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Executive Director
Costal Women for Change

Coordinator
Coastal Women for Change

Executive Director
Coastal Women for Change

Policy Officer
Oxfam America Inc

Executive Director
CWCS

Business Owner
Sharon"s Unlimited

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Sharon"s Unlimited

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Coastal Women for Change

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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 register 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 cast their ballot," Hanshaw adds.

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Sharon Hanshaw, executive ...

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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.


Sharon Hanshaw, coordinator ...

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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."
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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 ...

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Constance Okollet, from Uganda, and Sharon Hanshaw, from the US, bonded this week at the climate talks in Copenhagen.

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Hanshaw is a cosmetologist from East Biloxi, Mississippi.
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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."
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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.
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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"),
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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:
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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.
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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 ...

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Sharon Hanshaw, executive director of Costal Women for Change in Biloxi, MS, adds, "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."

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