Upcoming Events on O‘ahu: Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity and ACLU-Hawai‘i

Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity
It’s the Law…and a Key to Equality
Thursday, September 20, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.

YWCA of O‘ahu at Laniākea, Fuller Hall
1040 Richards Street
Presented by: Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission • U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity • Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i • YWCA of O‘ahu

From the event flyer:
A pau hana gathering for attorneys, advocates, and all in our communities who are interested, affected, and concerned.
Meet and Talk Story with Christopher Brancart, a leading expert on fair housing law.
Learn why fair housing and equal opportunity are important, how federal and state fair housing laws can be used to eliminate discrimination, and how hard-won civil rights protections reflect federal and state commitment to equal opportunity, consistent with the YWCA’s mission of “Eliminating racism, Empowering women.”

Please RSVP to confirm attendance, by calling or emailing Cathy Simmons by Monday, September 17 at: Ph. (808) 586-8659 / email Catherine.M.Simmons@hawaii.gov.

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The Supreme Court: Politics and Principle in an Election Year
U.S. Supreme Court Expert Steve Shapiro to Discuss Outlook for Civil Liberties

Saturday, Sept. 29, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Blaisdell Center Maui Room
Free, but RSVP required by Friday, 9/21/12. 

From event press release:
Controversial civil liberties and civil rights issues have recently faced the U.S. Supreme Court, riveting the nation. In the aftermath of decisions on “Citizens United”, Arizona’s “Show Me Your Papers” immigration law, Health Care Reform and warrantless GPS tracking by police, how secure are our rights? What important cases are on the horizon, and how might the upcoming election impact the Court and expand or erode fundamental rights?

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i Foundation (“ACLU”) tackles these questions in a free public forum with national ACLU Legal Director Steve Shapiro. With over 25 years of U.S. Supreme Court experience, Shapiro manages over 90 lawyers at the ACLU headquarters in New York, where he is also an adjunct professor of constitutional law at Columbia Law School. Shapiro also serves on the Policy Committee of Human Rights Watch.

Executive Director Vanessa Chong said: “Supreme Court decisions continue to have a major impact on our daily lives. We invite the local community to learn more about their rights and how they can protect them.

RSVP by email: office@acluhawaii.org. RSVP by phone: (808) 522-5906 (Neighbor islands toll free: 1-877-544-5906). RSVP by FAX: (808) 522-5909. ACLU website: http://www.acluhawaii.org. The Blaisdell Center is ADA accessible. Request special accommodation by 9/14/12.


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