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.

LWVO Speaker Series Kicks Off September 21 with Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick

Concerned about policing in Oakland?

Come hear from our new Chief of Police, Anne Kirkpatrick, covering: crime prevention, human trafficking, profiling, recruitment and retention of officers, and more!

Register for the event here!

See our calendar for details!

Read more about Measure LL and the Oakland Police Commission here.

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 is Proud!

LWVO marched in Oakland Pride!

picture of lwvo members with the lwvo banner, dressed in colorful clothing for Pride

Delilah Beasley Tea: Celebrating Extraordinary Women in Extraordinary Times

On September 17, the LWVO 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!

Join Us! National Voter Registration Day September 26!

LWV Oakland volunteers will register voters on Tuesday September 26, National Voter Registration Day. See our calendar for details and to sign up to help!

Observer Corps--Wine, Pizza, and Talk on September 27

Part of LWVO Observer Corps? Interested in more information about becoming an Observer? Come to a get-together where we'll share experiences about being Observers at various City of Oakland committees, commissions, and agencies, and learn how to subscribe to--and read--different kinds of agendas. Pizza and wine provided, just bring yourself!
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!

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!

LWVOakland President's Blog, by Louise Rothman-Riemer

Fair, transparent, and accountable: Our vision for government

This Labor Day weekend, the San Francisco Chronicle published a headline reading, "Terminator takes on Gerrymandering," accompanied by a photograph of current California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown and former California Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Why? Because, Arnold Schwarzenegger -- former muscle man, actor, and California Governor -- is focused on a non-partisan effort that's near and dear to the League of Women Voters nationwide: gerrymandering! Yes, he is!

Read more here!