FACE Hawaii — with members from both Oahu and Maui — had a wonderful two-day training this past weekend on community organizing offered by the People Improving Communities through Organizing (“PICO”) National Network. The training was focused on recognizing the roles of privilege and power, creating trust between the members our organization, the importance of sharing our stories and turning those stories into action. This training was put to work on Friday night when we joined UNITE HERE! Local 5 in a prayer vigil for Aston Waikiki hotel workers fighting for dignity on the job.
Friday night’s action included a peaceful protest in the lobby and on the front steps of the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, where workers are saying they have been harassed and discriminated against for organizing to create a union, and are protesting labor practices and low wages.
Related news coverage from earlier this year about the workers:http://www.bizjournals.com/…/workers-at-aston-hotels-in-wai…
FACE Maui held a Candidate Forum October 14 for County Council candidates. The event was titled “Affordable Housing for Maui’s Working Families”.
FACE leaders Rev. Tasha Kama, Deacon Stan Franco, Napua Amina and Father Gary Colton helped lead the event which aired lived on Akaku. Thanks to Christ the King for hosting this important community event.
FACE leaders are working hard to protect and even enhance Maui’s Workforce Housing Ordinance. This is the County legislation requiring that when developers build luxury housing, that they are required to build affordable housing as well.
FACE leaders have testified, emailed and met with County Council members, recruited housing experts from around the state and from the mainland. FACE created a 30 page report on the need for Maui’s Workforce Housing Ordinance and distributed this report widely.
FACE Maui Affordable Housing & Land Use Committee Chair Napua Amina has kicked off an on-line petition to help build support for protecting Maui’s Workforce Housing Ordinance. Want to sign Napua’s petition? Go to http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/please-dont-gut-mauis.
The Maui Marshallese Women’s Club spent their May meeting discussing the new Marshallese translations of the Hawaii drivers test and making plans to create job training opportunities for their members.
The Club kicked off their first job training program on June 23. This is a 6-week Marshallese Medical Interpreter course. For more information, please contact Veronica Teico at 808-283-9240.
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.
This service is being broadcast weekly on Akaku channel 54, see their website for a schedule, www.akaku.org
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:
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.
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.”
Filipino community leaders celebrate another successful showing of Documented.