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Date & TimePlaceDescription
Thursday
Mar 26, 2020
2:00 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 04841
CANCELLED: The Struggle for Women's Suffrage: Revisiting Our History, Rededicating Our Future

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment when women won the right to vote. This presentation, co-sponsored by the Rockland Public Library, celebrates that historic victory and the women who led the effort, while also providing a sober reflection on the compromises that split the movement and left many voters behind, choices that continue to echo 100 years later. The talk will end with a brief overview of the work that remains to be done. We will meet in the Community Room. For more information, email Midcoast@lwvme.org.

Thursday
Mar 26, 2020
9:00 am
Portland, South Portland Or Westbrook (tbd)CANCELLED: Neighbor to Neighbor Voting

Neighbor to Neighbor Voting is a project of the League of Women Voters of Maine designed to increase voter engagement and participation in our political process through canvassing neighborhoods with low voter participation.
Sign up here 

Wednesday
Mar 25, 2020
3:30 pm
Southern Maine Community College
2 Fort Rd
South Portland 04106
CANCELLED: "Iron Jawed Angels" viewing

Fiery American suffragist Alice Paul lights a fire under women's leaders in Washington DC when President Wilson refuses to give all women the vote.  Help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. Reception (and cake!) from 3:30-4:00 pm before the showing of the film in Jewett Auditorium on Slocum Drive, Southern Maine Community College. Come enjoy the film and have your picture taken with a Maine suffragist.

Saturday
Mar 21, 2020
2:00 pm
Southwest Harbor Public Library
338 Main St
Southwest Harbor 04679
CANCELLED: The Struggle for Women's Suffrage: Revisiting Our History, Rededicating Our Future

To be rescheduled.

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment when women won the right to vote. This presentation celebrates that historic victory and the women who led the effort, while also providing a sober reflection on the compromises that split the movement and left many voters behind, choices that continue to echo 100 years later. The talk will end with a brief overview of the work that remains to be done.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, email circulation@swhplibrary.org.

Friday
Mar 20, 2020
4:00 pm
Weru 89.9 Fm Blue Hill
CANCELLED: Democracy Forum -- ERA: No Time Like the Present

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. This month, we will talk about where the Equal Rights Amendment stands now, the obstacles to its final ratification, and the validity of the time limit and the rescissions. We might also cover the path taken to ratification for some other expansive amendments, particularly including the Reconstruction Amendments. We will take listeners' questions by email, news@weru.org, during the second half of the show.

Special Guests: Carol Jenkins, Co-President and CEO, ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality, and Patricia E. Ryan, founding executive director of the Maine Human Rights Commission.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, streaming at weru.org

Saturday
Mar 14, 2020
12:00 pm
Moore Community Center
125 State St
Ellsworth 04605
LWV-Downeast Monthly Meeting - It's ON

Celebrate the 100th birthday of the League of Women Voters.

There will be cake!

Our guest will be LWVME Executive Director, Anna Kellar. Join us to learn more about the League's brave history and bold future as we move into our second century.

Friday
Mar 13, 2020
6:00 pm
Maine Craft Distilling
123 Washington Ave
Portland 04101
LWVME Centennial Celebration & Beer Launch

Join us in celebrating the 100th birthday of the League of Women Voters of Maine, founded in 1920 upon the passage of the 19th amendment.

In honor of this historic occasion, YES Brewing will be releasing a Mango Sour beer and Banded Brewing will be releasing "'Nineteen" Farmhouse Ale.

Maine Craft Distilling will also release a Not So Old Fashioned cocktail.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of all these commemorative beverages will go to support the League of Women Voters of Maine in our ongoing efforts to make democracy work in Maine!

Wednesday
Mar 11, 2020
6:00 pm
Luther Bonney Lecture Hall At Usm
85 Bedford St
Portland 04101
Every Vote Counts: Why the National Popular Vote matters

The LWVME, ACLU of MaineMaine Women's Lobby, Common Cause, Maine Conservation Voters, and National Popular Vote present a 3 city tour on why the National Popular Vote matters. Join us for a discussion about how the NPV works and how it works for you. Sen. Ray Haynes, a former Republican legislator from California and expert on NPV, will speak on this issue. Confirm your spot here.

