2004 State Council|
At the Legislature (Jean Aoki)
Bottle Bill Survives Legislature (Malama Souza)
Berkeley City Council Places Public Funding on November Ballot (Jean Aoki)
Viewpoint: Campaign Finance Reform (Grace Furukawa)
Mark Your Calendars
Report from Kauai (Carol Bain)
East Hawaii Report (Lois Cecil)
Report from Kauai
At our May 15 Council meeting, we discuss the challenges that are facing all of us as League members. Here are some of the ones the Kauai chapter faces:
Nevertheless, we persevere and are not going away. The Kauai chapter is planning to publish a 2004 voter guide and will hold a general membership meeting June 14, noon, at the YWCA to plan voter education projects. We just submitted a $3,000 grant request to Young Brothers, Inc. to help defray costs, and wish to thank the Honolulu chapter for allowing us to use their voter education account.
Our plans to hold an ethics workshop before the election took a blow with the cancellation by our main speaker, Dan Mollway, but we may regroup with the collaboration with the County Board of Ethics. The Kaua'i chapter has no current studies, but has an ongoing Oversight (or Watchdog) Committee that attempts to hold the larger non-profits and the electric utility accountable to state sunshine laws.
A well-informed public depends upon an independent press and diverse sources of accurate and unfiltered news. The fact that only seven corporations now own the majority of our news sources is troubling in a democracy. What our country has witnessed lately is the pragmatic displacement of "truth" by desirable belief. More and more, stubborn facts are replaced by "warranted assertabilities."
Still, no list of challenges should go without a list of solutions. If you cannot find accurate news sources, then you must actively support new alternatives and seek out news on your own. This means:
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