It is the Congressional Recess; our Members of Congress are in the islands, and we have much to tell them.
WHAT, WHERE + WHEN
Option 1 : Meet with Congressperson Hanabusa on Fort Street at noon (1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1910). Gather on the Fort Street Mall side of the building, across from Subway. There is parking in the building and they will validate.
This week we are turning our attention to Congresswoman Hanabusa’s office. They welcomed us warmly when we first visited, and then they got squirrelly, even locking the door and hiding inside one week. Kirk of J20+ pounded on the door - first literally and then metaphorically - sending a tough email telling them that we expect better. Kirk has since heard from her staff, apologizing for the poor behavior, and suggesting that the Congresswoman will likely be there to meet with us on Tuesday. Let’s show up and tell her what we expect from her as part of the resistance!
Option 2 : Visit the offices of Senator Schatz, Senator Hirono, and Congressperson Gabbard Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (gather at 11:45am at Ala Moana/Makai side entrance)
NOTE : Bring a photo ID
TALKING POINTS : (in coordination with MoveOn, Indivisible, and other national organizations.)
Trump can’t pretend to care about Syrian children when he has slammed the door on refugees and continues to collude with Putin. We can’t afford to have a President who acts emotionally, without a long-term strategy, and without the support of Congress. He called Russia before launching the missiles, but not the US Congress. According to Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Trump is looking to send 1000+ ground troops to Syria. This behavior is not acceptable and our Members of Congress must express their outrage about his actions.
We will let our Representatives know that we support Congresswoman Lee and others who are demanding we open our doors to 100,000 Syrian refugees and that we do everything possible to keep open the doors for humanitarian aid.
Remember, it is our outrage that translates to courage in Washington, that translates to actions. We have seen it with Bannon and the NSC, Flynn, the cabinet votes, the Muslin ban, and so much more. Our Members will tell us this is not their committee or there is nothing they can do. We must continue to push them and demand that they find ways to engage and express our collective outrage and concern.
2- RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA
The House Intel committee continues to be a sham. While Nunes recused himself as chair, he still sits on the committee. He will take the committee’s deliberations to the White House as the investigation is ongoing. That is unacceptable. We must demand that he be removed from the committee entirely, and demand that our House members (Gabbard and Hanabusa) be loud and forceful voices on this issue.
Keep a close eye on Tillerson! He’s off to meet with Putin and he cannot start cutting deals and lifting sanctions. We know his history with Russia, and he’s another cog in the collusion machine that’s included Manafort, Flynn, potentially Bannon, and others. If left unchecked, he can and will wreak havoc.
Representative Maxine Waters said on Sunday night, “Many of my colleagues are not ready to engage in a real fight.” It is our job to get them ready and demand that they step up. We are not even 100 days into this administration and we already have more corruptions and scandals than we can readily keep up with. As Waters said, “When we connect the dots of collusion, we can lead to impeachment procedures.” That’s the long game, and our members of Congress need to be part of connecting those dots.
KellyAnne Conway once said, “Americans don’t care about Trump’s taxes.” Yes, we do. This weekend, in 148 cities around the country and 5 nations around the world — including Honolulu! —Americans will be marching to demand to see his taxes. Our Members of Congress need to hear this message loudly, and they need to add their strong voices to the chorus. Demand that the WH release Trump’s tax returns, and keep demanding it until we see action. We will be in the streets on Honolulu on the 15th. We expect our Members of Congress to be loud in carrying our message back to Washington. Join in TAX MARCH O‘AHU.