#ResistTrumpTuesday
Apr
24
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 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 : (note- no visit to Sen. Schatz’s office - staff has let us know that they are having their annual all-staff lunch tomorrow so will not be able to meet.)

1- POMPEO AND HASPEL ARE UNFIT AND SHOULD NOT BE CONFIRMED. We will remind our Senators once again that we expect their deep-throated opposition to these two nominees. Pompeo’s grasp of diplomacy is virtually non-existent, and Haspel’s record of torture should immediately disqualify her. Both nominations are on rocky ground, with members of both parties asking questions, and we want our Senators to continue to raise their concerns and doubts, doing what they can to derail these confirmations. 

2- THE BILL TO PROTECT MUELLER SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE SENATE FLOOR. While McConnell continues to make noise that he won’t bring the bill to the floor, even members of his own party are breaking rank with him and arguing that the issue deserves the Senate’s full attention. We will ask our Senators to remain vocal that the bill must move on the floor and get the thoughtful floor discussion necessary on such an important issue. While McConnell can make noise about having full control over the floor’s agenda, Senate Rules require the liberal use of UC (unanimous consent) to move anything. That means one Senator can object and things grind to a halt - just as Colorado republican Cory Gardner did recently to protect Colorado dispensaries from federal action. The Mueller investigation may be one of the most important investigations of our time. It deserves protection to complete the work it was charged to do. 

THE ELECTIONS PROCESS NEEDS OUR CLOSE ATTENTION. While we stand in front of a fire hose of scandal, swamp-mucking, and frightening moves by this administration, we cannot lose focus on the sanctity of elections happening across the country over the coming months. We will ask our MOCs to be constant watchdogs, following the work of all the engaged entities to ensure the money allocated for elections is wisely spent, that states have the resources they need, and that Cambridge Analytica and other tools of deception are not allowed to mess with this fundamental tenet of democracy. 

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FREE SCHOOL : JEFFREY STOCKBRIDGE / Kensington Blues: Philadelphia's Opioid Epidemic Revealed
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

FREE SCHOOL : JEFFREY STOCKBRIDGE / Kensington Blues: Philadelphia's Opioid Epidemic Revealed

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Kensington Blues: Philadelphia's Opioid Epidemic Revealed

a talk by photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge

WHEN : Tuesday 4/24 from 6 to 730pm

WHERE : UH Manoa ART Building (Room 101) 


Jeffrey Stockbridge presents the evolution of Kensington Blues. Spanning 5 years, from 2008-2013, Stockbridge photographed and interviewed people struggling with addiction along Kensington Avenue in North Philadelphia. Beginning as a personal project, Kensington Blues later became a blog and eventually a book. Featuring audio recordings, videos and photographs, Stockbridge will discuss how the project changed over the years as he developed a strong connection with the neighborhood. More at kensingtonblues.com.

BIO : Jeffrey Stockbridge is a photographer and fine art printer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Stockbridge graduated from Drexel University with a BS in Photography in 2005. His work has been exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery in London, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Delaware Art Museum. In 2010, Stockbridge was nominated for the Taylor-Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and he was recently shortlisted for both the Lange-Taylor Prize and the Center For Documentary Studies First Book Prize. In 2014, Stockbridge’s series Kensington Blues, was accepted into Review Santa Fe and awarded a Critical Mass Top 50 Winner by Photo Lucida. Stockbridge is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant, an Independence Foundation Fellowship Grant and a CFEVA Fellowship. His work has been featured in print and web publications such as The NY Times Magazine, Time Magazine, National Geographic, The Telegraph UK, LensCulture, Conscientious, and Feature Shoot. Stockbridge’s book Kensington Blues was released in 2017.

