Programs/Events – Free and Open to the Public

The LWV of Portland presents free civic education programs (often panel discussions) for members and the public, on the second Tuesday evenings of September, October, November, February, March and April. These programs cover current public policy issues and are usually held from 7 to 9 pm in the Multnomah County Board Room at 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland. For important elections, the second Tuesday program may be a candidate or ballot measure forum. Recordings of election forums are posted under the Vote menu for this website.

2018-19 Second Tuesday programs

The theme for 2018-19 is Justice. View the videos after a program has occurred; see what’s planned in the months ahead.

2016, 2017 and Spring 2018 programs

The theme for Civic Education in 2016-17 and in 2017-18 was Resources for Making Democracy Work. The free programs were recorded by MetroEast Community Media and are available for online viewing on the LWV of Portland YouTube channel.

We took excerpts from the full-length videos to produce shorter “Highlights” videos. To watch these Highlights videos, click  on any of the titles below.

Gun Safety Highlights

Oregon Budget Highlights

Lobbying the Legislature Highlights

Civil Discourse Highlights

Homeless Voices Highlights

Reducing Portland’s Carbon Footprint Highlights

Juvenile Justice Highlights

Immigration Justice Highlights

(In December, January and May, special programs are open to members and their guests.)

Click below for full-length recordings of the 2017-18 panel discussions:

September 12, 2017, Back to the Future: Revisiting Oregon’s Budget (how Oregon will thrive in the current fiscal environment)

October 10, 2017, Make your Voice Heard in the Legislature; How to effectively communicate with legislators.

November 14, 2017, Promoting Civil Discourse

December 5, 2017, Winter Party (members and guests)

January 16, 2018, Media Luncheon: Portland’s Pressing Problems (members and guests)

February 13, 2018, Voices of Homelessness

March 13, 2018, Reducing Portland’s Carbon Footprint

April 10 and 24, 2018, Primary Election Forums with local candidates

May 2018, Local Membership Convention

The topics for the recorded programs in 2016-17 were:

Four 2016 Ballot Measures and the Oregon Budget

Debates on Three Local Ballot Measures: 26 179 Affordable Housing, 26 183 Appointed Sheriff, and 26 184 Campaign Finance Reform

A three-part forum on “Election Methods: Is There a Better Way to Vote?” – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Prioritizing the Needs of Public Higher Education in Oregon

Gun Safety: Responsible Use, Responsible Policy

Stand for Science

A two-part Candidate forum for the Portland Public School Board: Zones 4 & 5, Zone 6