Monday Morning News June 29, 2015

Just a little Reminder! 
Breakfast will be on JULY 10th, NEXT Friday, this month due to the 4th of July Holiday. 
Village Deli, 7:30am!  See you there! And, bring a friend!

The 4th of July Parade! 
Contact your favorite woman candidate and offer to walk with her in the parade! 
Let's support our endorsed candidates!


  • Sign up for Hillary's campaign
  • New Monroe County Democrats' Secretary comes from the DWC ranks!
  • Call for nominations for the Indiana Torchbearer's Award


  • 4th of JULY! Parade plans
  • 8-20 to 23 IDEA AT French Lick

Invite a Friend to Join the DWC
Call to Action

Volunteer for Hillary's Campaign
For questions, contact Sheena Kadi at [email protected]

New MCDP Party Secretary  
     DWC member and former Steering Committee member Alexa Lopez was elected secretary for the Monroe County Democratic Party. Congrats to Alexa! Let us know how we can support you in this new position!

INDIANA COMMISSION for WOMEN calls for Nominees
       The Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) is seeking nominations for the 2015 Torchbearer Awards. Indiana Torchbearers are Indiana’s most prestigious recognition of women.  They have stepped forward as leaders by breaking down barriers to women’s full participation. “These women are lasting legacies for us all by overcoming immense challenges with courage, perseverance and compassion,” said Kristin Svyantek Garvey, Executive Director of the Indiana Commission for Women Board of Commissioners. “They serve as inspiration for others by facing tough choices, demonstrating character and making significant contributions to their communities and to the State of Indiana.”
       Recipients will be selected from a pool of nominated candidates who have overcome obstacles, made extraordinary contributions or been pioneers throughout their lives. Selection will be based on the recipients’ demonstrated achievement in the areas of their professional careers, community leadership and/or public service. Recipients must be living at the time of their nomination. Nominations will be evaluated with considerable attention given to those women who have been pioneers, have removed barriers and/or have made a considerable impact to the advancement of women in Indiana.
       Bloomington residents honored in the past have been Charlotte Zietlow, Judge Vi Taliaferro, Jane Martin, Rabbi Sue Shifron, and Vernell Thomas from Crane. Our own Senator Vi Simpson served on the commission for many years, and is ineligible for the award. 
       Visit to download the nomination form and guidelines. Submitted nomination forms are due on or before Friday, July 31, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Recipients of the 2015 Torchbearer Awards will be announced at an Awards Ceremony in September 2015.
       For more information, assistance or a printed copy of nomination form, contact Kristin Garvey, Executive Director at 317-232-6720 or [email protected].


Democracy for Monroe County 
      Thursday, July 2, 6 pm at Bobby's. Topic: Monroe County Energy Challenge. 

Monroe County Democrats invite you –
Saturday, July 4th, 10:00am
Downtown Bloomington
We are hoping to have a very strong presence at this event walking together as a party, marching with a blue sea of Democrats! Please email or text Lorraine Merriman Farrell if you plan to participate at [email protected] or 812-345-0150 and stay tuned for meeting place and time! 

Reverse Citizen’s United invites you –
Octi, the corporate person, slithers his way into the 4th of July parade again.  
Reverse Citizen’s United would like to invite a contingent from Democratic Women's Caucus to attend to one of the 8 tentacles for the parade.  They need a minimum of two to commit to that, but an unlimited number is welcome to walk with, wear t shirts from your group, and make your own signs about how this dark money has affected politics.  The tentacles will be labeled this year: education, environment, labor, voting, government, politics, health care, and media.
     Contact: Susan J Davis at [email protected]

DWC Breakfast
July 10th! 7:30 am, Village Deli

135th Annual IDEA Convention
August 20-23rd
French Lick, IN
Join Democrats from across the state, including your elected officials and candidates, for this annual convention. Friday afternoon typically has seen a great meeting of the women across the state, so plan that into the weekend.  Monroe County typically has a strong presence there.
Reserve your accommodations now and learn more here

     Ask a friend, co-worker or colleague who is interested in learning more about making a positive impact on the presence of women in office to accompany you to our monthly breakfast or to one of the local political events.
The DWC is open to progressives regardless of gender or sexual orientation.  Join any time.  Only $20 for one year’s membership.  Join online here

       Here they go again. Republicans in Congress have introduced another bill to cut off women’s access to health care. This time they are trying to eliminate Title X, the only federal program devoted to providing low-income women with family planning services, birth control, well-woman visits, and STD and cancer screenings. 
       Why do Republicans want to cut a program that not only provides vital medical care to nearly 4.6 million women but saved around two billion dollars last year?2 Because a quarter of Title X funds go to Planned Parenthood clinics. And there’s no better way to score political points with your extremist, anti-woman base, than to attack Planned Parenthood — no matter the consequences for women and their families.
       The Fiscal Year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services Funding Bill not onlyguts Title X, it also eliminates 80 percent of funds for comprehensive teen pregnancy prevention, and doubles funding for abstinence-only sex education, which has been proven to be ineffective. If it passes it would have a devastating impact on women’s health, especially for the 4.6 million women who depend on Title X every year — who are mainly women in rural communities and low-income women.
       It’s the height of hypocrisy that a Republican party committed to blocking women’s access to abortion would slash a program that prevented 1.2 million unplanned pregnancies in 2010. It shows that Republicans are so committed to grandstanding against Planned Parenthood that they’re willing to throw women and their families under the bus.

Tell Republicans: Don’t play politics with women’s lives. Keep your hands off Title X. Click the link below to sign the petition:

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