Monday Morning News - February 13, 2017

Unfortunately, yet another appalling Trump nominee was confirmed by the Senate last week--Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. The US will now have a chief law enforcement officer and legal adviser to the President who is racist and unlikely to enforce civil rights, does not believe in the dangers of global climate change, and has opposed almost every immigration bill proposed in the last twenty years that provided any path to citizenship. But the exciting news that came out of his confirmation hearings involved Elizabeth Warren, who once again showed her feistiness and demonstrated we can count on her to keep trying to shift Congress to the side of sanity. It was unbelievable that Mitch McConnell shut her up when she tried to read a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King that talked about Mr. Sessions' flaws. Seriously? Was she inciting to violence or committing murder by elocution? Hardly. She was trying to save our Republic. See for yourself. Read the letter here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/us/politics/elizabeth-warren-coretta-scott-king-jeff-sessions.html?_r=0

After being silenced, Senator Warren left and read the letter outside the Senate chambers anyway. So there! Here's to courageous women role models who make us confident we can reach for the stars. We cannot be silenced.

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monday morning news Feb. 6, 2017

Breakfast news for those of you who missed it.....
100+ People were present for Friday's Breakfast meeting at the Village Deli! We used every available chair, standing room and the overflow in the little room behind the main dining room!  Clearly women are motivated, fired up and ready to go! Picture below taken early in the program -- before people were standing in every empty space!
     Teri Kleine, Teri Bleuel and Nancy Hutchens clarified information about the Affordable Care Act, and what we will lose if the act is repealed and not replaced. We will send their handouts out in a separate newsletter later this week for you to have and use.
They related their experiences visiting offices, and offered to take groups to Indy to support the ACA. If you'd like to go in a group to visit Senator Donnelly's office in Indy about defending the Affordable Care Act (and Senator Young, if time permits) please email your name, contact number and days of the week and times you are available to go to: teri.kleine@gmail.com.
 
**FLASH!!** First visit is scheduled Friday, Feb 10th leaving Bloomington at 10:00 am! Email Teri for details!

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Get Involved!!
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!!
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monday morning news Jan. 30, 2107

It has been a very long eight days… In fact it seems much longer than that… so much damage done in so little time. So many people acting in their own interests instead of the public good.
But there have been bright spots… the wonderful women’s rallies last weekend… a packed house for the Monroe County NOW call out, hundreds of Bloomingtonians marching in support of our Muslim and refugee neighbors… voices of support from around the world….

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MORE GOOD NEWS?  IT’S TIME FOR THE DWC MONTHLY BREAKFAST!!
Gather with friends on Friday Feb. 3, 2017 7:30am at the Village Deli
Members Terri Klein and Terri Bluel will update us on what is happening with the Affordable Care Act. As the Axios Vitals Newsletter pointed out this morning... "It took one travel ban to wipe Obamacare out of the news, but that's about to change thanks to some high-profile hearings on replacement ideas and Tuesday's Senate Finance Committee's confirmation vote on Tom Price. And let's not forget the big cliffhanger: Will there still be a last-minute signup surge on Tuesday as Obamacare open enrollment ends?"
Teri Bluel and Teri Klein have been working with various groups on the issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act – you know, the one that DJT wants to immediately repeal and replace…. - Teri and Teri have been working with a number of groups advocating for the improvement of the ACA, especially with regards to women’s health issues. They’ll tell us what they’ve learned in their petitioning, calling and visiting senators’ offices, and how we can stay on top of the issue for action when it’s needed.  If there’s one thing we’ve watched in the last 10 days, it’s that people all over are motivated and mobilized to push for the changes they want to see. That’s us!

If you have a story from a march, demonstration or action that you’ve recently participated in, please bring it along to share!


Get Involved!!
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!

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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!

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monday morning news Jan. 16, 2017

WOMEN ACROSS THE WORLD TELL US WE ARE NOT ALONE
Shared by Vicki Polansky, long time DWC member:
A colleague in Estonia has been keeping me informed about international reactions to events in our country. Yesterday's postings appear below:

What angers you about the world you live in? What would you say to world leaders if you were given time with them?

     These are some of the questions playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz is asking young women ahead of the Women’s March on London, part of a global movement of people taking to the street’s on the first day of Donald Trump’s presidency. She will shape a text from the contributions she receives, and a version will be read in front of the American Embassy on the day – January 21.
     More than 60 cities in 32 countries are marching in solidarity with a planned march in Washington, D.C., and the Facebook page for the London event already has 10,000 people listed as attending. London’s event counts Amnesty International, Liberty, Pride in London, Unite, and the Women’s Equality Party amongst their supporters, and celebrity supporters include Ian McKellen, Alexa Chung and Frankie Boyle."
     And here’s the Facebook announcement for the Women’s March on London:
(ed. Note: let’s post on that site to personally thank them!)

