Below are selected highlights from past Common Cause Hawaii events, with links to video and additional information. For more photos please visit our Facebook page.
January 11, 2018
2018 Legislative Preview
Civil Cafe: 2018 Hawaii Legislative Preview was hosted by Honolulu Civil Beat in partnership with Common Cause Hawaii to discuss major issues that will come up in the Legislature and some that may not, but should. Together, panelists explored why several topics repeatedly fail to pass and what that process entails, before offering tips on how to get involved and the best way to stay informed this session.
December 1, 2017
Automatic Voter Registration Info Briefing
Increased citizen participation in the lawmaking and electoral process makes for a more robust democracy. Experts from the Center for Secure and Modern Elections discussed Automatic Voter Registration and how it could help bring Hawaii's elections into the 21st century.
November 7, 2017
Ethics in Government: Theory or Practice?
In today's unpredictable political climate, ethics in government and the people's confidence in government are facing unprecedented challenges. Common Cause Hawaii hosted a panel discussion to regarding this important, but often overlooked issue. Panelists: Daniel Gluck, Executive Director Hawaii State Ethics Commission; Ian Lind, Investigative Journalist; Kristin Izumi-Nitao, Executive Director Campaign Spending Commission; and Corie Tanida, Executive Director Common Cause Hawaii. Moderated by Eric Cordeiro.
July 18, 2017
Common Cause Hawaii Member Webinar
Common Cause Hawaii Board Chair Elton Johnson and Executive Director Corie Tanida held a webinar for Common Cause Hawaii members to discuss changes in the last year, and challenges we're facing in this unprecedented and unpredictable climate we're living in.
April 15, 2017
Common Cause Hawaii partnered with Hawaii J20 and hundreds across Oahu to demand that President Trump release his tax returns. We deserve to know -- what’s hiding in President Trump’s tax returns? The American people deserve answers about President Trump’s business dealings and assets. If we let him keep hiding his tax returns, it’ll leave critical questions about his potential conflicts of interest and ties -- or whether he paid taxes at all. Honolulu Civil Beat live streamed the event. Video credit: Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat.
March 16, 2017
Briefing on Commissioner Roles: Ethics and Campaign Spending
Together with the League of Women Voters Hawaii, we hosted an info briefing for those interested in applying for membership on the Campaign Spending and Ethics Commissions. Former and current commissioners spoke about their responsibilities and duties and the State Judiciary explained the application process. Guest speakers included: Daniel Gluck, Executive Director Hawaii State Ethics Commission, Judge Rey Graulty Chair of the State Ethics Commission, Representative Della Au Bellati former Campaign Spending Commissioner, and Jaye Atiburcio Hawaii State Judiciary. Click here for more information and the application.
January 26, 2017
Civil Cafe: Legislative Session--What Can I Do?
Common Cause Hawaii partnered with Honolulu Civil Beat to hosted “Legislative Session—What Can I Do?” This panel discussion encouraged civic engagement. The panelists guided attendees through the ins and outs of lawmaking and offer actionable steps to influence positive change in the community.
Panelists included: Beppie Shapiro, League of Women Voters Hawaii; Corie Tanida, Common Cause Hawaii; Keanu Young, Public Access Room; moderated by Chad Blair, Honolulu Civil Beat.
Video Credit: Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat
December 4, 2016
The Hawaii People's Congress
The Hawaii People's Congress was a gathering of community leaders, organizations and movements from across Hawaii who want to work together to build a more just, fair and healthy future. Executive Director Corie Tanida was on the "Money In politics" panel discussion with Benjamin Singer of mayday.us. Panelists spoke about money's influence on politics with a special focus on publicly funded elections. Click here to view the video.
Photo: Elif Beall, Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (left) and Corie Tanida, Common Cause Hawaii
March 17, 2016
Civil Cafe: Apathy and Influence
Civil Beat's Civil Cafe on Apathy and Influence, was a panel discussion on how good government bills are faring in the legislative session. Panelists included state Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, Common Cause Executive Director Carmille Lim, and the League of Women Voters’ Janet Mason. The discussion was moderated by Chad Blair of Civil Beat. Panelists discussed term limits, low voter turnout, campaign finance reform and the practice of legislators sharing their campaign funds with other politicians.
March 4, 2014
Advocacy 102 workshop, Part 1: Order of the day and floor readings
Virginia Beck of the Public Access Room teaches members of Common Cause Hawaii what the Order of the Day and Floor Readings are, the role they play during the legislative session, and how to track your bills in this process.
March 19, 2014
Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps speaks at UH
Michael Copps, former Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, speaks to students and faculty of the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Communications Department.
April 8, 2014
Advocacy 102 workshop, Part 2: Conference Committees
Virginia Beck of the Public Access Room teaches members of Common Cause Hawaii the basics about the mysterious Conference Committees-what they are, and the role they play during this critical and often confusing time.
April 19, 2014
Civic*Celerator Demo Day
After months of workshops, Civic*Celerator teams showcased the applications (apps) they developed that leverage the resource of open data made available by the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission. The goal of the Civic*Celerator program and its apps is to equip voters with tools to help them understand who and what funds Hawaii's political candidates.
Click here to use the apps
Photo: Developers of the Civic*Celerator apps