Support Pesticide Regulation Bill SB3095

SB3095hd1 deals with the regulation of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP’s) and contains three primary components:

1) Requires the annual disclosure of RUP use by the very largest users.

2) Provides for modest “no-spray buffer zones” around schools, during school hours.

3) Implements a “phased” ban on the use of chlorpyrifos, a known neurotoxin.  The ban allows for “exemptions” for those operations who need additional time to adapt accordingly.

While the provisions are modest from an advocates perspective, school buffer zones and chlorpyrifos provisions at least provide some tangible protections and disclosure that will provide valuable data for future decision making.

Email YOUR SENATOR NOW!!  Ask that they support SB3095hd1 without making any further changes to it. Contact info at https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/members/legislators.aspx?chamber=S

TESTIFY FOR SB270 [BAN CONVERSION THERAPY) BILL BY 4-3-18 2pm

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NEXT STEP!! Your Testimony is Needed Again!!

Bill SB270 (to ban Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy) will be heard on Wednesday, April 4 at 2:00M. Testimonies to support MUST be submitted by 2:00pm Tuesday, April 3! 

Even just clicking SUPPORT will help. Sometimes it is just a numbers game. 

SAMPLE TESTIMONY : My name is _______. I am testifying in strong support of SB270 to ban conversion therapy. It is proven not to work, and have dangerous consequences. 

HOW TO SUBMIT TESTIMONIES step-by-step

(note : no in-person testimonies allowed at this meeting)

 

OPPOSE GINA HASPEL CONFIRMATION

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Trump has nominated Gina Haspel to replace Pompeo as CIA Director. In 2002, Haspel was the director of the secret CIA "black site" prison in Thailand, including when prisoner, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, was waterboarded and subsequently destroyed tapes as a part of a coverup. 

(Watch CNN's Avi Melber story on Haspel)

The black site program was documented in depth by the Washington Post's Dana Priest, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her exposés on the CIA's secret interrogation program, and the New Yorker's Jane Mayer, both in her magazine articles and the book "The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals." Those who were intimately involved in that ugly chapter of the CIA's history have no business running the agency. And anyone who was involved in destroying evidence, as Haspel was, simply cannot be entrusted with the vast power of the CIA.


Haspel's appointment requires confirmation by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Contact all its members to oppose her confirmation. 

SCRIPT : I am writing to ask you to not confirm Gina Haspel as CIA Director. In 2002, Haspel was the director of the secret CIA "black site" prison in Thailand, including when prisoner, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, was waterboarded. Haspel has also destroyed tapes as a part of a coverup. Those who were intimately involved in this ugly chapter of the CIA's history have no business running the agency. And anyone who was involved in destroying evidence, as Haspel was, simply cannot be entrusted with the vast power of the CIA.

Chair - Richard Burr /Republican / North Carolina / (202) 224-3154 / www.burr.senate.gov/contact/email

Vice Chair - Mark Warner /Democrat / Virginia /  (202) 224-2023 / www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Contact

Roy Blunt / Republican / Missouri / (202) 224-5721 / www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-roy

Susan Collins Republican / Maine / (202) 224-2523 / www.collins.senate.gov/contact

John Cornyn /Republican / Texas / (202) 224-2934 / www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact

Tom Cotton /Republican / Arkansas / (202) 224-2353 / www.cotton.senate.gov/?p=contact

Dianne Feinstein / Democrat / California / (202) 224-3841 / www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

Kamala Harris / Democrat / California / (202) 224-3553 / www.harris.senate.gov/contact

Martin Heinrich / Democrat New Mexico / (202) 224-5521 / www.heinrich.senate.gov/contact

Angus King / Independent / Maine / (202) 224-5344 / www.king.senate.gov/contact

James Lankford / Republican / Oklahoma / (202) 224-5754 / www.lankford.senate.gov/contact/email

Joe Manchin III / Democrat / West Virginia / (202) 224-3954 / www.manchin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form

James Risch / Republican / Idaho / (202) 224-2752 / www.risch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Email

Marco Rubio / Republican / Florida / (202) 224-3041 / www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

Ron Wyden / Democrat / Oregon / (202) 224-5244 / 

Ex Officio - John McCain /Republican / Arizona / (202) 224-2235 / www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form

Ex Officio - Mitch McConnell /Republican / Kentucky / (202) 224-2541 / www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=contact

Ex Officio - John “Jack” Reed /Democrat / Rhode Island / (202) 224-4642 / www.reed.senate.gov/contact/

Ex Officio - Charles “Chuck” Schumer /Democrat / New York / (202) 224-6542 / www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck

DEMAND CONGRESS PROTECT MUELLER

Things are heating up for Trump. He may fire Mueller, or he might start a war. 

