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Vote! With freedom comes responsibility

This commentary was first published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser on Aug 12, 2020. It is republished here with permission. In this most crucial of election years, it is more important than ever that we each do our part to

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Posted in 2020 Elections, I BLOG, Uncategorized

VOTE! Guest Post: Hooser on the fear of speaking out in Hawaii – #politics

Aloha friends on every island. Hope all are doing as well as can be expected during these challenging times. I understand there are many competing priorities, and I deeply appreciate your taking the time and energy needed to participate in the primary

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Posted in 2020 Elections, I BLOG, Uncategorized

Guest Post: Common Cause, transparency are vital to good government

This OpEd by John Webster, university professor and retired government relations executive for IBM and KPMG, was first published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser on July 16, 2020. Republished here with permission. Fifty years ago in 1970, Punahou School graduate

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Posted in 2020 Elections, I BLOG, Politics and Religion, Uncategorized

GUEST POST: Improved access to voting will ensure better leadership.   

With thanks to Tomoko Ella Hotema (seen here with her family) whose commentary was first published on Big Island Now. Reposted here with her permission and the permission of the publisher.             COVID-19 should make all

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Posted in 2020 Elections, I BLOG, Uncategorized, Women's Right to Vote

BLM: Thousands protested. Now let’s make change happen: VOTE! HI PRIMARY AUG 8. Voting starts July 21.

An estimated 10,000–or more– turned out in Honolulu on Saturday, June 6, 2020 to remember George Floyd and the many victims of police violence. People also protested on the Neighbor Islands. WILL THOSE PROTESTING TRANSLATE THEIR ANGER INTO VOTES THAT

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Posted in I BLOG, Justice, Politics and Religion, Uncategorized

Hooser resigns as Vice-Chair, HI Democratic Party; Endorses Kim Coco Iwamoto for House Seat District 26

If you live in District 26, you can now vote for a TRAILBLAZER and a COMMITTED PROGRESSIVE, KIM COCO IWAMOTO We live in perilous times. This most hideous of weeks in a hideous presidency should motivate us all, not just

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Posted in Business and Justice, I BLOG, Uncategorized

Public should take priority when framing ‘public policy’

The landscape is not as bleak as it might seem in the shadow of COVID-19. House Finance Chairwoman Sylvia Luke has just given low-wage workers reason to hope. She is reported to have said recently when asked about the state

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Posted in 2020 Hawaii legislative session, Fighting Poverty, I BLOG, Living wage, Uncategorized

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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