Monday Morning News-July 21, 2014

In order to help more progressive, Democratic women get elected in Monroe County, we need to have fundraisers, like the one scheduled for Aug. 17. In order to have a successful fundraiser, we need to know how many people will be there, so we have enough food without having too much. So in order to meet the goals you and I have in common, please buy your ticket today! See more info below.

In this issue:

Aug. 17 Fundraiser & 10-Year Celebration

City of Bloomington Needs YOU for Boards & Commissions

Action Item: Tell Congress You Want to "Citizen's United" to be Overturned

 Aug. 17 DWC Fundraiser & 10-Year Celebration  

Sunday, August 17, 2014, 1-4 PM is our annual DWC Women's Equality Day fundraiser, and this year we will also celebrate the DWC's 10th anniversary.  Women's Equality Day is August 16, so we're celebrating a bit early. As you probably know, this day commemorates the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920 which gave women the right to vote. 

This year, our theme is "A Day at the Lake" and we hope you and your family will join us for a day of lunching with fine friends, enjoying the lake, dipping your toes in the cool water, making fairy houses, enjoying live music, hiking, gliding down the slip 'n slide, strutting the cake walk, and sipping sangria. 

Tickets are $25.00, $5.00 for kids 12 to 3, and kids under 3 are free.  Tickets will be available at the DWC breakfast August 1, and you can also buy your ticket(s) by sending a check to DWC-PAC at PO Box 2373, Bloomington, IN 47402. In that case, you can pick up your ticket at the door. Please help us out by buying in advance! We wouldn't want to run out of sangria!

We are also looking for a few great sponsors...

  • $250 music sponsor or $250 grill master sponsor (you receive two free tickets)
  • $150  kids' activities sponsor (you receive one free ticket)
  • $50 DWC birthday sponsor

Email dorothy at [email protected] if you are interested in sponsoring this event!!


 City of Bloomington Needs YOU for Boards and Commissions!

Regina Moore, Bloomington City Clerk and co-founder of the DWC, has announced that applications are now being accepted for the following resident commissions:

(1) The Board of Housing Quality Appeals

This Board hears the appeal of any person aggrieved by the decision of the Director of Housing & Neighborhood Development or designee, or any administrative officer charged with the administration of the Residential Rental Unit and Lodging Establishment Inspection Program of Bloomington, Indiana.

(2) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commission

The goal of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission is to promote and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and promote the acceptance of diversity in the community. The Commission sponsors events and programs to commemorate the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday, including a volunteer service day initiative "A Day ON! Not a Day Off", "40 Days of Peace", the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award, and the annual community-wide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. The Commission also sponsors events throughout the year which promote justice, racial harmony and equal opportunity.

We encourage you to apply! Application review will begin August 11th.

City Boards and Commissions are citizen-staffed and operated, and serve to advise the Common Council and the Administration on issues affecting Bloomington.

A complete list and description of Boards and Commissions, in addition to application materials may be found at  Information and applications also are available at the City Clerk's Office in Showers City Hall at 401 N. Morton. For more information or questions, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 349-3408.  

Action Item: Tell Congress You Want "Citizens United" to be Overturned

 From Bold Progressives:

Last week a Senate committee approved a constitutional amendment that would allow Congress to overturn Citizens United. Now, an identical amendment has been introduced in the House of Representatives, and it already has 103 co-sponsors! It's been years since an amendment has seen this much focus in Congress.

This amendment will give us the opportunity to get every candidate running for office on record as to whose voice should count the most -- a handful of billionaires or the voices of everyday Americans. Sign the petition on the right to let Congress know we'll be making this a big 2014 campaign issue.

PETITION TO THE U.S. CONGRESS: We support the constitutional amendment that would give Congress and the states the authority to reverse the Supreme Court's Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions. 

Please sign here.

Reminder: What was the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" decision? The United States Supreme Court held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political independent expenditures by corporations, associations, or labor unions.