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Nonviolence – Kapu Aloha!

Monday, February 26th, 2024

Nonviolence – Kapu Aloha!

     In all of our efforts for justice, peace, and aloha ‘aina, the means that we use must be in line with the ends that we seek. This is a firm principle of nonviolence in the tradition of Gandhi and Martin Luther King. If we want peace, then peace, not violence, including inflicting physical harm to ourselves, must be the path to peace. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Aaron Bushnell and we pray for peace in Gaza, Ukraine, and the entire world. May Aaron forever Rest in Peace!

Remembering Aaron Bushnell! 1999 – 2024          

(from an article by Brett Wilkins in Common Dreams

Feb. 26, 2024) https://www.commondreams.org/news/aaron-bushnell? Also see articles by Ann Wright and Caitlin Johnstone https://consortiumnews.com/2024/02/26/

After Setting Himself on Fire, US Airman Aaron Bushnell Dies Declaring ‘Free Palestine’ “Many of us like to ask ourselves, ‘What would I do if I was alive during slavery? Or the Jim Crow South? Or apartheid? What would I do if my country was committing genocide?’ The answer is, you’re doing it.”

My name is Aaron Bushnell, I am an active-duty member of the United States Air Force, and I will no longer be complicit in genocide. I’m about to engage in an extreme act of protest, but compared to what people have been experiencing in Palestine at the hands of their colonizers, it’s not extreme at all.”

That’s how the 25-year-old introduced himself—and bade farewell—to the world in a livestream video of his Sunday afternoon (Feb. 25, 2024) walk to the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. Arriving outside the front gate, Bushnell set down his phone, took eight paces, turned to face the camera, doused himself in an unknown accelerant, donned his service cap, and set himself alight. He repeatedly screamed “Free Palestine” as he burned.

More than 100,000 Palestinians—mostly women and children—have been killed or wounded by Israeli bombs and bullets since the October 7 attacks on Israel. Around 90% of Gaza’s 2.3 million people have been forcibly displaced, and at least hundreds of thousands of Gazans are on the brink of starvation.

The U.S. government backs Israel with nearly $4 billion in annual military aid and diplomatic support including three vetoes of United Nations Security Council cease-fire resolutions. The Biden administration is seeking an additional $14.3 billion in armed assistance for Israel, and has twice sidestepped Congress to fast-track emergency military aid.”

Peace, Not More Bombs & Killing in Gaza, Ukraine, etc.!

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, anti-LGBTQ, 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 see https:malu-aina.org

March 1, 2024, Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1170Fridays 3:30-5 PM downtown Post Office

Reminder: Monday, Feb. 26, 2024 Hawaii Island Peace organizing meeting in person and Zoom

Sunday, February 25th, 2024
REMINDER!Aloha Peace Ohana,

Monday Feb. 26, 2024 Peace organizing meeting.  Check out recent posts at www.malu-aina.org  Mahalo.  We need to put some moral pressure on elected officials at all levels, to pass a Ceasefire Resolution  See https://malu-aina.org/?p=9777  Come to the meeting to discuss this. and other peace topics such as the Pohakuloa State lease renewal, and to evaluate the Feb. 18th protest at Pohakuloa.  Your insights are important.

Reminder:  Peace Organizing Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the Month from 6 -8 PM at the Kea’au Community Center located behind the Kea’au Health Clinic and Police Station.  Next meeting Monday, Feb. 26, 2024.  Usually there is Zoom from 6:30 to 7:15 PM.  Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9876901944… Meeting ID: 987 690 1944 Passcode: peace now. Steve Paulmier in our group is the person who sets up zoom. His email is <stephen.paulmier@verizon.net> and his phone 430-8866

Every Friday from 3:30-5 PM there is a peace vigil at the downtown Hilo Federal Bldg./Post Office on Waianuenue Ave. from 3:30 to 5 PM with set up at 2:30.  Please pass the word. Check out this week’s 2 sided peace leaflet here:  “Where Were You” https://malu-aina.org/?p=9805 and “Hawaii Interfaith Call for an Immediate Permanent Ceasefire in Gaza” https://malu-aina.org/?p=9817

We are living in extremely dangerous times.  We need your involvement.

Your participation and solidarity are much appreciated.  Please help spread the word. Bring ohana and friends to the meeting and weekly Hilo peace vigil.

Mahalo.

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

Aloha Peace Ohana,

Monday Feb. 26, 2024 Peace organizing meeting.  Check out recent posts at www.malu-aina.org  Mahalo.  We need to put some moral pressure on elected officials at all levels, to pass a Ceasefire Resolution  See https://malu-aina.org/?p=9777  Come to the meeting to discuss this. and other peace topics such as the Pohakuloa State lease renewal, and to evaluate the Feb. 18th protest at Pohakuloa.  Your insights are important.

