Dottie Gullicksen representing the Honolulu League as chair of the International Relations and National Security Committee was invited to speak on PEACE ACTION at a commemorative program honoring Senator Spark M. Matsunaga and the new United States Institute of Peace at
the University of Hawaii Manoa campus. The November two-day inaugural workshops were attended by approximately 30 groups and Gullicksen was indeed an experienced and knowledgeable representative for the Honolulu League. Distinguished representatives from Costa Rica, Canada and Sweden also participated.
The Institute makes the field of peace and peacemaking accessible and useful to scholars, analysts, policymakers and decision-makers involved in international relations and conflict resolution. It will help remedy the lack of a coordinated national commitment to research, education, training, and information services in the field of "peace learning."
Following is the speech Gullicksen made, reviewing the League and its commitment to peace.
"The League of Women Voters is a national organization composed of 110,000 members of State and City leagues who have for a long time supported a commitment to peace, as announced in 1965 by support of liberal trade policies, in 1970 by assistance to developing nations, in 1983 by supporting arms control measures and in April 1984 by setting forth the League's positions on military policy and defense spending.
Until recently, local leagues outside the Washington, D.C. area, such as Honolulu, have been engrossed in local issues, but at the 1982 convention a resolution was taken to involve these members in an in-depth study of peace or the lack of peace, initially related to the fast-lane course military spending was taking. This soon grew into an involvement with the many issues affecting peace.
The positions of the League are summarized in the League publication IMPACT ON ISSUES. The League's powerful publishing arm in Washington D. C., has League members researching writing and producing short works on issues we are all interested in. Each publication is numbered and can be ordered by the public. One coming out on is PROMOTING PEACE: AGENDA FOR CHANGE. Another already published is THE QUEST FOR ARMS CONTROL: WHY AND HOW.
The National League has joined with the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Coalition for the Peaceful Uses of Space against the threat of anti-satellite weapons and Star Wars weapons in space. In 1984 the League organized a member fund drive and used these funds to wage a giant lobby campaign against funding research for anti-ballistic missile technologies to fight further development of MX missiles and to keep nuclear weapons out of Europe:
In 1983 a nationwide survey was taken by mail door-to-door to obtain citizen attitudes on questions related to security and peace
Local leagues organize citizen forums and work together, with coordination from National, to exert maximum pressure on elected representatives. Various committees work within the local leagues, and in Honolulu there is an internal relations committee and a national security committee.
This year ten grants of up to $3,000 were available to local leagues for public outreach programs on issues of interest to us.
Legislative action at the State level included introduction of four resolutions in 1984 on nuclear weapons use and testing. Local leagues prepared viewpoints for delivery over local radio stations and the National League distributed across the country a half-hour tape on FACTS AND ASSUMPTIONS OF U. S. SECURITY which was recently aired over Honolulu Public Radio.
The Honolulu League maintains a index of periodicals, press clippings and books dealing with arms control and foreign and military policy. We have a few of the books, some of the periodicals and most of the press clippings.
In the future, we want to induce more members to act, disseminate more materials, and find strategies to motivate more community member participation!"