Archive for February, 2021

40 year Ash Wednesday anniversary in the Nuclear war room at Pacific Command headquarters

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

Ash Wednesday 1981 — 2021

     Today is the 40th anniversary of the most significant Ash Wednesday event of my life.  It was a statement of nonviolent resistance to the preparation for nuclear war.  In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday is the beginning of 40 days of lent (prayer and fasting) before Easter. It’s considered a day of repentance where ashes in the form of a cross are put on people’s foreheads as a reminder that we are dust and to dust you shall return.  Traditionally, the ashes come from burnt palm fronds. 

     40 years ago, at the height of the cold war, 8 other friends and myself participated in a non-sanctioned Ash Wednesday ceremony in the “Nuclear War Policy and Plans” office at Camp H.M. Smith, the military Pacific Command center based on Oahu above Aloha Stadium in Aiea Heights.   It was a bit of a miracle that 9 of us were able to enter this high-security base let alone this high-security Nuclear war room.  The group was an interesting mix of people: 3 priests, including a Monsignor who was the superintendent of all Catholic schools in the state of Hawaii, several of us lay activists and a mother (a former nun) with her 3-month-old daughter.  As we entered the Nuclear War room, filled with Nuclear War office workers, one of the priests began reading aloud from “the Sermon on the Mount” Matthew Chapter 5 of the New Testament.  Some of us went to the right, some to the left, and we began placing crosses of ashes on the walls of the Nuclear war room.  Our ashes were made from traditional palm fronds with a mixture of burnt IRS tax forms since roughly 60 cents of every federal tax dollar is spent on militarism.  After placing a significant number of ash crosses on the walls, the nine of us came together, joined hands in the center of the nuclear war room, and prayed.  Within a short time armed military troops arrived and took all of us into custody where we were ID, questioned, and kept for a couple hours, then photographed, and surprisingly released.  We expected to be prosecuted but never were.  We later learned that several of the high-ranking generals and admirals had children in the Catholic school system and wondered how could they prosecute the group that included several priests and the superintendent of the Catholic Schools with their kids in Catholic Schools?

     Today, in 2021 the danger of nuclear war is even greater than in 1981.  The Bulletin of Atomic Scientist famous “Doomsday Clock” is now set at 100 seconds to midnight — the closest the hands of the symbolic clock have ever been to the doomsday hour.  Nuclear war and climate disaster are the 2 greatest threats to the future of life on planet earth.  May we have the wisdom and courage to turn away from this self-destruction and redirect the wasteful military spending to meet human needs, especially in this time of an unprecedented global Covid pandemic.

     This Ash Wednesday, let us rededicate our lives to justice, peace, and a living planet, with a commitment to nonviolence, kapu aloha, that respects the dignity of every human being and the sacredness of the earth that we all share.

Jim Albertini

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021


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Feb. 19, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet on Oxy-MORONS

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

Prepping the taro patch until we get Pu’uhonua as alternative to prison

Monday, February 15th, 2021

Prepping the taro patch until we get Pu’uhonua as alternative to prison

Mr. Kama lived alone on the South side of the Big Island, known to all as Ka’u. He wanted to dig his taro patch, but it was very hard work because the ground was too hard.(no nuff rain). His only son, Kimo, who used to help him, was in Kulani prison. The old man wrote a letter to Kimo and explained his predicament…
Dear Kimo,
I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my taro patch this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up this hard soil. I know if you were here you would be happy to dig the patch for me and it wouldn’t be a problem.
Love, Dad
A few days later he received a letter from his son Kimo:
Dear Dad,
No dig up the dirt in the taro patch. That’s where I buried the body.
Love, Kimo
At 4 A.M. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and an army of men dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left. Later that same week Mr. Kama received another letter from Kimo..
Dear Daddy,
You can go ahead and plant your taro now. That’s the best I could do under the circumstances. Take care of the taro and make choke Poi.
Love you to da max, Kimo

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Feb. 12, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet Cut the War Budget & Tax the Rich!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

Don’t Blame the Poor!

Cut the War Budget &

Tax the Rich!



      We live in a time of unprecedented human need amid a global pandemic. As of Feb. 9, 2021 the total number of lives lost to COVID-19 surged past 459,000 in the U.S. alone, more than all Americans killed in World War II.  And we face an unprecedented economic crisis tied to the pandemic. Those with money and power are good at blaming others for being at the root of the problem. Hence, jobless benefits and help for people at the bottom are blamed for the deficit, while the rich, and multi-billion dollar corporations, are given tax cuts. Economic inequality has continued to grow in the U.S. over the past half-century.

      Instead of the ongoing redistribution of income and wealth upward, funds need to be redirected downward: to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, provide medicare for all, education, increase the minimum wage, and address the climate crisis that threatens all life on this planet.

      Why is there little mention of needed cuts to the bloated U.S. military budget – the largest military budget in the world by far? Case in point: The U.S. is Boosting Production of Nuclear Bomb Cores (For More Nuclear Weapons) at a time when the world has made the use, threatened use, or mere possession of nuclear weapons illegal under international law. The U.S. and the 8 other nuclear-armed countries are now officially outlaw states – rogue nations.

Can you tell your Representatives in Congress it is TIME to cut the Pentagon budget?

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5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

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Military Superbowl

Sunday, February 7th, 2021

The Militarization of Everything

2021 Superbowl Flyover