Housing in Hawaii – What’s Holding It Up!

Jay Fidel and Duke Oishi highlight a conference put on by Think Tech, Hawaii Venture Capital Association and Pacific New Media covering housing in Hawaii.

A range of topics concerning housing were discussed by the members of the conference, who include Christine Camp of Avalon Hawaii, David Callies of the UH Law School, Robert Harris of the Sierra Club, Lee Sichter of Belts Collins Hawaii, Jun Yang of Faith Action for Community Equity, Panos Prevedouros from the UH School of Engineering, Senator Donovan Dela Cruz the Chair of the Seante Housing Committee, Ben Kudo of Imanaka, Kudo & Fujimoto, Gil Barden of Pacific Island Investments, Jon Wallenstrom of Forest City Hawaii, Ann Bouslog of Mikiko Corporation, Peter Savio of Hawaiian Island Homes, Paul Quintilani of Kamehameha Schools, Cheryl Soon of SSFM International, Marc Alexander the Covernor’s Homelessness Coordinator, Micah Kane of Kamehameha Schools, Billy Kenoi the Big Island Mayor, Emilia Noordhoek from Sustainable Molokai and Harry Saunders of Castle & Cooke. Also includes a Spensation from Bill Spencer about the program on Reciprocal China Investment.

The 12 Days of Christmas…With FACE 2014

The 12 Days of Christmas with FACE

On the 1st day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
A worker-owned homecare coop
On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
2 islands organizing for justice
On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
3 leaders at national training
On the 4th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
4 thousand people eligible for DAPA in Hawaii
On the 5th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
5 sign-wavings for minimum wage
On the 6th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
6 funders funding
On the 7th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:
7 FACE staff a’singing
On the 8th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
8 FACE leaders meeting in DC
On the 9th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
9 Fabulous Board members
On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
10.10 an hour
On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
11 drivers tests translated
On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
12 months of faith-based organizing!

Letter from Birmingham Jail

Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963:

…I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their “thus saith the Lord” far beyond the boundaries of their home towns: and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of of the Greco-Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom far beyond my own hometown. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.

Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.

Continue reading this powerful letter, with notes and annotations, as preparation for MLK Day events on Monday, January 19, 2015.

Letter from Birmingham Jail, MLK Jr. 1963 ORIGINAL of the original mimeographed version of the letter that Dr. Martin Luther King began writing in the margins of newspapers while he was held in jail.