“The poor are less often dismissed, I hope, from our conscience today by being branded as inferior and incompetent… The dignity of the individual will flourish when the decisions concerning his life are in his own hands, when he has the assurance that his income is stable and certain, and when he knows that he has the means to seek self-improvement.” -Dr. Martin Luther King … [Read more...] about A Dream Deferred: A week after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the war on the poor continues
Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice
Hawai‘i attorney general Clare Connors joined a coalition of 24 state attorneys general last week in opposition of a proposed rule change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called “food stamps”), which would remove approximately 3 million individuals nationwide from the program and disqualify hundreds of thousands of school children from free … [Read more...] about Trump Rule Change Would Disqualify About 1,767 Maui County Residents From SNAP Benefits, Organization Projects
One hundred and nine hours a week, or 16 hours a day with no days off – that’s how much a worker in Hawai‘i earning the minimum wage has to work to afford a one-bedroom rental without being considered “cost burdened.” This data, from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, is Exhibit A in the growing set of evidence regarding Hawai‘i’s high cost of living, affirming what … [Read more...] about Raising the Minimum Wage: Proceed with caution or courage?
The spread of transient vacation rental units is insidious: A March 2018 report from the Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice found that the proliferation of vacation rental units has caused a surge of nonresident homeowners seeking to commercialize the housing stock by renting short-term vacation rentals to visitors, instead of long-term rentals to locals in … [Read more...] about Planning department plans to enforce transient vacation rental rules
Last June, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pulled off an extraordinary feat. In her first electoral bid, the 28-year-old political newcomer defeated Joe Crowley, a well-established incumbent, in a Democratic primary election for New York’s 14th Congressional District (parts of the Bronx and Queens). The loss of Crowley, a high profile Democrat with decades of congressional experience, … [Read more...] about Primary Election Wrap-Up: Just how progressive is Hawai‘i?