#ResistTrumpTuesday
May
30
12:00 pm12:00

#ResistTrumpTuesday

Visit Hawai‘i Senators and Representatives offices every Tuesday to express your views on the most urgent matters. 

WHAT, WHERE + WHEN

Option 1 : Visit the offices of Senator Schatz, Senator Hirono, and Rep. Gabbard Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (gather at 11:45am at Ala Moana/Makai side entrance)

Option 2 : Visit Rep Hanabusa's office on Fort Street at noon (1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1910)

NOTE : Bring a photo ID

TALKING POINTS : To Be Determined Just Prior

FREE SCHOOL+MOVIE : The Last Men in Aleppo + Panel
Jun
3
4:00 pm16:00

FREE SCHOOL+MOVIE : The Last Men in Aleppo + Panel

  • Doris Duke Theatre

SOLIDARITY WITH THE SYRIAN RESISTANCE + SYRIAN REFUGEES

Free Admission : First Come First Serve



4:00 - 6:00pm

The Last Men in Aleppo

World Documentary Grand Jury Prize Winner, Sundance Film Festival. The film is a part of the Doris Duke Theater's Seventh Art Stand program)

Directed by Feras Fayyad and Steen Johannessen. Syria. 2017. 104 min. Arabic with English subtitles.

In the middle of the night a red fire truck rushes through the streets. We meet Mahmoud and Subhi inside the car engaged in discussion: Are we going to die now? They follow the smell of what they fear is a chemical bomb attack. This is Aleppo, where death surrounds you. Dark and empty with deserted buildings, telling the story of a thousand disrupted lives. Through this trip, searching for survivors, viewers experience the personal story behind the war. Khalid, Subhi and Mahmoud—all founding members of the White Helmets in Aleppo, a group of ordinary citizens who are the first to enter the destroyed buildings and scour through the rubble in search of bodies and signs of life—are now living more or less under siege and constant bombing together with the remaining 350,000 civilians in Aleppo. (Watch Trailer)

World Documentary Grand Jury Prize Winner, Sundance Film Festival

6:00 - 7:00pm

PANEL

Dr. Yassin al-Haj Saleh - Noted Syrian writer and political dissident who writes on political, social and cultural subjects relating to Syria and the Arab world. Saleh was a member of the 2011 resistance to Assad's dictatorship, which Assad murderously suppressed. Al-Haj Saleh is married to Samira Khalil, a communist dissident, former political detainee and a revolutionary activist abducted and "disappeared" in Douma, Syria in December 2013. After 21 months of hiding in Syria, and wanted by both the government and radical Islamist militants, Saleh fled to Turkey where he currently lives.

Feras Fayyad and/or Steen Johannessen - Directors, The Last Men in Aleppo

• Moderator: Nandita Sharma - Associate Professor of International Migration and Racism, Sociology, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

#ResistTrumpTuesday
Jun
6
12:00 pm12:00

#ResistTrumpTuesday

Visit Hawai‘i Senators and Representatives offices every Tuesday to express your views on the most urgent matters. 

WHAT, WHERE + WHEN

Option 1 : Visit the offices of Senator Schatz, Senator Hirono, and Rep. Gabbard Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (gather at 11:45am at Ala Moana/Makai side entrance)

Option 2 : Visit Rep Hanabusa's office on Fort Street at noon (1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1910)

NOTE : Bring a photo ID

TALKING POINTS : To Be Determined Just Prior

#ResistTrumpTuesday
Jun
13
12:00 pm12:00

#ResistTrumpTuesday

Visit Hawai‘i Senators and Representatives offices every Tuesday to express your views on the most urgent matters. 

WHAT, WHERE + WHEN

Option 1 : Visit the offices of Senator Schatz, Senator Hirono, and Rep. Gabbard Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (gather at 11:45am at Ala Moana/Makai side entrance)

Option 2 : Visit Rep Hanabusa's office on Fort Street at noon (1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1910)

NOTE : Bring a photo ID

TALKING POINTS : To Be Determined Just Prior

#ResistTrumpTuesday
Jun
20
12:00 pm12:00

#ResistTrumpTuesday

Visit Hawai‘i Senators and Representatives offices every Tuesday to express your views on the most urgent matters. 

WHAT, WHERE + WHEN

Option 1 : Visit the offices of Senator Schatz, Senator Hirono, and Rep. Gabbard Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (gather at 11:45am at Ala Moana/Makai side entrance)

Option 2 : Visit Rep Hanabusa's office on Fort Street at noon (1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1910)

NOTE : Bring a photo ID

TALKING POINTS : To Be Determined Just Prior

#ResistTrumpTuesday
Jun
27
12:00 pm12:00

#ResistTrumpTuesday

Visit Hawai‘i Senators and Representatives offices every Tuesday to express your views on the most urgent matters. 

WHAT, WHERE + WHEN

Option 1 : Visit the offices of Senator Schatz, Senator Hirono, and Rep. Gabbard Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (gather at 11:45am at Ala Moana/Makai side entrance)

Option 2 : Visit Rep Hanabusa's office on Fort Street at noon (1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1910)

NOTE : Bring a photo ID

TALKING POINTS : To Be Determined Just Prior

PLANNING MEETING
Jul
2
Jul 3

PLANNING MEETING

Hawai‘i J20+ PLANNING MEETING

ORGANIZE • EDUCATE • PROTEST
Join us in Resisting Trumpism! Bring your hands, hearts + brains. 

WHEN : noon to 2pm
WHERE : UH Manoa, Saunders Hall + Courtyard + Conference Room


#ResistTrumpTuesday
May
23
12:00 pm12:00

#ResistTrumpTuesday

Visit Hawai‘i Senators and Representatives offices every Tuesday to express your views on the most urgent matters. 

