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Hilo peace rally set for Saturday (March 20)


7th anniversary of the Iraq war (in conjunction with marches and rallies in Washington and other cities around the U.S.)

“There will be a Hilo Peace Rally on Saturday, March 20th from 10 a.m. till noon under the Bayfront monkeypod trees at the intersection of Pauahi St. and Kamehameha Ave.” said Jim Albertini of Malu ‘Aina, sponsor of the event. Albertini said “the rally will consist of sign holding against the wars, music and speakers.” Albertini noted the portable sound system for the rally has been charged using solar power. Music will be provided by Kaliko Guys. Speakers include: Roslyn “Bunny” Smith, Lee Bowden, Danny Li, and others

Albertini asked the question –“How many more deaths? Current figures stand at 4,701 U.S. military personnel sacrificed in the war on Iraq, and 1,266,350 Iraqis slaughtered since the U.S. invaded Iraq on March 19, 2003. Albertini said a further question is how many more trillions of dollars will be wasted on death and destruction while schools and libraries close, jobs and health insurance are lost, homes and businesses foreclosed, human services cut back, and taxes raised for war and Wall Street bankers?

Albertini said, “It’s time to speak out to stop these wars by cutting off the war funds and redirecting those funds away from killing to life affirming purposes.” Albertini said he “is concerned there is similar rhetoric today about attacking Iran like we heard prior to the U.S. attack on Iraq in 2003. Now it’s been revealed that hundreds of powerful US “bunker-buster” bombs are being shipped from California to the British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean in preparation for a possible attack on Iran. See

Albertini said “the rally is open to all. It’s a family affair. Peace is everybody’s business.

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