RIMPAC Bombing of Pohakuloa Radiation Monitoring around the island

Leina'ala Sleightholm photo

Mahalo to Leina’ala for stopping to take this photo. At 11:50am today on the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway fronting the entrance to Hapuna Beach, there was a spike reading of .13 microseverts μSv/h when the background was reading .04 μSv/h

 

Jim Albertini

Press Release: July 16, 2016 Press Release on Citizen Radiation Monitoring, free-speech rights, and police action

July 16, 2016 Radiation monitoring at Hilo pier

Press Release: July 16, 2016 Press Release on Citizen Radiation Monitoring, free-speech rights, and  police action

New problems with police over Free Speech rights in Hilo

further contact: Jim Albertini 966-7622, email ja@malu-aina.org

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

Less than 24 hours after meeting with Hilo Police Captain Richard Sherlock, assigned by the Chief to discuss free speech issues with us, new problems have arisen. On Friday afternoon Captain Sherlock said that Hawaii Revised Statue 291C-77 protects free speech rights to leaflet. Yet again, on Saturday, July 16, at 11AM another police officer, D. Kenison threatened to cite a person from offering drivers of stopped vehicles in the makai bound left turn lane on Kanoelehua at the Hilo airport intersection traffic light, the identical site affirmed by Captain Sherlock as a site protected for free speech after a threat of arrest by another officer, officer Gouveia on Wednesday, July 13th. I informed officer Kenison of myself and Rev. Ronald Fujiyoshi meeting with Captain Sherlock yesterday and that Captain Sherlock had affirmed our free-speech rights and would be letting all officers know to respect our rights. Apparently the word has yet to go out. to officers. To his credit officer Kenison who threatened arrest had a respectful tone in his conversation with us.

This was not the case a. few hours earlier on Saturday. Four of us in white radiation suits, hard hats and masks with a 3’X8′ “ Radiation Monitoring” sign, clip boards and several radiation monitors where standing on the sidewalk opposite the Hilo Farmers’ Market by Mo’oheau Park. At approximately 8:30AM an unidentified police officer in a white Jeep, license plat ZCJ 215 pulled up to the curb and said in a rough voice “What are you doing here?” We explained that we were monitoring for radiation given that the military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) is known to be contaminated with Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation and there is presently large scale live-fire taking place at PTA as part of RIMPAC 2016. We further explained that high explosives at PTA can turn DU into DU oxide particles which can be carried long distances in the wind and that such small particles are extremely dangerous if inhaled, causing various cancers, birth defects, and genetic damage. We gave the officer an informational leaflet. The officer’s again rough response was “Get that sign off the sidewalk.” The 8 foot long sign was actually perpendicular to the sidewalk with most of the sign on the park grass and only about 12-18 inches on the sidewalk leaving several feet of clear sidewalk for people to pass. Foot traffic on the park side sidewalk where we were standing was very light. Most of the foot traffic was across at the Farmers’ Market. Still, we complied with the officer’s demand but what was disturbing was the tone of his interaction which was harsh, bullying, not respectful and the kind of tone that doesn’t build a sense of police/citizen community, which is sorely need in our society. Frankly I felt harassed by the officer for exercising my free-speech constitutional rights.

After doing an hour of radiation monitoring at the Hilo Farmers’ Market, an hour at Rainbow Falls where we had a lot of good conversations with local residents and visitors from all over the world, we went to Hilo airport to monitor radiation. Carl David of our group decided to stay at the Hwy 11/Airport intersection and hand out leaflets as described above where he was confronted by officer D. Kennison. Three of us road in a pickup truck with the “Radiation Monitoring” sign upright in the bed and did three loops around the airport donut road. On the third trip we were followed by 2 Airport security vehicles and when we pulled into the cell phone parking lot area to lower the sign in preparation for leaving the airport, we were confronted by two Airport Security Police who said we had to leave.. We explained that in fact we were preparing to leave but we believed it was our constitutional right to drive on the public roadway and conduct citizen radiation monitoring, especially in light of RIMPAC bombing at Pohakuloa and the likely spread of radiation in the winds around our island home. I can only assume based on the Airport police statements that had we decided to continue our radiation monitoring at Hilo airport, the Airport Police would have arrested us.

Our last stop of the day for Radiation Monitoring was the entrance to Hilo Harbor, where we stayed for approximately 1 hour. Thankfully we had no encounter with police there. No police passed by.

In summation, for simply doing peaceful citizen radiation monitoring and offering informational leaflets to people about the dangers of Depleted Uranium radiation from ongoing bombing at Pohakuloa, a base known to be contaminated with DU, we had 3 police encounters in 3 hours. Why isn’t our State Department of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Agency doing Radiation Monitoring, an independent survey of the Depleted Uranium present at Pohakuloa and a clean up of the toxins there? After all, the Hawaii County Council passed Resolution 639-08 on July 2, 2008 by a vote of 8-1 that called for stopping all live-fire and any activities at PTA that creates dust, and it called for monitoring and clean up of the DU present at PTA. To date, the live fire continues and the DU has not been cleaned up. And no one is doing monitoring except us. How come? Fortunately the radiation monitoring readings we recorded today were not as high as what we recorded on other occasions. Today, the winds were light. Who knows what will be blowing in the wind tomorrow? We are not going to hold our breath until our government officials do their job. We are going to continue to act for people, plants and animals, for the air, land and sea, and the right to breathe free. Join us! Mahalo.

