Archive for January, 2022

Reversing the Path to Self-Destruction! Jan. 21, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

Join the Hilo Friday Peace Vigil 3:30-5PM at the downtown Post Office. Below is this week’s leaflet for distribution. Please share with ohana and friends. Send me an email ja@malu-aina.org and I’ll put you on the list to receive the new leaflet each week. Shut down Red Hill. Shut down Pohakuloa. No TMT and FREE Hawaii from illegal US occupation. Mahalo and solidarity. Jim Albertini

PS  Please wear a mask and social distance.  I urge you to get vaccinated and boosted too. Mahalo.

 

Reversing the Path to

Self-Destruction!

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     The Human race is on a path to self-destruction by both man-made climate disasters and nuclear war. The world needs an about-face from the direction it is headed – death by global warming, or nuclear winter resulting from nuclear war.

      The signs of climate disasters are becoming increasingly visible. Rising global temperatures, fires, droughts, intense storms, flooding, etc. Signs of the increasing risk of nuclear war are not as visible, and to most nuclear winter remains unknown. International tensions could quickly escalate to nuclear war by accident or design. A nuclear war, beyond the staggering number of immediate deaths from cities destroyed, would put so much debris in the atmosphere blocking sunlight causing temperatures to plummet leading to global crop failures and starvation. See https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-00794-y Also see https://tomdispatch.com/only-fools-replay-doomsday/

      Today, the U.S. spends $768 Billion annually on its war machine. That’s more than the next 11 top nations combined, including China and Russia. More than 50 years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” Without question, the US is on spiritual life support due to its addiction to war. There is an urgent call to shift spending from war and the nuclear weapons industry to instead support public health, climate stabilization, and meeting human needs.    

     Nine nations now possess nuclear weapons: the United States, Russia, France, China, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, India, Israel, and North Korea. One year ago, on January 22, 2021, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force. The Treaty specifically prohibits State Parties from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, acquiring, possessing, deploying, using, or threatening to use nuclear weapons, and from assisting or encouraging such acts. The US and the other 8 countries that possess nuclear weapons are now officially “The Outlaw States.”

     Nuclear Weapons Are Now Illegal Under International Law!

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), Hawai’i 96760

Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org to receive our posts. For more information www.malu-aina.org

Jan. 21, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1060– 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

Jan. 17, 2022 the 129th anniversary of the US illegal overthrow of Hawaii as an independent nation

Monday, January 17th, 2022

Post by Dr. Ku Kahakalau, PhD on Facebook  Jan. 17, 2022

Today we commemorate 129 years of occupation of the independent nation of Hawaiʻi by the U.S., encouraged by the words of our beloved Queen Liliʻuokalani reminding us to never cease to act because of fear that we may fail. On January 17, 1893, to avoid further bloodshed, and with an unwavering belief that honor and justice were attributes of every “Christian nation”, our Queen temporarily and under protest yielded to the superior forces of the U.S, “until such time as the Government of the United States shall, upon facts being presented to it, undo the action of its representative and reinstate me in the authority which I claim as the constitutional sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands.”
 
Even though she initially refused the request for her abdication, threats by U.S. Minister Stevens, who, instead of sustaining the constitutional ruler of Hawaiʻi, hinted that the 162 heavily armed U.S. Marines and Navy sailors he ordered to land in Honolulu the day before, would get involved, if the mostly American terrorists (persons who use unlawful violence and intimidation, in the pursuit of political aims), who had proclaimed a Provisional Government, or their supporters, were attacked.
Following the illegal overthrow of the constitutional Hawaiian monarchy on January 17 1893, Queen Liliʻuokalani spent the rest of her life petitioning to have the islands’ sovereignty restored. As kanaka it is our kuleana to continue this fight, because according to Queen Liliʻuokalani, “”The cause of Hawaiian independence is larger and dearer than the life of any man connected with it.”
 
Mahalo nui e Ka Mōʻi Liliʻuokalani for forever being a symbol of Hawaiian independence and a reminder to honor, preserve and advance our Hawaiian heritage. E ʻONIPAʻA kākou – until the last Aloha ʻĀina!

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Honor Rev. Martin Luther King

Monday, January 17th, 2022

The post Did J. Edgar Hoover Order the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr? appeared first on CovertAction Magazine.

“Peace & Good Will” Not Lie & Deny, Jan. 14, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

Peace on Earth – Good Will

to All?”

Be The Peace You Wish To See In The World!”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

     We have just finished celebrating the Holy season of “Peace on Earth –Good Will to All” but in many ways you would never know it. The War Drums seem to be beating louder than ever both at home & abroad! Instead of Peace and Good Will, it seems more a season of “Lie & Deny!”

      Last week in the US marked the anniversary of the January 6th insurrection at the US Capital to declare Donald Trump as US president rather than Joe Biden. The lines of division are drawn. Hate too often fills the air.

      We seem to be living in an increasingly polarized world. We need more good will to bring peace to our communities and world. Sadly, the only thing that seems to unite Americans in a bi-partisan way – Democrats and Republicans is the US war budget. But instead of projecting good will, it projects imperial power and US global domination. The bloated US war budget reflects how out of balance Americans really are with themselves and the rest of the world. So many human needs go unmet.

