TALKING POINTS : It’s been one hundred days, and tomorrow, it’s the 15th Tuesday that we show up and demand our delegation to be on the right side of history. Resistance fatigues sets in from time to time, between marches and calls and solidarity movements — but we cannot stop, we cannot give the GOP any notion that we’ll back down and let them have their way with our government.
This week, our messages are clear, succinct and powerful. Join us on Tuesday and let our delegation know that:
1- Trump Care revised is more cruel, more hideous, and more dangerous than the first version. By pandering to the Freedom Caucus, Trump has made it clear that his tax cut to the wealthy is more important than the healthcare of the masses. Our delegation must stand firm and continue to raise their voices in loud and angry opposition to this travesty of a bill called Health Care. It focuses neither on health or care - it’s a tax cut for the folks who don’t need it at the cost of lives who need health care the most. The bill can see action as early as this week in the House, and Hanabusa and Gabbard can’t just show up and vote no. They need to take to social media, cable news, and the floor of the House and express their outrage that Trump continues to sell the lives of Americans for the benefit of the wealthy. And our Senators need to be vocal now, that the Senate sees through this sleight of hand, and they will stand loud and firm in their opposition and their continued discussions with their GOP counterparts to oppose this heinous cruelty.
2- One hundred days into this administration, one over-arching question must be asked and answered: Who are the people of value to this administration and this Congress? Trump and his allies have made it clear who has value, and it is not immigrants, women, middle class Americans struggling to make ends meet, and the LBGTQ community. It’s not those who toil for this country - the teachers, the labor workers, those who hold their families together despite the odds. It’s not us. It’s time for our delegation to make it clear that, as the representatives of the most diverse state in the country, all of our people matter. The groups of white men who continue to gather at the table to make decisions on behalf of all of us are offensive and not what this country stands for. Room for all of us does not mean oppression for those white men, for the very wealthy, for Trump and his buddies. This is not a proclamation that can be made through legislative mandate; this is a mandate that must be repeated again and again in floor statements, in media appearances, in conversations with their GOP colleagues, and with the community and the world. This is not business as usual, and this week we remind our delegation that they step up and call out this racism and discrimination for what it us.
3- Finally... we say mahalo to each who have stood tall, for helping us achieve way more progress in these first 100 days than we thought possible last November, and for the work they are doing on everything from health care to net neutrality to the Muslim ban to keeping the heat on the Russia investigations. There’s a lot of work ahead of all of us, but as Quartz reported this week, Hawai‘i has a history of leading the charge, and together, we can do it again.
SENATOR MAZIE HIRONO (808) 522-8970 OR (202) 224-6361 / HTTPS://WWW.HIRONO.SENATE.GOV/CONTACT/EMAIL
SENATOR BRIAN SCHATZ (808) 523-2061 OR (202) 224-3934 / HTTPS://WWW.SCHATZ.SENATE.GOV/CONTACT
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