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. THE WAR ON OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM PUTS EVERYONE IN DANGER AND MUST BE STOPPED. As former CIA director John Brennan (who’s had plenty of fights with Democrats) said on Sunday, “Nunes has abused the chairmanship of the committee, and I don’t say that lightly.” Nunes' release of the GOP memo takes national security, politicizes it with selective edits and editorial remarks, and intentionally stirs questions of misbehavior on the part of our FBI and DOJ. Trump follows with comments calling those agencies “a disgrace.” All of this is a concerted, orchestrated effort to fuel mistrust of our rule of law and the professionals in those jobs so that Trump can swoop in and “save us” from their misdeeds. The confusion they’ve generated is calculated and intentional, done to set up Trump as the one man who can save us - a preferred tactic of authoritarian governments the world over throughout history. BUT WE KNOW BETTER. We will ask our MOCs to go to the floors of the House and Senate and read the Democrats’ memo from the same committee into the Congressional Record, making the lies and falsehoods and misstatements made by the GOP public and crystal clear. We will ask what steps they are taking to preserve the integrity of these agencies and the rank and file professionals (and their families) from this targeted misinformation campaign. And we will demand to know what steps will be taken by Democrats now and over the coming weeks to tamp down the undercurrent building a fraudulent case for the firing of Rosenstein and Mueller. To stay silent during these dangerous days is to give credence to this gross miscarriage of justice. This isn’t a partisan issue. It’s about the fundamental tenets on which our nation is built. Silence and deferral isn’t an option.
2. HOW TIMES FLIES. With just a few days of Congressional business on the calendar between the end of the last shutdown and the Feb 8 due date, we once again face a cliff: do we stand behind our fundamental beliefs —that immigrants are the foundation of our nation, that community health centers are essential to our collective health and well being, and that promises made to DREAMers must be kept — or do we keep kicking the can down the road, putting American lives, American families, and American values in grave jeopardy? We expect our MOCs to speak loudly and to tow the line. The only deals to be made are those that protect these values. And if shutting it down is what it takes, then that’s what we do.
3. MEANWHILE, BACK ON THE STREETS OF THE United States, school shootings are something we’ve grown immune to, barely registering on the daily news cycle amidst political corruption and confusion. But in Kentucky, Bailey Holt’s mom still holds the memory of her daughter’s call, unable to speak as she died from a gunshot wound. They stand with the family of another student who died, and 16 others who kids were injured — all because we don’t have the basic decency to keep guns out of schools. Remember Las Vegas, the 9th island, and the bipartisan demand that “bump stops” be banned? There was lots of flurry, but again, no action. Even that bill has not been passed. Congress is sent to Washington to do its job, and we demand that our MOCs continue to forge ahead to get that critical work done. Address guns and ban bump stocks. Children are dying in our schools, and history will conclude we just didn’t care. We are better than this.
4. "THE DNC IS A HOT MESS." That’s the view of a terrific Democrat running for the United States Senate, challenging a Republican who wreaks havoc on the country while Democrats try to figure out a message, a strategy and a plan. We are better than this, and our MOCs have the collective voice and intelligence to right the ship. We will ask them what the strategy is (again), and we will ask that they be part of the solution, not the silent problem.