Reminder:  Peace Organizing Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the Month from 6 -8 PM at the Kea’au Community Center located behind the Kea’au Health Clinic and Police Station.  Next meeting Monday, Feb. 26, 2024.  Usually there is Zoom from 6:30 to 7:15 PM.  Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9876901944… Meeting ID: 987 690 1944 Passcode: peace now. Steve Paulmier in our group is the person who sets up zoom. His email is <stephen.paulmier@verizon.net> and his phone 430-8866

Every Friday from 3:30-5 PM there is a peace vigil at the downtown Hilo Federal Bldg./Post Office on Waianuenue Ave. from 3:30 to 5 PM with set up at 2:30.  Please pass the word. Check out this week’s 2 sided peace leaflet here:  “Where Were You” https://malu-aina.org/?p=9805 and “Hawaii Interfaith Call for an Immediate Permanent Ceasefire in Gaza” https://malu-aina.org/?p=9817

We are living in extremely dangerous times.  We need your involvement.

Your participation and solidarity are much appreciated.  Please help spread the word. Bring ohana and friends to the meeting and weekly Hilo peace vigil.

Mahalo.

Jim

-- 
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

Absolute Blasphemy: “The Gospel” of GENOCIDE

Wednesday, February 21st, 2024

Israel is using AI targeting of Palestinians called “The Gospel” See article below. This is Absolute Blasphemy! It’s the Gospel” of GENOCIDE.

https://tomdispatch.com/emergent-ai-behavior-and-human-destiny/

Monday, Feb. 26, 2024 Hawaii Island Peace organizing meeting in person and Zoom

Wednesday, February 21st, 2024

Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, Hawaii Island Peace organizing meeting in person and Zoom

Aloha Peace Ohana,

Monday Feb. 26, 2024 Peace organizing meeting.  Check out recent posts at www.malu-aina.org  Mahalo.  We need to put some moral pressure on elected officials at all levels, to pass a Ceasefire Resolution  See https://malu-aina.org/?p=9777  Come to the meeting to discuss this. and other peace topics such as the Pohakuloa State lease renewal, and to evaluate the Feb. 18th protest at Pohakuloa.  Your insights are important.

Reminder:  Peace Organizing Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the Month from 6 -8 PM at the Kea’au Community Center located behind the Kea’au Health Clinic and Police Station.  Next meeting Monday, Feb. 26, 2024.  Usually there is Zoom from 6:30 to 7:15 PM.  Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9876901944… Meeting ID: 987 690 1944 Passcode: peace now. Steve Paulmier in our group is the person who sets up zoom. His email is <stephen.paulmier@verizon.net> and his phone 430-8866

Every Friday from 3:30-5 PM there is a peace vigil at the downtown Hilo Federal Bldg./Post Office on Waianuenue Ave. from 3:30 to 5 PM with set up at 2:30.  Please pass the word. Check out this week’s 2 sided peace leaflet here:  “Where Were You” https://malu-aina.org/?p=9805 and “Hawaii Interfaith Call for an Immediate Permanent Ceasefire in Gaza” https://malu-aina.org/?p=9817

We are living in extremely dangerous times.  We need your involvement.

Your participation and solidarity are much appreciated.  Please help spread the word. Bring ohana and friends to the meeting and weekly Hilo peace vigil.

Mahalo.

Jim

-- 
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

Press Release: Hawaiʻi Interfaith Call for a Permanent Ceasefire in Gaza

Monday, February 19th, 2024

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2024

Contact: Cassandra Chee, cassandralchee@gmail.com

Hawaiʻi Interfaith Call for a Permanent Ceasefire in Gaza

We, faith leaders of Hawaiʻi, undersigned, are calling for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza. We live in the Hawaiian Kingdom which has been illegally occupied by the United States since January 17th, 1893. Now over a hundred years later we join the many who call for the de-occupation of Hawaiʻi, Palestine, and all occupied nations across the world.

We are calling upon Representative Jill Tokuda and Representative Ed Case to support House Resolution 786 “Calling for an immediate de-escalation and cease-fire in Israel and occupied Palestine”; and we are additionally calling upon Senator Brian Schatz and Senator Mazie Hirono to support a Senate counterpart when and if it surfaces. We thank Senator Hirono for being the first congressperson from Hawai’i to publicly call for a ceasefire.

We are calling upon Governor Josh Green and all members of the Hawai’i State House of Representatives and members of the Hawai’i State Senate to support measures which call for an immediate ceasefire including Senate Resolution 6 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 13 “URGING MEMBERS OF HAWAII’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO SUPPORT THE CEASEFIRE IN GAZA RESOLUTION INTRODUCED BY UNITED STATES CONGRESSWOMAN CORI BUSH.” We thank Senator Maile Shimabukuro and Senator Mike Gabbard for introducing these resolutions.

