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Finding Hope in the Darkest Hours! July 1, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022

Finding Hope in the Darkest

Hours!

     Many people face an overwhelming reality of darkness in their lives from systematic injustices. Racism, hate, and violence are on the rise. It’s increasingly difficult to meet basic human needs – feeding a family, affording gas to get to work, paying rent, child care, medical care, etc. Add to that, global issues of a pandemic, climate catastrophe with its signatures of intense storms, heat waves, flooding, and droughts, not to mention endless wars with the increasing risk of global nuclear destruction. Needless to say, it’s not difficult to see why hope for a brighter future appears in question.

     How and where does one find hope in such trying times? Amid the darkness, overcoming a sense of futility is our first challenge. Small efforts really do matter.     Each one of us can contribute something for the greater good of all. By working together for the common good, we encourage and strengthen each other. In Hawaii, we build an ahu to honor those who came before us, one pohaku (rock) at a time. Many hands make light work. Every journey begins with a single step.

     The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. quoted the philosopher, Thomas Carlyle – “No lie can live forever.” King said: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Like Gandhi and King, nonviolence (Kapu Aloha) needs to be our core guiding principle. The means we use in all our efforts must be in line with the end that we seek. The ends and means must cohere. War is not the way to peace. Violence only begets more violence.

     Today, many people are standing up in nonviolent struggles for peace, justice, and aloha ‘aina. Kanaka Maoli call for an end to more than 125 years of illegal US occupation of Hawaii, and to protect sacred sites like Mauna Kea from further desecration. Women are standing up for their rights. People are standing up for peace and a livable world. Stop the Bombing of Pohakuloa. Negotiate peace in Ukraine. Here in Hawaii, 25 countries are coming to join the US in destructive war games in and around Hawaii this July. It’s called RIMPAC 2022 –Rim of the Pacific, but many of the countries involved are part of NATO – the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This appears to be a strong message for China to NOT challenge US global domination or else! See more information about RIMPAC on our website www.malu-aina.org and on Facebook at Stop RIMPAC and Cancel RIMPAC. We need to support one another for justice, peace, and the earth. And remember – Never give up!

CANCEL RIMPAC!

  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

July 1, 2022, Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1083– Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Cancel RIMPAC 2022! June 10, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet & organizing meeting

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022

Cancel RIMPAC 2022!

NO More War & Training for War!

                            Restore the Pacific as an Ocean of Peace!

      The Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) destructive war games, the largest air, land, and sea war maneuvers in the world, will take place off Hawai’i and the West Coast of the U.S. from June 29 to August 4, 2022. RIMPAC 2022 will have over 25,000 military personnel, 38 ships, 170 aircraft, and 4 submarines from 26 countries in practice war simulations engaging “enemy forces.” RIMPAC usually takes place every 2 years and has been going on for more than 50 years. It has involved the bombing and shelling of the 133,000-acre Military Pohakuloa Toxic Area (PTA) in the center of Hawaii Island, military targets in Hawaiian waters, and amphibious beach landings The massive war drill dramatically contributes to the destruction of the ecology system, aggravating the climate crisis in the Pacific region, and increases the risk of global nuclear annihilation.

      2022 RIMPAC includes military forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.

      Join the call to Cancel RIMPAC and to establish a demilitarized Pan-Pacific Zone of Peace. Redirect the massive expenditure of funds from war-making to serve humanity suffering from lack of food, water, and other unmet human needs amid a global pandemic, and expanding climate catastrophe. Please sign the petition here to Cancel RIMPAC and share it with others. https://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/cancel-largest-naval-war-maneuvers-dangerous-rimpac-2022?share=524ade05-9740-4657-964f-a194cfa3e5dc&source=email-share-button&utm_source=email

     Join planning meetings for protesting RIMPAC 2022. Monday, June 13 and June 27 from 6-8 PM at the Keaau Community Center, and please ask others to join.

rimpac

  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/

June 10, 2022, Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1080– 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

Front page sham article in today’s Hawaii Tribune-Herald about Experience Pohakuloa Day

Friday, May 13th, 2022

Frontpage article in Today’s Hawaii Tribune-Herald 5/13/22 on “Experience Pohakuloa Day” was a complete one-sided sham. Even a photo of someone wearing a “Kia’i” cap. and the PTA commander Cronin talking about PTA being good “stewards of the land.” See my letter below. I should also mention that KGMB last night news had a story about PTA federal firefighters filing complaints about poor safety conditions at PTA. I just sent a letter to the editor. See below.

Jim
 

Letter to the editor:

Dangers of Experience Pohakuloa Day!