WHAT, WHERE + WHEN

Option 1 : Visit the offices of Senator Schatz, Senator Hirono, and Rep. Gabbard Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (gather at 11:45am at Ala Moana/Makai side entrance)

Option 2 : Visit Rep Hanabusa's office on Fort Street at noon (1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1910)

NOTE : Bring a photo ID

TALKING POINTS : This week, we will be focusing on budget, healthcare, foreign relations, and the I-words (Investigation and Impeachment).

In all four offices, these are our messages. We want to know what specifically they are doing on each of these issues, what they’ve already done, and what we can expect from them moving forward. We want specifics, not platitudes. 

  1. Mueller is the right man for the job, and thank god Rosenstein did what is expected of him at DOJ. Now we demand our delegation to raise their voices on behalf of all of us in Hawai‘i who believe this investigation must be thorough and complete without meddling from the GOP and the WH; that waivers for Kushner and others MUST NOT be granted (and that Sessions keep his hands far, far away); and that any talk that Mueller is conflicted because of his law firm ties be firmly and completely squelched. We want to know how far and wide the corruption spreads and we want anyone within a mile of it out of the WH ASAP. Our delegation cannot sit quietly by while this investigation moves ahead. We expect them to express strong support of its work routinely via social media and regular media, and at the same time, push that the House and Senate investigative committees continue to DO THEIR JOBS too!
  2. Attacks on US soil of US residents by foreign governments WILL NEVER BE TOLERATED. The attacks on peaceful protestors on Washington’s Embassy Row last week by Turkey President Erdogan’s security detail, brutally kicking and hitting and threatening our citizens exercising their right to free speech, is absolutely unacceptable. All members of the delegation must speak forcefully on the issue, condemning it and demanding action by State and the WH. We say this sort of thing never happens on US soil. But it JUST DID. These times are not normal and we are counting on our delegation to continue to call out these atrocities and demand action. 
  3. The budget released by the WH is cruel, inhumane, and absolutely unacceptable. With dramatic cuts to everything from medicare, medicaid, CHIP, food stamps, and other programs, this budget denies Americans the programs and lifelines they depend on. This budget must be STOPPED in the Senate, as early as this week. And likewise, the Senate is the only thing standing between us and Trump’s destruction of health care for tax cuts to the wealthy. We expect Schatz and Hirono to stop it dead in its tracks, and demand that the WH not withhold payments due on the ACA in an effort to shut it down at the cost of American lives and health. 
  4. The President’s overseas travel must not allow us to slide into complacency. His behavior there is as awful as it is when he’s at home - trading a weapons deal for money to Ivanka’s charity on his first stop, with more atrocities likely to come. Likewise, Tillerson’s press conference without allowing the presence of US media is absolutely unacceptable!  We expect our delegation to be vigilant and call out his behavior via social and traditional media and demand that protocol, ethics, and disclosures remain part of our representation at home and abroad. 

If you can't join in person, do it via phone or email:

#ResistTrumpTuesday
May
16
12:00 pm12:00

#ResistTrumpTuesday

WHAT, WHERE + WHEN

Option 1 : Visit the offices of Senator Schatz, Senator Hirono, and Rep. Gabbard Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (gather at 11:45am at Ala Moana/Makai side entrance)

Option 2 : Visit Rep Hanabusa's office on Fort Street at noon (1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1910)

NOTE : Bring a photo ID

TALKING POINTS : 

By our count, this marks the 17th Tuesday we’ve made the rounds to our Congressional delegation, demanding that they stand firm against this administration and denounce the racist, bigoted, hateful work being put forth by this President and his cronies. In these weeks, we’ve met personally with three of our four Members of Congress (Schatz, Hanabusa, & Hirono). Schatz and Hirono have taken to the public pulpit via media appearances and social media to denounce policies and nominees that threaten to undermine everything we believe in, and we’ve watched as they’ve followed their words with their votes on the floor. Cong. Hanabusa has stepped up and shed her cloak of “business as usual,” digging into the issues both as the the policy-wonk she admits to being, and as the activist who won’t stand idly by. All three of them talk about us regularly as the spark that got them engaged and motivated to work harder and do more. Hanabusa now even calls us “My Tuesday people,” and encourages others to join us. 

After weeks of dodging and defensiveness and a little bit of trickery, we finally got some answers from Congresswoman Gabbard on some of the issues we’ve asked about. She sent these answers via email and posted them on her website (link).

This week, our messages are as follows:

Sen. Schatz and Hirono: 
(1) NO consideration of a new FBI chief until the DOJ calls for an independent investigation into the Russian influence over our elections and possible collusion by this administration. 
(2) Continue to press your GOP colleagues to not just talk the talk, as many are now doing in the public domain, but to follow it up with action and votes on the Senate floor to stop this threat to our democracy. 
(3) The Senate is the ONLY THING standing between Americans and an age tax, death sentences to people with pre-existing conditions, and the horrific treatment of women, children and our marginalized neighbors. This president’s health care disaster must be stopped and we are counting on you to do it. (And saying we just don’t have the votes isn’t good enough. Try harder!) 

Sen. Schatz:

Thanks for becoming the SuperMan of net neutrality, particularly in a time with so much else clouding the landscape. (And kudos on the tweets sharing this address for comments: gofccyourself.com) 

Congresswoman Hanabusa & Gabbard:  
(1) An independent investigation of the Russia situation is vital and it’s needed NOW. There’s no excuse for anything less. Demand it and keep demanding it until we get it. No sound bites, no excuses. We want answers and we want our democracy preserved and protected. 
(2) Your voice as a representative from a diverse and unique community is invaluable in talking about the fabric that makes America great. This president isn’t interested in representing the people you represent, and we expect you to be loud and decisive in your opposition to everything he is doing to further marginalize many, many Americans - including so many people in Hawaii. 

