Monday Morning News, February 22, 2016

As part of our mission to fund, inspire, recruit, support and train (FIRST) progressive, pro-choice Democratic women to increase the numbers of women in the electoral process and in elected and appointed positions, we are in the midst of our endorsement process.  The policies and procedures for this process are posted on our website here.
  At our March breakfast, and through email beforehand, our membership will be voting on who the DWC will endorse this year, based on recommendations from the Endorsement Committee.




Your DWC Dues for 2016 must be paid in order to vote on endorsements. We ALL help with this mission, together, collectively. Please renew your membership now!  Only $20 for one year’s membership.  Join online here.

The MC Election Board voted on Early Voting dates at their last meeting on Feb. 4

Early voting will start April 5
Dates are Monday - Friday April 5-29 from 8am to 6pm;
Sat. April 23 and 30 9am to 6pm;  and Mon. May 2 from 8-noon
with Sat. April 16 and Sun. April 17, 24 and May 1 held in reserve if voting is heavy and they are needed.

Public Service Summer Internship Program is now accepting resumes from interested individuals
Indiana State Government is accepting resumes for the 2016 Governor's Public Service Summer Internship Program. Get more information at the program's website.

Interns will spend at least 50 percent of their time on a predetermined project that enhances college-level skills and abilities. This program provides interns the opportunity to work with state agency officials, as well as participate in a Speaker Series which features various elected officials, state agency directors and other government representatives.

The 2016 Governor's Summer Internship program recipients are paid a rate of $11.30 per hour. Please contact your school's career/internship office for guidelines on how to receive college credit for these opportunities if you would prefer this option as well. To be considered for the internship program, candidates must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate with an accredited post-secondary institution and have completed at least 1 year of undergraduate education.

To view the internship(s) available in each agency, please click here.

As far back as the 19th century, African American women fought for civil rights.  They resisted slavery.  They spoke out against racism.  They established women's clubs to improve conditions for African Americans.

Celebrate the contributions of African Americans to the United States by visiting the National Women’s History Museum new online exhibit, “Standing Up for Change: African American Women and the Civil Rights Movement.” It spotlights the rich and vibrant voice of black women leaders in the movement and highlights their significant role and contributions. Learn more about the role of women as the backbone to several successful campaigns and grassroots organizing during the 50s and 60s. The exhibit spotlights black women and their leadership in the efforts to dismantle Jim Crow laws and challenge injustice. Learn about the trailblazing work of Sojourner Truth in the early 19th Century that inspired women like Mary Church Terrell and Mary McLeod Bethune. Get to know lesser known figures like Daisy Bates and Ruby Hurley and how their work benefited the Civil Rights Movement, at a time when many women did not hold positions in the dominant civil rights organizations.


Save the DateSunday, April 17, 2016, DWC Karaoke Fundraiser, The Player’s Pub, Time – TBD

Pieces of the Pie: How are Schools in Indiana Funded
Wednesday, February 24, 7 p.m.  Monroe County Public Library (Indiana) Rm. 2B
Don't miss part two of the series.

Indiana Federation of Democratic Women Spring Meeting
March 5, 2016, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the UAW Union Hall, 2840 S. Madison Ave., Anderson, Indiana.

Join the IFDW at it's Spring Meeting to celebrate Women’s History Month! The Keynote Speaker is Anita Hawkins Nowlen, a Certified Diversity Trainer and Women’s Leadership Coach, Workshop Facilitator, Motivational Speaker. Special Guest--Glenda Ritz! Cost is $20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door and includes lunch and refreshments.

Please RSVP by calling 765-603-8213 and/or send payment in advance to:

Brittany Solis
c/o Indiana Democratic Party
115 W. Washington St., Suite 1165
Indianapolis, IN 46204

From Tom Udall, U.S. Senator

The upside-down elephant. The eight-bit snake. The praying mantis.

These are nicknames given to some of our Congressional districts because of their uncanny resemblance to the aforementioned animals. But unfortunately, oddly shaped districts are not a product of coincidence or imagination.  Gerrymandering needs to stop.

Stand with me and support independent, citizen-led redistricting commissions to make our elections more competitive and give voters a real choice.

Voting is the cornerstone of the Democratic process, but only when everyone’s vote counts equally. Partisan redistricting often makes that impossible.   Sign on to give power back to the voters!

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Deadline for MMN is noon on Sunday.

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