Monday Morning News - May 13, 2019

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR ENDORSED CANDIDATES!

The following DWC-endorsed candidates emerged victorious from Election Day:

Nicole Bolden: City Clerk

Kate Rosenbarger : City Council, District 1

Sue Sgambulleri - City Council, District 2

Isabel Piedmont-Smith - City Council, District 5

While they did not win their races, we offer heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Dorothy Granger (City Council District 2), Miah Michaelsen (City Council District 4) and Jean Capler (City Council At-Large) for putting in enormous time and effort, running professional races on the issues, and offering the citizens of Bloomington excellent candidates from which to choose. We hope you will run again or find other avenues of service worthy of your energy, smarts and guts.

Thank you to all our members and friends who offered helping hands to these talented women. And now, lest we untimely rest on our laurels, keep in mind that our work is not done. Right now, only Sue Sgambelluri has an announced Republican challenger for the fall election. But the Monroe County Republican Party has until July 31 to field challengers in the other races, and there could be Independent candidates who file as well. More on this in future issues as things develop.

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Monday Morning News 05/06/19

MMN for the Day Before Election Day

Election Day is tomorrow! Polls are open from 6 am to 6 pm.

CAN YOU WORK THE POLLS TOMORROW?
Inevitably some folks have to drop out at the last minute, due to illness, emergencies, etc. If you find yourself with the day open on Tuesday, let the folks at Election Central know asap. We wouldn't want a poll to not be able to open because of a lack of poll workers!! You must be registered to vote in Monroe County and not be a candidate on the ballot or related to a candidate on the ballot. Election Central: 812-349-2690.
You can also call the Democratic Party Recruiter, Luke Robbins at 317-682-7527 or email him at LukeRobbinsIN@gmail.com.

You can help folks find their candidates and polling place with this bit of info from the Monroe County Democratic Party: List of polling locations can be found here: http://www.monroedems.org/voting_information.

And if you are unsure what precinct you live in or where your polling site is, look it up at: www.indianavoters.com
or you can look it up on the new Monroe County Voters App - type in your address and then click on the search function. Then click on your address and then on the small right arrow to bring up your precinct and polling location (as well as other information about your candidate districts).

Early voting continues today, May 6th, until noon.

The Democratic Women’s Caucus is looking for a few good women to help distribute information about our endorsed candidates at the polls on Primary Election Day. Shifts are 2-3 hours in length. If you can help please let us know at dwcannouncements@gmail.com and we'll get back to you later today to set you up....

 

OUR ENDORSED CANDIDATE EVENTS and NEEDS:

Jean Capler: City Council, At-Large
Website: https://www.jeanforbloomington.com/
Facebook: Jean Capler For Bloomington

Kate Rosenbarger : City Council, District 1
Website: kateforbloomington.org
Facebook: kateforbloomington

Dorothy Granger - City Council, District 2
Facebook: Granger for City Council
To find out how you can help contact Penny Githens at 812.369.9538

Sue Sgambulleri - City Council, District 2
Website: SueForCityCouncil.com
Facebook: Sue Sgambelluri for City Council
Sue at (812) 345-3215 or BloomingtonSue@gmail.com for more info!

Miah Michaelsen - City Council, District 4
Website: Miah For Bloomington
Facebook: Miah For Bloomington  Email her at hello@miahforbloomington.com

Isabel Piedmont-Smith - City Council, District 5
Website: Isabel Piedmont-Smith - Candidate For Bloomington City Council
Facebook: Piedmont-Smith for City Council

Key Endorsements for our DWC Endorsed Candidates: Our endorsed candidates continue to make headway on their campaigns, including by securing key endorsements from individuals and organizations. Please follow the link to our DWC website's candidates page to see the news on our endorsed women! News on each candidate is posted after her bio. Link: https://www.democraticwomenscaucus.org/candidates

 

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Monday Morning News 04/29/19

It’s that time again… on Friday, May 3rd, we’ll meet at the Village Deli for our monthly breakfast. Nicole Browne will give us an update on how the Primary is going to date, we’ll get an update on the recent doings in Indianapolis and around the country from Mom’s Demand Action - working for common sense gun control laws. Vicki Provine will talk about the upcoming 2019 Citizen’s Academy Class, a great way to learn about how our local government works. And our candidates will have one last chance to update us on their campaign needs as we head into the last weekend of absentee voting and Primary Day on May 7.
Because it is also commencement weekend at I.U. there is a chance that we’ll meet early so that the Village Deli can use the room for all those graduates and their folks… we’ll send out a special MMN mid-week to let you know.

