June, 2017 Update
Partnering with other Progressive Hawai`i and national organizations, AFCR supported several major Progressive public policy issues during the 2017 State Legislative Session including: 1) Single Payer Health Insurance — now being called “Expanded & Improved Medicare For All,” and 2) Medical Aid In Dying (Death With Dignity). While some progress was made on these two “third rail” issues, collectively, we are well into preparing for the looming Hawai`i State Legislative Session beginning in January of 2018 and for the 2018 elections.
To say that Hawai`i voters are fed up with the cronyism, nepotism and the disgusting “veil of secrecy” enveloping our local democratic processes and the resulting legislative failures of many of Hawaii’s elected officials would be a great understatement. A growing number of politically astute residents and community groups are “beyond angry” and are indeed organizing politically as rarely seen. Several large local groups are already raising money to identify and support Progressive candidates for the 2018 Primary and beyond in order to challenge at least 10 particularly egregious entrenched elected officials. Read some of the scathing local media stories about the 2017 Legislative Session HERE.
WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW
1) If you want to help create a more affordable and efficient healthcare system for all in Hawai`i, please visit our Expanded & Improved Medicare For All page HERE and our Healthcare For All Facebook page HERE. This long-needed political debate must take place in full public view because America’s “profoundly expensive, highly wasteful, inequitable, fragmented, dysfunctional” healthcare delivery model is surely broken. Simply put, we must somehow get the the medical-industrial complex corporate profit motive completely OUT of healthcare – including “Big Pharma.”
2) If you’re interested in helping pass our Physician Aid In Dying legislation, please visit the Hawai`i Death With Dignity Society Web page HERE and add your name to the email list. The Catholic Church and other Conservative churches will stop at nothing to again kill our bill in 2018 and we will need “all hands on deck” to see it finally passed. With the Catholic Bishop of Hawai`i “strongly opposing” us from the pulpit and at the Legislature, we indeed have our work cut out for us.
Mahalo for your interest and active participation.
Scott Foster, AFCR Communications Director
“Activism is something that no one can fake. You get angry. You cry. But you never throw in your towel, because that anger is what is propelling you to further action.” ~ Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Prize Laureate and Liberian Peace Activist
WELCOME TO AFCR!
Thanks to you, the informed Hawai`i consumer, AFCR is into our third decade of advocating for the interests of Hawaii’s beleagured consumer. Read our proud history HERE. While we have additional documented history to add to this, our third major Web site upgrade, and a few more technical “bells & whistles” to install, our work continues in the present with an understanding of the past and a keen eye towards the future. Please like and follow our Facebook page HERE.
We are non-partisan, we raise no money and we are all volunteers. Who are our “members”? Anyone who hears our message, who will take the time to educate themselves about the issue at hand and will then actively participate in the democratic process to help effect positive change in important public policy. Mahalo for supporting our work through the years. — Scott Foster, Co-Founder & Communications Director.
NOTE: On November 26, 2015, the New York Times published a retrospective article on our mentor and co-founder, Ralph Nader: “50 Years Ago, ‘Unsafe at Any Speed’ Shook the Auto World.” Read the article HERE.