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- Our response to the Syrian chemical weapons attack must be definitive and we must stay the course. Trump likes leadership by Tweet —a tactic that, according to John McCain, serves to embolden people like Assad. Foreign policy can’t be done in 280 characters. John Bolton now sits in the WH, and these two must be counter-balanced by those with a nuanced and thorough understanding of foreign relations and consequences. We will ask our MOC to denounce in the strongest terms the continued genocide that’s occurring in Syria (and in the case of Gabbard, ask her to finally acknowledge that Assad is the culprit in these heinous acts). We will also ask them to hold this administration accountable to a strategy that is actionable and sustainable, that engages our allies around the world and calls out Russia and Iran for its support of Assad.
2- Scott Pruitt is abusing his position in every imaginable way, and because he’s rolling back all the regulations that are delivering a healthier and cleaner environment, he’s being allowed to rob the national coffers at an epic pace. When we allow people at the highest levels of government to rape and pillage the institution, we set a precedent that is virtually impossible to turn back. We will ask our MOCs to condemn his despicable behavior and call on the President to fire him.
3- Zuckerberg’s appearance before Congress this week is a watershed moment, and one our MOCs must attend to in the most careful and scrutinizing way. We will ask them to push hard for answers to questions about Cambridge Analytica and the safety of Americans’ personal data. We will also remind them, however, that Cambridge Analytica is the head-of-the-sanke here, the one that still wields power and danger in our immediate future. Do not be hoodwinked into a bait and switch over where the root problems lie and what actions need to be done to correct it.
4- When the news is crowded with the tawdry details of Pruitt’s behavior, the horrific images of dead children in Syria, the paparazzi of a Zuckerberg appearance, and the all-eyes-on-Bolton foreign affairs shake up, we immediately know that’s when Trump will try to pull a fast one. Our core issues remain the same: election integrity, the completion of the Mueller investigation, and a reconciling of Russia’s impact on our elections and our democracy. These issues must remain top-of-mind. We will ask our MOCs to keep all the balls in the air, not allowing themselves to be too enthralled by the latest developments to lose sight of the full situation.