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Ukraine war at tipping point: Join today’s Hilo Peace Vigil 3:30-5Pm at the downtown Hilo Post Office

Friday, September 30th, 2022

Join today’s (Friday) Hilo Peace Vigil 3:30-5 PM at the downtown Hilo Post Office

The world is truly on the edge of Global nuclear war with recent events in Ukraine — Russia annexing 4 territories in Ukraine, the sabotage of the Russian gas pipeline to Germany, and Ukraine’s expedited appeal to join NATO.

 
 

66 nations call for end of Ukraine war

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/09/29/end-war-ukraine-say-66-nations-un-general-assembly?utm_source=daily_newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_op <https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/09/29/end-war-ukraine-say-66-nations-un-general-assembly?utm_source=daily_newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_op> <https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/09/29/end-war-ukraine-say-66-nations-un-general-assembly?utm_source=daily_newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_op <https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/09/29/end-war-ukraine-say-66-nations-un-general-assembly?utm_source=daily_newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_op>>

Sept. 30, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

U.S. Warns Putin of

“CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCES”

     Vladimir Putin’s recent announcement of a new mobilization of reservists and that Russia is prepared to use ‘various means of destruction’ if Russia is threatened marks an alarming escalation in the war in Ukraine. Biden, through his National Security advisor, Jake Sullivan, said on Sept. 25, 2022 NBC’s Meet the Press, there would be “CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCES” if Russia uses nuclear weapons. The statements make clear that we are closer to a global nuclear Apocalypse than perhaps any time in human history. https://malu-aina.org/?p=8390

     Let’s be clear. The current Russian invasion of Ukraine was provoked by a 2014 US-backed coup in Ukraine, and NATO’s eastward expansion despite US promises NATO would not move toward Russia. The current war shows that the western strategy of pumping Billions of dollars of weapons into Ukraine and sanctioning Russia is not leading to peace but instead is dramatically escalating and prolonging the war and risking an end to human civilization. The U.S. should be encouraging peace talks and de-escalation, not escalation, of the war. Diplomacy, not more weapons and war, is the path to peace.

     Our Malu ‘Aina organization stands in solidarity with all people in Ukraine, Russia, and around the world who are standing up and calling for an end to this war. We appeal for more and more people in Hawaii, the U.S. and elsewhere, to add your voice for peace now. Speak up and act before it is too late!

     It is time for the world to unite to end all wars and the climate crisis. It is time to redirect military spending to provide for the human needs of all people around the world – food, housing, health care, etc. We need to build a more just global society and abolish nuclear weapons now. War and the path seeking global domination is a dead end for humanity.

     It is up to each one of us, and all of us collectively, to do everything we can to put an end to this war before it puts an end to all of humanity. Let us direct our energy and resources to build a better world for future generations, a world free of nuclear weapons and the madness of war. Let us show by example that peace is a victory for everyone. It is time to De-Militarize Hawaii & the World!

Blessed are the Peacemakers!

Stand Up for Peace Now! No More 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, 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 Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org to receive our posts.

For more information http://www.malu-aina.org

September 30, 2022, Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1096Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

“CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCES”

Monday, September 26th, 2022

Eliminating Nuclear Weapons ‘Is Not Only Possible, It Is Necessary’: UN Chief

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/09/26/eliminating-nuclear-weapons-not-only-possible-it-necessary-un-chief?utm_source=daily_newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter

“At a moment of rising geopolitical division, mistrust, and outright aggression, we are in danger of forgetting the terrible lessons of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Cold War, and inciting a humanitarian Armageddon,” warns António Guterres.

Jessica Corbett

“On the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, we reject the claim that nuclear disarmament is some impossible utopian dream.”

“Let us commit to forging a new consensus around defusing the nuclear threat for good and achieving our shared goal of peace.”

That’s how United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday began his statement marking the ninth annual day dedicated to destroying the weapons of mass destruction.

“Eliminating these devices of death is not only possible, it is necessary,” Guterres stressed. “At a moment of rising geopolitical division, mistrust, and outright aggression, we are in danger of forgetting the terrible lessons of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Cold War, and inciting a humanitarian Armageddon.”

