Interest Groups are groups of members who get together to learn more about a particular topic of concern. The topic may already be part of the League’s portfolio. However, it also may in an area of interest that could lead to a new study or review. Interest Groups must be approved by the LWVPDX Board, in order to do their work in the name of the League. The primary purpose is learning together. These groups are more informal than League study committees. Currently, the League has interest groups in Justice, Housing, and Education. With board approval, Interest Groups may work with the Action Committee to propose topics for advocacy. Interest Groups report regularly to the LWVPDX Board and membership about their activities.
Current LWV of Portland Interest Groups
Education Interest Group: This interest group is starting up again after a pause during the pandemic. In the past, the group visited schools and interviewed school administrators. They also organized a program on Innovations in Education for the LWVPDX public Civics Education events.
Housing Interest Group: The recently formed Housing Interest Group has been listening to speakers about increasing the availability of affordable housing in Portland. They also are considering possible solutions to homelessness.
Justice Interest Group: The Justice Interest Group previously worked with the LWV of Oregon Action Committee to advocate for improvements in juvenile justice. The group also proposed the recent study of Portland Police Bureau: Oversight and Accountability. Some members of the Justice Interest Group also worked on that study committee. Now, this Interest Group is working with the LWVPDX Action Committee. Using our new advocacy position, they propose testimony about improving public safety and police interactions with the community.