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FREE SNEAK PREVIEW : SAVING ATLANTIS
Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

FREE SNEAK PREVIEW : SAVING ATLANTIS

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WHEN : Saturday, April 28, 3-6 PM

WHERE : UHM Art Auditorium, room 132 (MAP)

Saving Atlantis is a feature documentary about one of the most consequential issues of our time: the dramatic decline of global coral reef ecosystems and the impact on human populations that depend on them.

Produced by a team of award-winning filmmakers and researchers, the film follows those who are fighting to uncover the causes of coral decline and find solutions before it’s too late. It is an emotional exploration of some of our planet's greatest natural wonders at a tipping point in their ecological history.

Coral reefs cover only 0.1 percent of the Earth’s surface, but they’re home to 25 percent of all marine species, and they’re being lost at an alarming rate. Pollution, overfishing and climate change are some of the human-influenced culprits in the dramatic decline of these magnificent natural structures. Coral reefs serve as a lynchpin in the global food web. Their decline leads our entire planet in a perilous direction. But research from scientists around the world hints at bright spots where real strides can be made in preservation and protection of these habitats.

TRAILER

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
May
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

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
May
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

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
May
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

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
May
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

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ResistTrumpTuesday
May
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

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ResistTrumpTuesday
Jun
5
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

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ResistTrumpTuesday
Jun
12
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

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ResistTrumpTuesday
Jun
19
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

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ResistTrumpTuesday
Jun
26
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

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ResistTrumpTuesday
Jul
3
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

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ResistTrumpTuesday
Jul
10
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

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ResistTrumpTuesday
Jul
17
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

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ResistTrumpTuesday
Jul
24
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

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ResistTrumpTuesday
Jul
31
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

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
Apr
17
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 : 

PROTECT MUELLER: A bipartisan group of Senators is introducing a bill tomorrow, Wednesday, called the Special Counsel Independence Act, which would protect Mueller and the investigation should Trump try to fire him. Introduced by Booker, Graham, Coons, and Tillis, the bill creates a requirement that any firing receive an expedited judicial review within 10 days to determine just cause for the firing, and if no such cause is found, the special counsel be reinstated. It also codifies that only a senior Justice department official can execute such a firing. We will urge our Senators to support the bill and move quickly to pass it. We will also urge our two Congresswomen to push to have the bill heard and passed immediately in the House. Time is of the essence and this needs immediate attention! (Note that this one is also bipartisan, so Gabbard cannot hide behind the statement that she doesn’t support partisan legislation. We will also push her office for her commitment to support the legislation when it comes to the House.) 

Foreign Policy Requires Strategy and Diplomacy, not a Bully: Assad’s gas attack is heinous and against all internationally held standards. But the president can’t send in troops and declare military action without Congress. He does not have that power, and we cannot stand by and shrug when he makes unilateral decisions. We will demand our MOCs continue to press the White House, foreign affairs experts, and the DOD to demand that the President bring his strategy and plan to Congress for their action. This is a pillar of our constitution, and continuing to ignore it unravels the very foundation on which our nation was built. 

“Morally unfit to be president:” Comey put to the airwaves what we’ve all known for months. The New Yorker is calling it the end-stage of the Trump presidency, given the depth and breadth of intel gathered from Cohen’s office. We will demand that our MOCs cease to work with this administration in a “business as usual” fashion. Trump promised to “drain the swamp” and we’re going to get it done, starting with him and his corrupt band of thieves. Pompeo cannot be confirmed. Pruitt must go. We will ask our Members to continue to beat that drum publicly and to exercise their voice within Congress to rally patriots that understand the harm being done, regardless of party affiliation. 

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#solidarityalert WALK FOR WAGES
Apr
14
12:00 PM12:00

#solidarityalert WALK FOR WAGES

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Show our legislators that we all deserve a livable wage

On Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM join the Walk for Wages to secure a living wage for all Hawaii workers at Kapiolani Park.

Despite historically low unemployment levels, 48% of households in Hawaii are unable to afford their basic needs. This is because over 40% of jobs pay less than a living wage.

