Monday Morning News May 22, 2017

What a week it's been. From Monday's news of the president's decision to share code word-level secret intelligence with the Russian foreign minister, to Tuesday's bombshell that Trump attempted to "persuade" FBI Director Comey to stop the Flynn investigation, to Wednesday's appointment of a special counsel, and then to Friday's bombshell that a senior White House adviser is a "person of interest" in the Russia investigation (yes, we used "bombshell" twice in the same sentence intentionally). We're constantly being buffeted by news breaking upon news that is still in the process of being broken. As Alexandra Petri writes in her May 17 Washington Post op-ed: "Merely watching this, you are now 600 years old. (Have you written this before? Hundreds of years have passed since Tuesday. You have no memory of the Time Before.) It is as though all of your involuntary muscle functions now require conscious effort. Everything you assumed would take care of itself so that you could go about your life now requires you to watch it and hold your breath. You are holding your breath all the time." Now more than ever progressive Democratic women must stand together in word and action to support one another, fellow Democrats, and everyone and everything caught in the crosshairs of the Republican agenda of greed and hate. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. See the announcements, events, and opportunities for service listed below--and persist!

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Monday Morning News - May 8, 2017

RAISE YOUR VOICES! ORGANIZE!

This was one of the inspiring messages we received at last Friday's monthly breakfast at the Village Deli. Our speaker, Indiana State Senator, Jean Breaux (daughter and legacy of retired female State Senator Billy Breaux!), is the Democratic Assistant Minority Floor Leader in the Senate, as well as a member of the Rules Committee and the ranking member of the Health and Provider Services Committee. She is obviously in the thick of crucial issues facing our state and our country and had lots to report on the Indiana legislative session that just ended. Unfortunately, most of what went on there represented horribly backward thinking and anti-democratic politicking. From the environment, to women's rights, to education, to racial equality, to election of judges, to voting rights to local home rule, the State Assembly took action to undermine progress in these areas and more. We are not going to rehash every negative thing that emerged from those hollowed halls in Indianapolis (and yes, we mean hollowed with an O) because it's an unproductive exercise in self-flagellation. There is a silver lining, and it is that the people of our state need us and we have a true opportunity to serve.  We MUST serve!!! One of the breakfast attendees asked Senator Breaux what we can do besides trying to vote representatives out, and that led to her response, "You can raise your voices. Organize. Show your opposition." She cited the example of a proposed bill that would have allowed law enforcement officers to use any means necessary in responding to people "obstructing traffic." This kind of bill is being proposed in numerous states across the country in the wake of marches and demonstrations since last November's national election.  Senator Breaux said that the introduction of this bill was shared repeatedly on social media and the committee hearings were so packed with outraged young people that it died a quick death. So we have our marching orders. Speak up. Organize. Call our representatives. Use the power of social media. It works. And we need it now more than ever.

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monday morning news Apr. 17, 2017

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DROP DEAD DEADLINE! Get your tickets for the DWC fundraiser!
Sunday, April 23. Yes, just a week away!!
The producers of the event need time to make sure characters for each person have been drawn up, sent to you, and that you have time to prepare for your character. Make your reservations asap!!! Don't be left out of this wonderful and fun event! More details are below.
http://www.democraticwomenscaucus.org/2017murdermystery


Elizabeth Warren's new book will be available on Tuesday, April 18th.
From the Boston Globe review:
“Washington works great for the rich and powerful who can hire armies of lawyers and lobbyists, but it is not working very well for everyone else,” Warren said in a statement about the book.“America’s once-solid middle class is on the ropes, and now Donald Trump and his administration seem determined to deliver the knock-out punch. At this perilous moment in our country’s history, it’s time to fight back—and I’m looking for more people to join me.”   Some of the book’s proceeds will be donated to food banks in Massachusetts, according to a news release announcing the book.

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We ARE raising strong girls to be strong women!
This clip from member Julie Thomas. A young girl attends a meeting with Congressman Doug Lamborn from Colorado.
She asks him about his vote on climate change, and invites him to her science class!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGkLHaiIuVs&feature=youtu.be

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Monday Morning News - April 10, 2017

About 150 Democratic Women’s Caucus members and their guests got a little more acquainted with Christina Hale last week.  Christina has served two terms in the Indiana House, and ran on the Democratic Ticket as the candidate for Lt. Governor last year.  Her message about the need for the state legislature to make stronger and bigger strides to address health concerns of Indiana citizens came through loud and clear. She also spoke of her commitment to helping create the statewide Women’s Leadership Series for Democratic women.

