Important book on Resistance to Empire

Blasphemy or Blessed Insight?

Richard A. Horsley’s

Jesus and Empire: The Kingdom of God and the New Word Disorder, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003. (At www.amazon.com can purchase for $7.08 new)

 

If Jesus were here today would he be fighting the “empire”?

Quotes from Desmond Tutu, Rosemary Radford Ruether and Walter Wink seem to answer, “Yes.”

The paperback edition is 149 pages long (not including the notes). See for yourself if you agree with Horsley’s assertions:

1. Scholars have presented a “depoliticized” Jesus. (P. 6ff)

2. Scholars have presented a “depoliticized” Judea and Galilee. (P. 9ff)

3. Scholars have presented a “depoliticized” Roman Empire. (P. 11ff)

4. “There is no way we can understand such practices as crucifixion, . . . other than as purposeful attempts to terrorize subjected people.” (P. 27)

5. “Regional differences between Galilee and Judea, particularly its capital, Jerusalem, rooted in their divergent histories compounded the primary division between rulers and ruled.” (P. 59)

6. “Mark and Q should thus, be understood as intracommunity articulations of a no-longer-so-hidden mobilization of Galilean and other peasants into a village-based movement.” (P. 71)

7. “Jesus of Nazareth belongs in the same context with and stands shoulder to shoulder with these other leaders of movements among the Judean and Galilean people, and pursues the same general agenda in parallel paths: independence from Roman imperial rule so that the people can again be empowered to renew their traditional way of life under the rule of God.” (P. 104)

8. “Renewal of the Mosaic covenant formed the very core of Jesus’ renewal of the people in their village communities.” (P. 111)

9. “In the context of covenant renewal, ‘love’ refers not to a feeling or an attitude, but to concrete economic practices in village community, such as canceling debts and generous mutual sharing of resources.” (P. 127)

10. “What became the orthodox forms of ‘Christianity,’ however resulted from compromise and accommodation to the imperial order.” (P. 135)

It is highly recommended that this book be studied together with a few others.

The above summary is by Rev. Ronald Fujiyoshi of Hilo

 

Dr. Mike Reimer, PhD retired geologist in Kona

Link: http://westhawaiitoday.com/opinion/letters/proper-monitoring-depleted-uranium-absolutely-essential

Posted  March 27, 2014

Proper monitoring for depleted uranium

absolutely essential


Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

Reminder on activist gathering with Martha Hennessy

Aloha Peace Ohana,

Reminder!!!  Please pass the word to others!!!!

There will be an informal meeting, and opportunity to talk story, share insights, Q&A on activism, etc. with Martha Hennessy — on Thursday, March 27th 6:30PM at the Keaau Community Center.  This is a follow up to her recent public talk at UHH, talks in Waimea at a Homeless coalition gathering and several churches on the island.  Martha has been recently jailed for peaceful protest against U.S. Killer Drones at Hancock Air Force Base near Syracuse, N,Y.

Martha is the seventh of nine grandchildren to Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement and is carrying on the work of her grandmother. The Catholic Worker provides hospitality, clothing and meals to the homeless, prints the paper – The Catholic Worker, (in circulation since 1933), holds round table discussions with a variety of speakers, and attempts to practice the Works of Mercy as taught by Jesus in the New Testament. The Catholic Worker celebrated the 80th anniversary of the movement in 2013.

Martha grew up in Vermont. She was trained as an occupational therapist, working for 25 years with children in the public schools and with the elderly. She is the mother of three and grandmother of six. Her husband works as a carpenter and they grow much of their food on 7 acres of the family farm.

Martha has traveled extensively including peace delegation trips to Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt, and Russia. She has participated in nonviolent direct actions and has been arrested in Washington DC to protest torture and indefinite detention at Guantanamo, and in Feb. 2014 spent a week in a N.Y. Jail for a peaceful protest of U.S. Killer Drones. Martha will speak about her jail experience, her travels for peace, as well as the Catholic Worker history and the importance of bearing witness for peace, justice, and the environment.

Please pass the word to fellow activist.  This gathering should provide for valuable discussion to deepen analysis and strengthen our commitment as activists.

Mahalo.

Jim Albertini

Email testimony opposing County take over of Mauna Kea Park

Testimony emailed to kuulei.n.moses@hawaii.gov
Testimony OPPOSED
to MOA to let the County take over operations at Mauna Kea State Park.
FRI 3/28 9 am hearing on Oahu BLNR

Aloha BLNR members:

Our organization is opposed to the County take over of operations at Mauna Kea State Park.

     Our organization has detected radiation at the park on several occasions since May 29, 2007, three months before the military officially admitted, after repeated denials, that DU spotting rounds were fired on Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) ranges less than 1 mile south of Mauna Kea park.  The readings we detected were several times the background radiation.  We suspect that far more DU was used at PTA than what the military wants us to believe.  The Davy Crockett rounds were used beginning in the early 1960s.  Army Col. Howard Killian testified to the Hawaii County Council that DU was not prohibited in training until 1996.  What does that tell you?  It says to me that if it wasn’t prohibited in training, it was likely used in training.  But don’t look and you won’t find.  That’s why the military has stonewalled citizen calls for comprehensive testing and monitoring to determine the full extent of DU contamination at the 133,000-acre PTA, and if, and how far it has spread.    Less than 1% of PTA has been surveyed for DU, and that with questionable methodology.  Schofield Barracks, and other likely contaminated sites in Hawaii including Makua Valley and possibly Kaho’olawe also need independent thorough testing for DU.    Even the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has said the Army filter size in sampling DU at PTA was too large and therefore the Army sampling was worthless.

