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President's Message
League's Goal
Con Con Study Committee Reports (Jean Aoki)
Honolulu League Strongly Opposing Rail (Pearl Johnson)
Gleanings from Our Readings (Jean Aoki)
Amending the State Constitution (Harold G. Loomis)
Drug Policy Study (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Ah Jook Ku
Tennessee Really Makes it Hard! (Jean Aoki)
In Support of the LWV-HI (Jackie Parnell)
League Immigration Policy (Jackie Parnell)
Iron-Jawed Angels Fundraiser (Jackie Parnell & Mary Anne Raywid)
Hawaii Chapter Report (Leilani Bronson-Crelly & Sue Dursin)
Kauai Chapter Report
Honolulu Chapter Report (Piilani Kaopuiki)
Website Update - - the first year (Stephen Trussel)

President's Message

First I want to say thank you, thank you, and thank you to all of you who contributed so generously to our annual non-event fundraiser.  We received checks for $3,885 for an all-time high. And a great suggestion for next year - you will really want to pay not to be part of this one! So we are well on our way to achieving our goal of solvency. We are also planning some actual event fundraisers for fun as well as funds.

Our most time-consuming project at the moment is the ConCon study (see separate article[s] inside). Jean Aoki has gathered together some enthusiastic volunteers, including some non-members, to work on this. -- Plus assembled an impressive library of material on the subject, available at the office for your perusal -- and also on our website: One item of note is a book, The Hawaii State Constitution, written by former Hawaii League of Women Voters President Anne Feder Lee. Her book is also in the State Library system, both in the reference sections of every library and as circulating copies. I checked it out and ended up reading it straight through at one sitting. She is such a good writer! The history alone is a good read.

We also have other committees hard at work. These include Women's Health and Safety (which is initiating a study on Hawaii's drug policies); Education; Environment; and Affordable Housing. If you have a special interest in the work of any of these committees (or anything else), please let me know at

Our local leagues - Honolulu, Hawaii and Kauai - are active on several fronts. Please read their reports elsewhere in this issue. Volunteers are always welcome.

I would also like to draw your attention to the article on Immigration Policy inside. This subject has been the object of intensive study by a special League Committee over the last year. They are now ready to start the consensus process. For those of you new to the League, consensus is one of the best things we do. It is truly grassroots bottoms-up democracy in action as the members of each League study the issues and then meet to vote on what our policy should be. Between now and December, we will all be getting smarter about the pros and cons of various immigration policy options.

Proud to be a Leaguer
Jackie Parnell

"Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle."

Mahatma Gandhi. (Quoted in the PEN Weekly NewsBlast of 10/27/06)

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