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Guest Post: Rage, sadness and determination – Gary Hooser reflects on the 2020 legislative session & minimum wage issue

This blogpost is a re-publication of an important personal message that just went out from the founder President of the Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action and former Majority Leader of the Hawai’i Senate, Gary Hooser. It points us to actions

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Guest Post: Fundraiser for KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE

Sharing here a fundraiser created by my daughter, Sheela Jane Menon and her husband, John Fournie, in hopes of bolstering the efforts of those who are helping the thousands of children cruelly separated from their parents at the southern border,

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Posted in I BLOG, Politics and Religion, Uncategorized

Hawaii’s Young Progressives Demanding Action (YPDA) are poised to make their voices count!

On a rainy Friday evening a few days ago, 17 people gathered for two hours in a meeting room at the Campus Center on the campus of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Their mission: to gather their thoughts about

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John Victor Morais:Teenage immigrant. “Self-made” man. Beloved father.

Neither of my parents were college graduates. But they were so wise, so open to the world and so adept at pointing all of their children in the direction of higher education that the fact that they had not had

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Guest Post:   Rev. David Gierlach asks: “Do We Dare?”

                                                With thanks to Fr. David Gierlach, Rector, St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, Honolulu, for permission to publish this sermon. Luke 21:5-19 Why do you suppose that Jesus is warning his friends about what the future holds? After all, in those

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Remembering Gladys Morais who joined the angels Nov 8, 2015.

Your grandchildren, Zubin and Sheela Jane, sing the Malayalam hymn you taught them. And we sing it now to your great-grandchild. It’s been four years since you crossed over to join the angels, but you still feel very present in

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Palestine and Decolonial November (and October): COME HEAR VOICES FROM PALESTINE

If you are haunted by the continued oppression of the Palestinian people, if you don’t know enough, but are open to hearing more, mark your calendar for this series of talks, part of PALESTINE and DECOLONIAL NOVEMBER (AND OCTOBER!). YOUSEF

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Posted in Grace, I BLOG, Palestine, Uncategorized

Do legislators feel the “fierce urgency of now?” Voters want to see that they do.

This OpEd was first published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, Oct 2, 2019. I have the privilege of working with various  nonprofits on issues of community well-being. These nonprofits are doing courageous work on shoestring budgets, filling the potholes in

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Posted in I BLOG, Living wage, Uncategorized

Guest Post from Faithful America: Ask your pastor to preach about the climate crisis this Season of Creation

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/03/us/iyw-how-to-help-hurricane-dorian-victims-trnd/index.html As Hurricane Dorian threatens the southeastern coast, Faithful America members pray for everyone in its path, and for all first responders. We also recognize that hurricanes are getting larger and more dangerous because of climate change, which threatens the

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