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President's Message (Jean Aoki)
Bonnie Campbell Keynotes Violence Against Women Forum
State League Convention
Should We Mandate Expenditure Limits? (Robert Y. Watada)
Making Democracy Work
Open Government Coalition (Eve S. Anderson)
E-mail v. Public Officials and the Sunshine Law
United Nations DPI/NGO Conference
Voting Requirements for a Constitutional Convention
Local League News - Hawaii County
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State Board Action
Get the Lowdown on the Legislature (Richard Borreca)
LWV of Kauai Wins Award
Fourth Annual Violence Against Women Luncheon Forum
Council '97

Making Democracy Work

Our Making Democracy Work (MDW) program is off to a great start AND we're looking for more leaguers to broaden our focus! This ambitious local-by-local league program was launched nationally in June 1996, with the general plan of revitalizing the civic health of our community by focusing on five indicators of a strong democracy:

  • voter participation

  • campaign finance

  • civic education and knowledge

  • diversity of representation

  • civic participation
  • The League of Women Voters of Hawaii, working in conjunction with the Honolulu

    League, is limiting its MDW focus initially to just one indicator, campaign finance. (If more leaguers come aboard, we can take on more indicators.)

    Our major MDW effort for campaign finance is organizing a broad-based citizen coalition of consumer, senior, education, social welfare, environmental, community, and party leadership groups and individuals to work for campaign reforms in the state of Hawaii. We are coordinating this coalition effort with Common Cause Hawaii (our first MDW partner!).

    If any neighbor island league doesn't have a MDW program and would like to work with this coalition, we'd be particularly thrilled to have you as a participating member so the coalition can expand beyond Oahu right from the start. For more information or to join our MDW effort, call Toni Worst at 988-4889.

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