Queering the Census – LGBT Caucus Mtg on Jan 18, 2020 & other upcoming events

We hope that you had a fun, happy & safe holiday season. 2020 is here with a vengeance and we have a lot of coming up in the next several months at the Caucus and the DPH as a whole. First is:

Opening of the 30th State Legislature

This Wednesday, Jan 15 at 10:00 AM at the Hawai’i State Capitol 415 S. Beretania, Honolulu

If you want to be able to sit-in during the opening ceremonies you either need to get there early to stand in line or contact your Representative or Senator to see if they have any tickets left. If you are able to show-up we ask that you wear a rainbow lei or something to identify you as a member or ally of the LGBTQIA+ community. 

After the opening ceremonies you are encouraged to visit your Representative and Senator

January LGBT Caucus Meeting

We are meeting this Sat. Jan 18th at 10 am we will have a representative from the local 2020 Census office coming to talk to us about the importance of making sure everyone in our community especially is counted so I hope you all make every effort to be at this meeting.
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If you can’t make it in person we will have teleconference & video-conference available:
Call In: If you are using a landline, you may incur long distance charges. NOTICE THE NEW NUMBER
Dial-in Number: (605) 313-6153
Meeting ID: 809760#

Online Meeting Link: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/dphvideo
Online Meeting ID: dph2018

Agenda for after the Census presentation:

  • Introductions
  • Additions to the Agenda
  • Treasurer’s Report 
  • Chair’s Report
    • PPP Update
      • March 4th
      • April 4th
  • 2020 Legislative Priorities for the LGBT Caucus
    • 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
  • Implementation of legislation we helped pass
    • Banning conversion therapy 
    • Expanding gender markers on State ID cards & Driver’s Licenses
      • Ensuring access to services – DHS, & relationship with police dept 
  • 2020 Elections
    • Mail-in Voting
  • June Fundraiser- Pride
  • Announcements

Upcoming DPH Activities

On O’ahu – Monday, January 20, 2020 – DPH Membership Booth at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Rally at Kapiolani Park 
The rally goes from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (usually ends early)

Join the OCC for the MLK, Jr. PARADE:  
7:30 AM:     Park & ride the trolley from Monsarrat Avenue at Kapiolani Park to Ala Moana Park OR park and meet the trolley at Ala Moana at 8:00 AM
8:00-9:00 AM Help decorate the trolley at the Magic Island/Diamond Head side of Ala Moana Park.  
9:00 AM    Walk with the banner or ride the trolley to Kapiolani Park.  
Special guest Christine Pelosi, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, will ride the trolley with OCC.  
For those parked at Ala Moana, the trolley can return you to Ala Moana after the parade.
Please wear Democratic Party or neutral attire, NOT campaign or candidates’ attire.  Several candidates will have contingents in the parade with whom you can march if you wish, but please do not join O`ahu Dems’ contingent in candidates’ attire.  Mahalo.
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Kapiolani Park at the Queen’s Surf picnic areas #4 & 6.
Look for O`ahu Democrats’ banner under the banyan tree at Queen’s Surf. All Democrats and their families are invited to this free picnic.  Activities for kids.  Free raffle.  
Democratic elected officials, candidates, and their campaign teams will be introduced and are welcomed to talk story, pass out flyers, and join in on the picnic.  
Ono food will be available.  Pot luck items are welcomed. BYO mats, chairs, beach umbrellas.
Questions?  Email TJ Jasper  Tj2ndCGH@gmail.com

Statewide – Thursday, February 6, 2020 – What to expect at the March 4th District/Precinct Meeting at DPH HQ from 5:30 – 7:30 pm (Open to the public)
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To include the following:
Responsibilities and how the elections will work for: 
    Precinct Officers, 
    District Officers, & 
    Delegates to the State Convention & County Convention.
Brief summary of how to become a delegate to the National Democratic Convention in Milwaukee in July 2020.

  • 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
for the 2020 Election

We want to make sure that you were ready to vote for your candidate in the 2020 Democratic Party of Hawaii’s Party-run Presidential Primary (PPP). The Democratic Party of Hawai’i has made many changes to how we all are able to vote for our respective candidate that we each support to  become the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States of America. These changes were done to be as inclusive as possible.

CHANGE #1: We have separated the Precinct meetings from the PPP. The Precinct meetings, as you know is where we elect our Precinct & District officers as well as the delegates to our State & County Conventions, will take place on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at various locations across the state. You will be able to find a complete listing of those locations on the Party’s website www.hawaiidemocrats.org in January 2020.

CHANGE #2:  All members of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i will be able to vote by mail in the Party-run Presidential Primary.  

  • Everyone who is an enrolled member of the Democratic Party of Hawaii and their mailing address is up-to-date (you can update your membership information and your family, friends & neighbors can join the Party on-line at www.hawaiidemocrats.org/join) and a registered voter in the state of Hawaii (https://olvr.hawaii.gov) by February 18, 2020 a ballot will be mailed to your house
  • A second mailing will be done after March 8, 2020 for anyone that joins between February 19 & March 8, 2020
  • Anyone that joins after March 8, 2020 will have to go to a polling location on April 4, 2020

CHANGE #3:  The Democratic Party of Hawaii’s Party-run Presidential Primary will offer Rank-Choice Voting.

  • Everyone will be able to vote for up to your three (3) top candidates.
  • If you only want to vote for one or two that is fine as well.

CHANGE #4: There will be same-day voter registration, Party enrollment, and in-person voting for those who miss the vote-by-mail deadlines or chose not to vote by mail.

  • Will be available on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM at locations across the state 
  • There will be polling locations available on every island except Niihau. The complete list of polling locations will be available on the Party’s website www.hawaiidemocrats.org in January.

These are significant changes to the way Hawai’i Democrats vote.  It is more accessible and allows people to vote from the comfort of their own home or in person.

We hope that you will pass this information along to your family members, friends and neighbors. If you have any questions about these exciting changes and/or if you belong to an organization that would like someone from the Democratic Party of Hawai’i to come to a meeting to give a presentation and answer questions, please contact Michael Golojuch, Jr., Co-Chair of the DPH Membership Committee, at michael@hawaiidemocrats.org and we will work on that.

Be The Change

If you missed Be The Change: Becoming a Foster Parent you can watch thevideo by clicking here.

Mahalo nui loa!
Michael Golojuch, Jr. (He/Him)
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)