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Campaign Training

On October 17, 2009 from 8:30 am to 3 p.m. there will be a Campaign Training Session to help women run for office and get more women in office People who would like to be campaign workers for these candidates seeking office are welcome. Issues will include how to make a business plan and how to raise funds. There will be focus on the electronic media. Suzanne Meisenzahl, Women’s Health & Safety Committee

Monson Award

On Saturday, Nov. 21, at 5 pm, the Astrid and Donald Monson award will be presented to an organization or an individual deemed, according to Astrid’s will, “to have made the year’s outstanding contribution toward or involving public interest planning, housing or environmental issues.”

Drug Policy Conference

A Hawai‘i oriented one-day interactive conference on drug policy is planned for November 6, 2009 at Honolulu Community College from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm to discuss best practices to tackle harm reduction in culturally-appropriate and more effective ways. Topics will also include mental health, violence, homelessness, cultural values, sexual health, etc.

Harm reduction is a philosophy and set of strategies for working with individuals engaged in potentially harmful behaviors. The main objective is to reduce the potential dangers and health risks associated with such behaviors, even for those who are not willing or able to completely stop. Harm reduction uses a non-judgmental, holistic and individualized approach to support incremental change and increase the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

For more information, contact harmreductionhawaii@gmail.com or 853-3280.

Drug Policy

The League of Women Voters of Southeastern Connecticut has embarked on a regional study to examine the complex issue of whether to decriminalize marijuana. The study, in association with the state university, is in the planning stages and expects to include information from its chapter area comprised of 28 towns in southeast Connecticut.

Honolulu League has been in touch with this League, sharing our work and passing on information about other Leagues that we worked with and offering any assistance they request.

Voter service

The Voter Service committee was busy in July.  JoAnn Maruoka and Piilani Kaopuiki represented League at several community events.

 - Jul 3 - Aloha Tower Marketplace, voter registration conducted during the Independence Day celebration—7 new voters registered.

- Jul 7 - Ala Wai Clubhouse, City Council District V candidates forum sponsored by the district neighborhood boards.  JoAnn served as timekeeper and Piilani moderated the forum.

- Jul 15 - Washington Middle School, another forum of District V candidates.

- Jul 18 - Kahana Valley Association election conducted for the Kahana lessees.

Board Members

The Honolulu LWV Board appointed Pat Otake to the board to replace Jackie Parnell as chair of the committee on Affordable Housing. Other Honolulu Board members are Charles Carole, Arlene Ellis, Evangeline Funk, Pearl Johnson, Piilani Kaopuiki, Teresa Lau, Robin Loomis, Joy Marshall, Suzanne Meisenzahl, Bob Crone, Sue Miller, and Elizabeth Reilly.

Volunteer needed

Honolulu LWV needs a representative at the monthly meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO).

OMPO is federally mandated to produce a long-range transportation plan, a short-range development plan, and a Unified Work Program. The CAC consists of representatives from community organizations, professional associations, neighborhood boards, and the private sector. CAC next meets on August 19 in Honolulu Hale.

Call the office (531-7448) if you want to help plan transportation

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