We Choose Love! We Choose Democracy! We Choose Community!

We are working to create a world where everyone can live and love freely without fear. Inspired by the We Choose All of Us campaign by the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, this year’s conference will explore what it means to choose love, choose democracy, and to choose community. Join us to get inspired and learn how to put these big concepts into action in your daily life and work.

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Norma Wong

Institute for Zen Studies
Norma Wong is a Zen teacher and strategy practitioner.

In earlier years, Wong served as a Hawai‘i state legislator, on the policy and strategy team for Governor John Waihee with federal  and Native Hawaiian portfolios, and community organizing and policy work in the Native Hawaiian (indigenous) community.  She was active in electoral politics for over thirty years.
Current and recent (2012 to present) community work include:   strategic thinking and transformational development with Movement Strategy Center; strategic thinking and human potential work for networks and coalitions working to end violence against women and girls; faculty and program design for Move to End Violence, an initiative of the NoVo Foundation; strategy and policy support for the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission and community efforts for  indigenous self-governance; strategic thinking and team development for Mobilize the Immigrant Vote; and, strategic thinking with the Center for Women’s Global Leadership.

In 2000, Wong was ordained as a Zen Priest of the Daihonzan Chozen-ji after having been a student of the late Tenshin Tanouye Rotaishi for twenty years.  She received her inka shomei (Mind Stamp) in 2005 as an 86th generation Zen Master.  She serves practice communities in Hawai‘i, across the continental U.S., and in Toronto, Canada.

Watch her intro to Tai Ji