Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

Interested in attending a public forum, discussion group, social event, or membership or Board meeting?

Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, January 19, 2017
7-9pm
Alameda Hospital
Conference Room C
2070 Clinton Ave
Alameda, Ca 94501
LWVA Board Meeting.

All LWVA members are welcome to attend.


Friday, January 20, 2017
8-11am
Alameda Free Library
Regina K. Stafford Community Meeting Room
1550 Oak St.
Alameda, CA 94501

510-747-7713
Inauguration Day - Community Gathering.

Come and view the inauguration with others from our Alameda Community. Event co-sponsored with the Alameda Free Library.

Activities in the nation's capital will begin at 7 a.m. PST. The new President and Vice President will take the oath of office on the steps of the Capitol at 9 a.m. PST. The parade down Pennsylvania Avenue will follow the swearing-in ceremony.

Saturday, January 21, 2017
10 - 3pm
Madison Park
8th St & Madison
Oakland
The Women's March.

The Women's March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. We gather in community to find healing and strength through tolerance, civility, and compassion. There are more than 270 solidarity marches being planned in all 50 states, 2 territories, and in 33 countries around the world, with expected participation of more than 500,000 individuals.

We welcome all people to join us as we unite locally and nationally.

Read more about the purpose of the march.

Contribute and support your march today! Any amount will help.

Sign up to volunteer.

Visit the Women's March Oakland for more details.

Download the flyer and pass it along.

Join us on January 21, 2017.

The Alameda League will participate in the Oakland March. To join us, please contact Georgia. For information about the LWVUS position, please download the letter.

We will meet in the Laney College parking lot, near the intersection of 7th Street & Fallon Street (a short walk from the Lake Merritt BART station.) Do not plan to park in the Laney lot; a Faculty/Staff/Student parking permit is needed.

Please arrive by 10:45am, and look for a parked car with five blue mylar ballons floating aloft.

Parking in downtown Oakland will be limited. Instead of driving, plan to take public or other forms of transportation.

SHUTTLE BUS:

$10 roundtrip from South Shore Shopping Center to the BART Fruitvale Station. Space is limited, secure your spot soon.

BART & AC TRANSIT BUS:

BART -- Fruitvale Station - Single Ride - $1.95 (Buy roundtrip ticket at Fruitvale.) - To Downtown Oakland: Northbound Platform + Take any train + SF/Daly City or Richmond, and get off at next station + Lake Merritt Trains run every 6-7 minutes. To find schedules click here.

BART Parking - BART lots -- no charge on weekends. Private Lots: Fruitvale Village -- $6/2 hours to $15/all day

BART -- From Downtown Oakland - Single Ride - $1.95 Walk to 12th Street and Broadway (Civic Center), walk downstairs to the station and board a Fremont bound train. Get off at next stop, Fruitvale.

AC TRANSIT LINES - Alameda to Fruitvale Bart - Single Ride - $2.10, Senior - $1.05 - Routes 21, O, 51A and 19. To find routes, stops and schedule click here.

BIKING:

Bike East Bay's valet bike parking will be open at Frank Ogawa Plaza from 9am to 4pm on January 21 for the Women's March. We are almost positive that the location will be in the walkway next to City Hall that leads out to Clay Street.

- BikeLink lockers at Lake Merritt station
- Bike racks in Frank Ogawa Plaza (use a U-Lock!)
- Bike rack in front of the Oakland Museum of California (U-Lock)

Please note that the 19th Street bike station is open only weekdays and will not open for the Women's March.

Bike East Bay is seeking volunteers for the valet station. Please share the sign-up with those who might be interested in helping out.

LYFT:

LYFT has a discount code offering $10 off 1 ride, 30-day expiration.

The code is: WMBAYAREA. The code can be redeemed in the 'promos' section of the app, or can be redeemed by entering a phone number at LYFT.

Monday, January 23, 2017
3-4:30pm
Applebee's Restaurant
2263 S Shore Ctr
Alameda, CA 94501
Monthly Book Club Meeting.

Credit Sonny Figueroa/The New York Times THE UNWINDING: An Inner History of the New America, by George Packer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

It's possible that the book that best explains the American that elected Donald J. Trump appeared more than three years ago. In "The Unwinding," George Packer took a wide-angled look at this country's institutions and mores and was appalled by what he found. The book begins like a horror novel, which to some extent it is. "No one can say when the unwinding began," he writes, "when the coil that held Americans together in its secure and sometimes stifling grip first gave way." What follows are profiles and meditations on personalities as diverse as Sam Walton, Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Warren and Newt Gingrich. He describes how Mr. Gingrich's rhetoric, when he came to power in the late 1980s, changed the way elected leaders spoke to one another: "He gave them mustard gas, and they used it on every conceivable enemy, including him." His book hums with sorrow, outrage and compassion. (Dwight Garner)

Please join us at Applebees at 3pm for a lively discussion.