We will also have a sign up sheet for members to sign up to help with point of sales for our endorsed candidates on Saturday May 4 and at the polls on Tuesday, Primary Election Day. Thanks to Vicky Sorensen and Megan Hutchinson for working this last weekend… Mother Nature cooperated with nice weather and we talked to quite a few voters. You can sign up to work on Saturday May 4 here and we'll have a sign up for Primary Day out mid-week. Point of Sales works!!!

Early Voting is ongoing at Election Central. In 2015 there were 7027 votes cast in the Municipal Election. Although I don’t have exact numbers for early voting, about 20-25% of the votes cast in that election came in as absentee, or about 1450 to 1750 votes. This year we’ve had fewer than 1000 votes cast absentee to date which puts us at a rate that is similar to or less than in the last election. While it may seem that there is little vote for in the Primary, the City Council races are likely to be critical in the direction of Bloomington over the next four years and there are some significant differences between the candidates running in the contested races. Plus, given the low turn out, every vote may be significant. So educate yourself and get your friends out to vote.

And finally - Congratulations!!! to Penny Githens… it seems that third time is the charm.
In her letter to the editor in the Herald Times, Iris Kiesling (who after all knows something about being a Commissioner) wrote: “As you may know, there is a vacancy on the Monroe County Board of Commissioners. There will be a Democratic Caucus April 28 to elect a new county commissioner. It is my intention to nominate Penny Githens to fill this vacancy. Penny Githens has experience and talent in many areas that make her particularly qualified to be county commissioner. I have known Penny and her family for a number of years. Each time I speak with Penny, I am impressed with her dedication, organization and thoughtfulness. Penny grew up in Richmond. She was the eldest of four children. She has several advanced degrees and served two years in Peace Corps. In 1978, Penny married Ed Buffie. Because of professional obligations, they moved to many cities where Penny held various responsible positions, each time learning new skills. In 1992, they returned home to Bloomington. After several years of being an at-home mom, Penny became project director at IU School of Education overseeing a research project. She retired when the project ended. In 2016 while at IU, Penny ran for Indiana General Assembly. I hope you agree with me that Penny Githens is well qualified to be Monroe County commissioner.”
And in her closing statement at the Caucus Penny reminded us that it takes a village (or a county) to run a county… she welcomes your thoughts about what’s important to you to maintain quality of life in Monroe County for all it’s citizens….
Check out Penny’s swearing in in our image of the day at the bottom of this newsletter.

OUR ENDORSED CANDIDATE EVENTS and NEEDS:

Jean Capler: City Council, At-Large
Website: https://www.jeanforbloomington.com/
Facebook: Jean Capler For Bloomington
Needs volunteers for canvassing on May 4, starting at 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Meet at Democratic headquarters, 116 S. Madison St., Bloomington
Training and everything you'll need including a great Jean Capler for City Council t-shirt, will be provided.
If canvassing is not quite your thing there are other roles for you too! Hang out around Election Central/The Farmers Market to capture those folks who still need to know about Jean or might be on their way to early voting. They’d love to have you!

Kate Rosenbarger : City Council, District 1
Website: kateforbloomington.org
Facebook: kateforbloomington
Needs help with: Neighborhood coordination, canvassing, yard signs and writing letters and finding New Kate Voters. .
Canvassing weekday evenings (5-8p) and weekends (11-5).
Farmers Market. Volunteers needed to hangout near the Dems booth and talk to voters.
Facebook. Like, comment on, and share my posts. It helps more people see them. Invite your friends to like Kate for Bloomington.
To join Kate’s Email List email jambasse@iu.edu.

Dorothy Granger - City Council, District 2
Facebook: Granger for City Council
To find out how you can help contact Penny Githens at 812.369.9538 or Amy Harrison at 812.318.1524

Sue Sgambulleri - City Council, District 2
Website: SueForCityCouncil.com
Facebook: Sue Sgambelluri for City Council
Help with Canvassing, Yard Signs, Mailings and Research
Join Sue for canvassing on the following dates:
Please reach out to Sue at (812) 345-3215 or BloomingtonSue@gmail.com for more info!

Miah Michaelsen - City Council, District 4
Website: Miah For Bloomington
Facebook: Miah For Bloomington
Needs help with your Good Word, Letters, Yard Signs
and Canvassing:
May 4: Anytime between noon and 6 p.m.
May 5: Anytime between 1 and 5 p.m.
May 7: Staff polling locations during voting hours
Email her at hello@miahforbloomington.com with any other ideas, good vibes, or moral support you can offer.