We will organize in Kapiolani Park at noon with strategies on how to make our goal a reality. From there we'll walk down Kalakaua Ave to draw attention to our cause and let the world know how important this is.

MORE INFORMATION

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FREE SCREENING : "216 BEACH WALK, WAIKIKI" WITH DIRECTOR + PANEL
Apr
10
6:30 PM18:30

FREE SCREENING : "216 BEACH WALK, WAIKIKI" WITH DIRECTOR + PANEL

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216 BEACH WALK, WAIKIKI

by Alan Marcus (2018, 30mins)

WHEN : Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 - 8:00pm

WHERE : UH Manoa ART Building (Room 101) 

The film's title refers to the former address of author Jack London during his final year in Hawaii in 1915 when he was stimulating interest in the islands through his writings.  By chance, the same location is now the back door of Trump Int’l Hotel Waikiki.  In the film, high-rise developments serve as magnified totems for a heavily congested urban environment fuelled by Waikiki’s fabled touristic appeal.  The film questions this interpretation of a paradisiacal paradigm in what could otherwise be termed a post-traumatic site, drawing on the creation and toxicity of the Ala Wai Canal as a potent metaphorical comment.  This research project received funding from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

Alan Marcus is a film practitioner, cultural historian and Professor of Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen. 

Panelists

+ Sean Connelly is a Honolulu-based Pacific Islander American designer and creative producer from O‘ahu. Sean is an active architect and artist; he is Director of After Oceanic and an Associate at Islander Institute, where his combined work strives to promote justice-advancing futures.

+ Ross W. Stephenson's research covers the development of Waikiki from 1890-1959. Topics include applicable planning theory, population growth, public input, government policy and decisions, investment, infrastructure and the resulting change in the physical landscape.  He has participated in community projects including land use planning, reforestation, cemetery restoration, building rehabilitation, economic revitalization, and resource nominations to both the Hawai‘i State and National Registers of Historic Places.  He is a former Historian for the Hawai‘i Historic Preservation Office of State Department of Land and Natural Resources.

+ Facilitated by Eileen Carr of Hawai‘i J20+

To See another of Alan Marcus's films "Near the Palace" on April 11 at 12:30 pm

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
Apr
10
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 : 

1- Our response to the Syrian chemical weapons attack must be definitive and we must stay the course. Trump likes leadership by Tweet —a tactic that, according to John McCain, serves to embolden people like Assad.  Foreign policy can’t be done in 280 characters. John Bolton now sits in the WH, and these two must be counter-balanced by those with a nuanced and thorough understanding of foreign relations and consequences. We will ask our MOC to denounce in the strongest terms the continued genocide that’s occurring in Syria (and in the case of Gabbard, ask her to finally acknowledge that Assad is the culprit in these heinous acts). We will also ask them to hold this administration accountable to a strategy that is actionable and sustainable, that engages our allies around the world and calls out Russia and Iran for its support of Assad. 

2- Scott Pruitt is abusing his position in every imaginable way, and because he’s rolling back all the regulations that are delivering a healthier and cleaner environment, he’s being allowed to rob the national coffers at an epic pace. When we allow people at the highest levels of government to rape and pillage the institution, we set a precedent that is virtually impossible to turn back. We will ask our MOCs to condemn his despicable behavior and call on the President to fire him. 

3- Zuckerberg’s appearance before Congress this week is a watershed moment, and one our MOCs must attend to in the most careful and scrutinizing way. We will ask them to push hard for answers to questions about Cambridge Analytica and the safety of Americans’ personal data. We will also remind them, however, that Cambridge Analytica is the head-of-the-sanke here, the one that still wields power and danger in our immediate future. Do not be hoodwinked into a bait and switch over where the root problems lie and what actions need to be done to correct it. 

