ART EVENT : "WELCOME TO FREE SPEECH"
Jul
1
5:00 pm17:00

ART EVENT : "WELCOME TO FREE SPEECH"

WELCOME TO FREE SPEECH

Exhibition runs June 24 - July 7 (hours : 3-8pm)

OPENING PARTY : Saturday, July 1 (5-9pm)

WHERE : Ward Warehouse, 1050 Ala Moana (between Loco Boutique + T&C Surf)

FREEDOM OF SPEECH + FUNDING FOR THE ARTS IS UNDER ATTACK!

Join us on July 1 for a participatory art event featuring objects and wearable art that has been produced by Hawai‘i J20+ for performances, marches, and other political actions conducted around Honolulu since January 20 / Inauguration Day. Exercise your first amendment rights... also, let's party the house down!

ACTIVITIES :

FREEDOM TO MAKE NOISE
Drummer Big Dave Randall will be leading group drumming with makeshift drums made of plastic buckets, tins, pots, and pans, collectively creating a beautiful percussion with recycled materials. All are welcome to participate and no experience necessary! Let Big Dave lead the way! Communal music can be made with anything and freedom of speech can take the form of a sick beat. 

808, WHAT'S YOUR SIGN
Crowd sourced images will be projected onto recycled banners from the Honolulu Biennial. We will have a large projector being fed images of homemade protest signs from around Hawaii sent to the #808whatsyoursign. This activity showcases creative output from across the community.

WEAR YOUR SPEECH
A wild wearable art catwalk will showcase costumes created by Hawaii J20+ - featuring performance artists from the community. Visitors may join in and adorn their selves and take advantage of the unusual photo op.

A Hawai‘i J20+ event in partnership with Aupuni Places

PLANNING MEETING
Jul
2
12:00 pm12:00

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
Jul
11
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

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
Jul
18
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

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
Jul
25
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

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
Aug
1
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

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
Aug
8
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

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
Aug
15
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

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
Aug
22
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

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
Aug
29
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

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

UPDATE & ACTION: Trump’s pushing hard to pass his health care bill; his travel ban is back (thanks to SCOTUS), and in his delusional bubble, he thinks he’s making progress. We can’t let fatigue slow us down! We’re back out there on Tuesday, 11:45, both locations!

TALKING POINTS : THE SENATE’S HEALTH CARE BILL will leave millions of Americans without insurance and thousands will die - including people right here in Hawaii. Our message to both Senators: keep fighting! Bury this bill in procedural muck. Load it down with amendments. Withhold unanimous consent for absolutely everything. Both of our Senators are vocal on the issue. But they have to do more. Use the Senate’s rules to keep it from ever seeing the light of day. 

Also, what happened in front of McConnell’s office last week was a disgrace to the United States, and to the Senate. Denounce the behavior of McConnell and his cronies. Dragging sick Americans out of the capitol by their arms and legs may be what the GOP does, but it’s not what the rest of the country stands for. 

EVERYTHING ELSE! This week is all about health care, but we’ll also remind our delegation to keep digging and keep pressing on other issues. When will Kushner testify? Why isn’t anyone pushing that harder? How do we protect our neighbors and friends with SCOTUS reinstating the travel ban (and we CANNOT allow the next SCOTUS nomination to get through. Start planning now!) 

STITCH-IN FOR FREE SPEECH
Jun
25
3:00 pm15:00

STITCH-IN FOR FREE SPEECH

  • Ward Warehouse

WHERE : Ward Warehouse, 1050 Ala Moana (between Loco Boutique + T&C Surf)

WHEN : Sat/Sun, June 24/25 @3-8pm

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

Join the Art + Shenanigans team in a stitch-in this weekend to prepare for WELCOME TO FREE SPEECH Opening Party on July 1. 

We will be making protest handbags bags - and etc - from fabric scraps left over from j20 protests. 


