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President's Message (Jean Aoki)
State Council / Board Actions May 15-16 1998
Honolulu's Loss - Seattle's Gain (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Guidelines for Maintaining League Nonpartisan Policy
League Local News - Hawaii County (Susan Dursin, Helene Hale & Marian Wilkins)
League Local News - Honolulu (Grace Furukawa)
League Local News - Kauai League (Susan Wilson)
Elections and Campaign Finance Reform Bills
Making Democracy Work - Campaign Finance Reform HICLEAN (Toni Worst)
Hawaii's Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP)
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Education Committee Projects 1998-99
Action on Motor Voter!
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Rhoda Miller Peace Memorial
On National Issues...
Small Schools and Schools-Within-Schools (insert)

Honolulu's Loss - Seattle's Gain

Ina Percival has resigned as Executive Director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women to take a position as Executive Director of the Domestic Abuse Women's Network (DAWN) in Seattle, Washington. We will miss Ina's insight into the issues and her hard work on League projects.

These Projects, including annual Violence Prevention Forums, the Court Monitoring Project and the research work of the Violence Prevention Committee have made significant contributions to understanding violence against women in our community. This work has enhanced public discussion of services for victims and consequences for perpetrators.

Under Ina's leadership, the work and contribution of the commission on other important projects has continued and improved. Legislative advocacy by the commission has preserved services and changed our laws. The Ad-hoc Committee on Domestic and Sexual Violence compiled key information and generated an unprecedented public dialogue. The Na Wahine Team has developed a model guideline and training curriculum of cross-disciplinary assessment (domestic and sexual violence, mental health, and substance abuse) to address the needs of victims and survivors.

These efforts are generating national interest and may spur more progress in generating the resources we need to help victims and survivors and to improve our understanding of domestic and sexual violence in Hawaii.

This work has also demonstrated how much is left to be done. We must continue to demand policy changes that ensure consistent and serious penalties for perpetrators, that will create a coordinated community response to ensure victim safety and wellness, that will emphasize primary prevention, and that will also ensure public discussion and accountability.

We look forward to hearing Ina's views on how Seattle is handling these issues.

Suzanne Mesienzahl

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