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November/December 2012 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER FACE CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
For details on these events, please contact your organizer.
WAHIAWA HEALTH CENTER
The Wahiawa Center for Community Health is moving closer to becoming a federally qualified Health Center. Governor Neal Abercrombie helped out by designating Wahiawa a “Medically Under-served Population”. The Board, chaired by FACE member Mary Talon, is diligently working to open the doors of the health center in the near future to provide access to care for the under-served of Wahiawa.
FACE OAHU November 3 November 8 November 9-11 November 18 December 5 MAUI November 8 November 15 December 2 December 5
Harris UMC 50th Anniversary Bazaar, 9am-1pm FACE Interfaith Service at St. Andrews, 6pm Annual Statewide Episcopal Mtng at St. Andrews Jobs Committee Meeting 5pm Kilohana UMC Statewide Jobs conference call, 9am
Steering Committee Meeting Jobs Committee Meeting. 6pm New Priest starts at St. Johns Statewide Jobs conference call, 9am FACE TEAM PREPARES 200 DREAMers
The FACE Oahu & Maui Immigrant Rights Task Forces have done an amazing job of providing Deferred Action Information sessions for DREAM youth who qualify for the protection. Those young people whose applications are accepted will be protected from deportation and issued a workers permit for two years. A total of over 200 Hawaii immigrant families have received information on DACA and on Maui alone over 100 DREAMers have applied for the protections from deportation through FACE’s efforts. Approximately 24 Maui DREAMers have already completed the 2nd step in the DACA process – Biometrics fingerprinting in Honolulu. They are now waiting patiently for the final phase of the application process – to receive their workers permit! The Maui Immigrant Rights Task Force will be working with USCIS to secure a Biometrics fingerprinting services on the neighbor islands. FACE JOBS COMMITTEE FIGHTS FOR HOME HEALTH AIDES Hundreds of FACE members work as Home Care Aides and Certified Nursing Assistants and are organizing to make Home Care jobs better jobs in Hawaii. After meetings with Prometric, the new company running all CNA testing, Rep. Karl Rhoads and Sen. Roz Baker, we have won a “reinterpretation” of state law that will allow our members to apply to renew their certification.
FACE Maui President Rev. Msgr. Terrence A.M. Watanabe celebrated his 35th anniversary being a priest last month. Congrats Monsignor!
LISTENING TO TEACHERS PROJECT Let’s face it teachers don’t do the job for the money – it’s a spiritual calling. So we are taking FACE’s method of listening directly to our teachers, asking them what the best way forward is for education. And listening is just the beginning! We’ll be lifting up the value of teachers at our interfaith service (November 8) and we’ll challenge ourselves to “thank a teacher” between Thanksgiving and Christmas! If you would like to join the our Listening To Teachers Project, call Mary Weir at 352-7394.
Meeting with Rep. Karl Rhoads. L to R: Stephen Maybir, Palolo Tenant Association President; Rev. Alan Mark, Senior Pastor Kilohana UMC & FACE State President; Tupou Kelemeni, Vice President National United Methodist Women & First UMC; Pasepa Ngauamo, Tongan Language Coordinator UMC Women; Theresa Tupou; and Tiala Toetuu, FACE Steering Committee.
MAUI & OAHU CHAPTERS HOLD CLERGY CAUCUSES
Both FACE chapters recently held Clergy Caucuses to plan FACE's upcoming interfaith services. On October 3, 26 clergy from over a dozen FACE Oahu units met to plan our November 8 interfaith service on The Value of Teachers. On Maui, 10 clergy from 8 units met to plan FACE Maui's first interfaith service to be held in early 2013. FACE Maui also held Steering Committee meetings with key leaders from our units providing updates on our organizing campaigns, finances, and plans for the rest of the year. FACE Oahu held their Delegated Council meeting at Trinity UMC which included a training on 1-on-1s specifically for the Teacher Listening Project.
Photo: FACE Maui Steering Committee Meeting, October 2012 at Ala Lani United Methodist Church, Kahului.
FACE Maui has fought for boundaries limiting sprawl for over a year, and they were approved by the Maui County Council in October! Included in the boundaries is the Olowalu development which expands the old plantation camp into a planned community. This is the largest addition to Maui’s affordable housing stock in 20 years. FACE leaders worked with the residents of Olowalu, the developer, and the county to ensure Olowalu was included in the final general plan. Thanks to Chair Gladys Baisa and Olowalu Town LLC for working to make this happen. FACE Oahu successfully preserved 1,200 units of affordable housing concentrated in Chinatown during the County's sale in October. And through our organizing, we are converting 230 units of market rate housing to affordable rents.
FACE MAUI'S MONSTER MASH BASH
FACE Maui's Monster Mash was a huge success...and then Canada sent us a tsunami and we had to send everyone home early! More than 200 members and friends helped make this party an exciting family-friendly event. If you pre-paid for a ticket to the Monster Mash and did not attend do to the tsunami, please contact Beatriz Garcia for a refund. A big mahalo to the donors who made this event possible:
Diamonds Ice Bar & Grill, R.S. Sharky's, Valley Isle Fitness, The Last Resort Cotton Clothing Store, Anthonys Coffee Paia, Flatbread Pizza, Viet- namese Cuisine, Cary & Eddie's Hideaway Restaurant, Suzy's 10-mile Kaha-kuloa Baked Goods, Catholic Charities, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and Frampton & Ward.
FACE'S SILVER SENIORS
FACE's National Neighborhood Silver Ambassadors on Oahu are planning a Senior Breakfast November 16. We will be continuing our ongoing discussion of financial protections for seniors and begin distribution of senior resource guides. A big mahalo to American Saving Bank for giving us a full box of its senior resource guides.
You are invited...
“The Value of Teachers” Interfaith Service
6-7:30pm, November 8 St. Andrews Episcopal Cathedral, Oahu