Educating the public on major policy issues

The LWV of Portland presents free civic education programs (often panel discussions) for members and the public, on the second Tuesday evenings of September, October, November, February, March and April. These programs cover current public policy issues and are usually held from 7 to 9 pm in the Multnomah County Board Room at 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland. In December, February and May, special programs are open to members and their guests. The theme for Civic Education in 2016-17 was Resources for Making Democracy Work. The free programs are recorded by MetroEast Community Media and are available for online viewing on the LWV of Portland YouTube channel.

The topics for the recorded programs in 2016-17 were:

Four 2016 Ballot Measures and the Oregon Budget

Debates on Three Local Ballot Measures: 26 179 Affordable Housing, 26 183 Appointed Sheriff, and 26 184 Campaign Finance Reform

A three-part forum on “Election Methods: Is There a Better Way to Vote?” – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Prioritizing the Needs of Public Higher Education in Oregon

Gun Safety: Responsible Use, Responsible Policy

Stand for Science

A two-part Candidate forum for the Portland Public School Board: Zones 4 & 5, Zone 6

In 2017-18, the free civic education events will be on September 12, October 10, November 14, February 13, March 13, and April 10.