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Local Voices: Citizen Conversations on Civil Liberties and Secure Communities

Local Voices is the culmination of the League of Women Voters' eight-month initiative to foster public dialogue about the balance between civil liberties and homeland security. The report contains comments, concerns, and values expressed by over 700 people in two kinds of citizen conversations – focus groups and public dialogues – held in geographically and economically diverse communities across the country. The report also contains an examination of relevant polling data.

The report concludes with a series of recommendations and challenges to policymakers at all levels of government, to the media, to community organizations, and to the general public regarding ways to strengthen public understanding, involvement, and confidence in the range of conversations, decisions, and trade-offs still ahead concerning the interplay between civil liberties and homeland security.

League of Women Voters (2005)

Resource Link: www.lwv.org/Content/ContentGroups/Publications/EducationFundReports/lwv_localvoices_2c.pdf

This report is freely downloadable from the League of Women Voters website (www.lwv.org).

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