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A strong and unified union movement could lead to social and economic justice throughout society

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

Aloha e,

I first met AQ in 1978, when I moved to Honolulu from Cleveland, Ohio. At the time, one of the predominant social action causes was Hawaiian Sovereignty. There was a renaissance of Hawaiian music, and cultural practices.


Also, a Constitutional Convention was in session that was responsible for creating the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. I’ve been asked several times, why AQ wasn’t more involved with these movements.


We asked AQ’s friend, Native Hawaiian activist and Ethnic Studies professor, Dr. Davianna McGregor for her analysis of AQ’s position on these issues.

AQ was a powerful advocate for social justice and certainly knew of the social and economic upheaval caused by colonialism. She was always true to her belief that a strong and unified union movement could lead to social and economic justice throughout society!


Good news, our documentary is back on track. We are working under a SAG-AFTRA contract that is not part of the strike. At present, we are working with UH West Oʻahu Music Professor, Dr. Jon Magnussen to create an original score. The music will, of course, be recorded by union musicians. Soon we will engage the services of a SAG-AFTRA actor to record the narration and will move to the final edit stage!


Please help us spread the word about the documentary and A.Q. website by sharing with friends, family, and colleagues (www.laborhistoryhawaii.org).


Mahalo Nui Loa,

Christopher Conybeare, Executive Producer



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