Monday Morning News - March 30, 2015


Friday, April 3, 7:30 am, we’re back at Rachel’s Café, 330 E 3rd Street. Please join us for a MOST informative session!

Our very special guest is Jane Henegar, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and relative of at least THREE former or present elected officials in Monroe County (Warren Henegar, Alice Henegar Eads and Lillian Henegar). Jane is perfectly situated to relay to us the timing and intent of the latest “protection of freedom” bestowed upon Hoosiers by the state legislature.

Jane Henegar has taught political science at Butler University and has led the Indiana Bar Foundation’s Project Citizen to teach civics to K-12 students in Indiana. She served as interim director of the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention following her service as Indianapolis deputy mayor from 2000 to 2006. Henegar has held various positions in government, including State Director in the office of Senator Evan Bayh, Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel in the Indiana Department of Administration, executive posts at the Family and Social Services Administration and judicial law clerk for the Honorable Thomas Reavley, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Born and raised in Bloomington, she is a 1984 graduate of Bryn Mawr College and earned her law degree in 1988 from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington.

Save the date - Sunday, April 12:
DWC First Ever Political Karaoke Night at Player's Pub

Our annual DWC Spring fundraiser!!! We’re SURE it will be the first ever political Karaoke contest with your favorite candidates singing their way into your hearts and minds. Come prepared to cheer on your favorite candidate and VOTE for the best performance! Winner will take home a cool trophy. Tickets will be available for $10 at the door, online at our website, or from a DWC steering committee member. Your $10 donation gets you 10 free chits to use to vote for your favorite performer.  (Additional chits will be available at the event for purchase at $1.00 each.) Please feel free to vote more than once!

Come out, have fun, have dinner, listen to some ~interesting~ performances, and support candidates!!


EVENTS THIS WEEK - Every day is a POLITICAL day!
Monday - Forum (MCPL)
Tuesday - Forum (City Hall)
Wednesday - WILPF Event  - "Charlotte Perkins Gilman to Jane Adams: Perils of Peace"
Thursday - FDR Gala
Saturday - LWV Legislative Forum

Isabel Piedmont-Smith seeking volunteers
Nicole Bolden campaign seeks help
Women on $20 Bill!

Applicants sought for Monroe County Women's Commission
Applicants sought for City Boards and Commissions
Action Item! - From our Friday Breakfast Speaker, Jane Henegar

All Endorsed Candidates
You and the DWC!


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Monday Morning News_March 16, 2015

Report from IFDW Conference

The Indiana Federation of Democratic Women held its annual conference in conjunction with the National Federation of Democratic Women regional conference this weekend in Indianapolis. Hosted at the UAW Region 2-B meeting hall, the meeting included workshops on field organizing, fundraising, and recruiting women candidates. Indiana Democratic Party chair John Zody and vice chair Cordelia Lewis-Burks gave opening remarks, and then we heard from NFDW regional director Debi Thompson (Oklahoma) as well as representatives from Michigan and Missouri. 

The highlight of the day was a presentation by former TV writer and producer Jennie Blackton, who is now a consultant for the Democratic National Committee. She presented 6 steps to successful communication with voters:
  1. Explain why you are running, or why you are talking to the group or person today.
  2. The 'why' will lead you to a problem. What is it? Who has it? Targeting. 
  3. What is your experience with that problem? Relate to the other person(s).
  4. Give them HOPE that the problem can be overcome. "We could do ____, why aren't we?"
  5. What stands in the way of a solution? Your political opponent? Apathy?
  6. Wrap it up. What do you want from the person(s)? Her vote, money, action.
Unfortunately, IFDW president Trish Whitcomb Sipes was unable to attend due to illness. Debi Thompson encouraged us all to attend the NFDW annual convention in Atlantic City, June 4-7, 2015.

(Attended by DWC members Isabel Piedmont-Smith and Penny Githens)

DWC Members Honored
Piedmont-Smith campaign seeks help (email correction)
Applicants sought for City Boards and Commissions
WFHB Community Radio seeks Board Members 
Upcoming Events of Interest
Help Continue the Work of the DWC
Action Item - Equal Pay for Equal Work
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Monday Morning News - March 9, 2015

Endorsed Candidates need your help

All five candidates who applied received endorsement by the DWC based on email and in-person votes.

There are many ways to help a candidate's campaign:
-Like her Facebook page                                      -Place yard signs
-Help with events; participate in parades              -Campaign door to door                        
-Make calls to garner votes for a candidate           -Take photos
-Utilize your digital media expertise                     -Register new voters
-Offer your creative design skills

Visit your candidate's website, and contact them to find out what they need.

                                          Endorsed Candidates websites
                              Allison Chopra                          Philippa Guthrie
                              Nicole Bolden                           Dorothy Granger
                                               Isabel Piedmont Smith
Many thanks for the dedication and volunteered hours of the Endorsement Committee members:  Charlotte Zietlow, Vicky Sorensen, Carolyn VandeWiele, Amy Swain, Jonna Capio, Sarah Ryterbrand and Hannah Miller.

Piedmont-Smith Campaign needs your help
Senate Bill 379 & Transit Day at the Statehouse
Rural Zoning Ordinance Meeting
Upcoming Events of Interest
Facebook? MMN?  Join!
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Monday Morning News - March 1, 2015

See you at Rachel's again this Friday!

