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Date & TimePlaceDescription
Tuesday
Jul 16, 2019
7:00 pm
Jesup Memorial Library
34 Mount Desert St
Bar Harbor 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
Jul 9, 2019
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 July book is the Mueller Report

Thursday
Jul 4, 2019
5:00 pm
Machias Memorial High School
1 Bulldog Ln
Machias 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.

Thursday
Jun 27, 2019
5:00 pm
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.

Tuesday
Jun 25, 2019
7:00 pm
Jesup Memorial Library
34 Mount Desert St
Bar Harbor 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
Jun 25, 2019
5:30 pm
Maine State House
210 State St
Augusta 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.

Monday
Jun 24, 2019
5:30 pm
Maine Center For Economic Policy
1 Weston St
Augusta 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.

Friday
Jun 21, 2019
10:00 am
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.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, streaming at weru.org

Tuesday
Jun 18, 2019
7:00 pm
Jesup Memorial Library
34 Mount Desert St
Bar Harbor 04609
Disenfranchised Voters and the History of Voting in Maine with the League of Women Voters

Join Rhea Cote 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. Cote 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.

Thursday
Jun 13, 2019
1:00 pm
93 Main Coffee Shop
93 Main St
Unity 04988
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
Jun 11, 2019
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 June book is Melinda Gates's The Moment of Lift

Tuesday
Jun 11, 2019
5:30 pm
Southwest Harbor Public Library
338 Main St
Southwest Harbor 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.

Saturday
May 18, 2019
9:30 am
Governor Hill Manson
136 State St
Augusta 04330
LWVME Biennial Convention Register now. Details here.
Friday
May 17, 2019
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Republic vs Democracy: Why Should We Care? LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We will talk about whether we live in a democracy or a republic. What do people mean when they say, "We're not a democracy; we're a republic," in the context of different policy debates. Is there a particular subtext implicating minority rights, even minority rule, and possibly states' rights and federalism? We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show.

Special Guests: Lance Dutson, a principal of Red Hill Strategies, a Republican communications consultant, and a columnist for the Bangor Daily News; and Joseph R. Reisert, Harriet S. and George C. Wiswell Jr. Assistant Professor of American Constitutional Law in the Department of Government at Colby College.

Tuesday
May 14, 2019
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 May book is Casey Gerald's There Will Be No Miracles Here.
Thursday
May 9, 2019
5:30 pm
Mason Motz Facility
190 Middle Rd
Falmouth 04105
LWV-Portland Area Annual Meeting. Sixth Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters of the Portland Area.

Program includes Guest Speaker Nickie Sekera, a crusader for Maine's water resources and cofounder of Community Water Justice, and our business meeting.

Please click here for the full agenda and to RSVP.

Thursday
May 9, 2019
5:30 pm
Orrington Public Library
15 School St
Orrington 04474
Town Committee Candidates Forum. The Candidates Forum for those running for Town Committee in Orrington will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 5:30 pm at the Orrington Public Library.
Saturday
Apr 27, 2019
4:00 pm
5 Mountain St
Camden 04843
LWV Midcoast Meet and Mingle celebration Midcoast League of Women Voters extends a warm invitation to all members past and present and to our wonderful community to join us for a Meet and Mingle celebration.

Please come by for a glass of wine or sparkling water and hors d'ouvres to say hello to old friends and make new ones. We are approaching our 100th Anniversary as a civic organization helping citizens become more engaged in their democracy. Please bring a friend and learn more about what we do and where we're headed. It won't be a party without you!

Monday
Apr 22, 2019
5:15 pm
Viles Mansion
71 Stone St
Augusta 04330
Augusta Chapter Meeting. Congressman Jared Golden's senior staff will join us to discuss H.R. 1, a sweeping voting rights and anti-corruption bill.

Also: a wine & cheese reception, meet & mingle with other members, planning for LWV's 100th birthday. RSVPs are appreciated to augusta@lwvme.org!

Friday
Apr 19, 2019
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Citizen Initiatives: The Devil's in the Details LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We will explore the historical origins of the initiative provisions in our constitution, how initiatives actually work in Maine, our contemporary experience with them, their effect on politics and elections, the tension between direct and representative democracy, and proposals for reform, many of which are being debated in the Maine State Legislature right now. Special Guests: Joshua J. Dyck, Associate Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Center for Public Opinion at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Michael Franz, Professor of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College.
Thursday
Apr 11, 2019
6:30 pm
Portland Public Library
1600 Forest Ave
Portland 04103
LWV-Portland Area Book Discussion. The book will be Tommy Orange's There There
Tuesday
Apr 9, 2019
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 April book is Lauren Hilgers's Patriot Number One: American Dreams in China Town.
Monday
Apr 8, 2019
9:00 am
Democracy Maine
565 Congress St
Portland 04101
LWV-Portland Area Board Meeting.
Friday
Apr 5, 2019
12:00 am
York County Community College
112 College Dr
Wells 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.
Thursday
Mar 28, 2019
5:30 pm
The "Can We?" Project Student Presentation The "Can We?" Project is an experiment in revitalizing democracy that engages young people in civic discourse and takes direct aim at bridging the deepest societal divides through dialogue and curiosity. You will hear from several students and adults who were directly involved and who are excited to present their work to the League of Women Voters. (This program was originally scheduled for 1/24/19 but was postponed due to icy weather)
Wednesday
Mar 27, 2019
5:00 pm
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. We read the first two parts for the February meeting. We'll read Part Three for March. Everyone welcome. Great snacks.

