Hawaii State Senate
Hawaii State Senate
Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members reunite with their families
I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy Veteran, who served for 10 years mostly in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand, that I first encountered Amerasian children (and descendants) of U.S. sailors and military contractors previously stationed overseas. In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. Many Amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. sailors who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John Haines is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to reunite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. Service members. Today, all John wants is to be reunited with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to reunite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2016 creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to reconnect with their own children. John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently reunite with her dad. You can find them in the Amerasian group pages on Facebook. Search angel services are available to both sides.There is a PBS documentary called "Left by the Ship" (2010), the video above, documenting everyday life and their personal struggles as a Filipino Amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggle to connect to their American military fathers, to bridge the gap between the past and the present. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2016 now!
Remove the penalty that prevents people with disabilities from marrying!
When we think of marriage equality, we think about the ongoing fight LGBT couples face, but another minority group must deal with the stark reality that they are better off living in long-term committed relationships, without marriage. Like LGBT couples, these couples are denied the right to over 1,100 rights afforded to married couples. They have been denied access into their loved ones hospital rooms, faced family disputes over wills and have been denied spousal benefits from their partners workplace or the government in the event of their partners death. These are people with disabilities. Many people rely on the government for medical and financial assistance. Without medical insurance they would have no way to live independently. They would be forced into nursing homes (some already are), which would cost the government significantly more than getting Medicare and/or Medicaid does. At the same time, this assistance comes with a price. The government expects married couples to share income and that affects any assistance the couple receives. For many, their spouse makes too much (even if they make meager SSDI payments). This cuts into the healthcare services these couples receive. For some, their able-bodied partners make too much to allow them to qualify for medical assistance, if married, but not enough to pay out of pocket for costly medical equipment, medicine, or any other needs the disabled partner has. Add in the fact that even when a person with a disability can work, the opportunity for quality medical insurance is hard to find, due to their pre-existing condition and you will understand why many couples with disabilities are forced to live in domestic partnerships. Also, if two people with disabilities marry and they are on SSI or SSDI, their payments are CUT significantly, making it hard for them to maintain independence and afford their own food, shelter, clothing or other necessities. The time to stand up is now!! Let your Senators and Representatives know you want to remove the income caps placed on individuals with disabilities, so they can keep the government assistance and still be able to get married. Every loving couple deserves the right to marry. No one should have to choose between their wheelchair and their love, their therapy and their love, their medication and their love, their ability to eat or have a roof over their head and their love!! Those are not choices!! Help make it possible for those with disabilities to share their love without being penalized!Join our fight for marriage equality for people with disabilities:https://www.facebook.com/MarriageEqualityForPeopleWithDisabilities
#ProgressiveDisruption by the States
What happened to make this country the focus of judgment, laughter, and fear from the rest of the world? The industrialized world outside of the United States enjoys a better quality of life and general happiness that most of us can only imagine. First class education, comprehensive health care, clean food/water/air and an overall better relationship with their fellow citizens. And as a country, we have higher mortality rates at younger ages, poorer health, and an impoverished population who can't learn new skills without going deeper into debt. As much as we like to blame Donald Trump for our national problems; these problems were here before him, and they will still be here if Trump is removed from office tomorrow. We have a political system that centralizes power to a consolidated political center in Washington, DC and an economic center in New York City. Our Electoral System will isolate the power to determine the direction of our political system to a very small, easily manipulated portion of the electorate in strategic location. Worst of all, we have a large portion of the population who will empower a mentally unstable man to the highest office in the world; just so they can say “We Won”. This group is constantly complaining about a simple world with plentiful jobs in their communities that are extinct or never really existed. And now, they have the nerve to complain about losing the federal government programs they benefitted from and voted against. It's time we said “ENOUGH” and have Progressive States and Communities band together and share resources and ideas to provide a better quality of life for its people, that the Trump Administration wants to take away. And furthermore, we need to ensure that we only support States and Communities who will change their policies for its people. We can no longer provide assistance to Red States, just so they can abuse and neglect their citizens for business interests. For the future of this nation, we need to explore every legal method possible to protect the people from an extremely dangerous President Trump. A Values Based Alliance of the States (VBAS) is one way of resisting this new reality of government, and the dangerous changes that we all know are inevitable. I understand that the constitution will not allow us to directly stop this monstrosity, but it will allows us to devalue it. A VBAS of certain states with similar values and policy preferences can and will use its population centers and economic influence to co-op, share resources, and implement policies with other co-opted states, while not having to depend on or engage the federal government. Examples: There are certain states with a majority of people that believe single payer healthcare system (CA, MA, VT, NY, WA, OR, IL, HI.). If those states passed laws to provide single payer health care for it’s people, a Single Payer Healthcare VBAS organization of those states can share resources to improve efficiencies, expand medical training/education amongst the co-opted states, negotiate pharmaceutical/treatment, amend needed tax policies and petition the US Government. This would also force neighboring states to decide if they want to change their internal policies to provide single payer, so they can join the Health Care VBAS. A resident of Indiana might ask his state to join the VBAS, because he could literally see his next door neigbor in Illinois fully covered, and using a Doctor that just came back from his training at a medical school in California. Although the VBAS states can not legally sign the Paris accords, they can change their internal policies to abide by its recommendations. There could be an environmental protection VBAS, where the states involved agree to abide by the Paris accords, improve safety protocols within its states, take climate change seriously, and provide economic preference to states and nations that do the same. CA, OR, NY, MA, VT, WA HI, and NV could agree to be a preferred customer of states or nations that voluntarily reduces its carbon emissions and address climate change, instead of LA or TX, which most likely will not. Other issues could include minimum wage, education, trade agreements, gun control and virtually every policy not adjudicated solely to the federal government. As more VBASes are organized and more states agree to join them, Donald Trump and the ignorance of future presidents become less and less relevant. Please sign this petition and pass it on to as many people as possible.