March DWC Breakfast Meeting - Vote for Endorsement:

DWC members will receive a ballot, listing all candidates who applied for endorsement and indicating which candidates are recommended for endorsement by the Endorsement Committee (see details below).  Members who paid during or before Feb. 6 meeting may vote on which candidates will receive endorsement.

There will be a special email on Wednesday with Endorsement Committee recommendations.

Help support your progressive, pro-choice women candidates!

Friday Breakfast
The Endorsement Process
Upcoming Events of Interest
Membership Report
Action Item


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It's time for candidate endorsements.

Endorsement Process

February: The Endorsement Committee meets, and will contact all eligible candidates to invite them to apply, and to inform them of the application due date and interview date(s).

At a second meeting in February, the Endorsement Committee will interview the applicants in person or by phone. Following the interviews, the Endorsement Committee shall determine which candidates are recommended for endorsement by a simple majority vote. More than one candidate for a seat may be recommended for endorsement.

March DWC Breakfast Meeting: DWC members will receive a ballot, listing all candidates who applied for endorsement and indicating which candidates are recommended for endorsement by the Endorsement Committee.  DWC members who paid during or before Feb. 6 meeting may vote on those recommended.

One-woman play, Grounded
Commission on Status of Women releases report
Important Dates & Deadlines
Membership Report
Action Item - March on the Statehouse this Thursday


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Monday Morning New - Feb. 2, 2015

Breakfast Friday, Feb. 6, 7:30 a.m. at RACHEL’s CAFÉ

Due to the Village Deli being closed right now, Rachel’s Café (300 E Third Street) will host the DWC Breakfast meeting this month.  Rachel will have set choices for us -- an egg strata, gluten-free quiche, waffle, biscuits/gravy, fruit and yogurt, muffin and maybe another choice. We’ll give you an order form at the door with the choices listed, and then you’ll take this to the counter to pay.  Your order will be delivered to you!  Coffee is free if you’re patient with this new venue!  Check email this week for more details.

We will also be passing Charlotte’s REALLY BIG hat this week. Any donations will be given to those great servers at the Village Deli who’ve taken such good care of us in the past 10 years!

We’ll also be taking membership dues for 2015.  Bring your checkbook or ca$h ($20 for one year’s membership!) along with you, or join ahead of time online, here on DWC site.

Take Action Friday!
Happening This Morning - SB 466 & SB 525 testimony
Meetings and deadlines this week
Meetings next week
Women's History Month Luncheon
Applicants sought for City of Bloomington boards and commissions
Action Item -  Tell legislators to end the legislative attacks on Superintendent Ritz and the Dept. of Education

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Monday Morning News - January 26, 2015


You can now join and pay for your DWC Membership online!

Village Deli damaged by fire
DWC Endorsement Policy
Monroe County Citizens Academy
Action Item: Sign the Petition to Protect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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Monday Morning News Jan. 19, 2015

The DWC hosted a second open house for potential 2015 and 2016 candidates and their prospective campaign leaders on Thursday, January 15th.  There were about 20 women in attendance, sharing strategies and discussing the fundamentals of preparing to run for office.  Several of the attendees are candidates for the 2015 primary and we are confident they learned some useful information for their upcoming campaigns.  GO PROGRESSIVE WOMEN!!


Recount Response from Lorraine Merriman Farrell
Openings on Monroe County Boards and Commissions
Monroe County Citizens Academy
MCDC Luncheon and Silent Auction
Speakers at the IU Maurer School of Law
Time to Renew Your DWC Membership
Action Item: Sign the Petition to Make the Princeton Review Include Info on How Colleges Handle Rape

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Monday Morning News - January 5, 2015

REMINDER: January DWC breakfast meeting on Jan. 9th, not Jan. 2nd (details below)

Consider that with two powerful women (Hilary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren) as potential candidates for the democratic nomination as President in 2016, there's a good chance that women's issues will be in the spotlight more than ever.  We may even see legislation passed over the next two years benefitting women, as a political move.  Make sure you're part of the conversation!


Monthly DWC Breakfast
League of Women Voters Legislative Update
Second DWC Open House Session for Potential Candidates
Caucus to Elect MCDP Chair and Treasurer (TONIGHT)
Time to Renew Your DWC Membership
Democracy for Monroe County Link-Up
Cartoon of the Week
Action Item: Encourage Elizabeth Warren to run

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Monday Morning News for Dec. 29

Please note that our January DWC breakfast meeting will be Jan. 9th, not Jan. 2nd, since many will still be out of town on the first Friday of the month. 

As of the beginning of 2014, of the 1,351 mayors of U.S. cities with populations over 30,000, only 249, or 18.4%, were women (Center for American Women in Politics). We must do better in this country in electing women to leadership roles, and what better place to start than in Bloomington! We know our community has the talent. Look around you, and look in the mirror - do you see someone who could make an excellent city council member, city clerk, or mayor? Talk to her about running in 2015!


Second DWC Open House Session for Potential Candidates
Swearing-In Ceremony January 1
Caucus to Elect MCDP Chair and Treasurer
Time to Renew Your DWC Membership
Democracy for Monroe County Link-Up
Action Item: Tell the President to Withdraw Antonio Weiss' Name for Treasury Job

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