Nice piece by Disappeared News’ Larry Geller on this people’s movement. CAP has been part of AIKEA since its inception. We believe that the only real change will come from the bottom up. Top down politics and policies have not helped the people of Hawai`i, they have only made us all poorer economically and morally while helping a handful of people/corporations become obscenely wealthy. This is not justice. AIKEA is our opportunity to SPEAK OUT! Check it out. AiKea Brochure
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Unions, community, Aikea and Hawaii
Larry Geller, Sept. 9, 2013, Disappeared News
Unions, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has been saying for the better part of the year, must focus on bettering the lot of workers who belong to unions and workers who don’t. Much of the AFL-CIO’s activity this year is really the activity of Working America, whose members are recruited not at the workplace but in a door-to-door canvass and who have succeeded in raising the minimum wage in several cities and counties…. Much the same strategy informs the current organizing drive of fast-food workers that the Service Employees International Union (one of the two mega-unions that don’t belong to the AFL-CIO) is coordinating. There’s little hope these workers can ever get McDonalds to the bargaining table, but there are real prospects that city councils in liberal municipalities will pass living wage ordinances that raise those workers’ income.
“… I’ve long been convinced that the only hope for unions—and for non-union workers—in this country is that unions will see their role as working for the community at large. It should be mutually beneficial. The campaign of Working America, described in the pull-quote above, is that concept exactly…
When I attended an Aikea Hawaii event at Honolulu Community College earlier this year, I felt that a similar philosophy was guiding both the Unite Here Local 5 union and Aikea, which it supports.
This is a snip from page 2 of their posted brochure, which I recommend you download and check out:
We, the people of Hawai’i, declare:
That the 1% has the power until the 99% takes it back.
We are creating a new political movement. A movement
that embraces our diversity, promotes justice, and rejects
politicians who break their word. A movement committed to
the simple idea that working families must lead …so that
everyone can work, everyone can learn, everyone has a
home, and everyone respects and preserves our island home.
Our people are being pushed off our islands because they
can’t afford a home for their families; our kids are being
robbed of school days while developers are being given
handouts; our local jobs are given away while more locals
aren’t being paid a living wage; our land is being turned over
to Mainland developers while our environment despoiled by
greed; and our sick and elderly continue to be denied access
to the care they need.
We affirm that the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation, and the displacement of Hawaiians from their ancestral lands, is a wound on Hawaii’s history that has not healed. While just resolution of Hawaiian sovereignty claims will require considerable struggle and reconciliation within and with the Kanaka Maoli community, we acknowledge Hawaiian claims in order to build a broad coalition for quality of life in Hawaii. We acknowledge and support the Hawaiian Right to Self-Determination and join with the Kanaka Maoli in the struggle to make Hawaiian values – including care of the land, and care of one another – the core of public policy in Hawaii. A Hawaii that respects Hawaiian claims is a better Hawaii for all of us.