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President's Message
Volunteers Needed for League Advocacy at Legislature (Jean Aoki)
McElrath to Address Women's Committee (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Voter Service (Jean Aoki)
Gambling (HCALG) Report (Grace Furukawa)
League of the Future is Online (Stephen Trussel)
Education Committee (Mary Anne Raywid)
Lunch 'n' Learn the Law
LWV Maui Co-Chair Attends UN Human Rights Council (Joshua Cooper)
Modern Look of League (Jason Stein)
Chapter Reports - Hawaii (Marianna Scheffer)
Chapter Reports - Honolulu (Piilani Kaopuiki)
Chapter Reports - Maui (Joshua Cooper)

Chapter Reports - Maui

The League of Women Voters participated actively in educating voters about candidates and possible ways to contribute to positive social change in politics on Maui. Beginning in late summer, for the second primary election, Hawaii Institute for Human Rights, with League of Women Voters, coordinated candidate forums allowing citizens to hear the positions of all people pursuing public office in Hawaii.

A coalition of campus and community associations coordinated the Drive to Keep Democracy Alive with the "We Will Rock the Vote" registration campaign on October 9 with music and a new movie focusing on the urgency to vote and participate in politics.

The voter registration drive took place in front of Pa'ina as well as students going into the classrooms to encourage their classmates to be active citizens. DJ Democracy played music and answered questions about the November 7 election, encouraging the youth to rock the vote.

In addition to the voter registration drive, there were two showings of the documentary film, "See the Suppressed Movie," focusing on the right to vote as a human right and current challenges American citizens are facing.

For the fourth consecutive general Hawaii election, candidates shared their positions on energy, security, affordable housing, higher education, poverty alleviation, and human rights at Maui Community College the week prior to citizens casting their ballots. On October 30 candidates addressed students and community members on their values and visions for Hawaii. On November 1, candidates also discussed the future direction of our democracy.

The Maui League of Women Voters, Hawaii Institute for Human Rights and the MCC Political Science Honor Society hosted the first ever Maui Social Forum on November 27 at Maui Community College with an assortment of activities to allow citizens to participate in politics.

The first event allowed concerned citizens and elected officials to explore possible legislation at the county, state, and national level. Students and citizens shared ideas for initiatives to improve Maui and Hawaii in the upcoming legislative session. Draft bills and resolutions that might be considered in 2007 were brought to the community meeting. The informal discussion built upon the discussion that developed during candidate forums.

Then there was a showing of the recently released documentary "Bringing Human Rights Home," examining how international instruments for human rights realization can positively change conditions in our communities, specifically CEDAW.

At 7:30 p.m., the focus moved toward gender justice. Evening events highlighted the launching of the global movement to eradicate violence against women. Maui will highlight the issue with a film featuring the incident that sparked the commemoration for women's rights, "In the Name of Butterflies." The evening ended with a discussion about the theme for the upcoming seventh annual women's rights are human rights conference and a repeat showing of "Bringing Human Rights Home."

Joshua Cooper
Co-chair, Maui MAL

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