Friday, June 12, 2009

Kaua'i group says peace through open arms

This is not a House-related issue, but I think it's an interesting one.

In a letter to Gov. Linda Lingle and congressional delegates, a Kaua'i humanitarian group urges Hawaii's leaders to negotiate with the U.S. Federal government to bring 17 Uighur nationals to Hawaii instead of the Republic of Palau. The letter was sent from Ed Coll on behalf of the Kaua'i Alliance for Peace and Social Justice.

The Chinese Muslims were determined not to be enemy combatants by a federal judge, but because of ardent congressional opposition to releasing them on U.S. soil, they are still in legal limbo at the U.S. Detention Facility in Guantanamo Bay. The nation of Palau agreed to accept the detainees Wednesday.

The Garden Island ran a story today, including quotes from the letter sent Thursday to state officials, about the groups suggestion of sharing the aloha spirit with these men by helping them rebuild their lives on the islands.

What do you think? Should detainees be allowed to resettle in Hawaii?

P.S: Peace Day 2009 is creeping up on us! Save the date! September 21, 2009! The Peace Day Hawaii committee is already planning for the event!

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