Dirty Sexy Politics - The Resistance Roundup
Sep
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

Dirty Sexy Politics - The Resistance Roundup

hosted by 808Ran

Dirty Sexy Politics

PANELISTS : 
- Powell Berger - Writer, Consultant Strategist
- Sherry Campagna - Women's March Hawai‘i
- Gaye Chan - Hawai‘i J20+
- Randy Aaron Gonce - Young Progressives Demanding Action
- Kirk Johnson - Indivisible Hawai‘i

WHEN : Thursday, September 21, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
WHERE : Gordon Biersch, 1 Aloha Tower Dr

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
Sep
26
11:45am11:45am

#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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FREE SCHOOL : BOOK CLUB
Sep
26
6:30pm 6:30pm

FREE SCHOOL : BOOK CLUB

WHEN : Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 6:30pm
WHERE : Chiko's Tavern (930 McCully)

READINGS : (40 pages)

  1. Commanding a movement: the youth council commandos’ quest for quality housing

  2. http://200nightsoffreedom.org/

  3.  

    Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin's Black Against Empire 

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8r5chCTP5A-Yl9LWndLZ3NMNUZkM3k4aDQ0MHVfR0ZXbG5n

  4. Optional suggestion : skim this review of the book to get a sense of things overall

    http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/156405

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FREE SCREENING + SPEAKERS : CITY OF GHOSTS
Sep
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

FREE SCREENING + SPEAKERS : CITY OF GHOSTS

  • Honolulu Museum of Art / Doris Duke Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

CITY OF GHOSTS

Official Selection. Sundance Film Festival

Doors Open at 5:30pm / Free Admission : First Come First Serve



6:00PM

Film Screening 

(opening remarks by Hawai‘i AG Doug Chin)

J20+ is once again partnering with the Doris Duke Theatre, in support of their principled stance against President Trump's Muslim Ban. City of Ghosts brings attention to the real-life consequences of the Muslim Ban, under which no refugees from anywhere in the world are currently able to enter the US; and President Trump's withdrawal of US support for the opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Syrians fleeing Assad's murderous regime constitute the world's largest group of refugees.

City of Ghosts is an unprecedented, on-the-ground transmission from the front lines of one of the most important battles of our time: the fight against the Islamic State. It is a war being waged not only on the ground, but in the digital trenches of social media. Academy Award-nominated director Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) takes viewers into the war zone of ISIS-occupied Syria, where a band of anonymous activists known as Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) wage a counteroffensive against the terrorist group's campaign of propaganda and misinformation. Armed with video cameras, these intrepid citizen journalists risk their lives to spread the truth about life under ISIS. The unforgettable images they've captured and the stories they have to tell are a wake-up call to the world.

See TRAILER

Selected quotes from reviews:

"Matthew Heineman's return to Sundance after his Oscar-nominated Cartel Land is a triumphant one. Where his previous film was a journalistic masterclass in taking access to the extreme, City of Ghosts instead turns the camera on heroic journalists themselves. In doing so, Heineman may have made the definitive contemporary documentary about the tragedy of Syria, as well as an epoch-defining piece on modern media tactics." The Guardian

"Heineman pulls no punches on showing the brutality that is enacted by the radical group, and it makes for an extremely effective doc with such a personal core." Roger Ebert

"Heineman offers up a double portrait of devastation, of a truly destroyed city and of partially decimated survivors, leaving the viewer with an empathetic sense of deep sorrow." Hollywood Reporter

"Heineman poignantly weaves together big-picture themes with intimate events...a powerful reminder of how essential freedom of the press really is, and how easily it can be taken away." AV Club

"What City of Ghosts does best is to humanize those who've suffered most from the conflict in Syria, educating us through both outrage and compassion." Variety

"This story should be required viewing for anyone engaging in discussion of the refugee 'problem'... a profound study in bravery" New York Post

"The experience of watching City of Ghosts is similar to Cartel Land in that you remain wide-eyed, jaw dropped the entire time...Ultimately, the film quietly asserts itself and the work of RBSS as crucial weapons in the fight against ISIS. If ISIS is fighting a war of propaganda, banning satellite dishes and internet access and cameras, those are the tools that the citizens can and must use to resist these forces, to expose their truth." The Playlist

"Timely, pressing, important." Seattle Times

"Ghosts becomes a portrait of true, and terrifying, heroism - but with a devastating personal and emotional price." Flavorwire

7:45 - 8:45PM

Post-Screening Panel Featuring Internationally- Renowned Speakers

Speakers :

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

8:45PM ->

Moderated Conversation at the Museum Cafe


Hawai‘i J20+ seeks monetary contributions to make this event possible. 

