April 3, 2009 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (BIP)


     In Fiscal Year 2009 the U.S. will spend $965 billion for the military (more than the next l5 countries combined). That $965 billion is more than $ll0 million every hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The so called "War on Terror" including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are absorbing $20 million per hour, 24/7/365.

     HOW THESE FIGURES WERE DETERMINED: Current military includes Dept. of Defense ($653 billion), the military portion from other departments ($150 billion), and an additional $162 billion to supplement the Budget’s misleading and vast underestimate of only $38 billion for the “war on terror.”  The bottom line is that 54 cents out of every U.S. tax dollar goes to support war (past & present).  Source: War Resisters League, N.Y.  See wrl@warresisters.org

Obama is Escalating rather than Ending the wars!

     The new military strategy announced by President Barack Obama and his military leaders call for the build-up of tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan.  This marks a major escalation of the war in Afghanistan and the official transformation of Pakistan into a theater of US military action.

We need a Stop the Wars and
Bail Out The People's Movement!

     Since March 2008, the federal government has committed almost $10 TRILLION of the people’s money to bailouts for Wall Street and the banks, including multi-million dollar bonuses to underserving corporate officials.  It hasn’t worked to revive the economy.

     Obama needs to fire his Wall St. cronies -- chief financial advisor, Larry Summers, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, etc, all those who helped create the financial crisis in the first place.   Instead of bailing out the banks, nationalize the banks.  Put up money to guarantee everyone a job or income and stop foreclosures and evictions.
     DO THE MATH: Just $1 trillion out of the $10 trillion Washington has committed to the banks could pay for 20 million jobs with salaries of $50,000 a year! That would wipe out unemployment and underemployment in Hawaii and the U.S.  $l0 trillion could pay for pensions for millions of working senior citizens, open up new jobs for younger workers, pay-off defaulting home mortgages, and purchase lots of solar electric home systems and fuel efficient vehicles and mass transit.  It's just a question -- where do you put the money?  At the top where the economic problems were created, or at the bottom to really help people in need and the economy.


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 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760. Phone (808) 966-7622.  Email ja@interpac.net  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (April 3, 2009 - 394th 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-aina.org


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