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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.

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.  


Is Justice Blind? Racism in Oregon's Criminal Justice System

Multnomah County Building Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland
Tuesday, October 13th at 7PM.

The panel moderated by JoAnn Hardesty, President of NAACP, Portland will explore why people of color are over-represented in Oregon’s criminal justice system, the impacts on our community, some recent advances and where we should go from here.

The panel speakers are: David Rogers, Executive Director ACLU of Oregon; Nkenge Harmon Johnson, President and CEO of Urban League of Portland; Joyce Harris, Steering Committee, Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform; and Andy Ko, Executive Director of Partnership for Safety and Justice. 

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.

Seeking an Office Manager

The League of Women Voters of Portland is seeking an Office Manger.  Position description and application instructions 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) 

Columbia River Trip Reading List Posted

Materials will be added as they are available. The trip is full but you can put your name on a waiting list. Join us, also, for our Civic Education forum on September 8 to learn more about Impacts to the Columbia River area.

Directory of Elected Officials 2015-17 UPDATED

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!

Member Alert: Local Convention Handbook 2015 published

Portland Public School Candidate Forum

Hosted by PPS Students

The forum will be in the Grant High Library from 1:45 - 3:15 on Wednesday, May 6th.  All candidates have agreed to attend. They will use much the same format as the recent LWV / PTA-hosted forum but with questions focused on high schools and high school students. 
US Grant High School 
2245 NE 36th Avenue, Portland

Member Alert: Local Convention, May 12th!

Make Reservations/Pay for Dinner Here

Business Meeting Resources (Convention Workbook, Bylaws Revisions, Nominations, etc.)

Silent Auction Flyer

Portland Public Schools School Board Candidate Forums

Video Now Available on YouTube
Announcing the Voters' Guide for the May 19, 2015 Special Election, School Boards for:
  • Mount Hood Community College
  • Portland Community College
  • Multnomah Education Service District
  • Centennial School District
  • Corbett School District
  • David Douglas School District
  • Gresham-Barlow School District
  • Parkrose School District
  • Portland School District
  • Reynolds School District
  • Riverdale School District

Members: Help Develop the League Position!

Consensus Questions for the "Children at Risk" position and The "Children at Risk" Study

Upcoming Forums!

Helping Voters Understand Their Ballots 

League of Women Voters of Portland, Community & Parents for Public Schools, and Portland Council PTA Present
Portland Public Schools School Board Candidate Forums

Wednesday, April 22
Blanchard Education Service Center
501 N. Dixon Street Portland, Oregon 97227
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Annual Silent Auction – What can you donate?

Offer an old time-tested standby 
or surprise and astonish us with the next great idea!  
Support our office and staff expenses.  How to donate

April Newsletter

Read about Civic Education presenters, Local Convention schedule and features, proposed bylaws changes, new members, upcoming Voter Forums, and much more!
Click here.

April Civic Education

Children at Risk

Join us for a panel discussion with Molly Day, Early Learning Director, Early Learning Multnomah; Bill Thomas, Early Learning Director, Early Learning Washington County; and Chris Vogel, Co-Chair, LWVOR-Education Fund Study. Attendees will also view “Are We Crazy About our Kids?” a video considering the costs and benefits of investing in young children. See flyer here.


Tuesday, April 14 2015, 7 - 9 pm
Multnomah County Building, Board Room
501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland


ChildrenLWV of Oregon Study

The Children at Risk

LWVOR has published the restudy of Children at Risk.  Consensus will be done in April.


Read it here first!  Our new study:

March Civic Education

Juvenile Justice:  Solutions for Youth in Trouble

“The best place for a youth to be is with their own family or as close to a healthy, functioning family as possible, in order to lead productive, crime-free lives,” was the emphasis of the panel March 10th.

2015 March General Meeting Juvenile Justice

L-R top, Pat Chor, League moderator and Shannon Myrick, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Oregon Youth Authority (OYA); bottom, Deena Corso, Senior Manager, Juvenile Services Division, Multnomah County Dept. of Community Justice and Margaret J.F. Braun, Senior Research Analyst, OYA.


Watch the program online here.




February Civic Education 


Panel:Economic Development and the PDCThe Panel at our February 10th General Meeting on Economic Development and the Portland Development Commission L-R: Chris Harder, Economic Development Director for the Portland Development Commission (PDC); Lisa Abuaf, Central City Manager for the PDC; Barbara Dudley, League moderator; John Russell, founder of the Russell Development Company; and Rey España, Deputy Director of the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA).

MetroEast Media taped the program. You can watch online here



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