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Annual General Membership Program Planning Meeting
President's Message (Grace Furukawa)
Revision of Land Use Ordinance Proposed (Astrid Monson)
Con Con / POC (Jean Aoki)
LWVUS Response to 60 Minutes (Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins)
HECO: 138-kv Project (Ruth Brantley)
Violence Prevention Committee Report (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Education Committee (Mary Anne Raywid)
Hawaii Clean Elections (Grace Furukawa)
Program Planning Sets the Course
Special Thanks to League Volunteers

Violence Prevention Committee Report

The League is releasing for public distribution our Domestic Violence, Victim Safety in Hawaii Report. As you know, we have generated a great deal of interest and comment on the "members only" report.

We hope to follow up or the report by hosting meetings with people working in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault to create a framework to enable a coordinated community response system.

Annelle Amaral, former member of the House of Representatives and chair of the House Women's Caucus will chair this portion of the work. Please the League office if you have questions or interest in participating.

Mark your calendars to attend a very important committee meeting in the League office on November 17 at noon. Dr. Val Kanuha M.S.W., PhD., Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa will be our guest speaker. She will discuss her experiences in creating a coordinated community response.

Born in Hilo, Val has been away from Hawaii for the past 25 years, just returning last year to take the position at the University. On the mainland, she worked as a social worker, activist, and trainer. She has served on numerous boards of women's programs and battered women's shelters in Minnesota and New York City, and has been an organization consultant to various non-profits on board development and strategic planning for diversity.

As a lesbian of Hawaiian and Japanese ancestry, Val's professional interests include research and practice in areas of gender violence, anti-oppression, feminist theory, gay/lesbian issues, and HIV/AIDS, all topics about which she has published and trained extensively.

This month TheSAFETYnet sponsored the well-attended 8th annual Candlelight Vigil. This dedicated group of advocates and survivors remembered those who died in our community in the last year through song, dance and their own stories. League members Suzanne Meisenzahl, Ina Percival, and Betty Smith received Unsung (S) Hero Awards "in appreciation for years of dedication to safety and freedom for battered women on Oahu."

Suzanne Meisenzahl

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