Archive for March, 2012

Memorial Service for Don Swerdfeger

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Please help get the word out far and wide:

Memorial Service for Don Swerdfeger

Saturday, March 17, 2012
2:00 pm

Hilo United Methodist Church
Reception following in Reception Hall

374 Waianuenue Avenue
(above the Hilo library)

Please bring potluck to share for the reception

Need your support on HB 2848 On Pu`uhonua!

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

FYI  Your help in this effort is much appreciated.

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Subject: Need your support on HB 2848 On Pu`uhonua!
Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2012 04:51:34 -0400 (EDT)
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To: undisclosed-recipients: ;

Dear Friends,
Need your support!  HB 2848 Pu`uhonua bill is up before three committees on Monday, March 12 at 2:45 pm.
The three committees in the Senate are:
1. Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, 2. Committee on Water, Land, and Housing, and 3. Committee on Public Safety, Government Operations, and Military Affairs.
To support is simple: Just type into the following website:
Click on “Submit testimony”  If even click on “Support” for testifier position, it will go on the record.  Even better is to type your comments in “Additional Comments”.  Of course you can write out your full testimony and send the file.  But must do it 24 hours BEFORE the hearing.  Thus, by Sunday afternoon, March 11th at 2:45 pm.  Mahalo!
Ron Fujiyoshi
for Ohana Ho`opakele

March 9, 2012 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (BIP) –Syria, Iran Next?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012


Syria, Iran next?

      Don’t buy into another preemptive war of aggression in the name of “protecting beleaguered citizens” be it in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, or now Syria. And don’t buy into another war over phantom weapons of mass destruction – WMDs that didn’t exist in Iraq, and nuclear weapons that don’t exist in Iran, but do exist in large numbers in the U.S. and Israel. How come no one talks about U.S. and Israel’s nuclear weapons being a danger to the region and the world.? Beware of a contrived trigger for war – a phony battle cry like “Remember the Maine” and “Ton-kin Gulf attack” that were used to initiate the Spanish/American war and U.S. bombing of Vietnam.

      In truth, it’s all about regime change that will be favorable to U.S./Israel geopolitical and corporate/banking interests. We need to remember that the Iranian revolution of 1979 followed 25 years of brutal rule by the Shah of Iran who came to power by a U.S. sponsored regime change in 1954. The CIA helped topple the democratically elected government of Iran and imposed the Shah to maintain Anglo/American control of Iranian oil.

     There are now reports of the U.S. selling Israel refueling aircraft and bunker busting bombs so any Israeli attack on Iran will have direct U.S. ties even if the U.S. does not join in the actual attack. But it is clear that Israel is pushing the U.S. to attack Iran and will be using the upcoming U.S. election as leverage to involve the U.S. in an attack. Be prepared for an “October surprise” anytime between now and election day in November.

      The good news is that people are speaking out against more war. Several former high-ranking military, intelligence and State Department officials took out a full page ad in the Washington Post on March 6th urging President Obama to stand fast against political and lobbying pressure to attack Iran over claims it is trying to develop nuclear weapons. The letter, signed by five retired generals, two senior intelligence analysts and a senior State Department official, is accompanied by a photo and quotes from other current military and defense officials warning against such an attack.

(See : General’s advertisement from The Washington Post.)

       Now it’s time for us, as ordinary citizens, to speak out, loud and clear: No More War!

Remember – silence is consent. Do not be silent. Speak out and act for peace!

End the Cycle of Violence!

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, etc.
5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622.  Email
Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (March 9, 2012 – 546th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

UHH Global Hope film on Palestine March 14th 7PM UCB 100

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Aloha kakou,
There will be a showing by Global HOPE at UHH Wenesday, March 14th UCB 100 of the film “BUDRUS”
This inspiring film documents the non-violent struggle to preserve Palestinian lands.  There will be a discussion following the film.  The event is free, so is parking at UHH.
Free popcorn too! UCB 100 is straight in from the UHH main entrance off Kawili St. (Up stairs)
further contact: Bunny 935-0622