Isabel Piedmont-Smith - City Council, District 5
Website: Isabel Piedmont-Smith - Candidate For Bloomington City Council
Facebook: Piedmont-Smith for City Council
Isabel needs volunteers to:
• help with door-to-door canvassing
• write Letters to the Editor in support of her campaign

Key Endorsements for our DWC Endorsed Candidates: Our endorsed candidates continue to make headway on their campaigns, including by securing key endorsements from individuals and organizations. Please follow the link to our DWC website's candidates page to see the news on our endorsed women! News on each candidate is posted after her bio. Link: https://www.democraticwomenscaucus.org/candidates

 

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Monday Morning News 04/22/19

Apologies for the lack of a MMN last week, tax complications and illness got in the way….

Speaking of taxes…. April 15 is always a good day to contemplate who is going to control the way your taxes are going to be spent for the next year (or four)… and who to vote for in the upcoming election….

And speaking of elections… early voting has started but is going very slowly…. 75 voters on the first day but less than 40 voters per day since then. In 2015, 7,027 voters turned out for the primary, about 550 more than in the 2011 municipal election, and about 20% of voters eligible to vote. This year’s turnout could be even lower.

Certainly some of the low turnout can be attributed to the lack of much of a republican presence in the primary. With only one representative on the ballot, there isn’t much of a reason for them to participate. People will also argue that the lack of a viable mayor’s race and two districts without competitive council races will also contribute to low turn out. But there are four competitive district races and six at-large council races that are competitive, with unique voices and differing ideas that deserve the attention of the voters.

And in a race where the turn out is so low, each vote takes on a greater significance, a few votes more or less could make the difference between a win and a loss. So this is a time when it’s not only critical to help out the candidates of your choice, but to get out the vote. We’ve got 14 days of voting left to go…. let’s make the most of them.

 

OUR ENDORSED CANDIDATE EVENTS and NEEDS:

Jean Capler: City Council, At-Large
Website: https://www.jeanforbloomington.com/
Facebook: Jean Capler For Bloomington
Needs volunteers for canvassing on April 27 and May 4, starting at 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Meet at Democratic headquarters, 116 S. Madison St., Bloomington
Training and everything you'll need including a great Jean Capler for City Council t-shirt, will be provided.
If canvassing is not quite your thing there are other roles for you too! Hang out around Election Central/The Farmers Market to capture those folks who still need to know about Jean or might be on their way to early voting. They’d love to have you!

Kate Rosenbarger : City Council, District 1
Website: kateforbloomington.org
Facebook: kateforbloomington
Needs help with:
Neighborhood coordinators to coordinate and facilitate Kate meeting your neighbors/friends/family and getting out yard signs.
Letters to the Editor. If you're up for writing a letter to talk about why you support me, why I'd be good for Bloomington/good on council, and what I'll bring to council. I can get you talking points. Canvassing weekday evenings (5-8p) and weekends (11-5).
Farmers Market. Volunteers needed to hangout near the Dems booth and talk to voters.
Sending Postcards to District 1 Friends.
Finding New Kate Voters. .
Facebook. Like, comment on, and share my posts. It helps more people see them. Invite your friends to like Kate for Bloomington.
To join Kate’s Email List email jambasse@iu.edu.

Dorothy Granger - City Council, District 2
Facebook: Granger for City Council
To find out how you can help contact Penny Githens at 812.369.9538 or Amy Harrison at 812.318.1524

Sue Sgambulleri - City Council, District 2
Website: SueForCityCouncil.com
Facebook: Sue Sgambelluri for City Council
Help with Canvassing, Yard Signs, Mailings and Research
Join Sue for canvassing on the following dates:
• Monday, April 22 - 6:30 to 8:00 pm (Blue Ridge)
• Wednesday, April 24 - 6:30 to 8:00 pm (Blue Ridge)
• Friday, April 26 - 6:30 to 8:00 pm (Blue Ridge)
• Saturday, April 27 - 1:00 pm onward (Blue Ridge/Matlock
Heights)
• Sunday, April 28 - 12:30 to 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm (Matlock Heights)
Please reach out to Sue at (812) 345-3215 or BloomingtonSue@gmail.com for more info!

