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

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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

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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

Tuesday, Nov. 4th 4:30 at Kamehameha Statue in Hilo

Aloha Kakou..people of Hilo, please join us tomorrow, Tuesday in front of Kamehameha Statue at 4:30 p.m. as we hold “pro” or positive signs fronting the statue and near the Mo’oheau Bandstand. Bring your signs for Mauna kea, Aloha Aina, food Sovereignty, Pohakuloa, etc. and your spirit of Aloha for our Hawai’i…Aloha – a firm commitment to PONO! (mahalo Luana for that definition) We need you all to help us to spread the message…Mauna Kea Shawls welcome! Hope to see you there..let’s get our message out there! Far from over, we are in this, we are not defeated because we believe in the good things coming!

Iraq Veterans Petition on Depleted Uranium

Iraq Veterans Against the War!

Health Impacts of Depleted Uranium (DU)

      “The Iraq war was never over for Iraqi civilians and US veterans who continue to struggle with various forms of trauma and injury; for veterans and Iraqis who suffer the effects of environmental poisoning due to certain US munitions and burn pits of hazardous material; and for a growing generation of orphans and people displaced by war…

      One or our primary areas of focus has been research on the long-term health impacts of depleted uranium.

Since 2007, UN resolutions have included language affirming the need for research on the potential harmful effects of depleted uranium as well as the need for disclosure of where this weaponry has been used. The resolutions have been passed by the vast majority of the world’s nations, indicating a growing global concern. Unfortunately, each year the U.S. has isolated itself by opposing these resolutions, alongside only a few other countries. Help break the silence. Tell the US to stop opposing UN resolutions on depleted uranium. Sign the petition now

Toxic munitions in Iraq have created enclaves across the country in which entire generations of children are born with severe birth defects – most commonly cerebral palsy. Many of the mothers have been widowed by war and are struggle to care for children with special needs in a nation with poor access to medical care and very little support. One of the toxic munitions suspected of contributing to this incredible public health crisis is depleted uranium. In order to determine its impact and prevent this issue from continuing, more research with international oversight must be conducted, but the United States continually prevents this from happening. What could our government be hiding?

This petition could not be more timely. The Obama administration is attempting to justify military intervention in Iraq by claiming that it is on behalf of the human rights and right to self-determination of the people of Iraq. Meanwhile, on November 5, a new resolution on depleted uranium weaponry will be introduced to the United Nations General Assembly, and the US is likely to attempt to shut it down. The United States has a responsibility to support this resolution. Help break the silence on depleted uranium and stand up for the human rights of Iraqis in this time of crisis. Sign the petition now. Thank you for your commitment to this issue and for your ongoing support of our work.”

Iraq Veterans Against the War staff ( see ivaw.org)

The Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), located in the center of Hawaii Island, is contaminated by DU munitions, and a burn pit of hazardous materials is located on the 133,000-acre base. Schofield Barracks on Oahu is contaminated with DU, and possibly other sites in Hawaii too. DU weapons have been used by the U.S. in several countries and in training in more than a dozen states.

Deal with DU in Iraq, Hawaii, etc.

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 (Oct. 31, 2014 – 684th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Monsanto , Dow, and Big Land owners Buying the Vote in Hawaii

Aloha!
Hope you will SHARE these 2 important pieces of information!

Maui anti-GMO rally

​( and Forward Progress PAC spent nearly 382,000 to defeat Maui council candidates)

And they’ve still got another week to spend MORE. Holy $#%!

via Autumn Rae Ness
Scroll to the bottom to see that Monsanto and Dow Agrosciences have spent $7,896,163 LYING to the people of Maui.

The “Citizens against the farming ban” campaign is funded entirely by Monsanto, Dow & one other buddy. “Citizens” my ass.

It takes more than $8 mill to hide your dirty secrets.
It takes more than $8 mill to pay us off for making our kids, land and oceans sick.
I’m glad you spent all that money. Now the whole population of Maui will know how scared you are of the TRUTH.

The truth will ALWAYS come out, not matter how many millions of dollars you spend trying to bury it.

> Source: https://nc.csc.hawaii.gov/…/20141027205821NC20473SA.html

via Karen Chun
Campaign disclosure is out and, as suspected, Monsanto and Dow are the sole funders of “Citizens Against the Maui Farming Ban”. And wow baby! Did they fund it! $7,896,163 worth!
As of the filing date, Monsanto and Dow had spent a total of $6,335,083.

Question to Maui/Molokai people voting NO on the GMO Initiative: Now that you know that “Citizens Against…” is ENTIRELY funded by Monsanto and Dow and that they’ve paid in $7.9 million to influence you, does that change your opinion?

HEADS UP ON THIS SLEEPER!!!

Ag 2

Looks like the jig is up on this one. Nice try #localfoodcoalition. You may have actually had support for this if you hadn’t had been so #sneaky.

The #2 Ag Amendment on the ballot is just a way for (a) large land owners to get bond funding without dedicating their ag land to actual agriculture, using good groups of smiley young farmers as pawns – who couldn’t qualify for the bonds or loans in the first place.

#isupportsmallfarmers, not sneaky billionaires.

Re: #2 Ag Amendment – Half a million dollars spent to push this amendment – by one guy. WTH?

via Bart Dame
People have been wondering who has been supplying the Big Money behind the campaign to pass the Ag Bonds Con Am.

The spending report by the “Local Food Coalition” is now online.

Here is their organizational report:

https://nc.csc.hawaii.gov/NCFSPublic/ORG_Report.php

And here is their financial disclosure report:

https://nc.csc.hawaii.gov/NCFSPublic/ReportDetail.php

Their org report discloses the names of three officers. Brandon Lee is the Chairman. Murray Clay is the treasurer, Eric Datta is the First Deputy Treasurer. All three are employed by Ulupono Initiative.

The financial disclosure report shows they have raised $505,250. $500K of which came from Ulupono Initiative. They had spent, as of the last day in the reporting period, $352 K, with almost all of it going to Anthology Marketing to run their campaign.

It is fair to say, as I had recently started doing, that the Local Food Coalition is a “wholly-owned” subsidiary of the investment firm, Ulupono Initiatives.

Early statements by supporters of the Coalition had assured us that all their contributions came from “their members.” While, technically, true, that was a statement intended to mislead. The money is all (meaning 99%) coming from Pierre Omidyar.

> Complaint: Hawaii super PAC didn’t report spending

Link: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/26867900/complaint-hawaii-super-pac-didnt-report-spending

> Corporations, Advocacy Groups Spend Big on Ballot Measures
Link: http://time.com/3532419/ballot-measures-corporations

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
~ Anne Frank

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VOTE: Nov. 4th!