Pass Safe Harbor & End Demand for Prostitution Laws in Hawaii
Currently, Hawaii has no protocol to legally detain juveniles rescued from prostitution without criminalizing them. The Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery (PASS) is urging the Hawaii State Legislature to pass legislation to help child trafficking victims to proper rehabilitative and healing services rather than to incarceration. PASS is also urging the legislature to pass an End Demand Bill (SB192/HB1066 and SB194) which seek to increase penalties for patrons of prostitution/sex-trafficking, commonly referred to as “johns.” The existing grade of offense for johns is a petty misdemeanor, equivalent to the fine of remaining in a public park after hours. The penalty for the offense of fueling prostitution/sex-trafficking, by providing the demand, has not been updated in Hawaii since the law was created in the early 70s. Please help Hawaii pass these bills because injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Help us stop the growth of child-trafficking in America. FACTS: Hawaii’s incarceration rate of juvenile girls exceed the national average. Of these offenses, about 35% are runaways. Hawaii has one of the highest rates of intrafamilial sexual abuse (or incest) and also has one of the highest attempted teen suicide rates in the nation. There are approximately 300 children reported missing in Hawaii per month. There are no law enforcement stats for child sex-trafficking because of the lack of a state sex-trafficking law. Earlier this year, Shared Hope International rated Hawaii second worst in the nation in protecting child victims of sex trafficking by law. // // // //
Impeach Hawaii's Governor David Ige, Dec. 2015
BE SURE TO SIGN PETITION 1 AND 2 https://www.change.org/p/hawaii-legislature-impeach-hawaii-s-governor-david-ige IMPEACH HAWAII GOVERNOR DAVID IGE- A betrayal of Hawaii's Trust! AMERICA- USA- HAWAII- SOVEREIGN KINGDOM HAWAII- SHARE- SHARE- PLEASE SHARE!! Follow on Twitter: @impeachige www.twitter.com/impeachige Like on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/impeachige #IMPEACHIGE #IMPEACHGOVERNORIGE #IMPEACHAWAIIGOVERNORIGE #NOIGEINHAWAII #BYEBYEGOVERNORIGE #IGEGOHOME #GOBACKTOJAPANIGE Hawaii at a critical time of decisions, we can't afford to waste our time with incompetent politicians. He Abused his Power by sending DLNR to arrest Native Hawaiians whom they exercise their Freedom of Speech, whom practice their own cultural beliefs. GOVERNOR IS A BETRAYAL OF OUR TRUST. He fails at helping our Homeless Veterans, and Citizens. He is a foreigner, NOT of this lands, NOT of our country. Send him, his family, and friends back home to Tokyo, JAPAN! The most recent impeachment of a state governor occurred on January 14, 2009, when the Illinois House of Representatives voted 117-1 to impeach Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges; he was subsequently removed from office and barred from holding future office by the Illinois Senate on January 29. It is time Hawaii, to IMPEACH Hawaii State Governor IGE. Sign the Petition and Share! Mahalo Hawaii. We going to set things straight for the people of Hawaii and for the USA. This is disheartening to see our own Hawaiian - Americans suffer in silence. Let's speak out now. And Petition to IMPEACH the Governer of Hawaii.