DEMAND CONGRESS PROTECT MUELLER 

Suggested Script: There are many indications that Trump is seriously considering firing Mueller and/or impede the Special Counsel's investigation. This would be a constitutional crisis. I am strongly urging you to do everything you can to pass a bipartisan bill protect special counsel Robert Mueller from potentially being fired by Donald Trump.

Hawai‘i Representatives

Senator Hirono / Twitter @maziehirono / Facebook@mazie.hirono
Phone (808) 522-8970 / (202) 224-6361
https://www.hirono.senate.gov/help/email

Senator Schatz / Twitter @brianschatz / Facebook @brianschatz
Phone (808) 523-2061 / (202) 224-3934
https://www.schatz.senate.gov/CONTACT

Congressperson Tulsi Gabbard / Twitter @tulsigabbard / Facebook @RepTulsiGabbard
Phone (808) 541-1986 / (202) 225-4906
https://gabbard.house.gov/connect/share-your-ideas

Congressperson Colleen Hanabusa / Twitter @RepHanabusa / Facebook @RepColleenHanabusa
(808) 541-2570 / (202) 225-2726
https://hanabusa.house.gov/contact (if you are not in her district, email Matthew.Higa@mail.house.gov)

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Prevent Trump from Nuclear First Use!

Trump gears up for imminent war with North Korea. North & South Korean governments have invested hundreds of millions of dollars into emergency preparedness and shelters. Both are committed to real diplomacy to save their citizens as well as each other's citizens. Evacuation plans for non-essential US personnel from South Korea are in the works. Meanwhile, the only 'plan' for Hawai‘i is "Shelter in Place."

HAWAI‘I J20+ is calling for immediate and urgent action to demand that each member of the Hawai‘i Congressional Delegation immediately introduce and work to pass laws that will:

  • reciprocate North Korea’s public declaration not to use nuclear weapons offensively by declaring our own nuclear no-first use policy.
  • direct Strategic Command that the President only has retaliatory nuclear authority, including the use of so-called tactical nuclear weapons and nuclear bunker busters. 
  • make concerted effort to normalize relations with North Korea and support the bilateral dialogue between North and South Korea.

We have a window of opportunity to eliminate US presidential nuclear First Use capabilites. There is no time to wait. We must act now!

 

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HOW

1- FAX-A-THON (inundate their offices with faxes without using fax machines)

2- Via phone or email, go HERE.

MORE INFO

SUPPORT HAWAI‘I HEALTH AUTHORITY TO SUPPORTING HEALTHCARE-FOR-ALL

Oppose HB1900 unless $250,000 is added to fund the Hawai‘i Health Authority (HHA).

To Testify https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov (deadline Tuesday, March 6 11am)

If you need help here are STEP BY STEP instructions

Even just clicking OPPOSE or one sentence testimony will help. Sometimes it is just a numbers game. 

SAMPLE TESTIMONY : I oppose the HB1900 as is because it doesn't address our escalating health insurance premiums.  Please add a $250,000 budget line item to fund the Hawaii Health Authority, an organization of experts charged with diagnosing current healthcare costs. The people of Hawai‘i needs an efficient Healthcare-for-All. 


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#BoycottNRA (updated 2-24-2018 1:59pm Hawaii time)

Join the movement to boycott companies who support the NRA. 

1- Go to Twitter (use links below)

2- Click on its top post, or any post

3- Write a comment like : Stop supporting the @NRA or @NRATV

4- click the [like] button on all comments who demand the same

Also - until Amazon & Fedex discontinue NRA discount, you can a) cancel your Amazon Prime memberships and b) call to FedEx to tell them you are switching to UPS and USPS. 

