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 :
The Trump administration continues to wreak havoc abroad and here at home. We’re back out there this week, talking with our Members of Congress about these atrocities and demanding that they stand up against this bully and find solutions. While Trump may think it’s ok to play politics with everything from nuclear weapons to health care to food safety, we don’t, and we’re not letting him get away with it. See you out there!
1- By decertifying the Iran deal and claiming that diplomacy will continue “until the first bomb drops” in North Korea, this administration is putting the world on edge. Diplomacy is critical right now, and this administration is blind to that need, preferring sable rattling and threats. While the world hangs in the balance, the president and secretary of state continue their IQ and he said/he said wars. What’s the strategy and where are the adults? What are our MOCs doing to de-escalate the North Korean tension and how will the Senate now act on the Iran deal?
2- Trump is hell-bent on destroying all elements of the Obama administration, starting with the ACA. Now he’s stopped the CSR payments, leaving working class families stuck with a higher insurance bill and uncertainty. Where’s the bipartisan effort to “prop up” the insurance markets? Why aren’t we hearing anything about it? Yes, a single payer system is the ideal, but what are we doing right now to keep Americans insured, keep their meds available to them, and keep their treatment for life-threatening illness in tact?
3- As Harvey Weinstein dominates the news cycle, we are reminded that exactly one year ago we heard the Access Hollywood audio of the “predator in chief” admitting to sexual assault. This isn’t just a Hollywood story. It’s an American story, with predators roaming the halls of Congress, Fortune 500 companies, and the White House. Meanwhile, Betsy DeVos wants to roll back safeguards for women on college campuses. We expect our MOCs to stand up and speak loudly on this issue and not shy away from the allegations facing Trump. The predatory treatment of women is immoral and illegal, and we expect our justice system and our lawmakers to stand firm in their defense of women against such vile acts.