Fw: draft leaflet for May 29th protest at PTA

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Sent: Sunday, May 27, 2007 4:55 PM
Subject: draft leaflet for May 29th protest at PTA

Draft only.  Not for circulation!  Feedback appreciated.  Mahalo.

Jim Albertini
Malu `Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box AB
`Ola`a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622

Aloha `Aina! Free Hawaii!

End Military Occupation,

Desecration, and Contamination!


     Today, May 29, 2007 marks the opening of the new 6.5-mile section of the realigned and renamed Ala Mauna Saddle Road that facilitates expanded military occupation, desecration and contamination of Hawaii.  The realigned road allows for expanded live-fire training at the 134,000 - acre Pohakuloa Military Training Area (PTA).  Based on confirmation of extensive radiation contamination at Schofield Barracks on Oahu, there is reason to believe that Pohakuloa has extensive radioactive contamination as well since similar and expanded training takes place here.  A recent radioactive monitor reading of 93 counts per minute in Kona taken during live-fire Stryker training at PTA is far above background readings of 5-20 counts per minute.  With every live round fired at PTA (up to 14 million rounds annually) there is the added risk of spreading radioactive and other military toxic dust blowing in the wind all over residents and visitors alike on this island and beyond.  Instead of putting more money into Stryker and other military expansion projects in Hawaii, Dan Inouye and the rest of Hawaii's congressional delegation should be pushing for military clean-up money.  Not just token amounts but $billions.  Over $400 million was spent to clean up Kaho`olawe and it's still a mess.  On Hawaii Island alone, there are more than 9 Kaho`olawes of former military sites in need of clean up.


     On May 24, 2007 the U.S. Congress voted another $100+ billion blank check for funding the Iraq war.   The House voted 290-142 for the war but Hawaii's delegates Abercrombie and Hirono voted against.  Kudos to them!

The Senate voted 80-14 for the war.  Shame on Inouye and Akaka.  They voted for the war funds.  We no longer buy the shibai that you are voting for the war to support the troops.  End the war and bring the troops home now.  The only funds that should be approved are one-way tickets home for all U.S. troops. Of course the U.S. will have a huge debt to pay for all the death and destruction we have caused in Iraq and Afghanistan.


    The word is Inouye & Akaka voted for the war-funding bill because it included highway pork funds for Hawaii.  If this is true those highways will be paved with the blood of untold numbers of U.S. GI's and Iraqi civilians that will die as a result of further war funding.  Inouye and Akaka have some explaining to do.  Perhaps the Ala Mauna Saddle Road name should be changed to "The Highway of War Blood."  It should be noted that this new realigned portion of the highway goes right through the critical habitat of the endangered Palila bird.  It appears that the blood of endangered species needs to also be noted in the total cost of war.


     And by the way, where are all the Civil Defense and other government radiation monitors that are suppose to be available in the aftermath of a nuclear war?  I think they need to be brought out and a People's Posse certified and deputized to use them NOW!


End the U.S. War in Iraq Too!


Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB `Ola`a (Kurtistown),

Hawai`i   96760. Phone (808) 966-7622.  Email ja@interpac.net   http://www.malu-aina.org


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