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VISA

Offers a VISA NRA card with special deals

AMAZON

Amazon continues to offer the NRA TV app, allowing anyone with a Fire TV or certain game controllers to watch the NRA’s television channel, despite calls from high-profile activists to drop the content.

Everytown and Moms Demand Action, two gun safety groups, joined forces to launch a campaign Friday demanding that streaming services stop offering NRA TV.

“NRA TV is home to the NRA’s most dangerous and violence-inciting propaganda,” Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts said in a statement. “It’s time for tech leaders to acknowledge their role in helping the NRA spread this dangerous content and cut it out.” A Change.org petition also aims to get NRA TV pulled from Amazon in particular.

CLEARENT

Clearent, a credit card processing company, offers “firearms friendly” services geared toward NRA members. A representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

APPLE TV

The NRA TV app is also available on Apple TV. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

FEDEX gives discounts to NRA members and is sticking with this relationship. Go HERE if you want call them. 

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GOOGLE

NRA TV is also available through Google’s Chromecast. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

ROKU PLAYER

LifeLine Screening

The preventative health company based in Austin, Texas says on a NRA-specific website that members can “take advantage of affordable discounts.” A representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

ManageUrID

Members are encouraged to protect their “privacy and financial security” through a subscription to this privacy protection service, though no discount is specified. A representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.  

Life Insurance Central (seems not to be on twitter. 800-756-6452, ext. 6520 / https://www.lifeinsurancecentral.com/contact-us

The NRA-endorsed term life company is listed as providing “higher coverage amounts” for members on life insurance policies. A representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.  

Medical Concierge Network

Unspecified “specialized exclusive benefits” are offered for members who want to join this “personal health advisory service.” The company’s founder, Greg Nassief, told ThinkProgress that he has no comment on the company’s relationship with the NRA, noting that it is not political and that his company has similar relationships “with several entities across all sorts of categories.”

eHealth

Members are invited to purchase health insurance plans through eHealth’s exchange, though no specific discount is specified. A representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.  

Lockton

Insurance company Lockton Affinity, a subsidiary of Lockton Companies, underwrites the NRA Carry Guard insurance program for gun owners, which it describes as a “state-of-the-art” policy to help gun owners when they use their firearm for self-defense and end up in a “legal nightmare.” “You defend your life with a firearm,” its website says. “Defend your life savings with industry leading insurance.”

HotelPlanner.com

The hotel booking company lets NRA members book trips through a website only accessible with a member number. Tim Hentschel, co-founder of Hotel Planner, told Bloomberg that it would not be distancing itself from the gun lobby. “Our company provides discounted rooms to several large associations, including the NRA,” he said. “These associations greatly benefit our customers by buying discounted rooms from groups that might otherwise be charged a penalty by hotels for not using all of the rooms in their block.” A representative for Hotel Planner did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Vinesse Wines

The wine company operates “the official wine club of the NRA,” offering NRA members an “exclusive first-time offer” of “4 exceptional wines for just $29.99,” which it says is a savings of over $84. Vinesse also sells “NRA Collector’s Series” packages of wine. A representative for the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


CENSURE TRUMP

Demand that Trump be censured!

1. Sign a petition to the US Congress

2. Contact your Members of Congress.

Suggested Script:

The Senate and House of Representatives have the power to "Censure" a sitting President for misconduct and I am asking that you work to immediately censure President Trump. From the time he assumed the Presidency, he has been engaging in numerous and continuous acts of misconduct ranging from conflicts of interest, obstruction of justice, dissemination of lies, endorsement of sexual harassers, violation of international laws, just to name a few. He is unfit to be the President of the United States. 

