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The Human Environmental Impacts Committee of the Environmental Caucus presents an Informational Briefing on the Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Tanks and what the U.S. Navy proposes to do to avoid risks of leaks. What the U.S. Navy wants is not what the Ernest Lau of the Board of Water Supply and Carroll Cox of EnviroWatch, among others want. Come and listen to what Mr. Lau and Mr. Cox have to say about Red Hill.
In January 2014, there was a 27,000-gallon leak of jet fuel from Tank 5 at the U.S. Navy’s Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. This underground storage tank (UST) – along with 19 others like it in the Red Hill area – is able to contain up to 12.5 million gallons of fuel for the U.S. Navy. These tanks are located 100 feet above the groundwater aquifer, which the BWS uses to provide water to residents from Moanalua to Hawaii Kai.
The Red Hill Bulk Fuel Facility continuously stores 187 million gallons of fuel in 70+ year-old tanks that are located just 100 feet above a State designated drinking water aquifer. The BWS uses water from this aquifer to serve residents from Moanalua to Hawaii Kai. Navy studies show the groundwater underneath and within close proximity to the tanks is already contaminated with petroleum chemicals. These studies also document leaks dating back to 1947, continuing corrosion of the tank liners, and the risk of a large catastrophic fuel release. If such a release occurred, it could pollute the aquifer and our water supply for many years. A catastrophic fuel release could occur as the result of structural failure of the tanks caused by an earthquake. This could result in more than a million gallons of fuel released into the groundwater and potentially several million gallons to Halawa Stream and Pearl Harbor.
To protect the aquifer's long-term ability to provide safe drinking water, the BWS urges the Navy, EPA, and Hawaii DOH to:
• double line the tanks (Option 3). If not, then relocate away from the potable water aquifer;
• meet the same regulatory requirements as all other USTs; and
• clean up the fuel that is already underneath the tanks to reduce the long-term threat to other wells in the area.
The next Labor Caucus meeting of the Democratic Party will include a special presentation by millennials and former state reps. Beth Fukumoto and Kaniela Ing, who will give their perspective on the Congressional District 1 primary race.
The State House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee and the State Senate Health Committee are having joint informational hearing on the services available to our kupuna and their caregivers. That includes the Kupuna Caregivers Program.
Several advocacy groups, nonprofits, and government agencies have been invited to present to the committee and at the conclusion of the presentations and discussion the Committees will reserve the final 10 to 15 minutes to highlight the top three priorities to ensure efficient and robust Kupuna services, seeking to eliminate silos and disconnection between service providers, government, and the Kupuna and family caregivers.
The committee will not take public testimony, but sometimes they do ask for public input, time pending, of the audience.
Climate change is already having profound impacts on O‘ahu and we need to chart a new path. What is your vision for a resilient, fossil-fuel free future for our island? We invite you to learn about O‘ahu’s first climate action plan, engage in a “game” that helps kick-start a discussions about how best to cut our emissions, and chart the next steps for our island.
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Stand in support of the Youths who are taking the Federal Government to court over its active role in pushing the world to climate chaos. Our Honolulu Solidarity Action will coincide with the beginning of what has been dubbed the #TrialoftheCentury.
Join us in front of the Prince Kuhio Federal Building and be a part of the Climate Change #TrialoftheCentury.
We'll meet on the corner of Ala Moana and Punchbowl in front of the 300 Ala Moana sign.
More details coming soon.
Our freedom depends on a climate system that will sustain human life. Let's show the government that it has a duty to prepare and implement a Climate Recovery Plan to protect our basic and most fundamental rights!
RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/events/rally-for-the-trial-of-the-century/
Bring signs. Some suggested messages below.
This solidarity action is cosponsored by 350Hawaii, Our Revolution Hawaii, Sierra Student Coalition at UHM Manoa, and Young Progressives Demanding Action - Hawaii
Youth & Future Generations
Stand up for the constitutional right
to a livable planet
Let the Youth be heard!
The atmosphere is a public trust
We demand a climate recovery plan
The #TrialoftheCentury starts on October 29! The 21 Juliana v. US youth plaintiffs are taking the federal government to court for violating their constitutional rights by knowingly contributing to climate change. The science-based National Climate Recovery Plan the plaintiffs seek would end the reign of fossil fuels and lead to swift decarbonization. This lawsuit could change everything. There will be rallies at federal courthouses across the country. Join us in Honolulu on October 26 when we stand with these brave young people as they take the federal government to court! Learn more about the #TrialoftheCentury at https://www.youthvgov.org/
Hawaii has the third largest housing shortage in the nation, and the highest housing costs of any state. This housing shortage has created conditions that incentivize the construction of housing outside of regulations to meet the basic needs of the local population, including a significant number of “monster homes,” which have cropped up in our community over the past few years.
