The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Wendy R. Sherman is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center and also serves as a Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group. As Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs at the U.S. Department of State form 1997-2001 and as a Special Adviser and Policy Coordinator on North Korea to President Clinton, she worked as a close adviser to then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on every major foreign policy and national security issue. She also managed numerous special assignments, including negotiations on nuclear non-proliferation.
She led the U.S. negotiating team and was a central player in reaching a successful conclusion to the Iran nuclear agreement under President Obama. In recognition of her diplomatic accomplishments, she was awarded the National Security Medal by President Barack Obama.
Earlier in her career, she managed Senator Barbara Mikulski's first successful campaign for the U.S. Senate and served as Director of EMILY's List.
It is a privilege to have her join us, as her knowledge of foreign affairs throughout East Asia and the Middle East is extensive and impressive.
Do you know what Gerrymandering is? A funny-looking election district map? An electoral district where the outcomes are known before the polls open? What is an Efficiency Gap? Join us at the Concord Carlisle League's annual breakfast meeting to learn more about gerrymandering and get your questions answered. The topic of gerrymandering is a current priority for the LWVUS and particularly timely, given the case before the Supreme Court and the upcoming redistricting following the 2020 Federal census.
Our featured speaker from Tufts University will be Mira Bernstein, PhD; she is a founding member of the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group. She has presented to members of other Massachusetts Leagues and we are happy to welcome her to Concord. Mira Bernstein is a mathematician, math educator, and data scientist, and she holds a research faculty position at Tufts University, in the Science, Technology, and Society Program. She has published on partisan gerrymandering in technical journals and is still able to explain the concepts clearly to a general audience.
The US League has filed an amicus brief in the case of Gill v. Whitford, currently before the Supreme Court, which challenges the district maps drawn by the state legislature of Wisconsin in 2011. The brief argues that partisan gerrymandering violates the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution and points out that traditional redistricting principles + such as compactness, contiguity, and respect for political subdivisions - have no constitutional foundation. Deferring to such traditional principles would put the focus on form over substance and thus would allow intentional and extreme political gerrymanders if the map's appearance seemed "normal" (See LWVUS website: https://www.lwv.org/blog/supreme-court-preview-gill-v-whitford-challenges-idea-partisan-gerrymandering).
So, mark your calendar and plan on a delicious breakfast, an informative presentation, and a chance to catch up with other local League members in a warm and historic venue. Reserve your place by sending your $20 check payable to LWVCC to PO Box 34, Concord MA 01742 or pay online through PayPal on our website, Go to the donate option, there is NOT a special registration form. Please make a $20 donation and we will record this as a registration for the brunch. http://www.lwvcc.ma.lwvnet.org/donate.html. Reservations are due by February 4th.
See you there!