Making Democracy Work

LWVO All-City Luncheon 2017!

LWVO's 26th Annual All-City Luncheon was held on Wednesday April 19, 2017 at the Scottish Rite Center on Lake Merritt.


Speaker Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot

League Program Vice President Ernestine Nettles with J. Nicholas Williams, Director Oakland Parks & Recreation Department

Dr. Elnora Webb, LWVO President Louise Rothman-Riemer presenting Making Democracy Work Award to Arabella Martinez

Dr. Webb and LWVO President with Roy Wilson receiving the Making Democracy Work Award for the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center

Port Commissioner Arabella Martinez, front row, right, Making Democracy Work Awardee; with fellow commissioners Joan Story, Earl Hamlin, and Ces Butner





Guests of the table hosted by the Oakland Unified School District


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About Our Speaker Ari Berman
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!

Congressman John Lewis called Mr. Berman's book "a must read" and "a primer for every American." He is a frequent guest and political commentator on MSNBC, NPR and C-Span. He has lectured extensively around the country, including at the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court.

Making Democracy Work Awards were presented to:

  • Arabella Martinez, a founder and original CEO of the Unity Council; and
  • Martin Luther King Junior Freedom Center


    Interested in our past LWVO All-City Luncheons? See more on the 2016 Luncheon and the 2015 Luncheon!