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.

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!

March with the LWVO!

The Women's March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. We welcome you to join us as we unite locally and nationally. Join us on January 21, 2017 from 10am - 3pm. Register here!

If you'd like to walk with the League contingent, email Kathleen Cha at

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. Watch Ari talk about voting rights here!

Stay tuned for information on ticketing and table pledges!

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

    Read more and buy tickets!
  • 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!

    League About Town!

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