Abolish nuclear weapons, protest monthly nuclear attack siren tests

We need to step up the movement for abolishing nuclear weapons.  Major U.S. military installations make Hawaii a prime target

A False Nuclear Attack notice was sent out via Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (Civil Defense) on Sat. Jan. 13, 2018 at 8:07 AM Hawaii time.  The notice was sent to cell phone users.  The emergency alert read as follows: “EMERGENCY ALERT BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII.  SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER.  THIS IS NOT A TEST.”
It was 38 minutes later at 8:45 AM that the state declared the notice a false alarm.  In the meantime many people were running to hid.  In a real ballistic missile launch it will be about 13 minutes betwen the above emergency notice and actual blast impact.
See the effects of a nuclear blast from ICAN International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons –the group that won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize,

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Effects of a 100-kt nuclear bomb. 3 km radius A radioactive fireball hotter than the Sun and with the force of 100,000 tonnes of TNT kills everyone. 5 km radius The vast majority of people die quickly from blast injuries, asphyxiation or (over weeks) radiation sickness. 10 km radius About half die from trauma and burns.

Speaking at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania way back in May of 1946 Albert Einstein said this about nuclear weapons.  “There is no effective defense against the atomic bomb … It can not only destroy a city but it can destroy the very earth on which that city stood.”

Remembering  Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
and his stand for civil rights and peace.

Monday, January 15th is the holiday remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Remember his commitment to non-violence and his prophetic words.
On April 4, 1967, one year to the day of his assassination,  he gave a famous speech against the Vietnam war.  In that speech he said:
The USA is “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”  King’s words remain true today, more than 50 years after he spoke them.
See the full speech here

Another classic quote, what Dr. King called the giant evil triplets:  Capitalism, militarism and racism.
“The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.”

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

Let’s take Dr. King’s word to heart.  We need to build a broad based nonviolent resistance movement for justice, peace and the earth. Preparing to run and hide from a nuclear blast is not the answer.  Major military installation in Hawaii make Hawaii a prime target.   Hawaii has more than 100 U.S. military installations including the Pacific Command ( PACOM) at Camp H.M. Smith in Aiea Heights above Aloha Stadium that covers more than half the earth.  Other major force installations on Oahu include Hickam Air Force Base, Pearl Harbor, Schofield Barracks, and Kaneohe Marine Station.  Othe Hawaiian Islands have military facilities too: Pacific Missile Range facility on Kauai, military tracking facilities on Haleakala and military computers in Kihei on Maui, and the Pohakuloa Training Area on Hawaii Island.

We need to stand up against US warmongering, demand nuclear weapons be abolished, and demilitarize Hawaii and the world.  Let’s get to work.  On the first working day of each month, when the State of Hawaii test the nuclear attack sirens at 1145 AM, join in protest from 11:30–12 noon throughout Hawaii in any public place with the message “No Nukes, No War, No Need Siren Missile Tests!  The only true shelter is Peace.”

U.S. OUT!  Free Hawaii!

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