Hawai‘i Representatives

Senator Hirono / Twitter @maziehirono / Facebook@mazie.hirono
Phone (808) 522-8970 / (202) 224-6361
https://www.hirono.senate.gov/help/email

Senator Schatz / Twitter @brianschatz / Facebook @brianschatz
Phone (808) 523-2061 / (202) 224-3934
https://www.schatz.senate.gov/contact

Congressperson Tulsi Gabbard / Twitter @tulsigabbard / Facebook @RepTulsiGabbard
Phone (808) 541-1986 / (202) 225-4906
https://gabbard.house.gov/connect/share-your-ideas

Congressperson Colleen Hanabusa / Twitter @RepHanabusa / Facebook @RepColleenHanabusa
(808) 541-2570 / (202) 225-2726
https://hanabusa.house.gov/contact (if you are not in her district, email Matthew.Higa@mail.house.gov)

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TESTIFY FOR RESEARCH ACCOUNTABILITY ON HEALTHCARE-FOR-ALL BY 1-23-2018

Your Voices are Needed!!

HEALTH CARE FOR ALL is more efficient, less expensive, and covers everyone. There is a hearing on Bill HB1717, which purpose is to investigate strategies for addressing the rising costs of health care by directing the Legislative Reference Bureau to conduct a study on the projected costs and effects if Hawai‘i implemented a single-payer health care system. (MORE INFO https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2018/bills/HB1717_.HTM)

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HOWEVER...

This is great ONLY if the study is done fairly. We need to ensure that the studies used are not conducted by private health insurers because they are the drivers of the health care cost explosion. Meaning... HB1717 should ONLY be supported if the studies used by the LRB are not conducted by private industries, and based on:

  • its Bureaucratic efficiency.
  • whether it covers EVERYONE.
  • whether it relieves employers from Workers Compensation.
  • whether it bundles prescription drugs via a multi-State model
  • whether it compels for-profit hospitals to become non-profit. 
  • whether it compels regulated and transparent billings. 

WHEN : Wednesday, January 24 at 10am
WHERE : State Capitol room 329

If you can't testify in person, go to https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/

  1. Go to https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/
  2. Click "Submit Testimony" + enter Bill number
  3. You have to be registered to submit an online testimony. If you are not, create an account at https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/login/register.aspx

CALL SENATORS TO CALL OUT TRUMP RACISM

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Wanna make some calls!?

Some Senators present at the meeting where Trump called Haiti and African countries "shitholes" have suddenly claimed that they have "forgotten" what they heard. Let's tell them we know they're lying and that they need to join Senator Richard Durbin and clearly denounce Trump's racist comments about Haiti and African countries. 

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC): 
Main: (202) 224-5972
District office numbers: (864) 250-1417, (803) 933-0112, (843) 669-1505, (843) 849-3887, (803) 366-2828, (864) 646-4090

Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Phone: (202) 225-2915
District office numbers: (661) 327-3611

Senator David Perdue (R-GA)
p: (202) 224-3521
District office numbers: (404) 865-0087

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Phone: (202) 224-2353
District office numbers: (479) 751-0879, (870) 933-6223, (501) 223-9081, (870) 864-8582

Representative Robert Goodlatte (R-VA)
Phone: (202) 225-5431
District office numbers: (540) 432-2391, (434) 845-8306, (540) 857-2672, (540) 885-3861

While you are at it, please also call/write Sen. Durbin to thank him for doing the right thing. 

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
p: 202.224.2152
District office numbers: 312.353.4952, 217.492.4062, 618.351.1122, 309.786.5173

 

TAKE THE NET NEUTRALITY FIGHT TO THE CONGRESS

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to undo our hard-won net neutrality protections. This means that telecommunications companies will soon be able to dictate how we use the internet to get information, organize and take action, make purchases, and stream video.

But net neutrality isn’t dead yet. Now we’re taking the fight to Congress.

Pro-net neutrality members will use the Congressional Review Act in a bid to reverse this hasty and misguided FCC action. We have 60 legislative days (i.e. days when Congress is in session) to pressure Congress to act. The clock is ticking.

Raise your voice to push our members of Congress to represent our interests and reverse the FCC’s dismantling of net neutrality.

1- Sign ACLU Petition

2- Contact your Congresspersons

SCRIPT : Please represent the interests of the people and reverse the FCC’s dismantling of net neutrality. The future of our free, fair, and open internet is at stake.

