Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Saturday, February 18, 2017
10:30 am - 2 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church
183 Riverside Drive
Binghamton, NY 13905
Civic Action Bootcamp!. Have an issue you care about? Time to get informed + and speak up! At this workshop you will learn how to make yourself heard by your local, state, and federal representatives. We will be discussing the best methods of reaching your representatives, as well as how to educate yourself on topics, including pending legislation. There will also be training on how to communicate effectively using electronic media, letters, phone calls, and speaking in person with government officials. Lunch will be provided. (Suggested donation $10). Co-sponsored by LWV Broome and Tioga Counties and Citizen Action of New York, Southern Tier Chapter.

Registration is filling up fast, so don't delay, Register on Facebook at or if you do not have a FB account e-mail and/or ID yourself as League Member.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
6:45 PM
Vestal Public Library
Vestal, NY
New York's 2017 Constitutional Convention Ballot Measure.. Rescheduled from January 24th.

Constitutional Convention with special guest presenter: Jennifer Wilson, Public Policy and Program Director, LWVNYS Public is welcome.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
6:30 PM
ETM Solar Works
Endicott,NY 13760
LWV Board Meeting.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
6:45 pm
Vestal Public Library How Big Pharma Influenced the Practice of Psychiatry. Presenter: League Member, Ruth Blizard

Since the 1950s, industry has deliberately manipulated public opinion on issues ranging from the dangers of tobacco, the role of sugar in heart disease, the nuclear arms race to climate change, and even the causes of mental illness and the effectiveness of drug treatment. In the 1970s, the pharmaceutical industry provided the American Psychiatric Association with millions of dollars of funding to promote psychotropic drugs. Research results were misrepresented and leading psychiatrists were paid large sums to report this to the medical community and the public. This led to fundamental changes in how problems in living were conceptualized. Depression and schizophrenia were presented as resulting from a "chemical imbalance," even though this was never proved by research. The new diagnostic manual defined disorders solely in terms of symptoms, unrelated to causes such as stress, loss, family dysfunction and trauma. Drugs were recommended as the "standard treatment" for depression, anxiety and stress. The practice of psychiatry metamorphosed from talking about what had happened to patients to psychopharmacology to medicate away their feelings.

Guest Speaker: Ruth Blizard is a psychologist in Binghamton, NY, with over 30 years of experience in treating persons with severe trauma, dissociation, and personality disorders. She has published peer-reviewed articles and presented internationally on trauma, attachment, borderline personality, psychosis and dissociative disorders, and the diagnostic process. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. She has witnessed first-hand the potential destructiveness of psychiatric medications. Her interest in how industry manipulates opinion began back in the 1950's, when her mother told her not to believe what TV ads were saying.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6 pm
Owego Treadway

Owego, NY
Women of Achievement Dinner. The Women of Achievement dinner was held at the Owego Treadway on March 29, 2017

This year our honoree was Dr. Gay Canough.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Albany, NY LWV Lobby Day.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
5:30 PM
Unitarian Church
Riverside Drive
Binghamton, NY
Annual Meeting and Dinner. Annual Meeting and Dinner Guest Speaker: Emma Sedore on Suffrage and Suffragists in Broome and Tioga Counties Info in April and Call of Broome-Tioga Voter
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Albany, NY 2017 Students Inside Albany Conference. Events spans from May 21 to May 24, 2017. Further info on this website under Students Inside Albany.
Saturday, June 10, 2017-Sunday, June 11, 2017
Liverpool, NY LWVNYS Convention. Further information is available on the LWVNYS website.
Monday, November 6, 2017
  100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage in New York. Women won the right to vote in New York State in 1917. Women across the country were granted the right to vote in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
  Election Day. General Election