Sep
22
3:00pm 3:00pm

Women's Voices, Women Speak

In June 2017, members of the Oʻahu-based grassroots organization Women’s Voices, Women Speak attended the International Women’s Network Against Militarism Conference in Naha, Okinawa. Hosted by the group Okinawan Women Against Military Violence, the members of WVWS visited many contested sites (Camp Schwab, Henoko/Oura Bay) and public memorial sites, for Irei no Hi (lives lost in the Battle of Okinawa) and Rina Shimabukuro (raped and murdered by a former U.S. Marine in 2016). In this presentation these scholars and activists will share some of their reflections on colonial violence and women-led healing.

Speakers:
Aiko Yamashiro is a poet and PhD student of decolonial Pacific literatures at the UHM English Dept. She is a co-organizer with community group HOA (Hawaii-Okinawa Alliance).

Ellen-Rae Cachola, Ph.D., co-founded Women’s Voices Women Speak. She works as the Evening Supervisor and Archives Manager at the William S. Richardson School of Law and lectures for the Department of Ethnic Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Dr. Kim Compoc is a theater artist and instructor of English and Ethnic Studies at UH Mānoa. Her work centers on diasporic Filipin@s and decolonial alliances with indigenous movements.

Kasha Ho is a blogger and community organizer on issues of food justice. She is the Community Food Systems Strategist at Kokua Kalihi Valley and cofounder of Emergent Island Economies Collective.

Respondent:
Mari Matsuda, UHM Law Professor

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CITY OF GHOSTS
Sep
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

CITY OF GHOSTS

Free Screening + Internationally- Renowned Speakers
Official Selection. Sundance Film Festival
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City of Ghosts is an unprecedented, on-the-ground transmission from the front lines of one of the most important battles of our time: the fight against the Islamic State. 

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Sep
29
2:00pm 2:00pm

Our Housing Summit

Af3irm Hawai'i is building a frontline against Hawai'i's housing crisis at Our Housing Summit. This is a free, public dialogue to understand the roots of rising rents and our housing crisis, and how to fight back. Panelists will discuss connections between struggles against gentrification and land dispossession, Airbnb, racism, houselessness, incarceration, and more. We will also feature a special session on pro-tips for building our power from local community, union, and political organizers. Co-sponsored by YPDA - Hawai'i, UNITE HERE! Local 5, the Hawai'i Alliance for Progressive Action and Democratic Socialists of America - Honolulu.

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Sep
29
5:30pm 5:30pm

LaborFest Hawaii: Single Payer's Gonna Win

The 6th Annual LaborFest Hawaii will focus on Single Payer Healthcare. Feature presentations include:

  • "Why Single Payer?" with Mark Dudzic, National Coordinator of the "Labor for Single Payer" campaign;
  • "Medical Care During Hawaii Plantation Days: History of Health Care in Hawaii" by Center  for Labor Education & Research Labor Historian Dr. William Puette; and 
  • A local panel of healthcare workers from Hawaii Nurses Association & UNITE HERE, Local 5
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Oct
6
to Oct 8

Maui PRIDE

  • Maui Arts & Cultural Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Film night at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on Friday night October 6th
That is followed by a dance party at Kono’s
They will have a hike at 8am location TBT on Saturday October 7th
Saturday October 7th event will be at Trinity by the Sea Church from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm with music, talent contest and vendor booths
 
Saturday night there will be the drag show at Konos
 
Sunday there will be brunch at Nalu’s 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
 
There is a beach party at Kamaole III following the brunch

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Oct
11
8:15am 8:15am

PACRIM Aging with Dignity Forum

Join PACRIM 2017 for a public forum on Aging with Dignity. This all day forum will educate, illuminate and inspire on salient issues affecting our elders–from alternative healing to conversations on cultural practices to research to livable cities, we invite you to participate in a thought provoking day. Registration required.

Forum Leaders:

  • Cassandra Cantave is a Senior Research Advisor at AARP focusing on supporting the AARP state offices with their research and advocacy initiatives.
  • Curt Kiriu has been in the construction industry for almost 30 years and a General Contractor and Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist professional, specializing in accessible home modifications.  
  • Mike Packard is the 1st “Complete Streets Program” Administrator for the City & County of Honolulu, with his efforts centering on leveraging opportunities to adapt national and global best.
  • Christy Nishita, Ph.D is an Associate Specialist at the University of Hawaii Center on Ageing and Center on Disability Studies, her focus is on improving community-based long-term care, with publications in aging in place, nursing home transitions, etc.  
  • Aisha Bonner-Cozad, Ph.D is a researcher on health care disparities, poverty, and technology  utilization with aging.