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs," Karl Marx 1875

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
Oct
10
11:45am11:45am

#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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NoMuslimBanEver Honolulu 10/10 Rally
Oct
10
4:30pm 4:30pm

NoMuslimBanEver Honolulu 10/10 Rally

We stand against Trump’s Muslim and refugee bans.

WHAT : On October 10, 2017, when the United States Supreme Court will hear legal challenges to the executive order from the Trump Administration that temporarily bans travel from six Muslim-majority countries and suspends the refugee admissions program. The Muslim and refugee bans violate the Establishment Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.

WHEN : Tuesday, 10/10 at 4:30 pm

WHERE : Prince Kuhio Federal Building (EWA corner where Ala Moana Bld meets Halekauwila St) gather in front of our Congressional representative’s office holding signs

WHY : The Muslim and refugee bans are discriminatory, unconstitutional and inhumane in the same vein as the Chinese Exclusion Act, the Japanese American incarceration, and special registration after 9/11. We must remember history and raise our voices, both in the critical weeks before the SCOTUS hearing and in the months ahead. Joi eclarin

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
Oct
17
11:45am11:45am

#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
Oct
24
11:45am11:45am

#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
Oct
31
11:45am11:45am

#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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Free School : Faith, Immigration, & Solidarity
Sep
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Free School : Faith, Immigration, & Solidarity

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It is important in these times that faith-based and social advocacy groups unite in Solidarity to resist destructive immigration policies and to provide support for neighbors, friends, and family at risk of being detained or profiled.  What concrete actions can WE take to build the social and political coalitions that we need for the communities that we need to live in?

PANELISTS

• Hawai‘i State Representative Della Au Bellati

• Imam Matiullah Joyia – Imam/Missionary for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Hawai‘i

• Rev. Rona Mangayayam / Harris UMC

• Nandita Sharma / J20+ Immigration Team Co-Chair

Moderator : Nathalie Rita / J20+ Immigration Team Co-Chair

Co-sponsored with Interfaith Alliance Hawai‘i

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
Sep
19
11:45am11:45am

#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 : 

TRUMPCARE is Back and Worse Than Ever!  The Graham-Cassidy bill is the GOP’s last-ditch effort to pass TrumpCare before the September 30 deadline, and rumor has it that McCain may be onboard with this one. Senator Schatz is already teaming up with Schumer and others to lead the opposition to the bill, and we need all our MOCs to speak loudly and forcefully against this heinous legislation that will leave millions uninsured and others facing deep Medicaid cuts and higher out-of-pocket costs.  Please get on the phones and light up the offices of all MOCs you’ve got ties to - those from the state you grew up in, where you have family, where you own property, etc. We need every single vote we can get to stop this awful bill. (202-224-3121 is the switchboard; ask for the office of the MOC you’re calling.) 

[also see Quickie - Demand Actual Medicare for All!]

DREAMERS are depending on us! Our MOCs say they stand with Dreamers, so we want to know what they’re doing about it. And we want to be sure they don’t fall prey to Trump’s “deal” with “Nancy and Chuck.” He can’t be trusted on issues this important, and we need to keep the momentum behind the national sentiment to take care of these young people. 

CLIMATE CHANGE may not be something Trump believes in, but leaders, scientists, and informed people around the world do and they are gathering in Bonn, Germany on November 6-17 for the UN Climate Change Conference. Senator Schatz says he’ll be there, as well as other US policy leaders. We are asking our MOCs to speak loudly about the Bonn Conference, supporting its objectives and the participation of US leaders and scientists in this important discussion. Our message to our global friends is this: We are the REAL AMERICA and we are with you. Our MOCs cannot be silent on this vital issue. We don’t have time. We want them to attend the conference as our representatives, and we want them to make it clear to their colleagues and to the world that we will not be silenced over these important issues. We are THE REAL AMERICA and we won’t stand by and let naysayers destroy our planet. 

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FREE SCHOOL : Sanctuary, Civility and Aloha
Sep
14
3:30pm 3:30pm

FREE SCHOOL : Sanctuary, Civility and Aloha

  • Richardson School of Law, Classroom 2 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sanctuary, Civility + Aloha / How will we respond as educators?

WHEN : Thursday, September 14 / 3:30 - 5:30 PM
WHERE : Richardson School of Law, Classroom 2

For more information / UHIP@hawaii.edu

 

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The Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution and the William S. Richardson School of Law will celebrate the International Day of Peace and Constitution Day with a talk and panel discussion that consider Hawai’i’s commitment to the protection of the environment and our civil liberties.