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

STITCH-IN FOR FREE SPEECH
Jun
24
3:00 pm15:00

STITCH-IN FOR FREE SPEECH

WHERE : Ward Warehouse, 1050 Ala Moana (between Loco Boutique + T&C Surf)

WHEN : Sat/Sun, June 24/25 @3-8pm

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

Join the Art + Shenanigans team in a stitch-in this weekend to prepare for WELCOME TO FREE SPEECH Opening Party on July 1. 

We will be making protest handbags bags - and etc - from fabric scraps left over from j20 protests. 


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

#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. 

We’ve heard rumblings that our congressional staffers have noticed our Tuesday participants are decline slightly. WE CAN CHANGE THAT. Please bring a friend and encourage others to come along. Everyone’s got resistance fatigue, but we can’t stop. We’re making a difference and we will continue to until we can be sure that Trump cannot destroy everything we hold dear. 

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 : 

1- RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA

All eyes are on the various investigations, most importantly, the Mueller one. Everybody at the White House is lawyering up, including Pence. Trump’s lawyer made the Sunday talk show circuit trying to explain how Trump’s tweet about being under investigation didn’t mean he was actually under investigation. Our Senators have done good work questioning members of the WH cabal in the Judiciary committee hearings (Hirono) and the appropriations committee hearings (Schatz). We want to hear from them how they expect this process to play out, how likely it is that Trump may try to fire Mueller (and what they will do if he does), and when we will hear from Jared at one of these hearings. (Remember, we’ve still not heard the man’s voice and he is attached at the hip to POTUS.) 

2- TRUMP CAN’T STEAL OUR HEALTH CARE 

This week that group of secretive old white men in the Senate plans to jam through their debacle of a health care proposal. And while we know little about it, we know it will devastate millions of Americans, people just like us. Hirono and Schatz have done good work speaking out against this atrocity and working behind the scenes to bring GOP members to the NO column to defeat this thing. We want the latest update from their staffs and want to know what else we can do to stop this thing. Do they want more personal health care stories from us? Which GOP members are possible flips? Do Dems have an alternative plan that they can go public with to steal thunder from the GOP’s “bill” that remains a secret to the entire nation? 

3- WALKING AND CHEWING GUM 

Some have suggested that while Russia remains the shiny toy that everyone focuses on, the GOP is working swiftly to dismantle so many elements of our democracy, including DeVos not protecting LBGTQ students across the system and looking to overturn the Obama “defense to repayment” rule addressing crippling student debt; the FDA stopping plans to roll out new food labels in July, an initiative that Michelle Obama pushed to get greater access to food information; Trump restricting access to Cuba; and of course, everything being done to halt environmental protections. We want to hear from all four of our members about their legislative priorities right now - what are they working on, what are they doing to protect us from this administration’s bulldozing of our nation? No excuses, no “we’re the minority” stuff. We want to know what they can do and are doing right now. 

4- AND our ALOHA

All four of our delegation members signed on as plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Trump. Mahalo! And our condolences over the shooting last week at the baseball practice. No one should fear gun violence while going about their day - whether at baseball practice, at school, or in a nightclub. America is better than this. 

PLANNING MEETING
Jun
18
12:00 pm12:00

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

AGENDA : 

+ Art & Shenanigans will talk us through Welcome to Free Speech, an event they're spearheading on July 1 for feedback and assistance!

+ Updates on Ho‘okipa Resolution, resistance movement solidarity within Hawai‘i, and upcoming events / actions.

+ Timely Topics : Health Care - Medical Professionals for Social Justice to teach us more about health care policy, the ACA, the proposed AHCA, and how these impact Hawai‘i. 

+ AND, while we do all of this, we'll also be stuffing letters and "Show us your taxes" bumper stickers into envelopes to mail to all 50 states' members of congress!