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

Monday
Mar 25, 2019
6:30 pm
Blue Hill Public Library
5 Parker Point Rd
Blue Hill 04614
Candidate Forum. Get ready for Blue Hill's upcoming selectman election! The library will be co-sponsoring a candidate forum along with Penobscot Bay Press and the League of Women Voters of Maine Downeast Chapter. Both candidates for the seat, Jim Dow and Adam Gray, will be sharing their statements and taking questions submitted by the audience on Monday, March 25, beginning at 6:30 pm. The forum will be moderated by Nat Barrows. We hope to see you there!
Monday
Mar 25, 2019
5:30 pm
Maine Center For Economic Policy
1 Weston St
Augusta 04330
Augusta Chapter Meeting Come early to greet and meet! Refreshments will be served.

We'll be talking about what how we can be part of all the LWVME is doing. Find the agenda here. Your ideas and participation are wanted and needed.

Friday
Mar 15, 2019
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- The Electoral College: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll talk about the electoral college, its historical origins and the founders' intent, the practical implications for modern American politics, and proposals for reform, including the National Popular Vote being debated in Maine this year. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show. Special Guests: Mark Brewer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine; Rep. Jamie Raskin, Professor Law at American University Washington College of Law and a U.S. Congressman representing Maryland's 8th District; and Pat Rosenstiel, CEO of Ainsley Shea, a Minneapolis-based public relations firm working to advance the National Popular Vote.
Tuesday
Mar 12, 2019
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 Kathleen Hall Jamieson's Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President
Tuesday
Mar 12, 2019
5:30 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 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!

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.

Tuesday
Mar 5, 2019
5:30 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 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.
Saturday
Mar 2, 2019
2:00 pm
Moore Community Center
133 State St
Ellsworth 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 case you missed it in person, you can listen to the audio archive here.

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

Monday
Feb 25, 2019
5:30 pm
First Amendment Museum
184 State St
Augusta 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!
Wednesday
Feb 20, 2019
5:00 pm
Starr's House
Trenton
LWV Downeast Book Group - NEW LOCATION 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.

Friday
Feb 15, 2019
10:00 am
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.
Thursday
Feb 14, 2019
6:30 pm
Portland Public Library
1600 Forest Ave
Portland 04103
LWV-Portland Area Book Discussion. The book will be Jon Meacham's Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
Thursday
Feb 14, 2019
9:00 am
Maine State House
210 State St
Augusta 04330
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.
Wednesday
Feb 13, 2019
5:00 pm
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.

Tuesday
Feb 12, 2019
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 Dan Egan's Death and Life of the Great Lakes.
Tuesday
Feb 5, 2019
5:30 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 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.
Wednesday
Jan 30, 2019
5:00 pm
96 Falmouth St
Portland 04103
Strategy Session: Making Maine's Democracy the Best in the Nation.

 

Join the League of Women Voters of Maine and our partners at Maine Citizens for Clean Elections to brainstorm ways of achieving our 2019 legislative goals. Hosted by Executive Director. This event is free an open to the public. FMI: contact Sarah@lwvme.org.

 

Thursday
Jan 24, 2019
5:30 pm
Wayneflete Student Center
64 Emery St
Portland 04102
"Can We?" Student Event at Waynflete. The "Can We?" Project is an experiment in revitalizing democracy that engages young people in civic discourse and takes direct aim at bridging the deepest societal divides through dialogue and curiosity. The project recruited 29 high school students with diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and political viewpoints from six equally diverse public schools and Waynflete. A four-month multi-faceted program helped participants cultivate empathy, bridge differences through honest conversation, learn how to propose solutions to pressing and politically contentious issues in Maine, and finally, present their ideas to gubernatorial candidates last spring in an interactive forum.

Because of its success, past participants and adult program creators are now working to replicate the model in other parts of the country. You will hear from several students and adults who were directly involved and who are excited to present their work to the League of Women Voters.

Friday
Jan 18, 2019
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Election 2018: What Happened and What Does It Mean? LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. This month, we'll talk about cyber attacks on elections, weaponizing misinformation, social media, and disinformation. Is this the new normal? Can democracy survive? We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show. Special Guests: Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, the Walter and Leonore Director of the university's Annenberg Public Policy Center, and Program Director of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands; and Jamie McKown, Faculty, Government & Polity at the College of the Atlantic andJames Russell Wiggins Chair in Government and Polity. Learn more.
Thursday
Jan 17, 2019
4:00 pm
Advocacy Training Webinar Part 4. Build your advocacy skills. Learn about the legislative process. Discover opportunities to volunteer. Help us in our work on better election, voting rights, ethics in government, and money in politics. More information at here
Wednesday
Jan 16, 2019
3:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV Downeast Book Group Our book for January is Cyberwar: How Russian Hackeers and Trolls Helped Elect a President, What we Don't, Can't, and Do Know. by Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Everyone welcome. Great snacks.

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

Tuesday
Jan 15, 2019
5:30 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 04841
Midcoast League Monthly Meeting. Normally the first Tuesday of each month, rescheduled for this month only. Join League members in the Midcoast area to work on projects for the coming year. Everyone welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.
Tuesday
Jan 8, 2019
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 Lee McIntyre's Post-Truth.