LGBT Caucus March Meeting this Saturday, COVID-19 & Legislative Update

With all that is going on in the world I wanted to make sure you were taking care of yourself and your family! Here is an excerpt from Chair Stanley’s email:

Here are some things we all can do now to help with this global pandemic:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly with soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Practice social distancing — avoid groups of more than 10, stay at home if at all possible. 
  • Share the Aloha spirit with everyone, compassion and empathy can go a long way.

We each have the power to help slow transmission, protect our vulnerable ʻohana, and minimize the burden on our already strained healthcare system. To learn more about preventing the spread of COVID-19 please go to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

Legislature on Recess

Until further notice the Hawaii State Legislature is on recess and effective today the Capitol is shut down. If you have not heard Senator Clarence Nishihara and ally to the LGBTQIA+ community has tested positive for COVID-19.

Click here for the complete list of the LGBT Caucus bill tracking report.

LGBT Caucus March Meeting

March meeting is this Saturday, March 21st @ 10:00 am and will be by teleconference only due to the requirements for social distancing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We may be doing screen share for those that participate via computer.
Facebook Event

Agenda:
1. Introductions
2. COVID-19 Update
3. Update on upcoming Party Activities
4. Legislative Update
5. Marriage Equality Anniversary – LGBT Caucus Fundraiser Update
6. How to organize on-line/virtual
7. Virtual training session brainstorming
8. Announcements

  • Participation is available as follows:
    • Call In:  If you are using a landline, you may incur long distance charges.
    • Dial-in Number: (605) 313-6153
    • Meeting ID: 809760#
  • Computer:

Party-run Presidential Primary 

The Party sent out over 55,000 ballots at the beginning of March and an additional 15,000+ will be arriving some time this week. Your ballot will arrive in an envelope like the one above. Please read the instruction on the exterior of the envelope to be able to register at alohavote.com; this will allow you to confirm your ballot has been received.

PLEASE vote and mail your ballot back as soon as you receive your ballot.

The following presidential candidates have suspended their campaigns, but will still appear on the ballot:

  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Deval Patrick
  • Tom Steyer
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Andrew Yang

Per the DNC Rules, viable candidates defined as meeting the 15% threshold in a congressional district will be eligible for district-level delegates. Click HEREfor details.

If you have any questions about the Party-run Presidential Primary check out this FAQ and see the message below from Chair Stanley.

Message from Interim Chair Kate Stanley
DPH Planning Update

Aloha Members,

As we continue counting down to April 4th, our community—and the country as a whole—is faced with the unprecedented challenge of responding to COVID-19. In this climate of uncertainty, we wanted to share an update with you about our need to develop contingency plans.

Ensuring the safety of our engaged volunteers and our membership is our number one priority.

In light of the Department of Education school closures we are working with the Democratic National Committee (DNC), our election vendor, and our Party leadership to develop an alternative plan to carry out the remainder of the Party-run Presidential Primary.

Every decision made by the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi will consider the health, safety, and well-being of all those involved.

Our thoughts are with the families and communities struggling through this illness and with those grieving the loss of loved ones. Our gratitude is with those who are working around the clock to contain this virus.

Stay safe, take care of one another, and stay tuned for future updates regarding our plans by visiting our website at hawaiidemocrats.org and on Facebook at facebook.com/hawaiidems.

Mālama pono,

Kate Stanley
Interim Party Chair
Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi

FREE Virtual Blue Bench Training


Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 (stay tuned)
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Webinar
Facebook Event
The National Democratic Training Committee is excited to partner with the Democratic Party of Hawaii for a Blue Bench Training!

This is a FREE event, open to any Democrat interested in running for office, is staff on a campaign (or hopes to be), or for anyone within the local party infrastructure!

During the training they will be covering different skills relevant to their audience in field, fundraising, communications, and digital strategy.

Copy or paste this link into your browser to sign up: https://traindemocrats.org/event/honolulu-hawaii-4-18-2020/

To become a member of the Democratic Party of Hawaii go to: https://hawaiidemocrats.org/join/

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)
Chair
LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i

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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.

ACLU’s Podcast
THE HISTORIC TRANS RIGHTS CASE BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT

Tuesday Roundup – SCOTUSBlog

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