Making Democracy Work

Make Democracy Work

Who are we? We are the League of Women Voters, an organization of women and men who want to make a difference in the political future of our country. We are a diverse, non-partisan, political group with a long-standing tradition of educating voters.
Want to know the election results? See the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, Voter's Edge CA or the CA Secretary of State's website.

EXTENDED DEADLINE! Call for Nominations for LWVO's Making Democracy Work Awards!

Who is making democracy work in Oakland? You? A friend? A favorite non-profit? It's time to nominate someone or an organization for a 2017 Making Democracy Work award. The awards will be presented at the League's 26th All-City Luncheon in late April/early May, 2017.
Each year the League of Women Voters of Oakland celebrates community leaders - individuals and organizations - that have envisioned a way to improve Oakland and that have mobilized others to work with them to effect a change that has benefited the broader community.
Previous awardees have included individuals like Oakland Tech Social Science teacher Maryann Wolfe, Executive Director of Oakland Rising Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont, and John Sutter of East Bay Regional Park District.
Organizations recognized have included Bay Area Urban Debate League; West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project; and the Oakland Neighborhood Law Corps.

We look forward to hearing from you!
The deadline for nominations is Monday, February 6, 2017, and are open to any Oakland resident or Oakland-based organization. Nominate online here! Download a nomination form here!

March with the LWVO!

The Women's March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. We welcome you to join us as we unite locally and nationally. Join us on January 21, 2017 from 10am - 3pm. Register here!

Walk with the League! Email Kathleen Cha at

Bay Area League Day 2017!

Save the date: January 28, 2017 is Bay Area League Day in San Jose. Keynote Speaker: Tony Thurmond, Assemblymember, District 15
Four Panel discussions on the current housing situation in the Bay Area:

  • Measuring the Affordability Gap & Its Impact
  • The Relationship Between Housing Production & Affordability, & Displacement in the SF Bay Area
  • State, Regional & Local Roles in Addressing Affordability
  • The Agenda Moving Forward

    Read more and buy tickets!
  • LWVO Annual Policy and Position Review: All Welcome!

    Money in politics, voting rights, climate change, government transparency, education ... what is your passion, and what do you think the League of Women Voters should do to advance it? Here's your chance to help decide State and local League priorities for the coming year. Come to our Annual Policy and Position Review on February 11, 2017!

    The California State League President says, "Program Planning is the real grassroots work of the League and a first step in preparation for LWVC Convention in early June. This is your opportunity to let the state board know where you would like to see efforts focused over the next two years. Should there be more advocacy? Is there an area where we need a new study or where an old one should be updated? Is community education needed around a particular issue?"

    We will also review LWVO local and LWV Alameda County positions and issues, asking the same questions.

    Join with other members in a stimulating discussion and help make sure that the League's education and advocacy work will be relevant, timely and effective. If you need a ride, call Jane Klein at 510-393-8367 and we'll find you one!

    Check out our calendar for details.

    LWVOakland President's Blog, by Louise Rothman-Riemer

    See our BlogLooking Back and Looking Forward: Expanding Democracy in the New Year

    January, the month that is named after the Roman god, Janus, with one face looking back to the past and the other face out to the future. The League of Women Voters looks back on a past that has propelled us into being one of the leading organizations in the country dedicated to making democracy work. We draw strength and knowledge from our past allowing us to continue to meet the future and the challenges we will face.

    Two very important challenges that the League faces are reflected in last year's National Convention mandates for action. One is to work on reinforcing and moving forward on the Voting Rights Act. The other is to help move this country forward on legislative district redistricting. Both of these issues are core to making our democracy work for everyone.

    Read more here!

    Save the Date: LWVO 26th Annual All-City Luncheon!

    LWVO's 26th Annual All-City Luncheon will be held on Wednesday April 19th 2017 at the Scottish Rite Center on Lake Merritt.

    Our guest speaker is Ari Berman, acclaimed author of Give Us the Ballot: the Modern Struggle for Voting RIghts in America. Watch Ari talk about voting rights here!

    Stay tuned for information on ticketing and table pledges!

    League About Town!

    LWVO attended the Annual Celebration for Oakland Community Organizations (OCO).