Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
7:30-9:30 am
Orono Public Library
39 Pine St.
Orono, ME 04473
Coffee and Conversation. The League of Women Voters is pleased to invite the public from the Greater Bangor Area to an informational meeting about the League of Women Voters. All are invited to join League members for coffee and conversation.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
5:45-7:30pm
To be determined Agriculture Study Consensus Meeting #2. Agriculture Study Consensus Meeting #2 will include the following questions and discussion:

Food Safety Food Labeling Animal Management, cont.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
7:00pm
Bangor Public Library Lecture Hall
145 Harlow St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Corporate Power in America's Statehouses. Speaker Alexander Hertel-Fernandez is a Fellow in the Kennedy School at Harvard University. He will speak on "Corporate Power in America's Statehouses." Rep. Adam Goode will offer comments from a Maine perspective, and this will be followed by questions and open discussion with the audience.

This event is cosponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Maine Scholars Strategy Network, and the Bangor Public Library.

Saturday, March 8, 2014
9am-5pm
Michael Klahr Center
University of Maine at Augusta
46 University Drive
Augsta, ME 04330
Maine Women's and Gender Studies Consortium Conference. This Conference, "Naming & Serving," offers an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and community members to reflect on the state of Women's and Gender Studies in Maine today, and to share the important scholarly and activist work that connects us to progressive education in our state, nation, and world.

Get more information here. League Board member, Val Marsh, will give one of the Flash Presentations just before 11:00. Her talk is titled, "The Work of Maine's Suffragists from 1900-1919."

Sunday, March 9, 2014
3pm
USM's Hannaford Hall
88 Bedford Street
Portland, ME 04104
Lawrence Lessig. Lawrence Lessig is coming to Portland, and you're invited!

Join our friends at MCCE for a dynamic presentation on money in American politics.

Professor Lessig is known for his unique and captivating presentation style, and his topic could not be more timely or important. Don't miss this!

Free and open to the public. Garage parking is available at no cost.

Mark your calendar, and RSVP today. Invite your friends, too!

Monday, March 17, 2014
5-6:30 pm
Rines Auditorium
Portland Public Library
5 Monument Way
Portland, ME 04101
Moot Court: Is Ranked Choice Voting Constitutional in Maine. The Maine Constitution stipulates that the governor and legislative offices be elected by "a plurality of all votes." Would ranked choice voting be constitutional in Maine? Is there a consensus? Come help us decide.

The League of Women Voters of Maine is sponsoring a Moot Court to explore the constitutionality of ranked choice voting in Maine. The audience will have an opportunity to weigh in both before and after the arguments and to discuss the issues with advocates and with the panel. Panelists include:

  • Catherine R. Connors of Pierce Atwood
  • James T. Kilbreth of Drummond Woodsum
  • Hon. Daniel E. Wathen of Pierce Atwood

The advocates for and against the question will be Timothy Shannon of Verrill Dana and John Brautigam of John Brautigam Esq. LLC. Our moderator will be H. Cabanne Howard.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
5:30-7:30pm
Portland Public Library
Room #2
5 Monument Way
Portland, ME 04101
Pathways to Civic Engagement. Join us for a conversation with various organization in Portland to learn more about and focus on the goals and strategies of new Mainers and how we can assist and encourage people to become engaged in their communities.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
5:30-7:30pm
Martha's House
40 Washington St.
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Agriculture Update Study Downeast - POSTPONED to April 2. Please join us. We'll be working on the consensus questions from the LWVUS Agriculture Update Study. Please bring with you the annotated list of consensus questions. We will work our way through the consensus questions starting at the beginning.

Please phone Martha at 667-5863 or email her at marthad@gwi.net to confirm you will be there.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
6:30-8pm
Morrell Meeting Room
Curtis Memorial Library
23 Pleasant St.
Brunswick, ME 04011
Supporting Agriculture: What Policies and Why. From the US Farm Bill to very personal decisions about what to feed our families, we are all part of very complex agricultural systems.

Join League members from the Portland Area League of Women Voters as they present a panel discussion sharing their process and insights from a year-long study of agricultural issues.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
5:30-7:30pm
Martha's House
40 Washington St.
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Agriculture Update Study Downeast. Please join us. We'll be working on the consensus questions from the LWVUS Agriculture Update Study. Please bring with you the annotated list of consensus questions. We will work our way through the consensus questions starting at the beginning.

Please phone Martha at 667-5863 or email her at marthad@gwi.net to confirm you will be there.

Monday, April 7, 2014
Voter Registration Drive
Various High School Locations
Portland, ME
Voter Registration Drive. We are registering young voters for the month of April. League Volunteers Needed!! Rewarding Experience! Training Provided! Call Karla Wight at 210-6572 or e-mail us at lwvportland@maine.rr.com
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
5:45-7:30pm
Preti-Flaherty Meeting Room
Floor P (top floor)
1 City Center
Portland, ME 04101
Agriculture Consensus Meeting #2. Agriculture Study Consensus Meeting #2 will include the following questions and discussion:

Food Safety Food Labeling Animal Management, cont.

Saturday, May 3, 2014-Sunday, May 4, 2014
 
Hampton Inn & Suites
900 Post Road
Wells, ME 04090
Quad States Leadership Development Conference. Register now for the League's eighth annual Quad States Leadership Development Conference! State League leaders from ME, NH, RI and VT have been developing an agenda for this year that is sure to be the best yet. And this year, MA and CR will join us!

We will gather once again at the Hampton Inn in Wells, ME. With energy production and distribution currently a "hot topic," this year's focus topic will be Energy and Energy Efficiency.