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.

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

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

Our event usually sells out, so buy a ticket now using Eventbrite! Even better...make a pledge to host a table at the luncheon!
Your ticket to the luncheon helps underwrite the Oakland Easy Voter Guide, which we translate into Spanish and Chinese and make available free of charge to the people of Oakland.

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!

Congressman John Lewis called Mr. Berman's book "a must read" and "a primer for every American." He is a frequent guest and political commentator on MSNBC, NPR and C-Span. He has lectured extensively around the country, including at the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court.

Making Democracy Work Awards will be presented to:

  • Arabella Martinez, a founder and original CEO of the Unity Council; and
  • Martin Luther King Junior Freedom Center

    Interested in our past LWVO All-City Luncheons? See more on the 2016 Luncheon and the 2015 Luncheon!
  • LWVO Speaker Series: Sanctuary Cities and School Districts

    What does it mean for Oakland to be a sanctuary city and a sanctuary school district? How are immigrants, undocumented and undocumented, faring in Oakland?
    The LWV supports cities, towns, counties and states that make a decision not to cooperate with federal deportation and enforcement actions that include non-criminal undocumented immigrants. Read the LWV statement on immigration here.

    LWVO held a Speaker Series at Oakland City Hall where we heard more about what it means to be a sanctuary city.
    Speakers included:
  • Catherine Tactaquin, Executive Director and Co-founder, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Maria Bee, Special Counsel, Oakland City Attorney's Office
  • Pamela Drake, California Sanctuary Campaign
  • Darwin BondGraham, East Bay Express. See Darwin's most recent article on OPD's signing of a joint task force agreement with ICE in January 2017 and the criticism that has followed.

    The conversation continues! Come to our informal roundtable discussion on Sanctuary Status and Immigration Wednesday March 29th at 6 PM. Share your views and learn more about how we can get involved! See our calendar.
  • Apply for Alameda County Boards and Commission

    Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson invites residents of his Fifth Supervisorial District to apply to serve on eight County Boards and Commissions with current vacancies. Some require specific skills and experience, some do not. Learn more!

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

    Update: Future of California Elections

    LWVC is a member of Future of California Elections, a coalition consisting of civil rights advocates, election reform advocates, and elections officials, working on modernizing California elections. Read more about FOCE's 2016 accomplishments and 2017 priorities here.

    LWVOakland President's Blog, by Louise Rothman-Riemer

    See our BlogThreats to a Cornerstone of Our Democracy

    Well, what next? Democracy is certainly experiencing challenges and as the League of Women Voters, we cannot sit on our hands. We must speak out. The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of our democracy. We must have a free press! It is deeply concerning that someone elected to lead our country is attacking our press. For President Trump to claim that the majority of the press is lying to us, that he alone is telling the truth, and furthermore that he will protect us from the press, is patently absurd. It is also extremely dangerous.

    Read more here!

    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 proudly joined the Women's March!