ACTION ALERT: Testimony Needed
Testimony Needed for TWO Bills
Video for 3 Trainings
March 4th Meeting Locations
Tuesday, Feb 18 Deadline & Others
We have 2 priority bills be heard so far this week and we REALLY need your HELP.
Below you find the link for the 3 trainings that was held today. (Mahalo to everyone that was able to make them!)
Reminder that if you get elected to any officer and/or delegate spot on March 4 please let us know.
Testimony needed for the 2 Priority Bills
HB2177 HD1 – Amends statutory limitations on the time period in which a survivor of childhood sexual abuse may file a civil suit. Allows punitive damages up to two times the amount of compensatory damages. Permits the court to order restorative justice measures, if deemed appropriate.
Hearing Date: Tuesday, 02-25-20 11:00AM in House conference room 308.
Deadline to submit: Submit ASAP but at least before the hearing starts
HB2037 HD2 – Establishes the Hawaii state lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, plus commission. Appropriates funds.
Hearing Date: Wednesday, 02-26-20 12:00 PM in House conference room 308.
Deadline to submit: Tuesday, 02-25-20 by 12:00 PM
REMINDER: If you miss the deadline to submit testimony you can still submit up until the hearing starts. Your testimony does not have to be long just a couple of sentences. Click here for instructions on how to submit testimony.
Video for the 3 Trainings
Click here for the video for the trainings that took place at February LGBT Caucus meeting for the following 3 topics (with the handouts):
- What is the Party-run Presidential Primary (handouts)
- What to expect at the March 4th District/Precinct Meeting (handouts)
- How to become a National Delegate (handouts)
Upcoming LGBT Caucus Activity
We will have a table at the LGBTQ Resource Fair and LGBT Center Open House
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: 310 Paoakalani Ave, Ste 206E, Honolulu
At 1:00 pm former Rep. & Majority Floor Leader Blake Oshiro will be doing a presentation on behalf of the LGBT Caucus on the importance of voting, and switching to an all mail-in voting.
The LGBTQ+ Resource Fair at the Waikiki Community Center will gather together non-profits, LGBTQ-friendly businesses, educational, cultural and social groups, service providers, and community advocates working to more deeply engage with Hawaii’s LGBTQ+ community. Meet and learn more about these organizations dedicated to serving Hawaii’s LGBTQ+ community, and then tour the LGBTQ Center and share your ideas about new programs and services it can provide.
Upcoming DPH Training & Activities
2020 DPH DISTRICT/PRECINCT MEETINGS
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Time: Doors open by 6:30 pm and meetings begin at 7:00 pm
Where: Varies Locations – click here for the complete list
At these meetings we elect the Party’s Precinct Officers, District Officers, State & County Delegates.
This is also the start of the road to being a delegate the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.
Deadlines to Join the Party to Vote in Party-run Primary:
If you know someone that wants to vote in the Democratic Party of Hawaii’s Primary?
To receive a mail-in ballot for Hawaii’s 2020 Democratic Party-run Presidential Primary they have to be:
1. A registered member of the Democratic Party of Hawaii,
2. A registered voter in the state of Hawaii, and
3. 18 years old by November 3, 2020.
Sunday, March 8th to receive a ballot in the second mailing
If they miss those deadlines they will need to go in person to one of the 21 polling locations across on Saturday, April 4. The polling locations are open from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm. Click here to find those polling locations.
Please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to all your friends and family.
Mahalo nui loa!
Michael Golojuch, Jr. (He/Him/His)
LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i
LGBT Caucus 2020 Legislative Priorities
- Getting the State to fund/secure Homeless Youth Shelters across the State (homeless unaccompanied minors)
- Expanding gender markers on birth certificates
- Health centers for the neighbor islands that include mental health services with access for LGBTQIA+ (youth & adult)
- Removal of statute of limitations for survivors of sexual abuse as children
- Allowing minors to access health care for HIV & PrEP as well as mental health care without parental consent
- Establish the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of the LGBTQ+ Commission
The Future of LGBTQIA+ Rights
52% of LGBTQIA+ Americans live in a state with ZERO protections from workplace discrimination & if we lose 100% of LGBTQIA+ Americans will live in a country that where the highest court in the land says we don’t deserve the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, where we are not part of “we the people”, and that such protections are not required. The LGBT Caucus, as we have done since our founding, will fight back against this.
On October 8, the Supreme Court heard 3 cases to decide whether LGBTQIA+ employees are protected under federal sex discrimination laws. The three plaintiffs are Gerald Bostock, 55, a former child welfare services coordinator from Georgia; Donald Zarda, a former New York skydiving instructor who died at 44 in 2014 but is represented by his sister and former partner (whose cases were consolidated); and Aimee Stephens, 58, a former funeral home worker from Michigan who is transgender. (USA Today Article)
We want to say MAHALO NUI LOA to US Senator Brian Schatz, US Senator Mazie Hirono and Congressman Ed Case for all signing onto the Congressional Amicus Brief in support of LGBTQIA+ worker’s rights. (Nos. 17-1618, 17-1623, 18-107)
KEY POINTS (CNBC Article)
- The justices of the Supreme Court clashed over the meaning of “sex” in heated oral arguments on Tuesday for a blockbuster set of cases concerning the rights of LGBT workers.
- The court heard the cases of three LGBT employees, two gay men and a transgender woman, who claim they were fired because of their identities.
- At issue was the meaning of Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act, which forbids discrimination because of “sex” but does not specifically refer to gender identity or sexual orientation.
“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the senior member of the court’s liberal wing, noted that interpretations of Title 7 had changed in the past. Since the law was enacted, the Supreme Court has held that it applied to discrimination based on sex stereotypes, as well as same-sex harassment, two zones that were not likely on the minds of the legislators who voted for it.”
Argument analysis: Justices divided on federal protections for LGBT employees
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars employment discrimination “because of … sex.” This morning, in a packed courtroom, the Supreme Court heard oral argument on whether Title VII protects gay, lesbian and transgender employees.
Here is some more background on these cases:
Lambda Legal’s Article
Sex and the Supreme Court: It’s Not Just About LGBTQ Workers
Housing. Healthcare. Credit. Education.
They have been referencing the reasoning of employment litigation victories to build protections in MANY other areas. There is so much at stake on October 8th at the Supreme Court.
THE HISTORIC TRANS RIGHTS CASE BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT
Tuesday Roundup – SCOTUSBlog