Monday Morning News 02/05/18

If you missed Friday's breakfast meeting:

Cathi Crabtree greets friend Ali Brown. The two became great friends at the Democratic National Convention in 2016. Ali brought her enthusiasm and news of her new endeavors to the breakfast. Her message was well received.


If there's anyone who can energize a 7:30 AM crowd, it's Ali Brown! She is fearless in her feminism, and is working hard to help elect persons of color, women, LGBTQ+ and millennial candidates.

And when she left Bloomington, she sent back this message:


The feeling's mutual, Ali Brown! Thanks for your inspiration, your dedication, your friendship.


----Friday at NOON (all political deadlines are at noon!) is the deadline for filing for State Convention Delegate, or for Precinct Committee person. Or even for an office. Election Central office is at 401 W 7th Street. The office is open from 8:00 to 4:00 pm weekdays. Deadline is NOON! Friday! NOON!

----Renew your DWC membership before midnight on February 15th in order to vote at the March meeting in the endorsement process. Use this link now:

Speaking of Endorsements - Steering Committee Member Kitty Leill will serve as the chair of the DWC endorsement committee this year. Familiarize yourself with the process by going to
Important Dates in the process:
Friday, Feb. 9 at noon: deadline for filing a candidacy for the 2018 Primary
Saturday, Feb. 10: the endorsement committee will email candidates with details on applying for endorsement.
Friday, Feb. 16 at noon: deadline for submitting an application for DWC Endorsement
Saturday, Feb. 24: interviews with candidates for endorsement begin. The Committee will make a recommendation to the entire membership via this newsletter and the membership them votes on endorsements. Primary Endorsement Vote will be at the March 2, 2018 Breakfast.

And SAVE THE DATE April 8, 2018 at 6pm for the 3rd Annual DWC Political Karaoke Fundraiser!
Candidates and friends, enjoy a night of silliness!! Karaoke for everyone and a competition for our 2018 candidates who will perform as "Celebrity Performers". This is an unforgettable event: candidates AND OTHERS compete for prizes by performing their choice of karaoke song.

Below is Senator Vi Simpson feeling satisfied after channeling Patsy Cline!


You won't want to miss!

Action Items



State Democratic Party Webinars and Trainings:
AND if you want to be a Precinct Committee Person, try this!
These folks are elected every four years in the primary (this coming May!). What they do depends on how the various county parties structure their field work, and traditions. But this will get you started!

Although the in person platform hearings are over you can still submit your ideas to the party at:
The Platform Committee will start drafting the platform in early March so get your ideas in by the end of February.


Thursday February 8, 2018 7:00 - 9:00pm
Indivisible Bloomington & 9th District Strategy Session
Democracy Lab, 116 S. Madison St., Bloomington
Revisiting 2017 and planning goals for 2018. Open to all members, bring your friends.
Deadline to RSVP: Tue Feb. 6 at noon.

February, 10, 2018, 9:30am
League of Women Voters Legislative Update #2
Bloomington City Council Chambers, City Hall, Showers Complex

The public is invited to the second League of Women Voters Legislative Update of 2018.
State legislators representing Monroe County will discuss the ongoing Indiana General Assembly "short" session. Audience questions and concerns will follow the legislators' remarks.
The event will be taped by Cable Access Television Services through the Monroe County Public Library and will be replayed by CATS throughout the current legislative session.
The third Legislative Updates is scheduled for March 3.

Sunday, February, 11, 2018, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
League of Women Voters Monthly Meeting
Monroe County Public Library

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Valentine's Party with Liz Watson
The Inkwell, 115 N College
Family friendly fundraiser where you can make your own valentine pop tart!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 5:30 pm
State Of The Black Community Discussion
City Hall Council Chambers, 401 N. Morton Street
The evening will feature a coalition of organizations discussing the education system, economics, and the criminal justice system, as they relate to the Black community. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, February 15, 2018, 9:00-10:00pm
How To Build A Free Campaign Website Online Training
Online Training
Hosted by 92 County Strategy, advocating for Progress through Civic Education.Having a website is necessary before anyone announces that they want to run for office. Join us to learn how to build a professional-looking website for FREE in an hour!

Wednesday, February 15, 2018, 6:30pm
State Of The City Address
Buskirk Chumley Theater
The City of Bloomington and Mayor John Hamilton present the annual State of the City Address.
This is a free event, open to the public, and does not require a ticket. The address will last roughly 1 hour, with a 30-minute reception afterwards, featuring light refreshments. Doors to the theater will open at 6:30pm.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 5:30pm
Showing Up Town Hall Tour with Liz Watson - Medical Marijuana
Monroe County Public Library

The Liz for Indiana #ShowingUp Town Hall Tour continues at the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium in Bloomington, Indiana on February 21 to talk about medical marijuana. Child care will be provided.

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 11:00am - Noon
Isabel Piedmont-Smith Constintuent Meeting
Bloomington City Hall, McCloskey Room (#135)
In 2018, Piedmont-Smith's constituent meetings will generally be on the last Saturday of each month, 11 am to 12 noon in the McCloskey Room of City Hall. For a full list of meetings, please visit

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 7:00 pm
12th Annual Black History Month GALA
The Black History Month Gala will include dinner, a silent auction, photos, and lots of fun. The theme is Masquerade!
Tickets are $50.00 and go live February 1st at the Buskirk-Chumley Box Office. If you have any questions, please email Maqube Reese. Share the event through Facebook.

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:45 - 9:00pm
Backpack Full of Cash Documentary Film Screening
hosted by the Indiana Coalition For Public Education Monroe County
AMC Showplace West 12

Save the Date --> March 1
School Choice Week is a scam!
See why at our screening of the movie "Backpack Full of Cash."
More details to come in the next few weeks.
Indiana Coalition For Public Education Monroe County

Saturday, March 10, 2018, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Camp Congress For Girls Bloomington 2018 - hosted by Girls in Politics Initiative
310 S. College Ave.

Camp Congress for Girls Bloomington 2018 is a leadership program that introduces girls ages 8 to 15 to politics. Camp begins with a lesson on the structure of our political system. Each girl will choose to run for a seat in the US House of Representatives, the US Senate or for the presidency. She will create her own campaign with a platform, campaign slogan, campaign finance plan, campaign marketing materials and a political ad for YouTube. During the camp session, the campers will meet an elected official or political consultant. All participants will receive Certificate of Completion.
The camp general registration fee is $160, the Girl Scout registration fee is $120, the military family rate is $120 and the group rate is $120 per ticket for any purchase of 5 or more tickets.
For additional information contact us at +1 (202) 660-1457 ext 2,via email at [email protected] or
visit our website at
Watch the Girls in Politics Initiative™ on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show.
“Camp empowers young girls to run for office”

Thursday, March 29, 6:00pm
Fountain Square Mall Ballroom
Save the date for the annual Monroe County Democratic Party FDR Gala!
More information will be coming soon.


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