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Report on LWV National Council

Malia Schwartz represented Honolulu and Hawaii at the 2005 League of Women Voters of the US (LWVUS) national Council, held June 11-13 in Washington, DC. Schwartz was one of 96 delegates from 47 states and the District of Columbia in attendance. Council is a biennial meeting of League leaders where delegates have an opportunity to discuss issues important to the League and citizens nationwide. Council delegates are also responsible for adopting the LWVUS budget.

The focus of the 2005 Council was "Engaging Your Community."

While in Washington, Schwartz attended workshops and caucuses to learn new ways the League could reach out in Hawaii. Schwartz also had the opportunity to attend sessions about important issues such as civil rights, global democracy and election reform in the states.

David Gergen, a White House advisor in the Nixon, Reagan and Clinton Administrations, spoke at the Council banquet. Gergen is currently the editor-at-large at U.S. News & World Report and the director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Council also featured a distinguished panel on the balance between civil liberties and homeland security in a post-September 11th world, and how that balance affects local communities.

Malia Schwartz
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