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.