APAP Calendar

BLOGGERS NEEDED!

Interested in sharing your opinions about progressive politics? Want to highlight the great work of local community groups and individuals? Then join our blog team. Send us an email and we can sign you up. apafp AT apaforprogress DOT org.

Items tagged: hawaii

APAP PAC Endorses Colleen Hanabusa for Congress (HI-1)

Colleen Hanabusa was a member of the Hawai'i State Senate since she was elected in 1998. During her term, she led as Senate Judiciary Chair and Majority Leader for 2 years, and served as Senate President since 2007.

Phonebank at the DNC for Colleen!


Asians, Pacific Islanders & Hepatitis: Early detection could have saved her life

May 19 is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and World Hepatitis Day. This blog post is one of a series on the impact of HIV and Hepatitis B in Asian & Pacific Islander communities. As A&PIs, you may not believe that you are at risk for these diseases, but you are. Follow our posts throughout the week for different perspectives and stories from our community.


Asians, Pacific Islanders & HIV: Finding my purpose

May 19 is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and World Hepatitis Day. This blog post is one of a series on the impact of HIV and Hepatitis B in Asian & Pacific Islander communities. As A&PIs, you may not believe that you are at risk for these diseases, but you are. Follow our posts throughout the week for different perspectives and stories from our community.

Finding my Purpose


Asian, Pacific Islanders & HIV: Leaders Today, Champions Tomorrow

See video

“We are the children of the migrant worker/ We are the offspring of the concentration camp/ Sons and daughters of the railroad builder/ Who will leave our stamp on America.  We are the children of our Chinese waiter/ Born and raised in the laundry room/ We are the offspring of the Japanese gardener/ Who will leave his stamp on America.  Sing a song for ourselves/ What have we got to lose/ Sing a song for ourselves/ We’ve got the right to chose.


Calvin Say needs to grow a backbone

Why can't Democrats learn how to fight for anything? Recently, the Hawaiian Senate passed a civil union bill by a margin of 18-7. The measure now moves to the State House where the Democrats outnumber Republicans 45-6 and passage is almost certainly guaranteed. However, the House Speaker Democrat Calvin Say says he may not even bring it up for a vote because he may not have the votes to override an anticipated veto by Republican Governor Linda Lingle.


Akaka Bill approved by Senate Committee

Great news for advocates of increased Native Hawaiian rights. The Indian Affairs Committee of the United States Senate has unanimously passed legislation to let native Hawaiians establish their own government. The new government would operate much like those formed by Indian tribes. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Daniel Akaka who has authored similar legislation during previous congressional sessions, but has yet to get the measure passed by the full Senate. Here is the press release:


Sarah Palin - A Minority Thing

Cross-posted: Reappropriate


Senator Inouye co-sponsors bill to aid Filipino vets' families

Okay, I wrote a piece a few days ago on Senator Daniel Inouye and his infamous earmarks. Maybe this will make up for it. According to the Star Bulletin, the senior Senator from Hawaii is taking the lead on an important issue to Filipino Americans by introducing the Military Families Act.


Senator Inouye's earmarks under fire

I know that Hawaiian Senator Daniel Inouye is revered in some Asian American and Pacific Islander circles, but lately he's been getting under my skin.


Hawaiian Healthcare

As we all continue fighting for a robust public option, it's also important to hear about other ways to reduce cost and increase access to health care in this country. Here's an interesting article in the Honolulu Star Bulletin about a program I had never heard of. It seems in Hawaii, they have a successful program called the Prepaid Health Care Act: