Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

The League of Women Voters is proud of our history as a non-partisan, education-focused organization. We work hard to ensure that all of our sponsored events uphold these values by welcoming elected representatives, civic leaders, experts, and citizens from all background and affiliations to our programs and panels.

The League is and strives to remain non-partisan in all our activities, publications, and events. However, from time to time, we may cross-promote events related to our stated positions on issues even when the organization or speaker is not strictly non-partisan. This should not be taken as an endorsement from the League, but rather as encouragement for our members to become familiar with topics they might find interesting.

We believe that educating voters on a variety of topics, from a variety of perspectives, is an essential function of a healthy democracy.

Date & Time        Place        Description
Sunday, July 22, 2018
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 2714
Environmental Issues Team Monthly Meeting. Robin Smith, Environmental Attorney from Chapel Hill and former Asst. Secretary of DENR (DEQ), will talk with us on concerns about water quality in NC and especially in our 3 county region. Please join us for this informative conversation.
Friday, July 27, 2018
10:30 am
Contact Vicki at victoria.shea32@yahoo.com for directions. Voter Registration Training Scheduled. Are you interested in helping with LWVODC non-partisan voter registration & education events? All voter registration volunteers must have completed voter registration training by the time of their first shift. Vickie Shea is offering the training needed. Previously trained volunteers are welcome to come to a training session for a refresher. Training takes place in Vickie's home and lasts 1-1 hours.

Two training sessions have been scheduled: Friday July 27 10:30 AM Tuesday July 31 7:00 PM

For more information or to register for one of these sessions, please email Vickie at victoria.shea32@yahoo.com

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
7:00 pm
Contact Vicki for directions at victoria.shea32@yahoo.com Voter Registration Training Scheduled. Are you interested in helping with LWVODC non-partisan voter registration & education events? All voter registration volunteers must have completed voter registration training by the time of their first shift. Vickie Shea is offering the training needed. Previously trained volunteers are welcome to come to a training session for a refresher. Training takes place in Vickie's home and lasts 1-1 hours.

For more information or to register for one of these sessions, please email Vickie at victoria.shea32@yahoo.com

Monday, August 6, 2018
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Meeting Room D
Public Education Action Team Monthly Meeting. We will review plans for the screening of "Backpack Full of Cash" and discuss questions related to recent legislative changes affecting public education.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
11:30am-3:30pm
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
4907 Garrett Road
Durham, NC 27707
WORKSHOP: REDISTRICTING REFORM ADVOCACY. Are You Concerned That Elected Officials Have the Ability to Choose Which Voters Are Able to Vote for Them? Are You Ready to Be Involved in Forging a Solution? During the workshop, we will learn more about issues involved in redistricting, and will identify local community stakeholders and decision-makers as potential partners with the League to work on redistricting reform. We must act now to prevent another decade of gerrymandering! Be a part of the process! Feel free to invite others, including non-League members, who are willing to work towards the goal of getting this much-needed reform passed. Complimentary lunch will be provided to workshop attendees before the workshop begins. Registration is required by August 10 (no charge). Please indicate if you will also join us for lunch. If you have questions, contact Bev Kawalec, 919-913-7356, bevkawalec@nc.rr.com. To register, go to http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B044BADAD2CA4FE3-workshop1.
Monday, September 10, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Chatham Community Library
197 NC Hwy 87 N
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Holmes meeting room
Chatham Unit Meeting. Join us in preparing for the Nov. 2018 Election: Publicize Vote 411, which provides comprehensive voter information, (http://www.Vote411.org), participate in voter registration and education opportunities, participate in the local government Observer Corps and candidate forums. See Chatham Unit webpage for more information.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Durham Technical Community College
Educational Resources Center,
Room 5-100, Building 5
1637 E. Lawson Street
Durham, NC 27701


Free parking is available in Lot F and in Lot B
Film: Backpack Full of Cash. Narrated by Matt Damon, Backpack Full of Cash explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America's most vulnerable children.

This 90-minute documentary takes viewers through the tumultuous 2013-14 school year, into the world of what is now called education "reform." In Philadelphia and other big cities, public education - starved of resources - hangs in the balance. NC is at a crossroads as we see more and more privatization of our public schools.

The filmmakers are part of the team that made the award-winning 4-part PBS series, SCHOOL: The Story of Public Education, narrated by Meryl Streep. Directed by: Sarah Mondale. Produced by: Vera Aronow and Sarah Mondale FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

To help make the content of the film most relevant to the audience, a question and answer session immediately following the film will be lead by Durham School Board member Natalie Beyer and former Durham Superintendent of Schools Bert L'Homme.

Thursday, September 13, 2018
7-9pm
Durham Technical Community College
Educational Resources Center
Room 5-100 Building 5
Located at 1637 E. Lawson Street, Durham
Screening of "Backpack Full of Cash". The Cost of Charter Schools and Vouchers: How Diverting Taxpayer Dollars Hurts Public Education

The Public Education Action Team of the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham counties invites the public to a free screening of "Backpack Full of Cash." The film looks at the impact on several public school systems that have been affected by loss of funds to charter schools and vouchers for private schools. These policies have been implemented in North Carolina. The screening will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7:00-9:00 PM at the Durham Technical Community College, Educational Resources Center, Room 5-100 Building 5, located at 1637 E. Lawson Street, Durham.

North Carolina continues to direct increasing amounts of public funds to charter and private schools, via vouchers, while still not fully funding traditional public schools and related services. This impacts all of us, whether or not we have school age children -- a strong public education system benefits all community members.

LWV believes that an informed public is better able to make appropriate selections for their children and community, provide input to elected officials, and make educated choices in the voting booth. A question and answer session, immediately following the film, will be led by Durham School Board member Natalie Beyer and former Durham Superintendent of Schools Bert L'Homme.

This screening is jointly sponsored by: Public Schools First, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and NC Council of Churches.

This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available.

Monday, November 5, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Chatham Community Library
197 NC Hwy 87 N
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Holmes meeting room
Chatham Unit Meeting. Join us for our pre-election unit meeting. Details to follow.