Archive for the ‘Social Justice’ Category

Mass Shootings & the US War Budget

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

 

Innocent Lives Lost!

Mass Shootings & the US

War Budget

      There are more guns than people in the U.S. Estimates are 430 million civilian guns, including 20 million AR – assault rifles, in a nation of 334 million people.  These figures exclude police and military firearms.

      More and more mass shootings are taking place in US food stores, churches, schools, outside sporting events, etc. Hate, racism, and white nationalism are on the rise. This year, there have been more than 200 US mass shootings and it’s only May.

                             victims              10 Innocent Buffalo, N.Y. people were killed by a white nationalist

     In addition to increased deaths from gun violence, more than 107,000 people in the US died from drug overdoses in 2021, and more than 1 million died from Covid in 2 years.  The US has a continuing public health covid crisis.  It also has serious addiction, mental health, and other social problems leading to increased violence. It’s been said that violence is as American as apple pie. But where is the government funding to deal with positive solutions to these problems – to help heal people and our communities, and to build a more just society?

     Government funding for basic human needs is being diverted to an ever-increasing war budget. This year’s proposed US war budget is over $800 Billion. That’s more than the next 12 countries’ military spending combined. Recently, the US House passed overwhelmingly $40 billion for additional weapons to be sent to Ukraine. More weapons mean more war. Weapons are not a path to peace. If there is one thing that has bipartisan support it is war, war, and more war. What is needed in Ukraine is not more weapons, but a ceasefire, negotiations, and diplomacy for peace. Peace is a victory for all sides. Peace heals at home and abroad. But peace doesn’t make money for the weapons makers – the merchants of death, so the killing continues. See file:///tmp/mozilla_jim0/Unanimous%20Dem%20Support%20for%20the%20$40b%20War%20Package%20to%20Raytheon%20and%20CIA_%20_For%20Ukraine,%205-16-2022_.html

We Need More Healing Not More Killing!

We Need More Love to Conquer Hate!

  1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject violence & war as solutions. 3. Defend civil liberties.
4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, anti-Black, anti-Asian,
anti-Russian, etc.
5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

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May 20, 2022, Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1077– Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

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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 Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

Front page sham article in today’s Hawaii Tribune-Herald about Experience Pohakuloa Day

Friday, May 13th, 2022

Frontpage article in Today’s Hawaii Tribune-Herald 5/13/22 on “Experience Pohakuloa Day” was a complete one-sided sham. Even a photo of someone wearing a “Kia’i” cap. and the PTA commander Cronin talking about PTA being good “stewards of the land.” See my letter below. I should also mention that KGMB last night news had a story about PTA federal firefighters filing complaints about poor safety conditions at PTA. I just sent a letter to the editor. See below.

Jim
 

Letter to the editor:

Dangers of Experience Pohakuloa Day!

The May 13, 2022 article on “Experience Pohakuloa Day” was completely one sided. All who visit the Pohakuloa TOXIC Area (PTA) need to be aware of the dangers of war dust. See https://www.cnn.com/…/military-exposure-burn…/index.html PTA has many war toxins blowing in the wind from more than 70 years of weapons training in the center of Hawaii Island. A very dangerous one is Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide particles. DU oxide involves alpha radiation and can be deadly when small particles are inhaled. It can enter the lymph system and lodge in various organs causing cancer. DU has a half-life of 4.5 Billion years. Our organization especially recommends that children NOT enter PTA.

Millions of live rounds are fired annually at PTA. PTA is a training ground for conventional and nuclear war. B-52 and B-2 strategic nuclear bombers fly from Louisiana, Missouri, and Guam to bomb PTA. DU oxide dust particles can be re-suspended in the air by ongoing live-fire training explosions at PTA, strong frequent winds in the Saddle region, and any kind of movement (disturbances) in the area.

Our organization first picked up high radiation readings on 2 monitors at Mauna Kea park on May 29, 2007, the day of the New Saddle Rd. dedication with strong winds coming off PTA from the south blowing toward the park. This was before the military officially acknowledged DU had been used at PTA after years of repeatedly denying its use.

Remember that the US Military is the greatest polluter on the planet. It is the largest consumer of oil and the largest emitter of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). For the PTA website to claim that the Army provides “environmental and cultural stewardship” reminds me of Nazis during the Nuremberg trials claiming “Auschwitz was a family camp.”

Jim Albertini

Jim Albertini, president of 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 Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

Pope Francis on War

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

No More War! War Never Again!

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“It has never been clearer that, for peace to flourish, all people need to lay down the weapons of war, and especially the most powerful and destructive of weapons: nuclear arms that can cripple and destroy whole cities, whole countries” – Pope Francis, May 2022

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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 Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

Dangers of Experience Pohakuloa! May 13, 2022, Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

 Dangers of Experience Pohakuloa!