Oahu News

May Events

Ta'u Pupu'a Benefit ConcertCome see internationally acclaimed operatic tenor TA’U PUPU’A and friends in concert on May 21! Presented by Kilohana UMC and Kilohana Angels, this benefit concert is to raise money for Kilohana UMC’s music ministry and Kilohana Angels’ home health care training and certification.

Tickets: $30
Time: Saturday, May 21, 7pm
Location: McKinley Auditorium – 1039 S King Street
Email: tauconcert@gmail.com
Phone: 808-372-3372
Buy online: www.kilohanaumc.org/benefit-concert.html

April Events

2016.04.05 Faith and Labor flyerFaith & Labor

Faith leaders: check out our Faith & Labor Forum Thursday, 4/14 from 11:30a – 1:00p at The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu. Help us lead the faith community for a better Hawai’i. Lunch will be provided; RSVP at aikeahawaii@gmail.com.

Working people–our congregations, our neighbors, our families–are working harder to make ends meet. The cost of housing and basic necessities are rising. Good, local jobs are under threat. Reverend Scott Marks, a New Haven pastor, will talk about how he’s organizing his community to fight for good jobs.

Scott Marks was born in North Carolina to a Pastor mother and Deacon father. Lured by the promise of good jobs, his family relocated to New Haven where Scott completed his education. After finding religion in 1985, Scott went on to preach gospel; he continues to pastor at New Growth Outreach ministries. Long compelled to use his strong voice for those who feel they don’t have one, Pastor Marks stepped up to represent his community in city hall as Alderman of Ward 21. As a co-founder of Connecticut Center for a New Economy (CCNE) and New Haven Rising, Scott organized and trained people from all walks of life, races, genders and religions to fight to protect their homes, jobs and communities. He organized marches and rallies, made alliances with local and national leaders, and continuously advocated on behalf of communities ravaged by poverty, violence, and inequality -and for working people everywhere. Recognizing Rev Marks’ solid leadership, UNITE HERE recruited him to serve as President of Local 226-2. The union sent him to organize in some of the country’s most difficult areas. In Las Vegas, Chicago, Washington, DC and Memphis he fought for working people to have a voice and be treated with respect. Pastor Marks rejoined the CCNE staff in 2011. He lives in New Haven with his wife Jill and their six children.

HousingHousing Now Rally Now Rally

Rally for affordable housing! Please join various churches, unions, concerned citizens, and those struggling to find decent & affordable housing as we rally at the State Capitol.

Thursday, April 21, 3pm-6pm at the Hawaii State Capital
Contact Catherine Graham — dreamaloha@hawaii.rr.com — for more information.

PICO Training and Aston Waikiki Action

FACE Hawaii — with members from both Oahu and Maui — had a wonderful two day training this past weekend on community organizing offered by the PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) 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…

 

 

Kilohana Angels Home Care Cooperative

Kilohana Angels Home Care Cooperative held a huge community Kilohana Angelscelebration and fundraiser in September. Kilohana Angles is the only worker-owned cooperative on Oahu.

Kilohana Angels began as a vision and ministry of Kilohana United Methodist Church to provide training and job opportunities for an unskilled minority population of women to meet an identified need in the community.

For more information about Kilohana Angels Home Care Cooperative, contact Rev. Alan Mark or Tiala Toe’tu’u at (808) 722-4188.

 

 

“Proverbs From Our Families” Interfaith Service Draws Crowd To Contemplate Our Kupuna’s Needs For Long Term Care

Monday evening, October 27, members of 19 FACE congregations came together for an evening of shared stories of the wisdom and faith we have learned from our kupuna.

Methodist, Episcopal, Catholic, Evangelical, and UCC clergy led a powerful interfaith service weaving their own stories and those of their congregations together for a deeper understanding of our islands’ need for more affordable long term care for our elders.

Mahalo to the choirs and musicians!

This interfaith service was part of FACE’s Caring Across Generations Campaign. For more information, call Patrick Zukemura at 391-3464.

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.

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.

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.

FACE Carols at the Capitol

Hawaii Needs a Raise Coalition went to the Capitol to carol for economic justice.

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From left to right: Mary Morgan Evans, Steve Dinion, Joyce Charles, James Fitzpatrick, Gretchen Jong, and Drew Astolfi

 

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OH HAWAII’S MINIMUM WAGE IS FRIGHTFUL

BUT $9.50’D BE SO DELIGHTFUL AND SINCE WE’VE NO PLACE TO GO…

IT’S $9.50 AND NOT BELOW,

NOT BELOW, NOT BELOW!