Making Democracy Work

Marybeth Falzareno:  

Regular meeting times are the second Monday of every month 6:00-8:00pm at the LWVBAE Office, 2530 San Pablo, Berkeley. Check calendar.

NEXT MEETING (an exception):  Monday, May 15, 6:00-8:00PM

The Making Democracy Work Team formed in Spring 2017 recognizing the need to have more civil discussions with people outside our normal sphere.  To seek commonalities rather than simply stating our opinions.

Our long term goals are to help:

  • Return to respectful communication in public discourse
  • Return to finding common ground rather than domination
  • Improve the mental health of the community
  • Move away from the polarity of parties

We have connected with the National Issues Forum who have an expertise in convening and facilitating forums for deliberation, seeking commonality among diverse participants.

We in the League want to engage all community members in democracy. It is a beginning partnership but holds much promise.

Some topics we are considering at this point are safety and justice, climate change, and wealth disparity.