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 Celebrated Annual All-City Luncheon!

Author Ari Berman
City Council President Pro Tempore Abel Guillen, City Attorney Barbara J. Parker and City Auditor Brenda Roberts
LWVO had a fantastic day in April, celebrating Oakland and hearing from our speaker, Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot. Read more and see pictures here!

Many Oaklanders attended, including City Attorney Barbara J. Parker, who noted, "...Mr. Berman gave a compelling speech about the history of the struggle for voting rights in America. Thanks to the League for another inspiring annual luncheon event, and for all the work the League does on behalf of Oakland and its residents to educate voters."

Act Now! Close Proposition 13's Property Tax Loophole!

In California, the same corporations avoid paying nearly $9 billion in property taxes YEARLY. That money could help provide healthcare to families, educate our children, build affordable housing, train workers, feed our seniors, tend our parks, and so much more.

There's a bold plan -- the Make It Fair amendment -- to close Proposition 13's property tax loophole for the biggest corporations and recover those funds. But Sacramento politics are keeping the bill from even being introduced.

Click here to tell your legislators to make corporations pay their fair share.

Want to help us take Action on other issues?! Read more about how!

Act Now! Senate Shapes Healthcare in Secret!

The battle over legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues in the U.S. Senate where a small group of Senators are secretly working to make decisions that will cut coverage, raise rates and give the richest Americans tax breaks at the expense of everyone else.

Legislation passed by the U.S. House to repeal and replace the ACA fails to reflect the American values of fairness, community and concern for all. It will cut coverage for 14 million Americans in the next year, raise premiums by 20% and give nearly $700 billion to the wealthy and big corporations. The Senate is trying to push us down the same disastrous path, pushing to gut coverage for people with pre-existing conditions while doing long-term damage to Medicaid.

Tell them no!

Check out LWVO's 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!

A Major Victory for Democracy!

The US Supreme Court struck down two North Carolina congressional districts, ruling that state lawmakers unconstitutionally used voters' race to draw congressional districts to benefit one political party in the state.

This is a major win in our battle for fair election districts!

In rejecting North Carolina's argument that the districts were drawn along partisan--rather than racial--lines the Court has given the League new tools in our fight for fairly drawn congressional districts and enforceable criteria to safeguard against political and racial gerrymandering.

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

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!

The LWV's Journey to 2020 and Beyond!

Throughout the LWV, we are having important conversations about where we are as an organization + and where we want to be in 2020. We are looking at ways to grow our mission impact by engaging new members, increasing our visibility and sharpening our focus on core issues.   We are exploring opportunities to make us a stronger organization at all levels. We are aligning our Making Democracy Work™ campaign to ensure that our organization flourishes for generations to come. Watch our video!

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 participated in the LWVC Convention in June!