Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

Defenders of Democracy meet here! Everyone welcome.

Date & Time        Place        Description
Sunday, June 24, 2018
2:30-5:40 pm
Falls Church Community Center
Art Room
300 Park Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046
Plan the Democracy Agenda!. Grab the sharpie markers and post-it notes! It's time to think democracy agenda and strategy. Join this meet up to see how you can get involved and what committees need your help!

RSVP here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
6:30-8:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist
Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington, VA
DREAM Project: Experiencing the Lives of the DACA and Dreamer Kids. LWV members invite you to another Sips & Civility event - and a look into the lives, the hopes and the dangers of DACA and Dreamer Kids.

Hear from Robert Remes, attorney from the Dream Project, who will update us on the increased dangers these dreamers face in the current environment and what you can do to help them through their scholarship or mentoring programs.

Food provided by Cafe Sazon.

Cost $20 per person to cover the cost of food and room rental. Any profit will be donated to the Dream Project. Let us know if you are coming!

RSVP: by email at or on Eventbrite at

Thursday, June 28, 2018-Sunday, July 1, 2018
All Day
Hilton Chicago
720 S, Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
LWVUS Convention.. Meet other activists from around the country. Learn about policies other League members are working on--redistricting, voter rights, money in politics, health care reform, and environmental priorities. Vote for officers. Vote on positions (we do advocacy on these!). Vote our priorities as an organization. Learn how to be an effective activists! Learn how to make democracy work!

Registration required. Check for updates and additional information after October 2017. Click Here for more information.

Thursday, June 28, 2018
6:30-8:30 pm
Georgetown School of Continuing Studies
640 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, D.C.
Show me the money: How did we win dedicated funding and where do we go from here?. A year ago, winning dedicated funding for Metro didn't seem possible. Now, the impossible happened. With funding in hand, how did we win and what do we do from here?

Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth and two expert panels to talk about how we finally won the fight for dedicated funding and what needs to happen now that Metro has the money.

  • ASL interpretation provided


During the first panel, we'll take a look back at the last year. Who were the major players? How did all three jurisdictions come together to take this historic step? Then, we'll look forward: with dedicated funding in hand, what will it buy us?

Join us for a fireside chat with key players, politicians, campaign insiders, and outside observers on how we got to where we are and how we can move forward to solidify a sustainable future for Metro.

Confirmed speakers:

Clare Flannery, MetroNow

Kirk Hovenkotter, TransitCenter

Kate Mattice, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission

Joe McAndrew, Greater Washington Partnership

Bob McCartney, The Washington Post

Dru Schmidt-Perkins, Former Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Maryland

Joanne Tang, Greater Greater Washington

Thursday, July 12, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Arlington Mill Community Center
909 S Dinwiddie St.
Arlington, VA 22204.
Gerrymandering & the Future of Popular Sovereignty. Hosted by our friends in the LWV of Arlington. Professor Michael Latner, a Voting Rights Fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists, will speak on Gerrymandering and the Future of Popular Sovereignty.
Saturday, August 11, 2018-Sunday, August 12, 2018
More TBA
Virginia Civic Engagement Table Annual Advocacy Training. Save the date! Learn the skills to be a confident and effective advocate!

Contact Laura Polk at if you are interested in being part of the planning team for this event.

Saturday, August 11, 2018
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (2nd floor)
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, MD
Creating Strong Leagues: A Leadership-Membership Workshop. Skill Building for all.

Get Out the Vote Strategies

LWVUS Transformational Journey

Is Social Media Reaching our Targets?

Join us in sharing our collective knowledge with this great opportunity for area Leagues! It is open to all interested League members and a great way for new members to learn about the League.

There is no charge and lunch is on your own in nearby eateries.

Registration at EventBrite here.

More information at information at

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Falls Church Community Center
223 Little Falls St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
Will 2019 be the year of the 'End gerrymandering' constitutional amendment?. More info coming. Stay tuned and mark your calendar!