monday morning news July 17, 2017

Many of us have been thinking recently that we live in a bubble. A Democratic bubble...a Bloomington bubble...a partisan bubble...take your pick. We believe what we believe, and many or most of our friends believe the same. We read books and newspapers and magazines that tend to reinforce those beliefs, and let's be honest--there's a bit of reluctance to investigate opposing opinions and alternative sources of information because it can get uncomfortable. We've spent our lives arriving at our particular worldviews and god forbid we should realize there's another way to look at something and now we have to rethink it. Who has time for that! Which raises another fair point--all of us are busy. Busy busy busy with our routines and our many obligations, and that leaves little time or opportunity to do the work of actively seeking out people who think differently from us. But we need to understand how others think, and we need to be personally connected with those who don't share our opinions because otherwise we are the enemy, and they are the enemy, and we will remain polarized. And that's why we're in the mess we are in.

For any of you out there who have been feeling this way, there's a ray of hope. Sheila Kennedy's recent blog post suggests a website that might help us break out of our bubbles. It's called Pro and Con, and you can access it at the link below, where you can also read Sheila's comments on it.  Let's explore. Maybe we can begin to make a dent in the extreme partisanship that is undermining our democracy.

http://www.sheilakennedy.net/2017/07/pro-and-con/

We had a huge turnout for Friday's Women In Politics Cocktail hour (over 53 women from 5 different counties). The success of the "Your Voice Matter's" canvassing organized by the Monroe County Democratic Party on the second Sat. of each month also shows that many people want to talk respectfully about what matters in their lives with others in their community. We don't have to agree, but we do have to have the conversation. So go out and talk with someone today!
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monday morning news July 3, 2017

Yes! It's time for the DWC Breakfast again!
Friday, 7:30 am, Village Deli
Part of our mission is in supporting women in all aspects of political life. This week we'll be talking about women running for office, hearing from some local women who recently ran and took office, and finding out the ups and downs of that whole process.  AND we'll find out how we can continue to support them after they are elected.
There won't be a lunch this week, but we will host a Women In Politics Cocktail Hour Friday, July 14th, 6 pm at Truffles. (see below)

What to do on the 4th after the Parade and Hot Dogs?

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Alexandra Pelosi, documentary filmmaker, has created “The Words That Built America” which she hopes will highlight the things Americans have in common, rather than the things on which they don’t agree.  Her unique film features Democrats, Republicans, Senators, Presidents, and others reading the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the US, and the Bill of Rights.  Read more about it here: http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/339738-new-alexandra-pelosi-documentary-brings-together-gop-dem  
How can one ignore Morgan Freeman reading anything!
Also -- A little video preview with Pelosi explaining her project:
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=alexandra+pelosi+documentary&view=detail&mid=F9947D77A246D64E3ECBF9947D77A246D64E3ECB&FORM=VIRE


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Monday Morning News June 26, 2017

HEALTH CARE DEBACLE
Last week the Senate GOP cabal finally released its proposed version of the House bill that will gut the Affordable Care Act. Although they developed it in secret and almost nobody, including the Congressional Budget Office, has had a chance to review and comment on it, Senate leadership wants a vote by July 4th. PLEASE contact our Indiana senators and tell them to vote no on this horrendous legislation. Our lives and the lives of millions of Americans at nearly all but the highest income levels depend on our willingness to scream BLOODY HELL NO!

Senator Joe Donnelly      
donnelly.senate.gov
Washington D.C. Office:(202) 224-4814
Indianapolis Office:  (317) 226-5555    
115 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 100     

Senator Todd Young
young.senate.gov
Washington D.C. Office:  202-224-5623
Indianapolis Office: 317-226-6700                      
46 East Ohio Street, Suite 462   

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monday morning news June 19, 2017

Taking a clue from Wonder Woman we look at roles of women in the process of empowering women.
We know that women hold about 20% of the approximately 500,000 elected offices in the country.
We know that women don't run for office readily, and that they are not overly encouraged by party leaders, although this is really changing now.
We know that women approach tasks differently than men, thinking that they have to know EVERYTHING about the job before they think they are qualified for the job.
We know that women balance more than work/campaign when they're running for office.
We know that the average age of women when they run for the first time is 47.

BUT -- This has all begun to change since November 2016. Women have marched. Women have organized. Women have signed up to run for office in droves!  We WILL make a dent in that 30% deficit and we will bring our younger sisters along with us, supporting them, teaching them, and learning from them.  
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Starting with Rise To Run a unique program that is a nationwide grassroots and community based organization that trains and encourages young progressive women to rise up and run for office. Bloomington is a pilot hub for this program, one of four in the country, that will draw on the strength of progressive women to help create an atmosphere where young college age and high school age women begin to understand that they can make a difference in public service.  An advisory committee is being formed this summer, with a kick-off event in early fall after school starts.
If you are interested the program, please visit https://www.risetorun.org/.  
Support the group by "Liking" the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/risetorun.Bloomington.IN/
Think about how you could support this group of young women,
and finally think about young women that you think would be well suited for the program.
Send your thoughts to Rachel and Regina
Rachel Guglielmo rguglielmo.indiana@gmail.com
Regina Moore regina.moore@gmail.com

We just cannot tolerate any more pictures of middle aged white men in suits around tables creating health care programs for women, regulating personal choices, or telling women that after the age of 50 there is no need for them to have a gynecologist.
To take a quote from the movie Network: We're "mad as hell and we're not going to take it any more!"

