Making Democracy Work


Calendar of Events

Events listed here are open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

** denotes events sponsored or co-sponsored by LWVPA. Please note that co-sponsorship of an event does not imply endorsement of any of the speakers, groups, or the points of view expressed.

Date & Time        Place        Description
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Noon - 1 pm
Midpen Media Center
900 San Antonio Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
** Defining the Limits of Free Speech. Hate Speech and its Impact on Civic Engagement.

Join us for a timely discussion about our First Amendment rights with Berkeley Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, author of Free Speech on Campus and co-chair of the board of the new National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement in Washington, D.C. Click here for more information about Dean Chemerinsky.

He is the author of ten books and has written numerous op-eds for newspapers across the country. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court. In January 2017, National Jurist magazine again named Dean Chemerinsky the most influential person in legal education in the United States.

Seating is limited so if you would like to attend, please RSVP early at or 650-903-0600. Reservations will be taken no later than March 25.

This event is free and open to the public, and there is plenty of parking in the lot or on the street. Click here for the flyer.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto.
Co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Am
AAUW Palo Alto Branch
ACLU Mid-Peninsula Chapter
South San Mateo County League of Women Voters
1st Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto Social Justice Ministry
University AME Zion Church and
Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice.
Endorsed by the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
7 - 9:30 pm
PCC Building, Raptor Room
3921 E. Bayshore Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
** LWVPA Board Meeting - All members are welcome.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
6 - 8 pm
Morrison & Foerster
755 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94306
** Affordable Below Market Rate Housing 101.
Presented by Danny Ross, Senior Development Manager, Palo Alto Housing, the primary affordable housing developer in Palo Alto.

Learn how affordable below-market-rate housing gets built. Who builds this type of housing? How is it financed? And how come we don't see more of it?

RSVP here.

This event is sponsored by Palo Alto Forward and the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto.

Saturday, April 7, 2018
1-4 pm
Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
728 Fremont Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Civil Discourse Facilitator Training Workshop. How can we talk WITH each other? Not over, not in confrontation, but with empathy and respect.

Negative, destructive and confrontational approaches to communicating seem to be the norm today, creating division and inhibiting practical problem solving in our country. The Civil Discourse movement is aimed at reviving civility in our public discourse and addresses the need to change the tone of our current politics.

The workshop will include interactive exercises and role playing. What We Will Learn:

  • Principles of civil discourse in action
  • How to conduct Civil Public Dialogues that inform, engage and resolve
  • The ways role play can provide alternative perspectives on an issue
  • How to facilitate & participate in the process

The cost is $15 to cover room, materials & refreshments.

Note: Fellowship Hall is in the middle of the campus. See the Campus Map.

For the flyer, click here. To register, click here: Civil Discourse Workshop.

Open to members of the League and other invited organizations.

Monday, April 9, 2018
7 - 9 pm
Palo Alto High School
Performing Arts Center
50 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301
**How do we know what's true anymore?.

Join us for an important event about assessing the credibility of information in our world.

Democracy requires well-informed voters to thrive. Yet truth and facts are under assault from misinformation, disinformation, propaganda and fake news. Do YOU know how to assess what's true and accurate? Learn strategies, tips and tools to gauge the credibility of information from experts at Snopes, Google, Facebook, Stanford University, Data for Democracy and the Institute for the Future.

RSVP here.

This event is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto PTA Council.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
7 - 9 pm
PCC Building, Raptor Room
3921 E. Bayshore Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
** LWVPA Board Meeting - All members are welcome.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
San Pablo Library
Community Room
13751 San Pablo Avenue
San Pablo, CA 94806
2018 LWV Bay Area Biennial Convention. Networking and Business Meeting.

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Networking | Continental Breakfast
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Business Meeting

All members invited

$25 per League for all voting delegates
$10 per person for each non-voting delegate

More information will be coming.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
7:00 pm
Cupertino Community Hall
10350 Torre Avenue
Cupertino, CA 95014
Candidates Forum for County Sheriff AND Pros & Cons. The Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County present a candidates forum for the office of County Sheriff. The one-hour candidates forum will be followed by one hour of Pros and Cons of the June 5 Primary Election ballot measures.