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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER FACE CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
For more details on these meetings and events, please contact your organizer.
FACE Oahu September 15 September 19 September 26 FACE Maui September 8 September 19 October 19 October 27
FACE Delegated Council, Trinity UMC, 9:30am-11:00am FACE Campaign for Good Jobs 1-year anniversary conference call, 9am NCRC Nat'l Conference Call "Financial Security for Older Adults", 9am BBQ at Olowalu to support affordable housing, 2:00pm to sunset FACE Campaign for Good Jobs 1-year anniversary conference call, 9am FACE Clergy Caucus, Holy Innocents, Lahaina, 6:00pm (Clergy only) Monster Mash, Halloween Fundraiser @ St. Theresa, Kihei
Housing We have been hard at work to secure affordable housing for families in our state. FACE Oahu is working to ensure that the City's sale of more than 1,200 units of subsidized housing will not unfairly burden low-income families and will not force families out of the units that they have been paying for and living in for years. Led by First Unitarian, Kahulu'u UMC, Kilohana UMC, and OH-NO (Oahu Housing Network Ohana).
For info on FACE Oahu's Affordable Housing Committee, call Jun Yang at 522-1504.
FACE Maui leaders took action to support the proposed Olowalu Town Development. The proposed development includes over 700 units of affordable housing accessible to local working families. FACE leaders testified at Maui County Council and after days of testimony and meetings with individual Council members and Planning staff, the General Plan Committee voted to include this new development into the urban growth boundaries of the Maui Island plan!
For info on FACE Maui's Housing & Land Use Cmte, call Beatriz Garcia at 298- 5970.
FACE Maui leaders gather to listen, learn, & take action at Leadership Retreat (L to R) Mayra Granados/El Buen Pastor, Veronica Teico of Maui’s Marshallese Community, Cindy Lee/St. Anthony’s Church, Dixie Laughrey/Maria Lanakila Church, Fr. Bill Albinger/Holy Innocents Episcopal Church and Mgsr. Terry Watanabe/St. Theresa’s Church.
Immigrant Rights FACE has hosted eight significant immigration meetings on Oahu and Maui over the last few months. FACE Maui hosted a meeting with the Department of Justice on rights under the Compact of Free Association, a meeting on services to immigrants with the Hawaii Office of Community Service, a full day event with the Mexican Consulate and two Deferred Action (DACA) Information Sessions. FACE Oahu also hosted a meeting with the Department of Justice on immigrants' rights under the Compact and a DACA information session. Combined, more than 640 people attended these meetings and events. DACA is short for "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" - people who arrived in the US before their 16th birthday and had not reached their 31st birthday as of June 15 this year. The new policy by Executive Order provides an opportunity for those who are able to satisfy stringent requirements to obtain relief from removal enforcement by ICE and obtain a work permit. In addition to these educational forums, FACE's Micronesian and Marshallese members have helped to create "Know Your Rights" cards for people from COFA nations to take with them to job interviews to help address employers' misunderstanding of COFA people's right to employment in the US.
For info about Immigration Organizing on Maui, call Beatriz Garcia at 298-5970 and on Oahu call Rev. Stan Bain at 282-6734.
Jobs FACE's Statewide Jobs Committee has developed a three-part organizing plan to support and improve opportunities for home care aides who want to provide quality care to our elders who want to age-in-place in their own homes. FACE's plan includes starting our own worker-owned home care cooperative, and we kicked off fundraising for that business at Tongan Night last month with 250 people, a delicious luau and more than 10 dances performed by FACE home care aides and their families at Kilohana UMC.
For more information about FACE's Campaign for Good Jobs, please contact Kim Harman at 375-9560.
Wahiawa Clinic FACE was recognized for its work on health care reform when it was selected as the organization tasked with planning the creation of Hawaii's newest community clinic. After a year of work with churches, temples, and local businesses including health fairs and over 1,000 door-to-door surveys on the health needs of Wahiawa families, our new clinic has non-profit status! The new clinic will use the FACE tools of relational organizing and part of the ongoing work of the clinic. We especially thank Senator Inouye, Rep. Marcus Oshiro and Gov. Abercrombie for helping move the vision of the Wahiawa clinic forward. The next step for FACE is to help ensure that the Wahiawa clinic receives the necessary federal funding to open. This planning effort has been led by FACE member units Wahiawa UMC, and Our Lady of Sorrows as well as new member Disciples of Christ.
For more information on the planning of Wahiawa clinic, please contact Bev Harbin at 591-0000.
Listening To Teachers Campaign FACE will launch its Listening to Teachers Campaign at our September 15 Delegated Council. We have all been frustrated at the way teachers have lost their voice in the debates around education reform. Our listening campaign seeks to discover the everyday wisdom of Hawaii's teachers and to listen to what they think works as well as what is broken in their classrooms. We will conduct 200 interviews with teachers and involve all FACE units and will hold an interfaith service on November 8 lifting up the role of teachers in our lives. This campaign will culminate in a Thank A Teacher effort during Thanksgiving Week.
For more information, please contact Drew Astolfi at 782-3674.
Senior Financial Protection Over manapua and pork hash at a FACE meeting at Harris UMC August 30, seniors and senior advocates from around the Oahu discussed and debated financial protection issues, including the future of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Closer to home, we discussed how to make sure that local financial decisions and policies include a real consideration of how these decisions will affect seniors. As seniors, we want more say in these policies and we know that will require that we make our voices heard. As Kahulu'u UMC member Karen Muronaka said at the end of the meeting, "I am retired and finally have the time to get involved. I'm going to make every day count and I am ready to fight for what is right!" FACE will be hosting a series of Senior breakfasts as part of our work as a grantee for NCRC's National Neighborhood Silver program.
For info on FACE's Senior Financial Protection Project, call Kim Harman at 375-9560.