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.

Speaker Series: Oakland Fire Chief Darin White

Oakland's new Fire Chief Darin White shared his vision for the future of Oakland's Fire Department.

Read the East Bay Express article on the event here!

Read the recent article on Chief White in the East Bay Times.

LWVO Invites Community to Nominate Making Democracy Work Award Recipients

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 2018 Making Democracy Work award. The awards will be presented at the League's 27th All-City Luncheon on Wednesday, April 25th 2018.

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. The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 17, 2017 and is open to any Oakland resident or Oakland-based organization.

Nominate Online! You may also print this form and mail to our office.

Questions? Call (510) 834-7640 or email

LWVO Observer Corps Coordinates Guided Tour of City Hall!

Interested League members, Observer Corps volunteers and prospective Observer Corps members are invited to take a free guided tour of our City Hall on Wednesday, November 29, including the City Council Chamber and the "elusive" second floor, courtesy of the Oakland Tours Program.

This is where the business of our city takes place! You'll examine the City Hall history display. Also of interest will be the main entry lobby of the Dalziel building, across the plaza from City Hall, and if time permits, the Rotunda Building (formerly, Kahn's Department Store), where the city's planning department and other agencies are located.

We want our observers to be very familiar with the ins and outs of the building. Our tour guide will be Annalee Allen, local historian, former Tribune columnist, and coordinator of the downtown walking tours program for the city. See our calendar for details!

Hot Topic 12/6/17: Make it Fair, Prop 13 Reform

Prop 13 reform. Split roll. Commercial property tax reform. What do these phrases mean? What is the plan to increase money available for local services: schools, roads, healthcare, public safety?

Join us for a discussion about Make It Fair California, the campaign to restore local funding for schools and public services by making corporations pay their fair share.

See our calendar for details!

Big Wins in CA....Legislative Wrap-Up!

The 2017 California legislative session is a wrap, and thanks in part to League advocacy, we have new laws addressing many of the critical issues we face in California. Because so many of you took action, we're celebrating major legislative victories. Read more here!

LWVOakland President's Blog, by Louise Rothman-Riemer

Have you been enjoying the Harvest Moon? It is starting to wane, but it certainly has been beautiful!

The moon may be on the wane this month but not LWVO! We are revving up for a Speakers Series event, a Hot Topic, The Voter (in print), tabling at Día de Los Muertos and more. But first....

Read more here!

Dia de los Muertos 2017!

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!

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