Monday Morning News August 28, 2017

We Were Honored        

Thinking about this title in two ways! The Democratic Women’s Caucus was honored at the kick off event of the IDEA French Lick weekend on Thursday night last week. The traditional women’s reception featured Jill Donnelly bringing encouragement and news of Joe’s campaign. Also Karlee Macer, State Representative District 92, spoke to the crowd about the status of women in government.

Regina Moore gave a little history of the beginnings of the DWC and Amy Swain told about our programs and invited anyone to come to breakfasts and our other programs. We gave encouragement for other areas of the 9th District and beyond to support women candidates.

Women seeking the Democratic nomination for Congress, Liz Watson (9th), Tobi Beck (4th), and Courtney Tritch (3rd), each gave some information about their campaigns. It’s encouraging to have THREE women (possibly more) running at this level. Anna Murray (state senator district 46 candidate) and our own Penny Githens (state representative district 60 candidate) also introduced themselves and told a little about their efforts in 2018. 

Celebrating Women’s Equality Day weekend with this kickoff was a great way to be with some amazing women across southern Indiana, and we thank our host committee: Martha Nice, Joanie Kanizer, Rita Long, Patty Yount, and Sandy Blanton for this honor. WE were honored to share our story and share the honors with so many others.

— Regina Moore


SEPTEMBER BREAKFAST: As this issue of the Monday Morning News went to press, the program for the breakfast was still TBA, but you can be sure it will be an interesting one. Be there or wish you had been!
Friday, September 1, 7:30 am
Village Deli

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:
Announcements
Events
Action Items

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

How long is too long?
Although the MCCSC School Board members do not run with a political party, they still follow some of the precepts of democratic elections. Except for one thing. The concept of representation on the board is a little skewed when it's not necessary for them to pay attention to the school board districts being equal in population. The last time these districts were redrawn was 1996. Check out the petition and other facts at the link below.
Act quickly as this is a very timely issue!
https://www.change.org/p/mccsc-board-of-trustees-update-school-board-seats?recruiter=758523400&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition
If you'd like to sit and chat with the organizers, there will be a meeting at the Monroe County Public Library at 4 pm on Sunday, September 3. (you can still make the Comedy Attic Benefit!)

EVENTS:

August 30 Study Committee on Elections
From the League of Women Voters--

The General Assembly’s Interim Study Committee on Elections is meeting on August 30 as part of its study of how changes in Indiana election law have affected voting from 2000 to 2016.  The agenda is here: https://iga.in.gov/documents/6a74f20d
The meeting can be watched as it's live streamed via the Indiana General Assembly website.  (Click on Committees, then Interim, then in the lefthand column on Elections, Interim Study Committee, then at the right choose to watch it live.)

Thursday September 7th 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Tour the Bloomington Health Center! (tours starting at 5:15, 5:45, and 6:15)
421 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403
Deborah Meader and Nan McKinley (Co-chairs of the Reproductive Justice Task Force of the UU) along with Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK), invite you to tour the Bloomington Health Center and learn about the organization and services provided.
Reservations are required. Please RSVP by September 1, 2017 to Alayna Lerner at Alayna.lerner@ppink.org or 317-637-4170.

Saturday, September 9th & Wednesday, September 12: Your Voice Matters Canvass
Please join the next set of Your Voice Matters canvassing on September 9 (11:00 am and noon) and September 12 (6:00 pm). If you have never canvassed, this is a great way to get experience and reach out to the community. We will be leaving from the new headquarters at 4th and Madison.  If you are interested, please contact Teri Bleuel, tableuel@gmail.com

Sunday, September 10  4:00-7:00pm
The Third Annual Hamilton Friends & Family Picnic

Bryan Park- North Shelter (Henderson St.)

Please join Mayor John Hamilton and Dawn Johnsen in supporting Indiana Democratic candidates at the 3rd annual Hamilton Friends and Family Picnic. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. Live music by Huckleberry Funk, food, friendship and some politics.  Bring a side dish or dessert to share if you wish, and a lawn chair or blanket. This is a family-friendly event


Thursday, September 28, 9:00 am
First Annual Monroe County Government Opioid and Prescription Drug Summit
Monroe County Convention Center
Commissioner Amanda Barge, Councilwoman Shelli Yoder, and Monroe County Government officials are teaming up to provide leadership on this issue for this region. This event is for anyone who has an interest in this issue and being part of the solution. CEU's will be offered.
Tickets are going fast, so reserve yours now: click here for tickets
If your organization wants to sponsor this event, please email Shelli at: shelliyoder@me.com
If you are interested in presenting at the event, or having a booth, please email Amanda at: amandabarge@gmail.com

ACTION ITEMS:

ONE ACTION ITEM #1: This week the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Wisconsin gerrymandering case Gill v. Whitford. As supporters of democracy around the country wait in hope for the Court to ban partisan redistricting, read Sheila Seuss Kennedy's recent blogpost, "Another Look at Gerrymandering," for a concise explanation of gerrymandering and its destructive effects on voter turnout and good government. Then contact your friends and family around the state and urge them to join the movement advocating for the creation of an independent bipartisan redistricting commission here in Indiana. We need to turn up the heat on our state legislators and let them know that voters around the state demand change.

ACTION ITEM #2:
Buy tickets and invite all your friends to the DWC COMEDY FUNDRAISER on Sunday, September 3 at the Comedy Attic

All the proceeds will help fund, inspire, recruit, support and train progressive, pro-choice women candidates. We promise we will make you laugh!! Event Cancelled!
 
Join the DWC.  Renew your membership today.
The DWC is dedicated #1 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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