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Afghanistan — Aug. 20, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

War & Military Occupations are

Terrorism!

                                              2021 US created chaos and desperation in Afghanistan

When Will We Ever Learn From Vietnam to Afghanistan, etc.?

Millions of lives lost, Trillions of $ wasted on war!

     Twenty years ago after 9-11 Malu Aina held its first of 20 years of weekly peace vigils at the downtown Hilo Post Office. A new peace leaflet is prepared each week. The first leaflet included the words: “We hope that cool heads prevail, producing actions of restraint not revenge. Violent retaliation will only escalate the cycle of violence that is making the whole world blind to our need to live together on this planet. This tragedy underscores the urgent need to embrace policies of international cooperation, a more just distribution of the world’s resources, and a direction that moves away from militarism and violence as methods of solving problems.” We continue to have the same hope today, 20 years later, despite the growing US march to war with China and Russia and escalating global climate catastrophe. We grieve with all who have lost loved ones and homes in wars, fires and floods.

     Military interventions, untold numbers of bombs dropped, and occupations do NOT bring peace. They bring only death and suffering to humanity, but big profits to the Military-Industrial Complex. Will anyone in these two decades and four administrations (two Republican and 2 Democrat) of American war and occupation be held accountable? What about all the Generals who kept calling for more war? What about the CIA and the State Department? And the corporate war profiteers? The U.S. should never have invaded Afghanistan. Instead of lashing out with bombs in a terrorist response to a terrorist attack, the US should have been asking and seeking answers to the question – Why do people hate the US so much? Contrary to George W. Bush’s claims that people “hate us for our freedoms,” the reality is much different. People hate the U.S. because it is a global empire, a military superpower that exploits people and resources around the world. The US believes it has a God given right to go anywhere and do anything it wants, a belief that’s called “American Exceptionalism.”

     The anti-war movement was right about Vietnam and right about Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc. Afghanistan has long been called the “Graveyard of Empires” – like the Romans, British, etc. before the U.S. All Empire military occupations need to end. When will the US illegal occupation of Hawaii end? And will the US clean up its mess and repair the damage done on its way out?

Never Again War &

U.S. Military Occupations!

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, 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

August 20, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1038– Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

No to Military Lease Renewals

Thursday, August 12th, 2021

No Military Lease Extensions!

Hawaiian Lands in Hawaiian Hands!

     Here are a few issues that need to be addressed in any EIS on Pohakuloa and other military sites in Hawaii: Unexploded ordinance (UXO) clean up, Depleted Uranium and other toxic contamination of air, land and ground water, invasive species, cultural sites and the cultural significance of Pohakuloa itself and other areas. The military controls nearly 133,000-acres at Pohakuloa. 23,000 acres of this is leased from the state for $1 total for 65 years –1964- 2029. These so called “ceded lands” are crown and government lands of the Hawaiian Kingdom before the U.S. overthrow of the Hawaiian government in 1893. These lands are in the ahupua’a of Humu’ula (crown), Kaohe and Pu’uanahulu (government lands). Besides the 23,000 acres of leased lands at PTA, 758 acres were obtained by an executive order of Governor Samuel Wilder King in 1956 and 84,000 acres by a Presidential Executive Order of President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. These lands by executive order were turned over to the US military without any compensation. More recently, in the early 2000s, an additional 23,000 acres of land near Waiki’i Ranch was purchased by the military from Parker Ranch for the Stryker Maneuver area.  But the Strykers are no longer in Hawaii. They are in Washington state.  But guess what the Military is keeping the 23,000-acres Stryker area with no Strykers.  Surprise, Surprise. 

     Our organization, Malu Aina, has documented 57 present and former military sites on Hawaii Island alone, totaling more than 250,000-acres that are in need of clean up.  The estimated clean up is in the Billions of dollars. One site example: In the 1960s the Army leased State land in the Waiakea forest area which is Hilo’s watershed. The Army said it wanted to do weather testing. It was a lie. Numerous Chemical and biological weapons were tested in Hilo’s watershed, including Sarin nerve gas, so deadly that 1/50th of a drop kills you. Hunters report there are areas in that forest where nothing grows today, more than 50 years after military chemical and biological weapons testing. It’s long past time for the US military to Quit Hawaii.  It’s not just an issue of no further military leases.  It’s time for the illegal US military occupation of Hawaii to end.  But please clean up your mess before you go. Mahalo and aloha.

