Oct. 4th 2007
Onomea sunrise - photo by phoenix
I wish I could say that all I have to talk about is how BEAUTIFUL it is here in
Paradise, loving my dogs, friends and guests. But the truth is, there is some
shocking news in the world that we need to know about and attend to. So if you
prefer to not be exposed to unpleasant truths, please feel free to press the
delete button before reading further. Maybe my next newsletter will not need to
be filled with this urgent information I am quickly pulling together, and we
can just live and love and laugh as the dreamed of, Ohana of the World.
This message came from my labyrinth society friend, Judy, who wrote what I was
Good morning Good people !
As you know I typically try to
keep information which I share light-hearted, artistic etc.
However, I think this is important & a great opportunity for us to positively change the way we help others
attain their wishes for
democracy, without seeing our loved ones go off to war; risking lives, injuries
& so much more that the ripple-effect causes!
Imagine! We can help just by letting our voice be heard through the act
of a few simple seconds' worth of a signature ! -truly a democratic act of
freedom- a vote! It's a good first step. Regardless of where you stand on the
current war or whether you have loved ones involved in the military, Thank You
for your consideration & participation and for taking the time to pass this
on to all who you know! Let's try to nip this one in the bud without physical
tragedy, mental anguish.... and doing Gandhi & M.L.King proud!
Supporting the Brave Burmese Uprising
The monks led the crowd in chanting:
"May we be
free of torture, may there be peace in hearts and minds
as our kindness spreads around the world"
Burma's generals have brought their brutal iron hand down on peaceful monks and
protesters -- but in response, a massive global outcry is gathering pace. The
roar of global public opinion is being heard in hundreds of protests outside
Chinese and Burmese embassies, people round the world wearing the monks' color
red, and on the internet-- where our petition has exploded to over 200,000
signers in just 72 hours. People power can win this. Burma's powerful sponsor
China can halt the crackdown, if it believes that its international reputation
and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing depend on it. To convince the Chinese
government and other key countries, Avaaz is launching a major global and Asian
ad campaign on Wednesday, including full page ads in the Financial Times and
other newspapers, that will deliver our message and the number of signers. We
need 1 million voices to be the global roar that will get China's attention. If
every one of us forwards this email to just 20 friends, we'll reach our target
in the next 72 hours. Please sign the petition at the link below -if you
haven't already- and forward this email to everyone you care about:
The pressure is working - already, there are signs of splits in the Burmese
Army, as some soldiers refuse to attack their own people. The brutal top
General, Than Shwe, has reportedly moved his family out of the country - he
must fear his rule may crumble.
The Burmese people are showing incredible courage in the face of horror. We're
broadcasting updates on our effort over the radio into Burma itself - telling
the people that growing numbers of us stand with them. Let's do everything we
can to help them - we have hours, not days, to do it. Please sign the petition
and forward this email to at least 20 friends right now. Scroll down our
petition page for details of times and events to join in the massive wave of
demonstrations happening around the world at Burmese and Chinese embassies.
With hope and determination, Ricken, Paul, Pascal, Graziela, Galit, Ben, Milena and the whole Avaaz Team
TELL CONGRESS IT'S TIME FOR MORE THAN LIP
SERVICE ON BURMA
On October 2, 2007, taking a break from honorary renaming of Post Offices, the House of Representative dusted off and quickly passed (413-2) a concurrent resolution on Burma, which had been languishing in inactivity.
Sadly, that resolution doesn't actually DO anything, and makes no reference whatsoever to the massacres of the last week or the ongoing horrors taking place in that country now.
BURMA ACTION PAGE: http://www.usalone.com/burma_action.php
We have documentary evidence of the Burma military junta machine gunning peaceful civilian demonstrators, including the murder of foreign journalists in cold blood. There are credible reports of people being burned alive in government crematoriums. There are widespread accounts of EMPTY monasteries, and thousands of monks being herded into concentration camps in remote parts of the country, bodies dumped in the jungles, pictures of monks floating face down in the rivers and more. The ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) expressed "revulsion", and that was BEFORE most of the above reports. You can see the brutal oppression from space. [The action page above is heavily annotated with links to all the factual
And none of this, NONE of it was even mentioned in the House resolution passed today. Congress must immediately
1) Declare the military dictatorship in Burma to be a terrorist organization. They were sure quick enough to do that for the Iran Revolutionary guard, who have been shown by no evidence to do any of the above things. People who go into houses of worship to murder religious devotees ARE terrorists. Remember when we were told Saddam was murdering his own people, 15 YEARS after the fact. These massacres are going on NOW!