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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

Radiation monitoring schedule --join if can

Sun. July 17th  (meet at Komohana/Saddle Rd 8AM) 9AM Mauna Kea Park (near

Pohakuloa), 10AM Waikoloa Village, 11AM Mauna Kea Beach hotel/Hapuna beach park

Entrance

Check the Malu ‘Aina website www.malu-aina.org for future Radiation Monitoring dates and sites.

Radiation monitoring schedule

Radiation monitoring schedule –join if can

Sat. July 16th    8AM Hilo Farmer’s Market, 9AM Rainbow Falls, 10AM Hilo airport Intersection, 11AM Keaukaha –Richardson/Hilo Pier

Sun. July 17th  (meet at Komohana/Saddle Rd 8AM) 9AM Mauna Kea Park (near Pohakuloa), 10AM Waikoloa Village, 11AM Mauna Kea Beach hotel/Hapuna beach park Entrance

Victory for free speech leafleting in Protest RIMPAC 2016

Victory for free speech leafleting in Protest RIMPAC 2016

Aloha kakou,

Today, Friday, July 15, 2016, Ron Fujiyoshi and myself met with Hilo Police Captain Richard Sherlock who was assigned by the Chief of Police to discuss what we felt was police overstepping the law and citizen free speech rights.   On Wed. July 13, 2016 Hilo police officer Gouveia  threatened Carl David with arrest for offering “Protest RIMPAC 2016 Stop Bombing Hawaii” informational leaflets to stopped cars in the makai bound left turn lane on Kanoelehua at the Hilo airport intersection traffic light.  Today, Captain Sherlock said he has reviewed the law — Hawaii Revised Statue 291C-77 and said Carl David was exercising his free speech right.  Captain Sherlock said he will be advising all Hawaii County police officers to respect free-speech rights.  The leafleting issue was part of a Stop RIMPAC 2016 protest at the Hilo Airport/Hwy 11 intersection held, July 6 and 13th.  There will be 2 more sign holding  protests at the Hilo Airport intersection –Wed. July 20 and July 27th from 3-5PM.  Please pass the word to ohana and friends and join if possible.  Mahalo.  The original press release on the leafleting incident is below.  Also check out the free-speech case in the following link
Link: https://acluhi.org/2015/09/14/settlement-in-hawaii-county-free-speech-case/


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.orgPress Release: July 13, 2016  at 9PM

Press Release: Peaceful Pohakuloa protector threatened with arrest in Hilo for leafleting

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

further contact: Jim Albertini 966-7622, email ja@malu-aina.org

“As part of a Protest RIMPAC 2016!  Stop Bombing Hawaii!  Aloha Not War! sign holding and informational leafleting today at the intersection of Hilo airport and Hwy 11 (Kekuanaoa & Kanoelehua) a participant in the gathering (Carl David) was threatened with arrest by a Hilo police officer” according to Jim Albertini, president of Malu ‘Aina, a sponsoring organization of the protest.  Albertini said  “a similar protest was held last Wed. July 6 without incident.  In fact, the same person, Carl David was leafleting then in the same place and gave out several hundred leaflets including leaflets to three Hilo police officers passing by in their cars and none of the officers raised any concerns.”  Albertini said “today, a Hilo police officer threatened Carl David with arrest on the charge of ‘distracting drivers’ for simply walking along the grassy 8-10 foot median strip and offering informational flyers about RIMPAC to cars stopped at the traffic light heading makai on Kanoelehua in the left turn lane for Kekuanaoa.  There were up to 15 cars at a time stopped at that light to turn left and Mr. David stayed on the grassy median and offered leaflets to any stopped vehicle that rolled down its window.”

Albertini said, “I find it significant that 3 police officers last week took leaflets in the same spot and from the same person that today a police officer threatened to arrest.  In this national climate where there is an effort to promote dialog and respect between the community and police in light of growing tension over police shootings and police officers being shot, one would hope that all police officers would have more respect for the right of peaceful protest and first amendment expression.”  Albertini noted that “4 people in Hawaii have been shot and killed by police so far in 2016 and three of those police killings occurred in Hilo, all not far from the scene of the threatened arrest for leafleting.”

Albertini said “our organization stands ready for respectful dialog with Hilo police.  We do our best to stand in Kapu Aloha with all people we encounter, police included.”

Albertini added that  “below is a copy of the leaflet that was handed out at the Hilo airport protest last week and today.  Below that is a leaflet I prepared for distribution this Friday, July 15, 2016 at Malu ‘Aina’s 773 consecutive weekly peace vigil at the downtown Hilo Post office.  Each week a new peace leaflet is prepared.  This week’s leaflet is on “Stop the violence! Live Aloha” written in response to police killings and police being killed.

Albertini noted that “another Protest RIMPAC 2016! Stop  Bombing Hawaii! Aloha Not War! will be held Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 3-5PM at the Kona airport highway intersection.:  Alberetini said “I hope there will be no threats of arrest there.”

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July 14, 2016 Kona airport RIMPAC protest

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