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Occupy groups protesting at Kukio (Dec. 31)

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Join the 99% concerned about justice, peace and the earth. Meet 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 fronting Kukio, 15 miles north of Kailua Kona, just south of the Four Seasons/Hualalai Resort.

People leaving from the Hilo side will meet at 7 a.m. across from Merrill Lynch for car pooling.

Kukio is a vacation subdivision of the 1% and part-time residents park their multi-million dollar private/corporate jets for cheap at Kona International Airport. Over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday, dozens of private and corporate jets are parked at Keahole and other airports throughout Hawaii, said organizer and long-time community advocate Jim Albertini.

The 1% also own multi-million dollar residences in the Kukio/Kaupulehu development and other exclusive sites along the Kona/South Kohala “Gold Coast.”

Albertini offered an example: A building contractor reported the actual cost of a vacation house in Kukio was $169 million, but to pay lower taxes, the owner listed the house with the county tax office as costing “only” $20-25 million. That’s tax fraud and shorting the county on taxes over $140 million valuation on a single residential property.

It’s time to say to the 1% — Pay Your Share! At a time when 26% of children on this island are food insecure, and there is a growing homeless population, this kind of extravagant wealth of the jet setters is shameful.

In the U.S. it is reported that 1.6 million children were homeless last year, 42% under the age of six. Meanwhile, income inequality in the U.S. is now greater than in the Ancient Roman Empire’s economy based on slavery, and growing as the rich in the U.S. vastly increase their incomes.

Local, national, and international policies must change. An increasing number of people view government working for the corporations and the top wealthy 1% rather than serving ordinary people, the 99%.

This corruption must end. It will be a “Happy New Year” when we put an end to U.S. imperial wars, when justice rolls down like water, and righteous like a mighty stream, when the super-rich 1% pay their fair share, children have enough to eat, everyone has a roof over their heads, and we all respect the earth. Let us commit our lives to this common purpose for the common good. All life on this planet depends on it.

For further information, contact Malu Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action at 966-7622 or visit www.malu-aina.org

 

One Response to “Occupy groups protesting at Kukio (Dec. 31)”

  1. Kepali says:

    Their figures seem WAY off.
    I just checked some real estate sites, and the two highest priced properties currently for sale there are $28 Million and $29 Million.
    The property taxes are around $75,000 and $80,000 a year on those.

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