Saturday, February 11, 2012, 5–8 p.m.

Honolulu Friends Meetinghouse

2426 O’ahu Ave., Honolulu

quakers@hawaiiquaker.org (808) 988-2714

The public is welcome!

Elizabeth Fry: 1780- 1845 A courageous Quaker prison reformer and influential early female activist, her portrait is on the reverse of the modern British 5-pound note.

Brought to life by Roena Oesting of La Jolla Friends Meeting, this is a costumed, one-woman show. As part of the program, Roena will ask for a bit of audience participation.

PART I 5:00-6:00 p.m.: A Visit with Quaker Elizabeth Fry, as interpreted by Roena Oesting
PART II 6:00-6:30: Light Simple Supper (donations accepted)
PART III 6:30-8:00: Panel and Discussion, “What’s Happening in Hawai’i’s Prisons? Recommendations for Reform” featuring:

  • Kat Brady, Community Alliance on Prisons
  • Pat Clough, Women’s Prison Writing Project
  • Jeff Kent, Advocate, Office of Hawaiian Affairs
  • Andre Perez, Hawaiian Activist

“WHEN thee builds a prison, thee had better build with the thought ever in thy mind that thee and thy children may occupy the cells.”
— “Report on Paris Prisons,” Addressed to the King of France


PRESS RELEASE                                                      CONTACT:  Ramona Hussey: 699-6167

January 24, 2012                                                                               ramona@lava.net


Honolulu Friends Meeting and Hawai’i Peace & Justice presents a program on prison reform on Saturday, February 11, 2012. Roena Oesting will present a one-woman performance of 19th Century Quaker, Elisabeth Gurney Fry to begin the program. A light supper will be provided, followed by a panel discussion of issues in Hawaii’s prisons.

Roena Oesting comes to us from La Jolla, California with a spiritual leading to bring the life journey of Elizabeth Fry to the public. She hopes that her performance and insights into the life of this early prison reformer will stimulate discussion on current issues on prison reform. Elizabeth Fry faced overwhelming obstacles in her efforts to humanize the notorious prisons of London during the 1800’s. Nevertheless, she was ultimately successful in obtaining better treatment for prisoners, and was invited to speak before heads of state on the topic of prison reform.

This program is sponsored by Honolulu Friends Meeting and Hawai’i Peace & Justice.  Friends Meeting is an unprogrammed gathering of Quakers who have met in Honolulu since 1936.  The Meetinghouse is located in Manoa Valley at 2426 O’ahu Avenue. Hawai’i Peace & Justice is a group working to further a more peaceful and just society, and shares space on the Meetinghouse grounds.

The public is invited to join us for an informative session on the topic:

A Visit With Elizabeth Fry

Followed by panel discussion: What’s Happening in Hawai’i’s Prisons?

5:00 to 8:00pm, Saturday, February 11, 2012

2426 Oahu Avenue, Honolulu


For more information, see our website: www.hawaiiquaker.org, or the FaceBook page for Honolulu Friends Meeting, or call us at 988-2714.

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