Just announced by HSTA:
"The Hawaii State Teachers Association is proud to recommend Sherry Campagna for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District because she is a strong advocate for education as well as human and civil rights.
Sherry was one of the national organizers — and Hawaii state chair — for the Women’s March last year that organized 30,000 people across Hawaii to take action on women’s rights. Currently she is a commissioner on the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women and has fought for paid family leave.
Sherry Campagna is an ally of educators and labor
Sherry has also been an ally with HSTA in the fight to get more funding for public education. She believes that a reliable funding stream for public education must be a top priority, and Hawaii should tax out-of-state residents who own investment properties here. She also believes in lowering class sizes and increasing teacher pay.
She has stood by unions, and believes strongly in collective bargaining rights as well as the fight to increase the minimum wage for workers.
A businesswoman, she launched her own environmental planning firm
Born in Honolulu, Sherry grew up around the world as a military dependent. She is an environmental scientist, small business owner and mom. Sherry launched and co-owns an environmental planning, permitting, remediation and renewable energy company. She has been an agent for social change her entire adult life, advocating for racial justice, environmental issues and women’s rights while fighting class disparities.
Gabbard hasn't defended civil rights
The incumbent in the 2nd congressional district, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, has not defended human and civil rights during her time in Congress. She was one of just three representatives, and the only Democrat who refused to condemn Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s genocidal chemical attack on his own people.
After the attack, Gabbard traveled to Syria to meet with the genocidal dictator al-Assad without permission from the White House or Congress. Her trip was funded by a group with ties to al-Assad supporters and she only covered the expenses herself after the news media reported who paid for her trip.
Then, after al-Assad bombed his people again, Gabbard continued to refuse to admit the attack had occurred. At the same time, she voted to practically ban Syrian refugees from coming into the United States after the Paris terrorist attacks, even though Syrian refugees were not involved in the attacks.
Campagna is a strong advocate for equality
HSTA strongly supports high-quality schools for all children as well as human and civil rights. We believe that Sherry Campagna will fight for equality for all people. That is why we are proud to support Sherry Campagna for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District seat.
We encourage you to get to know Sherry Campagna by reading more about her on her campaign website, www.sherryforhawaii.com.
Watch a video with Sherry Campagna talking about education in Hawaii.
Watch HSTA's news conference tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11 a.m. live on our Facebook page announcing our support for Sherry. (We know you will be busy at work and probably will not be able to see it live, but you can check out our Facebook page any time to watch the archived broadcast.)"
by Christine Gralow
The Hawaiian Kingdom Blog released a letter today written by United Nations Independent Expert Alfred deZayas to two Hawaii Circuit Court judges.
In the letter, dated February 18, 2018, deZayas wrote, "I have come to understand that the lawful political status of the Hawaiian Islands is that of a sovereign nation-state in continuity; but a nation-state that is under a strange form of occupation by the United States resulting from an illegal military occupation and a fraudulent annexation."
DeZayas addressed this letter to Hawaii Circuit Court Judges Gary Chang and Jeannette Castagnetti. Chang presides over Hawaii's Land and Tax Appeal Court. Castagnetti presided over the contentious Nelson v. Hawaiian Homes Commission case, in which she ordered the Hawaii State Legislature to pay the Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands $28 million in 2016.
"To call this (U.N.) document 'remarkable' is an understatement," David Keanu Sai told Hawaiian Kingdom Blog.
Sai, who holds a Ph.D. in political science from U.H., has led several international complaints regarding the legal status of the Hawaiian Kingdom. He explained in an email to Meanwhile in Hawai'i that his complaints aimed to expose "the continued existence of the Hawaiian Kingdom as an independent and sovereign State."
Sai said a relative of Routh Bolomet, "a Hawaiian-Swiss citizen," alerted him last week to deZayas' letter.
In the letter, deZayas referred to his review of a 2017 complaint from Bolomet to the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Bolomet complained of "historical and ongoing plundering of the Hawaiians' lands, particularly of those heirs and descendants with land titles that originate from the distributions of lands under the authority of the Hawaiian Kingdom," deZayas wrote.
DeZayas served as the U.N. Human Rights Council's Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order from May 2012 through April 2018. He wrote the letter while serving in that position. He previously served as Secretary of the U.N. Human Rights Committee and Senior Lawyer with the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights. He is a Cuban-born U.S. citizen with a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He currently teaches at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Law.
Meanwhile in Hawai'i has reached out to deZayas to try to gain more legal context on the letter. This article will be updated as more information is received. Mahalo to Hawaiian Kingdom Blog for publicly sharing this document.
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