Wed. 3/8: International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

4:30p – 6:30p

  • 4:30p – Meet at Magic Island
  • 5:00p – Begin march to Trump Hotel Waikiki
  • 5:45p – Rally & Program at Trump Hotel Waikiki (223 Saratoga Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815)

Organized by the AiKea Movement, UNITE HERE Local 5, Women’s March Hawai’i, and the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA).

Historically, International Women’s Day has focused on the working conditions of women. Women and people of color experience workplace injury, sexual harassment, unequal pay, and other forms of injustice at higher rates.

Wear red and bring signs (see below for more information on signs.) For more information, view the Facebook event, or email [email protected].

#ShePersisted

AiKea organizer Lisa holds up a poster honoring Evelyn Chang, a retired cocktail server and Local 5 member who worked at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani for decades.

For the action, we are making signs to honor women workers with the slogan “She Persisted,” made (in)famous after Senator Mitch McConnell silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren in the middle of her speech.

We welcome you to make your own signs, honoring the strong and persistent women in your life. If you would like us to help you make a sign, send a photo of a woman you would like to honor to [email protected].

About International Women’s Day

The first International Woman’s Day (IWD) was observed in 1911. Weeks later, the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City took the lives of 146 working women, most of them immigrants.

This disastrous event drew significant attention to working conditions and labor legislation in the U.S. that became a focus of subsequent International Women’s Day events. The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGU) successfully fought for better wages, benefits, and working conditions.

Women workers today

ILGU later became the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE) in 1995. Then in 2004, it merged with Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) in 2004 to create a new union known as UNITE HERE. In Hawai’i, UNITE HERE Local 5 represents over 10,000 workers in the hospitality, healthcare, and food service industries.

Women workers have made a lot of progress since the start of IWD, but more work needs to be done to create safe and equitable working conditions for women.

Click here for a printable half-page flyer (PDF).

Stand with our houseless communities

QUICK CALL FOR ACTION: AiKea has been fighting for affordable housing, and we stand in solidarity with our houseless communities who are directly impacted by the lack of affordable housing.

Please call Sen. Josh Green, Chair of the Senate Committee for Human Services, and ask him to schedule hearings for SB 1 and SB 11.
Phone: 808-586-9385

Please call Sen. Will Espero, Chair of the Senate Committee for Housing, and ask him to schedule hearings for SB 1 and SB 589.
Phone: 808-586-6360

SB 1 Will create bonds to fund the construction of housing for the homeless: Authorizes the director of finance to issue general obligation bonds and appropriates funds to finance the construction of housing for homeless individuals and families.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1 
Text of SB 1: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB1_.HTM  

SB 11 Will protect the property and identity for homeless people caught in criminalization “sweeps” that often result in the loss of their belongings: Protects homeless individuals from having their personal property taken from a state or county agency without proper documentation procedures and the ability to recovery property from the agency. Establishes the executive office on homeless identity protection to assist homeless individuals with recovering government-issued identification documents.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=11 
Text of SB 11: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB11_.HTM      

SB 589 Establishes a “Houseless Bill of Rights” outlining basic protections for unsheltered homeless people “in the same manner as any other person without discrimination on the basis of housing status”: Defines specific rights granted to a person who is houseless including equal access to housing, jobs, and shelters, equal treatment by government agencies, and access to life-sustaining activities and essential services.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=589  
Text of SB 589: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB589_.HTM

Submit Testimony to protect affordable housing

2017.02.01 Vacation rentals social mediaTwo Senate Committees will be hearing 3 bills dealing with illegal vacation rentals in Hawai’i. The hearing is on Friday, February 3 at 1:25p at the State Capitol, Conference Room 414.

Did you know there are an estimated 33,000 homes being used as vacation rentals in the state? And that in 2 years, that number is projected to jump to 40,000?

You may remember that last year, we successfully defeated HB1850, a bill supported by Airbnb that would have allowed illegal vacation rentals to continue to negatively impact our housing, our economy, and our neighborhoods.

Airbnb is now supporting SB1087, a bill that is nearly identical to HB150. We urge you to submit testimony OPPOSING SB1087.  

The other 2 bills, SB1281 and SB1202, are a step in the right direction, but need some fixing. Submit testimony in SUPPORT of SB1281 and SB1202 with comments.

Please submit testimony by TOMORROW (Thursday, February 2) before 1:25p. If you can testify in person at the hearing, please do!

Learn more about the negative impact of illegal vacation rentals.

You can directly submit testimony by filling out this form on our website:

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Sat. 1/21: Women’s March on Washington (Hawaii)

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Multiple locations and times

Information here is for all advocates and allies who are interested in participating in a local march in Hawaii or traveling from Hawaii to the march in Washington D.C.

Marches are being planned for: Honolulu, Hilo, and Kauai. If your island is not listed, please consider volunteering to organize a January 21st march on your island.

About the marches: These are INCLUSIVE marches, and EVERYONE is welcome.

Visit the Women’s March on Washington – Hawaii Facebook page for more information.

