Monday Morning News Jan. 23, 2017

To our DWC Members and Friends at IU --

I WANT TO GET INVOLVED!  I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  I PARTICIPATED IN THE MARCH!  NOW WHAT?!

So many people in so many cities around the U.S. and around the world.  It was a great one-time statement and attention getter.  But sustained activity is what will change things.  Join the revolution!

The DWC can be a great way to make an impact
The DWC Steering Committee is the group that organizes and manages the business of the DWC. We manage much of our business through goal groups or committees, and we welcome help from the membership to bring fresh ideas and hands to the work of running our operation. 
  • Program Committee - Planning meetings and programs, outreach to build membership; inform current members; education; notification
  • Fundraising and Events - track goals, inspire attendees to donate; analyze and expand efforts; plan social events (movie nights, etc.)
  • Communications (Monday Morning News, website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc) - outreach to build membership; inform current members; education; notification
  • Training - prepare candidates as well as workers to help candidates and causes
  • Membership - outreach, goals, retention, renewals
To get involved, go to the DWC website at  http://www.democraticwomenscaucus.org/volunteer or email dwcannouncements@gmail.com and let us know what goals you want to work towards.  If you have special skills, please note that as well. We'd love to have you working with us!!

And don't forget to like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter!

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:
Announcements
Events
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Action Item
ANNOUNCEMENTS:

DEADLINE IS TODAY! 

City Commission on the Status of Women Seeks Nominations!!
The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominees for the Woman of the Year, Emerging Leader and Lifetime Contribution Awards. The deadline for submission of nominations is January 23, 2017.  Nomination forms (and past recipients) are available online at https://bloomington.in.gov/csw, or contact Sue Owens at owenss@bloomington.in.gov.  Past recipients can be viewed here.
     The Emerging Leader Award recipient will be honored at the Women’s Leadership Development event in March, 2017 at City Hall. The Woman of the Year and the Lifetime Contribution Award recipients will be honored at the Women's History Lunch on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Convention Center.

2017 Monroe County Citizens' Academy
February 9 - April 6, Thursdays 6-9 p.m.

Deadline to apply is February 3

The Monroe County Citizens’ Academy provides Monroe County residents with an in-depth look at the functions of county government and will educate residents on the “behind the scenes” activities of local government.  There is no cost to participate, however registration is requested.  Download the informational brochure.

The Pussyhat Project - what's next
For those of you asking what to do with your hat after the project, the organizers of the projectt advise you to literally hold on to your hats. As a symbol of feminism and women’s rights they encourage you to keep wearing them. The opportunity to display your Pussyhat again will present itself. They’re working on our next steps to keep the momentum going and our community growing, so stay tuned to keep involved!
 
Please visit website at www.pussyhatproject.com
Follow on social media:
Instagram:  @p_ssyhatproject  
Hashtags:  #pussyhat and #pussyhatproject
Facebook: @pu55yhatproject
Twitter:  @PussyhatProject
 
Democratic Party News:

Elections for Monroe County Democratic Party Offices
All Party offices, including Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer will be filled by Democratic precinct chairs and vice chairs at a caucus March 4 at 10 a.m. at the Nat U. Hill room in the County Courthouse. If you have any questions or are interested in running for any of these positions, please send an e-mail to information@monroedems.org.

Election of Indiana Democratic Party Chair
Current Indiana Democratic Party Chair (and Monroe County's own!) John Zody recently announced his bid for reelection. If you're interested in learning more about John and following campaign events, please click here for more info.

Election for National Democratic Party
Our own South Bend Mayor-extraordinaire Pete Buttigieg has announced his intention to run for the Chair of the Democratic National Committee.
For information on Mayor Buttigieg, contact Drew Anderson at 765-432-3231 or danderson@indems.org
Pete's platform can be found here: https://petefordnc.com/platform/

OF NOTE:  
Former Rep. Mae Dickinson passed away Tuesay at age 83.  Dickinson was first elected to the Indiana House in 1992, and served there until 2007.  She was best known for her work on behalf of children in the Indiana General Assembly.

Legislative Update from League of Women Voters (LWVIN)


Redistricting Reform
Are you subscribed to the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting enews? It's easy to do, simply email redistricting@lwvindy.org.  This is the BEST way to stay informed on HB1014 and other redistricting matters. Additionally, since this coalition enewsletter is focused exclusively on redistricting reform, it's a single-issue email you can easily use as a tool to inform friends, family, and neighbors about our fight to end gerrymandering.

Reproductive Rights

The following bills are all opposed by the LWVIN.  The LWV's position on reproductive health care can be found here. Supporting positions related to individual libertieshealth care, and meeting basic human needs can also be consulted.

EVENTS

MCDP After Hours
Monday, January 23, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
The Tap (back room), 101 N College, Bloomington
Come on out to MCDP's After Hours! Following a hiatus, we're bringing back the monthly social hour. It's your opportunity to grab a bite, a beer and some good conversation with fellow Democrats. Mark your calendars for the 4th Monday of each month - same time, same place.

Organizational Meeting for New Local Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW)

Saturday, January 28, 10-11:30 a.m., Monroe County Public Library, Meeting Room 2A
One of the new DWC members at the Friday breakfast in January, Laura Collins is the convener of the new National Organization for Women - Monroe County chapter!! Laura is an Indiana native, graduated from IU, spent a decade in Boston, and returned to Bloomington a year and a half ago. Like all of us, she was devastated by the results of the elections and had to do something about it. Since joining the 2004 March for Women's Lives in DC, her go-to activist group has been NOW. So she reached out to NOW Indiana in Indianapolis - NOW's only Indiana chapter, asking how she could help from Bloomington. Heather Wildrick-Holman, president of Indiana NOW, replied simply, "Would you like to start a chapter in Bloomington?" 
     Heather's hope is that a nationally recognized, female-empowering organization like Monroe County NOW will bring in new activists, hold them tight, lead them to participate in the hard work that is democracy and encourage them to join additional groups such as the DWC. To do this, she needs grass-roots activists from the not-so-experienced to the very experienced to join in NOW's work. DWC members can help by attending the meeting on January 28, and by sharing this exciting news! For more information and to follow NOW-Monroe County:

Democratic Party Chair Chat Forum

Saturday, February 18 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bloomington Council Chambers on 401 N. Morton
Another opportunity to share your ideas on the direction of the Democratic Party is to attend the chair chat forum with our state Party chair, John Zody.

ACTION ITEMS
LWVUS Call to Action:
Stop the Repeal of Health Care

The U.S. Senate is back in session and their first priority will be to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Repealing the ACA means undoing numerous protections for the American people. The League will not stand by while members of Congress dismantle protections for the health and well-being of the American public. Stand with the League today and tell your Senators to oppose repeal of the ACA.

Join the DWC in 2017. It's important to stay organized and energized! Renew your membership today.
 
The DWC is dedicated to inspiring, recruiting, training, supporting and funding women to increase the number of progressive, pro-choice women in the political arena. We ALL help with this mission, together, collectively. Make sure you have full rights and privileges of membership.

Only $20 for one year’s membership.  Join online here: https://democraticwomenscaucus.nationbuilder.com/membership

Do you have news items? Send your items of interest to us at dwcannouncements@gmail.com
Deadline for MMN is noon on Sunday.

Paid for by DWPAC - Democratic Women's Political Action Committee
Democratic Women's Caucus
http://www.democraticwomenscaucus.org/


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