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Sanders: No Federal Interference with Native Hawaiians
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Sanders Releases Native Hawaiian Platform 

News Release from Sanders Campaign March 24, 2016

HONOLULU - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders today released a platform of policy proposals to expand the rights and opportunities of Native Hawaiians. The platform follows a visit to Hawaii by Jane Sanders earlier this week, during which she met with Native Hawaiian community members.

“I am proud to stand with Native Hawaiians as they fight to protect their rights and improve their quality of life. The overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii was a shameful act, rooted in the type of corporate greed with which we are still too familiar. Its devastating effects on the community are still being felt to this day,” said Sanders. “If I am elected President, the right to self-determination and self-governance will rest in the hands of Native Hawaiians, without interference from the federal government. Native Hawaiians have been lied to and cheated, and the United States government must do everything it can to right these grave injustices.”

Sanders’ platform includes policies that will improve the lives of Native Hawaiians including:

  • Working with Hawaiians to achieve energy independence;
  • Protecting the environment;
  • Fighting for affordable housing and responsible community development;
  • Ending Mass Incarceration;
  • Enacting a Living Wage;
  • Providing a Quality Education for All; 
  • Implementing Fair Trade Policies;
  • Expanding Health Insurance Coverage for Hawaiians; and
  • Supporting local, small-scale, sustainable agriculture.

Read Sen. Sanders' full Native Hawaiian platform here: https://berniesanders.com/issues/native-hawaiians/.  (posted in full below)

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Fighting for the Rights of Native Hawaiians

Bernie is proud to stand with Native Hawaiians in the struggle to protect and preserve their rights, honor their culture, advance their traditional ways of life, and improve their quality of life.

Under a Sanders Administration, the right to self-determination and self-governance would rest in the hands of Native Hawaiians where it belongs. Native Hawaiians are currently deliberating the nature of their government and its relationship with the United States, a decision that must be made by Native Hawaiians without interference from the federal government.

In 1993, Bernie supported a Congressional resolution that apologized to Native Hawaiians for the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii.  This shameful act, rooted in the type of corporate greed with which we are still too familiar, had devastating effects on the health, culture, and social conditions of Native Hawaiians, which are still being felt to this day. Native Hawaiians have been lied to and cheated, and the United States government must do everything it can to right these grave injustices.

AS PRESIDENT, BERNIE WILL:

Work with Hawaiians to achieve energy independence

Hawai’i is heavily dependent on fossil fuel imports, which due to the islands’ geographic position are more expensive than most other places. Hawai’i spends an unacceptable $5 billion each and every year to bring oil and coal to its shores.  Bernie’s climate plan would fundamentally transform Hawaii’s energy system away from fossil fuel towards sustainable energy by providing grants to native Hawaiian communities for solar, wind and other renewable energy projects.  Not only would this improve the environment, it would also create good-paying jobs by establishing a 100 percent clean energy system.  And as we make this transition, fossil fuel workers will receive job-training opportunities and the financial assistance they need to maintain family-level wages, health care and pensions until they are able to start new jobs.  Bernie’s plan will make sure that the state reaches its goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.

Protect the Environment

The beauty that we appreciate in Hawaii’s land and water must be protected and preserved.  Too often, huge corporations have come in to Hawaii and taken actions that have been damaging to Hawaii’s environment and the Native Hawaiian way of life.  Bernie will fight to make sure that federal environmental and public health laws are aggressively enforced to protect the land and water in Hawaii.

Fight for affordable housing and responsible community development

Bernie has worked for decades in support of affordable housing. As Mayor of Burlington, Vermont he championed policies that increased homeownership, prevented homelessness, and expanded affordable housing opportunities.  Bernie is deeply concerned about the high rate of homelessness in Hawaii, the lack of truly affordable housing, and the high cost of living. He will continue the Native Hawaiian Housing Loan Guarantee program, and will fight to expand, not cut, HUD’s Native Hawaiian Housing Program.

End Mass Incarceration

Native Hawaiians are disproportionately impacted by the criminalization and mass incarceration system, which often tears families apart as Hawaii residents are shipped off to mainland prisons. Bernie’s plan will turn back from the failed “War on Drugs,” eliminate mandatory minimum sentences and reform a broken criminal justice system.

Enact a Living Wage

In the year 2016, no one who works 40 hours a week should live in poverty.  Native Hawaiians suffer disproportionately from income inequality and poverty. The Wall Street crash in 2008 further widened the income inequality gap for many Hawaiians and increased childhood poverty.  Bernie’s plan will address this problem by increasing the minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour.

Provide Quality Education for All

Education is a key element to breaking the cycle of poverty.  Bernie’s plan to make public colleges and universities tuition free would provide more access and opportunity to Native Hawaiians. In addition, Bernie has been a strong supporter of the Native Hawaiian Education Act which provides grants for early education and childcare; reading and literacy; gifted and talented programs; special education; and other initiatives to ensure Native Hawaiians graduate on-time.  Bernie also supported Senator Mazie Hirono’s amendment that would have provided more accurate information on the educational progress of Native Hawaiian children.

Implement Fair Trade Policies

Bernie has always opposed job-killing trade deals like NAFTA, CAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that make it easier for large-multinational corporations to outsource good-paying jobs.  The inevitable effects of TPP on Hawai’i will negatively impact Native Hawaiians and Hawaii’s economy.  That would be unacceptable.  Bernie will fundamentally rewrite our trade policies to improve the living standards of all working people and end the destructive race to the bottom.

Expand Health Insurance Coverage for Hawaiians

Native Hawaiians are nearly half as likely as other demographics to be insured.  That is wrong. Bernie’s Medicare-for-all plan will provide high-quality affordable health care to all Native Hawaiians as a right, not a privilege.

Support local, small-scale, sustainable agriculture

As a Senator from a small rural state, Bernie has been a strong supporter of small family farms. Hawai’i, which imports more than 80% of its food, can move away from this dependence, and take advantage of its year-round growing season. As president, Bernie will fight to support sustainable and culturally appropriate agricultural programs for Native Hawaiians.  He also recognizes the right of people to know what is in their food, and he has been a leader in the movement to label GMOs.  Bernie believes we must stand up to the demands of Monsanto and other multi-national corporations and support local small-scale agriculture.

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