Resurrect the Ho‘okipa Bill (HCR125 - making Hawai‘i a Sanctuary State)
Jun
15
2:30 pm14:30

Resurrect the Ho‘okipa Bill (HCR125 - making Hawai‘i a Sanctuary State)

  • Hawai‘i State Capitol, room 431

Resurrect the Ho‘okipa Bill (HCR125 - making Hawai‘i a Sanctuary State)

Meet with House Chair Scott Saiki + Vice Chair Dell Belatti

Hawai‘i State Capitol, Rm 431

The Ho‘ikipa Bill (HCR125) would have declared Hawai‘i to be a Ho‘ikipa (Welcoming) State and requested local law enforcement agencies to decline to work with federal immigration authorities.

The objective of the meeting is to learn why HCR125 failed, in spite of House and Senate approval and strong popular support. The consensus is that we should advocate for a bill, instead of a resolution, limiting Hawai‘i cooperation with ICE.  After learning more and eliciting cooperation from the Chair Saiki, advocacy groups can work together quickly to draft a resurrected bill and that will be introduced before the beginning of the next Legislative Session.

#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 Congressperson Gabbard Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (gather at 11:45am at Ala Moana/Makai side entrance)

+ Option 2 : Visit Congressperson Hanabusa on Fort Street at noon (1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1910)

NOTE : Bring a photo ID

TALKING POINTS : 

A - RUSSIA and INVESTIGATIONS

Comey’s testimony and the Mueller appointment are huge, and with Sessions testifying this week, more is likely to come. All the investigations need to continue at a brisk and thorough pace — the House and Senate Intelligence committees as well as the Mueller investigation —and we expect them to be dogged and thorough in their work. But it’s not enough. We demand the appointment of an Independent Commission (similar to the 9/11 commission) to work on these issues as well, one that is completely independent of Congress and the White House and can investigate both criminal and ethical violations. (Mueller can only prosecute criminal actions, while the commission would have broader jurisdiction.) 

HR 356 and S 27 are companion bills requiring the establishment of an independent commission. We demand that our delegation push hard to have those bills released and brought to the floor for a vote, and that they lobby their GOP counterparts to put country before party and let the investigative work be done quickly and thoroughly. As of Sunday, our two Senators are not shown as cosponsors of the Senate version, while both House members are cosponsoring the House version. We want to know why they aren’t sponsoring this measure in the Senate and demand that they do so ASAP.

B - TRUMP’S INFRASTRUCTURE SCAM

Trump and the GOP are looking to strip America and sell it for parts with this infrastructure proposal. His MAGA idea - sell off the roads, harbors and bridges to private entities so that the monies brought in go to their bottom lines, not back into the community. By way of example, when Chicago privatized their parking meters, parking costs doubled, and all that additional revenue went to the private company’s bottom line, not the city’s roads, parks, and schools as it once had. They cannot get away with this!

We are demanding that our delegation fight hard in opposition to any of these infrastructure proposals. As we’ve said since January, there are no deals to be made with these people, and we sure can’t start with the very fiber that holds us together. A progressive alternative has been proposed, MillionsOfJobs.org, with dozens of MOCs, including Colleen Hanabusa, supporting it in the House. We demand our delegation get on board, not with a plan to strip our country’s resources but with one that builds it up, employs people across the country, and infuses money back into our communities, not Wall Street.

C - TRUMP CARE IS NOT HEALTH CARE

The Senate GOP has been hiding in the Comey curtains, using the Comey distractions to create their bill behind closed doors and with no input from any of the traditional groups or MOCs involved in the health care discussion. And they have a plan to roll it out and get it passed by the end of the month - no hearings, no debate, no amendments, and no plans to even share the bill with anyone until a few hours before the vote (likely the last week of June). While they’ve been very secretive about details, the leaked intel says it still disallows pre-existing conditions (although they’ve dressed it up to try to hide that point), strips all essential care, and prices premiums well beyond the reach of most Americans, particularly as they age. 

The only chance we have at stopping them is to blow it up to a public fight and refuse to back down. 

