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“One Job Should Be Enough”– Clergy bless Local 5 workers on the picket line, pray for fair resolution

            You can’t tiptoe towards justice. You can’t walk up to the door all polite and knock once or twice, hoping someone’s home. Justice is a door, that, when closed, must be kicked in. Daniel José Older in Jesmyn Ward’s

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Posted in Business and Justice, I BLOG, Justice, Uncategorized

Guest Post: Multiply or Divide? The Economy of Generosity

With thanks to Rev. David Gierlach, Rector, St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, for permission to publish this sermon of July 29, 2018. Back in my seminary days some 40 years ago (ouch!) our homiletics professor said there is one thing you

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Posted in Business and Justice, Catholics and Culture, I BLOG, Uncategorized

Reduce houselessness with living wage, paid family leave

More than a quarter of the 25 seats in the Hawaii Senate are held by women. More than a quarter of the 51 seats in the Hawaii House of Representatives are held by women. But that apparently wasn’t enough woman

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Posted in Business and Justice, I BLOG, Living wage, Paid family leave, Uncategorized, Women's Rights, Workers' Rights

A Living Wage: In Utah, as in Hawaii, lawmakers say no to struggling workers

The Fight for $15 in Hawaii ground to a halt in late February this year when it reached the Senate’s Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Senator Donovan Dela Cruz, a Democrat. The effort to help workers make ends meet

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Posted in Business and Justice, Fight for $15, I BLOG, Uncategorized, Women's Rights, Workers' Rights

GUEST POST: Kauai Residents: Still more help needed TODAY on SB3095 HD1

Originally posted on GaryHooser's Blog:
Kauai residents should EMAIL Senate President Ron Kouchi at senkouchi@capitol.hawaii.gov TODAY (if at all possible prior to April 12) and request politely and professionally that he support SB3095hd1 without making any further changes to…

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Posted in Business and Justice, Children's health, Environmental Justice, I BLOG, Pesticides, Uncategorized

Paid Family Leave Rally/Hearing 3/20 Hawai’i State Capitol 9 a.m.

Come, bring family, friends, students. Join in the rally on Tuesday March 20 at 9 a.m.   Various members of the community will offer their perspectives on what paid family leave means for Hawaii’s working families. Stay and testify at

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Posted in Business and Justice, Equality and Faith, Family and Friends, I BLOG, Uncategorized

SB3095 SD1 Needs to restore “Disclose and Notify” Provisions; ban Chlorpyrifos. Please send in testimony TODAY

SB 3095 SD1 RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION  will be heard by the Hawaii State House Committee on Finance on Thursday, March 15, 2018, 2:30 P.M. in Conference Room 308 The original draft of SB 3095 included provisions for mandatory disclosure

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Posted in Business and Justice, I BLOG, Justice, Pesticides

Raise HI’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Your testimony could make it happen

Support working families: Submit testimony for SB 2291 by 3:30pm Mon Feb 5, 2018. The hearing for this bill is scheduled for Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 3:30 PM in conference room 229. See the hearing notice. SB 2291: Raises

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Posted in Business and Justice, I BLOG, Justice

Episcopal Bishop of Honolulu calls for rehabilitation, not another new jail on Oahu

On behalf of the Episcopal Church in Hawai‘i, I am writing to affirm our belief in the humanity of all of the people of Hawaii, including those who are incarcerated, and to support the recommendations of the House Concurrent Resolution

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Posted in Business and Justice, Family and Friends, I BLOG, Prison Reform, Uncategorized

HI legislators must act now in the face of Trump tax cuts for the rich, and assault on the safety net for the most vulnerable

The OpEd below was first published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, April 25, 2017 and republished on this blog with permission. As the 2018 Hawai‘i state legislature convenes, it is worth remembering that our new Gilded Age is a call

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Posted in Business and Justice, I BLOG, Income disparity, Justice, Uncategorized