Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members. The Board of Directors meets on the first Thursday of each month September through May.

Date & Time        Place        Description
Tuesday, March 24, 2015-Tuesday, April 28, 2015
12:00 - 2:00 PM
Whatom Dispute Resolution Center
13 Prospect Street, Suite 201
Tools for Hot Topics and Tough Conversations. A series of 2-hour workshops that focus on specific conflict de-escalation and communication skills for use in personal conversations or small groups.

Each session will be held on Tuesday Noon - 2:00 PM

The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County is co-sponsoring this program to provide training and practice with civil discussion, conflict assessment and conversation skills..

Offered by Mary Dumas & Associates, inc and Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center, workshops are especially designed for participants of previous civil discussion workshops sponsored by the League and Mary Dumas & Associates.

Training Details and Prerequisites

Online Registration Form

You may also register and or ask questions by contacting Leah at WDRC at (360) 676-0122 or

Thursday, May 7, 2015
5:30 - 9 pm
Bellwether Hotel
1 Bellwether Way
Bellingham, WA 98225
LWVBWC Annual Meeting featuring Suzan Delbene. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene will share her insights on Women's Economic Security in the US, highlighting information about her Paycheck Fairness Act to End Wage Discrimination. This legislation will help ensure women earn equal pay for equal work. DelBene was named a Champion of Main Street Businesses by the Washington Retail Foundation, and received the 2014 Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) for her work to expand access to care for our nation's most vulnerable communities. She was also awarded the President's Award from the NAACP for her work on behalf of veterans and their families. More Annual Meeting Info & Make Reservations Now
Monday, May 11, 2015
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Co-Op Connections Building
1220 North Forest
Healthcare Committee Meeting. All members interested in healthcare issues are welcome. This meeting will focus on what's happening with the new Adult Day Care Center in Lynden and care of Ahlzeimers patients.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
5:30-7:30 pm
Encore Room, Mt Baker Theater
104 North Commercial Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
SMART JUSTICE FAIR JUSTICE: Campaign to End Mass Incarceration. Mark Cooke - Campaign Policy Director AAUW Special Guest Speaker: Mark Cooke is a Campaign Policy Director at the ACLU of Washington working on criminal justice reform, drug policy, and mental health policy. He also served as a Policy Advisor for New Approach Washington, the organization which successfully campaigned for the passage of Initiative 502. Mark graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007 with JD and MSW degrees. While in St. Louis, he worked at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health researching drug policy issues, including methamphetamine laws and needle exchange programs. Prior to joining the ACLU, Mark practiced family law in Seattle and before going to graduate school, he worked in the foster care system in San Diego, CA and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Atlanta, GA.

Washington's Criminal Justice System - how do we end racial disparities & eliminate unnecessary incarceration?

  • End the War on Drugs
  • Make the Sentence Fit the Crime
  • Incentivize Smart Practices
  • Eliminate Unnecessary Incarceration
  • Invest in Better Systems