The National Popular Vote guarantees the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes across all 50 states. The Compact ensures that every vote, in every state, will matter in every presidential election. It is a state-based approach that preserves the Electoral College, state control of elections, and the power of the states to control how the President is elected.

Excited about the National Popular Vote and ready to get more involved? Join us for a training session on how to be an effective advocate for NPV and learn about our plan to pass it in Maine. Sign up here for a session in Portland or in Bangor. 

Tuesday
Mar 10, 2020
6:00 pm
Mid-maine Chamber Of Commerce Board Room
50 Elm St
Waterville 04901
Every Vote Counts: Why the National Popular Vote matters

The LWVME, ACLU of MaineMaine Women's Lobby, Common Cause, Maine Conservation Voters, and National Popular Vote present a 3 city tour on why the National Popular Vote matters. Join us for a discussion about how the NPV works and how it works for you. Sen. Ray Haynes, a former Republican legislator from California and expert on NPV, will speak on this issue. Confirm your spot here.

The National Popular Vote guarantees the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes across all 50 states. The Compact ensures that every vote, in every state, will matter in every presidential election. It is a state-based approach that preserves the Electoral College, state control of elections, and the power of the states to control how the President is elected.

Excited about the National Popular Vote and ready to get more involved? Join us for a training session on how to be an effective advocate for NPV and learn about our plan to pass it in Maine. Sign up here for a session in Portland or in Bangor

Tuesday
Mar 10, 2020
5:30 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 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 How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblat.

Monday
Mar 9, 2020
6:00 pm
Bangor Public Library Lecture Hall
145 Harlow St
Bangor 04401
Every Vote Counts: Why the National Popular Vote matters

The LWVME, ACLU of MaineMaine Women's Lobby, Common Cause, Maine Conservation Voters, and National Popular Vote present a 3 city tour on why the National Popular Vote matters. Join us for a discussion about how the NPV works and how it works for you. Sen. Ray Haynes, a former Republican legislator from California and expert on NPV, will speak on this issue. Confirm your spot here.

The National Popular Vote guarantees the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes across all 50 states. The Compact ensures that every vote, in every state, will matter in every presidential election. It is a state-based approach that preserves the Electoral College, state control of elections, and the power of the states to control how the President is elected.

Excited about the National Popular Vote and ready to get more involved? Join us for a training session on how to be an effective advocate for NPV and learn about our plan to pass it in Maine. Sign up here for a session in Portland or in Bangor

Saturday
Mar 7, 2020
2:00 pm
Curtis Memorial Library
23 Pleasant St
Brunswick 04011
The Struggle for Women's Suffrage: Revisiting Our History, Rededicating Our Future

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment when women won the right to vote. This presentation celebrates that historic victory and the women who led the effort, while also providing a sober reflection on the compromises that split the movement and left many voters behind, choices that continue to echo 100 years later. The talk will end with a brief overview of the work that remains to be done. For more information, email brunswick@lwvme.org.

Tuesday
Mar 3, 2020
5:30 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 04841
LWV Midcoast Monthly Meeting

Come join our monthly meeting at the Rockland Public Library, Board Room. Help plan exciting new projects for the months ahead. New members are welcome! For more information, email midcoast@lwvme.org.

Thursday
Feb 27, 2020
9:00 am
Lewiston/ Auburn Or Bangor (tbd)Neighbor to Neighbor Voting

Neighbor to Neighbor Voting is a project of the League of Women Voters of Maine designed to increase voter engagement and participation in our political process through canvassing neighborhoods with low voter participation. Sign Up to Volunteer
 

Wednesday
Feb 26, 2020
6:00 pm
Coolidge Family Farm
1084 Lewiston Rd
New Gloucestr 04260
Maine Equal Rights Amendment: What it is & Why we need it!