Congresswoman Hanabusa:
(1) Thank you for taking our concerns so seriously regarding the horrific treatment of gay men in Chechnya, signing on to the Tillerson letter, and keeping your voice active on the issue. You heard us and took action. Thank you. 

And to Congresswoman Gabbard:
(1) We expect you to join Cong. Hanabusa in denouncing the horrific treatment of gay men in Chechnya, both in policy forums and via media and social media. 
(2) We are not satisfied with some of your answers to our probing questions, many of which have been heavily edited, and we want to talk story with you, as we have with your three colleagues. We want you to hear our concerns, not simply tell us what you think. When can we make that happen? 


If you can't join in person, do it via phone or email:

PROTEST THE FIRING OF FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY!
May
11
4:00 pm16:00

PROTEST THE FIRING OF FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY!

  • Federal Building

EMERGENCY ACTION!

PROTEST THE FIRING OF FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY!
Thursday, May 11, 4-5:30pm
Federal Building (ewa side of the Federal Bldg along Ala Moana)


The firing of FBI director James Comey is an outrageous escalation in the un-relenting onslaught of the fascist moves from the Trump/Pence Regime. It reveals theTrump/Pence's regime total disregard of the rule of law and due process & justice. We must not wait it out. Take to the streets, demand Trump, Pence, Session and the whole regime be driven from power.

#ResistTrumpTuesday
May
9
11:45 am11:45

#ResistTrumpTuesday

Visit Hawai‘i Senators and Representatives offices every Tuesday to express your views on the most urgent matters. 

WHAT, WHERE + WHEN : 11:45am - Meet at Colleen Hanabusa's office (Fort Street - 1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1910) for a scheduled meeting with Hanabusa. After the meeting the group will head to the Federal Building to visit the offices of Schatz, Hirono and Gabbard.

NOTE : Bring a photo ID

TALKING POINTS : This week the focus will be on Health Care, the antiquities act, the most recent EO on "religious freedoms," and of course, RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA.

Senator Mazie Hirono O‘ahu Town Hall
May
6
10:00 am10:00

Senator Mazie Hirono O‘ahu Town Hall

WHERE : Kaimuki High School (2705 Kaimuki Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816)

To RSVP (Optional)

Senator Mazie Hirono invites you to her O‘ahu town hall meeting at her alma mater, Kaimuki High School. While RSVPs are not required, they are encouraged to ensure sufficient seating and material for all participants.

Anyone will be able to ask a question at the town hall meeting, but you may also submit a question in advanced at townhall@hirono.senate.gov. Those submitting questions should include their name and zip code in the body of the email. All questions sent via email will receive a written response from Senator Hirono.

#ResistTrumpTuesday
May
2
12:00 pm12:00

#ResistTrumpTuesday

Visit Hawai‘i Senators and Representatives offices every Tuesday to express your views on the most urgent matters. 

WHAT, WHERE + WHEN

Option 1 : Visit the offices of Senator Schatz, Senator Hirono, and Rep. Gabbard Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (gather at 11:45am at Ala Moana/Makai side entrance)

Option 2 : Visit Rep Hanabusa's office on Fort Street at noon (1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1910)

NOTE : Bring a photo ID

TALKING POINTS : It’s been one hundred days, and tomorrow, it’s the 15th Tuesday that we show up and demand our delegation to be on the right side of history. Resistance fatigues sets in from time to time, between marches and calls and solidarity movements — but we cannot stop, we cannot give the GOP any notion that we’ll back down and let them have their way with our government. 

This week, our messages are clear, succinct and powerful. Join us on Tuesday and let our delegation know that:

1- Trump Care revised is more cruel, more hideous, and more dangerous than the first version. By pandering to the Freedom Caucus, Trump has made it clear that his tax cut to the wealthy is more important than the healthcare of the masses. Our delegation must stand firm and continue to raise their voices in loud and angry opposition to this travesty of a bill called Health Care. It focuses neither on health or care - it’s a tax cut for the folks who don’t need it at the cost of lives who need health care the most. The bill can see action as early as this week in the House, and Hanabusa and Gabbard can’t just show up and vote no. They need to take to social media, cable news, and the floor of the House and express their outrage that Trump continues to sell the lives of Americans for the benefit of the wealthy. And our Senators need to be vocal now, that the Senate sees through this sleight of hand, and they will stand loud and firm in their opposition and their continued discussions with their GOP counterparts to oppose this heinous cruelty. 

2- One hundred days into this administration, one over-arching question must be asked and answered: Who are the people of value to this administration and this Congress?  Trump and his allies have made it clear who has value, and it is not immigrants, women, middle class Americans struggling to make ends meet, and  the LBGTQ community. It’s not those who toil for this country - the teachers, the labor workers, those who hold their families together despite the odds. It’s not us. It’s time for our delegation to make it clear that, as the representatives of the most diverse state in the country, all of our people matter. The groups of white men who continue to gather at the table to make decisions on behalf of all of us are offensive and not what this country stands for. Room for all of us does not mean oppression for those white men, for the very wealthy, for Trump and his buddies.  This is not a proclamation that can be made through legislative mandate; this is a mandate that must be repeated again and again in floor statements, in media appearances, in conversations with their GOP colleagues, and with the community and the world. This is not business as usual, and this week we remind our delegation that they step up and call out this racism and discrimination for what it us. 

