Honor Vets: Celebrate Peace Not War!

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Celebrating peace, not war, is the best way to honor veterans.

     Veterans For Peace chapters have taken the lead in celebrating Armistice Day on November 11 lifting up the original intention of that day – a worldwide call for peace that was spurred by universal revulsion at the huge slaughter of World War One.

     Almost a hundred years ago the world celebrated peace as a universal principal.  The first World War had just ended and nations mourning their dead collectively called for an end to all wars.  Armistice Day was born and was designated to be “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated.”

     After World War II, the U.S. Congress decided to rebrand November 11th as Veterans Day. Honoring the warrior quickly morphed into honoring the military and glorifying war. Armistice Day was flipped from a day for peace into a day for displays of militarism.

     Veterans For Peace has taken the lead in lifting up the original intention of November 11th – as a day for peace. As veterans we know that a day that celebrates peace, not war, is the best way to honor the sacrifices of veterans.  We want generations after us to never know the destruction war has brought on people and the earth.

     Veterans For Peace is calling on everyone to stand up for peace this Armistice Day.  More than ever, the world faces a critical moment.  Global tensions are heightened around the world and the US is engaged militarily in multiple countries, without an end in sight.  This year, with a political arena fueled by hate and fear, the conversation of peace was missing from almost every interaction.  It is as urgent as ever to ring the bells for peace. We must press our government to end reckless military interventions that endanger the entire world. We must build a culture of peace.

     This Armistice Day, Veterans For Peace calls on the U.S. public to say no to more war and to demand justice and peace, at home and abroad. We call for the end to racist policies, and for equality for all people.

No More War! Peace is Possible!

  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. 11, 2016 – 790th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Thoughts on US Presidential election result

Stand for Justice, Peace & the Earth! And Keep Standing!

                                                trump-elect  U.S. President elect Donald J. Trump

      No matter who you voted for president, or didn’t vote, whether you are overjoyed, shocked, dismayed, or angry, the important thing is to keep standing up for what you believe deeply is the truth. Let truth be your guide. And never give up! That’s the important lesson in and out of election season.

     Today marks our 790th consecutive weekly peace vigil at the downtown Hilo Post Office/Federal Building. That time frame now includes 3 U.S. presidents. Each week we prepare a new leaflet for distribution on the sidewalk and throughout Hawaii and the world via the internet. The five core points at the bottom of each leaflet remain the same. I personally have handed out more than a quarter of a million leaflets on the Post office corner. But I’m encouraging more people to sign up on our webpage www.malu-aina.org to get the leaflets automatically sent to them via email to save paper.

     The important question before and after any election is how do we, the people, hold officials accountable? The stakes couldn’t be higher. How do we get officials to serve the interests of justice, peace, and saving civilization from total destruction from nuclear war and/or climate disaster?

     Our Hawaii and world need healing. The great divides need narrowing, not widening. How we as citizens move forward from election to election will determine whether officials will be held accountable on the local, national and global level. Do your part. Speak out, not just on election day with a vote, but every day of your life. Let your voice be heard. But do more. As the late Father Daniel Berrigan, S.J. said: “Know where you stand, and stand there.” Mahalo. Jim Albertini

Power to the People – Always!

  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. 11, 2016 – 790th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Respect & Protect the Sacred!

If you agree with this message, please share it with others.
President Obama wants to find a route for the Dakota Access Pipeline that does not cross sacred Sioux tribal lands.  But there is no “safer” route.
There is no route that does not involve crossing vulnerable rivers and other waterways.
There is no route that does not involve transporting fossil fuel, which, if burned, will add to the carbon load on the environment.
There is no route that will not put millions of people and wildlife at risk.
There is no route that does not increase the threat to the environment and increase the level of global warming.
There should be no other route.  DAPL should not be built.  
 
Dial the White House at 202-456-1111 to tell President Obama the Army Corps of Engineers should deny all permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
 
#NoDAPL
safer-route

From Mauna Kea to Standing Rock and the world over —

Protect & Respect the Sacred!

Stay Close to the Earth!

