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Hawaii Needs a Raise Coalition went to the Capitol to carol for economic justice.
From left to right: Mary Morgan Evans, Steve Dinion, Joyce Charles, James Fitzpatrick, Gretchen Jong, and Drew Astolfi
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!
FACE has been fighting to increase the state minimum wage for over a year. At our Talk Stories across Maui and Oahu, raising the state minimum wage has been the #1 issue that our members and their families are discussing. In Hawaii, we have not raised our minimum wage for seven years. While rent, gas, food, day care and bus fare go up, our families’ spending power is going down.
Who makes minimum wage? 80,000 workers across the state. Many of our seniors are making minimum wage, and so are our home care aides, security guards and agricultural workers.
Did you know that one of the core demands made at the historic March on Washington in 1963 was to raise the minimum wage to $2.00 an hour? Adjusted for inflation, that would be $15.00 an hour today.
You are invited to the Hawaii Needs a Raise Community Action Tuesday, November 12 at 4:00pm at the State Capitol. Bring signs and call Rev. Bob Nakata at 295-1316 for more information.
Faith Action for Community Equity (“FACE”), a Gamaliel Foundation affiliate, is a faith-based grassroots organization in Hawaii founded in 1996. FACE grew out of a sponsoring committee established in the mid-1990s with the assistance of the Center for Community Change. In November 2008 FACE became a statewide organization when our Maui chapter was founded.
St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church is an active participant of FACE.
The second part of FACE’s Interfaith Service is the actions step. As faith is then translated into action, FACE leaders marched to the Waikiki Hyatt Regency in solidarity with UNITE Here Local 5 to show that “In a Global Economy, the Community Still Matters!”
November 7th, 2011
Waikiki Hyatt Regency
Faith Action for Community Equity together with UNITE Here Local 5
The Interfaith Alliance of Hawaii (“TIAH”) and Faith Action through Community Equity (“FACE”) held worship services at St. Augustine’s in Waikiki at the beginning of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (“APEC”) conference in November 2011. The joint service highlighted the plight of the poor and economically disenfranchised as the economic summit got underway. Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant Christian, and Unitarian clergy participated in the service. The sermon delivered by Rev. Sam Domingo centered on key aspects of “coconut theology.”
Faith Action for Community Equity created the strongest mortgage foreclosure mediation legislation in the nation. On May 5th, 2011, Act 48 was signed into law by Governor Neil Abercrombie. It was the grassroots effort of families on Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island coordinated by FACE, that won this legislation, and the leadership of Hawaii state legislators’ Senator Roz Baker and Representative Bob Herkes, that made the effort a success!
FACE (Faith Action for Community Equity) hosted a meeting on October 15, 2010 with gubernatorial candidate and former Representative Neil Abercrombie to discuss the issue of faith in public life with an audience of clergy. Mr. Abercrombie addressed certain criticisms that have been leveled at him and other candidates for office, critiquing whether they have the right credentials of faith and religion to be in a leadership position in government.
In Neil Abercrombie’s response, you will find a depth of thinking and reflection that I find rare as a public official. After all, how many politicians do you know who study and quote such lights as Thomas Merton, the Dalai Lama, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Mahatma Gandhi, Paul Tillich, or Rheinhold Neibhur?
(Note: This video is unedited. The breaks in the video come from the camera cutting off after 5 minutes or so – a limitation in writing .avi files on Nikon equipment.)
A 15-year collage of pictures, people, events and actions since the inception of Faith Action for Community Equity (“FACE”). FACE is a powerful organization that has effectively created social change for our Honolulu Ohana – and now we have offices in Maui!
15 Years Strong!
June 26, 2010 @ First United Methodist, Honolulu, HI
FACE leaders gathered to present the community issues of Education, Affordable Housing, and Jobs + Economic Development, to the candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Mayor. The candidates vowed to work with FACE on these issues and promised, if elected, to come to FACE’s January 2011 Equity Summit