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June 19, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet on Racism, Militarism and Empire

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

Black Lives Matter & the fight against US empire are one and the same

      Black theologian and philosopher Dr. Cornell West said: “It’s impossible to talk about the devaluation of Black lives without talking about militarism and the far-reaching tentacles of the US empire…” “Black people will never be free under a system of predatory capitalism – we will never be free under a system with imperial tentacles, [we] will never be free with the Pentagon elite running amok with militaristic policies and killing people in Latin America and the Caribbean, and so forth.” West says conversations over the murder of George Floyd and police brutality are inseparable from discussions over Washington’s imperial policies.

See full interview with Cornell West here: https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/cornel-west-black-lives-matter-fight-us-empire?fbclid=IwAR38OKnl7uMOaPf8EVCfAUgQr0Yh4swlVCvnVvP2YLj2dyf0MmOtQy9909A

Also see an article by Chris Hedges on the systemic nature of the problems of police violence https://popularresistance.org/chris-hedges-gaslighted-by-the-ruling-class/

      On June 20, 2020 peace activists from around the Pacific will be linking up to #CANCELRIMPAC, the largest naval war practice in the world off Hawai’i August 17-31, 2020. 25 nations, 200 ships, submarines and aircraft will shoot, bomb and destroy marine mammals as they practice for WAR!!!

      Also on June 20th You can join the Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington Digital Justice Gathering  by tuning in live to June2020.org at 10am EST on Saturday June 20 – or join the rebroadcast at 3pm PST ( 6pm EST) the same day or at 6pm EST on Sunday, June 21. The Poor Peoples Campaign: a National Call for a Moral Revival (PPC) will challenge what Martin Luther King called the triple evils of racism, militarism and poverty (building on MLK’s last campaign, in 1968).

     Finally, please support Congresswomen Barbara Lee, Pramila Jayapal, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in their effort to move $350 Billion per year out of militarism and into useful things.
We need to move all of Congress in this direction. Click here to email your Representative and Senators.

No Justice = No Peace!

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 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

June 19, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 977 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Please join the weekly Friday June 12, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil

Friday, June 12th, 2020

Aloha Peace Ohana,

Please come and join the weekly Friday Hilo Peace vigil 3:30-5PM at the downtown Post office/Federal Building. Come for whatever time you can. Bring a chair to sit under the senior shade tree if you want. Also please wear a mask to show respect and help protect others health. And please keep 6 feet social distancing. Below is the slightly revised peace leaflet for today.

Mahalo and solidarity.

Jim

Join the June 5, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

“I Can’t Breathe”

      Is there anyone who has not seen the video police killing of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25, 2020? For nearly 9 minutes police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on the neck of handcuffed George Floyd face down on the ground while George repeatedly pleaded – “I can’t breathe.” Police Officer Derek Chauvin has now been charged with murder. But the Minneapolis Police Chief said other police officers who were present and did nothing to stop the knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck were complicit in the murder. (Update: The protests have made a big difference. After more than 1 week, the three other police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd have now been charged with aiding and abetting in his murder.” )

     President Donald Trump is fueling the flames of violence, calling protesters “lowlifes and losers.”  After hiding out in a White House Bunker, Trump had peaceful protesters in Washington, D.C. forcefully removed so he could walk to nearby St. John’s Episcopal Church to hold a photo op.  Religious leaders have denounced Trump’s actions and for  advocating the use of “overwhelming force” and “domination” toward protests.  Protests against systematic racism and police brutality are now taking place not only in cities throughout the U.S. but in cities around the world.  Where will this escalation of brutality end?  The U.S. has been waging regime change wars for decades around the world.  Militarizing the police and waging more war is not the answer.  Trump and all political leaders should be doing everything possible to de-escalate the tension and violence and create a calm climate for much needed positive change.

Below are important quotes from the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“A riot is the language of the unheard.”The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and the evils of racism.” “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” “When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

      Here in Hawaii let’s stand in solidarity with the family of George Floyd and people  throughout the US and all over the world for justice and an end to systemic racism and police brutality. We also need to deal with systemic racism right here in Hawaii. Too many settlers in Hawaii ignore the history of the U.S. overthrow of the independent nation of Hawaii and the spiritual values of Hawaii’s host people, Kanaka Maoli, that view Mauna Kea as Sacred. Supporting the building of the 18 story Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea is viewed by many Kanaka Maoli as desecration. It is also seen as racist at its core — trampling on the Sacred Temple and the very souls of the Hawaiian people. Let’s show respect!   Respect the Sacred. No TMT.

Black Lives Matter!  Hawaiian

Solidarity!

Enough is Enough!

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 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

June 5, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 975 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Important article on Kauai’s military role

Sunday, May 31st, 2020
An important article by Jon Letman in the Guardian looks at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai and its outsized role in geopolitics as well as how it contributes to increased tensions between the US, China, and Russia.
 

Cancel RIMPAC! Masks NOT Missiles!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

CANCEL RIMPAC!

De-militarize and De-occupy Hawaii!

      RIMPAC stands for Rim of the Pacific military exercises. These destructive war games have been taking place every two years in Hawaii, and waters surrounding Hawaii, since the early 1970s. The war games have expanded far beyond Pacific Rim countries. In 2018 RIMPAC brought 25 nations, over 200 aircraft, 46 ships, five submarines, and over 25,000 military personnel to Hawaii. Some of the countries that participated are far from the Pacific — countries such as France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Israel. RIMPAC 2020 has been scaled back somewhat from it’s usual time frame of late June until early August. It is now scheduled for Aug. 17-31 in Hawaii.

      Hawaii is one of the most militarized places on the planet with more than 110 military installation. Nearly 25% of Oahu is occupied by military bases, including the Indo-Pacific Nuclear War Command Center at Camp H.M. Smith above Aloha Stadium. Military covert special ops are carried out all over Oahu and neighbor islands – in civilian areas, on shorelines, and in near shore surrounding waters. Kauai has the Pacific Missile Range Facility testing new hypersonic missiles. Maui has military satellite tracking on Haleakala and the Military High Performance Computer Center in Kihei. The Big Island Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) is the largest live-fire training center outside the continental U.S. PTA is contaminated with a wide range of toxins, including Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation. All total Hawaii has 42,000 active duty military, nearly 10,000 Guard and Reserve, 20,000 civilian military workers, 60,000 military dependents, 18,000 military retirees, and 111,000 veterans.

      Hawaii and the entire world is undergoing tremendous trauma from the deadly Coronavirus. We do not need to add to the trauma by RIMPAC. If the military wants to truly protect the people of Hawaii and the world, cancel RIMPAC. Use the money that would have been spent on bombs, rockets and missiles for much needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health care workers and Covid 19 testing for people in Hawaii, throughout the US and the world.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/5/20/1946007/-Hawaii-can-t-call-itself-the-safest-place-on-earth-unless-RIMPAC-is-canceled?detail=emailLL

Wage Peace NOT War!     Masks NOT Missiles!