Drivers Test Translations on Valentine’s Day!

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:

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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.

Hawaii Continues the Fight for Immigration Reform

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.”

josevargaswithgroupFilipino community leaders celebrate another successful showing of Documented.

FACE Maui Hosts Mexican Consulate

After months of preparation, the Mexican Consulate agreed to send nine staff from its San Francisco office to Maui to help families update passports and other identification.

The team was able to hold over 400 appointments and make 250 Mexican passports and 68 IDs on the spot. Hurray!

New Radio Station

St. Theresa celebrates the opening of Immaculate Heart Radio in Hawaii!  Listen in at 740 AM.

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Maui Vicar Monsignor Terrence A. M. Watanabe welcomes Bishop Larry Silva, FACE Board member Thelma Akita-Kealoha, and new station managers.

Hawaii DoT Fails to Provide Drivers Test Translations

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HI DOT) guaranteed the press last fall that they would be rolling our many new translations of the written drivers test before the end of 2013.

Even though the HI DOT made this guarantee to several local reporters and told FACE leaders that they would “do the right thing”, no translations have been offered so far. FACE will keep track as this progresses.

FACE Maui 2014 MLK, Jr. Day Interfaith Service

A leadership team of FACE Maui clergy met November 13 to plan for FACE’s 2014 MLK Day Interfaith Service to be held the evening of Monday, January 20. Rev. Jori Lokboj, Senior Pastor at the Maui Marshallese Ministry, hosted the breakfast meeting at his home in Kahului and Father Bill Albinger, Rector of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Lahaina, chaired the meeting.

The theme of this year’s event will be “Economic Justice For All”, and will raise up scripture on this topic from many faiths. The service will be held at Christ the King in Kahului at 6:00pm. All are invited.

This year’s keynote speaker is Rev. Walter Brownridge, Dean of St. Andrew’s Cathedral, O’ahu. An active member of FACE, Rev. Brownridge has decades of experience working for social justice throughout the United States and South Africa where he served as a Canon at St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town and worked closely with Bishop Desmond Tutu.

Mahalo to all of the Maui Clergy helping to make this interfaith service meaningful for all who care about faith and social justice.

Back row, left to right: Deacon Olery/Chuukese Christian Ministry, Rev. Tasha Kama/Christian Ministry, John Tomoso/Good Shepherd Episcopal, Father Bill Albinger/ Holy Innocents, Father Adondee/ Christ the King. Front row: Kehau Filimoe’atu, Rev. Jori Lokboj/ Maui Marshallese Ministry and Deacon Mark, Chuukese Christian Ministry.

For more information, please contact FACE Maui at 375-9560.

FACE Maui Kicks Off Health Care Sign Ups

FACE Maui signed a contract with the Hawaii Health Connector on November 1 to begin training Maui Kokua. Trainees will help Maui families navigate their new health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act.

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FACE Maui Connector Kokua celebrate the completion of their first week of training, left to right: Rev. Ed Gazmen, Jen Chapulsky, Rev. Tasha Kama, Adisina Ogunelese, Nikki Baysa (HI Connector), Kikko Sana Eram, Laurie Fifita, Veronica Teico, Napua Amina, and Inez Okamura.

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Ten Maui residents began intensive training November 15 and began public outreach in early December.

 

Maui-openenrollmentNationally, more than 1 million people have signed up for affordable health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Hawaii’s numbers are lagging, in part because such a high percentage of Hawaii residents already have health insurance under our unique Pre-Paid Health Care Act.

FACE Carols at the Capitol

Hawaii Needs a Raise Coalition went to the Capitol to carol for economic justice.

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From left to right: Mary Morgan Evans, Steve Dinion, Joyce Charles, James Fitzpatrick, Gretchen Jong, and Drew Astolfi

 

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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 Hosts Jose Vargas

FACE HOSTS PULITZER-PRIZE WINNING FILIPINO JOURNALIST & NATIONAL IMMIGRATION REFORM LEADER JOSE VARGAS More than 200 people from FACE and our ally organizations gathered for the Hawaii premiere of Documented, a film about the life of Jose Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize winner who is also an undocumented citizen. After the film we held a reception where Vargas and community leaders led the group in a conversation about the immigration stories of our family. Vargas has offered to allow FACE to show the movie on Maui. For more information on Vargas and Documented, see the October 16 FilAm Courier cover story. Hawaii Coalition for Immigration Reform held a large talk story about the future of immigration work in Hawaii earlier in October. We have big plans for the coming year!

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas discusses immigration status and family dynamics with FACE Maui leader Dawny Tapuala.