Campaign Corner: No on Ballot Measure 4

In 2012, FACE’s Education Team fought to protect junior kindergarten, giving the state time to come up with a better plan for our keiki.  In September 2014, FACE hosted Dr. Cliff Tanabe of the UH Education Department, Joan Husted former HSTA Exec Director and members of Parents for Public Schools to debate the value of “Question 4”, the constitutional amendment that would allow public funds to be spent on private early childhood education programs.

At the end of the session, the group voted to recommend a “no” vote on the amendment. FACE leader Mary Weir explains her reservations about Amendment #4 in her October 28 Op Ed in Civil Beat.


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“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.

Face Candidates Forum On Affordable Housing For Maui’s Working Families

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FACE Candidates Forum on Affordable Housing at Christ the King: From L to R: Deacon Stan Franco, Rev. Tasha Kama, Don Guzman, John Fitzpatrick, Ka’ala Buenconsejo, Elle Cochran, Joseph Blackburn, Nick Nikhilananda, Mike Molina, Joe Pontanilla. FACE would like to thank all of the candidates who attended this community event!

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 Attend National Training In California

FACE leaders Rev. Joe Yun/Kahuluu UMC, Rev. In Kwon Jun/Aiea Korean UMC, and Natalie Nimmer/Harris UMC participated in a national faith-based community organizing training sponsored by the Pacific Institute for Community Organizing (PICO). The other church leaders pictured above are from Indiana, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and California.

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“Proverbs From Our Families” Story Collection Will Lead To Interfaith Service

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Last year’s Oahu talk story meetings raised up the issue of long term care and aging. FACE voted to take on this issue this fall and into 2015. First we are grounding ourselves and our activism in our own real life family stories by lifting up the role that elders play in our own lives. We will collect these stories throughout the fall in our churches via post card and long forms for an inreach we are calling “Proverbs From Our Families”.

These stories will lead to an interfaith service on Monday October 20th focused on the value of elders in our lives. While this is happening we are in the process of preparing and introducing a new long term care bill into the state legislature.

FACE has worked on long term care several times in our nearly 20 year history, but a solution to this problem has always eluded us. We are lot stronger and more sophisticated now than we were the last two times we tried this and we are hopeful that this time we can make it work!

For more information on FACE’s “Proverbs From Our Families” story collection or to get story collections guides and postcards for your church, temple, synagogue or organization, please contact FACE Organizer Leotele Renee Togafau at 808-429-8337 or email at leotele.face @gmailcom.

From Kailua to Cuffs

FACE Clergy arrested in DC deportation protest

BY FACE HCIR Organizer Rev. Stan Bain

On July 31, 102 of us from across the country hiked from Capitol Hill to
the park that faces the White House. Supported by hundreds more who
were chanting, singing and praying, we took our stand in front of the
White House fence. We represented communities of faith from across
the country to send a message to President Obama, urging him to deliver
his Executive Order (since Congress has failed to act) to extend Deferred
Action to youth and their parents who qualify for legalization under SB
744.
Our message in front of the White House that morning is the same
message we lift up in our immigration work here in Hawaii: Stop
separating families, don’t send the children back to Central America to
face the violence they barely managed to escape.
Yes, we were arrested. It was worth it. Yes we were all cuffed and yes my
mug shot is floating around the nation’s Capitol. But it was worth it; the
country heard our message of faith and love for all families.

 

 

FACE Acts to Protect Workforce Housing Ordinance

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 works to protect Maui's Workforce Housing OrdinanceFACE 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.

 

FACE Leader Wins Filipino Chamber of Commerce Award

Joyce Afalla wins Chamber of Commerce Award

FACE Leader Joyce Afalla wins the Gintong Pamana Leadership Award from the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce.

The awards dinner was held at Maui Beach Hotel in June. Joyce has worked with FACE on Immigration reform for many years. Most recently, Joyce took leadership in FACE’s campaign to have the state offer the written drivers test in 11 languages.