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, June 27, 2017
6:30-8:30 pm
Redwood City Main Library
Community Room
1044 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
PAMELA S. KARLAN. "A Republic If We Can Keep It: American Democracy at a Crossroad"

A lively speaker, Dr. Karlan is one of the nation's leading experts on voting and the political process. She has served as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission, an assistant counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Parking at the Redwood City Library can be difficult, so carpooling is advisable. Redwood City parking information and a map are at:

Presented by the League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County, co-sponsored by LWVPA.

Saturday, July 8, 2017
10:30 am - noon
Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room
1213 Newell Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Voter Turnout Demographics: Using Maps with State and County Data to Focus Voting Rights Actions. National Voter Corps' Don McLaughlin will present the interactive maps at, relating voter turnout to demographics at state and county levels. National Voter Corps Steering Committee member and website manager Don McLaughlin has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University and worked as Chief Scientist for American Institutes for Research. He has created these maps to show how demographic attributes such as poverty, race, urbanicity, and age influenced voter turnout in the 2016 election. Learn how these maps can shape strategies for promoting voter participation at national, state and county levels.
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.
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.

Admission is free, but you do need to reserve your seat at

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