For more information and to view the forum schedule, visit www.pacrim.hawaii.edu

 

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Oct
21
9:00am 9:00am

Honolulu PRIDE Parade

Join the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii for the Honolulu Pride Parade:
Meet-up at 8:00 AM at Magic Island
In place by 9:00 AM
Honolulu Pride Parade starts at 10:00 AM

Come visit the LGBT Caucus booth at the Honolulu Pride Festival at the backside of the Waikiki Shell following the Honolulu Pride Parade!

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Nov
4
5:00pm 5:00pm

Feeding The Movement: Hawaiʻi People's Fund 45th Anniversary Bash

November 4th at Church of the Crossroads ~ join the Hawaiʻi People's Fund for a celebration of those in our ʻohana who are nourishing community-based social change in Hawaiʻi. HPF's amazing grantees are growing community power by doing incredible, transformative work; HPF's generous donors and support network provide the resources that make the work possible; and the entire HPF ʻohana values the critical importance of viewing the big & small pictures of social change in Hawaiʻi as one and the same.

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Nov
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Surfrider Foundation 15th Annual John Kelly Awards

Surfrider Foundation’s Oahu Chapter would like to invite you to join us for the 15th Annual John Kelly Awards Celebration at beautiful Waimea Valley on November 18th 2017. The annual fundraiser and awards ceremony honors leaders in environmental protection and pays tribute to the memory of legendary community organizer and activist, John Kelly of Save our Surf. The awards ceremony recognizes a local surfer, company, and lifetime achievement winners who embody the spirit, mana, and dedication of Mr. John Kelly.

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Sep
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

Dirty Sexy Politics: The Resistance Roundup

Our democracy is not static but vulnerable. Our rights, even if fought for and already won, can be threatened or taken away. Our government is one of the people, and we’re part of those people. The resistance is here to stay, but we are refusing to be on the menu. We are taking a seat at the table.

808Ran and Dirty Sexy Politics announces September's Third Thursday Talk Story: a Hawaii Resistance panel. We will talk story and learn more about the local resistance. It’s time to have a real conversation. Because status quo is no longer an option.

Panelist:
- Powell Berger - Writer, Consultant Strategist
- Sherry Campagna - Women's March Hawai‘i
- Gaye Chan - Hawai‘i J-20+
- Will Caron - Young Progressive Demanding Action - Hawaii
- Kirk Johnson - Indivisible Hawai‘i
- Dave Mulinix of The Progressive Movement of Hawaii

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Sep
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Faith, Immigration and Solidarity Forum

It is important in these times that faith-based and social advocacy groups unite in Solidarity to resist destructive immigration policies and to provide support for neighbors, friends, and family at risk of being detained or profiled.  What concrete actions can WE take to
build the social and political coalitions that we need for the communities that we need to live in? (co-sponsored by Hawai‘i j20+ and Interfaith Alliance Hawai‘i).

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Sep
19
4:00pm 4:00pm

Union Day of Action

Now, more than ever, it’s time for working people to take a stand—and stand together. That’s why UNITE HERE is announcing an upcoming Union Day of Action on October 19. UNITE HERE will be mobilizing more than 20,000 members in 20 cities across the U.S. & Canada to show that standing together in union is the best way to create an economy that works for everyone—not just the wealthiest 1%. Stay tuned for more details on our Honolulu action. 

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Sep
16
2:00pm 2:00pm

Understanding Gender Identity A Panel Discussion

To help educate the members of the LGBT Caucus, our fellow Democrats and the general public on gender identity, and gender expression we are holding:
"Understanding Gender Identity" (a panel discussion). More information.