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

oral testimonies of people against Military lease renewals

Thursday, August 12th, 2021
Below are the oral testimonies of people against Military lease renewals.  Not one testimony in favor of lease renewal.  All opposed.  Some incredible testimony.  Very powerful.  Mahalo to Kimchi Compost for the list of names and times of testimony.
 
You can also submit written comments throughout the scoping period until Sept. 1, 2021 (postmark date if mailed).
Option 1: Written comments may be submitted electronically online or by email to usarmy.hawaii.nepa@mail.mil
Option 2: Written comments may be mailed to:
Oʻahu ATLR EIS Comments
P.O. Box 3444
Honolulu, HI 96801-3444

 

Oʻahu ATLR EIS Public Scoping - Aug. 11

In case you didn’t get to watch last night’s amazing aloha ‘āina fest to get #militarylandback, here’s the link. I sure hope they keep it online forever because this is one amazing historical document. I made a list of the speakers with (approximate) time stamps. Apologies for any spelling errors!

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:36 Ikaika Ramones
:38 Koohan Paik Mander
:44 Aree Worawongwasu
:49 Darius Kila
:52 Ingrid
:57 Aipohaku
1:00 Banner
1:01 Kaipo
1:04 Mickey Weems
1:06 Mikey Inouye
1:08 Bronson Azama
1:11 Kyle Kajhiro
1:15 Kari Labrador
1:17 Kauwila
1:20 Summer Kamalia Mullins Ibrahim
1:26 Abigail Rose
1:28 Tom Iwanicki
1:31 Sorcha
1:35 Vernon
1:35 Lu Fabraito
1:36 Fabienne Melchior
1:38 Pete Doktor
1:42 Jason Alexander
1:45 Kaukaohu Wahilani
1:47 Seiji Yamada
1:49 Sofronio Estores
1:52 Dr. Arcy Imasa
1:56 Lauren Ballesteros
2:00 Jaerick Medeiros
2:04 Sheila
2:05 Adele
2:08 Tara Rojas
2:12 Councilwoman Tsuneyoshi
2:16 Manny Kuloloio
2:20 Tom Sharai
2:26 Heiley Hacoba
2:27 Leslie Gabrielle
2:30 Jim Albertini
2:32 Chezeri
2:35 Dr. Kioni Dudley
2:38 Koutaro Yuuji
2:39 Banner
2:42 Tina Grandinetti
2:44 Manuel Kuloloio
 
 
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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

Military should return Hawaii lands Aug. 13, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Monday, August 9th, 2021

Military should return Hawaii lands

By Ann WrightHonolulu resident Ann Wright was in the U.S. Army/ Army Reserves for 29 years and retired as a colonel; she was also a U.S. diplomat until resigning in March 2003 in opposition to the U.S. war on Iraq. This Op Ed piece was in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021

      The 65-year leases of 30,000 acres of Hawaii state land by the U.S. military are ending in 2029. The state of Hawaii should not re-lease these lands no matter what the amount the U.S. military offers. The leases on 23,000 acres at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island, 4,370 acres at the Kawailoa/ Poamoho Training Area, 1,170 acres at the Kahuku Training Area and 760 acres at the Makua Military Reservation were given away essentially for free, with the state charging only $1 for each parcel for 65 years!

      The three areas on Oahu are one-third of the 18,060 federal and state lands used for military training on the island, while the 23,000 acres at Pohakuloa are 17% of the 133,000 acres that comprise the largest military training area in the state and in the Pacific region.

      We are subjected to a daily dose of the U.S. military build-up for what the Indo-Pacific command is calling “our enemy China.” We know what happens when the U.S. tries to resolve disputes through military action — millions of persons dead and wounded, including tens of thousands of U.S. military, as evidenced by the wars in Viet Nam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

      Ultimately disputes with countries are resolved not by military action, but by dialogue, so why are we spending trillions on weapons that ultimately do not solve the situation?

