Monday Morning News - February 8, 2016

SERVE ON THE ENDORSEMENT COMMITTEE - We need 4 more!
The Democratic Women's Caucus is seeking volunteers to serve on the 2016 Endorsement Committee. The endorsement committee is composed of Steering Committee members and general members of the DWC.  The endorsement process includes reviewing applications for endorsement and conducting interviews. It is especially labor-intensive during the few weeks of February (after the filing deadline for candidates on February 5 and before the DWC's March meeting).  This is a great opportunity to participate in a meaningful way in the endorsement process.
Interested in volunteering or in learning more? Contact Julie Thomas (
drjuliethomas@gmail.com).


IN THIS ISSUE:

ANNOUNCEMENTS
EVENTS

ACTION ITEM THIS WEEK

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OUR DUES MUST BE PAID IN ORDER TO VOTE
Your DWC Dues for 2016 must be paid in order to vote on endorsements.  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. Please renew your membership now!  Only $20 for one year’s membership.  Join online here.

CHECK OUT HOW MANY WOMEN ARE RUNNING FOR OFFICE!!!
The filing deadline is past and below is the list of women who have filed for the upcoming election cycle from our area. This sure looks like progress and indicates we are on the right track!

State offices
U.S. House of Representatives District 9:  Shelli Yoder
State Senate District 44:  Linda Henderson (Bedford)
State House District 60:  Penny Githens

Judges
Court 1 Seat 1:
Darcie Fawcett, Holly Harvey
Court 5, Seat 4: Mary Ellen Diekhoff

County Offices
Treasurer:
Jessica McClellan
Auditor: Therese K. Chambers, Terri Porter

Coroner:  Joani Shields

County Council At Large: Cheryl Munson, Elizabeth Lee Jones

County Commissioner District 2: Julie Thomas

County Commissioner District 3: Amanda Barge

Delegates
County Council 1:
Lorraine Farrell

County Council 2:
Erin McNeil
Katherine (Kitty) Liell
Donna Purdom
Penny Githens
Regina Moore
Sharon Wainshilbaum
Dawn Johnsen
Jami Scholl

County Council 3:
Doris Sims
Pamela (Stewart) Cook
Laura Makarchuk

County Council 4:
Kim Alexander
Kyla Cox Deckard
Kathleen Cook
Cathy Crabtree

You GO Girls!!! Remember, many of these women must campaign and are already working hard. They could really use our members' help with boots on the ground and funding. So sign up to help, already!

EVENTS

Louise Melling (National ACLU Deputy Legal Director): Religious Refusals and Reproductive Rights:  Conscience as Discrimination and Shaming

February 9, noon, IU Bloomington Maurer School of Law, moot court room (Room 123). Pizza provided.

Last year, the nation turned its attention to Indiana as the legislature passed and the governor signed into law a Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The public outcry, most prominently by businesses threatening boycotts of the state, focused mainly on concern that the law would sanction discrimination against LGBT people. The implications for women seeking to exercise reproductive rights featured little if at all in the public debates—even though to date RFRA has been used successfully as a sword against women seeking to exercise reproductive rights, not against LGBT people. 

Louise Melling is the ACLU’s Deputy Legal Director, Director of Center for Liberty and the Campaign to End the Use of Religion to Discriminate.  Her talk will challenge the current ways of thinking about reproductive rights and religious refusals. It will argue that the refusal to provide women reproductive health care, no less than the refusal to provide LGBT people wedding services, is discrimination. Sponsored by the Maurer chapters of American Constitution Society, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Feminist Law Forum, and OUTlaw.  

Indiana Federation of Democratic Women Spring Meeting
March 5, 2016, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the UAW Union Hall, 2840 S. Madison Ave., Anderson, Indiana.

Join the IFDW at it's Spring Meeting to celebrate Women’s History Month! The Keynote Speaker is Anita Hawkins Nowlen, a Certified Diversity Trainer and Women’s Leadership Coach, Work Shop Facilitator, Motivational Speaker. Special Guest--Glenda Ritz! Cost is $20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door and includes lunch and refreshments.

Please RSVP by calling 765-603-8213 and/or send payment in advance to:

Brittany Solis
c/o Indiana Democratic Party
115 W. Washington St., Suite 1165
Indianapolis, IN 46204

ACTION ITEM:
From the National Women's History Project

Join the KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN for the film, INEZ MILHOLLAND~ FORWARD INTO LIGHT

Your Kickstarter contribution will help provide funding for the short film, INEZ MILHOLLAND~ FORWARD INTO LIGHT, to be polished and  distributed freely and widely throughout our communities.

Inez Milholland broke convention with her striking demonstration of conscience--advocating for gender equality, pacifism, racial justice, unions and free speech.  She captured headlines and mesmerized audiences, proving that voting rights appealed not just to “brainy women” but to all women.  Most famously, she led the 1913 Suffrage Parade on her horse, Gray Dawn, risking all as she rode directly into masses of violent disapproving men. White cape, gloves and a crown, Inez became the Suffrage Movement’s very own Joan of Arc, the national iconic figure for VOTES FOR WOMEN.  Her dedication to Women’s Suffrage led to speaking engagements across the country and ultimately to her end. 

Join the KICKSTARTER Campaign from now until February 29th at:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1672365396/inez-milholland-forward-into-light 

Wild West Women is a 2016 Partner
National Women's History Project
730 Second Street #469
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
http://www.nwhp.org
(707) 636-2888
nwhp@nwhp.org

 
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Deadline for MMN is noon on Sunday.

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http://www.democraticwomenscaucus.org/


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