4- When the news is crowded with the tawdry details of Pruitt’s behavior, the horrific images of dead children in Syria, the paparazzi of a Zuckerberg appearance, and the all-eyes-on-Bolton foreign affairs shake up, we immediately know that’s when Trump will try to pull a fast one. Our core issues remain the same: election integrity, the completion of the Mueller investigation, and a reconciling of Russia’s impact on our elections and our democracy. These issues must remain top-of-mind. We will ask our MOCs to keep all the balls in the air, not allowing themselves to be too enthralled by the latest developments to lose sight of the full situation. 

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
Apr
3
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 :

1- Now Trump wants to use the military to “guard the border.” His ideas are increasingly unhinged, and the silence from his GOP colleagues in Congress and the administration is increasingly alarming. We’ll talk with our MOCs about this uptick in rhetoric and police-presence by our military in our own country and ask what they plan to do to stand up to him. These are dangerous times, and we can’t afford to write off these actions as “Trump being Trump.” 

2- Sinclair Media is overtaking the Country. And overtaking the media is one of the key steps in overtaking a nation and dismantling democracy. We will ask our MOCs what they are doing to stop Sinclair’s heavy hand in news reporting at the local level across the country and what is being done to protect the airwaves from party-owned rhetoric. 

3- Protect Mueller. Protect fair and free elections. The 2018 midterms are the watershed moment for our democracy. If those elections cannot be held in a fair and free manner, the future of our democracy is in grave danger. Likewise, if the Mueller investigation cannot be continued, our checks and balances are forever compromised. It’s exhausting and easy to lose focus as the fire-hose of issues and rhetoric bombards us daily. That’s Trump’s plan. We cannot fall prey to his malice. We’ll talk with our MOCs about their strategies to protect both the elections and Mueller. 

 

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
Mar
27
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 : 

1- The White House is in a tailspin —from lawyers to firings to legal actions —with no end in sight. Talking heads and pundits say Trump revels in the chaos and conflict, and yet the markets and the nation do not. We’ll ask our Members of Congress what strategy can be deployed to counter-balance this chaos so that the country can go ahead with the work that needs doing. What are they doing every day to counter the madness of the administration? 

2- The Omnibus that finally passed was good to Hawai‘i. We will thank our Senators for their hard work on this, and then ask what’s next —what are their legislative priorities that have some chance of achievement in the coming months and how do they plan to get these works across the finish line? 

3- The young people who marched mean business, and we stand with them. Senator Schatz compared guns today with cars several decades ago: people were dying so state and federal government (as well as private sector and non-profits) threw a lot at the wall ’til stuff started sticking. Seatbelt laws, speed limits, crack downs on drinking and driving, car seats, MADD, better car safety standards…the list goes on and on. What’s today’s list for gun violence and what are we doing right now to start throwing that stuff at the wall? 

4- The Russian diplomatic expulsions are a good start, but when will the sanctions passed last year be imposed? The weeks are ticking by, and the security of our elections loom. What do our MOCs’ thoughts on Facebook, the immediate imposition of those sanctions, the Klobuchar bill, and other actions that can protect our democracy? 
 

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March for Our Lives - Honolulu
Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

March for Our Lives - Honolulu

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#marchforourlives was initiated by the student survivors of the Margery Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

#marchforourliveshonolulu is a cross organization event held in solidarity to demand that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today. If you want to help with planning, post a message on the facebook event page

Saturday, March 24

  • 10am to Noon : Gather at the Hawai‘i State Capitol, March begins approximately at 10:30 -> Richards St -> Federal Building -> Punchbowl -> DOE main office -> State Capitol [note: at DOE office demand 1) student access to counseling, 2) special education, and 3) our schools become free of bullying.]
  • Noon to 2pm : Student speakers will address the marchers followed by sign-waving along Beretania to call for sensible gun reform.

to RSVP on facebook

Link to Marchforourlives

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FREE SCHOOL : Automatic Art, Automated Trading
Mar
21
12:00 PM12:00

FREE SCHOOL : Automatic Art, Automated Trading

Automatic Art, Automated Trading

Arne De Boever

Arne De Boever teaches American Studies in the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts, where he also directs the MA Aesthetics and Politics program. He is the author of States of Exception in the Contemporary Novel (2012) and Narrative Care (2013) and editor of Gilbert Simondon: Being and Technology (2012) and The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism: Vol. 1 (2013). He edits Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy and the critical theory/philosophy section of the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is also a member of the boundary 2 collective and an Advisory Editor for the Oxford Literary Review.