Two immediate calls to action: (1) We demand our delegation members get loud and tough on the real impact of this proposal on people in Hawaii and across the nation. We cannot let the US Senate start killing off Americans for any reason, but it’s particularly repugnant that they do it to line the pockets of donors and the very wealthy. Call on Tuesday, and every day this week. Send emails with your personal health stories and why you need health care. 

(2) Take to social media and get your friends in these states to contact their Senators and demand they oppose this bill: Alaska, Maine, Tennessee, West Virginia, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Louisiana, and Nevada. There are two GOP votes opposing the bill already, and if we can flip one from any of these states, we’ve got a shot at defeating this thing. But we have to make it clear to them that their constituents will send them packing if they support this hideous proposal. 

If you can’t join us in person, CALL! Tuesday is a National Call-In Day! Members of Congress are bragging that their phones are back to pre-January levels, just a few calls trickling in every day. We have to change that! Call our delegation - as well as those of the states where you have ties - and deliver our strong message on Russia, health care, and infrastructure. 

SUMMER [FREE] SCHOOL : ART+ACTIVISM
Jun
8
6:00 pm18:00

SUMMER [FREE] SCHOOL : ART+ACTIVISM

  • Anyplace Lounge

Launching summer reading group on art and activism !

First meeting agenda: picking a group, planning the summer, setting goals

HOMEWORK : about 10 pages total

contact: hij20.freeschool@gmail.com

Urgent Action Alert - Deportation Solidarity!
Jun
7
8:45 am08:45

Urgent Action Alert - Deportation Solidarity!

  • Homeland Security Office

SHOW UP TO SUPPORT MINERVA + HER CHILDREN!!

MINERVA RECEIVED A LETTER TO REPORT FOR HER DEPORTATION ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 AT 9:00 AM AT THE ICE OFFICE AT 595 ALA MOANA BLVD.

Note from Attorney Clare Hanusz:

Many of you heard Minerva and her daughter Emely speak at a FACE Equity Summit in 2014.

Minerva is a woman from Oaxaca, Mexico. She is the single mother of two children who were born in the US-- Emely, 20 and Daniel, 10. Minerva has lived an worked hard in the US for more than 20 years, most of those years on Maui. Minerva was arrested by ICE agents in 2009 "pursuant to an anonymous tip." She has no criminal history. Her case has been through the immigration court system and she lost her case because we could not show that her removal would result in "exceptional and extreme hardship" on her children. In other words, extreme poverty, lack of educational opportunity and family separation are merely forms of normal hardship. Because the kids are healthy and smart the standard could not be met.

We will be filing another stay of deportation for Minerva on Tuesday. We don't know what decision ICE will make in her case.

We had told Minerva and her children before that if she needs to report to ICE again she will not be alone. It would send a powerful message to Minerva, Emely and Daniel if our community comes to be with her. It would also send a message to ICE that we recognize that families such as Minerva's are part of our community and we support them.

#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 : 

RUSSIA, JARED, & THE REST OF THEM

Why is it the Russians have heard Jared’s voice and Americans haven’t? We’ve literally never heard him speak. It’s time to change that. We want to hear from him and we want our delegation to demand he come forward ASAP. Not in written statements and through his lawyers, but him, testifying before Congressional committees - NOW. 

TRUMP’S GOVERNMENT DOESN’T CARE ABOUT US

Just look at the many, many, many unfilled positions in the US government. There’s no head of FEMA or NOAA and hurricane season is upon us. There’s no Surgeon General, no one in charge of food safety at the Department of Agriculture, and no TSA Administrator. The only person in charge at Dept of Education is DeVos, leaving her to wreak havoc on education without others watching out for our students. 

No one heads the National Park Service or the Fish and Wildlife Service. These are just a few of the critical positions left vacant, with civil servants trying their best to hold down the fort. 