As a community, we must create a plan to close the more than 150,000-unit housing shortage in a responsible, sensible and ethical way. We all know that more affordable housing needs to be built; but how? Where? And by whom? Ending exclusionary zoning laws and allowing for more dense construction could be the most equitable, fair and economically efficient way to bring an end to the housing shortage.
The Palolo Neighborhood Board (No. 6) is hosting a panel on the future of housing in Hawaii at its next board meeting (following the usual reports).
The ACLU of Hawai‘i welcomes two visiting speakers and one local speaker to help us understand the scope and framework for ending money bail: from the National ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project located in New York, Senior Staff Attorney Twyla Carter; from the University of South Carolina School of Law, Assistant Professor and policing expert Seth Stoughton; and State if Hawai‘i Deputy Public Defender Kirsha K. Durante.
The speakers are joined by Mateo Caballero, ACLU of Hawai‘i Legal Director, who will share findings from our updated bail study and guide the conversation.
Our allies in YDSA are having a general membership meeting in Campus Center 308 at 6:30 pm. CC308 is above the Starbucks. They'll have free pizza.
The board meeting will be held at a private residence, so please email email@example.com to RSVP and receive the address.
This year, LaborFest is focusing on "Labor in the Janus Era" with presentations by author and organizer Bill Barry and labor historian Dr. William Puette and a workshop with the local IBEW chapter. Pupus and drinks will be served.
LaborFest Hawaii is a celebration of labor history, but also a coming together of workers, unionized and non, to teach, learn, communicate, and organize.
The 2019 Festival of Resistance, organized by World Can’t Wait-Hawai`i and Refuse Fascism Hawai`i, is designed to (1) connect grassroots organizations to the University community; (2) to educate students about ongoing crimes against humanity and the planet; and (3) to urge students and faculty to take action as part of a movement of resistance. YPDA will be hosting a booth at the event. Drop in and say hello; stay for the poetry. music. games and interactive exercises.
The aim of both World Can’t Wait-Hawaii and Refuse Fascism-Hawai`i is to actively engage people in a broad movement of resistance against the Trump/Pence Regime.
The Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, the Public Policy Center, and the William S. Richardson School of Law will celebrate the International Day of Peace and Constitution Day with a discussion about free speech on campus.
Moderator: Avi Soifer, Dean William S. Richardson School of Law
Chuck Lawrence, Professor William S. Richardson School of Law
Joshua Wisch, Executive Director American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai’i
Closing: Carole Petersen, Professor Matsunaga Institute for Peace and William S. Richardson School of Law
We are already feeling the effects of Climate Change: Massive hurricanes, huge fires, epic droughts, coastal flooding, and communities beginning to sink beneath the waves. Our representatives must act now to stem the coming disasters if we do nothing.
On September 8, thousands of rallies will be held in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to building a Fossil-Fuel Free world that works for all of us. In Honolulu we will meet at the Hawaii State Capitol rotunda (415 South Beretania St.) and march to Honolulu Hale (City Hall), two blocks away at 530 S King St.
We'll urge the Legislature to move faster on Climate Change, and the County Councils to pass our Fossil Fuel-Free Resolutions. The rally will include music and notable speakers. Please bring Climate Change signs.
Join YPDA at the State Capitol diamond head lawn on Saturday, August 4, at 11 a.m. to celebrate our involvement in the democratic process with free food from Da Spot, entertainment by talented local musicians, educational booths from more than a dozen community advocacy organizations and, of course, the act of voting in our primary election, taking advantage of early walk-in voting across the street at Honolulu Hale.
The event is non-partisan, family-friendly and no candidates will be promoted by any of the participants. This is purely about civic engagement.
Feel free to go directly to the Capitol beginning at 11 a.m., but participants can also meet a contingent of community members and candidates at Ala Moana Beach Park near Piʻikoi Street beginning at 9 a.m., to take part in a March to the Polls which will depart the beach park at 10 a.m. and arrive at the Capitol lawn at approx. 11:30 a.m.
Please join Hawai'i Justice Coalition for a community meeting that will focus on BAIL REFORM: Shrinking the Human and Financial Cost of Jails in Hawai'i. The event will be held on Friday, August 3, from 6-8pmat the Unitarian Church on the Pali. A flyer is attached!
A panel of distinguished speakers will educate our community about bail - its original purpose, and the unfairness that results from our current system where the "poor get jail" and the "rich post bail."
Our speakers will propose SOLUTIONS to reform our broken Bail System, and connect the dots about how BAIL REFORM will significantly reduce the pre-trial population at every jail within Hawai'i.
You'll also hear an update on the proposed new jail to replace OCCC. (The Final EIS for this project was published on July 8.)
In addition to hearing from speakers, we'll set aside time for community engagement in the form of an activity. This will be OUR collective opportunity to advocate for bail reform and investing in cost-effective alternatives to building a new jail that it estimated to cost over $500 million (for construction alone).