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Welcome to the League of Women Voters of Portland

The League of Women Voters of Portland is a nonpartisan political organization that promotes informed and active participation in government. Membership is open to all, men and women, who are interested in learning how the government operates and have a desire to make a difference.

The League of Women Voters of Portland is a nonpartisan political organization that promotes informed and active participation in government.  Membership is open to all, men and women, who are interested in learning how the government operates and have a desire to make a difference.

Our new address: 618 NW Glisan St. Ste 303
Accessible entrance on 6th Street.

December eVoter

eVoter arrives in email inboxes December 1. Look inside for an introduction to our new Office Manager, Emily Medley, December events, and MORE! December 2015, (Printable Version)

Directory of Elected Officials Updated

See the November 15 2015 edition here: Directory of Elected Officials.

Oil Train in Columbia River GorgeOil and Coal Transport

View our program on Oil and Coal Transport here

See Also, the presentation provided by Catherine Mater, panelist: click here.

Coal and Oil Transport
Business Boon or Public Liability?
A League of Women Voters of Portland Civic Education Program
Cosponsored by the Portland Branch AAUW
Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 7:00 pm
Multnomah County Building Board Room
501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard

Fossil fuels provide energy for transportation, heating and generating electricity, but also are blamed for health problems, environmental degradation and climate change. For many years, politicians have emphasized the importance of America becoming energy independent. Now that fracking and new oil discoveries are bringing us closer to that goal, we have falling oil prices and significant environmental and safety concerns.
Join us for a panel discussion with local experts to learn more about the problems and opportunities created by the increase in shipments of coal and oil through the Columbia Gorge and the Portland area.

  • Moderator Barbara Dudley, Adjunct Professor, Hatfield School of Government and political commentator
  • Catherine Mater, President, Mater Engineering, Commissioner on the Oregon Global Warming Commission, former Commissioner on the Oregon Economic Development Commission, immediate past Chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission
  • Laurent Picard, fire lieutenant and a Hood River City Councilor, member of the Safe Energy Leadership Alliance
  • Barbara Smith Warner, State Representative for Oregon House District 45, sponsor of oil train safety legislation, member of the Safe Energy Leadership Alliance

The panel will discuss the impacts on our environment and economy, efforts to improve safety, and whether more transportation of fossil fuels through the Northwest is an inevitable consequence of greater demand worldwide. They will address questions about legal requirements and what government and Portland residents can do to protect our communities and quality of life.
The program is free and open to the public. It will be taped and televised by Metro East Community Media during the weeks following the meeting and will be available on demand at The program is funded in part by the Multnomah Bar Foundation.

Rebroadcast Schedule:

 Nov Civic Ed Rebroadcast Schedule 2015

November eVoter

eVoter arrives in email inboxes November 2. Look inside for important information about the office, late-breaking news about November's Action Meeting, and MORE! November 2015, (Printable Version)


LWV of Portland Action Committee Presentation

Brett Horner, Parks and Trails Planning Manager for Portland Bureau of Parks and Recreation, spoke on Oct. 23, 2015 on the Future of Portland’s Park System. These monthly Action Committee programs are one of the ways that the League provides information to its members and guests.

Mr. Horner reviewed the funding mechanism available to the bureau for capital projects. Through maps he handed around he was able to show where Portland Parks are now located and where they would like to put parks in the future. Long-range planning aims to have everyone in Portland a half-mile walk of a park and live in three miles of a full service community center. He also reviewed the “Fix Our Parks,” bond passed last year, that will provide major maintenance of existing parks.

In the question and answer session, he said that the Portland’s park system ranks high with other cities. In November 2011, Portland received the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management (for departments serving 250,000 or more), from the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration and the National Recreation and Park Association, the nation’s leading public park and recreation organizations. 

Is Justice Blind?

Oct 2015 Program

L-R: JoAnn Hardesty, David Rogers, Andy Ko, and Katie Sawicki panel presenters “Is Justice Blind?”