Saturday, 21 January 2017
at 12 o’clock
Womensmarchlondon.com
THIS MARCH IS INCLUSIVE AND ALL ARE WELCOME.  
     On January 21 2017, the first day of Donald Trump’s Presidency, women-led marches, welcoming all participants, will take place across the world, with the largest expected in Washington, D.C.. We call on people of all genders to march in London as part of an international day of action in solidarity.
     We will march, wherever we march, for the protection of our fundamental rights and for the safeguarding of freedoms threatened by recent political events. We unite and stand together for the dignity and equality of all peoples, for the safety and health of our planet and for the strength of our vibrant and diverse communities.
     We will come together in the spirit of democracy, honouring the champions of human rights who have gone before us. Please spread the word, so that our numbers are too great to ignore and the message to the world is clear. The politics of fear and division have no place in 2017.
     .... a link to the Huffington Post with a graphic showing marches around the world many of which will take place BEFORE our march!:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5878a635e4b094e1aa9dc530?timestamp=1484312828256

     Just an added note: lest we forget, our sisters in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Ukraine are facing the real possibility that Putin will seize the occasion of his good friend Donald’s presidency to send tanks into the Ukraine and the Baltic states. Trump has basically signed off on Russian’s intervention in eastern Ukraine as well as the annexation of the Crimea, and Newt Gingrich has declared Tallinn to be “a suburb of St. Petersburg.”


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Monday Morning News - January 9, 2017

The breakfast meeting on Friday, January 6th at the Village Deli was packed to the gills--with lots of new members!! There's nothing like a crushing election defeat to energize the PEOPLE. The theme of the breakfast was learning how we can participate, communicate and advocate in our new political world. Jean Capler and Kathy Byers presented on an organization they formed in December called "Call To Action," an "online and in-person organization focused on TAKING ACTION!" Call To Action has set up a secret Facebook page to promote communication, maintains a list of actions accomplished or begun each week, provides activist skills-building training sessions, and facilitates networking with other activist groups.  What a great way to begin centralizing the scads of information out there and making sense of how we can effectively and collectively be heard, prevent the undoing of all the progress made in the last eight years, and promote progress not regression.

To be added to the group or learn more about Call To Action, contact Jean and Kathy at jean.capler@gmail.com and kvbyers@indiana.edu

Teri Kleine spoke to us about affecting what Congress does with the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"). Teri has been in direct communication with Senator Donnelly's office about it and he is asking anyone and everyone to email or call his office with thoughts on why we need the ACA to continue, and he especially asks for stories of how the ACA has improved your life or the life of someone you know. Senator  Donnelly and the Indiana Democratic Party are also asking Hoosiers to participate in the National Day of Action to advocate for the ACA on Sunday, January 15th. For more information, see details in the Events section below. To contact Senator Donnelly, see the Action Items below.

Finally, Kate Cruikshank talked about her work with the IU School of Education to improve civics education for our children. She introduced Josephine McCormick, a senior at Bloomington High School South, who on her own initiative started an effort to get BHSS to educate its students on the importance and the mechanics of voting. She garnered the support of several teachers and her message certainly made an impact. What an exciting thing to see a young person starting to take charge! And what prime illustrations of the power of one person to make significant change. Kudos to Jean, Kathy, Kate and Josephine for picking up the pieces after last November's election and turning them into coherent and concrete action!!!

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monday morning news Jan. 4, 2107 - Breakfast Reminder

A great line up of inspiration for you Friday Morning, 7:30 am, Village Deli!  

We will focus on just how we can participate, communicate, and advocate!  Folks who have resources for local, state, and national issues and actions will be presenting concrete things we can do right now, some from the comfort of our homes, to help monitor, inform, act and resist if necessary. If you've been bombarded with items on Facebook, locally, through friends and moms' groups... come to breakfast to help sort out some of the most effective and meaningful ways to participate in our democracy.

Jean Capler and Kathy Byers will talk about their Call to Action effort and how you can get involved.
Kate Cruikshank is back with information on just how to monitor the state legislature's actions this year.
Kate is bringing a young woman who will talk about her organizing efforts with new voters before the election.
There will be people with pink hats dotted around the Deli... know what that's about?  Come find out!

