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 :
We’ve been at this a year and a half, and we’re exhausted. But Trump’s chaos, strong-man approach to governance, and endless narcissistic need to be the center of attention is as strong and dangerous as ever.
1- Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem has created the unrest and havoc everyone predicted. While a man with no credentials, no security clearance, and no reason to be there other than his familial ties to the president spoke at the opening, chaos in the streets killed scores and wounded thousands. John Bolton reported over the weekend that the president didn’t need diplomatic ground work prior to his summit with Kim Jong Un, that he would rely on his “instincts” to broker an agreement. Trump’s “instincts” have left bodies around the globe - from Charlottesville to the Middle East and torn a hole in the democratic fiber of our nation. We’ll ask our MOCs to continue to stand up to this bully, and to let the nation and the world know that he does not speak for all of us.
2- Children being ripped away from their parents as a deterrent to immigration is outrageous and a violation of everything we stand for. We’ll remind our MOCs to remember the tactics suggested by our UH colleague last week and begin rigorous oversight of the detention policies and procedures regarding these children. We want our representatives to shine a bright light on how these people are being treated while in our care, and make sure the world knows that we don’t condone this immoral and repulsive practice.
3- Haspel’s letter today to Sen. Warner underscores that the pressure from folks like us and the work of our MOCs is paying off. Unwilling to condemn interrogation practices from her earlier days as an agent at her hearing last week, she now says in this letter that is was wrong and should not have been conducted. We’ll ask our MOCs to continue to question her nomination and her fitness for the office to which the president has nominated her. We will also thank Sen. Hirono for her continued work asking everyone judicial nominee about his history of domestic violence and workplace misconduct.
4- Lastly, the work of the nation continues. We will follow up with Sen. Schatz on net neutrality and what we can do; we’ll learn what, if any, legislative priorities will be given attention over the coming weeks, and what our MOCs are focusing on in these last months of this Congress.
Join us! You don’t learn what’s going on if you don’t show up. See you out there!