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FACE Oahu Kicks Off 2014 Investment Drive

Who invests in social justice? Everyone! From local business to national franchises, lead pastors to new congregants, every year FACE raises a big portion of its annual operating budget directly from stakeholders in our community.

FACE does not ask for donations. FACE leaders explain the mission, work, vision, and victories of the organization and ask stakeholders to make an investment in the future of our community.

From pledges of $5 to $5,000, every pledge invested in FACE helps provide leadership development and resources for FACE’s campaigns. FACE’s issue areas for 2014-2015 include affordable housing, immigration reform, job training, and public long term care insurance.

For more information about this year’s investment drive, please contact Catherine Graham or Miina Huotari at 808-741-4317.

Or visit our Donation page to donate online.

Minimum Wage Bill Signed!

Governor Neil Abercrombie and FACE celebrate Hawaii’s new minimum wage. On May 23 in the Capitol auditorium, the governor signed the minimum wage bill that FACE campaigned to help pass. The House and Senate had agreed to $10.10 spread out over 4 years with a big revision (improvement) to the tip credit.

FACE Maui leader Mitzi Toro, aka the Maui Cookie lady, even designed a special cookie for the signing!

 

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Three Demands in Minimum Wage Fight

$10.10

No Tip Credit

Adjust for CPI (Consumer Price Index)

minwage-signsatcapitolA growing coalition of Hawaii organizations is joining the fight to increase Hawaii’s long-stagnant minimum wage. Families from across our islands are getting involved in the legislative process for the first time so that they can tell their story of living on minimum or near-minimum wage.

FACE Maui Celebrates Martin Luther King


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More than 230 people attended FACE Maui’s 2nd Annual MLK Day Interfaith Service this year at Christ the King. The service celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and faith. After an opening prayer from CTK Senior Pastor Father Adondee, the service was lead by UCC, Episcopal, Catholic and Methodist leaders from across Maui. This year’s theme was Economic Justice for All.

 

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This service is being broadcast weekly on Akaku channel 54, see their website for a schedule, www.akaku.org

Drivers Test Translations on Valentine’s Day!

After 14 months of actions, petitions, studies, meetings, and a lawsuit, Governor Abercrombie issued a press release on Valentine’s Day that all island DMV’s will be offering the written drivers test in all of the languages FACE has been requesting.

 

See the Governor’s press release below:

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
NEIL ABERCROMBIE, GOVERNOR
GLENN M. OKIMOTO, DIRECTOR

For Immediate Release:
February 14, 2014

DRIVER LICENSE EXAMS TO BE OFFERED IN
MULTIPLE LANGUAGES STARTING MARCH 17

HONOLULU – The state Department of Transportation (DOT), the City & County of Honolulu, along with Maui, Hawaii and Kauai Counties announce that beginning Monday, March 17, 2014, the state driver license exam will be available in a variety of languages. In addition to English, twelve language are being offered to better serve our diverse communities. The languages include the following: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tongan, Samoan, Tagalog, Ilocano, Hawaiian, Spanish, Chuukese, and Marshallese.

Hawaii Continues the Fight for Immigration Reform

He’s baaaaack!  Immigration reform leader and director/star of the documentary Documented, Jose Antonio Vargas, returned in December to work with FACE and the Hawaii Coalition for Immigration Reform. Vargas’ movie tracks his life from his immigration to America from the Philippines as a child to his struggles as an adult activist and explores how he reconnects with his mother. As he says on his website, “A broken immigration system leads to broken families and broken lives.”

josevargaswithgroupFilipino community leaders celebrate another successful showing of Documented.

FACE Maui Hosts Mexican Consulate

After months of preparation, the Mexican Consulate agreed to send nine staff from its San Francisco office to Maui to help families update passports and other identification.

The team was able to hold over 400 appointments and make 250 Mexican passports and 68 IDs on the spot. Hurray!

New Radio Station

St. Theresa celebrates the opening of Immaculate Heart Radio in Hawaii!  Listen in at 740 AM.

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Maui Vicar Monsignor Terrence A. M. Watanabe welcomes Bishop Larry Silva, FACE Board member Thelma Akita-Kealoha, and new station managers.

Hawaii DoT Fails to Provide Drivers Test Translations

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HI DOT) guaranteed the press last fall that they would be rolling our many new translations of the written drivers test before the end of 2013.

Even though the HI DOT made this guarantee to several local reporters and told FACE leaders that they would “do the right thing”, no translations have been offered so far. FACE will keep track as this progresses.

FACE Maui 2014 MLK, Jr. Day Interfaith Service

A leadership team of FACE Maui clergy met November 13 to plan for FACE’s 2014 MLK Day Interfaith Service to be held the evening of Monday, January 20. Rev. Jori Lokboj, Senior Pastor at the Maui Marshallese Ministry, hosted the breakfast meeting at his home in Kahului and Father Bill Albinger, Rector of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Lahaina, chaired the meeting.

The theme of this year’s event will be “Economic Justice For All”, and will raise up scripture on this topic from many faiths. The service will be held at Christ the King in Kahului at 6:00pm. All are invited.

This year’s keynote speaker is Rev. Walter Brownridge, Dean of St. Andrew’s Cathedral, O’ahu. An active member of FACE, Rev. Brownridge has decades of experience working for social justice throughout the United States and South Africa where he served as a Canon at St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town and worked closely with Bishop Desmond Tutu.

Mahalo to all of the Maui Clergy helping to make this interfaith service meaningful for all who care about faith and social justice.

Back row, left to right: Deacon Olery/Chuukese Christian Ministry, Rev. Tasha Kama/Christian Ministry, John Tomoso/Good Shepherd Episcopal, Father Bill Albinger/ Holy Innocents, Father Adondee/ Christ the King. Front row: Kehau Filimoe’atu, Rev. Jori Lokboj/ Maui Marshallese Ministry and Deacon Mark, Chuukese Christian Ministry.

For more information, please contact FACE Maui at 375-9560.