3- Finally... we say mahalo to each who have stood tall, for helping us achieve way more progress in these first 100 days than we thought possible last November, and for the work they are doing on everything from health care to net neutrality to the Muslim ban to keeping the heat on the Russia investigations. There’s a lot of work ahead of all of us, but as Quartz reported this week, Hawai‘i has a history of leading the charge, and together, we can do it again. 


MAY DAY VISIT TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
May
1
11:45 am11:45

MAY DAY VISIT TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

MAY 1 / MAY DAY

Tell Our Members of Congress : NOT A PENNY MORE for Trump's Deportation Machine!


WHAT : Visit the offices of Senator Schatz, Senator Hirono, Congressperson Gabbard, and Congressperson Hanabusa. 
WHEN + WHERE : Gather at 11:45am at Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (Ala Moana/Makai side entrance)


In order for Donald Trump to be able to build up his mass deportation force, he needs Congress to fund it. He has already asked Congress to add billions of dollars—on top of the $20 billion already budgeted—to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and speed up his deportation machine. It has been estimated that building the wall alone will cost $21.6 billion. And, he wants to pay for these things by slashing funding for other vital programs, like meals on wheels, financial aid for college students, through massive cuts to the EPA’s budget, and through devastating cuts to other crucial services for children, families and the elderly.

Tell Congress that you don’t want your taxpayer dollars used to build walls, rip families apart, fill detention beds in private prisons, and terrorize our neighbors by ramping up the number of immigration agents on the streets. Instead of funding a wall that divides us, the U.S. government should put our taxpayer dollars towards helping our families and communities.


 
TALKING POINTS:

Ask our MoCs to say NO to Trump’s request for more money for his anti-immigrant agenda. It will be harder and harder to fight his demands for more money in the years to come if we do not stop him now. 

  • No Down Payment on the Deportation Machine. Any funding to pay for a wall or increased immigration enforcement will just enable Trump to ramp up his anti-immigrant, racist and xenophobic agenda. In the coming years, Trump will come back to Congress again and again asking for more taxpayer money.

  • No VOICE Office. The initiation of the VOICE (Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement) Office serves only to legitimize systemic racism and promote vigilantism. It must be terminated. 

  • No Boots. President Trump wants to dramatically ramp up the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents. More agents will do nothing but create more fear in our communities. We should not fund more ICE boots in our communities to build up a militarized deportation force.

  • No Beds. Trump plans to increase the number of detention beds by 30,000, contingent upon the availability of funding. If there are 30,000 new beds, they will find 30,000 more immigrants to fill them.

  • Fund Families, Not Walls. Our taxpayer dollars would be better spent investing in families, our children and our future.This funding could go to creating jobs, rebuilding our failing infrastructure, and strengthening our health care system. It could also go to education and for our children, meals for older Americans, child care programs, and cleaning up our environment.

Resolution 17-50, CD 1, “Haven of Aloha”
Apr
26
7:00 am07:00

Resolution 17-50, CD 1, “Haven of Aloha”

On Wednesday, April 26, Honolulu City Council Resolution 17-50, CD 1, Haven of Aloha, will be heard by the entire Honolulu City Council. Earlier testimony before the Council’s Committee on Executive Matters and Legal Affairs was extensive and compelling. The resolution passed unanimously and now has an excellent chance to be adopted.

Haven of Aloha – http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-192178/RES17-050%2c%20CD1.pdf – eloquently describes who we are in a world vastly changed since January 20. It is a statement of pride and compassion. It states explicitly that local government and law enforcement are “ … requested not to expend county funds in working with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division (ICE) in the performance of federal immigration duties, including but not limited to honoring non-judicial warrants and ICE detainers, plus the deputization of its personnel under Section 287(g) of the Secure Communities program; …"

Written testimony may be submitted online until Wednesday, April 26 at 10 am at http://www.honolulu.gov/ccl-testimony-form.html. If you also wish to speak, it is best to submit written testimony in advance, plus check the appropriate box on the registration form. If you forget to do so, or if you are late, you still will have a chance to testify after others have done so. 

PLEASE NOTE:  The Council’s agenda for April 26 is quite full. There are 43 items before ours – http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-193033/042617%20Council%20Agenda.pdf. It is likely that Resolution 17-50 will be heard in the afternoon. We are working on ways to communicate with everyone an hour or so before it actually is heard, so that you can come to City Hall if you wish at that time.

Paired with the movement of the Ho’okipa Resolution in the Legislature, the successful passage of Haven of Aloha will be a big step in our mutual efforts to confirm the precious character of local values. We look forward to taking that step together. 

Learn about the Sanctuary Movement

FREE SCHOOL : Self-Defense Workshop Series
Apr
25
6:00 pm18:00

FREE SCHOOL : Self-Defense Workshop Series

A Self-Defense Series that incorporates a discourse on non-violence with self-defense skills. 

All Welcomed - gender, age, skill level, etc. 

Wear loose-fitting clothing and bring water! Be prepared for a physical workout!!

University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Lower Campus, Athletic Complex Studio 4 (next to L&L Hawaiian Barbecue)

Currently scheduled on Tuesdays, April 4, 18 and 25. 

Questions? hij20.freeschool@gmail.com

#resisttrumptuesday
Apr
25
11:45 am11:45

#resisttrumptuesday

UPDATE & ACTION: These next six days mark the end of the first one hundred days of the Trump administration - which also means there are as many as 1,360 days to go before his term comes to its eventual Constitutional end. Our job is a marathon to cut short those remaining days, to shed light in the dark corners this administration wants to hide, and to continue to put pressure on our elected officials that this is not normal and that they have to do their jobs with all the determination and dedication that a constitutional crisis demands. Because without their work, that’s exactly where we will be. 

