July 4, 2008 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (BIP)

JULY 4, 2008 -- A DAY TO MOURN

& REPENT, NOT CELEBRATE

July 4th use to be a day for Americans to celebrate their independence from the tyrany of an empire -- the Bristish empire. Today, America has become the modern tyrant and global empire. In the name of nice sounding words like "freedom and democracy," the U.S. is waging wars of aggression for big oil companies, occupying and destroying other nations, committing torture, and moving toward a police state in the so called "land of the free." Today July 4th is not a day to celebrate, but to mourn the loss of freedom in America. It is also a day to repent: to seek forgiveness for the crimes committed in our name and to literally "turn around" from our lives of complacency and complicity with these evil crimes. It is time we renew our commitment to work for justice and peace, at home and around the world, from the standpoint of principled non-violence in the tradition of Jesus, Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and our kupuna.

ONE EXAMPLE: A MAN'S HOME IS NO LONGER HIS CASTLE

A GREAT SETBACK FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY PROTECTION

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution is one of the provisions included in the Bill of Rights. The text reads: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

At this Friday's Peace vigil we will wear black to mourn the loss of our 4th amendment rights.

From Candace Cohn at CounterPunch.com, 6/27/08: "Christmas came early this year for Big Brother and the telecommunications giants. Unfortunately, it is average Americans who will pay--dearly... ...precious constitutional and other legal protections against warrantless domestic surveillance have been shattered. The federal government may now secretly and legally eavesdrop on virtually any American's e-mail, cell phone and landline communications--without first getting a court-ordered warrant. ... DEMOCRATS HAD claimed to be against the bill for months, but--as they did with the earlier USA PATRIOT Act--easily and completely capitulated. The new legislation received overwhelming bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 19; its imminent approval by the Senate is a foregone conclusion."

Join the peace vigil Friday at the downtown Hilo Post Office, 3:30-5:00 p.m. to commemorate the loss of our rights and privacy, and to stand in solidarity against wars of aggression. A fight for freedom anywhere is a fight for freedom everywhere. Political analyst Alan Watt says, "Your only security is freedom."

STOP THE WAR AT HOME & ABROAD!

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination: anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, etc. 5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

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

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (July 4, 2008 - 355th week) - Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post

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