April 2016 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 the 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 — catgraham48@gmail.com — for more information.

February 2016 Events

JOIN THE RALLY – Access to Higher Education for All

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at 3:00 pm
Fronting Hawai’i State Capitol on Beretania Street

  • Pass HB1613 and HB 1513
  • Fight for your future
  • Education is a right
  • Not a debt sentence

TOWN HALL MEETING: How much is our care worth?

Monday, February 29
Registration at 5:30pm / Program at 6pm
Sacred Hearts Academy
3235 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, 96816

Join elected officials, advocates, and experts for a town hall meeting about SB 2478 and HB 1885 — our plan to ensure everyone in Hawai’i can care for our kupuna.

care4kupuna.com

For more information, contact Dawn:
dmoraiswebster@gmail.com
808-383-7581

Town Hall Meeting Feb 29thFree Community College Rally

Hawaii Needs Long-Term Plan for Long-Term Care

Hawaii Needs Long-Term Plan for Long-Term Care

By the Rev. Samuel L. Domingo – Posted January 20, 2016, in Star Advertiser

Caring for our community means something different in Hawaii than it does anywhere else in the country.

We know the value of family and community, and the important role our elders play in both.

Leviticus 19:32 tells us: “Rise in the presence of the aged and honor the elderly face-to-face!” There is a moral imperative in taking care of our elders, and God expects us to do that.

When given the choice, 90 percent of people over age 65 prefer the notion of staying home to receive care rather than moving to a facility.

Family members are often incredible caregivers, but providing that care creates financial and emotional stress. Supporting home caregiving means Hawaii can honor the wishes of our seniors, as well as help caregiving families who work so hard to keep their loved ones at home safely.

Every eight seconds, someone in the country turns 65 years old. As U.S. demographics shift, Hawaii’s population is aging even more rapidly, and living longer than mainland counterparts.

According to the February 2014 “State of Hawai‘i Healthcare Innovation Plan,” the number of residents over age 60 has increased 300 percent since statehood. As the demographic makeup of our state changes, we need to change the way we provide care for older residents. We need a long-term plan for long-term care.

In 2016, Hawaii’s legislators will have a chance to create a new piece of care infrastructure for our state: access to a certain amount of resources each day for a year to assist in paying for in-home care through the creation of a long-term care benefits trust fund.

This fund isn’t meant to cover a stay in a long-term care facility like a nursing home or assisted living. It’s meant to help family caregivers give their loved ones successful long-term care at home, by helping them to hire companion care or invest in equipment like walkers and ramps.

In my church, many find themselves caring for loved ones at home, and paying for that out of their own pockets. Senate Bill 727 would ensure a long-term care benefit of $70 per day for 365 days and establish a “care floor,” ensuring that everyone could access basic resources to provide care at home.

As a state, we need to pull together to address that cost, so that all of us can help our elders enjoy their senior years at home with their families.

Our church has a very active ministry for the elderly. Members who are part of the Alzheimer’s group or the Senior Day Care Program know how important it is to be able to keep their family members at home. I am one of them: my in-laws live with my family; my father-in-law is in hospice care, and we had to bring help into our home to assist in his care. We know the enormous amount of work it takes to keep our loved ones at home with us, as well as the cost; $70 a day for a year would go very far in helping us and many other caregiving families manage those costs.

Hawaii’s leadership on this issue is tied directly to our cultural understandings of the role of elders in our communities and the importance of shared responsibility; it is our kuleana.

Hawaii has the incredible opportunity to be the national leader on innovative public policy to provide assistance to family caregivers. Our policy makers need to recognize their kuleana to help everyone take better care of their loved ones by passing this bill.

Caring for our elderly is a privilege. There is no more important social issue than for us to champion care for our elders. We should embrace every opportunity to support efforts to help caregiving families. As the old saying goes, “A burden shared is a burden halved.”

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 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…

 

 

Housing Now Hawaii Action

Did you know that Hawai’i has one of the highest rates of homelessness throughout the United States?

Did you know that the average cost to rent a 2 bedroom apartment in Honolulu is $1,810 – which means you would need to make $31/hr to afford that rent?

