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  • June 02, 2022 11:38 AM | Jim Hochberg (Administrator)

    "We still have the regular flu 100 years later. Do we want to have those kind of issues governed by emergency powers of a governor? No. The people have the right to have their own political power respected by the Governor and the Legislatures. So the change needs to be made to the constitution," argues attorney Jim Hochberg.

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  • May 31, 2022 4:42 AM | Jim Hochberg (Administrator)

    From Hawaii News Now, May 31, 2022.

    Civil rights attorney Jim Hochberg, who has filed a legal challenge to the governor’s emergency powers, said the bill doesn’t go far enough.


    His suit argued that Hawaii law only allows the governor’s emergency powers to remain in place for 60 days. He added that the Legislature could have stepped-in to end the emergency period -- but didn’t.

    “Well, it was pretty clear from the massive continuing protests that people didn’t agree. But because it was a governor using executive power, they had no voice,” Hochberg said.


  • April 21, 2022 3:48 PM | Jim Hochberg (Administrator)

    Are you be called to run to office?  Do you know someone who should run for office?

    Many candidates for public office don’t think of running until someone else suggests they would make a good candidate.  In order not to miss out on the opportunity to have a good candidate for you to vote for in this upcoming election, we want to invite you to a seminar to learn how to recognize a good potential candidate, and then how to help them win.
     
    On Thursday evening, April 28, 2022, at 6:30 p.m., Eva Andrade, Janet Hochberg and Jim Hochberg will present this free opportunity at the Kakaako Campus of One Love Ministries, located at 670 Auahi Street, Suite A-5, Honolulu HI, 96813.  (You can click the picture above to sign up)

  • February 24, 2022 6:28 AM | Jim Hochberg (Administrator)

    Jim Hochberg, Esq. has submitted testimony in favor of a bill (SB 2027) that would amend provisions relating to first degree murder.  This bill adds a person commits the offense of first degree murder if the person knowingly or intentionally causes the death of another person that is less than fourteen years old or pregnant with a viable fetus. Adds a person commits the offense of first degree murder if the murder was especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel manifesting exceptional depravity.

    READ TESTIMONY HERE

  • February 10, 2022 9:17 AM | HFA Admin (Administrator)

    Editorial: Island Voices, Honlulu Star Advertiser | February 10, 2022


  • February 02, 2022 9:49 AM | Jim Hochberg (Administrator)

    Hawaiian Airlines' Failure to Provide Reasonable Accommodations for Vaccine Mandate Prompts Class-Action Lawsuit 

    Lack of a Legitimate Interactive Process Also Leads to Violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act 

    Honolulu, HI (Jan. 21, 2022) - A group of Hawaiian Airlines employees is suing the company for violating federal anti-discrimination regulations by denying reasonable religious or medical accommodations for its COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

    FINAL 01.21.22 Hawaiian Employees File Suit.pdf [Press Release]

    HwnAIrPortfolio.pdf [All documents pertaining to case]

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  • February 02, 2022 7:51 AM | Jim Hochberg (Administrator)


    Jim Hochberg, Esq. talks about legislative activity to modify the Governor’s emergency powers by referring to a case he filed in July of 2020 over Governor Ige’s abuse of emergency powers in the COVID lockdowns and restrictions.  On the Triple F Podcast, Jim suggests specific legislative action needed to protect us from the abuse of emergency powers; he referred to the case and cited quotes directly from the transcript.

    Read the case below.

    RICHARD PARTAL II, KRISTINE MARIE PARTAL, AND ELLEN PARTAL Plaintiffs, v. DAVID Y. IGE, in his official capacity as Governor of the State of Hawaii; STATE OF HAWAII; MAYOR HARRY KIM, in his official capacity as the Mayor of Hawaii County; and John and/or Jane Does 1-10, in either official or individual capacities.

    3CCV-20-000277_Transcript.pdf.  |. 3CCV-20-000277_Filing.pdf

  • March 26, 2021 8:43 AM | Jim Hochberg (Administrator)

    On the Faith in Politics show on March 26, 2021, I shared a report that I noted I would post on this website.  You can watch the full show by clicking on the photo below.


    To read the report, click here.

  • March 24, 2021 5:24 AM | Jim Hochberg (Administrator)

    The Hawaii Legislature is once again aiming to set up a task force to do the Legislature’s own duty with a very controversial proposal. House Bill 1096, House Draft 2, is the vehicle our elected legislators are proposing to use to change “paternity” to “parentage” on birth records.

    The purpose of birth certificates is to identify the biological participants in the creation of the baby. This change will instead identify on the birth certificate the people who plan to raise the child after it is born. Sometimes, those are not the same, as in step-parenting, adoption, guardianship and hanai parenting. It is most logically always the case with same-sex parenting.

    This task force ploy not only serves as a political prophylactic for those we elect to serve as lawmakers, but it completely and totally hides that work behind a cloak of secrecy created by an additional layer of opaque cover in the state Department of Health, overseeing the actual work done by private individuals. The Legislature needs to do this work in public.

    In the face of public demand for government transparency, HB 1096, HD2, runs in the opposite direction on a very controversial subject. Worse yet, the text of the bill clearly indicates the Legislature has already made the policy decision in back-room negotiations. The task force is only asked to “recommend amendments to the Hawaii Revised Statutes to update existing parentage laws that reflect outdated, cisheteronormative concepts of families, parenthood, and parental rights.”

    Having decided the laws of our state need to be changed in this regard, the Legislature should not pass off the responsibility to ideologues who agree with the premise. Legislative hearings can give the Legislature the approval of the citizens to go forward with the policy change. Voters have elected a total of 76 legislators from various districts to come together and debate issues related to every change proposed to our laws, hopefully listening to the voice of those who participate. The Legislature should not protect the next election with a process that gives political protection of “task force recommendations.”

    The Legislature should not change “paternity” to “parentage” on birth certificates because birth certificates are intended to identify the biological contributors to the zygote, which was born the child after nine months. Birth certificates have to do with biology, not awarding hereditary status to a person with no biological connection to the child.

    If participation in some program (e.g., Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Daughters of the American Revolution, etc.) is determined by bloodline linkage to the program’s purpose, this bill would rob from every child the opportunities to which he and she should be entitled. Replacing paternity with parentage in the law does violence to the family history of people when their birth certificate does not reflect the biological origins of that person. In addition, this proposal removes the excluded biological participant (usually the dad?). Birth records must reflect the paternity, not parentage, of the child — for the keiki!

    More egregious than legislative dereliction of duty is the telling selection of one organization to participate. One of the identified participants in this task force would be “a representative of AF3IRM Hawaii.” This is not a Hawaii organization, but a transnational organization not even authorized by the state of Hawaii to engage in business here.

    Why is the change championed by AF3IRM a bad idea for Hawaii? The webpage for AF3IRM indicates it is actually an international organization with a political agenda that includes changing birth record data on paternity to parentage data. The Legislature should not appoint ideologues supporting this public policy change, but rather, neutral, honest and unbiased individuals.

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    Printed in the Hawaii Star Advertiser on March 23, 2021

  • February 03, 2021 11:11 AM | Jim Hochberg (Administrator)

    President Trump's “1776 Commission” report, was rescinded by President Biden by an executive order on his first day in office.   In documents announcing Biden’s executive order, (Sec 10 (c)) administration officials said the panel “sought to erase America’s history of racial injustice.”

    President Trumps Executive Order

    Federal Register

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