Tulsi is in U.S. Army Reserves Civil Affairs training this month with Congress being in recess. While she’s out, we want to continue to bring awareness to the vital issues she’s been working on.
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers, exposing lies and war crimes committed by the U.S. Government intended to escalate the war in Vietnam. He became the first person charged as a source for violating the Espionage Act.
In 2010, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks released cables and documents showing war crimes against civilians in the Middle East.
And in 2013, Edward Snowden leaked thousands of documents, opening the nation’s eyes to the illegal and unconstitutional mass surveillance of Americans by security agencies.
All three of these brave whistleblowers took great personal risk to hold those in power accountable for their actions. Yet, all three have been prosecuted under the Espionage Act — a law written in 1917 that prevents those accused under it from having a fair day in court.
But as we have clearly seen time and time again, the First Amendment and a free press are fundamental to forming a more perfect union. This freedom must be fiercely protected, not undermined.
This is why Tulsi introduced H.R. 8452, the Protect Brave Whistleblowers Act, which would allow whistleblowers like Daniel Ellsberg, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden to have a fair day in court by allowing them to defend their actions and state their motivations in a legal defense. She also called for the charges against Edward Snowden and Julian Assange to be dropped immediately with bipartisan House Resolutions 1162 and 1175.
Let’s stand with Tulsi and urge Congress to stand up for the American people, stand up for our freedoms, give these brave Whistleblowers a fair day in court, and pass this critical legislation now.
With aloha, Team Tulsi
Those who hold public office must have certain qualities, chief among them a commitment to serve, put the well-being of people and our planet ahead of political interests, and treat others with respect.
Sadly, there are too few in positions of power who embody these qualities.
While millions suffer, those in power feed us lies and sow divisiveness because it’s good for their politics, increases their ratings, and fattens their wallets.
We need leaders now more than ever who will rise up to face these unprecedented times with courage, strength, and aloha 一 leaders who embody the principle of service above self.
That’s why we’ve started a new organization, Tulsi Aloha, so that our mission will continue by raising awareness around the important challenges we face, and supporting leaders who embody the spirit of aloha, putting service above self 一 leaders who are committed to upholding our Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms, protecting our civil liberties, our environment, and ending regime change wars, the new Cold War, and nuclear arms race.
It’s going to take all of us coming together in service to our country and one another.
When we stand united, there is no challenge we cannot overcome. I hope you’ll join me.
With warmest aloha, Tulsi
The NBA and NHL test their players weekly or even daily. But frontline healthcare workers in our state are being refused when they seek testing to keep themselves and their patients safe. Even those who are caring for COVID-19 patients are not getting tested on a regular basis, if at all.
This is insane. I’ve spoken to nurses and healthcare workers who know they’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19, and try to get tested, only to be rejected unless they are actively sick and showing symptoms themselves. It is mind-boggling that hospital management is doing this, knowingly putting patients and healthcare workers at risk, given the fact that over 40% of people who have COVID-19, and are infectious, have no symptoms at all.
If that wasn’t bad enough, there are some hospitals in Hawaii who are assigning the very same healthcare workers to care for both COVID and non-COVID patients, therefore increasing the risk and likelihood of spreading the virus.
Governor Ige and his Department of Health need to mandate total separation of COVID patients and their healthcare providers in our hospitals, mandate weekly testing of all healthcare workers, and ensure any healthcare worker who wants a test can get it.
There is no excuse for anything else. In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, and keep our healthcare workers and patients safe, providing tests for all who want them is necessary.
Regarding COVID-19, when leaders impose rules and regulations which are not based in science or commonsense, then people will automatically feel frustrated and angry and be less likely to comply with ANY of the rules and regulations. For example, individuals walking, jogging, or sitting outdoors (e.g. in a park) are unlikely to be spreading disease. So why are parks and other outdoor areas shut down while restaurants, gyms, & other enclosed locations (where it has been scientifically established the virus spreads more easily) are open?
The supposed reasoning for banning people from outdoor spaces like parks is because people had not been following the guidelines (i.e. tents were set up, large gatherings, etc.)
This problem could have been solved by enforcing the regulations.
When our nation is in crisis, all too often it’s those to whom our nation owes its greatest debts who are the first to fall through the cracks. But thanks to you, proceeds from our final round of TULSI2020 store purchases went out to Semper Fi & America’s Fund to help make sure that doesn’t happen.
Semper Fi & America’s Fund provides financial assistance and lifetime support to combat wounded, critically ill, and catastrophically injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
And they’ve stepped up in the midst of this crisis to provide extra support for the men and women who have sacrificed immensely for our country.
Learn more about the important work Semper Fi & America’s Fund is doing, and if you have the means, step up today to support our heroes.
Mahalo and be well,
Aloha and Namaste,
2020 is certainly a year that will not soon be forgotten. For most, if not all, of us, it has brought about many unexpected changes. Changes to our daily routines, our work, and even our relationships.
Whenever we’re put into difficult situations, it gives us the opportunity to take shelter in the loving protection of the Supreme Lord, our Supreme Friend. It propels us to reflect upon and draw upon the lessons we've learned from the past and also to consider what changes we can make to live a better life, now and in the future. So if we take the opportunity to slow down and connect with what really matters, we can enjoy a gentler, more meaningful existence.
The challenges we face today, both as individuals and as a society right now, are tremendous. The uncertainty that this year has brought has made me personally reflect upon the time I spent deployed in the Middle East. That too was a time in my life when there was danger at every step. Each day brought new uncertainties, and likewise, many lives were lost. My shelter then and now, has been the Bhagavad-gita, which means “Song of God”.
The Bhagavad-gita, spoken by Sri Krishna, is full of transcendental wisdom that is as relevant today as it was 5000 years ago when it was spoken. On this holy day of Janmashtami, when we celebrate the appearance of Sri Krishna in this world, it is the perfect time to reflect on His sublime instructions, which are like a transcendental lifeline.
When we are blown here and there by the strong winds of change, when giant waves are crashing upon us, when we are feeling unsteady, lost, adrift, the Bhagavad-gita offers us guidance and hope. Looking at our problems through the prism of eternality, rather than merely identifying with our temporary, material circumstances, gives us an anchor that offers great peace, purpose, and stability through even the most trying of times.
May we always be blessed with remembrance of Sri Krishna, His unconditional love and His transcendental appearance in this world.
Jaya Sri Krishna!
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