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 NORTH KOREA MEETING gives the win to Kim Jong-un and further complicates a messy, dangerous relationship. The North Korean leaders have tried for decades to get a meeting with the US President, thus creating legitimacy on the global stage, and now Trump wants to give it to him. There’s no diplomacy, no plan—just Trump running in, “the only one who can fix it.” We expect our MOCs to speak loudly about this insanity and do what they can to de-escalate this growing minefield. We know exactly how dangerous this country is, and with his this administration’s gross lack of knowledge about the complexities of the relationship and the Korean Peninsula, much more harm than good is likely from yet another stupid idea from this ill-prepared administration.
2. TRUMP’S CAMPAIGNING, AND HIS DICTATORIAL STRONG MAN IS IN FULL VIEW. At the Pennsylvania campaign rally Saturday night, Trump stoked all the fires of a dictator holding on to power He revved up his hatred of the media, inciting boos and taunts from the crowd as he repeated how the media cannot be trusted (“He’s a sleeping son of a bitch” of NBC’s Chuck Todd and “…fake as hell CNN, the, fake as hell CNN, the worst, so fake, fake news…”) He encouraged the crowd to CHEER when he mentioned Kim Jong-un, assuring the crowd that he believes it with the North Korean says he’s not launching missiles. He also revved up the crowd to cheer and taunt when he spoke of Congresswoman Maxine Waters, “…a very low IQ individual. Have you seen her? A low IQ individual.” This man is stoking fear, hatred, and polarization — attacking all the things this nation is built upon —and the crowds are buying it. Democrats must speak loudly in the public eye and talk privately behind closed doors to tamp down this rhetoric. Our mid term elections are already in peril, and with this behavior hitting the campaign trail in March, our November elections may well be a disastrous sham.
3. THE WORK OF CONGRESS MUST GO ON. This banking bill puts us back in the path of another 2008 recession; DACA recipients still dangle without resolution, and gun legislation is no where to be seen. Where’s the action? Where’s the fight? Additionally, all indications suggest that Mueller is close, very close. Given Trump’s behavior in Pennsylvania, and the continued rumoring that he’s still gunning to fire Mueller, we face the dual possibilities that he’ll pull the firing trigger and/or create such chaos that the American public won’t stand with the Mueller findings. Our MOCs much be working across the aisle to preserve the Mueller investigation and its public trust.