When : Weds, March 21, 12 noon to 1:15pm
Where : Burns Hall Rm. 2118 (East/West Center) UH Manoa

Organized by the UH Cultural Studies Program. 

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
Mar
20
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 : 

 

Another week, another government shutdown looms if a bill doesn’t pass by Friday midnight. And the same issues are on the table - shoring up the ACA markets, DACA (where it’s unlikely to be included), GOP “corrections” to their tax law (that Dems are demanding concessions for before supporting) and now the language requiring Congressional offices to modernize their handling of sexual harassment claims (also not likely to be included). When does this end? What purpose does it serve? When do we quit kicking the can(s) down the road and do something to serve the American people whose lives hang in the balance? While these may be political pawns in Washington, families are being torn apart, health care is being denied to people in need, and crime victims are being told their voice can’t be heard. 

Surely the possibility of a blue wave in November stokes the possibilities of bipartisan legislative work now. Where there are issues that share some common ground, what’s being done to cross the aisle and find opportunity? Can we move anything on DACA, guns, healthcare, infrastructure, or any of the issues clearly important to large constituencies across the country? 

Sessions fired McCabe within 26 hours of his pension kicking in, Trump is tweeting about Mueller, and the Trump team is lawyering up. Mueller is in jeopardy, and all those republicans who said there’d be a constitutional crisis if Mueller was fired have gone silent (except for the occasional comment that no law is needed to protect Mueller). Other than marching in the streets if/when the firing occurs, what is the strategy and what can our MOCs do to protect the special counsel and preserve an investigation that’s clearly gotten too close for comfort? 

The nominations of Pompeo and Haspel are an affront to the sensibilities of American intelligence and diplomacy. We will ask our Senators if they will oppose the nominations and discuss what they expect to see in that process. 

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FREE SCHOOL : DOUG CHIN on Preparing Travel Ban arguments for US Supreme Court
Mar
13
3:00 PM15:00

FREE SCHOOL : DOUG CHIN on Preparing Travel Ban arguments for US Supreme Court

  • university of hawaii at manoa, saunders hall (map)
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Talk: 3:00-4:30PM / Reception: 4:30-5:30PM

Abstract: Lieutenant Governor Doug Chin will discuss preparation for the upcoming oral arguments scheduled for April 25, 2018 in the U.S. Supreme Court on the Trump Administration’s latest version of a ban on travelers from six majority-Muslim counties, including Iran, Lybia, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad. The latest version of the travel ban has been blocked by lower court orders. He will also discuss the rule of law, its role in the U.S. system of democracy, and the emergence of authoritarianism in the current Administration."

Bio: Doug Chin is the 13th Lieutenant Governor for the State of Hawaii and former Attorney General from 2015-2018. As the Attorney General, he led other states in suing President Donald Trump for banning travel from Muslim-majority nations into the United States on the basis of discrimination. From 2016-2017 he was elected to chair the bipartisan Conference of Western Attorneys General, which includes 15 western U.S. states and 3 Pacific territories and served on the executive board of the National Association of Attorneys General. Chin was the managing director of the City and County of Honolulu from 2010 to 2013 and a Honolulu prosecutor for 13 years, during which he tried nearly 50 jury trials. In private practice, Chin was a managing partner at one of Hawaii’s oldest and largest law firms. Chin has also been a board member for the American Judicature Society since 2007, during which he has served on several task forces related to the court systems and justice. Chin graduated from Stanford University and received his law degree from the University of Hawaii.

