Take action: SB704 is in conference committee

SB704 (Airbnb’s bad bill) will have a conference committee hearing next Monday, April 24 at 1:00p at the Hawaii State Capitol (Conference Room 423).

We need you to contact the conferees ASAP. Tell them to OPPOSE SB704, Airbnb’s bad bill, to protect our affordable housing.

You can email them quickly and easily by filling out the form below. Or you can contact them individually. Let them know if you are a voter in their district!:

Please tell the conferees to OPPOSE SB704 before Monday!

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Sat. 4/8: The Power of Unions: Making Economic Justice a Reality

Saturday, April 8, 2017

12:00p – 5:00p

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

Our next AiKea training will cover unions and their role in the fight for economic justice, and why we organize. We will end the training with an action for worker justice.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP at [email protected]

Submit testimony to SUPPORT Res. 17-52

The City Council’s Zoning & Housing Committee is hearing Res. 17-52, which would help the County rein in the growing number of illegal vacation rental operations. The hearing is on Thursday, April 6 at 9:00a at the Honolulu Hale Committee Meeting Room.

Currently, there are an estimated 33,000 homes being used as vacation rentals in the state. On Oahu, there are an estimated 6,789 vacation rentals—the majority of which are illegal. Each month, there have been an average of 399 new vacation rentals listed.

Res. 17-52 would accomplish several important goals, including:

  • Making it very clear that operating or advertising an illegal vacation rental is illegal so the City can effectively enforce existing laws.
  • Allowing neighbors living within 1,000 feet of an alleged illegal vacation rental to get the city to investigate it or to address the problem themselves in district court.
  • Setting aside funds for enforcement of vacation rental regulations.
  • Requiring “hosting platforms” like Airbnb to be transparent with their data so the city can determine which of their listings are illegal or not.

Submit testimony in SUPPORT of Res. 17-52 before 9:00a on Thursday, April 6. Tell City Council to protect our affordable housing!

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 4/6/17
    • Council/PH Committee is “Council”
    • Agenda item is Resolution 17-52
    • Your position on the matter: Support
    • You can register in person at the hearing, or not
    • Write your testimony in the box, or attach it as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf
  • Email your testimony using the form below, with the Zoning & Housing Committee members CCed:

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Call to action: SB704 should NOT be scheduled for hearing

As we said in an earlier update, the House Committee on Tourism gutted & replaced SB704 with language from the bad Airbnb bill. SB704 originally would have created a working group that would study the impact of vacation rentals on our communities. Now SB704 SD2 HD1 is the same bad Airbnb bill that fails to protect our affordable housing.

SB704 SD2 HD1 has been referred to the House Finance Committee. Tell the Committee Chair Sylvia Luke and Speaker of the House Joe Souki to NOT hear SB704 SD2 HD1. You can quickly email them by filling out the form below:

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Update on HB1471 and SB704 (bills re: Airbnb)

Good news: Chair Wakai & the Senate Committees passed HB1471 with amendments that move us in the right direction to regulate Airbnb and protect our affordable housing.

Bad news: the House Committee on Tourism gutted & replaced SB704 with language from the bad Airbnb bill. Call your State Representative & let them know that you OPPOSE SB704 (find your Rep here: http://capitol.hawaii.gov). Look out for an email soon on submitting testimony to oppose SB704.

Testimony needed: OPPOSE HB1471

HB1471 HD3, Airbnb’s bad bill, is scheduled for a joint hearing with the Economic Development, Tourism, and Technology (ETT) Committee and the Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs (PSA) Committee next Wednesday, March 22 at 2:45p (Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 414).

There are an estimated 33,000 homes today being used as vacation rentals in the state. This may be our last chance to amend it to protect our affordable housing, or to kill it if it remains unamended.

Submit your testimony TODAY, but no later than 1:15p on Sunday, March 19 to OPPOSE HB1471 unless it includes these amendments:

  1. We must not preempt the counties’ ability to enact good regulations;
  2. Rental operators should be required to certify to the tax collection broker that they are operating legally and provide documentation to back that up;
  3. We should ensure that any measure complements – and does not nullify – Act 204 in allowing the state to hold operators accountable;
  4. Tax collection brokers should be required to operate transparently by providing lists of names and addresses of operators to the State so the State can verify the money it is collecting reflects reality.

You can directly submit testimony by filling out the form below. Sample language is included, and it will only take a couple of minutes. We encourage you to edit the form to share your personal story about how the affordable housing crisis is impacting you.

Learn more about the negative impact of illegal vacation rentals by visiting our website.

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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)

15202649_660672120808128_1492976726138310282_nSaturday, January 21, 2017

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.