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, 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.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV Downeast Book Group POSTPONED. Our book for February and March is Jill Lepore's recent book, These Truths: A history of the United States. It's a long book, so we have resolved to read the first two parts (about 275 pages) for the February meeting, then decide whether to finish it off in one more sitting or two. Everyone welcome. Great snacks.

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

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.
Friday, February 15, 2019
10-11:00 a.m.
WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org Democracy Forum -- The Free Press and a Functioning Democracy. LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. This month, we'll talk about democracy, journalism, the state of play in American news. Can fact-based journalism survive? Can democracy survive otherwise? We'll take listener questions by email at info@weru.org with "Democracy Forum" in the subject line. This program is being produced with support from the Maine Humanities Council. Special Guests: Earl Brechlin, founding editor of the award-winning weekly newspaper, the Mount Desert Islander, and former editor of the Bar Harbor Times; Burt Neuborne, Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties and founding Legal Director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School; and Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of the PBS Newshour.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV Downeast Book Group. Our book for February and March is Jill Lepore's recent book, These Truths: A history of the United States. It's a long book, so we have resolved to read the first two parts (about 275 pages) for the February meeting, then decide whether to finish it off in one more sitting or two. Everyone welcome. Great snacks.

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

Monday, February 25, 2019
5:30 p.m.
First Amendment Museum (Next to the Blaine House)
184 State St.
Augusta, ME 04330
Launch of the Augusta Chapter of the LWVME. This first meeting will discuss benefits of League membership and develop our plans for activities in the Augusta area. Please join us!
Saturday, March 2, 2019
2:00 p.m.
Moore Community Center
133 State Street
Ellsworth, Me 04605
Panel Discussion: Free Press: Enemy of the People?. This panel discussion on Journalism and Democracy features a conversation between a panel of speakers and members of our community reflecting on the importance of a free press in a functioning democracy and the challenges facing us today. The panelists will be John Christie, Irwin Gratz, Liz Graves, and Joseph Reisert. This event is free and open to the public. A wine and cheese reception will follow.

In partnership with WERU FM, the Ellsworth American, and the Mount Desert Islander under a grant from the Maine Humanities Council.

Tuesday, March 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. Don't miss. Everyone welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.
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
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
5:30-7:45pm
Friend's Community Room
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St.
Rockland, ME 04841
LWV Midcoast Film Screening: Equal Means Equal. March is National Women's History Month designated, since 1980, to honor women's contributions in American history. Come join us to celebrate women in America!

And to look at unfinished business. We invite you to a screening of "Equal Means Equal", a powerful 90-minute documentary on the status of women's rights in America. This 2016 film reveals the inadequacies in present laws protecting women and demonstrates the need for a ratified Equal Rights Amendment.

Friday, April 5, 2019-Sunday, April 7, 2019
 
York County Community College
112 College Drive
Wells ME 04090
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. More information and registration here.
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.