Monday Morning News - November 12, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR ENDORSED CANDIDATES!!

Our endorsed candidates worked themselves to the bone during this election season and we are so proud of every last one of them. We weren't successful in every contest, but it was not for lack of effort, and most importantly, no one was a loser in our book!!! Politics is an unpredictable animal and the best candidate, in our humble opinion, doesn't always win. But next time--beware the female candidate with talent, persistence, campaign experience, name recognition and the backing of the DWC!

The following endorsed candidates take (or keep) office in January:

Michelle Bright, Benton Township Trustee

Nicole Brown, County Clerk

Darcie Fawcett, Monroe Circuit Court, Division 9, Seat 8

Christine Talley Haseman, Monroe Circuit Court, Division 2, Seat 2

Lee Jones, Monroe County Commissioner

Erika Oliphant, Prosecutor

Catherine Stafford, Monroe Circuit Court, Division 6, Seat 3

Kate Wiltz, County Council District 2*

Shelli Yoder, County Council District 1

*There is a recount for Kate's race of Perry 7-31 due to a ballot glitch. However, the County Clerk's office has indicated it is not expected to change the outcome of the race.

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To our other endorsed candidates: Thank you thank you thank you for stepping up and helping to change the face of elections in Monroe County to one with more female candidates than ever before. You all had tough districts to deal with and you fought the good fight. Your names are out there now and people will be watching, so don't count these fabulous women out in future races!!! 

Pam Cook, Bean Blossom Township Trustee

Rosemary Doherty, Indian Creek Township Board

Penny Githens, State Representative District 60

Beverly Himes, Indian Creek Township Trustee

Ashley Pirani, County Council District 3

Amy Swain, State Representative District 62

The DWC hosted a brunch on Tuesday--Election Day--at the Village Deli for any candidates and their supporters who could drop in. Spirits were high and attendees encouraged each other to push through to the end. There was lots of praise for our DWC  volunteers at the polls! We talked about the high voter turn out and how we had to keep printing more DWC flyers for our candidates… which was a great thing!

The DWC also hosted a lunch after the election on Friday, November 9th at Grazie to celebrate all of our candidates, poll workers and volunteers. There were about 40-50 women in attendance. It was a great way to celebrate, share stories and just be together. What an amazing election year in Monroe County, with a record turnout for a midterm election! Soooo many people pitched in to help on election day and leading up to it--you have all done the DWC and our communities proud.

And finally, a shout out to Liz Watson for her unbelievable effort to try and turn our District blue again. We can't be more heartbroken about the outcome. Liz, you have our hearts and our wallets set on your race in 2020!

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Monday Morning News 11/08/18

To everyone who worked so hard on the 2018 campaigns - to our supporters and allies...

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Come join us in celebrating the achievements of our slate
of amazing DWC- endorsed candidates,
and to show our appreciation for their strength, determination and grit
in stepping up to run for office in 2018!

Friday, November 9, 2018
11:30am - 1:00pm
Grazie Italiano! - 106 W. 6th St., Bloomington
Menu: Pasta (with vegetarian option) and salad, $10; 2$ tip; and $5 for wine, if ordered.

Please RSVP to rguglielmo.indiana@gmail.com,
so we can get a sense of whether we need to add tables.

details on our Facebook Page

Hope to see you there!

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Monday Morning News 10/29/18

It’s breakfast time again... join us at 7:30am at the Village Deli on Friday, Nov. 2 for our final breakfast before election day. Nicole Browne will give us an update on Early Voting in Monroe County and our endorsed candidates will share their final needs for the push up to election day.

THE DWC NEEDS YOUR HELP ON ELECTION DAY!! We’ve identified the eight traditionally busiest polls on election day and need your help passing out information on our endorsed candidates on Tuesday Nov. 6. Shifts are available from 6:00am - 9:00am, 11:00am - 1:00pm, 1:00pm - 3:00pm and 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Literature will be available at Democratic Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St., for you to pick up before your shift. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084eaca82ca3fd0-election.

