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, July 25, 2017
6-8 pm
Menlo Park City Council Chambers
701 Laurel Street
Menlo Park, CA 94025
State Assemblyman Mark Berman. Assembly Member Berman will meet with constituents to update them on the 2017 legislative session and to answer questions. Assembly Member Berman has made enhancing secure access to the ballot in underrepresented communities a priority. Come hear about this and other issues that he is working on.

Presented by the League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
7:00 pm
PCC Building, Raptor Room
3921 E. Bayshore Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
LWVPA Board Meeting - All members are welcome.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
7 pm
PCC Building, Raptor Room
3921 E. Bayshore Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
LWVPA Board Meeting - All members are welcome.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
6:30 pm
The Foster Gallery
940 Commercial St.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
LWVPA Summer Social. Guest speaker Jane Woodward, Founder and Director of the Foster Gallery and Founder and CEO of MAP

If you would like to sign up for a docent-led tour of the spectacular collection, please indicate your time preference, 6:30 or 7:00. Self-guided tours are also available. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP by August 22 at or call the office at 650-903-0600.

For League of Women Voters members and guests. Invite a friend!

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Palo Alto City Hall
250 Hamilton Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Joe Simitian: What Values Motivated the Trump Voter in 2016. Come to hear what Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian learned during the weeks he spent interviewing people across the Rust Belt.

Sponsored by the AAUW Palo Alto Branch, co-sponsored by LWVPA.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
3:00-4:30 pm
Saratoga Public Library
13650 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070
Keeping Abreast of Federal Legislation and Understanding How You Can Impact It. Featured speakers are Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, the U. S. House Representative for the 19th District of California, and Jennifer Waggoner, former President of the League of Women Voters of California.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Southwest Santa Clara Valley; co-sponsored by the LWVs of Palo Alto, Los Altos-Mountain View, Cupertino/Sunnyvale and San Jose/Santa Clara.

For Questions Contact: * 408-LWV (598)-1842

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
7 pm
PCC Building, Raptor Room
3921 E. Bayshore Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
LWVPA Board Meeting - All members are welcome.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
11 am - 5 pm
TBD National Popular Vote Marches in San Jose & San Francisco.
WANT TO REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE? Help make the 2020 presidential election the first in which the majority of citizens elect the U.S. President and every vote in every state is equal!

DETAILS: The National Popular Vote March for 2020 supports the successful passing of the Constitutionally legal National Popular Vote bill in enough states for citizens to directly elect the U.S. President by way of an Interstate Compact in time for the next presidential election in 2020.

As of spring 2017, the bill has been enacted into law in 10 states plus the District of Columbia for a combined total of 165 out a needed 270 electoral votes!

NONPARTISAN: The National Popular Vote bill simply commits the Electoral College to cast its votes in accordance with the popular votes from throughout the country rather than by state.

In doing so, it automatically eliminates the "winner-take-all" election scheme, which divides the country into "battleground" and "spectator" states and makes the spectator states' votes (along with their concerns and financial interests) politically irrelevant.

As a result, the bill achieves three democracy-enhancing feats all at once:
1. Creating a direct and undistorted correlation between popular vote outcome and election result.
2. Making every vote equal nationwide.
3. Increasing the probability of higher voter turnouts because all votes count.

For information about the march in Washington, D.C. and all sister marches, see
Video overview of the National Popular Vote:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Congregation Beth Am
26790 Arastradero Rd.
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Immigration Forum. Ali Noorani, Exec. Director of National Immigration Forum and author of "Not in our Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration."

Ali is an innovative political strategist and coalition builder. Applying these skills to the contentious issue of immigration, since 2008 Ali has served as executive director of the National Immigration Forum, one of the nation's premiere advocacy organizations, promoting the value of immigrants and immigration.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
TBD IMPARTIAL JUDICIARY. "Know Impartiality, Know Justice" - Learn how the courts remain fair and impartial.

Sponsored by the LWV of Southwest Santa Clara Valley.