Come 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.
Time: Saturday, May 21, 7:00 pm
Location: McKinley Auditorium – 1039 S King Street
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 email@example.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.
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 — firstname.lastname@example.org — for more information.
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…
The Hawaii Coalition for Immigration Reform (HCIR), sponsored by FACE, was awarded the ‘Ikena Award by the Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA). The ‘Ikena Award recognizes outstanding service to the public toward legal education. Claudia Lara and Stan Bain represented HCIR at the HSBA convention luncheon to receive the Koa bowl award on Oct. 24.
In other Hawaii immigration reform news, FACE/HCIR hosted the Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center and hosted briefing for State Senate and House staffers on marked licenses and other state-level immigration reforms.
FACE Maui will host the Mexican Consulate Saturday, November 15 at St. Theresa Church in Kihei. To schedule an appointment, please call: 1 (877) 639-4835.
Kilohana Angels Home Care Cooperative held a huge community celebration 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.
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A 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.
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.