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Largest Crowd on Congressional Tour: Gabbard’s Maui Event Draws 1,000

Posted April 21, 2017, 01:44 AM HST Updated April 21, 2017, 03:30 PM HST
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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. PC: Office of Rep. Gabbard.

More than 1,000 Maui residents attended a Town Hall meeting hosted by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Thursday night at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

The turnout was the largest in her six island tour, which attracted a total of more than 3,500 constituents, in addition to the more than 30,000 viewers that watched the various events via Facebook Live.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. PC: Office of Rep. Gabbard.

Issues of concern that surfaced on the Valley Isle included online privacy rights and the congresswoman’s fight to stop Internet Service Providers from selling individuals’ internet browsing history without consent, Maui’s water infrastructure, overcrowding at the island’s prison, the need for more programs that assist inmates and reduce recidivism, criminal justice reform, decriminalizing marijuana, and access to truly affordable healthcare—not just health insurance.

Rep. Gabbard also discussed the Stop Arming Terrorists Act, and her continued push to end the regime change war in Syria.

Earlier today on Maui, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard participated in the Future Forum with her House colleague Rep. Eric Swalwell (D, CA-15) to address common issues facing millennials, the challenges of entering the work force, and solutions to exponentially increasing student debt.

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The congresswoman also visited the Maui Food Innovation Center, where she met with young entrepreneurs and UH Maui College students to discuss sustainable business practices and food security on the Valley Isle.

The visit was the seventh and final stop on the tour, which ran from April 11-20.

“As we wrap up this Aloha Town Hall Tour that has brought together so many of us from communities across the entire state, I want to express my gratitude to everyone who took the time to come out, to listen, to share, and to ask questions—your kindness, your activism, and your aloha is what made these meetings so powerful and productive,” said Congresswoman Gabbard.  “Each of us has an opportunity to act with love and aloha, to respect others, and to work together despite any differences we have as we do our best to be of service to others.”

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