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.

Speaker Series: Education in Oakland October 18!

Co-Sponsored with National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Oakland/Bay Area Chapter

Come hear how OUSD will move ahead with ambitious plans for improving its facilities & the quality of its educational programs. League members will have an opportunity to participate in Q & A discussing the challenges, changes, and new programs and such issues as Transparency, Finances, API Scores and how that translates to district schools, Quality and Equality in the schools, Truancy, and Parental involvement.

Invited Panelists:
  • OUSD School Board Director, Roseann Torres
  • Sondra Aguilera, Senior Deputy Chief of Continuous School Improvement
  • Jody Talkington, Senior Director of Strategic Projects, Office of the Superintendent + Blueprint for Quality Schools
  • Mark Triplett, Network Superintendent MS

    See our calendar for details and to RSVP!
  • Community Forum: Voting Rights!

    The Washington Post on August 19 called voter suppression "the civil rights issue of this era." How did this happen, and what can we do about it?
    The Leagues of Women Voters of Alameda and Oakland are co-sponsoring a free community forum, "What's Happening to Our Voting Rights? Voter Suppression and the Politics of Exclusion," on Thursday November 9th.

    Helen Hutchison, President of the California League of Women Voters, will describe the League's challenges to the many forms of voter suppression at the national and state levels, including California.
    A representative of ACLU will talk about its California lawsuits to protect voters' rights and its national launch of the "Let People Vote!" campaign.

    Voting rights resources can be found here.

    Everyone in the community is invited to this this important forum. Q&A will follow the presentations. Bring your questions and your friends! See our calendar for details.

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

    Oakland's new Chief of Police, Anne Kirkpatrick, addresses community concerns at our first Speakers' Series event of the fall! Thanks to Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church - Oakland for hosting.

    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

    LWVOakland President's Blog, by Louise Rothman-Riemer

    Have you been enjoying the Harvest Moon? It is starting to wane, but it certainly has been beautiful!

    The moon may be on the wane this month but not LWVO! We are revving up for a Speakers Series event, a Hot Topic, The Voter (in print), tabling at Día de Los Muertos and more. But first....

    Read more here!

    LWVO is Proud!

    LWVO marched in Oakland Pride!

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

    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!