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Hawai'i Learning Tour, November 16 -19, 2015

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We have planned an exciting and active three days in and around Honolulu, where participants will get a chance to meet with Hawai'i residents who are coming together to organize, advocacy and work to improve the lives of the most marginalized.  

  • Begin with an immersion into Hawai'i’s unique history and culture, starting with a customized tour of historic 'Iolani Palace, home of Hawai'i’s monarchs.  Learn about how this independent monarchy was illegally overthrown in 1893, leading to Hawai'i’s annexation and eventual statehood. 
  • Learn about the true meaning of Aloha and Kuleana— an inter-connected web of caring and responsibility that encompasses family, community and environment. 
  • Visit with Kōkua Kalihi Valleyʻs Hoʻoulu ʻĀina, a multi-faceted community development organization that is re-claiming land and culture by using traditional agricultural practices to train a new generation of young people to be active citizens and stewards.   Weather permitting, we will get a chance to engage in some gardening and cultural practice. 
  • Travel to Waiʻanae, on Oʻahuʻs Western shore and home to a large community of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders who are grappling with many challenges to become a more thriving and resilient community. 
  • Tour Hawaiʻi Plantation Village which depicts Hawai'i’s diverse and unique immigrant experience and learn about current immigration issues affecting Hawai'i today. 
  • Experience a side of Waikīkī not usually seen by tourists with a tour of hotels led by unionized hotel workers who are striving for better wages and work conditions for workers in Hawai'i’s booming tourism industry. 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the political landscape and opportunities possible in Hawaii around achieving equity for workers, immigrants, young people and Native Hawaiians. 

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New Groundbreaking Reports: And Still I Rise/#BlackWorkersMatter

Check out this webinar from May 11th featuring the authors of the report, Kimberly Freeman Brown and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld. 

Two new cutting edge and groundbreaking reports looking at the nexus of work, race, gender, and class were recently released at the conference State of Black Workers in America at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. The first report, And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leaders’ Voices, Power, and Promise is a photo-journalistic report written by Kimberly Freeman Brown designed to engage black women labor leaders and activists in exploring ways to leverage their organizing expertise for the preservation of the labor movement and the economic advancement of the black community. The heart of And Still I Rise is a collection of over 25 extensive interviews/oral histories with black women labor leaders, organizers, and rank-and-file union members and workers at different stages of their careers.  

A project with personal narratives as its centerpiece is intended to have a broad mainstream appeal that an academic paper cannot and give visibility to the black women as organizing experts and social change strategists. Two exciting articles on And Still I Rise have already come out:

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The Nation -

The second report, #BlackWorkersMatter, is a cutting edge report on the state of black worker organizing around the country. This report will highlight efforts to organize black workers and address the particular barriers to employment and economic security faced by people of African descent in the U.S.  This report will include sections that analyze the historical, economic and social factors that contribute to the black jobs crisis, and also highlight grassroots organizations that too often receive very little funding but are having a positive impact for black workers.  

Check out this sneak peak on MSNBC’s Nerding Out with Dorian Warren interviewing Mark Bayard and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld.