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.
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.
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
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 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 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 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.
The Maui Marshallese Women’s Club spent their May meeting discussing the new Marshallese translations of the Hawaii drivers test and making plans to create job training opportunities for their members.
The Club kicked off their first job training program on June 23. This is a 6-week Marshallese Medical Interpreter course. For more information, please contact Veronica Teico at 808-283-9240.
Who invests in social justice? Everyone! From local business to national franchises, lead pastors to new congregants, every year FACE raises a big portion of its annual operating budget directly from stakeholders in our community.
FACE does not ask for donations. FACE leaders explain the mission, work, vision, and victories of the organization and ask stakeholders to make an investment in the future of our community.
From pledges of $5 to $5,000, every pledge invested in FACE helps provide leadership development and resources for FACE’s campaigns. FACE’s issue areas for 2014-2015 include affordable housing, immigration reform, job training, and public long term care insurance.
For more information about this year’s investment drive, please contact Catherine Graham or Miina Huotari at 808-741-4317.
Or visit our Donation page to donate online.
Governor Neil Abercrombie and FACE celebrate Hawaii’s new minimum wage. On May 23 in the Capitol auditorium, the governor signed the minimum wage bill that FACE campaigned to help pass. The House and Senate had agreed to $10.10 spread out over 4 years with a big revision (improvement) to the tip credit.
FACE Maui leader Mitzi Toro, aka the Maui Cookie lady, even designed a special cookie for the signing!
No Tip Credit
Adjust for CPI (Consumer Price Index)
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.