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, June 11, 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 June book is Melinda Gates's The Moment of Lift
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
5:30 p.m.
Southwest Harbor Public Library
338 Main St
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
Suffrage Talk with the League of Women Voters. Two voting rights activists, Ann Luther and Sheila Kirby, will be at the Southwest Harbor Public Library for an event commemorating the 19th Amendment. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, when women won the right to vote. This presentation not only celebrates that historic victory and the women who led the movement, but it also provides a sober reflection on the compromises that split the movement and left many voters behind--choices that continue to echo 100 years later. Ann and Sheila will end with a brief overview of the work that remains to be done.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
1:00 p.m.
93 Main Coffee Shop
93 Main St
Unity, ME 04944
A Conversation. Ann Luther from the League of Women Voters of Maine and moderator of the Democracy Forum on WERU community radio (89.9 FM Blue Hill; weru.org) will discuss the mission of the League of Women Voters of Maine, voter participation, the League's Legislative Advocacy Priorities and your questions! FMI: jean@93Main.com
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Jesup Memorial Library
34 Mt. Desert St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Disenfranchised Voters and the History of Voting in Maine with the League of Women Voters. Join Rhea Côté Robbins, Maulian Dana and Anna Keller at the Jesup Memorial Library for a panel discussion about how the passing of the 19th Amendment was both an incredible feat but also incomplete in its mission. While many people campaigned for the 19th Amendment, many of these same people could still not vote until many years later. Côté Robbins is a founder and Executive Director of the Franco-American Women's Institute, which is an organization to promote awareness about the contributions of the Franco-American women to the culture, their families and the communities they live in. Dana is a Penobscot Tribal Citizen and serves as the appointed Ambassador for the Nation. She was appointed by Chief and Council in 2017 and reappointed to a four-year term in 2018. This position serves as the government relations representative for local, state and federal governments. Keller is the executive director of the League of Women Voters Maine.
Friday, June 21, 2019
10:00-11:00 a.m.
WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, streaming at weru.org Democracy Forum -- Town Meeting: "Doing Democracy" in Your Town. LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We will talk about practicing politics and democracy at the most personal level, in local government, and the unusual experience we enjoy in the form of the New England town meeting. Does the town meeting still work? Is participation up or down? Is partisanship creeping in? Is money "from away" taking more of an interest? If you've never been, what do you need to know? We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show. Special Guests: Susan Clark, author and facilitator focusing on community sustainability and citizen participation; Susan Lessard, Bucksport Town Manager; and Dick Thompson, moderator for Towns of Palermo, China, Vassalboro, and others.
Monday, June 24, 2019
5:30pm
Maine Center for Economic Policy
1 Weston St. Suite 3
Augusta, ME 04330
LWV Augusta Chapter Meeting. Follow up to the voter registration training from the last meeting. We'll do some roll playing and answer questions. Discussion about where to run voter registration drives. Planning for celebrating the League's 100th Birthday.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Jesup Memorial Library
34 Mt. Desert St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
"How Good Are the Brakes on This Train?" with Burt Neuborne. Neuborne will talk about the health (or lack thereof) of the constitutional braking mechanisms -- a well-functioning representative democracy; the two Bills of Rights protecting autonomy and equality; separation of powers; federalism; and judicial review, which was installed, first, by the original Founders who focused on protecting autonomy, and then the protection of equality added by the post-Civil War Founders designed to slow down runaway democratic trains. Neuborne is one of the nation's foremost civil liberties lawyers, teachers, and scholars. He is the founding legal director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Neuborne has served as national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, special counsel to the National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund, and member of the New York City Human Rights Commission.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
5:30pm
Maine State Museum
230 State St.
Augusta, ME 04330
Action Under the Dome Forum. Join us to reflect on the 129th legislative session which included over 400 bills related to voting access, reducing the influence of big money in politics, and increasing election security. Discussion leaders are Anne Kellar, Executive Director of Democracy Maine, and Gina Coppens, leader of the Augusta Chapter of League of Women Voters of Maine.

Come early and spend some time exploring Maine State Museum's newest exhibit, Women's Long Road -- 100 Years to the Vote.

Thursday, June 27, 2019
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV Downeast Book Group. Our book for June is Charles C. Mann's 2005 book, 1491: New Revelations of the Americans before Columbus. Everyone welcome. Great snacks.

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

Thursday, July 4, 2019
5:30 p.m.
Machias Memorial High School
1 Bulldog La.
Machias, ME 04654
Machias 4th of July Parade. Join the local League of Women Voters members and volunteers marching in the Machias 4th of July Parade. See Machias League page for details. Meet at Machias Memorial High School at 5:30 pm. The parade starts at 6 pm. Contact Meghan at machias@lwvme.org for more information.
Tuesday, July 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 July book is the Mueller Report
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Jesup Memorial Library
34 Mt. Desert St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
"Law and Legitimacy in the Supreme Court" with Richard H. Fallon, Jr.. Fallon will discuss what is "law" in the Supreme Court and what do people mean when they talk about "legitimacy" in the court. He will also talk about the practical implications, so far, of having had Brett Kavanaugh replace Anthony Kennedy on the Court. He will also speak about some of the court's biggest decisions of the year -- involving gerrymandering and the census. Fallon joined the Harvard Law School faculty as an assistant professor in 1982, was promoted to full professor in 1987, and is currently the Story Professor of Law and an Affiliate Professor in the Harvard University Government Department.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Jesup Memorial Library
34 Mt. Desert St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
"Saving America Once Again -- Comparing the Tea Party and the anti-Trump Resistance" with Theda Skocpol. Skocpol will speak about both the grassroots spread of more than a thousand local Tea Parties starting in 2009 and the current spread of at least as many local resistance groups as instances of an electorally sparked citizen movement aimed at fostering participation and redirecting public agendas and party politics. Both times, citizens horrified at the election of a president and Congress at the opposite end of the partisan spectrum mobilized to "save America" as they believe it should be. She will look at the characteristics and views of grassroots participants, as well as the structure and activities of local groups and the interplay of national and local efforts in these movements. Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University. Over the last two decades, her research has primarily focused on health care reform, public policy, and civic engagement amidst the shifting inequalities in American democracy.
Tuesday, August 13, 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 August book is Carol Anderson's One Person, No Vote