      Our organization is aware of three MDs and a Naturopathic doctor in Hilo who have patients that tested high for uranium in 24 hour heavy metal urine tests.  There appears to be a need for further testing and research to determine the cause of such uranium in urine and if it is related to PTA. In March of 2013 our organization requested PTA to offer 24 hour urine tests to some of its long term workers to see if uranium was showing up in their urine but the PTA commander, Lt. Col. Eric Shwedo, declined our request. So much for his good faith to the community.

 

      It should also be noted that on July 2, 2008 the Hawaii County Council, by a vote of 8-1, passed Resolution 639-08 calling for a halt to all live-fire at PTA due to the presence of DU radiation  The resolution also called for clean up of the DU along with several other action points, including monitoring to assure the confidence of the community.  The Army has ignored the Council’s call despite Army regulation 700-48 which says the Army must follow such requests by local governments.  The Hawaii County Council, Mayor Kenoi, DLNR chair, William Aila, and the State BLNR need to follow up with further action to Resolution 639-08 in pressuring the Army for accountability on DU.

 

     Back in the 1960s around the same time the military started using DU at PTA, the Army got a BLNR lease of crown and government lands in the Waiakea Forest reserve to do what the Army said was “weather testing.”  The Army was lying.  The Army tested chemical and biological weapons, some as deadly as 1/50 of a drop in Hilo’s water shed.  Many people said cancel the lease. And the state did.  Today many of us are saying the same thing over DU radiation testing.  Cancel the BLNR lease of nearly 24,000 acres at PTA being leased to the military for the grand sum of $1 for 65 years.  Over 84,000 additional acres of crown and government lands were seized at Pohakuloa under a Presidential executive order in 1964.  Not even 1 cent rent has been paid for that.  The military is making a multi billion dollar mess at PTA and it needs to be stopped.  I say to you BLNR –Cancel the military lease at PTA.  Do thorough testing at Mauna kea Park abd other State lands in the area.  Meanwhile put a moratorium on any action concerning Mauna Kea park transfer to the county until this issue is resolved.

 

      Regardless of who is liable – federal, state, and/or county governments, there are potentially serious health and safety concerns for residents and visitors at Mauna Kea Park with the increased use of Saddle Road, frequent strong winds and occasional flash flooding in the area, and military bombing of a base known to be contaminated with DU and other military toxins. When will public officials take responsible action to address these concerns? For now the answer is “Blowing in the Wind.”

Jim Albertini

Speak up: Bread NOT Bombs!

U.S. $1

Trillion

Dollar

National Security

Budget!

     Take action to reign in the U.S. National Security State and redirect funding to much needed program to help meet human needs such as green energy, curbing pollution, housing, education, job training, health care, Head Start, cancer research, food assistance, etc.

      The official Pentagon budget request for 2015 was recently released, and in addition to nearly $500 billion in its base budget, there are lots of other hidden national security related expenditures. Examples include the Pentagon’s $79.4 billion estimate for the Overseas Contingency Operations budget which amounts to a multi-billion dollar military slush fund.  (Since 2001 more than $1 trillion dollars has been spent by the Pentagon in this special “Overseas Contingency Operations budget” to fund multiple wars.)

    Here are some other hidden national security budget items in the 2015 budget:

  • DOE Nuclear weapons activity                                                                                                                                $19.4 billion

  • International FBI activities, Selective Service, the National

    Defense Stockpile and other miscellaneous defense-related  activities.                                                                                                 $36 billion

  • Military retirement programs                                                                                                                                          $37.8 billion

  • Veterans Affairs                                                                                                                                                                  $161.2 billion

  • International Affairs                                                                                                                                                          $ 39 billion

  • Homeland Security                                                                                                                                                            $ 52.1 billion

  • Share of Interest on the defense related Debt                                                                                                     $ 82.7 billion

  • Misc. DOD Retiree Health Care Fund Costs                                                                                                                  $ .1 billion

        GRAND TOTAL U.S. National Security State Budget                                                                                                         $ 1,000 + billion

Source: http://truth-out.org/news/item/22495-americas-1-trillion-national-security-budget
http://act.credoaction.com/go/3786?t=6&akid=10243.6095158.ZzhVI0

The petition to Congress reads:
“Congress should rein in military spending and stop the Pentagon from using the Overseas Contingency Operations account as a slush fund to avoid much-needed spending cuts. We already spend far too much on our military and the Pentagon’s wasteful weapons programs.”
Sign petition here
3786

Cut Military Spending! Fund Human Needs!

The best security for all is building a just, peaceful world!

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 (March 28, 2014 –653rd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office