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1000 Weeks Nov. 27, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

1000 Weeks Today!

Thank you for taking a peace leaflet!

     Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 marks 1000 weeks of a new peace leaflet prepared as part of the Hilo Peace Vigil. The new weekly leaflet is distributed widely by email, on our website (www.malu-aina.org) and handed out on the street corner fronting the downtown Hilo Post Office/Federal Building.

     We started this weekly Hilo Peace Vigil on the day after 9-11, a day that resulted in the tragic deaths of nearly 3,000 people. The theme of that first peace leaflet in 2001 was “Restraint NOT Vengeance.” We sensed there would be a lashing out in retaliation for the deaths on that awful day. We were not wrong. The US lashed out and attacked at least 7 countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Pakistan, killing, injuring and displacing more than 37 million people and causing widespread destruction. Here we are 1000 weeks later and still in endless wars, though they are much less in the news these days. Who might be next? Will Israel and/or the US attack Iran before Jan. 20, 2021. What about war with China, Russia? Make no mistake. I’ll be glad to see Donald Trump gone. But Democrat and Republican administrations and Congress support the US war machine and its 800 overseas military bases surrounding Iran, China and Russia. No wonder the US empire is considered the greatest threat to world peace on the planet.

     Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and others have taught “Love your enemies.” Gandhi said “An eye-for-an-eye will only make the whole world blind.” Non-violence (Kapu Aloha) must always be our guiding light. In all that we do, the means we use must be in line with the end that we seek. So vengeance, violence, and war will never be paths to true peace.

     True lasting peace must be built on a foundation of justice. And justice requires respect and fair treatment, not corporate domination, of one another and the earth we share. Needless to say, we have a lot of work to do. Protecting ourselves and the planet from nuclear war and climate disaster are two of the biggest challenges we face. These challenges reflect how out of balance we are as a global community. The current global pandemic is telling us to shift resources from warfare to healthcare and other human needs such as guaranteed income, food and housing associated with this health crisis. It comes down to basics. Act responsibly to protect ourselves and one another. Wear a mask, social distance, etc. The same sense of basic responsibility applies to caring for the earth. The big question is will we listen and act accordingly?

 

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De-Militarize Hawaii & the World!

Please tell your friends about www.malu-aina.org Mahalo!

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

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Nov. 27, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1000 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

 
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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

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

Good article on The Kings Bay Plowshares Peacemakers sentenced to Federal prison

Friday, November 20th, 2020

Kings Bay 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

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