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.
We wanted to amplify this statement from League president Chris Carson regarding the horrific acts by white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA:
"There is no place for hatred and violence in our democracy and all leaders must condemn these acts of domestic terrorism. We must send a strong message that while the freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly are some of our most cherished rights and must be protected, those rights do not extend to what we witnessed yesterday. The League of Women Voters stands in solidarity with the victims of violence in Charlottesville and against white supremacism."

Join Us for Art and Soul Festival Oakland August 19 and 20!

Come down to downtown Oakland for the Art and Soul Festival for two sensational days of music, food, fun and art in beautiful downtown Oakland! For the third year in a row, the Oakland LWV will have a booth at Art & Soul--Oakland's flagship city festival. This wildly popular 2-day annual event is packed with music, food, fun, dance and art. Aligned with our goal of promoting a civically informed and engaged Oakland, we will also be there to share League membership information and voter education and voter registration materials. Spread the word about the LWVO, and enjoy the festival for free!

See our calendar here to sign up to help.

Delilah Beasley Tea: Celebrating Extraordinary Women in Extraordinary Times

The League of Women Voters of Oakland is proud to co-sponsor the sixth annual Delilah Beasley Tea, honoring community leaders in memory of Delilah Leontium Beasley (1867-1934), who was an American historian, and newspaper columnist for the Oakland Tribune. Beasley was the first African-American woman to be published regularly in a major metropolitan newspaper.

This year we are honoring Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley and the outstanding Oakland based Alliance for Girls. See our calendar for details!

Read about LWVO's Capacity Building Grant in the May VOTER!

A new VOTER newsletter has been published! Read about the Probation Grant LWVO received, as well as our work with the reentry community HERE!

We would love to hear your feedback on the VOTER....please complete this survey to help us improve it!

LWVO Tours Port of Oakland!

LWVO got some interesting perspective on Oakland Port issues during a recent tour!

Who Represents Oakland?

Want to know who represents you? Want to let your rep know something? Let LWVO help! See our updated listing of local and federal government reps here!

GovTrack.us tracks the United States Congress and helps Americans understand what is going on in their national legislature. Check it out!

LWVOakland President's Blog, by Louise Rothman-Riemer

Summer is stretching into its mid-point, in other words, it is August. August the month of the last-of-summer vacations, the start of school, the first hints of fall, and a nudge for that got-to-get-going-again time. Across the country, candidates are declaring their intentions to run in the 2018 elections. The League is preparing to register and educate voters so that they can be empowered to act.

"America! America! God shed his grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood, From sea to shining sea! ...America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control! Thy liberty in law!"

Those are words from America the Beautiful, by Katharine Lee Bates, which we probably all learned in elementary school. Brotherhood, self-control, and liberty in law are definitely League values: We believe in the power of a brotherhood for all of us, a brotherhood where all of us are voting, a brotherhood where all of us are empowered to act. We Leaguers know that in America through the vote, a form of societal self-control, we can and do create liberty through law. Now that law sometimes is biased and needs to be changed, but that is where we as a brotherhood of voters can act and make changes as well as sustain the values that we Americans hold dear, including life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness for all.

Read more here!

The LWV's Journey to 2020 and Beyond!

Throughout the LWV, we are having important conversations about where we are as an organization + and where we want to be in 2020. We are looking at ways to grow our mission impact by engaging new members, increasing our visibility and sharpening our focus on core issues.   We are exploring opportunities to make us a stronger organization at all levels. We are aligning our Making Democracy Work™ campaign to ensure that our organization flourishes for generations to come. Watch our video!

Know Your Rights: Information from the National Immigration Law Center

Many of our members and the communities we serve have expressed uncertainty and worry about the future of our immigrant communities in Oakland.

The Oakland League has been part of many community conversations. We want to share with you valuable resources from our friends at the National Immigration Law Center. You can share these resources with students, parents, educators, friends and family who might have questions. Know Your Rights!
Thanks to the LWV Los Angeles!

League About Town!

LWVO, LWV Berkeley/Albany/Emeryville meet
with CA Assembly Member Tony Thurman recently in Sacramento!