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
Mar
13
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 : 

1. THE NORTH KOREA MEETING gives the win to Kim Jong-un and further complicates a messy, dangerous relationship. The North Korean leaders have tried for decades to get a meeting with the US President, thus creating legitimacy on the global stage, and now Trump wants to give it to him. There’s no diplomacy, no plan—just Trump running in, “the only one who can fix it.” We expect our MOCs to speak loudly about this insanity and do what they can to de-escalate this growing minefield. We know exactly how dangerous this country is, and with his this administration’s gross lack of knowledge about the complexities of the relationship and the Korean Peninsula, much more harm than good is likely from yet another stupid idea from this ill-prepared administration. 

2. TRUMP’S CAMPAIGNING, AND HIS DICTATORIAL STRONG MAN IS IN FULL VIEW. At the Pennsylvania campaign rally Saturday night, Trump stoked all the fires of a dictator holding on to power He revved up his hatred of the media, inciting boos and taunts from the crowd as he repeated how the media cannot be trusted (“He’s a sleeping son of a bitch” of NBC’s Chuck Todd and “…fake as hell CNN, the, fake as hell CNN, the worst, so fake, fake news…”) He encouraged the crowd to CHEER when he mentioned Kim Jong-un, assuring the crowd that he believes it with the North Korean says he’s not launching missiles. He also revved up the crowd to cheer and taunt when he spoke of Congresswoman Maxine Waters, “…a very low IQ individual. Have you seen her? A low IQ individual.” This man is stoking fear, hatred, and polarization — attacking all the things this nation is built upon —and the crowds are buying it. Democrats must speak loudly in the public eye and talk privately behind closed doors to tamp down this rhetoric. Our mid term elections are already in peril, and with this behavior hitting the campaign trail in March, our November elections may well be a disastrous sham. 

3. THE WORK OF CONGRESS MUST GO ON. This banking bill puts us back in the path of another 2008 recession; DACA recipients still dangle without resolution, and gun legislation is no where to be seen. Where’s the action? Where’s the fight? Additionally, all indications suggest that Mueller is close, very close. Given Trump’s behavior in Pennsylvania, and the continued rumoring that he’s still gunning to fire Mueller, we face the dual possibilities that he’ll pull the firing trigger and/or create such chaos that the American public won’t stand with the Mueller findings. Our MOCs much be working across the aisle to preserve the Mueller investigation and its public trust. 
 

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PUBLIC FORUM with Q+A : The State of The North Korea Crisis for Hawai‘i
Mar
10
6:00 PM18:00

PUBLIC FORUM with Q+A : The State of The North Korea Crisis for Hawai‘i

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Trump gears up for imminent war with North Korea. North & South Korean governments have invested hundreds of millions of dollars into emergency preparedness and shelters. Both are committed to real diplomacy to save their citizens as well as each other's citizens. Evacuation plans for non-essential US personnel from South Korea are in the works. Meanwhile, 

the only 'plan' for Hawai‘i is "Shelter in Place."

Join us for a Public Forum and Q+A : The State of The North Korea Crisis for Hawai‘i

WHEN : Saturday, March 10 - 6:00 to 7:30pm

WHERE : Church of the Crossroads (1212 University Avenue)

SPEAKERS

Ralph Cossa, Director of the Pacific Forum

Jairus Grove, Professor of International Relations at UH Manoa

MORE INFORMATION

According to Grove, “there are clear signs that the Trump administration is gearing up for a war on North Korea.”

Since late-2017, the U.S. has set the stage for a war with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). It has deployed the bulk of its nuclear submarine and aircraft carrier fleet to the Western Pacific. These have been reinforced by stealth joint fighter teams (including F22s), B2 stealth bombers capable of delivering nuclear weapons, and F35s loaded with the critical software needed to use them. All munitions needed to arm soldiers, air and naval support have been moved to U.S. bases in South Korea, Guam and Okinawa. At the same time, the Trump administration is sabotaging efforts at diplomacy and building an international case to strengthen its case for an attack on North Korea.

