funding instead of depending on campaign contributions from special interest donors.  The Pilot ran successfully in the 2010 and 2012 County Council races but has since ended.  (The public program was funded by the $3 voluntary check off on our tax forms, which does not reduce an individual’s filed personal income tax.)

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, big, special-interest money has been flooding into political campaigns.  According to the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission, in 2012, over $4 million was spent on Hawaii campaigns by independent groups. In the 2014 election , a single “independent” group, funded almost entirely by Monsanto and Dow Chemical spent $8 million on a ballot initiative campaign.

Nationwide, many Americans believe that the influx of special interest money in elections threatens the integrity of our democracy.   As an antidote to big money funding their bid for office, with Clean Elections, candidates have the option of running on public funding so that they will be more likely to be answerable to their constituents rather than to their rich campaign donors.

The 2014 Legislature failed to continue the funding of the Big Island Clean Elections Pilot Program and ultimately killed a bill which promoted a statewide Clean Elections program.  However, in 2013, the Legislature passed a bill which would require stronger disclosures for independent groups seeking to influence our elections. The forum will discuss how the 2015 legislature can continue to combat the corrosive effects of outside money in Hawaii’s elections.

The event is sponsored by Common Cause Hawaii, Global HOPE, and the nationwide student group, Democracy Matters.

The panel discussion is free and the public is encouraged to attend.  Parking on the UHH campus is free in the evening.
For more information phone Noelie Rodriguez, 934-2635 or 963-6966.

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Caption for the attached photo:
In April 2013  over 80 students  from HawCC and UHH joined with members of the community to march from their campus to the State Building to rally in support of the public funded Clean Elections reform.

Maui GMO Moratorium Election Victory!

Election Results in

Hawaii & U.S.

      I am writing these reflections on the morning following the Nov. 4th elections. I write from the standpoint of a long time non-violent activist for justice, peace and the environment and a small scale organic farmer. One’s standpoint in life determines one’s viewpoint, so here are my views.

     For me the brightest spot of the day was the victory of the Maui GMO moratorium initiative that was successful despite $8 million dollars being pumped in to defeat the initiative by Chemical giants Monsanto and Dow. It shows the power of a grassroots broad based effort against corporate power and money.

     GMOs, and their big Ag sponsors, are the new plantations seeking to dominate Hawaii and the world. In every way, GMOs violate the basic principle of aloha ‘aina –love for the land and the precautionary principle. GMOs are directly tied to the toxic chemicals produced by their corporate owners whose main concern is short term profit despite long term consequences. Poisoning of air, water and land, and people, plants, and animals are secondary concerns to the corporate bottom line.

      No doubt, these same chemical companies will now spend millions more to fight the Maui GMO Moratorium law in court. The battle is not over but a significant victory has been achieved by the Maui vote.

     In other election matters locally, some good candidates won. Others lost. In the U.S., the Republicans now control the House and Senate. U.S. imperial wars will continue full throttle which is one thing Republicans and Democrats agree on. From October 26 through November 2, 2014, Hawaiian Civic Clubs from across the Hawaiian Islands and the United States met at its annual convention. Resolution 14-28, acknowledging the continuity of the Hawaiian Kingdom. was passed on November 1, 2014. This is an important vote of Hawaiian sovereignty toward restoring the independent nation instead of being corralled into a U.S. Indian tribe reservation.

      The moral of the story on all elections and issues is this. Positive change doesn’t come from the top down. It comes from the bottom up. It takes grassroots organizing to clarify vision and unite people for the common good. We have our work cut out for peace, justice and preserving the earth. We need to unite our issues realizing that an injury to one is an injury to all. Don’t be discouraged by setbacks along the way and never, NEVER, give up!

The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

Aloha ‘Aina Now & Forever!

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.
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  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Nov. 7, 2014 – 685th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office