Monday Morning News 09 November 2015

CALL FOR STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
     If you are interested in helping with the Steering Committee of the DWC, we'd like to hear from you!
OR, 
If you'd like to serve on the nominating committee, we'd like to hear from you!
Please email Julie at drjuliethomas@gmail.com 
     The Nominating Committee will talk with you about information on time commitment, your interest, and how you could contribute to the work of the DWC! This is some of the most rewarding work you can imagine! Please consider one or both of the above calls! 

WE MISSED YOU AT FRIDAY'S BREAKFAST!
     First off we celebrated the fact that for the first time in a number of years we will have four4FOUR! women on the city council.  It only took us three election cycles to get there, but we did it!  Congrats to Dorothy GrangerIsabel Piedmont-Smith andAllison Chopra who will serve along with incumbent Susan Sandberg on the 2016-2020 council. Congrats to Nicole Bolden who will serve as City Clerk for the same four year term. 
     Our program speaker, Rachel Guiglielmo, local Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense member, spoke about organizing to influence state legislators to pass common sense gun laws that will help prevent mass shootings. 
     Rachel also answered questions and told us about the group's next activity, a discussion on ending gun violence on campus, and screening of film "Living for 32" -- a documentary on the Virginia Tech shooting and the efforts of one of its survivors, Colin Goddard, to educate and advocate on the issue of gun violence prevention in its wake.
     If you want to follow the national action on this issue, try this Facebook link:https://www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction/?fref=ts
Local action can be found at this Bloomington Moms Demand Action Group. 
It says secret link, but it's not a secret!https://www.facebook.com/groups/1442351939356223/ 
     Hannah Miller, IU College Democrat President, DWC member, and frequent breakfast attender, has also written on this topic. 
Check out her article in the Indiana Business Journal.  Very proud of you, Hannah!
http://www.ibj.com/articles/55608-miller-gun-violence-can-be-prevented-so-why-arent-we-doing-it

SUFFRAGETTE!!
Last, we announced the plan to have a private screening of the film"Suffragette" next week. We're negotiating with AMC on the West side where the movie will be shown starting on November 20th.  We'd like to have a PREVIEW private showing for youyour friends, and your guests.  
     Julie Thomas has agreed to open the festivities with a brief introduction to the British women's suffrage movement in relation to the US efforts, keying us on on what to watch for and contributing to the all 'round enjoyment of the film.  
We'll be selling tickets and sending out info as we finalize the event.  We'll have special door prizes and other special delights!  
     If you're interested in the private screening tentatively set for 7 pm on Thursday, November 19th, please email your intent to Dorothy Granger at dorothyg@mail.com.  We need to guarantee 50-75 seats, but if response is good, we may need a bigger theater!

IN THIS ISSUE:

EVENTS

  • Caucus for County Council District 4
  • Fundraiser for John Gregg
  • Patten Lecture by feminist political economist
  • Community Conversation with the Bloomington Police Department
  • What They Didn't Tell You in Civics Class
  • Patten Lecture #2
  • Living for 32 - screening of Documentary on Gun Control
  • Democrats' Club Lunch
  • SUFFRAGETTE!
  • Keeping an Eye on What Your Elected Officials are Doing for you!
  • Reunion and Book Signing with Tomi Allison


ACTION ITEM THIS WEEK

EVENTS

Caucus for County Council District 4
TODAY,
 5:30 pm in the 3rd Floor Nat U Hill room in the courthouse. 
If you are not a precinct committee person in District 4, you won’t be able to vote, but it’s very interesting to attend to watch the candidate presentations and voting. You are welcome to come.

TUESDAY NOV 10
FUNDRAISER FOR JOHN GREGG
 at NICKS, 5-6:30 pm.
Come to the Hoosier Room, upstairs, to hear how John Gregg plans to replace Mike Pence and bring Indiana into the more tolerant, more educated, more prosperous world with common sense and a little help from his friends… that’s us.

TUESDAY NOV 10
Patten Lecture: Feminist political economist Nancy Folbre from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst) speaks 7:30-9:00 in President’s Hall at Franklin Hall. Topic: “Monsters of the Economic: Inequality, Fear, and Loathing in America”
Website:  http://patten.indiana.edu/lecturers/nancy-folbre.html 

THURSDAY NOV 12
The City of Bloomington Safe and Civil City Program will present the second program in the "Community Conversations with Law Enforcement" series, on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 401 N. Morton Street. 
This forum will explore the impact of mass and social media on our views of policing and how those forces shape and influence our perceptions and realities.
     This discussion will include representatives from the Bloomington Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Indiana University Police Department and Indiana State Police Department. It will be moderated by Indiana University professor of Criminal Justice, Akwasi O. Bempah. Community members will be given an opportunity to publicly and privately meet with members from the respective law enforcement agencies.

THURSDAY NOV 12
MCPL and the LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS continue the discussion series with “How the Legislature Really Works, and what they didn’t teach you in civics class" with our State Rep Matt Pierce. 7:00 to 8:30 Room 1B on the ground floor.  Are they teaching civics anymore?

THURSDAY NOV 12
Patten Lecture #2 with Feminist political economist Nancy Folbre 7:30 in President’s Hall in Franklin Hall.
Topic: The Political Economy of Patriarchal Systems 
Website:  http://patten.indiana.edu/lecturers/nancy-folbre.html

SUNDAY NOV 15
Living for 32 - screening of Documentary on Gun Control. 2:30 to 5 pm at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
"Have a loved one who lives, works or studies on a college campus?
Join Moms Demand Gun Sense for a screening of "Living for 32," a documentary on the Virginia Tech shooting, with special guests Colin Goddard, survivor of the shooting and Senior Policy Advocate at Everytown for Gun Safety, and Paul Helmke, director of the Civic Leaders Program at IU-Bloomington and former President of the Brady Campaign. Screening is at 3; doors open at 2:30.

TUESDAY NOV 17
The Monroe County Democrats' Club will meet on Tuesday, November 17, at 11:30 a.m. at Bobby's Colorado Steakhouse. Former Congressman Baron Hill will speak about his candidacy for Indiana Senator.
     This is also the time of year for a fundraising raffle. If you have an item to donate – handmade, home baked, holiday related, politically related – email Rita Drescher atrdresh@gmail.com

THURSDAY NOV 19
Preview of Suffragette! 
See the notes above on what we hope will be a preview showing of this new movie. Send in a reservation for the number of tickets you want to Dorothy Granger at dorothyg@mail.com. 

THURSDAY NOV 19
League of Women Voters and MCPL have more Voter Discussion Series moments:
“Watch them Like Hawks: Keeping an eye on what your Indiana elected officials are doing for you”
Jody Madeira, IU Maurer School of Law Professor leads this from 7-8:30 pmMCPL Meeting Room 1B on the ground floor.     

NOVEMBER 21
The Book Signing/Reunion with Former Mayor Tomi Allison 
All Democrats are invited to a book signing/reunion occasioned by The Accidental Mayor, Tomi Allison's book about her term as Mayor of Bloomington (1983-1995).  Many members of her team are returning for a 20-year reunion Saturday, Nov. 21, 2-4 p.m., at City Hall Atrium.  It will be a great chance to see some old friends from the McCloskey and Allison administrations

INVITE A FRIEND TO JOIN THE DWC  
The DWC is open to progressives regardless of gender or sexual orientation.  Join any time.  Only $20 for one year’s membership.  Join online here.

ACTION ITEM

This week, please try to attend one of the events above. 
These are local, important, informational opportunities that help us stay informed as citizens and participants in our democracy. 
Even better -- Ask a friend to go with you!

 


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