Opening Remarks: Mari Matsuda, Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law

Keynote Speaker: Justice Sabrina S. McKenna, Supreme Court of the State of Hawai‘i

Panel Discussion: Developing social justice action plans

Presentation: Borjana Lubura, UHM Doctoral Student / European Migration Crises in Serbia

Discussion: Needed Solutions and Policies / Panelists:

  • Tamara Albertini, Professor, Philosophy and Islamic Studies
  • Ibrahim Aoude, Professor, Ethnic Studies and Middle East Studies
  • Jon Osorio, Dean, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
  • Konrad Ng, Executive Director, Shangri La
  • Hakim Ouansafi, President, Muslim Association of Hawai’i

Moderator: Clare Hanusz, Attorney, Aloha Immigration

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FREE SCHOOL : Burning Crosses...
Sep
13
12:00pm12:00pm

FREE SCHOOL : Burning Crosses...

Burning Crosses and the intersectional feminist subjective: a critical race theorist responds to Charlottesville and the RAV case.

Who : Professor Mari Matsuda, John Richardson School of Law, UH Manoa
When : Weds. Sept. 13, 12:00 - 1:15PM
Where : Burns Hall Rm. 2118 (East/West Center) UH Manoa


In R. A. V. vs. City of St. Paul, the US Supreme Court struck down a hate crime ordinance that was used to penalize the burning of a cross on a Black family’s front lawn. Critical race theorists have, for decades, challenged the analysis that treats racist hate speech as protected political expression, arguing that burning crosses are intended to, and have the effect of, assaulting victims - no different from spitting, shoving, and other acts of hate that are routinely criminalized. The fourth rise of the Ku Klux Klan, inaugurated on January 20, 2017, once again revives the hate speech/free speech debate.  My work supporting criminalization of hate speech is regularly attacked by civil libertarians, post-structuralist feminists (see Judith Butler’s Excitable Speech), as well as Nazis. This talk is an attempt to work through my disagreements with progressive allies in the context of a global reinvigoration of white supremacist hate groups, and to apply the deeply contextual, experiential, collective method of critical race theory to this work.

About Matsuda : From her earliest academic publications, Matsuda has spoken from the perspective and increasingly used the method that has come to be known as critical race theory. She is not only one of its most powerful practitioners, but is among a handful of legal scholars credited with its origin. The voices she has in mind are the voices that have been left out, “outsider” voices speaking as individuals and as members of their communities of origin, voices of subordinate peoples.

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Rally to Defend Title IX!
Sep
13
11:00am11:00am

Rally to Defend Title IX!

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa Hawaii Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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#solidarityalert

Rally to Defend Title IX!

Ed Sec DeVos just announced her plans to revoke or rescind Title IX and already has begun the process to do so. Thankfully UH President David Lassner has vowed to uphold Title IX regardless of DeVos' attacks. 

Let's gather to protest the continued brutality and misogny of the Trump administrations, AND to show your support for Title IX and Lassner's principled stance! 

WHEN : Wednesday, September 13 - 11am to noon
WHERE : WHERE : UH Manoa in front of Hawai‘i Hall (see under C-2 HERE)

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FREE SCHOOL : BOOK CLUB
Sep
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

FREE SCHOOL : BOOK CLUB

Continued Conversation on NO is not enough!, and more

WHEN : Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 6:30pm
WHERE : Chiko's Tavern (930 McCully)

 


READINGS : (20 pages)

1- out of the woods, On Climate / Borders / Survival / Care / Struggle (http://www.basepublication.org/?p=474)

2- Beautiful Trouble (download)

- principle: think narratively (p. 186-187)

- turn the tables (p. 190-191)

HOMEWORK : a demand for the j20+ manifesto

Questions raised from Aug 22 Book Club...

- What does a global commons look like specifically? What would a manifesto of such outline?

- What are the potential lines of power when we think of a global identity instead of a national identity?

- What can we take from Klein? Specifically I am conflicted about how to reconcile the need to leap forward rather than move incrementally

- Should we make a list of demands (per Nandita) and not settle a focus for J20+? And who or what are we demanding this of? 
- What is the power chain and where can we find our power in it?

- Don't people need boundaries to have some semblance of order as they exist in the world?

- Nonpartisan question campaigns (tag the streets with moral questions): 
What type of work is worth more and why?
What work is worth less and why? etc

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
Sep
12
11:45am11:45am

#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- DREAMERS and DACA: Like it or not, the president has kicked that ball back to Congress, and now it’s on them to make it right. These young people deserve a permanent solution, a way to remain part of our country’s fabric, and to find safety for their parents and families. They don’t deserve to be the back-drop of political bullying and rhetoric. And they definitely don’t deserve to have this clock run out on them. We keep hearing there’s bipartisan support for a solution. Now prove it. Bills have been introduced and various legislative vehicles discussed. We expect our MOCs to figure out how to get this done and to do it quickly, and we demand to know what they’re doing right now to make this happen. 

2- EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATE CHANGE: Yes, what’s happened in Florida and Texas is horrific, and it’s surely a prelude of more to come. Call it what you want, but it’s past time for Congress to act to save the planet. Again, we hear the word “bipartisan” bantered about. We expect to see that word put into action, with Congress enacting legislation that puts us back in the Paris Accord and doing what’s needed to curb emissions and begin undoing damage that we’ve done. 

3- RUSSIA and TRUMP: There plenty of other news in the headlines, but we’re still focused on getting to the bottom of this administration’s lies, deceit, and potential treason. We want to know what our MOCs are doing now to ensure the integrity of the investigation and that it doesn’t get lost in the whirlwind of tweets and detritus that this administration creates on a daily basis. 

4- MONEY: The debt ceiling deal is a start, but there’s a budget and a longer-term solution at stake. What are they doing now that they’re back in Washington to get a humane and fair budget passed and ensure that a clean debt-ceiling is passed so that our government continues to operation and we don’t default on the global stage? 

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
Sep
5
11:45am11:45am

#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- IMMIGRANTS, DACA, & A PATTERN OF HATE

This is a president who refused to condemn white supremacy, looks to end DACA, continues to push to build a border wall, and is using ICE agents to terrorize law-abiding immigrants across the country. Congress was created to prevent one person from having too much authority and control. We expect our MOCs to exercise that responsibility and stand up to this wave of hatred and abuse. Ending DACA puts at risk the lives of almost a million young people, most of whom grew up in the US, and throw families into turmoil. The recent actions of ICE, requesting the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) destroy records relating to detention and abuse of immigrants is not only a constitutional abuse but is also immoral and hate-fueled. We expect our MOCs to speak loudly against these actions and take whatever legislative action is necessary to stop this abuse of power. 

2- CLIMATE CHANGE & HARVEY

What happened in Houston is horrific. And preventable. Intense weather events dominate the news, and yet this administration can’t seem to grasp the root cause. Our MOCs cannot be silent on this administration’s refusal to address climate change in a meaningful way. Again, stand up against this administration and find solutions to put climate change solutions in place now. 

3- TAKE CARE OF AMERICA

The president whose hat says Make America Great Again is proposing massive cuts to FEMA, the Coast Guard, and other emergency preparedness programs. The nation’s flood insurance program sits in limbo while thousands of Houston homes sit under water. He clearly doesn’t care about most Americans, but Congress should. Stand up to these immoral and cruel proposals and protect the people you serve. 

4- NORTH KOREA

It’s getting worse. On Sunday, our Secretary of Defense used these words: “...the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea…” We know that Mattis is considered the adult in the room now, but where’s diplomacy? Where’s Tillerson? Is military action our only remaining option? And who’s keeping Trump’s fingers off the buttons? Are we one tweet away from full-on war? 

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DACA SUPPORT PRESS CONFERENCE
Aug
30
11:15am11:15am

DACA SUPPORT PRESS CONFERENCE

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Hirono, AG Chin, Immigration Advocates to Call for Protection of DACA Recipients

WHEN : Wednesday, 8/30 at 11:15 a.m.

WHERE : Federal Building 300 Ala Moana (steps on the Halekauwila street side of building) 


President Trump Is on Brink of Ending Program That Protects Immigrants Brought to America as Young Children 

If Trump Ends DACA, More than 800,000 Young People Nationwide, Including 2,000 in Hawaii, Could Be Deported

HONOLULU –Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin, and the Hawaii Coalition for Civil Rights will speak out about the importance of protecting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients as the President threatens to take action that could end the program. Ten Republican state attorneys general have issued an ultimatum to the President that they will take legal action if the administration does not end the DACA program by September 5.

Ending DACA is just the latest action the Trump administration would take in their campaign to target immigrant communities and stoke hatred and division.

Senator Hirono continues to advocate for DREAMers and preserving the DACA program. As the only immigrant currently serving in the U.S. Senate, Senator Hirono has been a leading advocate for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship and is written with family unity as a guiding principle.

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
Aug
29
11:45am11:45am

#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- Trump's pardon of Joe Arpaio confirms what we've known for months - Trump is a bigot who opposes diversity and immigration, and blatantly exposed his complete contempt for the US Constitution. It is not unprecedented for Congress to scrutinize presidential pardons and this one needs such scrutiny ASAP. We will ask all four MOCs to demand that the appropriate committees in both bodies hold hearings to determine the efficacy and impact of this pardon, and do it now.

2- Sam Clovis is wildly unqualified for the chief scientist position at the USDA. His hostility for scientific research is well documented and his scientific qualifications are non existent. We will let our two senators know that we expect them to be vocal and persistent in their opposition to this gross attempt to stack the administration's deck with hate-filled bigots who don't give a damn about science and the people this government is sworn to protect.

