Visit Hawai‘i Senators and Representatives offices every Tuesday to express your views on the most urgent matters.
We’ve heard rumblings that our congressional staffers have noticed our Tuesday participants are decline slightly. WE CAN CHANGE THAT. Please bring a friend and encourage others to come along. Everyone’s got resistance fatigue, but we can’t stop. We’re making a difference and we will continue to until we can be sure that Trump cannot destroy everything we hold dear.
WHAT, WHERE + WHEN
Option 1 : Visit the offices of Senator Schatz, Senator Hirono, and Rep. Gabbard Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (gather at 11:45am at Ala Moana/Makai side entrance)
Option 2 : Visit Rep Hanabusa's office on Fort Street at noon (1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1910)
NOTE : Bring a photo ID
TALKING POINTS :
1- RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA
All eyes are on the various investigations, most importantly, the Mueller one. Everybody at the White House is lawyering up, including Pence. Trump’s lawyer made the Sunday talk show circuit trying to explain how Trump’s tweet about being under investigation didn’t mean he was actually under investigation. Our Senators have done good work questioning members of the WH cabal in the Judiciary committee hearings (Hirono) and the appropriations committee hearings (Schatz). We want to hear from them how they expect this process to play out, how likely it is that Trump may try to fire Mueller (and what they will do if he does), and when we will hear from Jared at one of these hearings. (Remember, we’ve still not heard the man’s voice and he is attached at the hip to POTUS.)
2- TRUMP CAN’T STEAL OUR HEALTH CARE
This week that group of secretive old white men in the Senate plans to jam through their debacle of a health care proposal. And while we know little about it, we know it will devastate millions of Americans, people just like us. Hirono and Schatz have done good work speaking out against this atrocity and working behind the scenes to bring GOP members to the NO column to defeat this thing. We want the latest update from their staffs and want to know what else we can do to stop this thing. Do they want more personal health care stories from us? Which GOP members are possible flips? Do Dems have an alternative plan that they can go public with to steal thunder from the GOP’s “bill” that remains a secret to the entire nation?
3- WALKING AND CHEWING GUM
Some have suggested that while Russia remains the shiny toy that everyone focuses on, the GOP is working swiftly to dismantle so many elements of our democracy, including DeVos not protecting LBGTQ students across the system and looking to overturn the Obama “defense to repayment” rule addressing crippling student debt; the FDA stopping plans to roll out new food labels in July, an initiative that Michelle Obama pushed to get greater access to food information; Trump restricting access to Cuba; and of course, everything being done to halt environmental protections. We want to hear from all four of our members about their legislative priorities right now - what are they working on, what are they doing to protect us from this administration’s bulldozing of our nation? No excuses, no “we’re the minority” stuff. We want to know what they can do and are doing right now.
4- AND our ALOHA
All four of our delegation members signed on as plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Trump. Mahalo! And our condolences over the shooting last week at the baseball practice. No one should fear gun violence while going about their day - whether at baseball practice, at school, or in a nightclub. America is better than this.