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Nov. 20, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil photo

Friday, November 20th, 2020

Solidarity with Kings Bay Plowshares 7

Margaret Furukawa, age 87, Malie Sellers, 87, Jim Albertini, 73, Rev. Ron Fujiyoshi, 80, Photographer Danny Li, 73

For more on the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 click on the link below.

Plowshares Activists Pay Heavy Price For Resisting Nuclear Warfare

Peace Challenge to Biden Harris Nov. 13, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

Peace Challenge to President & VP

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U.S. relations with the rest of the world must be based on respect, cooperation, and diplomacy—not war. We hereby challenge President-elect Biden to agree to a 10 point plan initiated by the Peace organization Code Pink. Add your name now! 

1. Reduce Military Spending. Invest at Home. Under both Republicans and Democrats over $700 billion dollars has been allocated annually to the Pentagon. Instead cut the war budget and use that money to invest in what really keeps us safe: universal healthcare, infrastructure, a Green New Deal, education, housing, tax cuts for the lowest incomes, and humanitarian aid. Create a transition program for workers to move from military to peace-based jobs.

2. End Wars, Use Diplomacy, and Respect International Law. Rejoin the Iran Nuclear Deal and remove crippling U.S. sanctions against Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, and others. (Recognize Hawaii as independent nation and end the U.S. illegal overthrow and occupation of Hawaii.)

3. China is Not Our Enemy. Now, more than ever, we need cooperation, not another Cold War and that’s why we are calling on Biden to fight COVID, not China! 

4. Stop Supporting Israel’s War on Palestinians. U.S. $3.8 billion dollars a year in aid for Israel to maintain a system of apartheid is shameful!

5. Stop Arming the Middle East, No Weapons to Human Rights Violators. End the U.S. practice of selling or giving weapons to countries — such as Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines — that violate human rights. 

6. Work for a Nuclear-Free World. A peaceful country is a country that abides by its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)… And we want to see the U.S. join the UN’s Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons now signed into international law by 50 countries.

7. Close Overseas Military Bases. Did you know that the U.S. has nearly 800 military bases in more than 70 countries and territories abroad? (Many in Hawaii including Pohakuloa on Hawaii Island.)

8. Grow a Green Local Peace Economy. The U.S. needs a peace economy that respects people and the planet and supports the Green New Deal.

9. End the Corporate Influence of Weapons Manufacturers. Deny cabinet positions for any former CEOs or lobbyists from weapons companies.

10. Stop Militarizing the Border and the Police. Stop attacks on migrants and refugees. Likewise, end racist U.S. policing, as well as the transfers of military-grade weaponry and surveillance equipment to local police departments. 

Wage Peace NOT War!

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, 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

For more information and to receive our posts go to www.malu-aina.org

Nov. 13, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 998 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Sign Petition against Military Pohakuloa Lease Renewal

Saturday, November 7th, 2020

Sign petition against Pohakuloa lease renewal

To: Governor of State of Hawai’i & Director of Lands and Natural Resources

https://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/do-not-extend-1-lease-on-27-000-acres-of-hawai-i-state-lands-in-pohakuloa-training-area?bucket&source=facebook-share-button&time=1603736844&utm_campaign&utm_source=facebook&share=2522c852-b184-41c1-8d42-3ec16de80f82&fbclid=IwAR2ViJjL3BlGftpBucwTs-PFzXlTBBGR-I3YPm9aa7rlwG0IYOU7m6C4NUo

Do Not Extend $1 Lease on 23,000 acres of Hawai’i State Lands in Military Pōhakuloa Training Area

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Do Not Extend $1 Lease on
            23,000 acres of Hawai'i State Lands in Military Pōhakuloa
            Training Area

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We call on the Governor of the State of Hawai’i and the Chair and Board of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to terminate the lease of 23,000 acres of Hawai’i public trust land at Pōhakuloa Training Area to the U.S. Army. This land was leased for $1 to the Army in 1964 for a term of 65-years. In violation of the terms of the lease, the Army has damaged native ecosystems, left unexploded ordnance, depleted uranium, and other contaminants, and harmed Native Hawaiian cultural sites. Although the lease expires in 2029, the U.S. military is seeking to renew the lease as quickly as possible.

