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.

Hot Topic: Voting Rights for All, April 26 at 6pm

California tries to make voting easy. Still, many eligible voters are not registered, and many registered voters fail to vote. What keeps citizens from participating in elections? How can we change things? Bring your questions and ideas to our roundtable discussion.

Our resource person will be Jonathan Stein, head of the Voting Rights Program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus. He previously served as a voting rights staff attorney for the ACLU of California, and is Chair of the Board of Directors at California Common Cause, a Commissioner on the City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission, and the host of a video/podcast series on UCtv called In The Arena.
See our calendar for details.

Advocacy Opportunity: Property Tax Reform Bill Rally

The League of Women Voters of California is a part of Make It Fair CA, the coalition working on property tax reform in California. For more info on this, look here.
There will be a bill introduction rally on Tuesday, April 18, at 1:30 pm in Sacramento, on the Capitol steps. League members are all encouraged to attend. Please wear League buttons or other identifying items.

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!

Orientation/Salon: Observer Corps!

Want to be involved? Want to make an impact? Want to do something meaningful right now?

Come to this Orientation/Salon. Have a glass of wine, some cheese and some fruit; learn from our Action Committee leaders what we need you to do. Join the League Observer Corps and become part of our government watch-dog team.
During the evening we will provide information about the various Boards, Commissions, Council Meetings, and Council Committee meetings that are choices for you to observe. Observing can be quite an active opportunity. We encourage you to get to really learn about an area that interests you and to get to know the participants. We highly recommend that you learn the about issues facing your chosen area to observe. Although you are an observer at the meetings, you can also build relationships with those involved and talk to them about how they see their role and what their goals and objectives are.

LWVOakland President's Blog, by Louise Rothman-Riemer

See our BlogJoin Us for the All-City Luncheon!

The All City Luncheon on Wednesday, April 19th is almost here; do you have your ticket? Have you asked friends to come with you? We don't want you to be sorry you missed it! And... is it going to be good? YES! We are going to have a most interesting speaker, Ari Berman, a nationally recognized commentator and author! Mr. Berman's Give US the Ballot is a history of the Voting Rights Act which, as we have previously reported, the Supreme Court gutted in Shelby vs. Holder.

Voting rights could not be more pertinent as we are experiencing a rise in voter suppression in many parts of the country.

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!