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Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

Malu Aina is now using a google group to send out flyers, posts, actions, etc. about justice, peace, and protecting the earth.

We can no longer do it from our www.malu-aina.org website though information is still posted there.
If you want to receive our posts directly, please send a request to join at the link below.

https://groups.google.com/g/big-island-peace/ 

Please forward this email to other friends who also might like to join.

Mahalo and solidarity.

Jim Albertini for Malu Aina

Stop Bombing Pohakuloa! Cancel the Leased lands! – April 16, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Stop Bombing Pohakuloa!

      Desecration — Bombing and toxic pollution of the land, air, and water, portrayed as “environmental and cultural stewardship” and “an enduring partnership with the local Hawaiian community.”

      Here it is straight from the Pohakuloa Training Area Facebook page: “PTA provides a quality joint/combined arms facility that provides logistics, public works, airfield support, and environmental and cultural stewardship in support of the U.S. Army Pacific training strategy while maintaining an enduring partnership with the local Hawaiian community.”

      The Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) located in the center of Hawaii Island is a 133,000-acre military live-fire training area for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines., and foreign countries too. The area has been bombed for more than 75 years, with more than 14 million live-rounds fired annually. (Current figures are secret.) Military toxins, including lead, cancer causing Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation, perchlorate, PFAS, etc. contaminate the area. Some contaminants, including DU oxide particles can be carried long distances by the wind.

PTA 

Pohakuloa is a Training Ground for Nuclear War!

B-2 & B-52 Strategic bombers fly non-stop from Missouri, Louisiana, and Guam to bomb Pohakuloa.

      Where are the voices of our religious leaders, government representatives at the county, State and Federal level and ordinary citizens speaking out to say enough? Sign the petition to not renew the lease of State lands at PTA ($1 for 65 years of 23,000 acres of Public lands). Sign here: https://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/do-not-extend-1-lease-on-27-000-acres-of-hawai-i-state-lands-in-pohakuloa-training-area?bucket=&fbclid=IwAR1WzgovPkxJdZbcB0tBKSmMx2FzHJMFI1mOJABKB8C3VKhLZF0g7_rEAbk

Celebrate Earth Day! Protest this Madness!

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), Hawaii 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622

Email ja@malu-aina.org to receive our posts. For more information www.malu-aina.org

April 16, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1020– 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

The inspiring life of Daniel Berrigan

Saturday, April 10th, 2021

Dan Berrigan’s Hidden Works of Mercy

The well-known peace activist spent much of his life bringing comfort to the dying.

https://sojo.net/interactive/dan-berrigans-hidden-works-mercy?fbclid=IwAR1A0mkotEKMrd_M7EspLU-ygAfh-TPJosHB9y4qYwG3BIrX6oG0U-80Pyc

Dan was a real inspiration in my life for Vietnam war and anti-nuclear resistance.

Jim

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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

Dr. King’s Anti-Militarist Ideals! April 9, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

Honor Dr. King.  Come join the 1019th Hilo Peace Vigil and please pass the word and invite others to join as well.  Mahalo.

Dr. King’s Anti-Militarist Ideals!

Below are excerpts of an important article By Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon in OpEdNews on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 which marked the 53rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. Read the full article here:

https://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Liberal-Contempt-for-M-by-Jeff-Cohen-Killing_Legacy_Liberal-Media_Martin-Luther-King-Jr-210404-62.html

     “King explicitly condemned what he called “the madness of militarism.” And by any reasonable standard, that madness can be diagnosed as pervading U.S. foreign policy in 2021. But today, almost all politicians and mainstream media commentators act as though King never said such things, or if he did, then those observations have little to do with today. But they have everything to do with the USA now in its 20th year of continuous warfare. The Pentagon’s constant bombing in the Middle East and elsewhere is the scarcely noticed wallpaper in the U.S. media’s echo chamber.

      King didn’t simply oppose the Vietnam War. In an April 4, 1967 speech at New York’s Riverside Church delivered exactly a year before he was assassinated titled “Beyond Vietnam” he referred to the U.S. government as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today” and broadly denounced the racist and imperial underpinnings of U.S. foreign policy. From Vietnam to South Africa to Latin America, King said, our country was on the “wrong side of a world revolution” suppressing revolutions “of the shirtless and barefoot people” in the Global South, instead of supporting them.

      King critiqued the economics of U.S. foreign policy, complaining about “capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries.” And he castigated U.S. federal budgets prioritizing militarism: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

      Dr. King pointed out that, in effect, what goes around comes around. As he put it, “the bombs in Vietnam explode at home.” But there is a dire shortage of large progressive organizations willing to say that the bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq and elsewhere have been exploding at home for two decades. Twenty-first century bombs that have been exploding overseas, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers, also explode at home in terms of the further militarization of the economy, police, culture and consciousness as well as the misdirection of vital resources to the Pentagon rather than human needs. “It challenges the imagination to contemplate what lives we could transform if we were to cease killing,” Dr. King said as the Vietnam War raged. The massive U.S. military budget still functions the way King described it “some demonic, destructive suction tube.” Yet the silences across so much of the U.S. political spectrum, including the liberal establishment and a great many progressive groups, persist in contempt of what Martin Luther King stood for during the final year of his life.”

No More War!   Justice & Peace Go Together!

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), Hawaii 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622

Email ja@malu-aina.org to receive our posts. For more information www.malu-aina.org

April 9, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1019 – 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

Please Submit testimony in support of SCR 25 establishing Kapu Aloha Faith Pods in Hawaii Correctional facilities

Monday, April 5th, 2021

My testimony is below.

Our organization is in strong support of SCR 25 establishing Kapu Aloha
Faith Pods in correctional facilities.  This is a win-win situation for
everyone –inmates, their families, the community, and the correctional
facilities.  The Kapu Aloha Faith Pods will help inmates find focus,
meaning, and improve their lives in a safe space.  It will reduce stress
and worry for inmate families, and benefit the community by having
people come out of jails and prisons better than than went in.  It will
also help the DPS with more prisoners committed to Kapu Aloha, instead
of connected to gangs.

Kapu Aloha Faith pods will be an important first step toward healing.  A
long range positive vision is for modern day Pu’uhonua (wellness centers
and places of healing) as alternative to prisons.  NO MORE PRISONS.  We
can do better with Pu’uhonua.

Mahalo for your support.

Jim Albertini for Malu Aina.

— Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760

Phone 808-966-7622 Emailja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web atwww.malu-aina.org

the only way to submit written testimony is to use the testimony form on the legislature’s website. You may want to suggest that people go ahead and set up an account (“Register”) with the site ahead of time — that makes things simpler when you ask them to submit testimony.

After setting up an account, you just need to go to the legislature’s website (https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/), sign in (upper right), click on the “Testimony” button and enter the resolution number. Then, fill out the form and put your comments in the “Testimony/Comments” box and click submit. (If people also want to appear on Zoom, they’ll need to make that selection on the form. See the attached for further instructions.)

Public Access Room for assistance — we’ll walk them through the process of setting up an account and/or submitting testimony (808/587-0478 orpar@capitol.hawaii.gov).

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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