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League Basics

Quick overview of the League of Women Voters of Portland's activities, meetings, and publications.

Activities

The League of Women Voters of Portland engages in a variety of activities focused on voter education and advocacy. Some of our activities include:

  • Voter registration
  • Publishing a nonpartisan, balanced Voters' Guide with information about candidates and ballot measures
  • Publishing a Directory of Elected Officials
  • Providing speakers who can address topics ranging from citizenship skills to ballot measures to League history
  • Attending naturalization ceremonies to help new citizens register to vote
  • Organizing candidate forums and debates
  • Conducting studies of current issues
  • Organizing monthly membership meetings and discussion groups
  • Observing local government meetings
  • Lobbying elected officials
  • Testifying at public meetings
  • Publishing a monthly newsletter
  • And much more!

Meetings

The Portland League holds monthly general meetings in September, October, November, January, February, March, and April. General meetings usually feature a guest speaker and are open to the public. Recent speakers include Carole Smith, Superintendent of Portland Public Schools; Emily Harris, host of Oregon Public Radio's daily program Think Out Loud; and John Kaufmann, Oregon Department of Energy and expert on peak oil.

Following the general meeting there are a series of small discussion groups called units. These unit meetings take place throughout the city on various days and at various times of day. They offer members the opportunity to discuss in greater depth the subject covered at the general meeting.

The Portland League's Local Convention occurs in May. Members elect officers, adopt a budget and program, and consider bylaw amendments.

Publications

Members receive many informative publications from the League:

  • Portland Voter -- LWV Portland's monthly newsletter
  • LWVOR Voter -- LWV Oregon's quarterly newsletter
  • Voters' Guide -- LWV Portland and LWV Oregon brochure with nonpartisan, balanced information about candidates and ballot measures
  • Directory of Elected Officials -- LWV Portland's directory of elected officials
  • Studies -- All levels of League produce periodic in-depth reports on current issues

Positions

The League adopts Position statements based on study and member agreement. Once the League adopts a Position it can be used to shape public policy. See the complete Positions of LWV Portland.

Current Studies

The Portland League is currently studying:

  • Public School Districts in the City of Portland, Pre-K through 12: This study will focus on excellence and equity in education for all students by addressing the issues of Organization/School Structure and Equity. 

Nonpartisan Policy

The League provides nonpartisan election information on candidates and issues.  The League never endorses, supports, or opposes any candidate or political party.

League Affiliations

The League of Women Voters of Portland is associated with the League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR) and the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS). When you join LWV Portland, you will automatically become a member of the state and national Leagues.

Coalition Partners

The League of Women Voters of Portland is a member organization of the Coalition for a Livable Future (CLF).  CLF works to protect, restore, and maintain healthy, equitable and sustainable communities, both human and natural, both for the benefit of present and future residents of the greater metropolitan region. 

 

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