FACE for Social Justice

The religious education 6th Graders from St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Kailua, Hawaii created this video project and submitted it to the 2012 National Catholic Campaign for Human Development (“CCHD”) Multi-Media Youth Art Contest, they were the National Third Prize winners in their age category!

This video explains what FACE – Faith Action for Community Equity – in Honolulu, is all about. FACE is an interfaith, community-based organization that works to bring about systemic change and improve the quality of life for the residents of Hawaii.

FACE + Local 5 Rally at Hyatt Waikiki

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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

FACE Interfaith Service in Waikiki

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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.”

FACE Foreclosure Campaign Victory 2011

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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 Meets with Gubernatorial Candidate – Neil Abercrombie

FACE Meets with Neil Abercrombie from on Vimeo.

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.)

FACE Accountability Assembly News Coverage

FACE Accountability Assembly news coverage on Vimeo.

Accountability Assembly
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

Island Connections – FACE: Faith and Politics

Host: Ibrahim Aoude – Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa

– Gerry Madison – Chair, Jobs Committee, Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE)
– Godfrey Maeshiro – Vice-President, Local 5 and Labor Committee, FACE
– Michelle Takemoto – Jobs Committee, FACE

The relationship between faith and social activism for justice and equality is highlighted. FACE and its activism in the community, including community organizing, is highlighted. The importance of activism on all levels to effect social change comes into sharp focus.