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How to Start a Movement: Queer Community Organizing
Rainbow Town Hall Series Presented by Hawaiʻi LGBT Legacy Foundation in Partnership with the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center.

The internet, social media, and especially the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, have transformed how humans engage with each other. How do these changes affect communication and relationship building? And what does advocacy and community organizing look like during and post-pandemic? What does advocacy and community organizing look like for queer people and why is it important? This panel will explore these questions as well as share the ways and the lessons learned in their own advocacy and community organizing work.

6:00 to 6:05 pm - Welcome
6:05 to 6:20 pm - Musical Performance by Izik
6:20 pm to 7:30 pm - Panel Discussion
7:30 pm to 8:00 pm - Audience Q&A


If you require accommodation for a disability, please email info@jhchawaii.net or call us at (808) 539-4999.

While the Hawaiʻi State Judiciary provides a venue for diverse discussion, the speakers’ remarks do not necessarily represent opinions of the Judiciary.

Oct 21, 2021 06:00 PM in Hawaii

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Speakers

Thaddeus Pham
Thaddeus Pham is currently Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator for the Hawaii State Department of Health in the Harm Reduction Services Branch. He is also co-Founder and co-Director of the Hep Free Hawaii Coalition, which oversees Hep Free 2030, Hawaii’s Hepatitis Elimination initiative (www.hepfreehawaii.org). In 2018, he was recognized by the National Minority Quality Forum as a 40 Under 40 Leader in Minority Health. He is a current Bloomberg Fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He approaches public health from a social justice perspective and seeks to enhance community partnerships and systems-level policy changes to address health disparities, regardless of disease state.
Dr. Tatiana Kalaniopua Young
Dr. Tatiana Kalaniopua Young or Kumu Tati is a Kanaka ‘Ōiwi Maoli (Native Hawaiian), māhū+ (queer/transgender) healer, scholar-activist, university lecturer and community organizer. She hails from the beautiful coastline of Waianae, Oahu, a descendant of the Young, Keamo, and Aken ohana or families. Dr. Young completed her PhD in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington. Her dissertation, Constellations of Rebellion: Home, Makeshift Economies and Queer Indigeneity (2019) is based on three years of ethnographic fieldwork at the largest outdoor encampment in Hawai’i, Pu‘uhonua O Waianae. It examines, among other things, the daily life of frontline Maka’ainana (O’iwi and Pasifika+ people said to be the eyes of the land/commoners) whose ability to negotiate agency for land in an economically disenfranchised tent city empowered cultural understandings of family, gender and sexuality to build community autonomy and institutional power.
Sarah Kamakawiwoʻole
Sarah Kamakawiwoʻole (MS Ed, MPH) works at Papa Ola Lōkahi (POL), the Native Hawaiian Health Board, as their Policy & Compliance Coordinator. Her educational background is in exercise science and public health, and she recently graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Though still new to many policy spaces, she hopes to work in federal, state, and local advocacy to contribute to the POL mission to uplift the well-being of the lāhui.
Mana Shim
Mana Shim is Kanaka Maoli and a 3L at William S. Richardson School of Law. She is a former player of the National Women’s Soccer League and continues her work as an advocate for other players in the league. She identifies as bisexual, is a survivor of sexual abuse, and is diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her passions include surfing, spending time with her dog Nalu, and talking about social justice issues.
Sarah “Mili” Milianta-Laffin
Moderator
Sarah “Mili” Milianta-Laffin teaches STE(A)M Lab at ‘Ilima Intermediate School in Ewa Beach, Hawai'i. She proudly serves on the GLSEN Hawai'i Board as the Public Policy Coordinator, on the Hawai‘i Society for Technology in Education (HSTE) Board, the TFA Hawai'i Alumni Advisory Board as the TFA Hawai'i PRISM Co-Chair, along with being a DonorsChoose.org Teacher Advocate. She’s an active member of the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), currently serving on HSTA’s State Board of Directors. In March 2021, Mili was one of 4 teachers recognized nationally by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden for the 2021 Women’s History Month Celebration based on her work supporting LGBTQIA+ youth.
Izik
Musical Performer
Izik has spent years honing his craft and began performing in local venues across Hawai‘i in early 2013. Since then, Izik has become an award-winning performer with multiple local, national and international tours under his belt. The Hawai‘i-raised singer/songwriter released his second album & bougainvillea (Zeo Music) in October 2019; a follow up to his debut release, Obsidian. Izik, who credits his musical influences to artists like Mariah Carey, The Carpenters, Amy Winehouse, Loyal Garner, Beyoncé and Frank Ocean, has developed a unique sound never before heard in Hawai‘i. When asked how he would describe his sound, Izik says, “I’m what would happen if Sam Smith, Teresa Bright, Solange & Maggie Rogers re-recorded ‘Lady Marmalade’.”