Miah Michaelsen - City Council, District 4
Website: Miah For Bloomington
Facebook: Miah For Bloomington
Needs help with your Good Word, Letters, Yard Signs
and Canvassing:
April 27: Anytime between noon and 6 p.m.
April 28: Anytime between 1 and 4 p.m.
May 4: Anytime between noon and 6 p.m.
May 5: Anytime between 1 and 5 p.m.
May 7: Staff polling locations during voting hours
Email her at hello@miahforbloomington.com with any other ideas, good vibes, or moral support you can offer.

Isabel Piedmont-Smith - City Council, District 5
Website: Isabel Piedmont-Smith - Candidate For Bloomington City Council
Facebook: Piedmont-Smith for City Council
Isabel needs volunteers to:
• help with door-to-door canvassing
• write Letters to the Editor in support of her campaign

Key Endorsements for our DWC Endorsed Candidates: Our endorsed candidates continue to make headway on their campaigns, including by securing key endorsements from individuals and organizations. Please follow the link to our DWC website's candidates page to see the news on our endorsed women! News on each candidate is posted after her bio.

Link: https://www.democraticwomenscaucus.org/candidates

CANDIDATE FORUMS:

None Scheduled

 

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Monday Morning News 04/07/19 Help Endorsed Candidates


Our 2019 Endorsed Candidates Need Your Help


Jean Capler - City Council At-Large

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Website: https://www.jeanforbloomington.com/
Facebook: Jean Capler For Bloomington
Additional Link:  Big Talk With Michael Glab 03/14/19


How You Can Help:
We will be doing 3 Saturdays of major canvassing and need lots of volunteers.  
Dates are April 20, April 27, and May 4, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.   
Meet at Democratic headquarters.  Training will be provided.
 


Kate Rosenbarger - City Council, District 1

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Website: kateforbloomington.org
Facebook: kateforbloomington
Additional Link:  Big Talk With Michael Glab 02/21/19


How You Can Help:
Members!  Get your paddles ready and raise them high when a volunteer opportunity catches your eye!  I appreciate any and all help you are willing to give!  These are in order of largest to smallest commitment.  One thing to keep in mind:  For many of these, you'll be able to hangout with and pet POTUS! 

My cell is 812-219-4074, and my email is krosenbarger@gmail.com. Get in touch and I'll help you get started!  


1.  Neighborhood coordinators.  I am looking for folks who live in a neighborhood (or area) in D1 and can help coordinate and facilitate me meeting your neighbors/friends/family and getting out yard signs.  This can be you knocking on doors of your neighbors with me, simply you telling neighbors you support me and that I'll be knocking on their door soon.  In a nutshell, neighbors talking to neighbors is a great way to introduce me as a candidate and foster good conversations and connections. 

2.  Letters to the Editor.  If you're up for writing a letter to talk about why you support me, why I'd be good for Bloomington/good on council, and what I'll bring to council.  I can get you talking points. 
 
3. Canvass.  We have big goals for door knocking the district.  My team can train you and get a packet to you whenever you can go out.  We go out weekday evenings (5-8p) and weekends (11-5).  

4. Farmers Market.  Volunteers needed to hangout near the Dems booth and talk to voters.  This is tough, since we never know if a market goer lives in the district!  But finding voters here is a good place for me.  

5. Postcards to D1 Friends. If you have friends in D1, let them know you support me and ask for their vote!  We can get you the postcards and stamps!

6. Find 2 New Kate Voters.  No matter where you live, can you find 2 voters in D1 who will support me?  Let me know their names (because I track voters), and I'll add them to my supporters list.  

7. Facebook. Like, comment on, and share my posts.  It helps more people see them. Invite your friends to like Kate for Bloomington. 

8. Join My Email List.  Get on my email list (we don't send many emails), and forward our emails to your friends to help build momentum and spread the word.  Email James Bassett to get on the list jambasse@iu.edu.

9. Dogs of District 1.  Know any big sweeties who live in District 1? I'd love to feature them on my Facebook! Send any photos with a bit about the dog my way. I'm using dogs to talk about issues important to voters.  