2016 U.S. Presidential Election Disgrace!

A wise sage once said: “the higher the politician climbs the tree of power, the more you see his/her ass.”

No matter who will be elected/selected U.S. President on Nov. 8, it needs to be said that the 2016 U.S. Presidential election is an unprecedented national disgrace. The disgrace has been well publicized, though more is likely to come out, both before and after the election so I will not attempt to repeat the litany of disgraceful horrors.

The question I want to ask is how will this election serve the interests of justice, peace and saving civilization from total destruction from nuclear war and/or climate disaster? This question has not been asked in the presidential debates nor discussed as far as I know by any of the major candidates and the media networks. This fact adds to the national disgrace.

In his farewell address to the nation in 1961, former U.S. President and Five Star Army General, Dwight David Eisenhower, warned of the influence and danger, and threat to liberty, of the growing “MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX.” That dire warning was over 50 years ago. Since that time the U.S. Military Industrial Complex (MIC) has grown enormously into an all encompassing National Security/Surveillance state. Today, along with its influence, danger and threat to liberty, there are revolving, well greased doors between government and war corporations, Wall St. Banks, lobbyists., etc. Big, big money is involved. Billions in Profit and multi-million dollar salaries with bonuses, is the name of the game. War making has become very profitable for some. The poor always pay the ultimate price of these wars.

Both in the U.S. and abroad there is a growing divide, between rich and poor. Wars for resources are being waged disguised as humanitarian wars and/or against ever newly created enemies. MIC say “scare the hell out of people and keep the war machine money and profits flowing.”

This arrogance of power must end. What’s most important today is the building of grassroots non-violent movements for justice, peace and protecting and respecting our sacred earth (from Standing Rock to Mauna Kea and Pohakuloa) and all its creatures – people, plants, and animals. We are all related and dependent upon one another. So regardless of who ends up as president, our important work is to demand justice, at home and abroad, end all the wars, achieve global nuclear disarmament, and redirect the vast resources of the military industrial complex to building a livable/sustainable planet for present and future generations. This change won’t come from politicians high up in the tree of power. It’s up to us on the ground to demand it!

Power to the Peaceful!

  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. 4, 2016 – 789th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Stop Blaming the Russians for Everything!

Protest the U.S.

War Machine

Marching to WWIII

     The U.S. is overtly waging war in six countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Nigeria. The number of countries where the U.S. is waging covert military operations (special Ops) is said to be over 100. (See https://www.thenation.com/article/how-many-wars-is-the-us-really-fighting/). Recently, the U.S. confirmed it has used Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons in Syria. http://www.bandepleteduranium.org/en/united-states-confirms-fired-du-syria The U.S. has already confirmed use of DU weapons in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Kosovo. The U.S. has used DU weapons in training at Pohakuloa and Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, in at least 15 other states and 3 foreign countries. Many countries are calling DU –Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) because of the long lasting (4.5 billion year half life) of harmful DU radiation effects.

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     In the next 9 years, the US Army will have more combat robots than humans. (See http://tinyurl.com/jjqp4ff ). This along with increasing use of killer air drones named Reaper and Predator. New experimental artificial intelligence software may allow drones to kill on their own without any human intervention. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/26/us/pentagon-artificial-intelligence-terminator.html?emc=edit_th_20161026&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=73627&_r=1

      Perhaps worst of all is the growing new U.S. Cold War rhetoric blaming Russia for nearly everything bad happening in the world. This increasing U.S. confrontational attitude toward Russia could lead to an accidental or intentional nuclear war in dangerous hot spot areas such as Syria or the Ukraine. http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/10/15/warnings-new-world-war The U.S. and Russia together possess more than 90% of the world’s nuclear arsenal that is capable of destroying modern civilization as we know it. This warning of a possible WWIII on the horizon cannot be ignored. Citizens of the world must let their voices be heard loud and clear. No More War! A world of justice and peace is in the interest of all, except those who profit from selling arms and promoting perpetual war.

Speak Up & Act for Peace!

  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 (Oct. 28, 2016 – 788th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office