Thursday, October 11, 2007

13th Annual Men's March Against Violence

Every 7.5 seconds, someone in this country is being beaten, abused or killed by an act of domestic violence. Hawaii is the only state that holds an annual Men's March Against Violence, and today about a hundred men, women and children gathered for the event. They started at the Father Damien statue, marched through downtown, and circled back for a press conference at the Queen Liliuokalani statue.

Representatives Kirk Caldwell, Tom Brower and Alex Sonson and Senator Will Espero participated in the march. Former senator Matt Matsunaga was there in honor of his late aunt. Four years ago, his Aunt Dorothy (former US Senator Spark Matsunaga's sister) was killed at age 84 by her 89-year old husband.

Mark Yamauchi, Director of Sales at Verizon Wireless, spoke on the company's project HopeLine, a recycling program where companies can collect unused handsets to be either properly disposed or refurbished. Proceeds go toward providing phones to victims of domestic violence. Yamauchi said that between 30,000-40,000 incidents of violence are reported every year at the workplace.

The Distinguished Citizen Award this year went to Cliff Cisco, Senior VP of HMSA.

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