Healing Our People, Healing Our Streets: Prison is Not the Answer


Special Events
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Start Time: 

6:00 PM

End Time: 

8:30 PM
Church of the Crossroads

A Dialogue and Idea Forum of Major Importance with Extraordinary People

Price: Free
What to bring: Your hearts & Minds, Your Passion, Your Ideas

When: May 1, 2013: 6:00pm-8:30pm
Doors Open at 5:15pm (light refreshments and pupus)

Where: Church of the Crossroads
1212 University Avenue, Honolulu Hawai‘i 96826


Photo: Shane Edwards

Shane Edwards (Maori: Waikato & Ngati Maniapoto)—Born and raised in Auckland, much of Dr. Edwards’ early and teenage years were spent in the vibrant spaces of the Auckland Bus Terminal, Ponsonby Pool Hall and Grafton Bridge where he quickly developed a love for critical thinking and strategic survival. These skills were informed by the theoretical writings and vibrations of Bob Marley that accompanied him and his friends in the “Ghetto Blaster” of the day. Today, Dr. Edwards holds the position of Kaihautau Marautanga—Executive Director, Quality Improvement and Research, for Te Wananga o Aotearoa. Areas of interest focus on Indigenous Research, including Coloniality and Post-Colonial Studies in discourse with a particular interest in Indigenous health and well-being; and Indigenous Epistemologies. He has worked in higher education for over 15 years in Polytechnics, University and Wananga sectors. Dr. Edwards has 5 children with his partner Niki. Any spare time is spent fishing; growing and propagating native trees; enjoying rugby, and having a good a laugh with people.

Photo: Manulani Meyer

Manulani Aluli Meyer is the fifth daughter of Emma Aluli and Harry Meyer. From a large family with roots in Hilo and Wailuku, she grew up on the beach of Kailua, O‘ahu. Ms. Meyer is an outdoor experiential educator and coach who entered philosophy and teacher-education because of the needs of our time. She earned her doctorate from Harvard, researching Hawaiian epistemology, or an indigenous philosophy of knowledge.

She is dedicated to transforming ideas of intelligence, research, and life to better address the needs and honor the unique contributions of all people. A former Associate Professor of Education at the University of Hawai‘i in Hilo, Meyer works with more than 35,000 students in New Zealand for Te Wananga o Aotearoa, the largest Maori tertiary provider in the country.

Photo: Daniel_Alejandrez

Daniel “Nane” Alejandrez—Escalating problems of violence, crime and social breakdown among young people cry out for meaningful programs and sound policies. Although the United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the developed world; media and policy makers continue to remain oriented toward punishment strategies.

Offering a different model is the National Coalition of Barrios Unidos, acknowledged as one of the nation’s most impressive grassroots organizations addressing issues of youth, violence, and gangs. Barrios Unidos is in the process of developing the Cesar E. Chavez Institute for Social Change that will involve a multi-cultural and international community-organizing component.

Founder-Executive Director, Nane Alejandrez, is a veteran activist in California’s Latino communities, struggling to stop what he calls “the madness that destroys our youth.” From the Barrio to the United Nations, Alejandrez has spread his message, which combines analysis of the root causes of crime with concrete programs that offer youth positive alternatives. Alejandrez believes a spiritual and cultural movement must take place to Rescue (their gifts), Release (their potential), and Restore (their promise).

Alejandrez also works in collaboration with the Fair Trade Movement for coffee growers in Central America and African Countries to help educate the public on fair trade and farmer’s sustainability. He is actively involved in decreasing the incarceration and recidivism rates of youth, adults, and those at risk of the penal code system, by providing alternatives within the institutions and communities. Alejandrez has served as Co-Chair of the Urban Peace Summit in Kansas City.

Alejandrez has been recognized for his inspiring efforts and is the recipient of numerous awards including the National Fellowship of Reconciliation Martin LutherKing Jr. Award, the Sankofa Lifetime Achievement Award and a fellowship for the California Wellness Foundation. As well, Barrios Unidos has received the Leteher-Moffitt Memorial Human Rights Award from the Institute for Policy Studies. Alejandrez has been featured on Talk Shows including “Christina and Santa Cruz Community Network.” He has also been featured on A. & E. Biography Series, Danny Glover’s T.V. Program, “Courage” and on many cover feature magazines including Y.E.S. Magazine, Sojourners, ColorLines, El Andar, Low Rider Magazine, and Metro Active.

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More information? Contact Charmaine @ 808 956-7539 or cccrocke@hawaii.edu