Jun 10 2010

I Had Tea With Congressman Abercrombie

Published by at 10:32 am under Hawaii,People

Women Leaders Tea With Neil

Women Leaders Tea With Neil

The Hawaii State Democratic Women’s Caucus hosted an afternoon tea at the Waioli Tea Room Sunday. It was a festive gathering to benefit the Democratic Women’s Caucus featuring multiple presenters and special guest speaker candidate for Governor Neil Abercrombie.

Ms. Ann Freed lead the event as the mistress of ceremony to a packed room. There were many familiar faces and some fresh faces too. First to speak was Ms. Katie Reardon who gave the group a brief legislative update. Then Ms. Jeanne Ohta followed, urging all to consider giving legislative testimony and stressing that is much easier than we think.

Tasty Treats

Tasty Treats

Next up was Ms. Josephine Chang, co-founder of the “Da Moms” which is an organization working to end discrimination against gay and transgendered individuals. She stated that in order to combat all discrimination we must be informed and personally connected to the issue. Chang stressed the need for greater outreach and education within our communities.

We then had an impromptu guest who briefly stopped by. It was Congressman Abercrombie’s wife Dr. Nancie Caraway. Fighting a cold, she still wanted to make an appearance and thank the Hawaii State Democratic Women’s Caucus for all their valuable work in the community. Aside from her efforts on the campaign trail, Dr. Caraway has been working to end the international trafficking of women and children.

Faye, Rai, Amy, Neil and Ann

Faye, Rai, Amy, Congressman Abercrombie and Ann

The next speaker was poet Ms. Amalia Bueno who shared two poems with the group. The animated reading of her work was entertaining for the guests soliciting claps and cheers.

After an enjoyable tea service of tasty treats, Congressman Abercrombie took to the podium accompanied with a standing ovation. He aptly mentioned all the efforts of the incredible Congresswoman Patsy T. Mink. Abercrombie stated she was a true champion speaking for those who had no voice or could not speak for themselves. It is his hope to carry on a small measure of her civil rights legacy in his work.

Congressman Abercrombie and "The Three Amys"

Congressman Abercrombie and "The Three Amys"

Abercrombie went on to further state, “we have lost our sense of direction” and that, “civil rights are really human rights.” Abercrombie spoke in support of public education, civil unions, energy independence, public health, and woman’s right to choose. He concluded by stating, “you will never see me agonizing for months if someone should be granted their civil rights.”

I would like to recognize the planning committee Ann Freed, Debbie Shimizu, Jeanne Ohta, Katie Reardon, Allicyn Tasaka, and Amy Monk from the Hawaii State Democratic Women’s Caucus for organizing such an enjoyable and energizing afternoon. To view my full PHOTO GALLERY CLICK THIS LINK.


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  1. Larkon 10 Jun 2010 at 6:51 pm

    ALICE IN WONDERLAND—-the King says—Begin at the beginning then go on til you come to the end: then stop.

    You do that so well in capturing this Tea Party!


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