HCAN Speaks! is among 500 organizations nationally urging Congressional leaders to “maintain crucial provisions of the Build Back Better Act including paid family and medical leave, Child Tax Credit, and child care & preschool.”Read more
HCAN Speaks! signed a letter with the Food Research & Action Center and about 800 other organizations urging the passage of the Build Back Better Act.Read more
"Senate Bill 56 was passed by the state Senate on Tuesday. But supporters were dismayed to see House Speaker Scott Saiki give the measure a quadruple referral this week — meaning he assigned the bill to four House committees that must each hold hearings and vote in favor of the measure before it can pass."Read more
"The community services provided by nonprofits across Hawaii are needed now more than ever, as so many of our neighbors are facing problems such as unemployment, food insecurity, and mental health crises."Read more
A top concern for advocates is how COVID-19 has highlighted inequalities for Hawaii’s children.
“With COVID, we really saw the impact of our lack of investment in some of our social service safety nets, in our education safety net, and in our programs for working families,” Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network Speaks! Executive Director Deborah Zysman said.
HCAN Speaks' top two priorities in 2021 are avoiding cuts to education and health and human services funding and creating support for working families.Read more
Community urges Legislature to prioritize keiki during 2021 session
Parents and advocates will ask legislators to prevent cuts to essential services
"HCAN Speaks! 2020 endorsements include incumbents like Sen. Stanley Chang and Rep. Amy Perruso but also a slate of up-and-coming candidates like Jeanne Kapela, Adrian Tam, Ernesto “Sonny” Ganaden and Kim Coco Iwamoto, many of whom are running for office for the first or second time."Read more