Monday Morning News Dec. 15, 2015

The issue of rape is once again all over the news.  Why?  The November 19th Rolling Stone story titled "A Rape on Campus," alleging a September 2012 gang-rape of a then-freshman student at the University of Virginia named Jackie. Since the story came out, Rolling Stone has admitted that its reporter did not do sufficient due diligence, specifically, she failed to check the facts provided by Jackie. The unfortunate result is that one woman's story, whether it was wholly or partially fabricated, whether she had been so traumatized she couldn't accurately recall the facts, or whether there is some other explanation altogether, will now be used to discredit the stories of others.  Rape is an issue fraught with terrible difficulties, for women, for men, and for the institutions and individuals responsible for sorting out the facts and the consequences.  Let's start by asking our press to do its job and try and get it right.  Please.

In this issue:

Second Open House Session for Potential Candidates
Caucus to Elect MCDP Chair and Treasurer
News/Action Item: Girl Scouts Report on The State of Girls
Commission on the Status of Women Seeks Nominations
Time to Renew Your DWC Membership

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Monday Morning News Dec. 8, 2014

The December breakfast program on "The Women of City Hall" was a great success!  Thanks to all who attended.  DWC members and guests packed the Village Deli to hear Beverly Calendar-Anderson, Safe and Civil City Director and newly named Director of the Community and Family Resources Department; Danise Alano-Martin, Director of the Department of Economic and Sustainable Development; Susie Johnson, Director of Public Works; Lisa Abbott, Director of Housing and Neighborhood Development; and Doris Sims, Director of Human Resources. These influential women talked about how they got to where they are and provided a preview of the plans for their departments for 2015.  They also discussed the interaction of their departments, and boards and commissions they are responsible for, with the mayor and City Council. Bravo to these amazing public servants and role models for women!  Their efforts help make Bloomington the wonderful and efficient place that it is.

In this issue: 

Open House Session for Potential Candidates
Nominations for Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women Awards
Time to Renew Your DWC Membership
News Item:  Victory for Women's Right to Choose
Action Item:  Petition on Ohio Abortion Law

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Monday Morning News Dec. 1, 2014

Our monthly breakfast meeting is this Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30-8:30 am at the Village Deli on Kirkwood Avenue. There has been a change in the program: We will hear from women department heads for the City of Bloomington about their plans for city programs in 2015 (see below). We will also meet the individuals running for election or re-election to the DWC Steering Committee. Stay tuned for a special edition newsletter soon with information about the candidates and how to vote.

In this issue: 
December Breakfast Program
Open House Session for Potential Candidates 
Time to Renew your DWC Membership
Action Item: Tell Amazon.com to Stop Abusing Its Warehouse Workers

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Monday Morning News, Nov. 24th, 2014

As we approach this Thanksgiving holiday, we should remember to be thankful for all of the female Democratic candidates who ran strong and effective campaigns, but did not win on the national level in this past election. There is a lot at stake for women now that the Republicans have control in Congress. Whether it is anti-choice legislation, raising the minimum wage, or other women's civil rights issues, we have to continue to fight and recruit women to run for office to represent our interests. For now, let's be thankful for those who put themselves out there and ran at all levels this year.

We hope that you all have a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving and thank you for being part of the DWC!

In this issue: 
Open House Sessions 
December Breakfast Program
Cartoon
Action Item: Thank Obama for Action on Immigration


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Monday Morning News Nov. 17, 2014

We are not resting on the laurels of this year's electoral success but are looking ahead to city elections in 2015 as well as county elections in 2016. To encourage potential candidates, we will host two open houses in the coming months, so women who think they might possibly run for office can learn more about the process, receive encouragement and early support, and ask questions of experienced, progressive Democratic women. The first open house will be Sunday, Dec. 7th, 1:00-3:00 pm at Democratic Headquarters. The second will be Thursday, Jan. 16th, 6:00-8:00 pm in the same location. Mark your calendars for one or both!

In this issue:
Monroe County Plan Commission Hearing on Zoning Ordinance Tomorrow
Monroe County Democrats Club Lunch and Auction Tomorrow
Action Item: Support Net Neutrality

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Monday Morning News, Nov. 10th, 2014

With the 2014 election behind us, we are very proud of our endorsed candidates for running great campaigns that led to many victories last week in local races. Congratulations to Linda Robbins, Judy Sharp, Valeri Haughton, Shelli Yoder, Michelle Bright, Lillian Henegar, Mary McInerney, Vicky Sorensen, Barb Sturbaum, Amy Swain, and Meri Reinhold! We were able to hear from them at Friday's breakfast meeting, regarding what worked, what did not work, and advice to others. We also want to thank Pat Slabach for her hard work running as well. She was bold to put her name forward for a spot in a largely Republican township, and we are proud of the campaign she ran!

Don't forget that we will be holding steering committee elections at the next meeting. If you are interested in running, please email dwcannouncements@gmail.com

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Monday Morning News Nov. 3, 2014

The word of the week is VOTE. You should vote, and you should make sure every Democrat you know votes! Early voting is still an option at 401 W. 7th St. Monday from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon, and Tuesday is Election Day, with polls open 6 am to 6 pm. Give a friend a ride, help at party headquarters with GOTV phone calls or snacks for volunteers, hand out candidate literature at the polling sites - do all you can to get our Dems, especially our endorsed candidates, elected!

We will have a debriefing at our monthly breakfast meeting Friday! Check out more announcements and info below.

In this issue:

DWC Monthly Breakfast Meeting Friday
Final GOTV Push
Move to Amend Event Sunday
Action Item: Help Rape Survivors Prevent Pregnancy

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Monday Morning News, Oct. 27, 2014

We are getting down to the week before Election Day, and the time now is more important than ever to help our endorsed candidates. Can you knock on doors? Can you write a letter to the editor? What can you do to ensure a victory for our endorsed women? There is one more weekend of early voting this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 401 W. 7th St., Suite 100 at the old Johnson Hardware Building. Below are the early voting times for the final week:

Also in this issue: 

Early Voting 

Candidates 

November Meeting

Action Item: You Don't Own Me

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Monday Morning News Oct 20, 2014

Election Day is rapidly approaching and we need your help! The early voting site is busy, but there are many strong Democrats that have not yet voted. Check out our endorsed candidates' Facebook pages to show your support (see below). We also need volunteers to hand out quarter-sheets  with ALL the DWC-endorsed candidates listed (and praised) at the Saturday early voting opportunities and on election day. See below on how you can sign up.

Also In this issue:
Early Voting
November Breakfast Meeting
Democrats Club Meeting
Cartoon of the Week
Action Item: Sexism does Not Belong in Congress 

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Township Races

This election cycle, voters have several excellent candidates to choose to represent them on the township level. Township government in Indiana is the most grassroots level of government, responsible for utilities, food, and shelter assistance for low-income individuals and families, the upkeep of cemeteries, and -- in many case -- fire protection services.

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