Guterres’ warning came amid heightened fears over a nuclear disaster or warfare related to Russia—which has the world’s largest nuclear stockpile—invading Ukraine, which is backed by NATO nations including the United States, the country with the second-most nuclear weapons.

U.S. President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said during a Sunday interview on NBC‘s “Meet the Press” that the administration has engaged in high-level talks about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats, including in a speech last week.

“If Russia crosses this line there will be catastrophic consequences for Russia. The United States will respond decisively,” Sullivan said. “Now, in private channels we have spelled out in greater detail exactly what that would mean, but we want to be able to have the credibility of speaking directly to senior leadership in Russia and laying out for them what the consequences would be without getting into a rhetorical tit for tat publicly.”

Responding to Sullivan’s remarks in a series of tweets Monday, the Nobel Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) emphasized that using such weapons would indeed be catastrophic “for the entire planet.”

“So no, this is not the time to figure out whether one side is ‘bluffing’ or not,” ICAN declared. “This isn’t a card game, the risk of nuclear war is increasing with every threat. Using nuclear weapons or threatening to use nuclear weapons is unacceptable and this must stop now.”

“It’s time for all countries to condemn all threats to use nuclear weapons, and it’s time to eliminate these weapons of mass destruction for good,” the group added. “The nuclear ban treaty is our clearest path to do so.”

Just last week, five more nations signed on to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)—which led to ICAN’s Nobel prize—and two more countries ratified the agreement.

Barbados, Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, and Sierra Leone brought the treaty’s total signatories to 91 while Congo and the Dominican Republic deposited their instruments of ratification with Guterres to bring the states parties to 68.

“With more and more countries joining the nuclear ban treaty, we are taking significant steps towards the abolition of these weapons,” ICAN executive director Beatrice Fihn said during a ceremony at U.N. headquarters last Thursday. “As the number of countries signing and ratifying the TPNW grows, the pressure on the nine nuclear-armed states and their supporters to join the treaty grows.”

“The strengthening of the treaty is particularly welcome at this time when the war in Ukraine has seen the risk of nuclear weapons use increase, and one of the world’s largest nuclear-armed states has made undisguised threats to use its arsenal with all the devastation that implies,” she added.

Along with commending the countries that “made the courageous choice to sign or ratify this landmark treaty,” Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, also put the developments in the context of Russia’s war on Ukraine during a speech at the event.

“At a time when, against the backdrop of the conflict in Ukraine, nuclear deterrence theories seem to be regaining vigor, it is critical to refocus the debate on the human cost of nuclear weapons,” he said. “This is the benchmark against which the moral, ethical, and legal acceptability of a weapon is to be judged, and deterrence theories are to be evaluated.”

In addition to Russia and the United States, the countries known to have nuclear weapons are China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom.

While none of those nations have backed the TPNW, some support the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), for which there was a global summit in August.

During that event, the parties to the NPT “came close to consensus on a substantive outcome,” Guterres noted Monday. “While this unique moment failed to result in the outcome we so desperately need, we urge all states to use every avenue of dialogue, diplomacy, and negotiation to ease tensions and reduce risk.

“More broadly, we need a new vision for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation,” he continued. “My proposed New Agenda for Peace calls for meaningful disarmament and developing a common understanding of the multiple threats before us so we can end the nuclear threat, once and for all.”

“Eliminating nuclear weapons would be the greatest gift we could bestow on future generations,” the U.N. chief concluded. “On this important day, let us commit to forging a new consensus around defusing the nuclear threat for good and achieving our shared goal of peace.”

Sept. 23, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Wednesday, September 21st, 2022

Defuse Nuclear War!   Negotiate, don’t Escalate!

     The U.S. and NATO are pumping Tens of Billions of Dollars of advanced weapons into Ukraine. This may be giving a false image of successful war efforts by Ukraine against Russia. The reality may very well be that Russia is being pushed closer to using nuclear weapons by the US and NATO fueling this war.

     UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently said: “Today, humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation. We have been extraordinarily lucky so far. But luck is not a strategy.” See Nuclear risks extreme says UN Secretary-General to NPT Review Conference

     The US Code Pink Women’s Peace Organization recently wrote President Biden and met with members of Congress saying: “We want diplomacy, not more war in Ukraine, nor weapons to escalate the war… Please take concrete steps to initiate serious diplomatic negotiations with Russian President Putin to end the war in Ukraine and avert global disaster. It is not sufficient to say Putin does not want to negotiate; What are you offering? Are you offering to remove any ABM missiles from Poland or Romania? Are you offering to return to the INF treaty? Are you offering 100% support for the MINSK II Accord, rather than sending in weapons, as we have since 2014, to undermine that accord?… 

     Please remember, President Biden, JFK resolved the Cuban Missile Crisis by removing US missiles from Turkey, not by threatening regime change.  Avert WWIII, global famine, and nuclear catastrophe. Negotiate, do not escalate, and instruct your SOS to pursue diplomacy. We need a ceasefire now and investments in climate, green jobs, healthcare, and housing, not weapons to fuel an endless proxy war. Please take action to pursue a diplomatic settlement.”

     Veterans for Peace former president, Gerry Condon, had this to say: As veterans who have experienced the carnage of war, we are concerned not just about civilian deaths in Ukraine, but about the young soldiers on both sides who are being killed and injured in the tens of thousands.  We know all too well that the survivors will be traumatized and scarred for life.  These are additional reasons why the Ukraine war must end now.

      We know that our own government had a large role in creating this war crisis and is now keeping this war going. We ask you to listen to veterans who say Enough is Enough — War is Not the Answer.  We want urgent, good faith diplomacy to end the war in Ukraine, not more US weapons, advisors, and endless war, and certainly not a nuclear war.”

Peace for Ukraine, Russia, and the world!

Peace is a Victory for Everyone!

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

For more information http://www.malu-aina.org

September 23, 2022, Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1095Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Sept. 23, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

Defuse Nuclear War!

Negotiate, don’t Escalate!  

     The U.S. and NATO are pumping Tens of Billions of Dollars of advanced weapons into Ukraine. This may be giving a false image of successful war efforts by Ukraine against Russia. The reality may very well be that Russia is being pushed closer to using nuclear weapons by the US and NATO fueling this war.

     UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently said: “Today, humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation. We have been extraordinarily lucky so far. But luck is not a strategy.” See Nuclear risks extreme says UN Secretary-General to NPT Review Conference

     The US Code Pink Women’s Peace Organization recently wrote President Biden and met with members of Congress saying: “We want diplomacy, not more war in Ukraine, nor weapons to escalate the war… Please take concrete steps to initiate serious diplomatic negotiations with Russian President Putin to end the war in Ukraine and avert global disaster. It is not sufficient to say Putin does not want to negotiate; What are you offering? Are you offering to remove any ABM missiles from Poland or Romania? Are you offering to return to the INF treaty? Are you offering 100% support for the MINSK II Accord, rather than sending in weapons, as we have since 2014, to undermine that accord?… 

     Please remember, President Biden, JFK resolved the Cuban Missile Crisis by removing US missiles from Turkey, not by threatening regime change.  Avert WWIII, global famine, and nuclear catastrophe. Negotiate, do not escalate, and instruct your SOS to pursue diplomacy. We need a ceasefire now and investments in climate, green jobs, healthcare, and housing, not weapons to fuel an endless proxy war. Please take action to pursue a diplomatic settlement.”

     Veterans for Peace former president, Gerry Condon, had this to say: As veterans who have experienced the carnage of war, we are concerned not just about civilian deaths in Ukraine, but about the young soldiers on both sides who are being killed and injured in the tens of thousands.  We know all too well that the survivors will be traumatized and scarred for life.  These are additional reasons why the Ukraine war must end now.  

      We know that our own government had a large role in creating this war crisis and is now keeping this war going. We ask you to listen to veterans who say Enough is Enough — War is Not the Answer.  We want urgent, good faith diplomacy to end the war in Ukraine, not more US weapons, advisors, and endless war, and certainly not a nuclear war.”

Peace for Ukraine, Russia, and the world!

Peace is a Victory for Everyone!

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

For more information http://www.malu-aina.org

September 23, 2022, Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1095Fridays 3:30-5 PM downtown Post Office