Christina’s international experience with Kiwanis International and her time spent overseas gave her a sensitivity to issues of health and access to resources for women and families.  She introduced a legislative amendment designed to remove the taxable status of personal products for women – pads and tampons -- in addition to the taxable status for diapers and adult diapers. Noting that the same bill removed such taxable status for gold bullion and personal aircraft, she was sorry to tell us that her amendment did not pass, but the rest of the bill did.  So, if you are in the market for gold and Cessnas, you're in luck. But if you’re a woman with a small child and limited access to laundry facilities, you’re out of luck. Many people ask if it makes a difference if your state legislator is a woman. In this case, it certainly does.

Our Friday breakfasts since the election have been so well attended (read "crowded") and we wanted as many members and friends as possible to hear Christina that we had her speak at both breakfast and lunch. It seemed to work well so stay tuned for future efforts at crowd control and convenient access to programs.

And--check out Sheila Kennedy's latest post. Doctors and psychologists are apparently reporting spikes in depression and other
psychosomatic responses among the general citizenry in response to the daily reports of dysfunction, corruption and regression in Washington. But there's also an amazing resurgence of civic engagement!

http://www.sheilakennedy.net/2017/04/encouraging-signs/

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monday morning news Apr. 03, 2017

Breakfast with people sitting on the floor?
How can you eat Paxton's Potatoes on the floor?! Where do you put your coffee so that no one steps in it?!

So this week we've arranged for our special guest, Christina Hale, former Indiana State Representative and former candidate for Lt. Governor, to spend half of her day in Bloomington!
She'll be our speaker at BREAKFAST and LUNCH on Friday... same topic both times.... so that you can make your day work for you, and so that we don't overcrowd the Deli for Breakfast.

PICK ONE!! Let us know which you'll be attending. Same speaker. Same energy. Same connections to women in political life.

BREAKFAST --
Village Deli on Friday, April 7 from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
same set up -- order on your own, pay your server.  
NB: We may need to turn people away from the meeting if we reach the limit of 110 people.
            or
LUNCH --
Grazie Italiano on Friday, April 7 from 11:30 to 1pm.
Lunch will be served Family Style with bread, salad, pasta for the set price of $12. (Wine is extra) Pay at the bar on your way out.
If you are gluten free these days, let us know.

So that we can gauge the numbers for both meetings, PLEASE send your reservation to the dwcannouncements@gmail.com address.
If you know others are coming, or if you are bringing a friend, please include that information in your email.
Put BREAKFAST or LUNCH in the subject line. Also include any notes on gluten-free, etc. We'll try our best to accommodate your needs.


TUESDAY, APRIL 4, IS EQUAL PAY DAY.
What's this all about?
     Men work one calendar year making what it would take women to earn in one calendar year AND all the days until April 4th.
Thanks to the Monroe County Women's Commission and the City of Bloomington's Commission the Status of Women for joining together for the first time to produce Pay Equity: Lilly Ledbetter's story and You. We hope it becomes an annual event to bring attention to the issue.
     Here's a video link to the Lilly Ledbetter story which opened the session. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMxsYqaFwA0
     To view the CATS recording of the event check out their archives: http://catstv.net/index.php?sl=L

     Most depressing fact heard at the panel? It'll take until 2059 for women to catch up....and even longer for women of color and Hispanic and Latino women.
     Best thing heard at the event? DWC Vice Chair Jillian Kinzie originally had agreed to moderate the panel until she realized she needed to catch a flight to DC at the same time. She noted in a message back (during the panel session!) that she actually sat next to Lilly Ledbetter on that flight!
    Best picture from the event?

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oh, and more news? We know there will be a MURDER AT THE DWC ANNUAL SPRING FUNDRAISER!!
see information below

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Monday Morning News March 27, 2017

This weekend’s rain notwithstanding, the world is looking just a bit brighter after the Republican Party’s cruel bid to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act died an ignominious death after House Republicans pulled the bill due to lack of support. Kudos to DWC members who were among the legions of Americans who protested, attended town halls, petitioned their representatives, and jammed congressional phone lines to save health care for the nation.

Turning now to an event dedicated to maintaining the health of the Democratic Women's Caucus--

GET READY TO SOLVE (OR COMMIT) A MURDER AT THE DWC ANNUAL SPRING FUNDRAISER!!