WHAT, WHERE + WHEN

Option 1 : Visit the offices of Senator Schatz, Senator Hirono, and Rep. Gabbard Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (gather at 11:45am at Ala Moana/Makai side entrance)

Option 2 : Visit Rep Hanabusa's office at 1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1910. (meet at 11:45am on Fort Street Mall side across from Subway)

NOTE : Bring a photo ID

TALKING POINTS:

1- HEALTHCARE:

DO NOT give an inch on healthcare! We held off the GOP’s cruel healthcare proposal - an outrageous proposal to take basic services away from the people who need them most to fund tax cuts for the mega-weathy - and now they are threatening to up the ante and try to do it again, as early as this week! There can be no negotiating with the GOP on repeal-and-replace health care reform proposals. None!  We need to send a loud and forceful message to all four members of our delegation that we expect them to stand firm against the GOP, protect and preserve the ACA, and stare-down the cruel and morally bankrupt ideas of their republican counterparts. 

These aren’t people we can cut deals with. Yes, the ACA can be improved, and we want to see that happen. But that’s not what is on the table and none of our delegation can be fooled into deal-making in the hopes that it will result in improvements. We’re watching. We have their backs, and we expect them to have ours. 

2- GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: 

This Friday, day 99 of the Trump administration, the government is slated to shut down if Congress cannot agree on a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government operating. On Meet the Press on Sunday, Nancy Pelosi said, “The burden to keep the government open is on the republicans,” referring to their majority in Congress and control of the White House. Rumors persist that the Trump people will insist money for “border security” (a term that appears to be code for “the wall”) must be included in the CR. Our delegation needs to hear from us now that NO MONEY can be included for the wall and other “border security” measures, and that we expect them to stand firm against their GOP counter-parts as the deadline comes closer. If the government is forced to shut down, the damage is to the GOP, and we cannot be complicit in their inability to govern the nation. 

3- IMMIGRATION, MUSLIM BAN, and MASS DEPORTATIONS

Jeff Sessions expresses “amazement” that a judge in “an island in the Pacific” can halt Trump’s Muslim ban —a judge Sessions voted for and who sits as a Federal judge in the 9th circuit. In a matter of three hours, ICE agents stopped, questioned, took into custody, and deported Juan Manuel Montes, a DREAMer supposedly protected under DACA. Reports continue to come in that local authorities within Hawaii are being co-opted to assist ICE agents in rounding up undocumented people, frightening our friends and neighbors to the point that they don’t report crimes and abusive relationships and now fear everyday activities like school and shopping. Our Members of Congress need to hear our loud opposition to these brutal tactics and the dog whistle politics that clearly support their actions. In 2012, when Mitt Romney said  “No one ever asked to see my birth certificate,” we knew exactly what he meant. And in 2016, we know what Jeff Sessions meant and we know what this administration is trying to do. It’s racist, wrong, and unacceptable. Let our Members know that we expect them to use their voice and demand that local and state officials refrain from the use of local resources for ICE work. Don’t take these threats and insults quietly!  Let everyone in Washington know that our federal judge in our #islandinthePacific knows exactly what’s at stake and that Hawaii is proud to lead the way for what’s right, what’s just, and what America was founded upon. 

4- SANCTUARY CITY ACTIONS

Actions are moving across the state to establish sanctuary city/state status right here at home. We will demand that our Members of Congress lend their vocal support to these efforts that let Jeff Sessions know that his threats to retaliate against these cities and states will NOT be tolerated. 

5- TALK STORY, OPEN DIALOGUE, & TOWN HALLS

Thanks to the terrific work of so many within the resistance movement (that’s each of you!), three of our four Members of Congress held public forums during their time home during the Congressional break. That’s not happening across the country, with many of our fellow resistors having to protest in front of their Members’ offices and question cardboard cut-outs. This week, let’s thank Senator Schatz, Congresswoman Hanabusa, and Congresswoman Gabbard for their respective forums and town halls. Let’s also express our good wishes to Senator Hirono (who had eye surgery during this break), and then let her staff know that we absolutely expect a Town Hall in May, when the next recess occurs. 

But while we appreciate what they’ve done, let’s let them know we expect them to do better! The index card questioning at both the Schatz and Gabbard events is scripted, unnecessary, and does not allow for a meaningful exchange. Cong Hanabusa’s open mic event was respectful, productive, and engaging. While we thank them for meeting with us, let’s also remind them that we expect dialogue, not scripted questions and lectured answers, and that when they are home in May, we want to talk story. 

And one last message to our Senators…

6- NOMINATIONS

It is clear that our strategy to delay and stall presidential nominations has been wildly successful. While only two were stopped, the white-hot lights of our questioning and our persistence has flustered this administration. Currently, they’ve only sent 45 nominations to the Senate out of the hundreds that need to be approved (of which 22 have been approved.) When asked why they’ve not sent up more nominations, Priebus could not articulate a coherent sentence, much less a coherent answer. This WH isn’t sending up nominations because they feel bullied by the Senate Dems. Our message to our Senators: it’s working. Keep that pressure going and #persist.

MIKE PENCE IN HAWAI‘I
Apr
24
12:00 pm12:00

MIKE PENCE IN HAWAI‘I

PROTEST PENCE!

Mike Pence will be in Hawai‘i after his 10-day, four-nation tour of the Asia-Pacific region. there will be a short signholding at the Federal Building from 12-1 (corner of Punchbowl & Ala Moana).  

