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?