Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
— Frederick Douglass


The purpose of the Economic Justice Committee is to develop and implement a social and economic justice agenda for the State of Hawaiʻi. The committee discusses and analyzes current social, economic, political and cultural trends in Hawaiʻi, the U.S. and internationally from a historical perspective. This committee’s mission is to examine the impact of these issues on society, especially on working people, oppressed communities and women, and to make recommendations to our legislators and political leaders for positive actions that can be taken. The committee encourages engagement in educational programs for our members and the community at large on a variety of social, political and economic issues.


Priorities for the Economic Justice Action Committee include: finding innovative solutions to Hawaiʻi's affordable housing crisis; fighting for a permanent living wage for our working families; creating family leave insurance; fighting for the rights of graduate student workers to unionize; investing in public education; instituting drug policy reforms that could create new revenue sources; and establishing tax policy reforms that benefit working families and create economic equity within our society.

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