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 :
FAMILIES SEPARATED AT THE BORDER are another Trump atrocity that must be stopped! Members of the administration have said taking children from their families might be a tactic to stop families from coming here, and now they appear to be making good on that threat. The NY Times reports that more than 700 children have been taken from parents since October, including more than 100 children under age 4. And with the Central Americans now trying to get asylum at the Tijuana crossing, those numbers could go even higher. We will ask our MOCs what they are doing to stop this heinous, heartless behavior now, before more families are destroyed.
NOW THE HOUSE HAS ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT FOR ROSENSTEIN, another sign that despite leadership’s assurances, the GOP has no plan to protect Mueller. We will ask our MOCs what they are doing right now to protect the special counsel, including bringing the Senate bill to the floor for a full and robust discussion (as even some GOP members of the Senate have demanded.) While McConnell continues to assert that he alone can dictate what gets heard on the floor, Senate rules —and the demands of other Senators — must override that power-grab immediately. We will also once again push Cong. Gabbard on her lack of support for any of the Mueller protection bills, despite the various statements she puts out. Why won’t she sign on and support legislation to protect this important investigation? What’s her reservation? We want answers, not platitudes.
THIS ADMINISTRATION’S SINGULAR FOCUS ON ESTABLISHING A STRONG-MAN REGIME CONTINUES, with Trump once again on the campaign trail saying dangerous and unprecedented things. He calls the media an enemy of the people, and members of the media now receive death threats on a regular basis. In his one-hour-plus speech on Saturday night, his veiled threats towards Senator Tester were frightening and unprecedented from a sitting President. Through his campaign appearances, he is undermining the very foundations on which our government and rule of law are built — even referring to legal statute as “corrupt laws” when talking about immigration and threatening to “close the country” in September. We will ask our MOCs to continue to call him out publicly on this dangerous behavior while privately urging their GOP colleagues to join the chorus that makes it clear that this behavior is dangerous and deadly.