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.

Happy Hour with the League! New Location!

Join LWVO on Friday, March 2, at Portal Restaurant for Happy Hour! We'll host the hors d'oeuvres and snacks. No host for drinks.

See our calendar for details!

Bay Area League Day 2018: Regional Government

Check out LWVO's Youtube Channel for a video from our recent Bay Area League Day!

2018 LWVO All-City Luncheon!

Our annual All-City Luncheon will be held at the beautiful Scottish Rite Center, on the shores of Lake Merritt, April 25, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. As we move into the mid-term election cycle, we thought you might be interested in hearing deep, insightful analysis of what the people who voted for President Trump were and are thinking and caring about today. Our speaker for the Luncheon will be Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of nine books, including most recently Strangers in Their Own Land. Read more about Arlie Hochschild!

We will also be recognizing local individuals and organizations with our Making Democracy Work Award. We look forward to seeing you there!

Consider Pledging a Luncheon Table!
Your Luncheon Table Pledge will fund crucial election-year work, such as our Neighbor to Neighbor, Oakland Votes Informed campaign, Oakland Easy Voter Guide, and Pros and Cons videos to ensure Oakland voters have complete, concise information on the issues and ballot measures before voting.
Our All-City Luncheon is our primary fundraiser and in 2018 we will have plenty of work on our hands. Join us in ensuring that Oakland Votes Informed by hosting a table at our All-City Luncheon.

Questions? Please contact LWVO Development Committee Chair Lori Lieneke @

Women's March Oakland: January 20th!

LWVO marched for women's rights on January 20, 2018!

News from the LWV: Voting Rights Victories!

It has been a busy first month of 2018, and there have been some great victories in the voting rights sphere!

  • President Trump shut down his discredited `Election Integrity' Commission. The League was involved in legal challenges in Texas, Utah and Indiana that sought to prevent the private data of voters in those states from being shared with the Commission.

  • Anti-Gerrymandering Wins Across Nation!
    The League of North Carolina celebrated an exciting victory when courts struck down the state's congressional districts as partisan gerrymanders and, just two weeks later, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the state's gerrymandered congressional districts and ordered new maps to be drawn by February 9th.
  • CA Election Ballot Measures: June 2018

    Picture of ballot box with vote being castLWVO has taken positions on the ballot measures to be voted on in the upcoming election in June 2018. Read summaries of the measures and LWVO's positions!

    LWVO's Work with Capacity-Building Probation Grant

    The Alameda County Probation Department has awarded the League of Women Voters of Oakland a two-year capacity building grant for approximately $68,000. LWVO is using this money to enhance its ability to encourage informed and active participation in government. Read more about this exciting Capacity Building Grant here!

    The dangers of disenfranchisement....
    Here in California citizens with a felony conviction can vote once they have completed parole. Citizens on probation or convicted of a misdemeanor can vote. However, last year more than one of every five African-Americans in Virginia was disenfranchised due to a felony conviction. In that state restoration of voting rights is not automatic. Recently the Governor began restoring voting rights on a case by case basis. In this article and short, inspiring video one reentry citizen expresses the sense of empowerment and purpose that comes with exercising the right to vote. Watch it here!

    LWVOakland President's Blog, by Louise Rothman-Riemer

    The League of Women Voters Oakland Needs You to Help Make Democracy Work in Oakland!
    Democracy, as you fellow Leaguers know, works best when people are engaged, when they are actually doing things to make democracy succeed.

    Read more here!