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 :
IT’S ALL ABOUT KIDS AND FAMILIES AND DOING WHAT’S RIGHT. Trump may have blinked and signed an executive order, but he’s still building internment camps on military bases, we’ve still not seen the babies and the girls, we’re still not getting inside those facilities, and children are still separated from their parents. That EO (which wasn’t even needed) looks more like a publicity stunt than a policy decree. We’ll ask our MOC’s staffs what our Members are doing to find those kids and get them back with their families AND what they’re doing to stop this morally bankrupt practice at our borders. The US has seen the cruelty and long-term devastation of ripping families apart again and again. Now is not the time for equivocation and “good people on all sides.” We know it’s a tough road, being a Democrat in Washington right now — but these families, these children, and those of us who believe in doing what’s right need our Senators and Representatives to step up and demand transparency, action, and moral decency now more than ever.
AMERICA’S SAFETY NET IS BEING RIPPED AWAY. From health care to social security to SNAP to Medicare, this administration is hell-bent on a destruction path that leaves large chunks of Americans without essential services. Once again, our moral compass is broken, and everyday people from every sliver of the country are paying the price. We will ask our MOCs what they see happening on these issues between now and the end of the year and what we can do between now and the election to let Washington know that these cruel and morally bankrupt policy changes are not what America stands for.
5-4. A NUMBER WE’LL BE HEARING A LOT. SCOTUS upheld the Muslim Ban, giving this president a major victory and telling the world that racism and discrimination is alive and well in the United States. We know that the court has spoken and the Congress has little recourse against this decision, but we will ask them what’s next, and for those with families and loved ones no longer allowed to visit, what can be done to help them.