2016-07-12 13.50.23A group of students from Waipahu High School have been spending their summer participating in our AiKea Youth Academy.

For the past 4 weeks, they have participated in organizing workshops and a variety of actions including door knocking for Ikaika Lardizabal Hussey for the State House (District 28, Kalihi) and giving friendly messages to the recently demoted Aqua-Aston CEO.

They will soon be heading back to school and putting their newly learned organizing skills to work!

Victory! Governor David Ige announced yesterday his veto of HB1850 (http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/GM1334_.PDF).  Mahalo to everyone who emailed and called Gov. Ige, telling him to veto HB1850 to preserve our affordable housing, our economy, and our communities.

This is a huge victory.  Join us in thanking Governor Ige for standing with the community.  You can do so by clicking on the link below.

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2016-06-20 08.01.22Our AiKea youth organizers attended the Rizal Youth Leadership Institute this weekend and met other youth who are eager to change Hawaii’s future for the better!

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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Allison Schaefers. A housekeeping inspector at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is suing the property’s operator on behalf of a class of workers who claim their federal wage and hour rights have been violated.

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Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel worker Tino Fabro has a special message to our community. Listen to his message, then send an email to Aston CEO Kelvin Bloom.

IMG_1342A few weeks ago, workers at Avalon Health Care Group‘s Hale Nani Rehabilitation & Nursing Center went on strike for 3 days to stand up against management’s treatment of workers. We featured the strike and their struggle in our latest episode of HAWAI’I CAN on ‘Ōlelo Community Media. Mahalo to Hale Nani worker Peter Rosario for this awesome video!

Watch the full episode on ‘Olelo.

IMG_2012 copyThanks to everyone who attended our Faith into Action workshop! Father Clete Kiley facilitated a great discussion about faith and work, and talking about work in our faith spaces. And we brainstormed ideas on how to put our faith into action toward economic justice. Look out for upcoming events on this topic!

(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Star-Advertiser Staff. Aston Waikiki Beach and Hotel Renew workers who have been engaged in a yearlong battle for the right to decide whether to unionize earned a small victory Tuesday.

IMG_1269AiKea attended Filipino Fiesta. They held an action in front of the Aston Waikiki Beach, along the fiesta”s parade route, to stand with the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel and Hotel Renew workers who are fighting for a fair process to decide whether to unionize. Many of these hotel workers are of Filipino descent.

Hundreds signed our petition calling on Aqua-Aston Hospitality and Xenia Hotels and Resorts to respect their workers.

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IMG_0841We learned that yesterday afternoon, Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel houseman Sonny Ragunjan was called in for a meeting with the general manager and was denied a coworker representative. He’s been questioned before about his Union activities. Workers at Aston should not be intimidated for supporting the Union.

So AiKea organizers went to the Aston Waikiki Beach and demanded to speak with General Manager Mark DeMello and Housekeeping Manager Marissa Cacacho. They voiced their concerns and showed their support for the workers who want a fair process to decide whether to unionize.