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Please Submit testimony in support of SCR 25 establishing Kapu Aloha Faith Pods in Hawaii Correctional facilities

Monday, April 5th, 2021

My testimony is below.

Our organization is in strong support of SCR 25 establishing Kapu Aloha
Faith Pods in correctional facilities.  This is a win-win situation for
everyone –inmates, their families, the community, and the correctional
facilities.  The Kapu Aloha Faith Pods will help inmates find focus,
meaning, and improve their lives in a safe space.  It will reduce stress
and worry for inmate families, and benefit the community by having
people come out of jails and prisons better than than went in.  It will
also help the DPS with more prisoners committed to Kapu Aloha, instead
of connected to gangs.

Kapu Aloha Faith pods will be an important first step toward healing.  A
long range positive vision is for modern day Pu’uhonua (wellness centers
and places of healing) as alternative to prisons.  NO MORE PRISONS.  We
can do better with Pu’uhonua.

Mahalo for your support.

Jim Albertini for Malu Aina.

— Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760

Phone 808-966-7622 Emailja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web atwww.malu-aina.org

the only way to submit written testimony is to use the testimony form on the legislature’s website. You may want to suggest that people go ahead and set up an account (“Register”) with the site ahead of time — that makes things simpler when you ask them to submit testimony.

After setting up an account, you just need to go to the legislature’s website (https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/), sign in (upper right), click on the “Testimony” button and enter the resolution number. Then, fill out the form and put your comments in the “Testimony/Comments” box and click submit. (If people also want to appear on Zoom, they’ll need to make that selection on the form. See the attached for further instructions.)

Public Access Room for assistance — we’ll walk them through the process of setting up an account and/or submitting testimony (808/587-0478 orpar@capitol.hawaii.gov).

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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

The Liberal Contempt for Martin Luther King’s Final Year

Sunday, April 4th, 2021
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By Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon

The MLK tributes are sure to pour on the anniversary of the civil rights hero’s death, but don’t expect them to acknowledge his anti-militarist ideals.

 

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Always be “Coffin Ready” April 2, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Monday, March 29th, 2021

GOOD FRIDAY — “CRUCIFY HIM!”

“Blessed are the Poor” “Blessed are the Peacemakers”

“Blessed are the Persecuted” “Love Your Enemies”

  “Thou Shall Not Kill” 

       

            Jesus             

 

Holy Week is Every Week!

 

As the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. the great Civil Rights leader and Peacemaker said:

       in the movement for justice, peace, and protecting the earth we always need to be —                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Coffin Ready!”

This year, Easter Sunday, April 4th marks the 53rd anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination in 1968. 

  Listen to Dr. King’s famous Riverside church speech given one year to the day before his death.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGHVHfwDxrs

Rise, Rise, Rise! Stand up! Speak Up! And Never Give Up!

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-Asian, anti-Hawaiian, 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 P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760

Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org to receive our posts. For more information www.malu-aina.org

April 2, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1018 – 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

Reaper Killer drones to be based on Oahu at Kaneohe Marine Corps base

Saturday, March 27th, 2021

6 Reaper drones will be based on Oahu

  • U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO BY SENIOR AIRMAN DAMON KASBERG
                                Maintainers in 2017 performed final preflight procedures prior to a MQ-9 Reaper, Block 5 variant, taking off in Southwest Asia.

    U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO BY SENIOR AIRMAN DAMON KASBERG

    The Marine Corps in Hawaii will be getting six big MQ-9A Reaper drones that can be armed with missiles as the Corps as a whole pursues “a deliberate but aggressive” path toward unmanned systems to gain advantage over China.

    “Today’s global security environment has seen a return to great power competition,” the Navy and Marine Corps said in a new “Unmanned Campaign Framework.” “This shift has placed the Department of the Navy at an inflection point where a traditional force structure will not be enough in the face of new warfighting demands.”

    Maj. Joshua Benson, a Marine Corps spokesman, said the six Reapers will arrive in Hawaii beginning in fiscal 2023 and fall under the already existing Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3, or VMU-3, which operates much smaller RQ-21A Blackjack drones.

    The addition of Reapers is just one of several big changes coming to Marine Corps Base Hawaii as the entire Corps undergoes a radical reorganization designed in large part to counter China in the Western Pacific with fast-moving and distributed missile forces aided by unmanned ships, vehicles and aircraft.

    Officials recently announced that three dozen or more helicopters — the entire Marine Corps fleet — will be departing Kaneohe Bay and a squadron of KC-130 cargo and refueling aircraft will be based in Hawaii in coming years.

     

    The turboprop-powered Reaper, with a wingspan of 66 feet, a maximum takeoff weight of 10,500 pounds and a flight endurance of 34 hours for the “extended range” version, was first flown in 2001 and has been used by the Air Force in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and other locations worldwide.

    The hunter-killer drone was designated “Reaper” by the U.S. and Royal Air Force, which has become the widely used name for any “Predator B” model equipped with weapons, according to maker General Atomics. The Reaper is bigger and heavier than the Predator.

    Marine Corps MQ-9As would be the biggest military drones in Hawaii. By comparison, Army RQ-7B Shadows that have operated out of Wheeler Army Airfield have a 20-foot wingspan and 460-pound gross takeoff weight.

