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- PROTECTING YOUNG PEOPLE DOESN”T SEEM TO BE A CONGRESSIONAL PRIORITY: On guns, the president has said one thing and then another. Mitch McConnell is saying he doesn’t know that there’ll “be time” to schedule any gun bills in the Senate. The Parkland students continue to march ahead, commanding a huge social media presence and working towards the walk-outs this month and next. The DACA deadlines have come and gone, and still no action on an issue that was once bipartisan. Democrats keep telling us they don’t have the votes, but does that mean they just stop trying? Once again we want to know: Where’s the strategy? What’s the plan? Minority parties throughout history have had the ability to slow and stop legislative wheels of progress when the majority refuses to address issues of critical national importance. What does that say about the importance of young people in the eyes of this Congress (including the Democrats)?
A2- N ADMINISTRATION IN CHAOS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN DANGER: “Chaos” was the word of choice last week to describe the WH - sudden tariff announcements, an angry and petulant president, questions of the survival of Jarvanka at the WH, and Trump still stirring the pot with North Korea. We all watch Sam Nunberg come unglued on national cable news last night, and even the newscasters questioned his stability, his mental state, and whether he was OK. Our WH, however, continues untethered without anyone asking those same questions. When is enough enough? When does Congress step up and demand some sort of moderating action? We understand impeachment might be a non-starter now, but how about something that prevents Trump from unilaterally launching a first strike, putting us all in danger?
3- RUSSIA’S ELECTION MEDDLING IS INCONTROVERTIBLE, AND THE MID-TERMS ARE A FEW MONTHS AWAY: Our president is doing absolutely nothing to protect the sanctity of US elections, and in fact “joked” with GOP donors over the weekend that China’s “president for life” might be something we try here. History will look back on these days and ask the obvious questions: Why aren’t we doing anything? How can he continue to get away with this? Perhaps we’re working under the assumption that our republic is strong and can withstand the turmoil. Those marching, those watching, and those waiting for action aren’t so sure. What are our MOCs doing about these extremely serious threats right now?