• CANCELLED - 10am - 12noon / Arizona Memorial Gate (Pence cut short his stop-over in Hawai‘i and has cancelled his visit to the Arizona Memorial)

• SIGN-HOLDING PROTEST - 12 - 1 pm / Federal Building, corner of Punchbowl and Ala Moana

Want to CARPOOL FROM<->TO UHManoa (drivers + passengers)

 

FREE SCHOOL LECTURE : Eve Haque
Apr
19
12:00 pm12:00

FREE SCHOOL LECTURE : Eve Haque

Lecture : Imperiled South Asian Muslim Girlhood and the Multicultural Imagination: Memorializing the Victims of ‘Honour Killings’ in Canada

By Dr. Eve Haque

WHERE : UH Manoa / Burns Hall 2118

Abstract: With Islamaphobia on the rise and violence against Muslim women most frequently invoked as a rationale for Islamaphobia, this presentation will contribute to the discussion that examines the connection between gendered Orientalism and white settler nationalism,
specifically in Canada (Zine, 2006; Razack, 2007; Jiwani, 2010).  This presentation will examine the memorialization in Pelham – a small town in rural Southern Ontario – of an ‘honour killing’ which took place in Mississauga, Ontario back in 2007. On September 18th, 2009 at the town square in front of Pelham town hall, a granite memorial bench donated by local business Kirkpatrick Monuments was dedicated to Aqsa Parvez, a 16 year old Canadian Mississauga high school student murdered by her father and older brother on December 10, 2007. This presentation will examine the specific events and rationales that led to the town’s decision to create and dedicate a memorial to Aqsa Parvez, even though there had never been any personal connection between Aqsa, her family and the town of Pelham, Ontario. This presentation will examine how discourses of multicultural tolerance – and the stated limit thereof – are a central strategy in the articulation of forms of exclusion such as Islamaphobia and concrete assertions of white settler national identity and solidarity, with the pernicious outcome of preventing effective anti-violence programming for such incidents of racialized gendered violence.

Note: This talk is hosted by the International Cultural Studies Program and held in conjuction with the Center for South Asian Studies' Annual Symposium (from April 19-21, 2017) with funding from the Rama Watumull Collaborative Lecture Series Fund of the Center for
South Asian Studies (CSAS).

FREE SCHOOL : Self-Defense Workshop Series
Apr
18
6:00 pm18:00

FREE SCHOOL : Self-Defense Workshop Series

A Self-Defense Series that incorporates a discourse on non-violence with self-defense skills. 

All Welcomed - gender, age, skill level, etc. 

Wear loose-fitting clothing and bring water! Be prepared for a physical workout!!

University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Lower Campus, Athletic Complex Studio 4 (next to L&L Hawaiian Barbecue)

Currently scheduled on Tuesdays, April 4, 18 and 25.

Questions? hij20.freeschool@gmail.com

#resisttrumptuesday
Apr
18
12:00 pm12:00

#resisttrumptuesday

Visit Hawai‘i Senators and Representatives offices every Tuesday to express your views on the most urgent matters. 

WHAT, WHERE + WHEN

Option 1 : We’ve been promised Cong. Hanabusa will be waiting for us in her office at 1132 Bishop Street, and we’ll be there. Show up at 11:45 on Fort Street Mall across from Subway.

Visit the offices of Senator Schatz, Senator Hirono, and Rep. Gabbard Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (gather at 11:45am at Ala Moana/Makai side entrance)

Option 2 : If you want to make the rounds to Schatz, Hirono and Gabbard's offices instead, meet at 11:45 at the Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (Ala Moana/Makai side entrance)

Let Tulsi’s staff know we appreciated the Town Hall, but we still want answers: why doesn’t she denounce Bannon rather than saying she “doesn’t like name calling.”We know she keeps saying she doesn’t want the support, but why do the members of the alt-right and the white supremacists like her so much? If she’s such a proponent of “taking aloha” to national leaders around the world and “trying to have a dialogue of peace,” why did she use that tactic with Assad, a war criminal, but didn’t join Pence in North Korea?

NOTE : Bring a photo ID

UPDATE + FOCUS: 
Our Members of Congress are on the islands. This week we will be telling them to get on board and raise their voices (and their power) in the resistance to Trump and his agenda. Our key messages:

1. Follow the money, connect the dots of collusion, and as Congresswoman Maxine Waters said "We've got to stop his ass!"

The Russia ties, the comments like that of Spicer about the holocaust, and their complete indifference to the rule of law and the constitution are an embarrassment for the US around the world. It has already created instability and increased global conflict. Trump has to be reigned in, held accountable, and stopped.

2. North Korea: Case in point. POTUS eats a “Beautiful piece of chocolate cake” and starts dropping bombs. As North Korea escalates Hawai‘i is directly in harm’s way. Yes, we need missile defense here, but more importantly, we need our president to lead, to de-escalate, and to not toss bombs and the threat of bombs like candy at an Easter parade. And we need our delegation to be loud, forceful and unstoppable until this threat is addressed.

3. The fight on health care was a good win, but it’s not over. It is looking like it will get worse before it gets better. And now the president is tossing about threats that could dismantle our complete health care system, put lives at risk, and further de-stabilizing a system that literally every American depends on. Demand to know what our members are doing to fight Trump's twisted health care agenda and what we can do as individuals to assist in that battle.

REMINDER : Hanabusa Town Hall / Saturday, April 22 10:00am 12:00pm at St. Mary's of Mo'ili'ili (2062 S King Street)

TAX MARCH O‘AHU
Apr
15
12:00 pm12:00

TAX MARCH O‘AHU

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Hawai‘i J20+ is Joining the Nationwide TAX MARCH on April 15. We are calling upon all residents of Hawai‘i to demand the release of President Trump’s tax returns and financial papers.