    Unarmed Wheeler Shadows pair with AH-64 Apache helicopters as one example of Army force multiplication using an unmanned system.

    The Hawaii-based Reapers, which will be operated by hundreds of Marine Corps personnel performing a range of jobs, could be armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, officials said. The Air Force has used laser-­guided bombs.

    On March 16 the Navy and Marines released the “Unmanned Campaign Framework” in which acting Navy Secretary Thomas Harker said, “To compete and win in an era of great power competition, the (Navy) department is committed to investing in advanced autonomy, robust networks and unmanned systems” that will yield new capabilities extending “well beyond” human systems.

    In the report, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger said he is committed to a “deliberate but aggressive” pathway toward unmanned systems.

    “The campaign plan serves as a starting point for the Marine Corps to understand that unmanned systems must and will take on greater importance in our near future,” Berger said. “Concepts such as half of our aviation fleet being unmanned in the near- to mid-term, or most of our expeditionary logistics being unmanned in the near- to mid-term, should not frighten anyone.”

    When operating forward in small groups under austere conditions, “the ability to maximize unmanned systems to create outsized effects for our allies and against our adversaries is a key element of our future success,” Berger wrote.

    Unmanned systems are becoming so important that the U.S. Pacific fleet in April will conduct an “integrated fleet battle problem” that will incorporate unmanned systems operating in the air, on the surface and subsurface, according to the new report.

    At a congressional hearing Thursday on unmanned Navy Department systems, Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, commander of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, said the Corps already operates two of the extended-range Reapers in the Middle East and will procure 16 more, for a total of 18.

    The unmanned aircraft will be distributed into three squadrons of six, he said.

    “The way that system operates is from a friendly base,” he said. “That could be the continental United States; it could be Guam; it could be Hawaii or a particular nation.”

    In early 2020 the Navy deployed to Guam two turbofan-powered MQ-4C Tritons, unmanned aircraft with a 130-foot wingspan, to expand the reach of its maritime patrol and reconnaissance forces.

    Smith also talked about the ROGUE (Remotely Operated Ground Unit Expeditionary) fires vehicle, which is a joint light tactical vehicle stripped of its crew cab and turned into a robotic vehicle.

    “So it’s paired as a manned-unmanned teaming system,” he said. Some vehicles would be outfitted to fire Naval Strike Missiles and could autonomously follow a command vehicle. A ROGUE system successfully fired a missile in November, Smith said.

    Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark was selected to develop a 45-foot “long range unmanned surface vessel” for the Corps, meanwhile.

    “We did some testing at a classified level that explained how that, combined with the Naval Strike Missile, puts a very high-dollar, high-value enemy platform at risk,” Smith said.

    The Navy’s Unmanned Campaign Framework noted that the MQ-25A Stingray will be the first aircraft carrier-based unmanned aircraft, functioning primarily as a refueling tanker.

    Fabrication has begun on the Orca “extra large unmanned undersea vessel” with the first vehicle expected to be delivered in fiscal 2022. Other unmanned platforms are also in the works by the Navy and Marine Corps.

    “Unmanned systems are truly disruptive — both for us and our adversaries,” the campaign plan states.

    MQ-9A ‘Reaper’

    Turboprop-powered, remotely piloted aircraft first flown in 2001

    Wingspan: 66 feet Length: 36 feet

    Armament: Hellfire missiles, laser-guided bombs

    Maximum takeoff weight: 10,500 pounds

    Payload: 850 pounds internal, 3,000 pounds external

    Maximum altitude: 50,000 feet

    Maximum endurance: 34 hours for extended-range version

March 26, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

No More

Mass Shootings &

Endless Wars!

      How many more deaths? The United States has been at war for nearly every year of its existence as an independent nation, fighting in 227 years of its 244-year history. This past week marked the 18 anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq on the false pretense of “Weapons of Mass Destruction.” And, despite the lie, the war is still going on. The same with the US war in Afghanistan, nearly 20 years. And don’t forget US bullets and bombs fired in Syria, Libya, and countless other countries where overt and covert US military action is taking place. The US and its allies have dropped 46 bombs per day for 20 years. In addition, there is an endless whipping up of hostility toward China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, etc. to fuel more weapons programs for the US Military – Industrial Complex. Make no mistake: War is Very Profitable Big Business! It is the bedrock of global empire!

See more here http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/56435.htm

      Now in the last week the US has experienced two more mass shootings, one in Atlanta, Georgia, and the other in Boulder, Colorado. 8 people killed in Atlanta, including 6 Asian-American women, and 10 people killed in Boulder. The US is a mass shooting nation: Columbine & Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Schools, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Virginia Tech, El Paso mall, Los Vegas strip, churches, synagogues, on and on. Assault rifles are becoming as common as American apple pie. Racist hate crimes are on the rise too, which goes hand-in-hand with increasing US hostility toward China, North Korea, Iran, etc. Not to mention the ongoing police killings of unarmed Black Americans, and injustice to Kanaka Maoli in their own homeland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violence is Not the Answer! When Will We Ever Learn?

More Justice & Aloha for all!

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-Asian, anti-Hawaiian, 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 P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760

Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org to receive our posts. For more information www.malu-aina.org

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