10. Meet and Greet! Invite anyone to meet me on Friday, April 12 from 5:30-7:00 at Gracia Valliant's home, 926 W. 4th
 


Dorothy Granger - City Council, District 2

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Facebook: Granger for City Council


How You Can Help:
I could use some help walking the next couple of weekends...
Saturday the 13th, after noon
Saturday the 20th, after noon
Sunday the 21st, after noon

If interested, please call Penny Githens at 812.369.9538 or Amy Harrison at 812.318.1524

 

Sue Sgambelluri - City Council, District 2

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Website: SueForCityCouncil.com
Facebook: Sue Sgambelluri for City Council
Additional Link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/suesgambelluri
Additional Link: Big Talk with Michael 03/28/19

How You Can Help:
Canvassing! - We've tackled Ridgefield, Sugarberry, Northwood Estates and other areas so far.  Come help us with Blue Ridge, Matlock Heights, and Fritz Terrace in the next few weeks!
Mailings - Campaign Mailer #2 will be going out during the second half of April.  If you prefer a behind-the-scenes role, please come help with labeling our mail pieces.
Research - Help find answers for constituent questions that we encounter while canvassing and draft responses.
Please reach out to Sue at (812) 345-3215 or BloomingtonSue@gmail.com for more info!

 

Miah Michaelsen - City Council, District 4

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Website: Miah For Bloomington
Facebook: Miah For Bloomington
Additional Link:  Big Talk With Michael Glab 02/28/19


How You Can Help:

1) Canvassing Assistance

Miah’s looking for folks who’d like to help canvass on the following dates:

April 13:  Anytime between noon and 6 p.m.
April 14:  Anytime between 1 and 4 p.m.
April 20:  Anytime between noon and 6 p.m.
April 27:  Anytime between noon and 6 p.m.
April 28:  Anytime between 1 and 4 p.m.
May 4:  Anytime between noon and 6 p.m.
May 5:  Anytime between 1 and 5 p.m.
May 7:  Staff polling locations during voting hours

Got an hour or two to give?  Email me at hello@miahforbloomington.com.  We’ll meet at campaign central (my house, 2605 E. Seminary Drive) for a brief orientation, some snacks and off we go.

2)    Your good word - Word of mouth is a powerful communication tool.  If you’re able to - please recommend me to your friends in District 4 - or send me an email of where they are, and I’ll go knock on their door!

3)     Yard sign locations - It’s the Great Battle of the Yard Signs here in District 4.  Got a friend who might lend a yard for a sign?  If so, please let me know, and I’ll follow up.

Email me at hello@miahforbloomington.com with any other ideas, good vibes, or moral support you can offer.  

 

Isabel Piedmont-Smith - City Council, District 5

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Website: Isabel Piedmont-Smith - Candidate For Bloomington City Council 
Facebook: Piedmont-Smith for City Council


How You Can Help:
Isabel needs volunteers to:
• help with door-to-door canvassing
• write Letters to the Editor in support of her campaign


Canvassing seems intimidating at first, but you would go out WITH Isabel, and she would do most of the talking. Your job would just be to carry the walk lists and take notes.
As to Letters to the Editor, this great method of free advertising is a way to focus public attention on the many reasons to re-elect Isabel to the city council.
If you can help with either effort, please contact volunteer coordinator Linda Grove-Paul at lgrovepaul@yahoo.com. Thank you!
 
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Monday Morning News - April 8, 2019

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FROM OUR ENDORSED CANDIDATES! 

At Friday's breakfast, our endorsed candidates were asked to give those in attendance their 3-minute stump speeches, and then to answer two questions about their experience with campaigning. The stump speeches were fun and informative! We have not recreated the speeches here in the interest of space and time, but you know you can find information on them and what they are emphasizing in their races by going to their individual campaign websites. The two questions asked were: 1) What are the top three issues facing women in your districts? and 2) What is the best thing you learned from the endorsement process and the most challenging thing you've encountered in your race?  The candidates and their answers are below, in slightly truncated form...

Sue Sgambelluri (District 2). Question 1: Acknowledging that women are not a single-minded block with universal shared concerns, the need for/concerns about parking; expanded public transportation options; increased affordable and workforce housing for families. Question 2: Best thing learned was help with sifting through and figuring best uses for the tons of helpful advice she's getting; Biggest challenge (other than not being able to slightly relax the personal grooming on the weekends) has been how to address conflicting priorities in District 2, since it has neighborhoods at both extremes of the economic spectrum.

Dorothy Granger (District 2). Question 1: Transportation options, including expanded bus service; good paying jobs; education and information on how our local government works because it doesn't seem to make sense to them. Question 2: Best thing learned was how to frame her campaign; Biggest challenge has been her illness with bronchitis for several weeks and convincing herself (as a person more on the introverted end of the spectrum) to get out and campaign, which she really enjoys once she has gotten started.