Watch the video of our Civic Education Forum here

“Justice is not blind, justice is brutal in the United States” said panel speaker David Rogers, Executive Director of ACLU of Oregon, and then backed up this comment and others with a power point of statistics. He was one of four speakers at the League of Women Voters of Portland, Oct. 13, 2015 Civic Education Program on “Racism in Oregon’s Criminal Justice System”, in partnership with The Links, Inc. 

An Oregon statistic is that 13.5% of Oregon’s money each year goes to lockup prisoners. Michigan is number one in this regard, followed by Oregon, and then Arizona, said Andy Ko, Executive Director for Partnership for Safety and Justice.  Katie Sawicki, Policy Directory for Urban League of Portland cited information from the Urban League of Oregon’s “State of Black Oregon 2015” that can be found on

JoAnn Hardesty, President of the NAACP of Portland (and a member of the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform) moderated the panel and added her own remarks on the history of the 2012 Federal Justice Dept. investigation and settlement of Police Bureau reforms.

ACTION ALERT: Anti-Displacement Measures

LWV Portland recently joined the Anti-Displacement PDX Coalition; we support the anti-displacement measures contained in the Housing Access portion of the City’s draft Comprehensive Plan and want to ensure those measures are adopted in the final plan.  Let City Council know you want to see these anti-displacement policies included in our City’s Comprehensive Plan.  Read more about the city’s housing crisis in this Street Roots op-ed authored by Katrina Holland and Jason Buri of the Community Alliance of Tenants.  

The League at Hanford Reactor B

Hanford Reactor B

Impacts to the Columbia River

A Complex Mixture of Environmental, Legal, Cultural and Economic Issues

Watch the video of our September program on the Columbia River here.

Columbia River Trip Reading List Updated

Columbia River Gorge Site Descriptions added.The trip has one vacancy. To join, contact: or 503-228-1675 (message can be left if no answer.) Join us, also, for our Civic Education forum on September 8 to learn more about Impacts to the Columbia River area.

The Columbia River Gorge ©2010-2015 Vironevaeh

The Columbia River:
A Complex Mixture of Environmental, Legal, Cultural and Economic Issues

Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7:00 pm
Multnomah County Building Board Room
501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard

A panel discussion of the complex issues impacting the Columbia River. An opportunity for members of the public to develop a better understanding of the treaties and laws that apply to the river, the important economic role of the river, the cultural importance of the river and the threats to the river from pollution and climate change.

Michael Blumm, Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, Lewis and Clark Law School
Kristin Meira, Executive Director, Pacific Northwest Waterways Association
Paul Lumley, Executive Director, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Free and open to the public. Funded in part by the Multnomah Bar Foundation. Click for Flyer!

August 6th - Voting Rights Act Turns 50 
Congress Must Restore Its Protections
August 6, 2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). ...Read More...

Directory of Elected Officials, now completely updated. See the August 5 2015 edition here: Directory of Elected Officials.

League of Women Voters of Portland eVoter now available! Click here: Summer 2015(Printable version) 

We Are On the Move

Old office packed 2After 10+ years at the Board of Trade Building, we are moving.  Thanks to many volunteers, the office is packed up and ready to go.  Two Men and a Truck Movers  have donated their time and expertise to get us there July 1st. We are moving to 618 NW Glisan, Suite 301.  This is in MotiveSpace’s Barn Nonprofit Center.  Our space will not be completely ready for us until August 1st, so we will be in the shared desk space in the same suite until then and Amy may be operating remotely when construction is at its heaviest.   Our phone number will remain the same as it has been since Portland went to 7 digit phone numbers (as we found out when going through our files for the move).  Amy has done some high tech wizardry that means that we will be able to pick up voice mail and email remotely.  But bear with us as we make this transition, things may not always work smoothly or as expected.  

Look for news of an open house after we are settled for all to see our new space!


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