While no one is particularly excited about a government filled with Trump people, the fact that they aren’t nominating anyone for these positions sends a loud and frightening message: these are the positions that look out for the health, safety, and well-being of Americans, and he clearly doesn’t make that a priority. At all. He’s been quick to fill the positions that can benefit his business dealings and that of his friends, but seems to have forgotten about everyone else. We demand that our delegation call out the administration and their GOP colleagues for this gross negligence. American lives are at stake, and Trump and his cronies are too busy filling their coffers to care. 

HEALTH CARE

It’s time for the Senate to deliver on its promise that this bill is dead-on-arrival. And it’s time for Democrats to put forward workable solutions that Americans can support. There’s a huge vacuum open right now on this issue. Obamacare is more popular than ever, and TrumpCare is feared by the majority of Americans. Don’t wait for the GOP to push their disastrous proposals. Put a real proposal together and give Americans something to support!

CLIMATE CHANGE & PARIS

Hawaii is doing the right thing, along with Boston, Pittsburgh, California, and many other cities and states around the country. Our delegation needs to make sure our local leadership understands the importance of our stance on these issues and we expect their voices to be loud and powerful in support of the environmental initiatives expected under the Paris Agreement. 

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 - Director, The Last Men in Aleppo

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

PROTEST TRUMP'S WITHDRAWAL FROM PARIS ACCORD!
Jun
2
4:00 pm16:00

PROTEST TRUMP'S WITHDRAWAL FROM PARIS ACCORD!

Protest Trump's Withdrawal from the Paris Accord! / Humanity & the Planet Come First!

WHEN : Friday, June 2, 4-6pm
WHERE : Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (Ewa corner of Building, along Ala Moana Blvd.)


In a nationalistic and deadly "America First" rant, Trump just announced that the U.S. is immediately pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord.  There was no mention of the disastrous effects this will have on humanity or  the planet.  No mention of the spaces threatened by raising sea level, mass migration, increasing storms and droughts.  

What actually happens is up to us,.   Waiting until 2018 is too late...much too late!   Join the protest at the Federal Building tomorrow!   Tell everyone you know!     Put the word out on social media.   Join us at the Federal Building!

Organized by World Can't Wait - Hawai`i

#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 : 

This week is a district work period again. Hanabusa and Schatz are both in town. Hirono stayed back in DC to recover, and no word from Gabbard’s office regarding her status this week. Hanabusa plans to meet with our group, and Schatz is a strong maybe. Let’s turn out in numbers at both spots to make sure they hear us!

1- RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA

We expect our delegation to continue to push investigations on all fronts - the two Congressional committees, the Mueller investigation, and to advocate for a special commission (similar to the 9/11 commission.) The American people deserve to know what our government is doing, and who’s covering up what. I know it feels like a broken record, but that’s what the Trump folks are betting on - that we’ll get tired and move along. We won’t, and we won’t let our delegation give up on it either!

2- PARIS ACCORD & CLIMATE CHANGE

The world is getting tired of our flip-flopping on climate change. We signed on to the Paris Agreement and now we have to make good on that commitment. Our delegation needs to let the WH know in no uncertain terms that reneging on that agreement will cost dearly - politically, globally, and on policy fronts. We know they’ll say it’s in POTUS’s hands, but we vote for these guys and we expect them to do their job - even when it’s hard. Stand up to this White House and demand they do the right thing - for the planet, for America, and for future generations. 

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE BALL

While tweets abound and scandals erupt, this WH is still trying to push a cruel budget, a health care disaster, a take-down of the internet as we know it, an immigration policy that’s disgusting, an unraveling of government based data, and so much more. We want them to stand tall and say NO to this administration’s cruelty, and to call it what it is. 

On all these issues, we know Dems are in the minority, but we still expect them to fight and to find allies. Governing isn’t easy, but it’s the job they signed up for. We’ve got their backs. Now we expect them to do their jobs!

#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. 

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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