Res. 17-52 CD1 passes. Our work continues.

Good news! Honolulu City Council passed Res. 17-52 CD1, which will increase the enforcement of illegal vacation rentals and protect our affordable housing.

But our work continues. Res. 17-52 CD1 will now move forward to the Planning Commission. We must make sure that enforcement of illegal vacation rentals is prioritized first before opening up permits for more vacation rentals. Thanks to Council Chair Ron Menor and Councilmember Joey Manahan for authoring the resolution.

Thank you to everyone who testified in support of Res. 17-52 CD1. Stay tuned for updates on this important issue.

Pastors and unions stand with Aston workers

2016-09-12 13.13.08At our last rally with the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel and Hotel Renew workers, we were joined by three pastors from the United Church of Christ and a representative from the pilots union. Mahalo for standing in solidarity with workers who are fighting for respect on the job!

AiKea Youth Celebration

14022284_10205364592473107_2300613179031706534_nWe held an AiKea Youth Celebration to honor the youth who participated in our Organizing Beyond Barriers internship and AiKea Youth Academy. They spent their summer building a working people’s movement and organizing their communities. Mahalo to the students from Pearl City, Waipahu, and Farrington High and Aikea at UH who came to celebrate!

Celebrating HB1850’s veto & our next steps

2016-08-05 10.22.08We had a productive and fun AiKea meeting, discussing our next steps in our affordable housing campaign and our youth organizing program.

We also celebrated the veto of HB1850, Airbnb’s bad bill. Mahalo to everyone who testified against HB1850 and contacted the Governor. This is everyone’s victory!

AiKea OBB interns learn how to organize

2016-07-13 13.18.26Our OBB (Organizing Beyond Barriers) interns are spending their summer at Unite Here! Local 5 learning how to organize. They’re currently working on a play that will highlight workers and their families’ stories.

Tomorrow (July 27), they are holding a “Floatopia for Fairness” action from 5:00p – 6:30p at Waikiki Beach Walls to support the Aston workers and their fight for a fair process to decide whether to unionize.