Making Democracy Work

Events Coming Up


We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Tuesday, January 1, 2019-Tuesday, December 31, 2019
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Various around the state, including the Greater Portland Area, Bangor, Lewiston, and Acadia National Park Naturalization Ceremonies. Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more dates and information at peg.balano@gmail.com. New Citizens Register to Vote
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
5:30 p.m.
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Bangor League Meeting and Book Discussion. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for League business, dinner, and a book discussion. The January book is Lee McIntyre's Post-Truth.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
5:30 p.m.
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St.
Rockland, ME 04841
Midcoast League Monthly Meeting. Normally the first Tuesday of each month, rescheduled for this month only. Join League members in the Midcoast area to work on projects for the coming year. Everyone welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV Downeast Book Group. Our book for January is Cyberwar: How Russian Hackeers and Trolls Helped Elect a President, What we Don't, Can't, and Do Know. by Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Everyone welcome. Great snacks.

Email RSVP or for more information at downeast@lwvme.org.

Thursday, January 17, 2019
4:00 p.m.
Online Advocacy Training Webinar Part 4. Build your advocacy skills. Learn about the legislative process. Discover opportunities to volunteer. Help us in our work on better election, voting rights, ethics in government, and money in politics. More information at here
Friday, January 18, 2019
10-11:00 a.m.
WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org Democracy Forum -- Election 2018: What Happened and What Does It Mean?. LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. This month, we'll talk about cyber attacks on elections, weaponizing misinformation, social media, and disinformation. Is this the new normal? Can democracy survive? We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show. Special Guests: Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, the Walter and Leonore Director of the university's Annenberg Public Policy Center, and Program Director of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands; and Jamie McKown, Faculty, Government & Polity at the College of the Atlantic and James Russell Wiggins Chair in Government and Polity. Learn more.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Waynflete Student Center
64 Emery St.
Portland, ME 04101
"Can We?" Student Event at Waynflete. The "Can We?" Project is an experiment in revitalizing democracy that engages young people in civic discourse and takes direct aim at bridging the deepest societal divides through dialogue and curiosity. The project recruited 29 high school students with diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and political viewpoints from six equally diverse public schools and Waynflete. A four-month multi-faceted program helped participants cultivate empathy, bridge differences through honest conversation, learn how to propose solutions to pressing and politically contentious issues in Maine, and finally, present their ideas to gubernatorial candidates last spring in an interactive forum.

Because of its success, past participants and adult program creators are now working to replicate the model in other parts of the country. You will hear from several students and adults who were directly involved and who are excited to present their work to the League of Women Voters.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
5:00 p.m.
Payson Smith Hall, Room 303
University of Southern Maine
96 Falmouth St.
Portland, ME 04103
Strategy Session: Making Maine's Democracy the Best in the Nation. Join the League of Women Voters of Maine and our partners at Maine Citizens for Clean Elections to brainstorm ways of achieving our 2019 legislative goals. Hosted by Executive Director. This event is free an open to the public. FMI: contact Sarah@lwvme.org.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
5:30 p.m.
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St.
Rockland, ME 04841
Midcoast League Monthly Meeting. The first Tuesday of each month, except for holidays. Join League members in the Midcoast area to work on projects for the coming year. This month, we will be joined by LWVME Executive Director, Anna Kellar. Don't miss. Everyone welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
5:30 p.m.
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Bangor League Meeting and Book Discussion. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for League business, dinner, and a book discussion. The February book is Dan Egan's Death and Life of the Great Lakes.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Riverton Branch
Portland Public Library
1600 Forest Ave.
Portland, ME 04103
LWV-Portland Area Book Discussion. The book will be Jon Meacham's Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
Thursday, February 14, 2019
9:00 a.m.
Maine State House Welcome Center
210 State St,
Augusta, ME 04333
Democracy Partnership Advocacy Day. The League and MCCE collaborate on this Advocacy Day -- an annual opportunity for League members and other supporters of a fair, equitable, and democratic process to advocate for our priority issues in Augusta. Advocacy Day will begin on February 14, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. at the Maine State House Welcome Center. This event is free and open to the public. More information here.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
5:30 p.m.
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Bangor League Meeting and Book Discussion. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for League business, dinner, and a book discussion. The March book is Kathleen Hall Jamieson's Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President
Friday, April 5, 2019-Sunday, April 7, 2019
 
Southern Maine
To be Announced
New England States Leadership Development Conference. Save the date. It will be six states again this year! State League leaders from CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT are developing an agenda for this year that is sure to be the best yet.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
5:30 p.m.
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Bangor League Meeting and Book Discussion. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for League business, dinner, and a book discussion. The April book is Lauren Hilgers's Patriot Number One: American Dreams in China Town.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Riverton Branch
Portland Public Library
1600 Forest Ave.
Portland, ME 04103
LWV-Portland Area Book Discussion. The book will be Tommy Orange's There There
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
5:30 p.m.
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Bangor League Meeting and Book Discussion. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for League business, dinner, and a book discussion. The May book is Casey Gerald's There Will Be No Miracles Here.