Aloha Justice Advocates!
I hope this finds you well today, Dr. Martin Luther King Day in Hawai`I nei!
I finally finished transcribing the tape I made and notes I took at last Tuesday’s (1.12.16) budget hearing with the Department of Public Safety.
Any mistakes are mine, I transcribed what I heard on the tape and from the notes I took.
I’m sending this because we are all curious about where the department is going since everything seems to be undercover. This Q&A gives us a little insight. For any wonks like me, I’d be interested in your take on the hearing after you read Parts 1 (DPS Presentation) and 2. (Q&A by Legislators).
What this hearing did show is that we need to have a much larger presence at the legislature. Senators and Representatives respond when they hear from folks in their districts. Be a mover and shaker…ask 3 people to send in testimony (they can email me to get on the CAP list if they so choose) and have them ask 3 more people and so on. Your energy is what it takes to make a movement. Incarcerated people cannot testify, sometimes families are even afraid to testify so their loved ones are not retaliated against. Therefore, it is up to us – those who care about justice and who understand that without justice, there can be no peace. Together we can make a difference. And we MUST!