3- We've been talking for months about the need for a strategy and a proactive agenda. Sen. Schatz put muscle behind that notion this month when he announced his plan to introduce a bill making Medicaid available to all. First, we thank him. Then we ask how we can help. And then we tell him and the rest of our delegation we expect to see a lot more work like this. NO is a start, but it's not the end-game. We expect our delegation to step up and be the legislative body and the architects of a vision for a better America.

4- Lastly, Trump is clearly unfit for office. There is consensus across the political spectrum. Congress is one of the only avenues to address this critical issue. What are they going to do and when?

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FREE SCREENING : CHASING CORAL
Aug
27
1:00pm 1:00pm

FREE SCREENING : CHASING CORAL

Chasing Coral at Doris Duke Theater

Showtimes: Sunday Aug 27, 01:00 PM / 

Location: Doris Duke Theatre

This event is full. We encourage those without RSVPs to arrive the day-of. Doors open at 12:30pm. Reserved seats will be released at 12:50

Directed by Jeff Orlowski. USA. 2017. 75 mins.

Supporting sponsor: The EACH Foundation

Media sponsor: Honolulu Civil Beat

Admission: This is a free, ticketed event. Reserve a spot through the dropdown menu above.

The filmmakers behind Chasing Ice follow a group of coral experts to capture our changing oceans. Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Orlowski and his team shot more than 650 hours of underwater footage over three years, and acquired additional footage submitted by volunteers from 30 countries. 

In collaboration with Honolulu Civil Beat, join us for a post-screening panel discussion with environmental scientists and educators who will address how current issues of climate change affect Hawai’i today. Panelists to be announced.

This event takes place in conjunction with a special screening of Chasing IceSaturday, Aug. 26 at 1pm, followed by a post-screening panel discussion with Dr. Robert H. Richmond, Josh Stanbro, Shayle Matsude, and Dr. Cynthia L. Hunter, moderated by Jim Simon.

Dr. Robert H. Richmond, Director of Kewalo Marine Laboratory at the University of Hawai'i  
Josh  Stanbro, Chief Resilience Officer and Executive Director, Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency at the City and County of Honolulu
Shayle Matsuda, Ph.D Candidate, Gates Coral Lab at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
Dr. Cynthia L. Hunter, Director, Marine Option Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Department of Biology
Jim Simon, Managing Editor, Honolulu Civil Beat 

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Solidarity Alert : FIRST INDIVISIBLE MARCH
Aug
26
5:30pm 5:30pm

Solidarity Alert : FIRST INDIVISIBLE MARCH

Solidarity Alert : MAKE NOISE / SHOW YOUR OUTRAGE / DEMONSTRATE OUR SOLIDARITY

August 26 is the 97th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. On this day we will loudly object to Trump, his administration, and the GOP's full frontal attack against hard won advances toward social justice. RSVP

(Note : In the suffrage parade of 1913 organized by Alice Paul’s Congressional Union, black women were asked to march in a segregated unit. Ida B. Wells, founder of Alpha Suffrage Club of Chicago, refused to do so, and slipped into her state’s delegation after the start of the parade.)

(Note : In the suffrage parade of 1913 organized by Alice Paul’s Congressional Union, black women were asked to march in a segregated unit. Ida B. Wells, founder of Alpha Suffrage Club of Chicago, refused to do so, and slipped into her state’s delegation after the start of the parade.)

Co-Hosted by: Indivisible Hawai‘i, 808Ran, Women's March Hawai‘i, Amnesty International Hawai‘i Chapter

WHEN : Saturday, August 26, 5:30-8:00pm

WHERE: Meet at Honolulu Zoo entrance (Kalakaua Ave + Kapahulu Ave) and March to Trump Waikiki (near Fort DeRussy)

WHO : ALL OF US!! (see left image caption)

OPTIONAL DRESS : Suffragette or Whatevas... (Join Suffragettes for Women's March or email)

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* August 26 is the 97th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote. While undoubtedly a step toward social justice there was an ingrained racism within most (but not all) of the suffragette movement, the force behind the Women’s Vote. This blindspot was present throughout the global suffrage movement. White suffragettes in the UK had a very problematic relationship with colonialism. The Canadian suffragettes actively worked to toward women’s votes on the backs of Asians, by promising White men that it will vote to enforce the Chinese Exclusion Act. Anti-Black and anti-Asian racism was often voiced by the U.S. counterpart. Many White U.S. suffragettes were outraged by the post-Civil War 15th Amendment, which granted the vote to Black men, but not to women (however they were racialized). This racism was often challenged. Most famously perhaps by Sojourner Truth, a former slave, who in 1951 addressed the National Women's Rights Convention with her "Ain't I a Woman" speech.