2) Act to freeze the assets of the military junta and urge all international banks to bar any monetary transfers in the interim. Our government was sure quick enough to do that to try to stop Al Qaeda. Similar actions were taken against North Korea by banning the importation of luxury goods and the like, a successful example of application of diplomatic pressure, and
3) Call for an international peace keeping force under the aegis of the U.N. to protect the people of Burma and the monasteries in particular, and to allow under its umbrella real fact finding of the crimes against humanity committed there. If Japan can send peacekeepers to Iraq they can certainly be persuaded to do so where, where they are already demanding for an accounting for the murder of their journalist. Are not the members of the ASEAN repulsed enough to participate? Let this be an example of how the world is supposed to
react to tragic events like these, by acting THROUGH the U.N.
BURMA ACTION PAGE: http://www.usalone.com/burma_action.php
But what Congress had done is nothing more than an empty gesture. Nowhere in the concurrent resolution is there a single tooth. The military strongman in Burma is said to be stubborn. The world must stand up to that monstrous bully, and do so in a way that stands in clear contrast to everything that was done WRONG in Iraq, where the phony coalition of the willing was mostly blackmailed into participation. Burma needs a protection force, not an offensive force. If Congress can vote 413-2 to say anything about Burma, can not a majority be found to call for real action?
Write Congress now using the action page above. Tell them they must do more.
Is it said that China and India among others are doing too much business with Burma to rock the boat. Would not a country of free people also sell they resources on the world market? It's time to pressure the corporations and let them know that we the people will no longer tolerate murderous business as usual.
Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know.
If you would like to get alerts like these, you can do so at
SAY “NO” TO STRYKERS IN HAWAII
Those of you who don’t live on the island probably do not know that the US
military has long been using these strategic islands for “war games”. One third
of Oahu is military, and they have been expanding on the Big Island—with
intentions of expanding even further.
In Hawaii, we are taking a stand against Strykers (over 317
of these HUGE tankers) rolling around on our beautiful island, over dirt that
has Depleted Uranium from decades past when the military was secretly using
Weapons of Mass Destruction on our sacred aina, contaminating our land, air and
water--with detrimental results to the health of soldiers and islanders alike.
We believe that Hawaii is Paradise. It is incongruous with
the Aloha State to train American soldiers to use these barbaric killing machines.
Will you help us by writing your disapproval of Strykers on
the islands of Hawaii? “CLEAN UP rather than build up,” is our plea. While DU
lasts 450,000 years, we must do what we can to contain the DU rather than
spread it by running tankers over this contaminated soil.
You may have heard of the residents of Kauai stopping the big superferry dead in it’s
tracks. It was built and railroaded through Govonor Lingle’s office with the
intention of transporting Strykers inter-island. None of us want to fund that
anymore. My guest from Kauai said that one surfer went nose to nose with
the superferry and made it back up out of the Kauai bay where outraged citizens
organized and protested it’s arrival!
I testified against the Strykers in Waimea:
Gabriel Cousens has written a detailed explanation of DU and the unfortunate
results of American military refusing to obey US and international law to NOT
use DU. As Martin Luther King said, We have
“nonviolence or nonexistence.”
If you wish to speak up on stopping the militarization of Hawaii...and the
world, please write to:
PLEASE GET YOUR COMMENTS IN BY THE END OF THE MONTH. Pass along this
information to everyone you know who loves Hawaii and wants to keep it a
TEA BAG PHILOSOPHY
My Tea bag said: LIGHT THE WORLD WITH
KINDNESS, GRACE AND COMPASSION. To that, I would like to add, ALONG WITH HUMOR. If you want a little
chuckle, watch this:
WILL FERRELL/BUSH ON GLOBAL WARMING
Also, comedy with a purpose,
I was impressed with the new Bolivian president, Evo Morales, who actually
LIVES “kindness, grace and compassion”! Can we find an Evo for the US?
MOVIE NIGHT AT THE DRAGONFLY RANCH
Each month, we are showing educational movies at the Dragonfly. “White
Rain/Black Cloud” was brilliantly directed and horrorifically moving—especially
when we shared it with neighbor/artist/writer, Mayumi Ota, who was a young
child in Japan when the hydrogen bombs were dropped in her country. Call
Shannon (below) to find out how to set up movies in your community.
Please come and join us at the Dragonfly Ranch on October 6th, Saturday evening, at 6:30 p.m. to see the
documentary movie "The End of Suburbia"--a very interesting award
winning film about the end of oil and the changes to our lives thereafter. We
will also see a second feature by comedian Bill Maher in "The
Decider," a very funny standup routine.
Part of "movie night" at the Dragonfly, we have pupus and
conversation from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at which time we will watch the double
feature. We welcome you to bring your friends and family members to join us in
this educational evening with new and old friends.
Admission is free.
For more information you can call Shannon 324-4609 or Barbara 328-2159.