Donald Trump is the first American President in over four decades to refuse to provide transparency regarding his financial dealings.  This creates an unprecedented and dangerous situation with many potential conflicts of interest, such as the possibility of the President and his family trading political influence for profit.  His justification?  “People don’t care.”

Without the release of President Trump’s tax returns, Congress has no way of knowing whether or not the President is in violation of the U.S. Constitution.     

Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution—the so-called “Emoluments Clause”—states:  “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, or any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”   
 
Democracy depends upon transparency; tyranny thrives in secrecy.  This is why Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Anna Eshoo have introduced legislation that would require all sitting Presidents and candidates for President to release their tax returns.   

This legislation will likely die in committee unless we show President Trump that WE DO CARE!  Join us in demanding to know: what financial ties the Trump Organization maintains with foreign governments; whether or not the Trump Organization profits from illegal tax shelters; and, even whether President Trump is a rich as he claims.  Join us in promoting transparency. 

#resisttrumptuesday
Apr
11
12:00 pm12:00

#resisttrumptuesday

It is the Congressional Recess; our Members of Congress are in the islands, and we have much to tell them. 

WHAT, WHERE + WHEN

Option 1 : Meet with Congressperson Hanabusa on Fort Street at noon (1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1910). Gather on the Fort Street Mall side of the building, across from Subway. There is parking in the building and they will validate. 

This week we are turning our attention to Congresswoman Hanabusa’s office. They welcomed us warmly when we first visited, and then they got squirrelly, even locking the door and hiding inside one week. Kirk of J20+ pounded on the door - first literally and then metaphorically - sending a tough email telling them that we expect better. Kirk has since heard from her staff, apologizing for the poor behavior, and suggesting that the Congresswoman will likely be there to meet with us on Tuesday. Let’s show up and tell her what we expect from her as part of the resistance!

Option 2 : Visit the offices of Senator Schatz, Senator Hirono, and Congressperson Gabbard Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (gather at 11:45am at Ala Moana/Makai side entrance)

NOTE : Bring a photo ID

TALKING POINTS : (in coordination with MoveOn, Indivisible, and other national organizations.)

1- SYRIA

Trump can’t pretend to care about Syrian children when he has slammed the door on refugees and continues to collude with Putin. We can’t afford to have a President who acts emotionally, without a long-term strategy, and without the support of Congress. He called Russia before launching the missiles, but not the US Congress. According to Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Trump is looking to send 1000+ ground troops to Syria. This behavior is not acceptable and our Members of Congress must express their outrage about his actions. 

We will let our Representatives know that we support Congresswoman Lee and others who are demanding we open our doors to 100,000 Syrian refugees and that we do everything possible to keep open the doors for humanitarian aid.

Remember, it is our outrage that translates to courage in Washington, that translates to actions. We have seen it with Bannon and the NSC, Flynn, the cabinet votes, the Muslin ban, and so much more. Our Members will tell us this is not their committee or there is nothing they can do. We must continue to push them and demand that they find ways to engage and express our collective outrage and concern. 

2- RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA

The House Intel committee continues to be a sham. While Nunes recused himself as chair, he still sits on the committee. He will take the committee’s deliberations to the White House as the investigation is ongoing. That is unacceptable. We must demand that he be removed from the committee entirely, and demand that our House members (Gabbard and Hanabusa) be loud and forceful voices on this issue. 

Keep a close eye on Tillerson! He’s off to meet with Putin and he cannot start cutting deals and lifting sanctions. We know his history with Russia, and he’s another cog in the collusion machine that’s included Manafort, Flynn, potentially Bannon, and others. If left unchecked, he can and will wreak havoc. 

Representative Maxine Waters said on Sunday night, “Many of my colleagues are not ready to engage in a real fight.” It is our job to get them ready and demand that they step up. We are not even 100 days into this administration and we already have more corruptions and scandals than we can readily keep up with. As Waters said, “When we connect the dots of collusion, we can lead to impeachment procedures.” That’s the long game, and our members of Congress need to be part of connecting those dots. 

3- TAXES

KellyAnne Conway once said, “Americans don’t care about Trump’s taxes.” Yes, we do. This weekend, in 148 cities around the country and 5 nations around the world — including Honolulu! —Americans will be marching to demand to see his taxes. Our Members of Congress need to hear this message loudly, and they need to add their strong voices to the chorus. Demand that the WH release Trump’s tax returns, and keep demanding it until we see action. We will be in the streets on Honolulu on the 15th. We expect our Members of Congress to be loud in carrying our message back to Washington. Join in TAX MARCH O‘AHU.

SYRIA : URGENT ACTION
Apr
10
3:30 pm15:30

SYRIA : URGENT ACTION

URGENT PRO-PEACE + ANTI-WAR ACTION

Join us at a sign-waving event followed by a short rally. Let our elected officials know that we stand for peace + justice, and will not tolerate war and the profiteering off of people's lives.

