March on! Action Alerts for week of March 20, 2017

March On! Monday:
Here are the actions to consider taking this week.

MOM #1. HEALTHCARE TrumpCare isn’t about healthcare at all. It’s a tax break for the wealthy and a deconstruction of those vital lifelines so critical to Americans across the country — from rural, remotes corners of the country to our largest cities.

1. Call Hanabusa and Gabbard (numbers listed below). Speaker Ryan plans to call a vote on the House bill this Thursday, on the anniversary of Pres. Obama signing the Affordable Care Act.

Call your Representatives and let them know that you expect their loud rejection of this bill. Put faces and people on the picture. Identify stories of people you know and get those details – exactly what it looks like, what the medication costs, what the choices facing these people are. Tell the stories of elderly relatives or neighbors whose very life hangs in the balance with Medicaid.

2. Engage your mainland family and friends to target those on the fence. See below. The Bill may well pass the House. But our focus is the Senate. The objective is to ensure to let them know that the bill is so TOXIC that the Senate needs to defer their consideration of the bill (scheduled for the week of March 27). If we can delay it into April, Members will have to face angry constituents during the break and so they can hear those first hand stories.

MOM #2. SCOTUS This Supreme Court seat – and the dozens of judicial vacancies around the country – are stolen seats created by a GOP that refused hearings on any Obama nominee.

Let our Senators (numvers listed below) know that we staunchly oppose the confirmation of Gorsuch, and that despite some of the rhetoric, his record is clear that he will be one of the most far-right appointments to the Court. The confirmation hearings begin on Monday, and we expect those Senators on the committee to push him hard. They must ask every single difficult question in those hearings, Particularly with Senator Hirono, we want her to ask:

  1. How Gorsuch would view overreach by POTUS and would he rule to rein that in?
  2. What are his views on interference by other countries in our elections?
  3. What about abuse of the emoluments clause of the Constitution?

When his nomination comes to the Senate floor, we expect our members to then stand prepared to filibuster the floor debate. We hear talk of Democrats in red states being lobbied to support the GOP in stopping the debate, we must be firm in our opposition to that tactic. While the GOP may promise it will then hold the 60 vote requirement for judicial confirmations, we can’t believe they will hold to their word. They have shown they will change the rules whenever it suits them. Don’t let them play Senators looking to find middle ground!

MOM #3. BUDGET The administration’s budget strips funding from those most in need and most marginalized, and it cannot be allowed to move forward. It is NOT NORMAL. It violates our most humane virtue of compassion and human rights.

Call your Members of Congress and let them know that these cuts are unacceptable. Put faces and people on the picture. Identify stories of people you know and get those details – someone who relies on Meals on Wheels and who would be in jeopardy; family members or neighbors whose lives were impacted by what became SuperFund sites — what happens when protections are stripped away for corporate gain; the importance of public television and radio, particularly in rural communities and what it means to families.

There are so many examples to choose from —so pick those that matter most to you — but our underlying message is singular in focus: This budget is in no way in keeping with American values and it must be rejected. This isn’t just moving money from “discretionary spending” pots to fund greater military readiness. This budget is part of the deconstruction of the progressive state, just as Bannon promised. And it cannot be allowed to move another inch.

MOM #4. INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HEARINGS Much is happening this week, with the House Intelligence Committee holding its first public hearing on Russia and Comey testifying. Both House and Senate intelligence committees continue to confirm that they have no evidence to support the POTUS claim that he was “wiretapped” by Obama, and pressure is mounting regarding Trump’s credibility.

HAWAI’I CONGRESS MEMBERS CONTACT INFO

Sen. Brian Schatz – (202) 224-3934 or (808) 523-2061
Sen. Mazie Hirono –
(202) 224-6361 or (808) 522-8970
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (CD-1 Urban O’ahu) –
(202) 225-2726 or (808) 541-2570
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (CD-2 Rural O’ahu & all neighbor islands) – (202) 225-4906 or (808) 541-1986

We also have these activities from our supporting organizations:

LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i

The LGBT Caucus needs your help with testimony for 2 bills that are a priority for the LGBT Caucus and the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i. If you have already submitted testimony for either of these bills you can recycle your testimony! If not, no worries your testimony does not have to be long just a couple of sentences why you support the bill.

