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. We usually schedule these in the evenings in the months of September, October, November, February, March and April. These programs cover current public policy issues and are usually held from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Multnomah County Board Room at 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland. For local and state elections, the program may be a candidate or ballot measure forum. Recordings of election forums are posted under the Vote menu for this website. After mid-March 2020, in-person events were changed to online Zoom events because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

You can find notices of upcoming events in the sidebar to the right of each page on this website. Descriptions of each event are often posted on the homepage of this website a few weeks before the event.

2019-20 programs

  • September 16, 2019 – Innovations in Public Education, on Monday, September 16, 7 to 8:30 pm, Multnomah County Boardroom, 501 SE Hawthorne. View the video recording here.
  • The 20-minute video of the highlights from the discussion of Education Innovations is here.
  • October 21, 2019 (Monday)  – Election Forum on local ballot measures in the November 5 Special Election, 6:30-8:30 pm, Multnomah County Boardroom, 501 SE Hawthorne.  View the recordings under November 5 Special Election here.
  • November 12, 2019 – Portland’s City Government – Results of the study by the League of Women Voters of Portland on criteria for effective governments and whether the structure of our current city government is serving us effectively. 7:00-8:30 pm, Multnomah County Boardroom, 501 SE Hawthorne. You can view the video recording here.
  • March 10, 2020, Privacy and Cybersecurity Today, panel discussion with presentations by LWV of Oregon President Becky Gladstone with an overview of the LWVOR study, Director of Multnomah County Elections Tim Scott on election security, and Lane Powell attorney Emily Maass on corporate and personal security, 7:00-8:30 pm, Multnomah County Boardroom, 501 SE Hawthorne.
  • Our plans for April 7, April 23 and April 28, 2020 Primary Election Forums were cancelled due to the coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings. Instead, the League interviewed dozens of Primary Election candidates via Zoom and created a Video Voters’ Guide.

Check back to this page soon for other events.

2018-19 programs

The theme for 2018-19 was Justice. Links to the videos of these programs are below.

highlights video excerpts from 2017-2020 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  20-minute “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

Working Women’s Rights Highlights

Education Innovations 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