It has been a difficult week - In Kokomo a 63 year old white woman toilet papered a house and left a racist note on the door because a white family with a black son purchased the house and the thought of a black (no that’s not the word she used) child moving in next door raised her blood pressure. Bombs in the mail. Racist and antisemitic shootings in Kentucky and Pittsburgh and the president’s solution is to put an armed guard at every church, meeting place and convenience store in the country. Is this the America we want to live in?
There are just a few days left - in many cases the polls are neck and neck. If you're angry about what has been going on, channel that anger into a positive action - every voice is important, every vote counts. Let’s get this done!

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Monday Morning News 10/22/18

Entering week 3 of early voting in Indiana, and "Voter Central" at 7th and Madison has been doing a brisk business. Last week's note from the editor remains fresh and relevant: We've heard from the candidates and now it's time to take action at the ballot box. Make sure everyone you know gets out to vote and votes Blue in 2018. Make sure they have the correct id, know what races are included in straight party voting and which are not.... better yet, consider and vote for each candidate on their merits and avoid the confusion.

And your candidates still need help to get their message out and get out the vote. Sign up to walk with or for a candidate, join a phone bank, help with a mailer and, yes, they still need donations. Give a voter a ride to the polls or help them get to the BMV for proper id. Sign up for a voter contact shift at Early Voting or at a precinct on Election Day. Give whatever time you can spare—the dust bunnies massing under the sofa will still be there on November 7. And as Al Franken quipped so memorably at the 2016 national convention: an eight-year-old can make dinner in the microwave. And the eight-year-old can teach the four-year-old how to microwave....

There are just a few weeks left - in many cases the polls are neck and neck. If you're angry about what has been going on, channel that anger into a positive action - every voice is important, every vote counts.

 

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Monday Morning News 10/15/18

Early voting has started in Indiana! Over 2500 people have already voted in Monroe County! We've heard from the candidates and now it's time to take action at the ballot box. Make sure everyone you know gets out to vote and votes Blue in 2018. Make sure they have the correct id, know what races are included in straight party voting and which are not.... better yet, consider and vote for each candidate on their merits and avoid the confusion.

And your candidates still need help to get their message out and get out the vote. Sign up to walk with or for a candidate, join a phone bank, help with a mailer and, yes, they still need donations. Give a voter a ride to the polls or help them get to the BMV for proper id. Sign up for a voter contact shift at Early Voting or at a precinct on Election Day.

There are just a few weeks left - in many cases the polls are neck and neck. If you're angry about what has been going on, channel that anger into a positive action - every voice is important, every vote counts.

 

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Monday Morning News - October 8, 2018

Friday Breakfast: A Call to Change!

Our guest speaker at Friday's breakfast was Liz Watson, Democratic Candidate for Indiana's 9th Congressional District. Liz is taking on Tennessee Trey, who just really, really needs to go. She spent a few minutes talking about how her campaign is going and why it is so important that we have her in Congress instead of the underperforming, invisible guy we have now.

Liz first quoted Fanny Lou Hamer, who once famously said that she was "sick and tired of being sick and tired." Hear hear. Aren't we all. She then mentioned the litany of appalling things coming from Washington that erode our rights and affect our ability to live successful, healthy lives. These are issues she has spent her entire career trying to address or counteract and they are affecting all Hoosiers: immigration rights, reproductive rights for women, tax cuts for the rich, lack of childcare for working women and men, the astronomical cost of college education, lack of access to high speed broadband especially in rural areas, and hard working Hoosiers working for less and less money and fewer benefits. She wants to right the ship, and help restore an ethic where every individual is afforded respect and dignity. One thing we all know would help is, naturally, electing more women to Congress. It's just not acceptable that only 21% of the Senate and 19.3% of the House is composed of women.

Liz reminded us that there were only 32 days left until election day. Last time around, when Shelli Yoder ran against Trey, he flooded the airwaves with lies, and he is doing that again in his race against Liz. Obviously he has nothing to demonstrate about his performance in Congress, so lies it is. Liz's final comment before questions fielded by Rachel Guglielmo, was that she believes this is the election of our lifetimes and we need to get out there and make it happen.

Rachel posed a couple of questions to Liz. One was, "What has been uplifting about campaigning?" Liz said it was "people with slivers of time" knocking on doors and making phone calls. She knows how busy everyone is and people have been incredibly generous with their precious time. Her family has also been uplifting. Her daughter will come and sit on her lap while she is making calls at night to California. And her son and husband have been rocks.

