2015-10-07 16.27.43Workers at the Aston Waikiki Beach and Hotel Renew are fighting for a fair process to decide whether to unionize. Over 150 people stood with them by rallying at the hotel. We blew bubbles because we don’t want Aston to blow away Hawaii’s future!

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2015-09-25 19.29.53Thanks to everyone who attended the 4th annual LaborFest Hawai’i! If you missed it, you can watch the panel discussion on labor and the Hawaiian movements with Eric Gill (Unite Here! Local 5) and Andre Perez (Movement for Aloha No ka ʻĀina (MANA)) here: http://livestream.com/…/102…/events/4371031/videos/100307874 (starts at 6:06).

Aston, Aston Hotels, Aston Resorts, Aston Waikiki Beach, Hotel Renew, Aqua Hotels, Aqua Resorts, Xenia Hotels, Xenia Resorts, Inland Hotels, Inland ResortsThis is how Aston Hotels & Resorts celebrates International Housekeeping Week: by kicking out someone who was giving roses to their workers.

2015-09-16 15.15.53It’s International Housekeepers Week! Aikea at UH went to Aston Waikiki Beach and Hotel Renew and honored the housekeepers with red roses. These hotel workers have been fighting for a fair process to decide whether to unionize.

2015-09-15 20.23.21Mahalo to everyone who attended our last (for now!) town hall on the housing crisis. Special thanks to our panelists Sarah, Alice, and Eric and to Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine for briefly speaking about your opposition to the sit-lie bills. Be on the lookout for updates and upcoming actions about our housing campaign!

2015-09-07 18.03.34Over 150 people came to our Interfaith Housing Fair, where we discussed our latest campaign for affordable housing. Thanks to Rev. Sam Domingo and all of the clergy who attended our fair, and thanks to our members who shared their testimony about how their faith drives them to fight for justice.

We split everyone up into their City Council districts, and each group recorded a video message to their City Councilmember. Here is District 1’s message to Councilmember Kymberly Pine.

11953132_517958601696098_7465637826906006663_nAiKea launched its first ever AiKea Academy, a 10-week program to train people on how to organize our community around the issues they care about and to build power for working people. Topics covered included Hawaii’s political economy, faith and justice, housing, and more.

Watch the full episode on the ‘Olelo website.

11960245_880935115323332_3267355655704627034_nMahalo to all our AiKea Academy participants for organizing our 4th AiKea Townhall Session on Housing! Special thanks to guests Dr. Erb and Councilman Joey Manahan for joining us in Salt Lake.

Learn more about our affordable housing campaign.

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2015-08-25 19.01.01Thanks to everyone who came to our Windward Town Hall on Housing last night! Around 50 residents of Kailua, Waimanalo, Kaneohe, and other parts of the Windward community came together to talk about the affordable housing crisis, the negative impact of illegal vacation rentals on the housing market, and what we can do to build power and create real change.

Special thanks to guest speakers Rachel Harbottle, Kassandra Vegas, Jenny Lee from Hawai’i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, and Eric Gill from Unite Here! Local 5. We’d also like to thank members of SON Hawai’i – Save Oahu’s Neighborhoods and Keep it Kailua for attending!

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2015-08-20 20.05.09 HDRThanks to everyone who came to our Honolulu Town Hall on Housing! We’d also like to thank Kathryn Xian (human rights advocate), Lilibeth Herrell (Unite Here! Local 5 member), Kevin Carney (EAH Housing), and Jason Espero (Waikiki Health) for speaking to us about our community’s need for more affordable housing.