  • Dr. Samuel Hawk - Dr. Hawk is a primary care physician that specializes in Transgender Health. He is the founder and CEO of the Lavender Clinic which provides LGBTQI medical and mental health services and Transgender Health training for health professionals and community organizations. He is also an activist for the gender non-binary and Transgender communities.
  • Dr. Renee Rumler - Clinical Director of Lavender Clinic
  • Rebecca Copeland, Esq. - Ms. Copeland is an attorney who concentrates her law practice in the area of appeals. She is currently serving her second term on the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Board as an Oahu Director. She also serves on the Bar Association’s Committee on Diversity, Equality and the Law; and on the Hawaii’s Judiciary’s Committee on Equality and Access to the Courts.  Rebecca is a former board member of Equality Hawaii and the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation.  During her time with Equality Hawaii, she advocated during the 2015 and 2016 Hawaii legislative sessions for the passage of the Transgender Birth Certificate Bill and the Transgender Insurance Bill.  She is also the mother of a transgender young adult.
  • Kaleo Tevaitea Ramos, MEd. - Mr. Ramos is a licensed general and special education teacher within the Department of Education specializing in mild to moderate disabilities, grades K-12. Kaleo is currently teaching 6th grade in a Hawaiian charter school in Honolulu. Kaleo has an AA in Liberal Studies, a BA in Hawaiian Language, a BA in Elementary Education, and a Post-Baccalaureate in Special Education. He is currently seeking a Master’s degree in Secondary Education and plan to add a graduate certificate in conflict management/peace studies. In addition to Kaleo’s career as a teacher he is also involved in a number of activities and services within the LGBTQIA community.
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Sep
15
1:30pm 1:30pm

Art and the Power of Community

  • Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The UHM Department of Ethnic Studies, LGBTQ Center, Native Hawaiian Student Services, and UH-Immigrant and Refugee Action Coalition and the Ethnic Studies Students Association invite you to participate in a unique open air workshop to make art as part of our social justice work and to build community. 

Visiting activist organizers Eden Jequinto of the Oakland's Eastside Arts Alliance: Guerrilla Theatre and Youth Leadership Programs, and Mariella Saba of Los Angeles Community Action Network will run an interactive workshop that invites you to make art and theatre for our communities and for social justice. They will wake up the muralista, actor, spoken word artist and activist that lives deep inside us.

Meet at 1:30pm sharp in front of the UH Manoa Queen Lili'uokalani Center for Student Services (QLC). After the workshop, participants are invited to a closing and dinner at Dean Hall, Room 5-6 (5:00-6:30pm).

The workshop is free, but space is limited. See the Facebook event for more details.  

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Sep
14
5:30pm 5:30pm

White Supremacy in America: Charlottesville in Context

  • Aloha Tower Marketplace, Multi-Purpose Room 2 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Faculty from Hawaii Pacific University's College of Liberal Arts will lead discussion on decoding recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and placing them in context. All are welcome to attend on Thursday, September 14, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., MPR 2.
 
Presentations:

  • Jon Davidann (Professor of History) - History of Confederate Memorials and White Supremacy
  • Jack Hart (Professor of Communication) - The Rhetoric of Public Monuments
  • Katherine Aumer (Associate Professor of Psychology) - The Social Psychology of White Supremacy
  • Matt Lo Presti (Associate Professor of Philosophy and Humanities) - Removing the Veil: Racism as a Tool of Class Struggle in the Trump Era
  • Moderated by Allison Gough, Dean and Associate Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts

 

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Rally to Defend Title IX
Sep
13
11:00am11:00am

Rally to Defend Title IX

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa outside Hawaii Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ed Sec DeVos just announced her plans to revoke or rescind Title IX and already has begun the process to do so. Thankfully UH President David Lassner has vowed to uphold Title IX regardless of DeVos' attacks. 

Let's gather to protest the continued brutality and misogny of the Trump administrations, AND to show your support for Title IX and Lassner's principled stance! 

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Sep
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

Education Caucus Forum

  • Democratic Party of Hawaii Headquarters (map)
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Speakers will be representatives from HSTA, Corey Rosenlee, Office of LibraryServices, Mallory Fujitani, Office of the State Librarian, and Matthew Brown, District Administrator, Executive office of Early Childhood Education, Lauren Moriguchi, and pending scheduling problems, Representatives from the BOE, and the Governors office. Representatives from the legislature will also be in attendance.  