2011 Signatures to Pass Hawaii Anti Human-Trafficking Laws in 2011
With your help, we can pass much-needed state laws in Hawaii defining human-trafficking as a felony offense while recognizing victims. Hawaii is now 1 of 4 states lacking any local anti human-trafficking state laws. According to the Honolulu StarAdvertiser, federal agents report that Hawaii is also one of the handful of states with the worst child-trafficking problem. Whether the victim be a child or an adult, international or U.S. citizen, sex-trafficking should never be tolerated by ignoring the state's opportunity to address the crime on the local level. Sign this petition. United we can stop human-trafficking in Hawaii. Please pass HB141 SD1 (Labor-Trafficking) and HB240 SD1 (Promoting Prostitution). Please do not gut them in Conference!
Ban Donald Trump from entering the State of Hawaii
Hawaii, one of the most diverse and cultured states in the union, is home to thousands of immigrants and people of various faiths. Our demographic statistics speak for itself, as we continue to be the melting pot of culture and diversity. We have absolutely no room for hateful rhetoric no matter who it is from. We the people, are requesting that the Hawaii State Legislature and its Governor to pass legislation for Mr. Donald John Trump, a man known for his hateful rhetoric, to be barred from entering the State of Hawaii. WHEREAS, Hawaii is a very diverse and cultural state; and WHEREAS, Hawaii's population of diverse races, women, religions, disabled persons, prisoners of war; and WHEREAS, Mr. Trump has continued claims that Mexicans are drug dealers, criminals, and rapists; and WHEREAS, Mr. Trump has called for a ban on all Muslims entering the country; and WHEREAS, Mr. Trump has mocked the disabled; and WHEREAS, Mr. Trump has made offensive remarks on women; and WHEREAS, Mr. Trump has made offensive remarks on prisoners of war; and WHEREAS, Mr. Trump has made derogatory remarks on the Asian community at large; and WHEREAS, Mr. Trump has refused to condemn the Ku Klux Klan; now, therefore BE IT RESOLVED by the people of the State of Hawaii that we request the Hawaii State Legislature and Governor to ban Donald John Trump from entering the State of Hawaii; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this petition be distributed to members of the Hawaii State Legislature and Governor.
Ban the sale of ivory within Hawaii
African and Asian elephants need your help and they need it now! Elephant numbers have dropped by 62% over the last decade, and they could be extinct by the end of the next decade. An estimated 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers seeking ivory, meat and body parts, leaving only 400,000 remaining."As of 2016, there are still more African elephants being killed for ivory than are being born. . . elephant populations continue to decline.” In Hawaii 80% of the ivory sold is of illegal origin. A lot of it is freshly carved. There’s no question that this trade has been going on there for many years. Most ivory hacked from the faces of elephants by poachers ends up in China, where master carvers are standing by. The demand there is so high that ivory sells at roughly $1,000 per pound, allowing everyone who touches it along a trade route flowing from Africa to America to Asia to get a profit share, including groups that commit terrorist acts, intelligence officials have said. In order to save African and Asian elephants we need to stop this ongoing slaughter, reduce the demand for ivory and stop the sale of ivory that kills thousands of elephants. You can make a change by signing this petition, spreading awareness about this critical problem and help ban the sale of ivory. I went to Laos last summer and spent some time living on an elephant sanctuary. Spending so much time with elephants, I found that they are emotional, beautiful, kind and loving. They have a soul. They are no different from us. It’s not just a species facing extinction, it’s massive individual suffering. Please sign this petition and get everyone you know to sign it too!
Pass Public Long-Term Care Insurance in Hawai‘i!
Caring for our community means something different in Hawai‘i than it does anywhere else in the country. In 2016, we'll have the opportunity to create an innovative new piece of Hawai‘i’s care infrastructure: a social insurance fund for long-term care. Add your name and help us care for our kupuna! When given the choice, ninety percent of people over age 65 prefer the notion of staying home to receive care rather than moving to a facility. Family members are incredibly dedicated caregivers, but providing that care creates financial and emotional stress. Supporting home caregiving means Hawai‘i can honor the wishes of our seniors, who want to stay at home with their families, as well as help the caregiving families who work so hard to keep their loved ones at home safely. We have an incredible opportunity for Hawai‘i to be the national leader in providing assistance to family caregivers who want to help their loved ones remain at home. Hawai‘i would be the first state in the country to offer all its seniors assistance with their long term care needs, and other states will quickly follow our lead. But legislators need to know that all of us support this long-term care plan. Will you add your name and show your support today?
Protect Hawaii’s coral reefs: ban toxic chemicals in sunscreen.
CORAL REEFS vs SUNSCREEN: A chemical called oxybenzone which is found in sunscreen and other personal care products is decimating coral reefs, making coral more susceptible to bleaching. More than 50 percent of coral off the West Hawaii coastline has bleached and possibly died this summer. Any small effort to reduce oxybenzone pollution could mean that a coral reef survives a long, hot summer, or that a degraded area recovers. While there are a lot of things we can’t do anything about, this is one thing we can do right now for the environment.