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Jan. 8, 2016 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet on Waging Peace & speaker David Hartsough

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016


      The Hilo Peace Vigil is now in week #746. That’s approaching 15 years which seems like a long time. But this week some special people with peace activist longevity be joining the vigil. David and Jan Hartsough and David’s brother and wife. David, a Quaker, has written a book entitled WAGING PEACE: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist. It includes his activism that goes back more than 60 years, including his meeting Martin Luther King in 1956. I highly recommend reading his book, available through and come hear David talk after this week’s Peace Vigil.

      David’s book, WAGING PEACE is what we call in Hawaii a Talk-Story book. It’s stories of working for justice, peace and walking more lightly on the earth that inspires. I’ll cite just one story that really touched me. It occurred in June of 1960. David, a white boy, was just 20 years old. He was attending Howard University, with a predominantly African American student body, and joined a civil rights lunch counter sit in at the People’s Drug Store in Arlington, Virginia. The hostility was quick and severe. David writes “People spat on us. They shoved lit cigarettes down our shirts. One angry man threw a firecracker at us. They kicked us off the stools and punched us in our chests and stomachs so violently that we fell to the floor.” But then things got worse. “I heard a voice behind me say, ‘Get out of this store in two seconds, or I’m going to stab this through your heart.’ I glanced behind me at a man with the most terrified look of hatred I had ever seen. His eyes blazed, his jaw quivered, and his shaking hand held a switchblade –about half an inch from my heart… I turned around and tried my best to smile. Looking him in the eye, I said to him, ‘Friend, do what you believe is right, and I will still try to love you.’ Both his jaw and his hand dropped. Miraculously, he turned away and walked out of the store.”

    David said “That was the most powerful experience of my twenty years of life. It confirmed my belief in the power of love, the power of goodness, the power of God working through us to overcome hatred and violence. I had a profound sense that nonviolence really works… It became the way I wanted to relate to other human beings, a way of life, a way of working for change.”

    David has been walking his talk, and working for nonviolent change his whole life. He is now 75 and has been arrested more than 100 times for nonviolent actions for justice, peace and protecting the earth. His life is a testament of the difference one life can make.

      The above is just one of many riveting stories in David’s book. Come here more of David’s stories. He will be sharing some of them at a Peace Activists Potluck dinner 5:45 PM on Friday, January 8, 2016 at the Kea’au Community Center, located behind the Kea’au Police Station and Bay Clinic in Kea’au after the Friday Hilo Peace Vigil. The gathering is free and open to all. Bring a pot luck dish if you can.

End War, Poverty, and the Climate Crisis!

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

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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Jan. 8, 2016 – 746th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Sign the petition to STOP the TPP

Monday, January 4th, 2016
Stop the Trans Pacific Partnership: Tell Congress: Oppose “NAFTA on steroids”
Petition to Congress:
“Say NO to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It’s your job to ensure trade deals work for everyone, not just giant corporations. It would be deeply irresponsible for you to ignore that responsibility by rubber-stamping a titanic corporate power grab that was negotiated behind closed doors by the governments of a dozen countries (including ours) in collusion with corporate interests.”
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Dear Wally,
In a matter of days, President Obama will launch his final push to pressure Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It’s a secretive trade deal that has been called “NAFTA on steroids” – and for good reason.
During his last State of the Union address on January 12, President Obama will make his case for a “trade” deal that would eviscerate broad swaths of regulations that protect consumers, workers, the environment and the soundness of our financial system. And, it would set up a legal regime where corporate profits trump the policy priorities of sovereign governments.
With the text of the deal now public even some key Republicans who supported Fast Track authority for approving the TPP are now saying they cannot support the trade deal as it stands.1 That means the President currently does not have the votes to pass the TPP. We need to keep it that way and thwart any momentum toward passage of the TPP in this Congress.
We can jump-start our campaign to stop this corporate power grab by making our voices heard as loudly as possible in advance of the State of the Union next week.
In November we finally got to see what’s inside the TPP – and it’s even worse than we thought. If Congress ratifies this agreement more, American jobs would be offshored. Internet freedom would be a joke. Developing countries would lose access to lifesaving medicines. Unsafe foods and products could pour into our country while we’re powerless to stop them. The deal includes countries notorious for severe violations of human rights, but the term “human rights” does not appear in the 5,600 pages of the TPP. And, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
The administration’s spin about the TPP being the most progressive trade treaty ever is not based in reality. Don’t take our word for it. Here is what Doctors Without Borders said about the TPP:

The TPP is a bad deal for medicine: it’s bad for humanitarian medical treatment providers such as MSF [Medecins Sans Frontieres, Doctors Without Borders], and it’s bad for people who need access to affordable medicines around the world, including in the United States.2

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has also sounded the alarm about the TPP. She previously warned that trade deals like the TPP could provide an opportunity for “banks to get something done quietly out of sight that they could not accomplish in a public place with the cameras rolling and the lights on.”3
Indeed, the TPP includes provisions that would severely hamstring the ability of governments to stem the next banking crisis. Other provisions would allow multinational corporations to push back when governmental regulations cut into corporate profits by suing governments in foreign courts staffed by corporate lawyers.
While Congress cannot amend or filibuster the TPP, they do still have to vote yes or no on it. Already some Republicans have come out against this awful deal, so if we are able to confront the big money interests behind this treaty with an onslaught of grassroots opposition, we can win. Click the link below to sign the petition.
Thank you for speaking out. Your activism matters.
Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets
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Important Activist Pot Luck and Discussion

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

Aloha friends,
Please share widely. Clickto open the link below.  David Hartsough is a remarkable person and activist. I urge people to attend the pot luck on Friday, January 8th in Keaau and join in the sharing by and with David. Guaranteed he’ll inspire you by his more than 5 decades of activism. Given the times, we need all the inspiration we can get for the long haul work for justice, peace, and the earth.
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

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David Hartsough