Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Congregation Beth Am
26790 Arastradero Rd.
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Immigration Conversation.
Raj Matha, primary news anchor at NBC-owned KNTV in the San Francisco Bay Area, will moderate a conversation with Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, and Evelyn Rengal-Medina, Executive Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of the Bay Area at ROC-United.

Ali Noorani is the author of the new book: There Goes The Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration.

Since its founding in 1982, the National Immigration Forum has advocated for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation. The Forum is one of the few organizations in this field to work across a broad political spectrum both nationally and locally.

The Restaurant Opportunities United (ROC-United) engages workers, employers and consumers to improve the wages and working conditions in the restaurant industry.

Please submit questions to: and include "Immigration" in the subject line. We will also take questions from the audience that evening.

RSVP on Eventbrite.

Monday, October 23, 2017
Villa Ragusa
35 S. 2nd St.
Campbell, CA 95008
Beyond the Messy Truth.
A Commonwealth Club presentation/discussion with:

Van Jones - Political Contributor, CNN and Author of the book: Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together

Moderated by:

Evan Low - California Assembly Member, District 28

For more details, registration, .

Time: 6:15 p.m. check-in, 7:00 p.m. program, 8:00 p.m. book signing

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Quinlan Community Center
Cupertino Room
10185 N. Stelling Road
Cupertino, CA 95014
An Impartial Judiciary: A Cornerstone of Democracy.
Our Constitution designed a government based on three equal branches: the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary. The news often covers the first two branches and rarely discusses the Judiciary beyond court decisions. This educational forum will explore the meaning of judicial impartiality and independence, as well as some of the rules that govern how judges work.


  • Judge Carol A. Corrigan, California Supreme Court Associate Justice
  • Judge Rise J. Pichon, Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Attorney John Steele, Expert on Canons of Judicial Conduct

Reception 6:00-6:45

Forum 7:00-8:30

Free and open to the public, but please reserve your spot:

Sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Saratoga Library
13650 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070
Can We Get Rid of the Electoral College?.
Pulitzer Prize winning author, Professor Jack N. Rakove, will provide a historical context of the Electoral College and present information on how it has affected politics in our country. The program will explore what it would take to do away with the Electoral College and have the U.S. presidency determined by national popular vote.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Saratoga Library and the LWV of Southwest Santa Clara Valley.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Oren's Hummus Shop
19419 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
A Conversation on Housing.
Join us for some great food and conversation about our region's housing challenges and what we can do to solve them. We have a table for 8, so please email if you would like to attend. This is sponsored by Silicon Valley Community Foundation with more info. on this event available at