The successful campaign in the U.S. to win Women's right to vote in 1920 also ushered in other changes:

  1. Amidst racist fears of the potential for Black power - of both Black women and men - many jurisdictions (and the entire South) enacted laws that worked to prevent Black people from voting. SU.S.an B. Anthony, infamously stated, “I will cut off this right arm of mine before I will ever work or demand the ballot for the Negro and not the woman.”
  2. Many other people who were formally U.S. citizens also faced barriers to their voting, e.g. those incorporated into the U.S. as citizens after the Mexican-American war. Moreover, after the 14th amendment of 1868 granted U.S. citizenship to anyone born in the U.S., except those people classified as “Indian” who lived on reserves and, as such, were not taxed by the state. However, some people racialized as “Indians” but who no longer held this status, were included as U.S. citizens. The 1856 Dred Scott decision treated (racialized, but not juridical) “Indians” as naturalized “foreigners” within the United States. Juridical “Indians” were given U.S. citizenship status in 1924 with the passing of the Indian Citizenship Act.
  3. Many people were not allowed to become citizens of the U.S. because of racism (mainly Asians), and, thus, were prevented from voting. It was not until the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act that racist exclusions for certain “foreigners” naturalizing into U.S. citizenship were removed.

READ how Frances E. Willard, one of the leaders of the suffragette movement and the national president of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, used racism directed at Black people to try and get White women the vote (and the successful pushback she received from Black suffragette and early civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells).


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FREE SCREENING : CHASING ICE
Aug
26
1:00pm 1:00pm

FREE SCREENING : CHASING ICE

Chasing Ice at Doris Duke Theater

Showtimes: Saturday Aug 26, 1:00 PM  / to reserve a free seat

Location: Doris Duke Theatre

Directed by Jeff Orlowski. USA. 2012. 75 min.

Supporting sponsor: The EACH Foundation

Media sponsor: Honolulu Civil Beat    
Community partner: UH Office of Sustainability 

Admission: This is a free, ticketed event. Reserve a spot through the dropdown menu above.

In this visually stunning documentary, director Jeff Orlowski follows renowned National Geographic photographer James Balog on a mission to place 30 cameras across three continents to gather visual evidence of the Earth’s melting ice. In collaboration with Honolulu Civil Beat, join us for a post-screening panel discussion with environmental scientists and educators who will address climate change issues affecting Hawai‘i. Panelists to be announced. 

This event takes place in conjunction with a special screening of Chasing Coral, Sunday, Aug. 27 at 1pm, followed by a post-screening panel discussion with Maxine Burkett, Camilo Mora, and Malia Nobriga-Olivera, moderated by Matthew Lynch.

Maxine Burkett is a professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. An expert in the law and policy of climate change, she has presented her work on diverse areas of climate law throughout the United States and in West Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean.  

Camilo Mora is an assistant professor of geography at UH Mānoa. Mora's research focuses on biogeography, threats to biodiversity, global conservation assessments and methods for macroecology. His recent research on "Deadly Global Heatwaves" was widely reported by mainstream media around the world. The Mora lab focuses on interconnected lines of research aimed to understand how biodiversity patterns are generated and modified by human activities and, in the process, identifying the conditions where suitable conditions for humans and biodiversity are met.

Malia Nobriga-Olivera is a faculty member at Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge—one of the largest schools of indigenous knowledge in the United States—and serves as director of the LAMA Program "Loli Aniau, Maka‘ala Aniau" (Climate Change, Climate Alert) whose mission is to catalyze climate adaptation and resiliency by engaging communities in Hawai’i and beyond.

Matthew Lynch is the system sustainability coordinator for the ten campuses of the University of Hawai‘i, providing support to enhance the existing sustainability work underway. He is also founder of of the Honolulu-based nonprofit, Asia-Pacific Center for Regenerative Design, and currently serves on the board of directors for Kahumana Organic Farm, Slow Food Oahu, and Hawai‘i Green Growth.

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
Aug
22
11:45am11:45am

#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- Charlottesville: Trump's words are inexcusable and convey exactly what he means. Numerous efforts are underway to censure him. We will ask our MOCs to sign on to those efforts and let Trump know our nation does not stand for this.

2- American Lives are at Stake: from the debt ceiling to health care to so many other issues currently going through Congress, real people all across the country are facing life altering and devastating consequences. Our MOCs cannot allow him to ruin lives with his latest reality TV show.

3- International stage: the US has been a world leader for generations. Trump puts that reputation and place at the table in dire risk, possibly for generations to come. Our MOCs can't just say "we aren't the majority party." What are they doing to stem the tide and stop this madness?