Members of the public are invited! This event is sponsored by Equal Rights Maine, League of Women Voters Portland Area, and Rural Maine Rising.

Rep. Lois Reckitt will be leading a discussion of the Maine Equal Rights Amendment (LD 433). This legislative bill, referred to as the “Maine ERA,” would amend the Maine constitution to prohibit discrimination based on gender, which would benefit men as well as women.

Despite being introduced in the legislature every year since the 1980s, Maine has never added such language to our state constitution. This means that the only constitutionally protected right women have is the right to vote. Every other right they have has been won through statute or regulation, both of which are easier to undo than constitutional protections. Because LD 433 would amend the state constitution, ratification would require it to be approved by a two-thirds vote in both chambers of the legislature and passed by a majority of the voters approving the referendum question.

For more information, contact Anne Gass at 657-4935 or agassmaine@gmail.com.

Attendees are asked to park across the street at the AmVets Hall, 1095 Lewiston Road.

Sunday
Feb 23, 2020
2:00 pm
Mayo Regional Hospital Conference Center
897 W Main St
Dover Foxcroft 04426
Make Your Vote Count! A Maine Voter's Guide to the March Elections

The League of Women Voters presents all the information you need to vote in 2020, from registration to voting methods and March ballot issues.

Friday
Feb 21, 2020
4:00 pm
Weru 89.9 Fm Blue Hill
Democracy Forum -- Super Tuesday Comes to Maine March 3

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. This month, we will talk about Maine's first presidential primary in two decades. How is the presidential primary going to work, how will delegates to national conventions be apportioned and selected, what role will municipal caucuses continue to play, what will be the differences among the parties. We will take listeners' questions by email, news@weru.org, during the second half of the show.

Special Guests: Lisa Roberts, Executive Director of the Maine Democratic Party; and Kenneth Palmer, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Maine; and Richard Rosen, former Republican State Legislator and former Commissioner of the Maine State Department of Administrative and Financial Services

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, streaming at weru.org

Thursday
Feb 20, 2020
3:00 pm
Neighbor to Neighbor Bangor Canvass

Neighbor to Neighbor Voting is a project of the League of Women Voters of Maine designed to increase voter engagement and participation in our political process through canvassing neighborhoods with low voter participation. The project offers residents the opportunity to learn about the electoral process, registering to vote, requesting an absentee ballot, and changing one’s party affiliation before an election. This is a volunteer-based project: a neighbor talking to a neighbor. It is nonpartisan and intended to educate rather than to persuade. We partner with local property owners/managers, community leaders, and nonprofit organizations to foster a collaborative process.

Thursday
Feb 13, 2020
6:30 pm
Portland Public Library
1600 Forest Ave
Portland 04103
League and Portland Public Library Book Club, Riverton Branch

League members are invited to join participants of the Portland Public Library’s Riverton Book Group in a discussion of Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin (2018).  

Are leaders born or made?  In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson—to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by others.”  Each overcame personal and professional challenges to “confront the contours and dilemmas of their times.  At their best, all were guided by a sense of moral purpose. Elizabeth Miller, League member, will lead the February discussion.

In case of inclement weather forcing the Library to close early, the discussion will be rescheduled for Thursday February 20.  For Library questions:  797-2915.

Thursday
Feb 13, 2020
9:30 am
Maine State House
210 State St
Augusta 04330
Making Democracy Work for the Next 100 years

Come celebrate our 100th birthday with a day of learning, action, and celebration at the State House.

You won't want to miss the keynote speaker, Jana Morgan of the Declaration for American Democracy, and a program emphasizing Maine's role in the national movement for a stronger democracy.

There will also be opportunities to engage your legislators, and in the afternoon, we will have tea at the governor's mansion, and a panel discussion on ways to improve voter turnout in 2020.

Learn more here, and RSVP!

Tuesday
Feb 11, 2020
5:30 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 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 An Indigenous People's History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortix.