When: Tuesday, August 4th, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Location: Honolulu Hale

As we urge State, and City leaders to take action and address this long-standing need to create permanent, affordable housing units.
Our schedule of events are as follows:
10 AM – Prayer Circle
10:15 AM – 12 PM: Art/Sign Making Tent
11:30 AM – 1 PM: Guest Speakers
(Councilwoman Kymberly Pine, Councilman Brandon Elefante, Rev. David Gierlach, Rev. Walter Brownridge, Gary Hoosier, Eric Gill, Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, Jenny Lee)
12 PM – Lunch will be provided by The Virgil Brothers and Sage of Ohana Family of the Living God
 
1:30 PM Deliver letters to Council Members, Mayor, Governor, and Legislators (meet in front of Honolulu Hale)
There will be continuous sign waving throughout the day, with free lunch and drinks provided.  If you are interested in attending, and/or would like more information, please contact Catherine Graham or Rev. Bob Nakata by clicking on their names.

We are looking forwarding to seeing all of you there!

Ige Signs Bill to Help Undocumented Immigrants Obtain Driver’s Licenses

The Hawaii law is effective January 1, 2016.

·By ANITA HOFSCHNEIDER

Hawaii Gov. David Ige has signed a bill into law that creates a limited purpose driver’s license for people who don’t have documents to prove they are legally allowed to live in the U.S.

The governor signed the measure, House Bill 1007, on Tuesday, according to a press release.

The measure was backed by the Hawaii Coalition for Immigration Reform and Filipino community advocacy groups such as the Filipino American Citizens League. But in addition to immigrants, the law applies to a range of drivers including homeless people and domestic violence victims who may not have the proper documentation.

The law becomes effective January 1, 2016.

Courtesy of Gov. David Ige

Ige-Immigrant

Gov. Ige poses with advocates for a new limited purpose drivers license on June 30.

http://www.civilbeat.com/2015/06/ige-signs-bill-to-help-undocumented-immigrants-obtain-drivers-licenses/

Hawaii DOT Settles Driver’s License Exam Lawsuit

Discrimination against foreign-born residents was alleged when translation of some exams was discontinued.

·By CHAD BLAIR

The Hawaii Department of Transportation and the nonprofit Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) said Friday that a lawsuit was settled regarding the translation of driver’s examinations for vehicle licenses.

United States District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway approved the settlement.

In 2013, FACE said it was concerned that speakers of Marshallese, Chuukese and Ilocano were being disenfranchised because exams were not available in those languages.

Faith Action for Community Equity

Marshallese and Chuukese

Marshallese and Chuukese making their case to the Maui DOT in April 2013.

Translations of the driver’s test began in 2001, but they were later suspended after new state laws led to changes in the test. The DOT did, however, provide translations into eight other languages including Japanese and Tagalog.

FACE filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the DOT discriminated against foreign-born residents of Hawaii “by not offering a translated exam for a period of more than five years after previously existing translations were removed from service when additional questions needed to be added to the exam,” according to a joint press release.

For its part, the DOT says it consistently disputed that there was “any discriminatory motive” involved in decision-making about the translated exams. In a statement, DOT Director Ford Fuchigami said his department is committed “to serving all of Hawaii’s residents regardless of who they are or where they are from.”

The DOT currently offers the examination in 13 languages, said to make Hawaii the only state under 2 million people to offer the exam in more than 10 languages, including Hawaiian.

FACE said it is pleased with the outcome of the case.

http://www.civilbeat.com/2015/05/hawaii-dot-settles-drivers-exam-lawsuit/

Caring Across Generations!

child_grandmaThursday, April 30
6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Davies Hall at St. Andrews Cathedral

Talk story with Ai-Jen Poo

Help us build Hawaii’s movement for care and caregiving! This event is a conversation about the challenge of caregiving in our state. National leader Ai-Jen Poo will read from her recent book The Age of Dignity, as well as lead a discussion about how our families are planning for aging and long term care.

Join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1041074595920387/

Learn more about Caring Across Generations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3F8isOxNGM

AiJen Poo is the founder of the National Domestic Worker Alliance and the author of The Age of Dignity. She is the co-chair of the Caring Across Generations.