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Photos from Jan. 27, 2023 Hilo Peace Vigil

Friday, January 27th, 2023

Photos from Jan. 27, 2023, Hilo Peace Vigil

Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK to speak at UHH

Friday, January 27th, 2023

Doomsday Clock moves closer to Midnight hour

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

Physicians For Social Responsibility (PSR) issues a statement on the Doomsday Clock of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists being moved closer to the Midnight hour

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PSR Statement on the 2023 Doomsday Clock Announcement

Doomsday Clock at 90 seconds to midnight
 

Today, the Doomsday Clock stands at 90 seconds to midnight. The United States’ inaction and the collective failure of the global North to abolish nuclear weapons or adequately address climate change has led us to this moment. This announcement by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moving the Clock closer to midnight reminds us that we cannot prepare for nuclear war, we must prevent it.

Scientific studies demonstrate that a small fraction of the world’s nuclear arsenals—if detonated on cities—would have planetary impacts on the climate, agriculture and global health. The Doomsday Clock is a stark reminder that we must interrupt our denial and confront reality. It is supremely unhealthy to continue to maintain and modernize a vast nuclear arsenal that will lead to catastrophic global famine if ever unleashed.

PSR’s prescription: the United States must begin the process of pursuing a verifiable agreement among all nuclear-armed countries to totally eliminate their nuclear arsenals in compliance with international law.

Even without a war, the mere production and maintenance of nuclear weapons causes devastating illness and environmental pollution. The impacts are most often felt by women and children, who are disproportionately impacted by radiation exposure, and Black, brown, and Indigenous communities that are treated as dumping grounds for radioactive pollution.

As noted in the Bulletin’s announcement today, climate change is among the greatest health threats facing humanity in the 21st century. While worldwide patterns of temperature, precipitation and weather events change, the delicate balance of climate and life is disrupted, with serious impacts on food and agriculture, water sources, and health. People of color, and poor and working class communities will continue to face the worst harms of climate change, nuclear testing and proliferation unless we demand change.

The Doomsday Clock is warning us of the peril if we continue along the current path. If we wish to turn the clock back, we must begin right now.

Jan. 27, 2023 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

End the Threat of

Nuclear War!

Join the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty!

                                                            

       

 

A time of unprecedented danger: it is 90 seconds to midnight according to the

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists – https://thebulletin.org/doomsday-clock/current-time/

     The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), or the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty, is the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons with the ultimate goal being their total elimination. The treaty entered into international law on Jan. 22, 2021.

     The treaty prohibits the development, testing, production, stockpiling, stationing, transfer, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons, as well as assistance and encouragement to the prohibited activities.

     According to the treaties database maintained by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, as of 22 September 2022, the TPNW has 68 parties. More parties are needed. The clock is ticking.

The Problem: 9 Nuclear Rogue States

The US, Russia, China, Great Britain, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea, and Israel.

     Our world needs a global nonviolent people’s movement to pressure the Rogue states to nuclear disarmament in the interest of the common good of all humanity and the ecosystem of the planet. The threat of nuclear war and climate disasters are directly linked. The global nonviolent people’s movement needs to have the economic teeth to use a global boycott and a general strike to counter the arms industry’s never-ending drive for profits at the expense of human lives and the environment.

     The stakes couldn’t be higher. The risk of crossing red lines to global nuclear destruction is increasing with the US proxy war with Russia in Ukraine threatening to spread into Crimea. There is also growing tension between the US and China. Hawaii is a US military command center for nuclear war covering more than half the earth. The military Indo-Pacom Headquarters is located at Camp H.M. Smith, along with other major military bases on Oahu. More than 100 military installations are located throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on Hawaii Island is a training area for conventional and nuclear war. It includes B-2 and B-52 strategic nuclear bombers flying non-stop bombing missions from Louisiana, Missouri, and Guam to PTA.

No Nukes! Peace is a Victory 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-Hawaiian, anti-Black, anti-Asian, anti-Russian, 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), Hawai’i 96760

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Pokahuloa Toxic Area (PTA) to host “Experience Pohakuloa” Open House

Thursday, January 19th, 2023

Once again the Pohakuloa Toxic Area (PTA) is planning an Open House for the public to “Experience Pohakuloa.”  It is scheduled for Thursday, April 20th (EARTH DAY) from 9 AM till 1 PM.  The military will be inviting the public and schoolchildren from all over the island to attend. 

The Military 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Toxic Area (PTA) is located in the center of Hawaii Island and has been bombed and shelled for more than 75 years by the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and foreign countries too. Millions of live rounds are fired annually at PTA. A wide range of toxins has been used including lead, perchlorate, and radioactive Depleted Uranium (DU). The continuing live fire of high explosives, re suspends many of the toxins that can then be carried long distances in the high winds that frequently blow through the Saddle region of Hawaii Island. Inhaling tiny DU oxide particles can cause several cancers and genetic damage can be passed to future generations.

How bizarre for the military to host an “Earth Day” event at Pohakuloa! There can be no greater desecration of the ‘aina than bombing.  Such an event only adds insult to injury.

Parents and schools should say NO.  DON’T GO!  

Jim Albertini

The late community activist, Rene Siracusa, says it well with her sign.