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FREE SCHOOL / Dismantling Mass Incarceration: Prospects for Reform
Aug
16
5:30pm 5:30pm

FREE SCHOOL / Dismantling Mass Incarceration: Prospects for Reform

Dismantling Mass Incarceration: Prospects for Reform

WHEN : Weds, August 16, 5:30 - 6:30pm

WHER : Aliʻiōlani Hale 417 South King Street (behind the Kamehameha Statue) 

King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center in partnership with the Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association presents a talk by Dr. Robert Perkinson, American Studies/UH Mānoa.

Prospects for meaningful criminal justice reform remain surprisingly bright despite recent moves to reinvigorate the War on Drugs, amplify prosecutorial power, and expand immigrant detention. The United States, over the past forty years, has assembled the largest penal system in the history of democracy—it is entrenched, expensive, and bolstered by powerful special interests. Nonetheless, the politics of race, crime, and punishment are now more favorable to progressive policy making, particularly at the state and local levels, than at any time since the 1960s. By understanding the root causes of mass incarceration and by launching viable, community-driven reform campaigns, advocates and organizers may come to regard our current political climate as a moment of opportunity.

Robert Perkinson is an associate professor of American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Republic, and The Nation. His book Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire (Metropolitan/Henry Holt) won the PEN American Center’s John Kenneth Galbraith Award for best book of non-fiction published in 2009 and 2010.

For more information, call the Center at 539-4999. To RSVP for a FREE ticket!

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
Aug
15
11:45am11:45am

#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

Politics & Policy in Hawaii - Hatred doesn't wear an ugly mask or a button identifying itself. It walks among us, lives down the street, sometimes hides it in "funny/off-color" comments. It doesn't even see it as hatred. It sees it as their right, their birthright, their place at the top of the food chain. Don't feel better because you think you don't know anyone like this. Almost certainly you do. What happened in Charlottesville was beyond horrible. A young woman wrote on FB, “ If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” She then went out into the streets of Charlottesville to stand up against hate, where she died at the hands of evil. Today, we make a decision about what to do about it. Do we engage in the discussion and try to shed light? Do we let "crazy uncle billy" keep saying those things because "he doesn't really mean it," or do we speak up? Every day in little and big ways, we can speak truth to hatred, to bias, and to injustice. Or we can remain silent. We have that right  — so far. I hope we use it.

This week our MOCs are all in Hawaii. Senator Schatz and his staff are on Molokai on Tuesday, and Cong. Gabbard is apparently still doing Guard Duty. So this week, we’re all going to see Congresswoman Hanabusa who is in town and making her voice heard. The impact of our collective voices on so many issues can be seen in her positions on controversial legislation, and the time she gives to our group makes it clear she is listening. So please join us


TALKING POINTS :

1- The president cannot be allowed to condone hatred. We expect all our MOCs to speak loudly and forcefully that his words - and his silence - go against everything this nation stands for. Letters and resolutions are starting to circulate condemning his tepid response (as well as his silence on the Minneapolis mosque bombing), and we expect them to sign on to these letters and take to social media and other platforms to reiterate that this is not who what the US stands for — a nation that fought each other in the Civil War and around the globe since, standing up against bigotry, hatred and violence. We expect them to demand that Sessions launch a thorough investigation into the events of Charlottesville and treat it as the domestic terrorism that it is. And we demand that there be a thorough cleaning of WH staff to rid it of Steve Bannon, Steven Miller, and the other staffers who routinely espouse nationalist, hateful views. 

2- This president is unfit to serve. We now hear it casually bantered about, sometimes from respected people on both sides of the aisle. What are we going to do about it? How long is this allowed to continue unchecked? And what are our MOCs doing about it right now? 

3- No diplomats, no diplomacy, and no one minding the wheels of government. Trump thanks Putin for expelling our diplomats and refuses to appoint others to critical posts. This isn’t an oversight or laziness. This appears to be intentional - again perhaps a tenet of Bannon’s goal to dismantle government. While the sabers rattle between Trump and North Korea, there are no adults tending to diplomacy, and no one is calling out this administration for its dereliction of duty. No more. We expect our MOCs to speak truth to power and demand that these vital posts be filled. If the president won’t make the appointments, what other options do we have? This cannot be allowed to continue unchecked. 

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VIGIL #charlotteville
Aug
13
6:45pm 6:45pm

VIGIL #charlotteville

#solidarityalert

LET THERE BE LIGHT : No Violence, No Hate, No Fear Vigil!