  • Oahu:
    10:00a – 3:00p
    Meet at the Ewa lawn of the Hawaii State Capitol
    View their Facebook event for more information.
  • Kauai:
    Time and location TBD
    View their Facebook event for more information.
  • Maui:
    8:00a – 11:00a
    UH Maui College
    View their Facebook event for more information.
  • Kona:
    3:00p – 4:00p
    Meet at South of Henry St. on Queen Ka’humanu Hwy and then march to Edible World Institute
    View their Facebook event for more information.
  • Hilo:
    10:00a – 3:00p
    Downtown Hilo at the Mo’oheau Bandstand
    View their Facebook event for more information.

Fri. 1/20: A Day of Resistance

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10:00a – 7:00p

Multiple locations in Honolulu

Friday January, 20th – Inaguration Day – will be A Day of Resistance.

We invite you to join us in inaugurating resistance on inauguration day. It is time to defend ourselves, our loved ones, and the world that sustains us. Our lives + futures depend on it.

Take off work for the day, and ask your coworkers to do the same.

This will be a time for Oahu to prove our solidarity against the policies and promises made during the Trump campaign.

Most importantly it will be a time for us to collectively stragetize on a productive path forward.

Schedule for January 20th:

12 to 2:30pm / Teach-in at UH Manoa

2:30 to 3:00pm (start time contingent on location) / March begins

route 1 starts at UH Manoa Campus Center (gather at Diamond Head steps)
route 2 starts at Ala Moana Park : Atkinson/Ala Moana (gather at entrance to Ala Moana)
route 3 starts at intersection of Kalakaua/Kapahulu (gather at Honolulu Zoo)
route 4 starts at intersection of King/Kalakaua (gather at park at Kaheka/King)

4:00pm / Converge at Waikiki Gateway Park

5:00pm / March to Trump Tower, then along Kalakaua Avenue toward Waikiki Shell

7:00pm / Free Concert at Waikiki Shell

Facebook event.

Hawaii J20 website.

Wed. 1/18: Opening Day of the Legislature

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Time TBD

Hawaii State Capitol (415 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96813)

Email [email protected] if you are interested in visiting legislators with us on Opening Day.

Mon. 1/16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

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Meet at 8:30a

Starts at Magic Island, ends at Kapiolani Park

Join the AiKea Movement at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade! If you’re interested in marching with us, email [email protected]

Wed. 1/11: AiKea Meeting and Training

2017.01.03 AiKea meeting Facebook coverWednesday, January 11, 2017

5:00p – 6:30p

UNITE HERE Local 5 (1516 S King St. Honolulu, HI 96826)

New year, new opportunities to organize and build power! Looking at all of the actions coming up this month, it’s clear that people are ready to resist Trump, the establishment, and their attacks on our jobs, our homes, and our rights.

Come to our AiKea meeting! Join us as we prepare for all of the actions coming up the week after (including the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade, Opening Day of the Legislature, A Day of Resistance / Hawaii-j20.com, Women’s March on Washington – Hawaii’s Page).

Email [email protected] to RSVP. Food will be provided. Local 5’s parking lot is located in the back of the building, off Young St.

View our Facebook event.

Testimony needed: Oppose Manaolana Place luxury condo-hotel

2016.10.03 Oppose Res. 16-172This Wednesday, October 5 at 10:00a at Kapolei Hale, Honolulu City Council will be holding its final hearing of Resolution 16-172, to approve the Manaolana Place luxury condo-hotel across from the Convention Center near the proposed Ala Moana Rail station).

City Council is still not holding developers accountable. After an outcry from affordable housing advocates and articles published in Civil Beat and the Star-Advertiser, the City Council Zoning & Planning Committee decided to make the developer increase their contribution to an affordable housing fund to $3 million; just $600,000 more than the original requirement.  Is this really that much better than the previous proposal? Council should be demanding something much more significant.

The condition will say “The Applicant shall contribute a dollar amount equal to the value of the 20 rental housing units specified above, to be deposited into the Housing Development Special Fund or into such other fund or account as may be designated by the Council by resolution; provided that this in-lieu fee payment shall not exceed $3 million.”

If the value of 20 rental housing units is $3 million, that’s $150,000 per unit. Can you buy a condo for $150,000? Is that how much it costs to build one? Did the Council check with anyone who has actually developed affordable housing in Honolulu?

Submit testimony to OPPOSE Resolution 16-172 before 10:00a on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Tell City Council that we need more affordable housing now!

You can testify in person, or just submit written testimony. Here are two ways you can submit testimony:

  • Visit the City Council website:
    • Fill out your name, phone number, and email
    • Meeting date is 10/5/16.
    • Council/PH Committee is “Council”
    • Agenda item is Resolution 16-172
    • Your position on the matter: Oppose
    • You can register to speak in person at the hearing, or not
    • Write your written testimony in the box, or attach it as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf.
  • Email your testimony using the form below, with the City Councilmembers CCed:

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