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Mrs. Sharon Hanshaw

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Employment History

  • Coordinator
    Coastal Women for Change
  • Executive Director
    Coastal Women for Change
  • Executive Director
    Costal Women for Change
  • Policy Officer
    Oxfam America Inc
  • Executive Director
  • Educator
    Star Education Center

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Coastal Women for Change
  • Active Member
    Biloxi Chapter NAACP
  • Assistant Secretary
    Biloxi Chapter NAACP
122 Total References
Web References
Mrs. Hanshaw is a native of ..., 14 Oct 2014 [cached]
Mrs. Hanshaw is a native of Biloxi, born August 9, 1954 to the late Rev. and Mrs. Louis Peyton.
Mrs. Hanshaw is a graduate of Biloxi High School class of 1972. She went on to establish her own beauty salon which she operated for more than 20 years.
Mrs. Hanshaw has followed in the footsteps of her father as she has committed herself to a lifetime of community service. She has worked with the Star Education Center which offered free literacy classes for local residents. Mrs. Hanshaw is an active member of the Biloxi Chapter NAACP where she serves as the Asst. Secretary.
Mrs. Hanshaw has three daughters who are also very active and instrumental in community efforts. Along with working within CWC they are active members of the local NAACP chapter. With her daughter and 2 grandchildren at her side Mrs. Hanshaw is ensuring that the family's service to community is being carried on.
Since Aug 29, 2005 she has focused her energy towards enabling the community in the rebuilding process and overcoming the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Her efforts led her to a group of women looking for a way to voice their concerns about the direction and future of the community. Through her efforts and with the support of the faithful few Coastal Women for Change was born. In part, due to the generous funding of the 21st Century Foundation, Coastal Women for Change became a recognized non-profit organization on May 8, 2006. The efforts of CWC has quickly become the model of grassroots involvement throughout the community across the coast .
As each hurricane season approaches, Mrs. Hanshaw has become a force of nature, creating a database of emergency contacts and prescriptions, and proposing ideas such as using public television or Wal-Mart to disseminate the locations of displaced community members, holding a women's healing retreat in Hattiesburg or Gulfport, and promoting financial literacy for people receiving disaster assistance and insurance money. She's also vocal about the physical and mental health hazards of confined trailer housing for so many Mississippians, including herself.
Sharing issues, hardships and solutions with survivors of a similar tragedy from half way around the world has given Mrs. Hanshaw a new perspective and a drive to move forward. Picture Sharon Hanshaw has been selected for inclusion in the International Women's Leadership Association.
Sharon Hanshaw, coordinator ... [cached]
Sharon Hanshaw, coordinator for Coastal Women for Change in East Biloxi, is a former hairdresser who rose to the occasion and made it her mission to help people stay in the community.She explained some of the political and economic difficulties of the situation.
She believes that the casinos in the area are playing a waiting game."If you get tired enough, you'll leave, and they'll make it all like Las Vegas here."She just shakes her head and says, "But we're not going anywhere."
This morning, we met with Sharon Hanshaw of Coastal Women for Change, who talked about the efforts of the members of the community to rebuild their lives and homes.She talked about their struggles to be recognized by the people in city government and to get political power for the local residents.
Constance Okollet, from Uganda, and ..., 17 Dec 2009 [cached]
Constance Okollet, from Uganda, and Sharon Hanshaw, from the US, bonded this week at the climate talks in Copenhagen.
Hanshaw is a cosmetologist from East Biloxi, Mississippi.
Hanshaw is the first "climate witness" in this program who is from a rich, industrialized nation.
A lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), she speaks easily about racial and class prejudice, and the unique position she is in to bust some stereotypes.
"Everybody feels that they're so rich in America, they can't have poverty. They can't have poor people," she told me. But the reality of class in America is that "my uncle is rich, but he didn't give me the money," she says.
As both an American and an African American, she perceives that her presence can be challenging to many of the people she meets as a climate witness, both in the United States and abroad.
"What I need people to understand [is that] we have people who are outside. And I feel that outside is outside," says Hanshaw. "You outside in the U.S., you outside in Africa, you outside in Uganda - you still outside."
Hanshaw was out of town on August 29, 2005, when Katrina's winds drove the Gulf of Mexico into her neighborhood. Thirteen feet of water crashed through the streets that day, filling her house with mud, scattering her belongings, tearing the bumper off her car.
Despite all this, Hanshaw believes that communities hurt by climate change can help each other re-organize and survive. "They say Katrina, I say, tsunami," she says, speaking of a trip to meet women in India whose lives and communities were disrupted by 2004's catastrophic Indian Ocean tsunami. She met people living in temporary dwellings made from a material containing asbestos. That was form of "aid," in her mind, to the trailers contaminated with formaldehyde that FEMA gave to Gulf Coast residents after Katrina.
"The people who got hurt the worst, get hurt the worst again," she said.
Over four years after Hurricane Katrina, Hanshaw still cries when she talks about losing her neighborhood, about how hopeless she and her friends and family have sometimes felt. "I cannot control my emotions when I think about my children, and my house, and my family and my community gone. It just comes," she says. "I just have to be real with what's going on. And what's real is that it hurts."
Hanshaw harnessed her pain and her hope by helping to found Coastal Women for Change in mid-2006, and then becoming its executive director. As described in a November 2009 profile of Hanshaw in Yes! Magazine (which dubs her a "climate hero"),
Hanshaw faced a setback in Copenhagen: Expecting to join fellow climate witnesses and tell her story at an Oxfam "climate verdict" hearing at the conference center, she instead got stuck on one of the appallingly long registration lines that have plagued conference-goers at Copenhagen's semi-surburan Bella Center, the site of the talks. Oxfam's Judy Beals filmed a short hand-held video of Hanshaw as they waited in line:
Stuck outside in the cold for six hours, Hanshaw missed the hearing, and with it the chance to talk personally, however briefly, with prominent human rights and climate advocates like Mary Robinson, Desmond Tutu, and Yvo de Boer, as well as to present a united front with her fellow witnesses at these highly charged negotiations.
By the time I met up with her a day later, Hanshaw was bouncing back, however. She was taking on a packed interview schedule with all sorts of journalists - from a reporter connecting up via online telephony, to me with my computer and digital recorder, to the Stupid TV camera crew that caused her to cry once again as she described what she's lost to global warming.
Hanshaw always has the bigger picture firmly in front of her, and seems to be a natural optimist. The proof is that she has managed to carve some meaning out of the registration debacle:
"I hope that the takeaway is that this is so powerful that people from all over the world came, and were willing to stand in a line indefinitely, because of it," she told the TV interviewer.
Sharon Hanshaw, executive ..., 29 July 2008 [cached]
Sharon Hanshaw, executive director of Costal Women for Change in Biloxi, MS, said she learned a lot from the training and believes the campaign addresses the real concerns of workers on the ground.
"We will continue to registering new voters, however, the larger focus of the Unity '08 Black Campaign is to make sure voters verify their names on the voter rolls, locate their polling place in advance, and know their rights at the polls before they go cast their ballot," Hanshaw adds. News - Supplies for Katrina victims went to Mississippi agencies, 7 July 2008 [cached]
"It's scary to know that there are supplies that they are harboring and people [are] in need right now as we speak today," said Sharon Hanshaw, director of Coastal Women for Change, a nonprofit group helping storm victims.
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