Indivisible Hawaii Newsletter – July 19, 2021

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INDIVISIBLE HAWAII NEWSLETTER
JULY 19, 2021

CIVIL BEAT OP-ED BY INDIVISIBLE HAWAII MEMBERS
“Ed Case’s Budget Stance Is Undermining Biden’s Agenda”
On June 30, 2021, members Lisa Gibson, Ray Markey and Martha Nakajima submitted an Op-Ed to Civil Beat, titled “Ed Case’s Budget Stance Is Undermining Biden’s Agenda”. If Case is concerned about the deficit, he should help rescind tax breaks for the rich.

Thanks, members, for submitting this important message.

Click here to view the op-ed and add your comments. https://www.civilbeat.org/2021/06/ed-cases-budget-stance-is-undermining-bidens-agenda/

SECURE ELECTIONS NETWORK (SEN) WEBINAR
Indivisible Hawaii members interested in the impact of Disinformation may find this webinar from the Secure Elections Network to be of  interest.

Local News, Democracy and the 2020 Elections 
A Webinar from the Secure Elections Network.  
Guest  Presenters:  Gabby Miller and Sara Sheridan

The recording is here.  Slides from the webinar may be found here as well

OAHU COUNTY DEMOCRATS
Request from Lorna Strand
Meet Jimmy Nguyen, Palolo Valley resident, Richardson Law School student, and a Democrat who is very angry with the rise of Asian Hate Crimes and voter suppression laws in the United States. He decided to do something about it. He’s joined O’AHU DEMS BLUE WAVE COMMITTEE and is texting Georgia with Stacey Abrams’ FAIR FIGHT ACTION in support of national voting rights legislation.

He’s also organizing support for Georgia’s Bee Nguyen who has a long history of fighting for voter rights particularly for Asian and Pacific Islander populations in Georgia. Ms. Nguyen, the daughter of Vietnamese refugees, is the first major Democrat to announce a bid for the seat held by Brad Raffensperger, the Republican who defied former President Donald Trump.

Click here for more info on Georgia State Representative, Bee Nguyen https://www.beeforgeorgia.com/
If you’re interested in helping Jimmy in this 2022 contest, contact him at HiforBeeNguyen@gmail.com.

IRS CHILD CARE TAX CREDIT
Request from Senator Mazie Hirono’s Chief of Staff, Alan Yamamoto
The Child Tax Credit has been increased to $3,600 annually for children under the age of 6 and to $3,000 per child for children between ages 6 and 17.

You don’t need to take any action now if you’ve filed a 2020 tax return. If you didn’t file taxes in 2020, you can still qualify.  Monthly payments will start July 15, 2021.

See the attached IRS handout to verify that you are scheduled to receive a payment. The document also explains how to apply if you didn’t file taxes in 2020.Please share with friends and family!

See document

REQUEST FROM MAYA MAXYM
School Supply Drive sponsored byJABSOM (UH, John A Burns School of Medicine)
HOME Project is sponsoring a school supply drive for the houseless keiki that we work with. This year we will be providing supplies for the kids at the Kaka’ako Family Assessment Center, the Oneluaena and Onemalu Shelters in Kalaeloa, the Waianae Pai’olu Kaiaulu Shelter, the Waianae Boat Harbor encampment, the Villages of Maili, and the IHS Women’s and Children’s Shelter.  

Please consider sponsoring a child for school supplies. If you are interested, go to: https://homeprojectgivingtree.com and you can select the child you would like to sponsor. You will have access to their schools supply list when you select them. You would be responsible for getting all the things on the list for that child’s grade level. We are also asking that you purchase a backpack that would be appropriate for the child. You can do this as an individual or a group of friends! The average cost for one child is $50-75 (but if you are a super shopper, you can definitely get it all for cheaper). You will need to return your donation by Wednesday, July 28 to the lobby of the MEB. 

If you don’t have time to shop or put together the supplies, you can also make a donation to help sponsor a child, and we will do the shopping for you! You can Venmo @hawaiihomeproject (name will say Kyra Nakaki) or pay by check. Checks should be made out to: Hawaii HOME Project. They can be mailed to: 651 Ilalo Street, MEB-OME, Honolulu, HI  96813 or they can be dropped off at the Office of Medical Education.

FROM LISA GIBSON
Suggested documentary series 
A Climate for Change is a three-part documentary series produced by Green Island Films, an award winning Honolulu-based film production company that specializes in documentaries on hot-button social and political issues. ​It’s movingly told through the stories of real people living in Hawai‘i – both those battered by the impacts of global warming and those working to do something about it.

Click here to view series https://www.hiclimateprojects.org/film.htmlThe New NormalA Second LifeKetchup and M&Ms

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Indivisible Hawaii brings the fight to save our democracy to nearly 400 of our friends and neighbors on Oahu plus members through the Indivisible Hawaii Statewide Network chapters on Kauai, Maui County and Hawaii Island.

Indivisible Hawaii is a pro-democracy citizen activist group whose mission is to protect and enhance the institutions of democracy in our Country and our State. We seek to resist Trumpism by engaging our elected officials at all levels of government and promote progressive and democratic values.

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