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.
Want to know the election results? See the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, Voter's Edge CA or the CA Secretary of State's website.

Oakland Tragedy and Focus on Affordable Housing

The League of Women Voters of Oakland is greatly saddened by the loss of so many lives in the Oakland warehouse fire on Friday night. We send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the victims.

Affordable housing is an important issue in Oakland and one the League has strongly supported. This tragedy clearly points out not only the need for affordable housing for many Oaklanders, including our artistic community, but also the need for clear and enforced regulatory measures so that such a loss will not be repeated.

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

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

Our guest speaker is Ari Berman, acclaimed author of Give Us the Ballot: the Modern Struggle for Voting RIghts in America. Read more about Ari here!

Stay tuned for information on ticketing and table pledges!

EXTENDED DEADLINE! Call for Nominations for LWVO's Making Democracy Work Awards!

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 2017 Making Democracy Work award. The awards will be presented at the League's 26th All-City Luncheon in late April/early May, 2017.
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.
Previous awardees have included individuals like Oakland Tech Social Science teacher Maryann Wolfe, Executive Director of Oakland Rising Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont, and John Sutter of East Bay Regional Park District.
Organizations recognized have included Bay Area Urban Debate League; West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project; and the Oakland Neighborhood Law Corps.

We look forward to hearing from you!
The deadline for nominations is Monday, February 6, 2017, and are open to any Oakland resident or Oakland-based organization. Nominate online here! Download a nomination form here!

Introducing....LWVOakland President's Blog

See our Blog LWVO is using the software Medium to publish President Louise Rothman-Riemer's "President's Blog." Read it here!

Bay Area League Day 2017!

Save the date: January 28, 2017 is Bay Area League Day in San Jose. Keynote Speaker: Tony Thurmond, Assemblymember, District 15
Four Panel discussions on the current housing situation in the Bay Area:

  • Measuring the Affordability Gap & Its Impact
  • The Relationship Between Housing Production & Affordability, & Displacement in the SF Bay Area
  • State, Regional & Local Roles in Addressing Affordability
  • The Agenda Moving Forward

    Stay tuned for more information, including tickets.... Read more here!
  • League About Town!

    LWVO attended the Annual Celebration for Oakland Community Organizations (OCO).