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.

The theme for Civic Education in 2016-17 and in 2017-18 is Resources for Making Democracy Work. The free programs are recorded by MetroEast Community Media and are available for online viewing on the LWV of Portland YouTube channel. This year we are also editing each recorded program to produce a shorter “Highlights” video with the most important excerpts. These are also available on the LWV of Portland YouTube channel.

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

The topics for 2017-18 are:

September 12, 2017, Back to the Future, Revisiting 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, 2018, Primary Election Forum, candidates or significant local measures

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

In 2017-18, the free civic education events will be on September 12, October 10, November 14, February 13, March 13, and April 10.

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