SB 502 SD 1 HD 1 – In Vitro Fertilization will remove discriminatory requirements for mandatory insurance coverage of in vitro fertilization procedures to create parity of coverage for same-sex couples, unmarried women, and male-female couples for whom male infertility is the relevant factor.

SB 502 SD 1 HD 1 has received a hearing in the House’s Consumer Protection and Commerce on Thursday, March 23 at 2:05 p.m.

Use this link to submit your testimony using the Legislature’s on-line system:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=502

If you are not comfortable using the on-line system you can submit testimony via email to
CPCtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov
Subject line: Supportive Testimony for SB 502 SD 1 HD 1

Testimony needs to be in by Wednesday, March 22 at 8:30 a.m.

SB 1129 SD 2 – Medical Aid in Dying will establish a medical aid in dying act that establishes a regulatory process under which an adult resident of the State with a medically confirmed terminal disease may obtain a prescription for medication to be self-administered to end the patient’s life.

SB 1129 SD 2 has received a hearing in the House’s Health Committee on Thursday, March 23 at 8:30 a.m. so we are asking for you to submit testimony in support of Medical Aid in Dying.

Use this link to submit your testimony using the Legislature’s on-line system: http://capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1129

If you are not comfortable using the on-line system you can submit testimony via email to
HLTtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov
Subject line: Supportive Testimony for SB 1129 SD 2

Testimony needs to be in by Wednesday, March 22 at 8:30 a.m. 

Planned Parenthood

Call your member of Congress and ask the to oppose repealing Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) as well as any attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.

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Help us spread the word of the global Women’s March movement by forwarding this email to your friends and family.

Mahalo & MARCH ON!

Urgent – Call to Action

WMW_HI_Aloha_BannerAction Alert: Rally in Support of
Immigrants & Ending Bullying

The Women’s March – Hawai‘i is calling for a Rally at Campbell High School tomorrow (Friday, March 10) at 2:00 PM in support of immigrants and ending bullying. We are meeting at the corner of Fort Weaver Road & Aikanaka Road in Ewa Beach.

The rally is in response to a teacher at Campbell High School who took an email from the school’s councilor, that was meant to provide comfort and embracing immigrant students, and this teacher turned and used the email as a chance to threaten children of immigrants. The teacher declared that if any students were here illegally he would not teach them. – Hawaii News Now story

Educators should be helping students cope, not traumatizing them more!

Threatening school children is no way to discuss immigration reform. We also need to make sure that our schools are safe for all students and bullying comes in many forms.

So we are taking to the streets to send a message to the students of the Campbell High School and neighboring Ilima Intermediate that we will stand up for immigrants and we want an end to bullying!

We hope that you can make it and please share this post with your friends!

O‘ahu – International Women’s Day

Women’s March – Hawai‘i is partnering with the AiKea Movement , UNITE HERE Local 5, and the Hawaii State Teachers Association to organize an International Women’s Day Action on Wednesday, March 8th from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

4:30 PM – Meet at Magic Island
5:00 PM – Begin march to Trump International Hotel Waikiki
5:45 PM – Rally and Program at Trump International Hotel Waikiki (223 Saratoga Rd, Honolulu)

Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without a Woman.

Bring SIGNS. We are making signs to honor women workers with the slogan “She Persisted,” made (in)famous after Senator Mitch McConnell silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren in the middle of her speech. We welcome you to make your own signs, honoring the strong and persistent women in your life. If you would like us to help you make a sign, send a photo of a woman you would like to honor to aikeahawaii@gmail.com.

Historically, International Women’s Day has focused on the working conditions of women. Women an people of color experience workplace injury, sexual harrassment, unequal pay, and other forms of injustice at higher rates. Nevertheless, women workers persist. They lead the change in fighting for safe working conditions, equality, and economic justice.

For International Women’s Day 2017, we’re asking you to #BeBoldForChange. Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better world.