Wonder Woman inspires us!

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Monday Morning News June 12, 2017

Has it really been only 145 days? It feels like an eternity. But as we fight to protect healthcare, the environment, our public schools, justice for religious, racial, and LGBTQ minorities, and so much more, we need to keep the president’s accomplices in the House and Senate squarely in our sights—and begin thinking about taking back the House in 2018. And that brings us to the gerrymander, the spawn of legislators intent on protecting the party in power by drawing district maps to favor its own candidates, in effect allowing candidates to choose their voters rather than being accountable to them. According to “Extreme Maps,” a recent report by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, “extreme partisan bias in congressional maps accounts for at least 16–17 Republican seats in the current Congress—a significant portion of the 24 seats Democrats would need to gain control of the House in 2020.” Among the report’s findings are that congressional maps drawn up after the 2010 census consistently favor Republicans; that these maps have persisted through changes in the legislature and population shifts; that just six swing states and Texas account for almost all the bias, and most importantly, “maps drawn by independent commissions, courts, or split-party state governments had less bias.”

 So what can we do to take back our democracy? First, we need to educate ourselves. Read the Brennan Center’s report (http://www.brennancenter.org/publication/extreme-maps) and its work on redistricting as well as voting rights and elections (http://www.brennancenter.org/issues/redistricting). Watch the movie Gerrymandering (available free online at http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/gerrymandering). Consider walking in the League of Women Voters’ July “Gerrymander Meander” and invite a few friends and neighbors to come along. Lend your support to organizations that are fighting to end gerrymandering. Let your legislators know that you want competitive districts drawn up by a bipartisan commission. Time is of the essence—the 2018 House races are right around the corner and the next redistricting is less than four years away, following the 2020 census.


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monday morning news June 5, 2017

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DON'T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT!
Did you just think of an elephant? Of course you did...
What are you reading this summer? At our June Meeting DWC members shared some of the books they've been reading to keep up to date, to stay informed, to better help candidates be successful, and sometimes, just to keep sane. We had a wonderful show and tell at breakfast and a fun round table discussion at lunch... if you missed it, a list of the books and synopses is coming your way soon....

But back to the elephant in the room... one of the books discussed at breakfast was George Lakoff's Don’t Think of an Elephant! In the book, Lakoff explains how framing is about ideas―ideas that come before policy, ideas that make sense of facts, ideas that are proactive not reactive, positive not negative, ideas that need to be communicated out loud every day in public. Republicans have been all too successful at sandwiching messages into soundbites and reducing policies to short (and misleading) phrases - think “death tax”, “school choice” or “activist judge.” Lakoff, urges us to go beyond the typical laundry list of facts, policies, and programs and present a clear moral vision to the country―one that is traditionally American and can become a guidepost for developing compassionate, effective policy that upholds citizens’ well-being and freedom. It’s time to educate ourselves, reclaim and reframe our own messages and to get out and talk to the people, those who agree with us and those who don’t.
Happy summer reading, chance encounters, tea and tête-à-têtes, cocktails and conversations…

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monday morning news May 30, 2107

BREAKFAST FRIDAY! This and more!
Summer Reading List!
or the Topic of our June 2nd meeting
7:30 am at Village Deli and/or NOON at Grazie Italiano
please rsvp to dwcannouncements@gmail.com

Trade in the light-hearted beach reads for something a bit more useful in our work to change our political atmosphere.  
So…..  What are you reading this summer?  
Can you share a 2-3 minute summary about your book with the DWC members?
Do you have a favorite you'd like to pass on to a DWC member for reading?
Let us know if you are going to share a book! dwcannouncements@gmail.com

Here's a list of suggestions to get you started!

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, Johathan Allen and Aime Parnes
It’s Up to the Women, Eleanor Roosevelt
The Destruction of Hillary Clinton, Susan Brodo
Pantsuit Nation, Libby Chamberlain, ed
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J.D.Vance
White Trash. The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg
Talking Politics? What You Need to Know before Opening Your Mouth, Sheila Suess Kennedy
Broad Influence: How Women are Changing the Way America Works, Jay Newton-Small
This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class, Elizabeth Warren
Hard Choices, Hillary Clinton
Listen Liberal, Thomas Frank
Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy, David Daley
Don’t Think of an Elephant, George Lakoff
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, Jonathan Haidt
Can't We All Disagree More Constructively? from The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt (a $.99 ebook)

More Reading! This from Commissioner and DWC member Julie Thomas about gender parity in politics.
Are we really making progress???
https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/women/reports/2017/05/19/427206/opening-the-gates/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=progReport


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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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