Miah Michaelson (District 4). Question 1: Acknowledging that the County, not the City, is in charge of schools but that the City can partner with MCCSC on efforts/programs, supporting our public school system and providing access to a good education for all children; downtown safety; continuing strong support for social services. Question 2: Best thing learned was through the interviews--great questions, feedback, coaching on her stump speech; Biggest challenge has been dealing with the highs of "happy campaign days" and the lows of "sad campaign days" (borrowing those terms from Kate Rosenbarger).  She is learning to push on, following Vi Simpson's advice to "make a plan and a calendar and stick with it".

Jean Capler (At Large) (Penny Githens stood in for Jean who couldn't make the breakfast). Question 1: Helping the homeless; providing living wage jobs; good access to child care for working women; expanded transit options. Question 2: Best thing learned was how to develop a campaign plan and organize a campaign committee; Biggest challenge has been trying to reasonably cover the whole city as an at large candidate, and to balance campaigning with her work, which includes significant travel, as well as service on several volunteer boards.

Kate Rosenbarger (District 1). Question 1: Expanded options for getting around in Bloomington and Monroe County; building a safe community, including emergency phones and additional lighting on the B-Line and lights in dark areas of downtown and neighborhoods; providing living wage jobs. Question 2: Best thing learned has been how fun it is to meet so many people and make new connections, and also a tip she was given to create flashcards with issues that come up and her response on the back so she can be prepared to talk about them; Biggest challenge has been ending conversations, which Penny Githens helped her with ("Well, I've taken up enough of your time, thank you, and please vote for me!")

Isabel Piedmont-Smith (District 5). Question 1: Expanded transit and mobility options; addressing climate change; fixing potholes. Question 2: Best thing learned was how to focus her thoughts on issues and her priorities; Biggest challenge has been getting volunteers when there are so many campaigns and other demands on people's time, and learning not to take things personally.

Thank you to these fabulous and energetic women for putting themselves out there and running such well-organized campaigns. We are proud to be able to offer you help along the way!

OUR ENDORSED CANDIDATE EVENTS:

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Sue Sgambelluri For City Council: Idea Forum and Fundraiser
3328 N. Ramble Road Ct. in Blue Ridge
Join your neighbors and meet Sue Sgambelluri, Candidate for Bloomington City Council District 2. Share your ideas, enjoy a lively discussion, and hear more about her priorities for our city. Hosted by Markus & Stephanie Dickinson. 

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 5:30pm-7:00pm
Meet Kate Rosenbarger!
926 W. 4th Street, Bloomington
Come by to meet Kate, learn more about her, share your ideas and concerns, and support her campaign. They’ll have some refreshments to fuel the discussions. Feel free to bring anyone interested in meeting Kate.

CANDIDATE FORUMS:

Saturday, April 13, 2019 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Mayoral, City Clerk, and City Council At-Large Candidate Forum
Lighthouse Community Church located at 850 E. Winslow Rd.
Hosted by the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus & the Bloomington Black Strategic Alliance
Questions at the forum will focus on issues facing the Black community and the community at-large. Questions: email MCBlackDems@gmail.com

Sunday, April 14, 2019 3:00am to 5:00pm
City Council District Candidate Forum
Lighthouse Community Church located at 850 E. Winslow Rd.
Hosted by the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus & the Bloomington Black Strategic Alliance
Questions at the forum will focus on issues facing the Black community and the community at-large. Questions: email MCBlackDems@gmail.com

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Special Statement 03/28/19

Democratic Women’s Caucus
Special Statement on the Endorsement of Amanda Barge for Mayor, March 28, 2019

The Democratic Women’s Caucus does not condone sexual harassment in any form and takes all allegations of sexual harassment seriously. While we understand that there is much that we do not know at this time, we are deeply saddened by the recent allegations outlined by the article in the IDS.
The mission of the Caucus is to support progressive, democratic women candidates running for office and we are dedicated to supporting integrity and service in government. The membership of the DWC PAC endorses based on a number of identified criteria: a candidate’s understanding of the duties and obligations of the office for which she is running, her suitability for office, her capacity to run a viable campaign, and the candidate’s alignment with the values and mission of the DWC.
Based on the new information that has arisen since our initial review and membership vote, the Steering Committee of the DWC has made the decision to withdraw the endorsement of Amanda Barge and the Barge for Bloomington campaign and the organization will no longer provide support for her candidacy for Mayor.