Democratic Women's Caucus Murder Mystery
Saturday, April 29th, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Monroe County History Center Museum
, 202 E 6th St, Bloomington

It is April 29th 1970, fifty years after the 19th amendment ensured women the right to vote.
As a new decade ushers in limitless possibilities, you have been invited to the Monroe County History Center Museum for the annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Gala, celebrating the pioneering suffragettes and their fight for equality. It is an elegant affair, where Washington insiders sip champagne with stunning socialites, mop topped British rockers dance with sultry mavens of Soul, and intellectual elite debate with roguish revolutionaries. Hidden among the ancient tomes and historic artifacts, are cryptic secrets, and mysterious untold stories.
The problem is, one of you is a murderer!!!

General Admission Tickets include:
-Admission to the event
-A custom written character (you will receive a short character description ahead of time). There are roles for introverts and extroverts, don't worry!
-A generous donation to the Monroe County Democratic Women's Caucus: An organization dedicated to funding, inspiring, recruiting, and training local female progressive pro-choice candidates for public office.
-Appetizer buffet
-Two complimentary drinks
-Access to museum with guided tour
-A chance to win prizes

Get your ticket at this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/democratic-womens-caucus-murder-mystery-tickets-32441059081

You'll probably want to sponsor this event, so here are the details!


To sponsor, or for more information, please email Amanda Barge at amandabarge@gmail.com
All sponsorships are available with monthly payment options.

Shirley Chisholm Sponsorship
"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair."
$500 includes 4 tickets, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more

Gloria Steinem Sponsorship
"A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men."
$250 includes 2 tickets, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more

Dolores Huerta Sponsor:
"Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world".
$100, includes 1 ticket, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more

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monday morning news Mar. 20, 2107

GET READY TO SOLVE (OR COMMIT) A MURDER AT THE DWC ANNUAL SPRING FUNDRAISER!!

Democratic Women's Caucus Murder Mystery
Saturday, April 29th, 6:00-9:00pm
Monroe County History Center Museum, 202 E 6th St, Bloomington

It is April 29th 1970, fifty years after the 19th amendment ensured women the right to vote.
As a new decade ushers in limitless possibilities, you have been invited to the Monroe County History Center Museum for the annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Gala, celebrating the pioneering suffragettes and their fight for equality. It is an elegant affair, where Washington insiders sip champagne with stunning socialites, mop topped British rockers dance with sultry mavens of Soul, and intellectual elite debate with roguish revolutionaries. Hidden among the ancient tomes and historic artifacts, are cryptic secrets, and mysterious untold stories.
The problem is, one of you is a murderer!!!

General Admision Tickets include:
-Admission to the event
-A custom written character (you will receive a short character description ahead of time). There are roles for introverts and extroverts, don't worry!
-A generous donation to the Monroe County Democratic Women's Caucus: An organization dedicated to funding, inspiring, recruiting and training local female progressive pro-choice candidates for public office.
-Appetizer buffet
-Two complimentary drinks
-Access to museum with guided tour
-A chance to win prizes

Get your ticket at this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/democratic-womens-caucus-murder-mystery-tickets-32441059081

You'll probably want to sponsor this event, so here are the details!

To sponsor or for more information, please email Amanda Barge at amandabarge@gmail.com
All sponsorships are available with monthly payment options.

Shirley Chisholm Sponsorship
"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair".
$500 includes 4 tickets, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more

Gloria Steinem Sponsorship
"A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men".
$250 includes 2 tickets, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more

Dolores Huerta Sponsor:
"Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world".
$100, includes 1 ticket, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more

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Monday Morning News - March 13, 2017

GET READY TO SOLVE (OR COMMIT) A MURDER AT THE DWC ANNUAL SPRING FUNDRAISER!!

Democratic Women's Caucus Murder Mystery
Saturday, April 29th, 6:00-9:00pm
Monroe County History Center Museum, 202 E 6th St, Bloomington

It is April 29th 1970, fifty years after the 19th amendment ensured women the right to vote.
As a new decade ushers in limitless possibilities, you have been invited to the Monroe County History Center Museum for the annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Gala, celebrating the pioneering suffragettes and their fight for equality. It is an elegant affair, where Washington insiders sip champagne with stunning socialites, mop topped British rockers dance with sultry mavens of Soul, and intellectual elite debate with roguish revolutionaries. Hidden among the ancient tomes and historic artifacts, are cryptic secrets, and mysterious untold stories.
The problem is, one of you is a murderer!!!