Hosted by Amnesty International - Hawaii Chapter

WHEN : Sunday, August 13, 6:45 PM - 8 PM

WHERE : Magic Island (Ala Moana Park)

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A right to free speech is not a right to violence! A national crisis is unfolding in the U.S. and it is fueled by racial divides, hatred and violence. 

Join us tomorrow in solidarity with the counterprotesters of Charlotteview, Virginia, and to opppose our current government's rhetoric on hatred, violence and fear. Bring your signs. Invite your friends, neighbors and family. Invite members of your faith based organization and neighborhood association to join us. 

Battery operated candlelights will be available but feel free to bring more. Bring your signs. 

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#ResistTrumpTuesday
Aug
8
11:45am11:45am

#ResistTrumpTuesday

We’re in the midst of the Congressional recess, which means all four of our MOCs are back in the state. While we may or may not get the chance to meet personally with them while they are in town, we are making our points known to their staffs that we expect their attention, their action, and they continued support of the efforts to stop this administration. Even if they aren’t in the room, they’ll get the message, and having a strong crowd sends a strong message. 


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 is chess, not checkers. We’re in this for the long-haul and we expect our MOCs to be more than the party of no. We expect them to find solutions, bring forth ideas worth consideration, and call out the GOP on their agenda-squashing, America-bashing tactics that are putting our nation and its people in harms way. We’re all hopeful that Mueller’s work will yield fruit, but in the meantime, we have work to do and we expect them in the middle of the fight, pushing innovative ideas to improve the ACA, protect our environment, and preserve the tenets of democracy. We’ll let them know that we’re focused on 2018, and that we believe there’s a lot of work to be done to get the right people in Congress. We’ll be doing our part, and we expect them to be doing theirs - whether they are up for re-election or not. 

North Korea continues to escalate. “The US will pay dearly” is frightening rhetoric and we’re not convinced this administration has a cohesive strategy. We want to hear their views on the matter and know what they’re doing proactively to protect Hawaii and to de-escalate this potential global threat. 

Russia, Debt-Ceiling, and Generals In Charge. The noise coming out of this administration is deafening, and much of it is quite concerning. We will let them know that we still expect the Congressional committees to do their due-diligence on the Russia probes; that the debt-ceiling stand-off that looms may well be different than those past administrations because of the guy in the WH and we can’t afford to be complacent on this one; and lastly, when generals start getting all the senior appointments, it sounds an alarm. They follow orders - which may not always be in our nation’s best interest. In his 1998 book Dereliction of Duty, General McMasters wrote that the LBJ administration and its top leadership were characterized by “arrogance, weakness and lying in the pursuit of self interest.” He goes on to make a compelling case that LBJ hijacked the military for his own agenda, pushing the US into a war that the military didn’t find necessary, and that military leaders have an ethical obligation to speak out or resign. Now General McMasters is in the room. Will he follow his own counsel? 

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FREE SCHOOL : ETHICS CONVERSATION
Aug
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

FREE SCHOOL : ETHICS CONVERSATION

ETHICS IN POLITICS

WHEN : Monday, August 7, 6:00 - 7:30pm

WHERE : UH Manoa, Shidler College of Business, Room A-102

Conversation with:

Della Au Belatti / Hawai‘i State House of Representatives, District 24

Rick Blangiardi / General Manager, Hawaii News Now(KGMB-KHNL)

Daniel M. Gluck / Senior Staff Attorney for the ACLU of Hawai‘i, Lecturer in Law, William S. Richardson School of Law

Colleen Hanabusa / U.S. Congressional Representative for Hawai‘i

moderated by Will Weinstein (To Register)


Corruption is rife in today’s political climate from Citizens United to the Koch Brothers and other corporation backed lobbyists. The average cost of running a campaign excludes most everyday people from running meanwhile the “salary” of an elected official is really small – most town council members, state senators, even Congressman can’t afford to commit the time necessary because it won’t pay the bills – meaning that only folks with certain types of careers can run (lawyers, businessman, wealthy). Is the political system rigged against only those who can afford to play the game - run a campaign, survive on political salary which in most cases are very low? Meanwhile, how do we prevent big business from influencing our representatives on important decisions? Should terms limits or caps on political spending be imposed? These and other issues will be taken up on this promising panel.

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FREE SCHOOL : Block Breitbart Workshop
Aug
5
10:00am10:00am

FREE SCHOOL : Block Breitbart Workshop

Block Breitbart Workshop

Gaye Chan will lead a step by step workshop on how to get companies + organizations to block Breitbart from their ad placement platforms.  

WHEN : Saturday, August 5, 10am to noon

WHERE : Real Office Centers - Chinatown (1110 Nu‘uanu Ave)

WHAT : Must bring a laptop or tablet

TO REGISTER : Space Limited. Email <gayechan@gmail.com> to reserve a seat

More INFO

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