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Reversing the Path to Self-Destruction! Jan. 21, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

Join the Hilo Friday Peace Vigil 3:30-5PM at the downtown Post Office. Below is this week’s leaflet for distribution. Please share with ohana and friends. Send me an email ja@malu-aina.org and I’ll put you on the list to receive the new leaflet each week. Shut down Red Hill. Shut down Pohakuloa. No TMT and FREE Hawaii from illegal US occupation. Mahalo and solidarity. Jim Albertini

PS  Please wear a mask and social distance.  I urge you to get vaccinated and boosted too. Mahalo.

 

Reversing the Path to

Self-Destruction!

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     The Human race is on a path to self-destruction by both man-made climate disasters and nuclear war. The world needs an about-face from the direction it is headed – death by global warming, or nuclear winter resulting from nuclear war.

      The signs of climate disasters are becoming increasingly visible. Rising global temperatures, fires, droughts, intense storms, flooding, etc. Signs of the increasing risk of nuclear war are not as visible, and to most nuclear winter remains unknown. International tensions could quickly escalate to nuclear war by accident or design. A nuclear war, beyond the staggering number of immediate deaths from cities destroyed, would put so much debris in the atmosphere blocking sunlight causing temperatures to plummet leading to global crop failures and starvation. See https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-00794-y Also see https://tomdispatch.com/only-fools-replay-doomsday/

      Today, the U.S. spends $768 Billion annually on its war machine. That’s more than the next 11 top nations combined, including China and Russia. More than 50 years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” Without question, the US is on spiritual life support due to its addiction to war. There is an urgent call to shift spending from war and the nuclear weapons industry to instead support public health, climate stabilization, and meeting human needs.    

     Nine nations now possess nuclear weapons: the United States, Russia, France, China, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, India, Israel, and North Korea. One year ago, on January 22, 2021, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force. The Treaty specifically prohibits State Parties from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, acquiring, possessing, deploying, using, or threatening to use nuclear weapons, and from assisting or encouraging such acts. The US and the other 8 countries that possess nuclear weapons are now officially “The Outlaw States.”

     Nuclear Weapons Are Now Illegal Under International Law!

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), Hawai’i 96760

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

Jan. 21, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1060– 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

“Peace & Good Will” Not Lie & Deny, Jan. 14, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

Peace on Earth – Good Will

to All?”

Be The Peace You Wish To See In The World!”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

     We have just finished celebrating the Holy season of “Peace on Earth –Good Will to All” but in many ways you would never know it. The War Drums seem to be beating louder than ever both at home & abroad! Instead of Peace and Good Will, it seems more a season of “Lie & Deny!”

      Last week in the US marked the anniversary of the January 6th insurrection at the US Capital to declare Donald Trump as US president rather than Joe Biden. The lines of division are drawn. Hate too often fills the air.

      We seem to be living in an increasingly polarized world. We need more good will to bring peace to our communities and world. Sadly, the only thing that seems to unite Americans in a bi-partisan way – Democrats and Republicans is the US war budget. But instead of projecting good will, it projects imperial power and US global domination. The bloated US war budget reflects how out of balance Americans really are with themselves and the rest of the world. So many human needs go unmet.

      The United States spends more on its military than the next 11 top nations combined. The US war budget this year is tens of Billions larger than last year although the US war in Afghanistan has finally ended – the longest war in US history. Compared with China ($250 Billion) the US military budget (at $768 Billion) is more than three times bigger. The US spends over 12 times more than Russia ($60 Billion) on its military. The US has 750 military bases in 80 countries around the world. How many foreign bases do Russia and China have?

      When the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, the US repeatedly promised Russia that the US and NATO would not move eastward toward Russia. The US and NATO broke its promise, time, and time again. Lie and deny! NATO kept moving closer to Russia. Now tensions are rising fast with Russia and China, both nuclear powers. The tension with Russia is over Ukraine possibly joining NATO. Ukraine is on Russia’s border. Sign the peace petition here https://www.codepink.org/ukraine_nato?utm_campaign=ukraine_nato_us&utm_medium=email&utm_source=codepink

                      Also see https://consortiumnews.com/2022/01/12/robert-parry-americas-staggering-hypocrisy/

  https://popularresistance.org/six-things-the-media-wont-tell-you-about-ukraine/

https://consortiumnews.com/2022/01/14/the-case-for-neutrality-to-defuse-crisis-with-russia/

      More than 50 years ago Martin Luther King said “The US is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.” That statement remain  ns true today. Peace and Good Will” diplomacy is needed now more than ever if the world is to survive in this time of a global pandemic, increasing climate crisis, and the hair-trigger possibility of global nuclear war. We all need to do our part now. Later is too late. Here in Hawaii, let’s start by ending the long illegal US occupation of Hawaii after the US led coup of Jan. 17, 1893. It’s way past time for the independent nation of Hawaii to be restored. And the US should pay reparations for damage done.

Aloha Not Hate! Aloha Not War! Aloha & Nonviolence always!

  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), Hawai’i 96760

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

Jan. 14, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1059– 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

What’s Ahead in 2022 — Dec. 31, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, December 28th, 2021

What’s Ahead in 2022?

      The US Military budget of $768 Billion for 2022 passed Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support. In fact, Congress added $24 Billion more to the military budget than President Joe Biden requested. Hawaii’s Congressional delegation – Mazie Hirono, Brian Schatz, Kai Kahele and Ed Case – all voted for it. Let’s face it. Weapons of war are the US modern day “Golden Calf” – False gods of metal. The U.S. needs a 12 step program to end it’s addiction to War. Red Hill military fuel leaking into Hawaii’s drinking water should be a big wake up call.

      In contrast to the ever increasing US Military budget, Biden’s proposed “Build Back Better” bill has been chopped from $3.5 Trillion to $1.75 Trillion or less over 10 Years. It still hasn’t passed. Do the math: $700+ Billion per year over 10 years for militarism equals more than $7 Trillion. Congress says No problem! But $1.75 Trillion over 10 years (¼ of military spending) for meeting critical human needs is a problem – money for child and health care, combating climate change, reduce prescription drug costs, college completion grants, public housing repairs, food security, forest and park preservation, etc. It shows what the US priorities are! It’s all about big guns over human needs.

      The US is saber rattling with Russia and China and the danger of nuclear war is ever present. Let’s remember, it was the US that promised Russia that NATO would not move eastward. The US broke its promise time and time again. The US and NATO are on Russia’s door step. The US helped initiate a coup in Ukraine and in many other countries. Remember the Jan. 17, 1893 coup when US troops assisted in the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani and the independent nation of Hawaii?

      Overall, the US is a dangerous, desperate, declining, over extended empire and it must create enemies to feed its war machine even if it starves its own people. In biblical terms the US is great at pointing at the speck in another nation’s eye while ignoring the log in its own eye. Add to this situation the continuing Covid pandemic, and a growing dangerous domestic divide with Trump fascism hanging in the balance, and the picture is not bright. But all hope is not lost. No lie can live forever! Like the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, we need to celebrate, be joyful, live a life of non-violence, kapu aloha, and work for peace, justice, a demilitarized world, a free Hawaii, and a livable planet. Never give up!

Wage Peace Not War! Happy New Year!

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), Hawai’i 96760

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

Dec. 31, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1057– 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

Join Christmas Eve Hilo Peace Vigil & Christmas Day at PTA Main Gate

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

Christmas Eve Hilo Vigil for

Peace On Earth