WHEN : Monday at 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
WHERE : Prince Kuhio Federal Building / 300 Ala Moana Blvd

RSVP HERE (Initiated by YPDA)

MAKE-IN
Apr
9
2:00 pm14:00

MAKE-IN

UH Manoa ART Building (Room 306)

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

Join the Art + Shenanigans team in making puppets, noise makers + props for TAX MARCH and other actions


Material Donations Needed

Top Priority:
T-Shirts (any size, style or color. With existing designs ok)
Clean, empty PLASTIC containers with or without lids (from small clean peanut butter jars to laundry detergent bottles to large buckets)
Dry beans, popcorn, rice (or any other small rattly bits)
Bells (jingle bells etc.)
Umbrellas (standard-sized hand-held rain protection)
Wooden spoons
Metal trash can lids

also needed:
Bed sheets
Paint brushes for glue
Fabric scraps
Felt
Sewing thread
Legwarmers or knee-high socks (non-matching ok)
Duct Tape (or other tape)
Hot Glue Gun and Sticks (regular and/or large sized)
Newspaper
Safety pins
Cookie Tins
Bamboo sticks
Zip ties

drop off at UH Manoa ART Building room 142 (M-F/8-4:30) or bring to the next meeting. questions? HIJ20.ArtShenanigans@gmail.com

FREE SCHOOL : Self-Defense Workshop Series
Apr
4
6:00 pm18:00

FREE SCHOOL : Self-Defense Workshop Series

A Self-Defense Series that incorporates a discourse on non-violence with self-defense skills. 

All Welcomed - gender, age, skill level, etc. 

Wear loose-fitting clothing and bring water! Be prepared for a physical workout!!

University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Lower Campus, Athletic Complex Studio 4

Currently scheduled on Tuesdays, April 4, 18 and 25. 

Questions? hij20.freeschool@gmail.com

#resisttrumptuesday
Apr
4
12:00 pm12:00

#resisttrumptuesday

Visit Hawai‘i Senators and Representatives offices every Tuesday to express your views on the most urgent matters. 

WHAT, WHERE + WHEN

Option 1 : Visit the offices of Senator Schatz, Senator Hirono, and Rep. Gabbard Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (gather at 11:45am at Ala Moana/Makai side entrance)

Option 2 : Visit Rep Hanabusa's office on Fort Street at noon (1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1910)

NOTE : Bring a photo ID

TALKING POINTS : 
Once again, a busy week ahead! Our message this week is clear and simple: #NoProbeNoRobe.

1- SCOTUS

It has become increasingly clear that this administration’s key players were colluding with Russia during the campaign. It is as close to treason as we have seen in decades. Until these matters are fully investigated and the truth discovered, we cannot move ahead with a nomination to the Supreme Court that will put Gorsuch - a man who repeatedly sides with big business and against individuals (including students with learning disabilities) - on the bench for life. Both Hawai‘i Senators have voiced their opposition and we must continue to thank them. And then demand that they talk to every Republican they know to bring them to the right side of the table.

As of 4/3 there are 41 votes opposing Gorsuch, sufficient to defeat him under the Senate’s existing rule - that a nomination to the Supreme Court must receive 60 votes. However, Mitch McConnell and the GOP want to “go nuclear” and change the Senate rules so that they only need 51 votes to confirm the nomination. Our message has to be loud and clear. As Senator Schumer continues to say, "Don’t change the rule. Change the nominee." While there’s been plenty of rule changing in the past (on both sides of the aisle), there has always been agreement that something as important as the Supreme Court must have a super majority (60 votes) for confirmation. This is a tradition that must be upheld.

We need moderate Republicans - and Republicans who value country over party - to stand up against McConnell and oppose the proposed “nuclear option” to change the rule. We don’t usually call Senators in other states, but this week, we are. Call them, starting first with those where you have once lived or have family, and then keep going. We stop this nuclear action and we stop this nomination!

2- RUSSIA: FOLLOW THE MONEY, FOLLOW THE SMOKE

They keep falling like dominos, folks associated with the Trump administration are repeatedly being outed for connections with Russia, including the POTUS son-in-law, who now has a cozy West Wing office and is in charge of what seems all things foreign and domestic. Flynn is seeking immunity. The House investigation is a sham and needs to be shut down or taken over by someone other than Nunes. The Senate investigation needs to get moving and get some information in the light of day ASAP. And there needs to be an independent investigation.

We have talked about this every week, and our Senator members’ staffs nod and say they agree. But no one seems to know what to do. WE know what to do - we keep making noise and demanding action until we see results! Call all four members of the Hawai‘i delegation and let them know that you find this Russia situation outrageous and unacceptable, and that it seems unconscionable that this POTUS continues to wreak havoc on our nation while Congress is figuring out what to do about the huge Russian elephant in the room.

3- HEALTH CARE

Two bills are floating about - HR 676 and one that Bernie Sanders is introducing in the Senate - to create a single payer health care system by expanding Medicare to cover all. The bills are new and discussions are just underway. I believe it is not yet time to demand their support - because there’s just not enough info yet to know whether it is possible. However, it is definitely time for a discussion, and we can call all our members and ask them where they are on these bills and this issue. Let them know that we are watching and we are concerned that health care be a priority (and a right) for all of us.

Use the link below to pull up Senators and phone numbers and start dialing!

US Senate Reference Link - https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact

Hawai‘i Representatives

Urgent Action Alert - Deportation Solidarity!
Apr
4
10:45 am10:45

Urgent Action Alert - Deportation Solidarity!

Tania, a mother of 3 US-born children aged 5, 8, and 15 years, has been told by ICE to report for deportation on Tuesday April 4th! Tania is a victim of domestic violence in Mexico and fears returning to her home country.

Tania is someone who likely would not have been deported under Obama, but under Trump's new Executive Order, ICE is rounding up anyone and everyone it can.

Let's show Tania and her family - and the world - our support and let ICE know that we are not OK with families and communities being torn apart to meet Trump's White Nationalist agenda! There will likely be media present.

Tania's attorney has asked that we please come to witness and show support.

Meet in front of ICE at 595 Ala Moana at 10:45AM on Tuesday, April 4.

Bring a hat/umbrella + some water!