The May 13, 2022 article on “Experience Pohakuloa Day” was completely one sided. All who visit the Pohakuloa TOXIC Area (PTA) need to be aware of the dangers of war dust. See https://www.cnn.com/…/military-exposure-burn…/index.html PTA has many war toxins blowing in the wind from more than 70 years of weapons training in the center of Hawaii Island. A very dangerous one is Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide particles. DU oxide involves alpha radiation and can be deadly when small particles are inhaled. It can enter the lymph system and lodge in various organs causing cancer. DU has a half-life of 4.5 Billion years. Our organization especially recommends that children NOT enter PTA.

Millions of live rounds are fired annually at PTA. PTA is a training ground for conventional and nuclear war. B-52 and B-2 strategic nuclear bombers fly from Louisiana, Missouri, and Guam to bomb PTA. DU oxide dust particles can be re-suspended in the air by ongoing live-fire training explosions at PTA, strong frequent winds in the Saddle region, and any kind of movement (disturbances) in the area.

Our organization first picked up high radiation readings on 2 monitors at Mauna Kea park on May 29, 2007, the day of the New Saddle Rd. dedication with strong winds coming off PTA from the south blowing toward the park. This was before the military officially acknowledged DU had been used at PTA after years of repeatedly denying its use.

Remember that the US Military is the greatest polluter on the planet. It is the largest consumer of oil and the largest emitter of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). For the PTA website to claim that the Army provides “environmental and cultural stewardship” reminds me of Nazis during the Nuremberg trials claiming “Auschwitz was a family camp.”

Jim Albertini

Jim Albertini, president of 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

Cancel Pohakuloa Lease April 29, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022

U.S. War Machine

Boldface Lies!

Cancel Pohakuloa Toxic Area (PTA) Lease NOW!

 

PTA

Where are the voices of religious leaders, and elected officials – at

the county, state, and federal level against war and militarism, and

for return of Hawaiian lands?

      Military authorities at the 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Toxic Area (PTA) located in the center of Hawaii Island, repeatedly lied for years saying that Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation weapons were never used in training at PTA. And then the cat jumped out of the bag. Legal documents proved Depleted Uranium was used at Pohakuloa, Schofield Barracks, likely at Makua Valley, and possibly Kaho’olawe and other sites in Hawaii. DU radiation has a half-life of 4.5 Billion years.

      Pohakuloa military authorities were not the only military officials caught lying. There is a long history of military lies. The US war machine has proven to be a habitual liar. Remember the Tonkin Gulf lies and Pentagon Papers about the US war in Vietnam? How about US false claims of WMDs in Iraq? And what war machine lies are we being fed today about Ukraine, Russia, China, etc.?

      Here’s another example of military lies in Hawaii. In the 1960s, around the same time the Army got a lease of State land at PTA (23,000-acres for 65 years at a total cost of $1), the Army also got a lease of state lands in the Waiakea forest area south of Hilo. The Waiakea forest is Hilo’s watershed. The Army told the state it wanted to do “Weather testing.” The Army was lying. The Army secretly tested chemical and biological weapons in Hilo’s watershed, including sarin nerve gas that is so toxic it kills at 1/50 of a drop. The Army repeatedly denied such testing was going on, but Hawaii’s US Congressional Rep. Patsy Mink confirmed the tests. Then Hawaii County mayor, Shunichi Kimura spoke out. The Army lied to us, he said. Cancel the State lease of land to the Army. There was a community uproar and the state lease was canceled. How many people got sick and died from the Army’s poison is still unknown. Hunters say there are areas in the Waiakea forest where little or nothing grows today, more than 50 years after the chemical and biological secret weapons testing.

      Congresswoman Patsy Mink and Mayor Shunichi Kimura were people with the courage to stand up to the military.   Where are such people today – our County, State, and Congressional elected officials?  Who will speak out and say — Stop all Bombing and other live-fire training at PTA now. Clean up the massive military toxic mess at the 133,000-acre base. Return all PTA lands, the entire 133,000-acres to Kanaka Maoli. Return all stolen lands and end the illegal US occupation of Hawaii.

      On Monday, April 25, 2022, there was a public meeting in Hilo on the military extension of its 23,000-acre state lease at PTA. Only 2 people spoke in support of extending the military lease. All the others for 2 hours spoke against any lease extension. The vast majority of speakers were Kanaka Maoli. There was NO media coverage and no elected officials or church leaders spoke out Why? Pohakuloa is the Big Island’s Red Hill. We all live downhill, downwind, and downstream of the Army’s Pohakuloa Toxic stew, where millions of live-rounds have been fired annually for more than 70 years. For ways to comment on the record for PTA lease see https://malu-aina.org/?p=8003   Cancel PTA Lease Now!

Enough is Enough!

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 http://www.malu-aina.org/

April 29, 2022, Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1074– 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

Merrie Monarch Parade and Pohakuloa lease

Monday, April 18th, 2022