These two months have been a busy time. In reflection of this period, two words come to mind: amplify and aggregate. Each of these actions helps the other. We amplify to aggregate. We aggregate to amplify.
The dictionary puts forth the following definition of amplify, “to make larger, greater, or stronger; enlarge; extend.” Hawai’i People’s Fund amplifies social movements and the call for social change. For me the annual dinner highlighted this feeling. There is something about eating dinner amongst a crowed of like-minded people. Through a redistribution of collective money, the Fund helps strengthen the community’s call for social justice. There is power in the gathering of resources. Together we stand strong.
Aggregate is one of those funny words that can be used as a noun, verb and adjective. Used as a verb (used without object) aggregate means to combine and form a collection or mass. From reading the grant proposals and talking with grantees, the tremendous power of the aggregate rings clear. There are connections and threads between each of the islands. Groups are not isolated but connected through a web of action in Hawai‘i. They all seek positive, progressive social change by their doings.
Grantees heal, defend, connect, train, educate and empower our communities here in our beloved Hawai‘i. They are propelled by these commonalities: love for Hawai‘i and her people, a vision for a more just society and a deep and profound trust in the collective ability for us to huli the many wrongs of injustice. They seek to address the imbalance of political, economic and social power and to equalize inequities brought about by historical wrongdoings. They seek to restore all of our humanity and dignity.
To be a witness of this greater doing is a blessing. A big mahalo goes out to all those working hard every day in the struggle for justice. Your work empowers all of us.