By now, most of us have accepted the idea that white supremacy and racism doesn’t just take the obvious form of klan hoods and swastikas. It’s more insidious and entrenched than that. We can call up statistics that illustrate systemic racism, have seen the tiki torch marches of slick-haired and suited college students, and have grown desensitized to the racist remarks spewed … [Read more...] about Former South Maui Rep.: ‘White Supremacy is not just white hoods and [swastikas]… also white bucket hats and cartoon shakas’
As I was working on our annual Green Issue last month I became aware of a recent Pew Research Center survey about the US’s future. One particular question caught my attention. It asked respondents how worried they are about climate change when thinking about the country’s future. The results, at least to this Earth-dwelling citizen, were disheartening. Despite a 2018 United … [Read more...] about Who Cares About Climate Change? Apathy is rampant, but not for these 7th-graders who ask, “Why go to school if we don’t have a future at all?”
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?
Before he left, our former editor Anthony Pignataro gave me this advice: Follow more people on Twitter. He said he’d been intentionally doing this for the last year or two, following accounts from active Native Hawaiians, people of color, women, and other marginalized voices, and that the diversity of their perspectives influenced his views on a number of issues. I’ve … [Read more...] about Happy Independence Day?
1. True or False: During a May 18 meeting, the County Council voted to increase the tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. A. True B. False C. That’s why gas prices are too damn high! 2. In a call for support, Senator Mazie Hirono spoke on the Senate floor last week and cited the importance of local journalism. A. Climate change mitigation B. Net neutrality C. Gun control D. … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: Did the County Council vote to increase our gas tax?!