Sterling was raised in Nuuanu. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and later earned a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. Sterling now works as a debate coach and lecturer at Hawaii Pacific University. By candlelight, he is finishing his Ph.D. in education at the University of Hawaii Manoa.
Sterling’s opinions are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Civil Beat.
While some may be able to take advantage of changes wrought by the pandemic, many others could be mired in increasingly insecure traditional jobs.
Every1ne Hawaii switched gears when the pandemic started from voter registration to providing free face masks and recruiting social influencers.
From business shutdowns to government cutbacks to the virus infection rate itself, someone is going to be getting the short end of this particular stick.
This won’t be our last crisis, so it’s time to take steps to counteract the global market’s shortcomings.
As Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has improved his crisis messaging, Ige fades into the background.
The governor needs to take charge and declare a state of emergency. He should order people to shelter in place and call up the National Guard.
The state should fund rental assistance and make emergency loans to prevent people from falling into homelessness in the first place.