A Call to Action at Pohakuloa Sat. Jan. 3lst

 Act For Justice, Peace
& the 'Aina!


     Justice & Peace Makers Unite!  On Saturday, January 3l, 2009 there will be a spiritual ceremony of healing for the 'aina and peaceful protest of the U.S. military bombing, contamination, desecration of the aina at the military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) in the center of Hawaii Island.   PTA and the military's disregard of community concerns is a symbol of the continuing U.S. occupation of the Hawai'i Kingdom that must end. 

     Meet l0 AM at Mauna Kea Park -- located l mile Hilo side of PTA.  Car pools will be leaving Hilo at 9AM from the makai parking lot closest to the intersection of Pauahi St. & Kamehameha Ave. (There will be Sign holding in Hilo 8 - 9A.M prior to leaving for the mountain.)   Let us come together from north, south, east and west Hawai'i in common purpose.  Let us stand united.


"A Call to Action"

     To date, l89 people have signed the statement below.  Add your name by email to ja@interpac.net

"We support a spiritual ceremony of healing for the 'aina and peaceful protest of the U.S. military bombing, contamination, desecration, and occupation of the independent nation of Hawai'i l0AM Saturday, January 3l, 2009 at Mauna Kea Park."

Please help pass the word on all of the above.  Join the weekly Hilo Peace vigil on Fridays at the downtown Post Office 3:30-5PM.  Mahalo for your solidarity.

Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622.  Email ja@interpac.net  http://www.malu-aina.org 




Below is a statement to try and help frame the issue of Pohakuloa in the broader context of an occupied Hawaii.

A Call to Action!

     This is a call to action to the people of Moku O Keawe (Hawai'i Island) to join in a protest and spiritual ceremony of healing for the 'aina at Pohakuloa on Saturday, January 3l, 2009 at l0am.  We are protesting the unprovoked invasion and continuing occupation of the Hawai'i Kingdom by the United States.  The military is desecrating our aquifer and sacred mountains, and spreading radiation contamination at the l33,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) in the center of our island home.

     The Francis Newland Resolution of 1898 is the basis for the U.S. piracy of Crown and Government lands of Hawai'i to the U.S. by the pirate “Republic of Hawai‘i".  However, the U.S. refused to recognize the so-called “Republic of Hawai'i” following the U.S. invasion of the Hawai'i Kingdom in 1893; attempted treaties of annexation failed; and neither U.S. nor international law allows annexation of a Kingdom to a Republic.

    The Hawaii County Council passed resolution, 639-08, on July 2, 2008 following extensive public testimony in reaction to health risks from military radioactive and chemically toxic Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation. The resolution calls for 8 protective measures, including a halt to live-fire, a full assessment and cleanup of the DU present at Pohakuloa, citizen monitoring system, public meetings, reports, etc.  To date the military has not responded positively to any of the 8 points called for by the Hawaii County Council.  The continued stonewalling by the military over the issue of radiation contamination on our island completely ignores the community health and safety that the military is charged to protect and is disrespectful of the leaders and people of our island.  Military statements that the Hawaii County Council's call to action is "only a resolution" and that halting live-fire at PTA is "not going to happen" tell us that community health and safety are secondary to military training and lead us to question who and what the military is defending.

    Hawai'i-based military forces have through executive order userped 200,000 acres of land; 60,000 square miles of special use airspace; and 200,000 square miles of Hawaiian waters. The military has been a bad steward of land and sea -- it has desecrated and contaminated hundreds of sites with unexploded ordnance and other hazards, devastated large areas with wildfires, and dumped radioactive waste and thousands of tons of chemical munitions and unexploded ordnance in our oceans. Now the military further endangers the people of Hawai'i by refusing to clean up its harmful and long-lasting radiation contamination.

     Please join us in a spiritual ceremony of healing for the 'aina and peaceful protest of the U.S. military bombing, contamination, desecration and occupation of the independent country -- the Hawai'i Kingdom.  Meet l0 AM Saturday, January 3l, 2009 at Mauna Kea Park - located l mile Hilo side of PTA's main gate. Mahalo nui loa.

Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760. Phone (808) 966-7622.  Email ja@interpac.net  http://www.malu-aina.org
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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-aina.org

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