Liz noted that Trey would like it if people like her didn't exist. He has received most of his $4.5 million in support from Wall Street. That's who he answers to. But we need "to answer to a whole lot of Main Street, not Wall Street." To that end, her campaign has focused partly on registering new voters. Of 35,000 new voters registered in the district, 37% of them support Liz. Now that's uplifting!

Liz's final plea was to volunteer and help her win. Victory is in sight--Liz's race is the only "Red to Blue" race in Indiana, that is, deemed likely to flip to Democrat. That is HUGE. But she needs our help in money and time to get there. There is still lots of work to be done in this last, crucial  month.

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Monday Morning News - September 10, 2018

Friday Breakfast Panel on Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Incredibly Informative

Since September is "Recovery Month", Friday's breakfast program featured a panel of women from our own local mental health treatment community who answered questions posed by Amanda Barge and DWC members in attendance. The panelists, several of whom are themselves in recovery, included:

  • Stacy Cary, Peer recovery Specialist at Centerstone
  • Jackie Daniels, Executive Director of Indiana Center for Recovery
  • Dr. Carrie Lawrence, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention at the IU School of Public Health
  • Emily Goodson, Indiana Recovery Alliance Board Member
  • Whitney Meeks, Indiana Recovery Alliance Board Member and volunteer
  • Amanda Adhami, Outpatient Counselor at Amethyst House

The panelists spoke first about two primary treatment approaches--"Harm Reduction" and "Abstinence Based Treatment."

Harm Reduction seeks to reduce the health, social and economic harm associated with drug or alcohol use, and to lessen usage of drugs or alcohol. Panelists described Harm Reduction as meeting people where they are for purposes of treatment and not where you expect them to be, focusing on positive change and the next step, embracing complexity and inclusiveness, and loving people no matter what. The Harm Reduction approach does not require abstinence. 

Abstinence Based Treatment involves the complete cessation of drug or alcohol use. Proponents of Abstinence Based Treatment are not necessarily opposed to treatment that includes the use of drugs such as vivitrol or methadone, and they are not opposed to Harm Reduction--these are all valid alternative treatment methodologies. Abstinence Based Treatment was described as empowering clients to "know that they can do this," getting at the root cause of addiction and helping clients figure out their own paths after treatment. They stressed that abstinence is used during treatment, but that it is not always necessary for people to be abstinent for the rest of their lives.

Panelists were asked about the effects of addiction and treatment specifically on women. They responded that women are often mothers and primary care-givers, and in-patient treatment poses obvious issues for them in finding help for their families while they are absent. In addition, while all individuals with mental health issues must deal with the stigma our society attaches to mental illness, women, and particularly those with children, can be subject to greater stigma. These issues do not go unrecognized in the industry. Amethyst House, for example, currently has a grant for a women-only therapy group.

A few other take-aways:

  • It is incredibly challenging to find accurate and complete data on mental health issues. It is crucial that we improve in this area or research on mental illness and advances in treatment will continue to lag behind other areas of our health system.
  • The stigma attached to mental illness and addiction is still a huge problem. We don't do enough to share the stories of people who are in recovery. These are not aliens among us--they are our friends, neighbors and family members. Their stories are about how lives are changed and people return to being active and productive members of the community.
  • Stigma could be reduced if we decriminalized addiction.

A huge thank you to the panelists for a very engaging and enlightening discussion, and to Amanda for facilitating it. We all have a ton more to learn about mental illness and addiction but this was a great introduction to some of the current issues.

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Monday Morning News 09/03/18

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Labor Day
Today, September 3, Labor Day, we dedicate this issue to the women who have played pivotal roles in the Labor Movement, starting with the women textile workers in the factories of Lowell, Massachusetts in the 1830s and 1840s, through the creation of the International Ladies Garment Workers, the Triangle Fire, through the incredible work of Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, Lucy Parsons, Rosina Tucker, Jane Addams, to Delores Huerta.
And let's not forget Frances Perkins, the Secretary of Labor (FDR) who wouldn't even take the job unless FDR agreed to her agenda of the 40 hour work week, a minimum wage, unemployment compensation, workers' compensation, Social Security and other federal help for workers. One of our favorite reads: http://francesperkinscenter.org/life-new/

You are invited to take a quick look at this list of women in labor: http://www.seiu-uhw.org/archives/20663

Breakfast on Friday!

