“Civil Rights in Hawaiʻi and Beyond: From Legislation, Law Enforcement,
& Jurisprudence to Justice, Reconciliation, & Healing”
Monday September 30th 2013 6 – 7:30 pm
HGEA Hall 888 Mililani St. 1st Floor
*free street parking nearby after 6 p.m.
The moral arc of the universe may bend toward justice, but the struggle for civil rights is born out of injustice. In 2013 we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 enactment of Hawaiʻi’s fair employment law, one year before the commemoration of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We can celebrate enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and court decisions and legislation that inch us closer to marriage equality. But we face the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act, attacks on affirmative action, discrimination against COFA immigrants, and the use of civil rights rhetoric in attacks on Hawaiian programs and steps towards self-determination and governance. We see the impact of “stand your ground” laws, while we reexamine the costs of incarceration without effective reentry and reintegration.
How did we get here? Where are we going? How are we in Hawaiʻi affected by national civil rights issues and events? And, how do we move from legislation, law enforcement, and jurisprudence to justice, reconciliation, and healing?