General Admission Tickets include:
-Admission to the event
-A custom written character (you will receive a short character description ahead of time). There are roles for introverts and extroverts, don't worry!
-A generous donation to the Monroe County Democratic Women's Caucus: An organization dedicated to funding, inspiring, recruiting and training local female progressive pro-choice candidates for public office.
-Appetizer buffet
-Two complimentary drinks
-Access to museum with guided tour
-A chance to win prizes

Get your ticket at this link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/democratic-womens-caucus-murder-mystery-tickets-32441059081

You'll probably want to sponsor this event, so here are the details!


To sponsor or for more information, please email Amanda Barge at amandabarge@gmail.com
All sponsorships are available with monthly payment options.

Shirley Chisholm Sponsorship
"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair".
$500 includes 4 tickets, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more

Gloria Steinem Sponsorship
"A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men".
$250 includes 2 tickets, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more

Dolores Huerta Sponsor:
"Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world".
$100, includes 1 ticket, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more

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monday morning news Mar. 6, 2017

Totally sold out of these bumper stickers at breakfast on Friday!!

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You are cordially invited to the:

Democratic Women's Caucus Murder Mystery
Saturday, April 29th, 6:00-9:00pm
Monroe County History Center Museum, 202 E 6th St, Bloomington

It is April 29th 1970, fifty years after the 19th amendment ensured women the right to vote.
As a new decade ushers in limitless possibilities, you have been invited to the Monroe County History Center Museum for the annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Gala, celebrating the pioneering suffragettes and their fight for equality.
It is an elegant affair, where Washington insiders sip champagne with stunning socialites, mop topped British rockers dance with sultry mavens of Soul, and intellectual elite debate with roguish revolutionaries.
Hidden among the ancient tomes and historic artifacts, are cryptic secrets, and mysterious untold stories.
The problem is, one of you is a murderer!!!

General Admission Tickets include:
-Admission to the event
-A custom written character (you will receive a short character description ahead of time) There are roles for introverts and extroverts, don't worry!
-A generous donation to the Monroe County Democratic Women's Caucus: An organization dedicated to funding, inspiring, recruiting and training local female progressive pro-choice candidates for public office.
-Appetizer buffet
-Two complimentary drinks
-Access to museum with guided tour
-A chance to win prizes

You'll probably want to sponsor this event, so here are the details!

Sponsorship Packages:
To take part in our sponsorship packages, or to get more information, please email Amanda, at amandabarge@gmail.com
*All sponsorships are available with monthly payment options.

--Shirley Chisholm Sponsorship
"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair".
$500 includes 4 tickets, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more

--Gloria Steinem Sponsorship:
"A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men".
$250 includes 2 tickets, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more

--Dolores Huerta Sponsor:
"Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world".
$100, includes 1 ticket, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more

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Monday Morning News February 27, 2017

“Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.” —Benjamin Cardozo, Palko v. Connecticut

After a week that saw the Trump Administration escalate its attacks on free speech, labeling journalists as “the enemy of the people,” denouncing FBI whistleblowers, and barring such well-respected news organizations as the New York Times and CNN from a White House press briefing, the topic of this month's Breakfast Meeting could not be more timely. Join us at the Village Deli on Friday, March 3, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. as Jane Henegar, Director of the Indiana Affiliate of the ACLU, shares her perspectives and tells us how we can stay informed on civil liberties issues. From voting rights and free speech to reproductive freedom, LGBT rights, and immigrants' rights, the ACLU has been front and center in advocating for the freedoms that have made America great.

Due to the February meeting's overwhelming turnout by passionate, dedicated Democratic women and their friends, we've had conversations with the Village Deli about the layout and how we can accommodate more attendees, and we have a plan! 


OVERCOME? OVERWHELMED??
with information flying around your news feed, what's happening?
     From member KATHY LOSER, The Resistance Calendar: https://www.resistancecalendar.org/
This is a dynamic calendar that has listed information about actions, marches, alerts, rallies—all searchable and in different formats to post and share. 
     Kathy also turned us on to the app: Countable https://www.countable.us/about/us
THIS APP for your phone demystifies what's happening in Congress, summarizes legislative activity, lists how your Senator or Congressman (yes, we did use MAN) voted on issues, and allows you to give them instant feedback on how they voted with a click of 'yea' or 'nay' and more.

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