Media Advisory

Community urges Legislature to prioritize keiki during 2021 session

Parents and advocates will ask legislators to prevent cuts to essential services

What: Virtual press conference with community leaders to launch legislative priorities for Hawaiʻi’s children and families

When: Thursday, January 28, 2021
10:30-11:30 am

Who: Logan Lau, high school student
Brandee Carvahlo and Summer-Lee Kauʻionalani Yadoa, parents
Laurie Field, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaiʻi
Leslie Baunach, Hawaiʻi Association of School Psychologists
Nicole Woo and Kathleen Algire, Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network Speaks!

Where: Zoom (email for meeting link)

HONOLULU, January 26, 2020 — At a virtual press conference on Thursday, community members and advocates will call on state leaders to prioritize programs and services for Hawaiʻi’s children, rather than cut their funding.

The event will launch the sixth annual Hawaiʻi Children’s Policy Agenda, convened by Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network Speaks!, which contains 12 legislative priorities, reflecting the input of more than 40 community organizations and advocates.

Speakers will discuss some of the top priorities in the Hawaiʻi Children’s Policy Agenda, including the need to raise revenue to prevent devastating budget cuts and proposals to give Hawaiʻi workers the right to paid sick days and paid family leave.

The speakers will be available for questions from the media. During the Zoom meeting, please “raise your hand” or leave a comment to let us know you have a question.

Contact: Ryan Catalani
[email protected]
(808) 531-5502 ext. 4

About Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network Speaks! (HCAN Speaks!): HCAN Speaks! is a 501(c)4 nonprofit creating a unified voice for Hawaiʻi’s children. Its grassroots movement strives to ensure that all keiki are safe, healthy, and ready to learn. For more information, visit

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