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Monday Morning News 03/18/19

We are still looking for a few folks who would like to sit at our tables at the Women’s History Month Lunch on Wednesday… if you’d like to join us please let us know asap at dwcannouncements@gmail.com

We lost a champion of civil rights and women’s rights last week with the passing of Senator Birch Bayh. Many people know that he was the author of two constitutional amendments: the 25th, outlining the orderly transition of power in case of the death of a President or Vice President, and the 26th, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 years.
But Lee Hamilton believes Bayh’s greatest legislative accomplishment was Title IX of the Higher Education Act. Bayh sponsored and co-authored the law prohibiting discrimination in education based on sex.
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
“It’s only a few words in length, but it was landmark legislation that profoundly changed America,” Hamilton said.
And many people aren’t aware that Birch was also the Senate’s principal sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment, which would have barred discrimination on the basis of sex. It passed Congress but failed to be ratified by three-fourths of the states.
Birch Bayh was never afraid of strong women…. he met his wife Marvella when she won the national speaking contest in Chicago, becoming the first woman to do so. One of the contestants she bested was Birch himself. They were married for 27 years until her death in 1979…

Overheard at a door while canvassing -- a disparaging comment about the DWC from another canvasser (obviously not a champion of the organization) about how it would support of a candidate JUST because she is a woman.
All PACs have a focus… what would be the point of organizing them if they didn’t? A number of new political PACS have arisen in the area in recent years from the re-energized Ninth District Latino Caucus to the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus to the latest arrival, the Stonewall Democrats of South Central Indiana, who will have their official roll out this summer. Each groups seeks to augment the voices of their constituent core and to get their candidates elected. If we are all successful in adhering to our missions, and if the voters are truly listening, then we should get a government that reflects it’s citizens.
But there is a major difference between a mission that supports only women candidates and one that supports candidates only because they are women. Several letters to the editor last summer bemoaned the defeat of a popular male candidate and attributed his loss to the nefarious shenanigans of the Democratic Women’s Caucus… but the female candidate in question worked hard to get elected and it’s no secret that half the DWC steering committee was on the male candidate’s campaign committee. The DWC is a diverse group of women (and men) with a diverse set of interests. We would like to think that our membership is more politically aware than average and that we are paying attention.

Which brings us back around to the question of endorsement. The DWC Endorsement Committee is set up to screen candidates who seek endorsement based on a number of identified criteria: do they understand the duties and obligations of the office for which they are running, are there issues that would make an applicant unsuitable for office, are they set up to run a viable campaign for the office in question and finally, do their values reflect the mission of the DWC. Candidates put a lot of work into their applications and many tell us that the process helps them to organize their campaigns and make decisions about planning and strategy. Based on interviews and review of information provided, the committee will then forward their recommendations to the full membership for their consideration and the membership will vote on endorsement for all candidates who have applied.
Not all applicants will be recommended for endorsement by the committee and not all candidates who are recommended for endorsement by the committee will ultimately be endorsed by the membership, and vice versa. A recommendation for endorsement from the committee tells our membership that we think that a candidate meets the criteria that we have established above. What it does not do is make judgements about a candidate’s platform, overall campaign strategy or even make the claim that she is necessarily the best candidate for the office.
Our job as an organization is to give our membership the information they need to make an educated decision about endorsement (and ultimately for the primary and general elections) – by providing them the opportunity to hear candidates speak, providing links to websites, social media, bios, and candidate’s forums and events that will help us understand what they stand for, what their priorities are and whether we think they are the candidate we should support. A work in progress, we hope to provide even more information to you in 2020.

So plan to attend the DWC Special Endorsement Breakfast this coming Friday at 7:30am at the Village Deli. Even if you are not a voting member we hope you’ll find it of value. Look for a special email with full details coming your way tomorrow as well as candidate bios and other information that we will have posted on our website. We will also send out ballots individually to all our voting members so that they can vote even if they can’t make the breakfast – if you are a member and don’t receive one by Wednesday evening, let us know at dwcannouncements@gmail.com and we’ll get it remedied….

 

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Monday Morning News - March 11, 2019

CELEBRATING WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH AND SPRING BREAK!

As we hope you know by now, March is Women's History Month. We were poking around looking for interesting women's history facts and stories for this newsletter when we ran across a fabulous website:

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

https://womenshistorymonth.gov/about/

Check out this link where you can peruse selected images and curated stories on women in American history from the collections of each of these entities. There are samples from current exhibits and collections, links to audio and video on women's stories and more! Whether you are hanging out at home this week, lounging on a beach, visiting distant family or schussing down snowy hills, find a half hour to page through this amazing resource and tribute to American women. It will be worth your time!