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.  Bring your dues to the breakfast Friday, or
Join online here: https://democraticwomenscaucus.nationbuilder.com/membership

THE PUSSYHAT PROJECT

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http://www.berkeleyside.com/2016/12/29/thousands-of-women-knit-pink-pussy-hats-to-wear-at-trump-protest-marches/

#pussyhat
Yeah, it might be a little silly....  but it can be SO much more than that!
It's public art.
It's a rallying cry.
It identifies friends in a sea of people.
It does GOOD!
Local women are knitting, crocheting or sewing fleece hats to benefit Planned Parenthood! They'll be sold to marchers for a $20 donation to Planned Parenthood! Stay tuned for more info on the local hat project!
If you can create one of these hats this week, bring it to the breakfast meeting on Friday.  Email regina.moore@gmail.com for information.


EVENTS:

HIDDEN FIGURES film opening on Friday, January 6th
Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. This will be at the Westside Showplace.

Legislative Update this Saturday!
January 7, Saturday, 9:30 am to 11:00 am. Council Chambers at City Hall, 401 N Morton
State Legislators representing Monroe County and the area are invited by the League of Women Voters to share their ideas for this legislative session. Legislators will share information on bills they have submitted for this session, will give their ideas on how the session will proceed, and will take questions from the audience. This is an opportunity that is essential to understanding just what happens during the general assembly session. Plan on going!
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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monday morning news Jan. 2, 2107

Congratulations to newly sworn elected officials supported by the DWC. Pictures from the January 1 ceremony can be found on our Facebook Page!

Our constitutional democracy demands our participation,
not just every four years but all the time.
— Hillary Clinton, November 9, 2016

Keeping in tune with the above statement, our breakfast meeting on Friday, January 6th, (7:30 am at the Village Deli) will focus on just how we can participate, communicate, and advocate!  Folks who have resources for local, state, and national issues and actions will be presenting concrete things we can do right now, some from the comfort of our homes, to help monitor, inform, act and resist if necessary. If you've been bombarded with items on Facebook, locally, through friends and moms' groups... come to breakfast to help sort out some of the most effective and meaningful ways to participate in our democracy. (And check out the two - city and county - calls for Board and Commission members below!)

We'll also be sharing information on the January 21st WOMEN'S MARCHES!

THE PUSSYHAT PROJECT

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http://www.berkeleyside.com/2016/12/29/thousands-of-women-knit-pink-pussy-hats-to-wear-at-trump-protest-marches/
#pussyhat
Yeah, it might be a little silly....  but it can be SO much more than that!
It's public art.
It's a rallying cry.
It identifies friends in a sea of people.
It does GOOD!
Local women are knitting, crocheting or sewing fleece hats to benefit Planned Parenthood! They'll be sold to marchers for a $20 donation to Planned Parenthood! Stay tuned for more info on the local hat project!
If you can create one of these hats this week, bring it to the breakfast meeting on Friday.  Email regina.moore@gmail.com for information.

*****JUST IN! Yarns Unlimited, the downtown local yarn store, will be having a knit-in on MLK Day (January 16th) from 1-4 pm to make these hats. Check out their Facebook page for more details! *****

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Monday Morning News - December 12, 2016

We're half way through December and nearing the beginning of a new era. It's time. Really. Right Now. Time for each of us to think about how we are best called to serve our country, because our country needs us now more than ever. In fact, the world needs us now more than ever--just consider what mayhem is in store for our planet if the gentleman the President-in-waiting has proposed for head of the EPA is installed. OK.  Let's not get all depressed because we're over that and it's not productive. Let's figure out what we do, individually and collectively, to set a course correction. Though it's tempting, we can't hide and hope it all goes away. Just remember--the DWC started small, in our small town, in our (some might say) backwater state, but look what we've accomplished, and think about who knows about us and emulates us now, around the country. So...All you deep thinkers, dreamers and planners out there, send us your ideas for changing course at dwcannouncements@gmail.com

It's up to us. The world awaits.

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Monday Morning News Nov. 28, 2016

To our DWC Members and Friends at IU --

December 2 breakfast meeting

Vote for your 2017 Steering Committee members at or before the December 2 breakfast meeting.  If you can't make the breakfast, email your vote to dwcannouncements@gmail.com.  Make sure you are a member!  You can email Vicky Sorensen to double check: vickyasorensen@gmail.com

Up for election Dec. 2016 (term runs 2017-2018)
CHAIR - Amy
TREASURER - Vicky (she was elected to a 1-year term Dec. 2016)
SECRETARY - Lisa Borrerro (1-year term, to finish out Amy's term)
 
At Large: Regina, Penny, Philippa, Amanda
 
Past Chair: Julie (not an elected position; a default position)

Program:
The League of Women Voters of Bloomington and Monroe County has been studying the redistricting process. President Kate Cruickshank has agreed to spend our December 2 breakfast meeting with us to fully brief us on the process up to now, and to talk about the next course of action.  Your homework before December 2? Check out the LWV information site on redistricting at this link: http://bmclwv.org/index.php?action=&go=redistricting


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