Saturday
Feb 8, 2020
12:00 pm
Moore Community Center
125 State St
Ellsworth 04605
LWV-Downeast Monthly Meeting

How are presidential primaries and caucuses going to work in Hancock County?

Our February 8 community event will feature guests Hancock County Democratic Party Chair Al Judd, and former Republican State Senator Richard Rosen.

Thursday
Feb 6, 2020
9:00 am
Portland, South Portland Or Westbrook (tbd)Neighbor to Neighbor Voting

Neighbor to Neighbor Voting is a project of the League of Women Voters of Maine designed to increase voter engagement and participation in our political process through canvassing neighborhoods with low voter participation. Sign Up to Volunteer
 

Tuesday
Feb 4, 2020
5:30 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 04841
LWV Midcoast Monthly Meeting

Come join our monthly meeting at the Rockland Public Library, Board Room. Help plan exciting new projects for the months ahead. New members are welcome! For more information, email midcoast@lwvme.org.

Monday
Feb 3, 2020
9:30 pm
Brunswick Area League Meeting

LWV of the Brunswick Area will be meeting Monday, Feb 3rd (9:30 - 11:00). We will be making plans for voter registration efforts and forums with the national and state elections coming up. Contact brunswick@lwvme.org for more information.

Saturday
Jan 25, 2020
11:00 am
99 Pond Rd
Manchester 04351
Meet-and-Greet Tea - LWV-Capital Area

Join us to learn more about the League of Women Voters of the Capital Area and help us plan important projects for 2020.


RSVP (by January 22): capitalarea@lwvme.org

Thursday
Jan 23, 2020
9:00 am
LewistonNeighbor to Neighbor Voting

Neighbor to Neighbor Voting is a project of the League of Women Voters of Maine designed to increase voter engagement and participation in our political process through canvassing neighborhoods with low voter participation.Sign Up to Volunteer
 

Saturday
Jan 18, 2020
4:00 pm
South PortlandWomen In Harmony Concert and Dinner with the League

The League of Women Voters of the Portland Area celebrates Maine Women’s Suffrage Centennial with Women In Harmony’s THE RIGHT TO VOTE concert in South Portland. Please reserve Saturday, January 18, 2020, for a 4pm concert and a post-concert dinner at nearby Thai Taste, 435 Cottage Rd, South Portland. Email portland@lwvme.org for more information. Register now to be included in the dinner reservation (separate checks). Order your own concert tickets online at wihmaine.org.    

Friday
Jan 17, 2020
4:00 pm
Weru 89.9 Fm Blue Hill
Democracy Forum -- Census 2020: Everyone Counts

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. This month, we will talk about the upcoming decennial census, how it's going to work, problems on the horizon, and the consquences for Maine and the nation. We'll take listener questions during the second half of the show.

Special Guests: Margo J. Anderson, Distinguished Professor Emerita from UW-Milwaukee, and author of The American Census: A Social History; and Matthew Dunlap, Maine Secretary of State and chair of the State's Complete Count Committee.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, streaming at weru.org

Tuesday
Jan 14, 2020
5:30 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 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 January book is The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation by Brenda Wineapple.

Saturday
Jan 11, 2020
12:00 pm
Moore Community Center
125 State St
Ellsworth 04605
LWV-Downeast Monthly Meeting

Who Counts? The Promise and Peril of the 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is a high-stakes endeavor with very significant political and economic consequences for Maine. We’ll talk about next year’s Census and why it’s so important, how the data is used, and how it will roll out in 2020. We’ll also talk about some special threats to an accurate count this year and what we can do – what the League is doing – to help ensure a complete count. Featuring Penelope Hamblin, who heads the Census Complete Count Committee of the League of Women Voters of Maine. For more information: downeast@lwvme.org.

Lunch will be offered, $10 contribution suggested.

Tuesday
Jan 7, 2020
5:00 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 04841
LWV-Midcoast Monthly Meeting

Come join our monthly meeting at the Rockland Public Library, Board Room. Help plan exciting new projects for the months ahead. Arrive early for voter registration training to get ready for 2020.