We wish all of you who are on break, or just enjoying the slower pace in Bloomington, a wonderful, restful week before election season kicks into full gear.

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Monday Morning News 03/04/19

Breakfast meeting update!

On this first day of Women's History Month, we heard from 10 (!!) women running for municipal offices. This is such a far cry from the days that precipitated the formation of the DWC, when we found ourselves with NO women on the Bloomington City Council for the first time in years.
Each of the following women spoke, with surrogates filling in as some could not attend the breakfast:

Amanda Barge for Mayor, Nicole Bolden for City Clerk, Kate Rosenbarger and Denise Valkyrie for City Council District 1, Dorothy Granger and Sue Sgambelluri for City Council District 2, Miah Michaelson for City Council District 4, Isabel Piedmont-Smith for City Council District 5, and Jean Capler and Susan Sandberg for City Council At-Large. There was something amazing and inspiring in each of the statements.

This exercise will be repeated at a special breakfast on March 22, Village Deli, 7:30 am. At that time we will also vote on endorsements for this municipal cycle. If you cannot attend, you may vote electronically. More info on that is forthcoming, so watch for it!

The following information is repeated from last week's MMN, just in case you need to review it!!

“The DWC is dedicated to increasing the number of qualified women candidates for public office. The DWC membership may choose to offer formal endorsement to a candidate in some races, but may also choose to support multiple qualified candidates…. As a Political Action Committee (DWC PAC), the DWC is organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to promote its mission and to elect candidates. The DWC aims to foster an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect among all candidates, to elevate the level of public political discourse, and to promote informed civic engagement and participation among women more generally. Regardless of their ultimate decision at the ballot box, DWC members are encouraged to support all DWC candidates to become the best candidates they can be and running the best campaign possible.”

Important: you must have paid your dues for 2019 by March 7 in order to vote for Endorsement this spring. If you are unsure as to whether or not you are up to date as a member please email us at dwcannouncements@gmail.com and we will confirm your status for you. You can pay your annual membership dues online using the link at the bottom this news letter - you can also pay your dues by mail using the membership form on our website.

Note: One major change that we have made this year, based on member input and other considerations, is that we will be voting for candidates as individuals and not by race. It has been traditionally difficult when there was more than one qualified candidate in a given race for either of them to achieve the necessary 2/3 votes in order to be endorsed. This has limited the DWC’s ability to support all qualified women running for office and it was felt that this change would resolve that conflict.

As always, the decision as to whether or not a candidate is endorsed by the DWC is made by our membership. In addition to the recommendations presented to the membership by the Endorsement Committee, we encourage all members to become educated voters and to do their own research on all the candidates by checking out their websites, attending meet-and-greets, candidate forums and reading up on or listening to candidates’ interviews, letters, etc. We will try to provide links to candidate’s websites as well as information on events, interviews, forums, etc. via the MMN. All candidates and supporters of the DWC are encouraged to help us in this endeavor by submitting information at dwcannoucements@gmail.com for inclusion.

WOMEN's HISTORY MONTH
After the women candidate speeches, and starting out this month was a feature from Rachel Guglielmo, a Steering Committee member. Rachel suggested that we look into women's history through the eyes of Pauli Murray (1910-1985).

Murray was a Civil Rights activist, lawyer, author and Episcopalian priest. She broke through many, many early barriers for women, and women of color.
When FDR praised an all-white university for its commitment to social issues, Murray, a WPA worker at the time, took exception to his words. She wrote these words, and copied Eleanor, the first lady.

I am a Negro, the most oppressed, misunderstood and most neglected section of your population. You called on Americans to support a liberal philosophy based on democracy. What does this mean for Negro Americans?

Thus began a life-long friendship between these two women. Encouraging you to read more about her, Rachel offers these two books:
The Firebrand and the First Lady, Patricia Bell-Scott
Proud Shoes, Pauli Murray
and for a shorter article:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/17/the-many-lives-of-pauli-murray

If you have a favorite woman in history, please think about sharing that story at our March 22nd meeting while ballots for endorsement are being counted! Contact regina.moore@gmail.com.

 

Some other upcoming DWC Events that should be on your radar:
Look for our annual Karaoke Fundraiser coming up at the end of March or in early April - we hope to have the details for you very soon.

In addition, the DWC will have a display table at the Women’s History Month Lunch on March 20 and we plan to reserve at least one table for members and their friends to sit at at the Lunch…. if you’d like to sit with other DWC members please let us know asap…. see details in the Announcements section.


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