September is Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders. We'll hear from several women leaders in the field. So if you have been wondering wondering what Harm Reduction is, or what IRA, ICFR, IOP, MAT means, and how they relate to services in our community, this is a meeting you should not miss. Learn firsthand from local women with lived and professional experience about what services we offer, what the gaps are, barriers women face, how we can fight stigma and how standing up for people with substance use disorder is a social justice issue!
Also: bring used (or new) coats and blankets for the Indiana Recovery Alliance! Winter is on its way!

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Monday Morning News 08/27/18

#DWCNowMoreThanEver

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Members of the DWC Equality Day Fundraiser Committee enjoy our signature cocktail - the 19th Amendment - prior to welcoming guests to The Fields Clubhouse on Aug. 24. Look for more event photos on the DWC Facebook page....

On Friday evening DWC members, guests and allies gathered at The Fields to celebrate Women’s Equality Day. The event commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted American women the right to vote, and raised money to support DWC’s candidates, who are fired up and ready to take the struggle for women’s equality and justice for all Americans to the next level. We had a great time! #Nowmorethanever.

Our thanks to the sponsors of the event:

$250 Level
Charlotte Zietlow
Vi Simpson
Shelli Yoder & Josh Perry
Mark Fraley
Regina Moore
Anonymous

$100 Level
Penny Githens
Nicole Browne
Rachel Guglielmo

And special thanks:

to Linda Lawson for inspiring us and talking plain truth, with special humor!
to Vi Simpson for arranging for a great musician and speaker!
to Liz Watson who is inspirational, passionate, and the sort of like the Energizer Bunny.
to Linda Chapman for the unique bouquets of flowers for our tables and to Charlotte for making that connection.
to Sarah Cassidy, age 17, from Edgewood High School, for her songs of women's empowerment.
to the Blue Wave Singers for their musical styling tributes to our candidates and women leaders.
to Regina Moore who put together our Women’s Equality Day quizzes.
and to White Rabbit for printing and mounting the pictures for the "Who Are They?" quiz.
to Penny Githens for bringing her Women's History Questions for Smarties Wheel
to Grazie Italiano and Jim Blickensdorf for creating our signature cocktail—the 19th Amendment—along with some wonderful eats and great cannoli!
to guests and members who rolled up the tables and chairs into the closet in record time.
to everyone who came and made the event so much fun.
and especially, to event chair Linda Grove-Paul who kept us all on task and to the point.


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Monday Morning News 08/20/18 - Special Edition - Women's Equality Day Celebration

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#NowMoreThanEver

We're celebrating Friday!
You need to be there!!
You need to bring a friend!!

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Having just returned from the IDEA last weekend, and watching Vi Simpson receive the Lee H. Hamilton Public Service Award, we feel fired up and are excited to have another chance to gather with other Democrats and to celebrate our candidates. On Friday, August 24th we'll be celebrating Women's Equality Day with a reception and special guest Linda Lawson. A true champion for women, and coming from a non-traditional career for women, Linda has a unique perspective on Women's Equality and why we need to remember the Women's Suffrage HerStory #NowMoreThanEver!.


Friday, August 24, 2018 7:00 pm
DWC Women's Equality Day Celebration and Fundraiser: #NowMoreThanEver!
The Fields, 1333 S Fenbrook Lane

Tickets $45 per person
all proceeds will go towards the critical work of the DWC
in helping to support our endorsed candidates

It's been our tradition since we began the DWC to celebrate Women's Equality Day -- the day set aside to commemorate the passage of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution which granted American women the right to vote.

State Representative Linda Lawson will be our keynote speaker!

Linda has served for 20 years as the representative from District 1, the Hammond area. She was the FIRST woman hired as an officer by the Hammond Police Department and served for 24 years. In her work for families, she has authored an equal pay bill each of her 20 years in the state legislature. None of them were heard. We need this kind of work #NowMoreThanEver!!

Supporting our endorsed candidates this fall will generate expenses, especially if we do a postcard mailing as we have done in the past. The DWC has also supported women candidates with cash depending on the campaign need, etc. It's a huge year for women candidates, so please think about how you can help with these activities!

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SEE YOU ALL ON FRIDAY!!!

 

Look for the regular MMN with all the latest updates and details mid-week....

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