The purpose of the forum is to provide a broad spectrum of information on the status of education for the children of Hawaii today, what it takes to provide it, what it costs, where the money comes from, and how you can help. There will be a question and answer period following each speaker which will include information on the hopes for legislative action in the upcoming session. Please RSVP the Democratic Party Headquarters so we know how many are attending.

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Aug
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

"Awake" Film Debut & Fundraiser for Standing Rock Water Protectors

A Fundraiser for the Water Protectors Legal Collective. All proceeds to help the legal defense of Water Protectors arrested at Standing Rock.

Join us for this special evening as we raise awareness while raising funds to help defend these brave individuals who have risked everything to defend what is sacred. 

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Jul
29
4:30pm 4:30pm

"The Dream Is Now" Screening

  • Real Office Centers at Chinatown - Honolulu (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“The Dream is Now” is as relevant today as it was four years ago. The film gives a face and voice to the undocumented children of immigrants who call America home. 

Both moving and thought-provoking, “The Dream Is Now” is an opportunity to discuss, and decide what is right and how best we can move forward. Following the movie join Hawaii J20 for a talk story with the ACLU of Hawaii and other members of local immigration and human rights groups.

It's time to Publicly defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) from recent attacks.

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Jul
24
3:00pm 3:00pm

Medicare For All Hawaii Signwaving

Sign Wave to celebrate Medicare's birthday! 

On July 24, 2017 Medicare will be 44 years old!

Medicare provides health care with an administrative overhead of 2%. That is about one trillion dollars less expensive than private health insurance under the ACA! Perhaps we should consider to give Medicare or Medicaid to everyone?

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Jun
30
4:00pm 4:00pm

Rally for Equal Work, Equal Pay

Union workers at the historic Ilikai Hotel, operated by a subsidiary of Aqua-Aston Hospitality, are working more for less. Starting July 1, they will be paid $3.51/hour less than the union hotel workers across the street, and they have to clean rooms that are much larger with full-sized kitchens. 

Hawaii deserves better. Aqua-Aston should be raising Hawaii up, not bringing Hawaii down. Rally with us for equal work and equal pay on Friday, June 30 from 4:00p - 6:00p at The Ilikai Hotel (1777 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96815.)

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Jun
27
6:30pm 6:30pm

TrumpCare Log Jam Workshop

YPDA Hawaii will be hosting an amendment-writing marathon at Ward Village's South Shore Market on Tuesday, June 27 at 6:30pm. The GOP refuses to hold public hearings or allow testimony on the Senate version of the American Healthcare Act (ACHA)--a.k.a. TrumpCare--a bill that analysts say will strip tens of thousands of their medical coverage, defund Planned Parenthood, gut medicaid, deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions and hurt working families.

But if we hold up the vote long enough, we can build a national outcry over the bill, its contents and the lack of transparency in its creation. Groups all over the country are gearing up to write amendments to jam up the proceedings, and the republicans will regret introducing such a damaging piece of legislation. Help us stall the vote on TrumpCare by giving our senators amendments--our veritable ammunition--to jam up the vote. (Click here to go directly to the template)

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Jun
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Celebration of 2 Years of Marriage Equality

On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States brought Marriage Equality to America. Join the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii in a celebration of two years of Marriage Equality being the law of the land, and the Caucus' 16 years of community service and our community's many accomplishments over the years.

Tickets:
$30 - Heavy pupus w/ soft drinks & no host bar

The LGBT Caucus will be using a portion of the money raised and 100% of the Silent Auction funds to sponsor "X-Mas in July" for YO (Youth Outreach). YO is a drop-in center for homeless unaccompanied minors and it is the only service available to homeless unaccompanied minors on O'ahu. Whereas the LGBTQIA community accounts for roughly 10 percent of the general population, those that identify as LGBTQIA account for roughly 40 percent of the homeless unaccompanied minors population.

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Jun
24
3:00pm 3:00pm

Persistence Fair

Do you want to be more politically active but don't know where to start? Do you have questions about politics, activism and social justice? Do you want to be more involved in local affairs? Do you have ideas how to better your community? Then come to our Persistance Fair.

2016 election made us all realize that hoping that things will work out on their own is no longer an option. So Women's March and various local grass-roots groups, including YPDA Hawaii, are working together to resist Trump administration's agenda, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. 

This fair is open to the public and anyone interested in volunteering can visit, ask questions and find projects, events and groups that they would like to join.

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