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: Marching Forward!

LWVO Presents: Marching Forward - A Multi-Media Kaleidoscope of Women's Movements, Protests and Power featuring Oakland Women and beyond--hear their Voices as they change the world. The evening's format will be a readers' theater performance capturing some pivotal moments, thoughts, spoken word, and poetry of women making a difference. You will find empowering to hear their reenacted voices and step back and forth in time, being performed by POWER members as a different kind of salute to Women's History Month. Sponsored by POWER (Progressive Oakland Women Empowering Reform). See our calendar for details.

LWVO to Register Voters at March for our Lives Rally!

Come find us in Frank Ogawa Plaza this Saturday for the March for Our Lives Rally! We will be registering and educating voters. Register for the overall event here!

Hot Topics: Oakland's Oversight Committees

Almost every ballot measure we pass includes some kind of public oversight committee mandated. We're told that these committees will help ensure that the money we agree to pay in taxes will be spent as promised in the measure.

How do these committees work? Are they really providing the public information we've been promised? Come, learn, and discuss! See our calendar for details.

Candidate Forum April 5 for District 15!

Get to know the candidates!

Co-hosted and moderated by the League of Women Voters of Oakland, the Coalition for Police Accountability, and the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville.

See the Map of District 15. Register for the event here!

For Background on the race and a list of candidates, click here!

Each candidate will have an equal chance to respond to questions from the audience. All candidates, candidate supporters, and audience members must follow the League of Women Voter's Ground Rules for Candidate Forums.

See our calendar for details!

2018 LWVO All-City Luncheon!

The LWVO cordially invites you to attend Our 27th Annual All-City Luncheon at the Scottish Rite Center, April 25, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Our program is honoring Asian Pacific Environmental Network and Centro Legal de la Raza with the Making Democracy Work Award and this year's speaker is Sociologist, NY Times Bestselling author and National Book Award finalist, Arlie Russell Hochschild, author ofStrangers in Their Own Land.

Purchase Tickets Here!

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 at

Observer Corps: Reporting In!

Our Observer Corps has been busy following happenings in local government. Check out LWVO Member Rachel Perkins's Medium blog, informing us of what the group has found. Read it here!

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!
Come to our Hot Topics on May 7 to discuss! A presentation and discussion about the state, regional, andlocal ballot measures on the June 5 ballot. The presentation will include a description of each measure and what the League recommends about it. See our calendar.

Proposition 13 Reform!

Prop 13 reform The League of Women Voters of California is a key member of the coalition backing Schools & Communities First-- the campaign to put an initiative on the November 2018 ballot reforming Prop 13.

The measure will restore over $11 billion per year to California's schools, community colleges, health clinics, and other vital local services by closing a loophole that has allowed big businesses to avoid paying their fair share. To learn more about the measure and the League's role, look here.

Everyone is encouraged to help get signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot. To get petitions and help on gathering signatures, contact Gail Wallace, or (510) 206-3722. Even if you can only get a few signatures, we can use your help!

Bay Area League Day 2018: Regional Government

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

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.
  • Don't Forget to Register to Vote!

    Click on this graphic to register to vote on the state of California's website.

    Be sure to note the deadlines by which registration is required for the upcoming elections!

    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

    What are your priorities for the Oakland League?
    Voter protection and mobilization. Increasing civic participation. Campaign finance/money in politics. Addressing Oakland's homelessness crisis. What do these issues have in common? They're all issues League members have identified as our priorities for the upcoming year! Our President, Louise Rothman-Riemer, shares updates about the League's priorities--on a local and national level!

    Read more here!