If I hand you a leaflet I get $130 ticket for “jaywalking”

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Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 marks the 845th consecutive weekly Hilo Peace Vigil held at the downtown Post Office 3:30-5PM

Police Threaten “Jaywalking” for Leafleting!

      Each week a new peace leaflet is prepared for distribution via the internet and paper copies handed out at the vigil. On Friday, Nov. 24 Hawaii County Police officers, P. Rose, badge #398 and C. Antonio, badge #380 showed up at the Hilo Peace Vigil. The officers said they had received a complaint of people handing out leaflets in the street. No name of who complained was identified. Jim Albertini gave the officers the weekly leaflet. Jim was asked for identification info –name, age, DOB, address (mailing and physical address), last 4 digits of SS #. Officer Antonio, who was the senior of the 2 officers, said it is jaywalking to step off the curb to offer a leaflet to drivers of cars stopped at the red light heading south on one way Kino’ole St. The officers said they will cite Jim for jaywalking if they have another complaint and observe Jim off the curb leafleting to drivers in stopped cars. In the past 844 weeks at least 250,000 leaflets have been handed out on the corner of Kino’ole and Waianuenue St. to passing motorists. People are greeted with “Aloha” and thanked for taking a leaflet. People are encouraged to sign up at our www.malu-aina.org website to receive new posts electronically and to pass our leaflet/website on to friends.

      There is an increasingly repressive atmosphere growing in the U.S. towards peaceful free speech expression. While peace activists are threatened with “Jaywalking” for just stepping off the curb to offer peace leaflets to drivers of stopped cars at the traffic light, other “jaywalkers” are ignored. Each week dozens of people cross the street in the middle of the block from the post office, and other places throughout Hawaii, who are not threatened with jaywalking citations. Meanwhile, the U.S. is waging war and special ops in numerous countries killing and injuring millions, and now threatening nuclear war. In this climate of repression and war it’s becoming more difficult to even hand out a leaflet of dissent.

Work for Justice, Peace & the Earth! Support Free Speech!

  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 peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet Dec. 1, 2017– 845th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office