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 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
And don't forget to like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter!
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:
DEADLINE IS TODAY!
The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominees for the Woman of the Year, Emerging Leader and Lifetime Contribution Awards. The deadline for submission of nominations is January 23, 2017. Nomination forms (and past recipients) are available online at https://bloomington.in.gov/csw, or contact Sue Owens at [email protected]. Past recipients can be viewed here.
The Emerging Leader Award recipient will be honored at the Women’s Leadership Development event in March, 2017 at City Hall. The Woman of the Year and the Lifetime Contribution Award recipients will be honored at the Women's History Lunch on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Convention Center.
2017 Monroe County Citizens' Academy
February 9 - April 6, Thursdays 6-9 p.m.
Deadline to apply is February 3
The Monroe County Citizens’ Academy provides Monroe County residents with an in-depth look at the functions of county government and will educate residents on the “behind the scenes” activities of local government. There is no cost to participate, however registration is requested. Download the informational brochure.
The Pussyhat Project - what's next
Elections for Monroe County Democratic Party Offices
All Party offices, including Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer will be filled by Democratic precinct chairs and vice chairs at a caucus March 4 at 10 a.m. at the Nat U. Hill room in the County Courthouse. If you have any questions or are interested in running for any of these positions, please send an e-mail to [email protected].
Election of Indiana Democratic Party Chair
Current Indiana Democratic Party Chair (and Monroe County's own!) John Zody recently announced his bid for reelection. If you're interested in learning more about John and following campaign events, please click here for more info.
Election for National Democratic Party
Our own South Bend Mayor-extraordinaire Pete Buttigieg has announced his intention to run for the Chair of the Democratic National Committee.
For information on Mayor Buttigieg, contact Drew Anderson at 765-432-3231 or [email protected]
Pete's platform can be found here: https://petefordnc.com/platform/
OF NOTE: Former Rep. Mae Dickinson passed away Tuesay at age 83. Dickinson was first elected to the Indiana House in 1992, and served there until 2007. She was best known for her work on behalf of children in the Indiana General Assembly.
Legislative Update from League of Women Voters (LWVIN)
Are you subscribed to the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting enews? It's easy to do, simply email [email protected]. This is the BEST way to stay informed on HB1014 and other redistricting matters. Additionally, since this coalition enewsletter is focused exclusively on redistricting reform, it's a single-issue email you can easily use as a tool to inform friends, family, and neighbors about our fight to end gerrymandering.
The following bills are all opposed by the LWVIN. The LWV's position on reproductive health care can be found here. Supporting positions related to individual liberties, health care, and meeting basic human needs can also be consulted.
- HB1128 (Bacon), Informed consent requirement for abortion drugs. Assigned: House Public Policy
- HB1134 (Nisly), Total Abortion Ban. Assigned: House Public Policy
- SB404 (Houchin), Un-emancipated Minors. Assigned: Senate Judiciary
- SB566 (Zay & Kruse), Prohibits state contracts to entities that train or supervise healthcare providers who provide abortion services. Assigned Senate Judiciary
MCDP After Hours
The Tap (back room), 101 N College, Bloomington
Come on out to MCDP's After Hours! Following a hiatus, we're bringing back the monthly social hour. It's your opportunity to grab a bite, a beer and some good conversation with fellow Democrats. Mark your calendars for the 4th Monday of each month - same time, same place.
Organizational Meeting for New Local Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW)
Democratic Party Chair Chat Forum
Saturday, February 18 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bloomington Council Chambers on 401 N. Morton
Another opportunity to share your ideas on the direction of the Democratic Party is to attend the chair chat forum with our state Party chair, John Zody.
Stop the Repeal of Health Care
The U.S. Senate is back in session and their first priority will be to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Repealing the ACA means undoing numerous protections for the American people. The League will not stand by while members of Congress dismantle protections for the health and well-being of the American public. Stand with the League today and tell your Senators to oppose repeal of the ACA.
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. Join online here: https://democraticwomenscaucus.nationbuilder.com/membership
Do you have news items? Send your items of interest to us at [email protected]
Deadline for MMN is noon on Sunday.
Paid for by DWPAC - Democratic Women's Political Action Committee
Democratic Women's Caucus