Oct. 17, 2008 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (BIP)

*System Failure & the Need for
Non-violent Revolution*

"The most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression shows no
sign of letting up. The financial edifice of U.S. imperialism is in
danger of crumbling. ... Now the U.S. Treasury is considering taking
ownership positions in major U.S. banks. ... This crisis is amplifying
internationally. Two things stand out about this crisis. First, there is
the ferocity of its global shocks and the speed with which it has
spread. Second, unlike the debt and financial crises of the last 30
years, which were largely centered in the Third World, this crisis
initially exploded in the U.S., the world's leading capitalist economy,
and is focused in the financial centers of world capitalism. ...

Many progressive commentators have put the blame for this crisis on
fraud and greed, or on lax regulation. All of which are certainly in
play. But these explanations do not get to the essence of what is
happening, to the cause of the problem. ... A 'dirty little secret' of
this crisis is the enormous weight of militarization of the U.S.
economy. ...

And both John McCain and Barack Obama are committed to America's global
'war on terror'-the umbrella under which the U.S. is waging these wars
for empire. ... While the futures of millions are in jeopardy, what is
the paramount concern of those at the top of the pyramid of economic and
political power? It is the protection of a financial system that sits
atop a global system of exploitation; it is the rescue of the owners and
investor beneficiaries of that system. ... In the Third World, millions
are already suffering the ravages of a global food crisis. This system
is a horror and a failure. Is it necessary for humanity to live this
way? ...

It is possible to establish a radically different kind of state power
and to create a society and institutions that unleash people's
creativity and that promote initiative and diversity in an atmosphere
that brings out human community. ... Things can change very quickly. The
system is revealing much about its basic nature. Bigger jolts may come
and outrage may suddenly grow and give rise to resistance from all kinds
of quarters. We have to grasp the potential of the situation. We have to
be out there bringing forward understanding and bringing forward a
vision of a liberty world. We have to rise to new political and
ideological challenges in the belly of the beast."

-- Raymond Lotta, Financial Hurricane Batters World Capitalism,
revcom.us, 10/15/08


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

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (October 17, 2008 - 370th week) - Friday
3:30-5PM downtown Post Office


Jim Albertini

Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

P.O.Box AB

Kurtistown, Hawai'i 96760

phone: 808-966-7622

email: JA@interpac.net

Visit us on the web at: www.malu-ania.org


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