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Take Action for Peace!

Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

Take Action for Peace!

1. Support Hawaii State House’s proposed Ceasefire in Gaza Resolution. Call and email State House Culture, Arts and International Affairs Committee (CAI) chair Representative Adrian Tam 808-586-8520, email reptam@capitol.hawaii.gov and CAI committee vice chair Rep. Rose Martinez 808-586-9730 email repmartinez@capitol.hawaii.gov Ask the representatives to schedule a hearing and pass SCR 13 Ceasefire Resolution unamended. The committee must pass the resolution unamended so be sure to mention that when you contact the members. Go to bit.ly/hiceasefire to automatically send an email to the relevant CAI committee members, and then take the next step and make patch-through calls to their offices. Simple phone script included! The Hawaii State Senate and Hawaii County Council already have passed similar resolutions. We need the Hawaii State House to act now.

2. Submit testimony on or before 9 AM Friday, April 12, 2024, by email, postal mail, phone, and/or Zoom opposing the renewal of the military lease of State lands at Pohakuloa on Hawaii Island and Army bases on Kahuku, Kawailoa-Poamoho, and Makua training lands on the island of Oahu. The issue is Item D. Land Division on the State Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR). Also, oppose any land swaps as an alternative to lease renewals. Call for stopping all live fire on the above lands, a total clean up of the military toxins, and return the land to the Hawaiian people. Concerning Pohakuloa – that land is zoned CONSERVATION – the highest protected land status. Bombing and shelling are NOT compatible use with conservation zone land. Note Hawaii County Council Resolution 639-08 passed on July 2, 2008, by a vote of 8-1 that called on the military to take 8 actions, none of which have been done. The first action was to stop all live fire at PTA and any other activities that create dust until an independent and comprehensive assessment and cleanup of the Depleted Uranium radiation contamination already present at PTA. Also note PTA is located in a dry, windy area prone to wildfires caused by military bombing and shelling. It is a Lahaina firestorm in the making for Hawaii Island. To provide testimony – email blnr.testmony@hawaii.gov. Send postal mail to BLNR P.O. Box 621 Honolulu, Hawaii 96809. In person on Friday, April 12 testimony 1151 Punchbowl St. Room 132 Kalanimoku Bldg. In Honolulu. By telephone dial 1-669-444-9171 Zoom input the meeting ID: 844 0060 6532 and follow the prompts. To provide Video/Zoom testimony –send a request in a timely manner to blnr.testimony@hawaii.gov Oral and video testimony limited to 3 minutes. It should be noted that both the Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands issued harsh criticism of Pohakuloa activities in EIS testimony in 2022. See https://www.civilbeat.org/2022/08/hawaii-agencies-criticize-a-big-island-military-training-site-amid-push-for-lease-renewal/

3. Protect Hawai’i Keiki – Protest “Experience Pohakuloa Day” school kids’ field trips to Pohakuloa on Thursday, April 25, 2024. Protest 8:30 AM PTA Main Gate Car Pools leave Hilo –Saddle Rd & Komohana at 7:30 AM For those who don’t want to go to the PTA main gate protest, set up picket lines on Saddle Rd. Hilo side at Komohana, Kona side Upper Kona Rd. and Saddle Rd.

4. Cancel RIMPAC 2024 planned for late June to early Aug. More than 25 countries (including Israel) are coming to conduct war games and bombing (air,, land, and sea). If it’s not canceled protests will take place. Meanwhile, end all military aid to Israel, Ukraine, etc. Ceasefire now! Negotiate peace!  Peace is a Victory for All!

No More War! Stop the Bombing

Worldwide!

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, anti-LGBTQ, etc. 5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

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April 12, 2024, Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1176 – Fridays 3:30-5 PM downtown Post Office

Reminder: Peace organizing meeting on Monday, April 8 and BLNR meeting on Pohakiloa Lease on Friday, April 12

Sunday, April 7th, 2024

Aloha Peace ohana,

Mon. April 8th — Peace organizing meeting 6 – 8 PM at the Kea’au Community Center.  — Planning for Thursday April 25th 8:30 AM protest at the Pohakuloa Main gate, among other actions.

 

BLNR AGENDA for 4/12/24 with info on how to testify  –CONCERNING POHAKULOA AND OTHER ARMY SITES IN HAWAII
https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/meetings/blnr-meetings-2024/land-board-submittals-04-12-24/
 
STAFF REPORT

https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/D-2.pdf

Makaʻala!  BLNR Agenda 4/12/2024, Item D-2:

Informational Briefing Update on the United States Army Training Land Retention Efforts for the Pōhakuloa Training Area on the Island of Hawaiʻi and for Kahuku,
Kawailoa-Poamoho, and Mākua Training Lands on the Island of Oʻahu;

 

And

 

Authorize the Chairperson to Negotiate, Approve and Execute a Contract for Appraisal Services to Determine the Fair Market Value Currently Leased by the United States Army, Tax Map Keys (1) 5-8-002:002, 5-9-006:026; 7-2-001:006; 8-1-001:007 (por.), 008 and 012 (por.), 8-2-001:001, 022, 024, & 025; and (3) 4-4-015:008, 4-4-016:005. 7-1-004:007.

Please help pass the word.  Mahalo.

Jim Albertini

2 Peace photos from the 2024 Merry Monarch parade

Saturday, April 6th, 2024

              2 Peace photos from the 2024 Merry Monarch parade

 

Cancel RIMPAC 2024

Thursday, April 4th, 2024

Cancel RIMPAC 2024: Stop the U.S. War Machine, From Hawaiʻi to Palestine to the Philippines!

By Hawai`’s Yoko Liriano and Seiji Yamada
https://www.counterpunch.org/2024/02/08/cancel-rimpac-2024-stop-the-u-s-war-machine-from-hawaiʻi-to-palestine-to-the-philippines/

Likely widening Middle East War

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024

April 3, 2024   Likely widening Middle East War?

Is Israel’s Bibi Netanyahu moving toward “The Sampson Option” – the use of nuclear weapons (and possible WW III) as a desperate attempt to avoid removal as Israel’s head of state and imprisonment for corruption?  The protests against him inside Israel are growing.

On the same day that Israel carried out a deadly attack on an Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria killing several senior Iranian officials, it also killed 7 World Central Kitchen foreign aid workers in targeted vehicle strikes in the Gaza strip.  Israel has also carried out recent strikes in Lebanon.

Intelligence reports now say that Iran will be responding with major strikes on Israel within 48 hours.

All of this is on top of Israel’s mass devastation in Gaza, killing and wounding more than 100,000 people in six months, including large numbers of women and children,  The vast majority of homes, schools, and hospitals have all been destroyed.  A large portion of the Gaza population is now on the brink of starvation.

Despite all of this, US President Joe Biden has said the US won’t stop sending Israel more missiles, bombs, and warplanes.  In short, the US is directly complicit in the GENOCIDE being carried out in Gaza.  It is shameful and criminal.  The world is demanding an immediate and permanent CEASEFIRE now.  Also an end to all military aid to Israel.  More killing, and an expanding war, are not the path to peace, nor the way to free hostages and prisoners.

Genuine peace, built on a foundation of justice, will be a victory for all.  It is time we all stand up, speak out, and act nonviolently to stop this madness.

Jim

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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