Oct. 31, 2008 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (BIP)

BEYOND THE ELECTIONS:
Strategies for peace, justice, and aloha `aina!

     Regardless of election outcomes, locally and nationally, there will be plenty of work to do come Nov. 5th and beyond.  This is a reminder to temper post election highs and lows with reality that all real positive change comes from the bottom up not the top down.  Ordinary people committed to a vision of peace, justice and aloha aina are the backbone of movements that ultimately determine policy changes, no matter who holds positions of power. The important thing is to never give up!  Vote every day!  Keep the pressure on whomever is elected.

     Despite public claims that they disagree on U.S. strategy in Iraq, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama would both keep some level of U.S. troops there on permanent bases and both want to send more American troops to Afghanistan. They both also support expanding the size of the military. They both agree that the Congress must "rebuild the military" after eight years of Bush-Cheney abuse. Where will the funds come from to do these things?

     Pentagon spending has doubled during the past eight years. By 2010 military program managers are going to be scrambling to get their expensive high-tech programs funded. There is already intense competition between the different military branches for their endless military appetites. This translates into future cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and what remains of the severely diminished welfare program, while the numbers of elderly, poor, hungry and homeless mount.  The final shots of the war against social progress are now being fired.  So not only do we face the greed and excess of Wall Street, and are paying for their mistakes, but next we will be asked to continue to fund the crumbling military empire as it collapses around us with no regard for who suffers as it falls. 

     This local Hawaii Island election had virtually no talk about the need for cleaning up the military mess of unexploded ordnance and radiation from decades of training.  On Hawaii Island alone there are 57 known present or former military sites totalling 250,000-acres in need of clean up. Isn't it time peace, social justice, environmental, women's, and labor organizations form coalitions for needed action?  Isn't it time we mount vigorous pressure on elected officials at all levels of government to stop anti-human budget cuts?  Isn't it time we demand major cuts in military spending and an end to corporate subsidies?  Isn't it time to articulate a vision that calls for the conversion of the military industrial complex in order that our tax dollars be used for peaceful and sustainable food and renewable energy production - not the continued industrial production for war without end? (For more details and ideas see http://space4peace.blogspot.com/)

A Note of Caution:
*IN THE EVENT OF MAJOR CURVE BALLS IN THE COMING DAYS (I.E. SUSPENDED/POSTPONED ELECTIONS, OBVIOUS ELECTION TAMPERING, WAR WITH IRAN, ETC. PLEASE PASS THE WORD TO MEET 12 NOON ON THE DAY OF THE CURVE BALL EVENT, (OR THE DAY AFTER IF THE EVENT OCCURS IN THE PM) AT THE HILO BAYFRONT INTERSECTION OF PAUAHI STREET AND KAMEHAMEHA AVE. *  IN SUCH AN EVENT PEOPLE EVERYWHERE ARE ENCOURAGED TO ORGANIZE MARCHES AND PROTESTS


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 (October 31, 2008 - 372nd week) - Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

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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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