CONGRESSPERSON TULSI GABBARD (808) 541-1986 OR (202) 225-4906 / HTTPS://GABBARD.HOUSE.GOV/CONNECT/SHARE-YOUR-IDEAS

CONGRESSPERSON COLLEEN HANABUSA (808) 541-2570 OR (202) 225-2726 / HTTPS://HANABUSA.HOUSE.GOV/CONTACT (IF YOU ARE NOT IN HER DISTRICT, EMAIL MATTHEW.HIGA@MAIL.HOUSE.GOV

 

 

URGENT : Oppose Biased, Partisan Appointment to US Census Bureau

CALL/EMAIL this Sunday or Monday!

*Secretary Wilbur Ross 202-482-2000 / WLRoss@doc.gov

Director DeStefano 202-456-1414 / John.j.destefano@who.eop.gov

SCRIPT : Dear Sec. Ross/Dir. DeStefano, Because the census is crucial to fair representation in Congress, I oppose the appointment of Thomas Brunell as deputy director of the US Census Bureau. Brunell’s views on gerrymandering and redrawing congressional districts oppose democratic values. His appointment is a threat to election integrity and risks politicizing a non-partisan issue. Please appoint a qualified, experienced, and unbiased candidate. Thank you. Your Name

*Wilbur Ross  - Commerce Secretary : Net worth $2.5 billion - got a nickname of “vulture” because he made his money picking over the bones of bankrupt companies.

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Save Net Neutrality!

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Don't Dismantle Net Neutrality!

We need to block a vote to upend the free flow of information on the internet before it’s too late. Time is running out. Chairman Pai has released a draft order of his plan, that if adopted, would undo net neutrality. 

"Over the past year, citizens have had success exerting public pressure on officials and raising consciousness over social issues. The internet was key to these endeavours, which is precisely why the administration wants to eliminate equal access to it."  Globe and Mail

A - Voice your support for Title 2 oversight of ISPs and net neutrality to the FCC! The FCC commissioners have disconnected their phones so email them:

Ajit Pai, Chairman / Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov
Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner / Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
Michael O'Rielly, Commissioner / Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
Brendan Carr, Commissioner / Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov
Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner / Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

2- Go to FCC feedback page (Use a computer, as it's more difficult to complete the form on a mobile device.)
- Under "Proceedings," type 17-108.
- SCRIPT :  I support Title 2 oversight of ISPs and net neutrality." Add some personal reasons...

3- Make a call to Congress now to save net neutrality. [More Information]

OPPOSE THE GOP TAX SCAM NOW BEFORE IT'S 2 LATE

Stop GOP Tax Scam!!

The House of Representatives pass the GOP Tax Bill that gives massive cuts to the wealthy, paid for by forcing deeper cuts to critical programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security down the line. The Bill is moving to the Senate. Both Hirono + Schatz will be opposing it but you can still do these 3 things:

1. Republicans who have yet to show their full support for the bill. Here are their phone and contract info:

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin
Phone: 202-224-5323
Contact: https://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/.../email-the-senator

Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee
Phone: 202-224-3344
Contact: www.corker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailme

Sen. John McCain of Arizona
Phone: 202-224-2235
Contact: www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form
Email: Senator_McCain@mccain.senate.gov

Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma
Phone: 202-224-5754
Contact: www.lankford.senate.gov/contact/email

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine
Phone: 202-224-2523
Contact: www.collins.senate.gov/contact
Email: senator@collins.senate.gov

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona
Phone: 202-224-4521
Contact: www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-jeff

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
Phone: 202-224-6665
Contact: www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
Email: email@murkowski.senate.gov

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida
Contact: www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact 
Phone: 202-224-3041

2. Sign up at #TRUMPTAXSCAM to make calls to someone in a red state. Then urge them to call their MoCs to say no to the tax scam!

3. call Hirono + Schatz to demand that they do EVERYTHING they can to work across the aisle to block it. DETAILS

Senator Hirono / (808) 522-8970

Https://www.Hirono.Senate.Gov/Contact/Email

Senator Schatz / (808) 523-2061

Https:/www.Schatz.Senate.Gov/Contact