“End of Suburbia”
Watch a trailer here
WANT TO LAUGH? COMIC RELIEF
Laugh This kid really knows how to belly laugh!
THE FATE OF HAWAII HERO, LT. EHREN WATADA
ALERT! New trial for Lt. Watada Oct. 9! This is a call for help!
The Army is threatening to go ahead with a new court martial of 1st Lt.
Ehren Watada on Oct. 9th. This is in gross violation of
law and the Constitution, because his lawyers have appealed against a second
trial on the basis of double jeopardy. For quite some time, Ehren’s
lawyers were proceeding on the assumption that since the appeal is in progress
in the court system, the Army would cancel or postpone the Oct. 9th court
martial. But now it is only a week and a couple of days away, and nothing
has been cancelled or postponed. The trial is looking very much like it
is on, yet nothing has been confirmed one way or the other.
If the court martial is indeed going to happen, we need all the help we can
get! We need all our friends and allies around the country to hold
teach-ins, demonstrations, press conferences (if you have lawyers who can
address the double jeopardy issue, please have them speak), write letters to
the editors, anything you can do, on the weekend prior to Oct. 9 and/or on the
day of. Anyone who can to come to Ft. Lewis and support Ehren in this
critical moment, please come.
Let me provide some background here. In pre-trial motions, the Army
judge, Lt. Col. Head (the same judge who lied and forced a mistrial when things
didn’t go the Army’s way in the first trial), said that double jeopardy didn’t
apply because they have “different rules” in the Army. When Ehren’s
lawyers cited specific Army regulations and case law that proved double
jeopardy does apply in the Army, the judge simply rejected the facts out of
hand. The entire pre-trial motions were very scripted and controlled by
the judge, who told the prosecution what to say and limited what the defense
lawyers were allowed to say. The appeal is still in process and there are
several layers of appeal yet to be exhausted before the appeal has run it’s
course. It is clearly illegal and unconstitutional to hold a trial until
the question of double jeopardy is finally resolved - but the Army is doing it.
It appears that Ehren is about to be railroaded by a kangaroo court in
which the whole proceeding will be very controlled and scripted and the outcome
Ehren’s parents, Bob Watada and Rosa Sakanishi, and Carolyn Ho will be going up
to Ft. Lewis for the court martial. So will folks from the San Francisco
Bay Area including myself. Anyone who can, please join us! For
those who can’t, please organize some event in your local area to publicize
this issue. Thanks very, very much.
I apologize for this extremely late notice. Ehren has been prevented from
communicating anything of substance to any organizers because of heavy military
surveillance, and this came to our attention only now.
Basically we are all flying by the seat of our pants and I
would say to everyone everywhere, just do whatever the hell you can do with
whomever is willing to do it with you. Please circulate this email widely
among peace activists.
Veterans for Peace chapter 69
Watada Support Committee
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2007 16:16:09 -0700
I wanted to advise you of what has
most recently occurred in LT Ehren Watada's case.
The attached federal habeas petition
and motion for an emergency stay were filed this afternoon in the United
States District Court for the Western District of Washington. We're
hopeful we will be granted a hearing on our emergency motion for a stay
by Friday afternoon.
We believe we have a strong
case, and are looking forward to litigating the double jeopardy issue in
Kenneth S. Kagan
James E. Lobsenz
Carney Badley Spellman, P.S.
701 Fifth Avenue, #3600
Seattle, WA 98104
YOKO ONO DEDICATES “IMAGINE PEACE TOWER”
ON JOHN’S 67TH BIRTHDAY
Coincidentally, this day is the same as Ehren Watada’s court date, OCT. 9.
LET’S MAKE PEACE A REALITYI pray that we can all not
just imagine peace, but rather insist
that it become a reality. There really is no other sane choice. Heartening news just in from Korea! Korean leaders issue peace call. South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun,
left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il share a toast after signing a joint
declaration in Pyongyang - 04/10/07. The two leaders reached agreement on a
number of issues. The leaders of North and South Korea have
signed a joint declaration calling for a permanent peace deal on the Korean
MY MAINLAND PLANS
On Oct. 12, I will be arriving in Oakland, going to my
brother Jim’s memorial celebration in Idaho on the 19th. I return to Hawaii on the 27th, in plenty of time
for a Wedding/Halloween Party on my birthday, Nov. 2. (I’m seriously working on
my costume. Just in case you didn’t know that I’m a real nut, I’m planning to
be an extra testicle!) Until the 12th, you can reach me at 808-328-2159.After that, my cell phone is 808-936-9408. Hoping to noodle
around the coast and visit with whoever loves me the most!
Best wishes, and blessings of peace and good times ahead. Thank you for taking ANY action that will improve our world.