      AS RESIDENTS of Hawaii, I think we should want to be known as an area of peace and dialogue using the Hawaiian technique of “ho‘oponopono” — rather than as a base for projecting the U.S. propensity for killing over using diplomacy to reduce tensions with other countries. A first step would be reducing the U.S. military footprint in Hawaii by refusing to re-lease 30,000 acres currently used by the U.S. military.

      The U.S. Army is seeking public comments on the environmental impact statement (EIS) concerning the releasing proposal by Sept. 1. You can email comments to: usarmy.hawaii. nepa@mail.mil or go online to fill in the form at https://home.army.mil/hawaii/ index.php/OahuEIS. Comments may also be mailed to: Oahu ATLR EIS Comments, P.O. Box 3444, Honolulu, HI, 96801-3444. Attending public hearings this week is another way to be heard. Hearings are set for Tuesday and Wednesday, 6-9 p.m., at Leilehua Golf Course; they will be live-streamed at www.youtube.com/usaghawaii/live. Oral comments may be provided by attending one of these two in-person public scoping meetings, or remotely by calling (808) 556-8277; recording services for comments are available both days, 4-9 p.m.

Hawaiian Lands in Hawaiian Hands!

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, 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

August 13, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1037– Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Military should return Hawaiian lands.  No lease renewals.

Sunday, August 8th, 2021

Military should return Hawaiian lands.  No lease renewals.

 
Please send comments to the USArmy EIS by Sept. 1st.  See other ways to testify in opposition in  Ann’s
 
And to DLNR not to re-lease to Military:
 
 
 
See other ways to testify in opposition in  Ann’s piece below.  Mahalo.
Jim Albertini
 
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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

 

Star Advertiser Sunday, August 8

https://printreplica.staradvertiser.com?selDate=20210808&goTo=E03&artid=3

Military should return Hawaii lands

 

ISLAND VOICES

By Ann Wright

The 65-year leases of 30,000 acres of Hawaii state land by the U.S. military are ending in 2029. The state of Hawaii should not re-lease these lands no matter what the amount the U.S. military offers.

The leases on 23,000 acres at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island, 4,370 acres at the Kawailoa/ Poamoho Training Area, 1,170 acres at the Kahuku Training Area and 760 acres at the Makua Military Reservation were given away essentially for free, with the state charging only $1 for each parcel for 65 years!

The three areas on Oahu are onethird of the 18,060 federal and state lands used for military training on the island, while the 23,000 acres at Pohakuloa are 17% of the 133,000 acres that comprise the largest military training area in the state and in the Pacific region.

We are subjected to a daily dose of the U.S. military build-up for what the Indo-Pacific command is calling “our enemy China.” We know what happens when the U.S. tries to resolve disputes through military action — millions of persons dead and wounded, including tens of thousands of U.S. military, as evidenced by the wars in Viet Nam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Ultimately disputes with countries are resolved not by military action, but by dialogue, so why are we spending trillions on weapons that ultimately do not solve the situation?

AS RESIDENTS of Hawaii, I think we should want to be known as an area of peace and dialogue using the Hawaiian technique of “ho‘oponopono” — rather than as a base for projecting the U.S. propensity for killing over using diplomacy to reduce tensions with other countries.

A first step would be reducing the U.S. military footprint in Hawaii by refusing to re-lease 30,000 acres currently used by the U.S. military.

The U.S. Army is seeking public comments on the environmental impact statement (EIS) concerning the re-leasing proposal by Sept. 1. You can email comments to: usarmy.hawaii. nepa@mail.mil or go online to fill in the form at https://home.army.mil/hawaii/ index.php/OahuEIS. Comments may also be mailed to: Oahu ATLR EIS Comments, P.O. Box 3444, Honolulu, HI, 96801-3444. Attending public hearings this week is another way to be heard. Hearings are set for Tuesday and Wednesday, 6-9 p.m., at Leilehua Golf Course; they will be livestreamed at www.youtube.com/usaghawaii/live.

Oral comments may be provided by attending one of these two in-person public scoping meetings, or remotely by calling (808) 556-8277; recording services for comments are available both days, 4-9 p.m.

 

 
 

Ann Wright

Dissent: Voices of Conscience