Faith Action is driven by a deep spiritual commitment to improve the quality of life for its members and all people of Hawaii.
Faith Action for Community Equity (formerly known as FACE) is a grassroots interfaith 501(c)3 nonprofit community organization which addresses the root causes of social justice challenges through organized action, common values and collective power. The organization was formed 24 years ago by a group of interfaith clergy with the purpose to enact systemic change for the benefit of all Hawaii residents, especially those of low socioeconomic status.
Faith Action represents a broad constituency diverse in race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, purpose and socioeconomic levels. With a staff of only two, the organization is member-led with grassroots leadership and decision-making.
Local and statewide issues are identified by members, prioritized, and task forces are established to conduct research and create policies to address the issues. Leaders are developed and trained within the organization to participate in the democratic process with public officials and call them into accountability.
This year, Faith Action organized at the legislature in support of Living Wage, Affordable Housing and Kupuna Caregivers. Amidst the COVID pandemic, Faith Action leaders and members were able to transfer efforts to remote work - having task force meetings remotely and hosting virtual community events. So far this year, besides supporting key legislature, Faith Action organized volunteers to assembly face masks for healthcare workers, led a campaign to encourage Pacific Islander communities to participate in the 2020 Census, translated COVID resource materials into Tagalog and Chinese, and launched a new Environmental Justice task force.
The HousingNow! task force partnered with Sen. Stanley Chang to host a web series 'Our Homes: Ending the Housing Crisis' which explores projects and laws that address the affordable housing crises in various U.S. cities and states, and other nations. In July 2020, Faith Action held a 'Mayoral Accountability Assembly' to ask Honolulu mayoral candidates to commit to actionable solutions on key issues. Faith Action is committed to enacting large-scale change to make Hawaii a more equitable place for all. With your support, we can continue doing this important work and be a collective voice to advance social justice in our islands.
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