Kim Jong-un has publicly pledged that he will use all means necessary to ensure the regime’s survival. With its vastly inferior nuclear weapons, air force and conventional fighting force, North Korea has only one option: raise the cost of further invasion such that the U.S. would willingly pull out. Grove says that makes Hawaiʻi a likely target. The full capabilities of North Korea’s nuclear program are unknown.

Yet, while the U.S. issued a “Non-combatant Evacuation Operations” memo on Feb. 25, 2018 with plans to evacuate U.S. citizens in South Korea, there are no plans to evacuate residents of Hawaiʻi.

“My friends, family and I are living in fear of a nuclear holocaust,” said Nandita Sharma, Associate Professor of Sociology at UH Manoa. “In fact, the ‘red line’ drawn by the Trump Administration does not include North Korea strikes on Hawaiʻi, but only on the continental USA. And, despite claims that interception missiles will save Hawaiʻi, the current U.S. success rate to intercept North Korean missiles is, at best, 30 percent. And, the most recent test in Hawaiʻi failed.”

Hawaiʻi has no approved public bomb shelters. Instead, we are told to “shelter in place,” even though most Honolulu homes are made of wood and do not have basements. People in Hawaiʻi have nowhere to go and nowhere to hide. Having recently received a taste of what it is like to wait for unstoppable death with those we love most, residents have decided to hold a forum to demand immediate and emergency actions to stop the impending war with North Korea that could lead to the nuclear destruction of Hawaiʻi.

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
Mar
6
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 : 

1- PROTECTING YOUNG PEOPLE DOESN”T SEEM TO BE A CONGRESSIONAL PRIORITY: On guns, the president has said one thing and then another. Mitch McConnell is saying he doesn’t know that there’ll “be time” to schedule any gun bills in the Senate. The Parkland students continue to march ahead, commanding a huge social media presence and working towards the walk-outs this month and next. The DACA deadlines have come and gone, and still no action on an issue that was once bipartisan. Democrats keep telling us they don’t have the votes, but does that mean they just stop trying? Once again we want to know: Where’s the strategy? What’s the plan? Minority parties throughout history have had the ability to slow and stop legislative wheels of progress when the majority refuses to address issues of critical national importance. What does that say about the importance of young people in the eyes of this Congress (including the Democrats)? 

A2- N ADMINISTRATION IN CHAOS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN DANGER: “Chaos” was the word of choice last week to describe the WH - sudden tariff announcements, an angry and petulant president, questions of the survival of Jarvanka at the WH, and Trump still stirring the pot with North Korea. We all watch Sam Nunberg come unglued on national cable news last night, and even the newscasters questioned his stability, his mental state, and whether he was OK. Our WH, however, continues untethered without anyone asking those same questions. When is enough enough? When does Congress step up and demand some sort of moderating action? We understand impeachment might be a non-starter now, but how about something that prevents Trump from unilaterally launching a first strike, putting us all in danger? 

3- RUSSIA’S ELECTION MEDDLING IS INCONTROVERTIBLE, AND THE MID-TERMS ARE A FEW MONTHS AWAY: Our president is doing absolutely nothing to protect the sanctity of US elections, and in fact “joked” with GOP donors over the weekend that China’s “president for life” might be something we try here. History will look back on these days and ask the obvious questions: Why aren’t we doing anything? How can he continue to get away with this? Perhaps we’re working under the assumption that our republic is strong and can withstand the turmoil. Those marching, those watching, and those waiting for action aren’t so sure. What are our MOCs doing about these extremely serious threats right now? 

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Exhibition "Beginning and End of the Bomb”
Mar
5
4:30 PM16:30

Exhibition "Beginning and End of the Bomb”

Exhibition on the "Beginning and End of the Bomb” will be at Lama Library at Kapiʻolani Community College from March 5 to May 11. Opening Ceremony will be on Monday, March 5. More information in attached flyer.

You can learn more about the original exhibit from 1995 “50 Years with the Bomb” that was held at UH Manoa here, http://www.peaceinstitute.hawaii.edu/academic-programs/_epubs/50-Years-with-the%20Bomb-1995.pdf

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#solidarityalert FREE CITIZENSHIP WORKSHOP
Mar
3
8:00 AM08:00

#solidarityalert FREE CITIZENSHIP WORKSHOP

Co-sponsored by: Catholic Diocese Office for Social Ministry, Hawaii Coalition for Civil Rights, Hawai'i Peace and Justice, Hawai'i Friends of Civil Rights, Aikea Movement.

- One-on-one assistance in filling out the N-400 (Naturalization Form)
- Legal consultation (only on your citizenship process)
- Education materials
- Fee waiver information

MORE INFO

WHEN : Saturday, March 3 at 8 AM - 4 PM

WHERE : Blaisdell Center 777 Ward Ave

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FREE SCHOOL : RADICAL READING GROUP
Feb
27
6:30 PM18:30

FREE SCHOOL : RADICAL READING GROUP

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WHEN : Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30pm
WHERE : Chiko's Tavern (930 McCully)

READINGS : Chapters 5 of Dark Money by Jane Meyer (as epub and PDF)

and the following related articles:

Philanthropy In America Is Becoming 'Ideological Arms Race,' Author Says
https://www.npr.org/2017/04/16/522095087/philanthropy-in-america-is-becoming-ideological-arms-race-author-says

Is Philanthropy Bad for Democracy?
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/10/is-philanthropy-good-for-democracy/381996/

Policy Plutocrats: How America’s Wealthy Seek to Influence Governance

And for folks who want to read a whole book on this topic, here's a review of The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age
 

The book is particularly good at capturing something that discussions of elite philanthropy often miss: The distance between elite “charity” and elite political influence is small and shrinking. The philanthropists profiled here are strategic actors trying to bring about particular outcomes, and they are eager to use their influence in a range of sectors to do so. Foundations interested in changing the educational sphere might spend money both to support charter schools and to lobby for school privatization policies. We often think of charitable donations and elite political influence as categorically distinct activities, but Callahan’s subjects are Good Samaritans and political animals at the same time.
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#ResistTrumpTuesday
Feb
27
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 :

GUNS: Pundits and pollsters alike suggest the Parkland shooting and the following work of the students has created a sea-change for the issue. What are our MOCs doing? Sen. Schatz indicated last week that there’s no Congressional solution, that it needs to happen at the state and local level. Cong. Gabbard is one of only 26 Dems to not sponsor an assault weapon ban recently introduced. Where is their action and their commitment? 

TRUMP CAN’T HAVE FIRST STRIKE ABILITY! The Olympics are over and the US is evacuating all non-essential personnel from South Korea. What are we doing to stop Trump from having the unilateral ability to strike at will? Where are the adults? How are we stopping him? 

RUSSIA: We’ve known all along that Trump doesn’t want to talk about this, but now we learn from the NSA Director that the WH nor the Pentagon have instructed the NSA to strike against the Russian cyber operations. They know it’s happening and they’re actively doing nothing about it. How it that possible? What are our MOCs doing to stop that right now? 

It’s increasingly evident that the president is using his office exclusively for personal and political gain, and we’re allowing it. Saying we don’t have the votes isn’t enough anymore. What can be done?

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PLANNING MEETING
Feb
25
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

WHAT : 

- Debrief of recent activities (approx. 15 mins)

- Committee Reports (approx. 20 mins)

- Revisit Mueller Firing Contingency Plan in light of McCabe’s Resignation (approx. 15 mins)

- New Business? (approx. 10 mins)

- Timely Topic – Healthcare-for-All

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