      The United States spends more on its military than the next 11 top nations combined. The US war budget this year is tens of Billions larger than last year although the US war in Afghanistan has finally ended – the longest war in US history. Compared with China ($250 Billion) the US military budget (at $768 Billion) is more than three times bigger. The US spends over 12 times more than Russia ($60 Billion) on its military. The US has 750 military bases in 80 countries around the world. How many foreign bases do Russia and China have?

      When the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, the US repeatedly promised Russia that the US and NATO would not move eastward toward Russia. The US and NATO broke its promise, time, and time again. Lie and deny! NATO kept moving closer to Russia. Now tensions are rising fast with Russia and China, both nuclear powers. The tension with Russia is over Ukraine possibly joining NATO. Ukraine is on Russia’s border. Sign the peace petition here https://www.codepink.org/ukraine_nato?utm_campaign=ukraine_nato_us&utm_medium=email&utm_source=codepink

                      Also see https://consortiumnews.com/2022/01/12/robert-parry-americas-staggering-hypocrisy/

  https://popularresistance.org/six-things-the-media-wont-tell-you-about-ukraine/

https://consortiumnews.com/2022/01/14/the-case-for-neutrality-to-defuse-crisis-with-russia/

      More than 50 years ago Martin Luther King said “The US is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.” That statement remain  ns true today. Peace and Good Will” diplomacy is needed now more than ever if the world is to survive in this time of a global pandemic, increasing climate crisis, and the hair-trigger possibility of global nuclear war. We all need to do our part now. Later is too late. Here in Hawaii, let’s start by ending the long illegal US occupation of Hawaii after the US led coup of Jan. 17, 1893. It’s way past time for the independent nation of Hawaii to be restored. And the US should pay reparations for damage done.

Aloha Not Hate! Aloha Not War! Aloha & Nonviolence always!

  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), Hawai’i 96760

Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org to receive our posts. For more information www.malu-aina.org

Jan. 14, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1059– Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

— 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

Shut down Red Hill & Pohakuloa — Jan. 7, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

Shut down Red Hill & Pohakuloa —

Please join the Friday Hilo Peace vigil 3:30-5PM at the downtown Hilo Post Office and spread the word.  This week’s peace leaflet about Red Hill and Pohakuloa is below. Mahalo and solidarity mauka to makai! #shutdownredhill

 
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
 
 

 

Shut Down Red Hill &

Drain the Tanks

     The Hawaii State Dept. of Health has said to the US Navy – Shut down and drain the Red Hill Fuel Tanks where leaks allowed petroleum to contaminate the drinking water of nearly 100,000 people, and puts more than 400,000 people in Honolulu at risk.  Under the order, the Navy has 30 days to submit a plan to “safely defuel” its World War II-era fuel facility.  The military, which considers Red Hill to be a vital national security asset, has strongly protested the demand to drain the fuel entirely.  Twenty massive Navy underground fuel tanks have a total capacity of storing 250 millions gallons of fuel 100 feet above Honolulu’s main aquifer.

     Massive citizen outcries, lead by Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) and military families, have brought pressure to US militarism and its strong hold on political leaders and Hawaii’s economy.  Activists from around the world are now supporting local calls to close the Navy’s Red Hill fuel facility.
“At this very moment, the US government is committing a crime of historic proportions against the people of Hawai’i,” the group said in a public letter.  “Yet the US Navy continues to reject calls by residents and the state government to drain the remaining tanks. The health of hundreds of thousands across Oʻahu is now in jeopardy.”      
   
      The letter draws parallels between the Red Hill crisis and the military’s impacts on other places in the Pacific.  It cites “the Tomb” on Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands, “a nuclear coffin” installed by the U.S. military that is leaking radioactive waste into the ocean and the thousands of Micronesians who still suffer the impacts of 67 atomic and thermonuclear weapons the U.S. military detonated in the Marshall Islands in the 1940s and 50s.  For the complete letter and list of signers see https://www.civilbeat.org/beat/noam-chomsky-cornel-west-call-for-immediate-shutdown-of-red-hill-reparations-for-victims/ 

Shut Down & Clean Up Pohakuloa Toxic Area too!

     The US Military’s  Pohakuloa Toxic Area (PTA), has been contaminating  Hawaii Island for more than 75 years.  Millions of live-rounds have been fired annually at PTA involving a wide range of weapons and toxins, including radioactive Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide dust particles than can be carried long distances in the wind.  In 2008 the Hawaii County Council passed Resolution 639-08 by a vote of 8-1.  That resolution called for a halt to all live fire at PTA until there was a complete assessment of the DU present and it was cleaned up.  7 other actions were called for.  The military did not do any of them.  Now what?
    

     Everyone on the Big Island is downhill and downwind from the 133,000-acre PTA, which is located in the center of the island at 6500 feet elevation. The land, water, air, people, plants and animals surrounding PTA, including the thousands of troops who train there, residents and tourists too, are all part of a Military Sacrifice Zone. Actually the Hawaiian islands are one of the most militarized places on the planet with more than 100 active US military installations and many more abandoned military toxic sites.  Enough!

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), Hawai’i 96760

Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org to receive our posts. For more information www.malu-aina.org

Jan. 7, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1058– 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