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An affordable rental housing nonprofit organization is honoring the late union and social activist Ah Quon McElrath with a plaque.

The Hawaii Housing Development Corporation will unveil the bronze plaque in Makiki on Friday.

McElrath spent most of her career as a social worker for the International Longshoremen’s and Warehouse Union or ILWU.

She pushed the state Legislature to increase unemployment benefits for workers and improve workers compensation and disability insurance.

She also secured federal funds to build homes for low-income workers.

Hawaii Housing Development Corporation President Randolph Moore says his organization created the plaque in the hope that others will continue McElrath’s fight for a better world.

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