The conflict between Israel, Hamas, and other armed groups has taken a devastating toll on civilians. The level of casualties is unprecedented. Nearly 30,000 civilians have been killed since October 7th and the majority of them are women and children. (An additional credible-but-as-yet-unverified 7,000 civilians are “under the rubble” of the northern area of the Gaza Strip and presumed dead. Also, some 68,000 Gazan civilians are in a “wounded” category.) A ceasefire would put a stop to unlawful attacks by all parties, halt the ever-surging death-and-wounded toll in Gaza and enable aid agencies to get life-saving aid, water and medical supplies into the Strip to address the staggering levels of human suffering. It will also allow hospitals to receive life-saving medicines, fuel and equipment they desperately need and a repair to damaged wards. Importantly, a ceasefire would lead imminently to a resolution of the hostage crisis (Israelis taken into Gaza on October 7th; thousands of Palestinian prisoners languishing without legal recourse in Israeli prisons) on both sides.

We reject Settler-Colonial Zionism, the extremist ideology which displaced some 750,000 Palestinians from their homes, towns, and land in 1948-9 plus many thousands more in the intervening 75 years (many of them, effectively imprisoned via siege/blockade in the Gaza Strip). We condemn all forms of religious violence and intolerance including Islamophobia, anti-semitism, and Christian supremacy.

“Why is it totally acceptable and commendable to resist oppression in other contexts, yet there is a double standard when it comes to Palestinians? Why is every Israeli violence “self defense” while every Palestinian violence “terrorism”? . . Repeatedly throughout the years, the Palestinian Christian community and the great majority of Muslims have been committed to non-violence and to dialogue. Even in the midst of violence and oppression that we face daily in every aspect in our life.” (Rev. Dr. Munther Issac of Christmas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bethlehem) We support nonviolence as the de-escalation of violence and we support Palestinians in their rights to defend their land, families, and selves. 

As South African Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” While we are people of many faiths and cultures, we are united in demanding an immediate and permanent ceasefire for true peace and an end to violence.

Rev. Alan Mark
Retired United Methodist Pastor
Honolulu, Hawaii

Rev. Amy Chieko Wake
Trinity United Methodist Church
Pearl City, Oahu

Rev. Bob Miyake-Stoner
United Methodist
Aiea, Oahu

Rev. Brittani Alexander Honolulu, Oahu

Pastor Cassandra Chee
Wahiawā United Church of Christ
Wahiawā, O’ahu

Senior Pastor Rev. Darren Galindo
United Church of Christ
Honolulu, Oahu

Fr. David Gierlach, SCP
Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii
Honolulu, Oahu

Eric Paul
Church of the Nazarene
Kailua Kona, Hawai’i

George M Hudes
Jewish Voice for Peace Hawaii
Honolulu, Oahu

The Rev. Prof. Gregory Johnson
St. Elizabeth of Kapalama
Honolulu, Oahu

Dr. Kahu Haaheo Guanson
Pacific Justice & Reconciliation Center Honolulu, Oahu

Kahu Mua Heather Barfield
Kaumakapili Church
Honolulu, Oahu

Imam Dr. Ismail Elshikh
Muslim Association of Hawaii Honolulu, Oahu

Rev. Dr. Jack E. Belsom
United Church of Christ
Wailuku, Maui

Rev. Jessica Kawamura
Aiea, Oahu

Jim Albertini
Malu ‘Aina
Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii Island

Rev. JP Sabbithi
Joy of Christ
Honolulu, Oahu

Dr. Kahu Kaleo Patterson
Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center
Honolulu, Oahu

Kristen Young
Faith Action Hawai‘i
Honolulu, O‘ahu

Rev. Mary K. Herbig
United Church of Christ
Kailua, O’ahu

The Rev. Dr. Moses D. Barrios
Faith Action Hawaiʻi President
Honolulu, Oʻahu

Makaiwa Kanui
Hilo, Hawai’i

Rev. Mary Paik
Kailua, Oahu

Kahu Napua McShane Burke
Hawaii Conference United Church of Christ
Waiakea Uka, Hawai’i

Noel J. Kent
UH Manoa
Honolulu, Oahu

Rev. Piula Alailima
Wesley United Methodist Church, Kahala
Honolulu, Oahu

Rev. Pua Kekaula Kānealiʻi
Church of the Nazarene
Kalama’ula, Molokai

Rebecca Woodland
Central Union Church
Honolulu, Oahu

Kahu Rennie Mau
Hawaii PAAM
Honolulu, Oahu

Rona Mangayayam
Honolulu, Oahu

Ronald Fujiyoshi
Retired missionary, United Church of Christ
Hilo, Hawai`i

Rev. Dr. M. Scott Landis
Ordained Minister – United Church of Christ
Kihei, Maui

Venerable Rev. Steven Costa
Episcopal Church
Honolulu, O’ahu

Wally Inglis
Catholic Worker House
Honolulu, O’ahu

Pastor Wayne Ibara
Makiki Christian Church
Honolulu, Oahu