We meet the 4th Monday of each month (except holidays) in the back room of Applebee's restaurant in Southshore. We read non-fiction books, preferably paperbacks, chosen by the group upon the recommendation of one of us who has read the book. Discussion is lively, interesting, and challenging.

Anyone thinking of becoming a member and who has read the book is invited to attend.

Contact Felice Zensius for more information.

To recommend a book, please refer to the Book Club Recommendation guidelines.

Thursday, January 26, 2017
7-9pm
Alameda Hospital
Conference Room A
2070 Clinton Ave
Alameda, Ca 94501
Program Planning Meeting.

All members are encouraged to attend the LWVA's annual planning meeting to set Education and/or Advocacy Priorities for the State League for the next two years. The outcome will influence our local programming. Leagues all over California will engage in this grassroots process of priority setting. As members of LWVA we have both the opportunity and the responsibility to indicate which issues we believe our state League should emphasize in 2017-2018.

Download the invitation letter from LWVA President, Alice Fried.

Saturday, January 28, 2017
9 - 3pm
Camden Community Center
3369 Union Ave.
San Jose, CA 95124
Bay Area League Day.

Topic: "Focus on Housing"

Keynote Speaker: Tony Thurmond, Assemblymember, District 15

Four Panel discussions on the current housing situation in the Bay Area:

Measuring the Affordability Gap & Its Impact The Relationship Between Housing Production & Affordability, & Displacement in the San Francisco Bay Area State, Regional & Local Roles in Addressing Affordability The Agenda Moving Forward

Visit Bay Area LWV for more information or download the flyer.

Friday, February 3, 2017
5:30
Shirasoni
2660 5th St
Alameda, CA 94501

United States
First Friday Social Dinner.

Come and enjoy good food and conversation with LWVA members at Shirasoni.

Please RSVP to Anne McKereghan or 510-407-0175 by 5:00PM on Thursday.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Alameda Free Library
1550 Oak Street
Alameda, California 94501
American Muslim Fact vs Fiction: A Dialogue.

This workshop gives participants the chance to delve deeper into the teachings and practice of Islam. Issues such as cultural interpretations of the role of women in Muslim communities, Sharia Law, the influence of Wahabism, misconceptions of American Muslims, how Muslim mosques can reach out to local communities and the role that organizations and interfaith groups can play in promoting post -election healing will be discussed.

A panel presentation and question and answer session from the audience is included.

Speakers to be announced.

Cosponsors: American Association of University Women and Friends of the Library of Alameda.

RSVP online.

Download flyer

Thursday, February 16, 2017
7-9pm
Alameda Hospital
Conference Room C
2070 Clinton Ave
Alameda, Ca 94501
LWVA Board Meeting.

All LWVA members are welcome to attend.


Sunday, February 26, 2017
2-4pm
169 Sable Pointe
Bay Farm Island
Alameda, CA 94502
LWVA New Members Coffee/Tea.

Meet new members and old-timers!

Monday, February 27, 2017
3-4:30pm
Applebee's Restaurant
2263 S Shore Ctr
Alameda, CA 94501
Monthly Book Club Meeting.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (A black attorney who graduated Harvard Law and looks at what happens to blacks on death row in the South. He examines several individuals and it is fascinating.)

Please join us at Applebees at 3pm for a lively discussion.

We meet the 4th Monday of each month (except holidays) in the back room of Applebee's restaurant in Southshore. We read non-fiction books, preferably paperbacks, chosen by the group upon the recommendation of one of us who has read the book. Discussion is lively, interesting, and challenging.

Anyone thinking of becoming a member and who has read the book is invited to attend.

Contact Felice Zensius for more information.

To recommend a book, please refer to the Book Club Recommendation guidelines.

Thursday, March 16, 2017
7-9pm
Alameda Hospital
Conference Room C
2070 Clinton Ave
Alameda, Ca 94501
LWVA Board Meeting.

All LWVA members are welcome to attend.


Thursday, March 30, 2017
5:30-7:30pm
Community Center of Harbor Bay
3195 Mecartney Road
Alameda, CA 94501
Meet Your Public Officials (MYPO) Mixer & Fundraiser.

Speed date your representatives; auction, raffle, food, drinks. ENJOY!

Saturday, April 22, 2017
TBD
TBD High-School Student Speech Contest.

Topic: Should voting age be reduced to 16?

More information to come.

Sponsored by LWVA & College of Alameda

Thursday, April 27, 2017
7-9pm
TBD Community Forum: Electoral College vs The Popular Vote.

Expert panelist on what can be done to make our votes count.

More information to come.

Saturday, June 24, 2017
11:30-2pm
TBD LWVA Annual Meeting & Luncheon.

More information to come.