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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

Time for Healing Nov. 6, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

TIME FOR HEALING!

      Uncertain election results, though leaning toward Biden as I write, make clear the US is a very divided nation. At 2:30AM on Wed. Nov. 4 Trump falsely claimed victory with millions of votes in several states yet to be counted. Without evidence, Trump claimed FRAUD and now has filed legal action in several states. Even in Hawaii, the land of aloha, a heavily Democratic state, there is much division.

 

      It is time for healing in many ways. We are in the midst of an out of control global pandemic. The number of cases are spiking at unprecedented levels in many states and the deaths from the Corona virus in the US now top 230,000.

      Too many people, Democrat and Republican, support the US war machine. The weapons industry knows it doesn’t matter who is president. An example of this was an Op Ed piece in the Hawaii Tribune Herald Sunday, Nov. 1st by three Chamber of Commerce leaders expressing their support for the 133,000-acre military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) in the center of Hawaii Island. Their main reason for support of a new lease of state land to PTA is because the military brings in money. Money rules. Apparently it doesn’t matter that the ongoing bombing at Pohakuloa spreads poisons, including Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation in the air, on the land, and in the water. And that’s part of the problem. We need to change the political and economic values of Hawaii and the US that are based on military desecration and domination instead of justice, peace, aloha aina.

      Regardless of whether a Democratic or Republican President, Congress, etc. are elected, the US is on a path to war with China and Russia. Both nations are surrounded by US military bases. The U.S. wants to remain the top global empire. Rather than seek peace and stability, the US wants to dictate to others. The US is escalating confrontations, and initiating new arms races. A war with China and/or Russia could quickly escalate to a nuclear war and the end of all human life on earth.

      Regardless of election results it is time to organize. We have important work to do for justice, peace, and the earth. Despite difficult days ahead, let’s keep our eyes on the prize for future generations.

Remain committed to Kapu Aloha! Nonviolence! 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-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

For more information and to receive our posts go to www.malu-aina.org

Nov. 6, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 997 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office


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

Learning from Kaho’olawe — Stop the Bombing of Pohakuloa

Thursday, October 29th, 2020
The Conversation: Oral History of Kaho’olawe
By Catherine Cruz & Bill Dorman • Oct 22, 2020 (30th anniversary of the Bombing being stopped Oct. 22, 1990 on Kaho’olawe)
 
Jim Albertini comments:
Stop Bombing Pohakuloa just like the bombing got stopped on Kaho’olawe
When Hawaii US Senator Sparky Matsunaga died, Pat Saiki ran against Dan Akaka for the US Senate seat in 1990) During one of these oral history tapes I heard on HPR (24 min mark in tape link above) about Kaho’olawe 30th anniversary) was a tape of Pat Saiki. Saiki talks about being invited by President George H.W. Bush to a meeting in the Oval Office. Saiki told Bush Hawaii was a very Democratic state so she needed something that would give her (a Republican) a boost to beat Akaka (a Democrat). Bush said what can I do. She said Kaho’olawe was a very active issue. If Bush could help stop the bombing it could possibly help Saiki beat Akaka. Saiki said Bush could issue a presidential executive order to stop the bombing. Bush turned to his chief of staff –John Sununu and said “DO IT.” The bombing was stopped Oct. 22, 1990. But Saiki lost to Akaka anyway though I’m sure it helped get her some votes.
 
Today, the Bombing at Pohakuloa takes place (Not on State leased land) but on 84,000 acres seized by a presidential executive order in 1964 under LB Johnson. How do we get a new presidential executive order to Stop the bombing at Pohakuloa similar to the Bush executive order in 1990?
The key thing — we need to build a Kaho’olawe style mass movement to turn up the heat on elected officials at all levels.
                                      Aerial view of Kaho’olawe
The Conversation: Oral History of Kaho'olawe