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Equity Summit 2013
Shidler College of business
University of Hawaii, Manoa
Saturday, March 9, 2013
9:00 – 9:20 – Opening Remarks,
Sam Domingo and Alan Mark open us up, possible Abercrombie, possibly Dwight Takamine Labor State Director
9:30 – 10:50 Session 1
Hawaii needs a Raise: Minimum Wage Bill
Speakers: the National Employment Law Project, the Hawaii AFL-CIO, and the State Department of Labor
This workshop will make the case for why increasing the minimum wage to $ 8.75 an hour is good for workers, neighborhoods and businesses. We will talk about the economics of minimum wages, as well as strategize on how to ensure that wages do in fact rise.
Immigration Reform: Comprehensive Reform in 2013?
Speakers: the Hawaii Immigration Law Association, Catholic Charities, FACE Maui and HALive.
Hawaii more than most states was built on immigration. Yet our nation’s immigration is broken and badly in need of modernization. Proposed reforms may or may not ease the backlog of family unification issues. We’ll look at this issue through a Hawaii lens.
Renovating Public Housing: Lessons from KPT and the Mainland
Speakers: Devine and Gong, EAH, possibly Appleseed, and Resident leaders from KPT and Mayor Wright Housing
This workshop will explore the ways that the public private partnerships succeed or fail to improve the living conditions and climate of public housing. Possible strategies on getting
Obamacare in the Aloha state
Speakers: connector board staff, Clem, Clinic, Alohacare?
Hawaii has always been ahead of the rest of the US when it comes to healthcare law. How are we implementing Obamacare and how is it affecting our system.
11:00 – 12:20 Session 2
Listen to the Teachers! What is missing in the struggle for Education Reform
Speakers: Dr. Cliff Tanabe, Teachers from the work to rule effort, possibly Teachers Union for Reform Network
This workshop will report on the study on Teacher attitudes about classroom conditions and reform efforts. We will look at the way teachers, teachers unions and parent groups have worked to make teaching and learning better in their area.
Long term Care!
Speakers: Dr. Clem Ceria, AARP
FACE fought for long term care insurance for years only to see our hopes dashed by Governor Linda Lingle’s veto. FACE’s senior caucus has brought this issue back to the forefront and this workshop will look at the current bill, as well as possible future action.
State of Native Hawai’i
Speakers: Dr. Haaheo Guanson, Rev. Kaleo Patterson, and others
It has been 20 years since the apology from President Clinton, and our Governor has often said that when Hawaiians rise we will all rise. What has changed since the apology and what remains to be done?
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
Brief address by Sam Domingo, one on ones at lunch
1:45 – 3:00 Session 3
The Promise of Transit Oriented Development
Speakers: John White, Forest City Development and others
The Honolulu Rail was controversial and divisive. Now that the project is moving forward what are the prospects for affordable housing and urban renewal? This workshop will look at the specific projects proposed along the rail line, and will especially focus in on the affordable housing opportunities at these sites.
No Dice: The false promise of gambling
Gambling remerges as an issue every few years, and has routinely been rejected. This workshop digs into the economics of gambling and explores what is behind the drive to make gambling legal in Hawaii.
Hawaii’s newest immigrants: Organizing issues and community
The Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall islands, and the Republic of Palau all enjoy special status with the United States and Hawaii has seen an influx of immigrants from these islands. This special session is a planning meeting for leaders from several quarters to address the upcoming renegotiation of the treaty in 2015, as well as looking at practical strategies for improving the material conditions for migrants in the Aloha state.
Participation is limited, and must be arranged in advance.
Sustainability Initiatives: Making the turn to a Sustainable state
Speakers: to be announced
This workshop will examine several of the large ways that we are changing in order to meet the sustainability challenge. We will look specifically at the struggle to implement necessary changes, and we will cover things like the solar tax credit, and local food production.