Call to action

The Call to Action statement below will be released to the media on Jam. 20, 2009.   Please circulate for individuals and groups to have their names attached for public release.  Please email me at ja@interpac.net with names for attaching.  Mahalo.
Jim Albertini

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 ongoing  illegal occupation of the Kingdom of Hawai'i by the United States, the military's desecration of our sacred mountains, and radiation contamination at the l33,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) in the center of our island home.

     The Newlands Congressional Resolution of 1898 is the basis for the U.S. illegal occupation of Hawai'i.  It claims to accept the ceding of the Kingdom of Hawai’i to the U.S. by the illegitimate “Republic of Hawai‘i".  However, the U.S. refused to recognize the so-called “Republic of Hawai'i” following the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893; two attempted treaties of annexation failed; and neither U.S. nor international law allows annexation of a sovereign country without a lawful treaty.

    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 citizens 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 taken control of 200,000 acres of land; 60,000 square miles of special use airspace; and 200,000 square miles of ocean operating areas. 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 nation of Hawaii.   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

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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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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