Making Democracy Work


Calendar of Events

Events listed here are open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Please note that co-sponsorship of an event does not imply endorsement of any of the speakers, groups, or the points of view expressed.
Date & Time        Place        Description
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
6:30 - 8:30 pm
PAUSD Headquarters
25 Churchill St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Film Showing: "The Raising of America". Why do we, as a nation, make it so hard for our children to thrive? How can we do better? The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto invites you to the screening of a powerful film: "The Raising of America" to explore this question.

Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 and the film will be shown from 7-8 pm. The half-hour discussion and Q/A after the film will be moderated by Kim Kruckel, a leader in early childhood education and Executive Director of the Child Care Law Center.

You can watch the 30-second and 11-minute trailers at

Sponsored by the LWVPA, the Palo Alto Council of PTAs, Congregation Beth Am, and the AAUW of Palo Alto.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
7:30 - 9 pm
Congregation Beth Am
26790 Arastradero Rd.
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Conversation on Immigration. Raj Mathai, primary news anchor at NBC-owned KNTV in the San Francisco Bay Area, will moderate a conversation with Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, and Evelyn Rengal-Medina, Executive Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of the Bay Area at ROC-United. Introductory remarks from LWV Board Member Aisha Piracha- Zakariya.

Ali Noorani is the author of the new book There Goes The Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration.

Since its founding in 1982, the National Immigration Forum has advocated for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation. The Forum is one of the few organizations in this field to work across a broad political spectrum both nationally and locally.

The Restaurant Opportunities United (ROC-United) engages workers, employers and consumers to improve the wages and working conditions in the restaurant industry.

Please submit questions to: and include "Immigration" in the subject line. We will also take questions from the audience that evening.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite or at 650-903-0600.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
7 pm
PCC Building, Raptor Room
3921 E. Bayshore Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
LWVPA Board Meeting - All members are welcome.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
7-8:30 pm

Reception 6-6:45 pm
Quinlan Community Center,
Cupertino Room
10185 N. Stelling Road
Cupertino, CA 95014
An Impartial Judiciary: A Cornerstone of Democracy. Our Constitution designed a government based on three equal branches: the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary. The judiciary is rarely discussed beyond court decisions. This educational forum will explore the meaning of judicial impartiality and independence, as well as some of the rules that govern how judges work.


  • Honorable Carol A. Corrigan, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court
  • Honorable Beth Labson Freeman, U.S. District Court Judge
  • Honorable Rise J. Pichon, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge
  • Attorney John Steele, Expert on Judicial Conduct

To learn more about the panelists select Panelists.

This event is FREE and Open to the Public. Please register here.

Presented by the Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
7 pm
Saratoga Public Library
Community Room
13650 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070
Can We Get Rid of the Electoral College?. Pulitzer-Prize winning Speaker Jack N. Rakove is a Professor of History & American Studies as well as Professor of Political Science, Stanford University. He is one of the leading American political scientists advocating for the election of U.S. Presidents by a popular vote.

Sponsored by the LWV of Southwest Santa Clara Valley, co-sponsored by Saratoga Public Library.

For Questions Contact: * 408.598.1842

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
TBD League Luncheon - "On the Table" discussions. This event is in partnership with Silicon Valley Community Foundation's "On the Table," initiative. For more on this project, see On the Table.

More details coming soon.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
7 pm
PCC Building, Raptor Room
3921 E. Bayshore Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
LWVPA Board Meeting - All members are welcome.
Monday, December 11, 2017
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Mitchell Park Community Center
3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Winter Luncheon. The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto invites you to our December Luncheon, featuring Professor Deborah Stipek. Dr. Stipek will address the urgent need for improving Early Childhood Education.

Professor Stipek is a nationally acclaimed leader in Early Childhood Education. She has written or co-written two books on motivating young children to learn and has published more than 100 articles. She has also chaired several prominent national and state committees.

Dr. Stipek teaches at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and is Director of the Haas Center for Public Service.