Monday Morning News 03/26/18



They marched by the hundreds of thousands in cities large and small in all 50 states and in smaller solidarity marches around the world—from London to Brisbane to Tokyo. In Indianapolis the line to get into the protest at the statehouse wound around the block. Here in Bloomington protesters marched from the courthouse to the Sample Gates in sleet and freezing rain. Led by the youth of America, who have risen up to do what their elders could not—take on the NRA and the culture of gun violence that has turned our neighborhoods and schools into killing fields—marchers of all ages chanted “Enough is enough” and “Vote them out!” Americans listened as the child survivors of gun violence told their stories, honored the dead, and vowed to fight for the commonsense gun regulations that are supported by the overwhelming majority of their fellow citizens. But we all know that this is only the beginning. On Saturday we marched, but today we head out to register voters, track NRA money and legislation, support progressive candidates with our time and donations, fight for fair elections, hold our legislators’ feet to the fire, and VOTE. Together with the brave, passionate, and articulate young people who led the marches, we will free our country from its enslavement by a gun club, make our schools and streets safe spaces for learning and community, and create an America where hiding in small, dark places is once again child’s play, not an “active shooter” drill.

Action Item


These are paid positions. If you want to work the polls on Primary Election Day, May 8, training will happen in late April and you would work from 5am until done… usually around 7-8pm. It’s a long day but very rewarding. Early voting starts on Tuesday April 10 and runs through Monday May 7, but early voting staffing needs are currently filled. Inquiries about working at the polls can be sent to the democratic recruiter Rod Yandt


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!

Indiana Democratic Party 2018 Wednesday Webinar Series
contact Adi Ben-Yehoshua at [email protected] for the password

2018 Wednesday Webinar Series

January Webinar: The Indiana Statehouse - How A Bill becomes a Law (archive available)
February Webinar: Voter Registration Training (archive available)
March Webinar: March 28th at 6 PM - State Campaign Finance, with Brittany Solis, Executive Director of the IN Democratic Party
April Webinar: April 18th at 6 PM - Building a Volunteer Base, with Kristin Jones
May Webinar: TBA - Canvassing and Phonebanking Best Practices
June Webinar: June 6th at 6 PM - What to expect at State Convention, Brittany Solis, Executive Director of the IN Democratic Party

2017 webinar archives on Grassroots Mobilization with the Knock 10 app, Democratic Messaging in a Digital Age, County Party Fundraising, How to become a State Delegate and How to file to be a Candidate or Precinct Committee-Person are also available.

Using the VAN
The latest VANual and training videos are also available at

CANDIDATE NEEDS: Endorsed and Supported Candidates - use this space to let us know how we can help your campaign!! email updates to [email protected]

Kate Wiltz, candidate for Monroe County Council, District 2
needs volunteers to:
-Host a House Party! If you live in D2 and you can host a party, we would love that!
-Host a Yard Sign! Do you live in a good location and/or in District 2?
Email us and we will be happy to bring you one of Kate's beautiful signs!
-Canvass! Kate is looking for volunteers to canvass her district or to walk with her! Email us to volunteer!
We would be oh-so grateful for your time. Even one or two hours makes a HUGE difference!
Email Kate: [email protected]


Monday, March 26, 2018, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Democracy for Monroe County Candidate Forum
Bloomington City Council Chambers
401 N. Morton St.

DFMC's third and final candidate forum will feature the candidates for the Indiana State House of Representatives whose districts intersect with Monroe County. They are E. Tomasina Marsili (District 46), Penny Githens (District 60), Matt Pierce(District 61), Amy Swain (District 62), and Jared Stancombe (District 46). If you missed the two earlier forums, they can be viewed on CATS at the links for the Monroe County Offices Forum and the Justice Forum.

Wednesday, March 28, 7:00pm
Electing Women In Bloomington And Monroe County 1920-2000
Monroe County History Center, 202 E. 6th St.

Glenda Murray will discuss the political careers of the women who ran for office in our community.
This is a free event.

Thursday, March 29, 6:00pm
Fountain Square Mall Ballroom

The annual FDR Gala is a great opportunity to interact with candidates on the 2018 primary ballot and enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres with warm Democratic friends.
There is NO COST to attend the event, but donations are requested.
Sponsorship Info:
Event Host: $1,000 - Name featured prominently on invitation and program, with name featured at the event and recognition by Chair. Will be recognized as official member of the McCloskey Chairman's Club. (Let us know by March 1)
Eleanor Roosevelt Sponsors: $750 (or $50/month) - Name mentioned on invitation and program, with name featured at the event, and recognition by chair. (Let us know by March 1)
Four Freedoms Sponsors: $300 (or $25/month) - Name featured on program and featured at the event.
New Deal Sponsors: $150 (or $10/month) - Name on program
You can make a contribution here:

Monday, April 2, 2018, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Primary Election Fair
President's Room (IMU University Club)
Hosted by the College Democrats at Indiana University and the Monroe County Democratic Party.
Interested in voting in the 2018 Democratic Primary?
Looking for one convenient location to learn about every candidate on the ballot?
This is the event for you!
Come to the President's Room of the University Club (located in the IMU) where the College Democrats and Monroe County Democratic Party will be co-hosting a Democratic Primary Election Fair! Walk around, meet candidates, register to vote, and learn about races ranging from congressional races down to the local level. Everyone is represented and everyone is invited!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 4:30pm - 6:05pm
MLK Remembrance March
Hosted by City of Bloomington: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission
The City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission invites the public to join them for a March, from 4:30-6:05 p.m., in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.
March Route and Program:
4:30 p.m.: Program begins with remarks from MLK Commissioners and community members
~4:45 p.m.: Flower planting at TBD
~5:00 p.m.: BEGIN WALK south on Fairview St.
Walk Route and Pickup Points:
~5:05 p.m., Fairview School, along 7th Street
~5:10 p.m., B-Line, Plaza 1A (7th and B-Line)
~5:20 p.m., B-Line, Third Street overpass
~5:25 p.m., B-Line, Kroger (Seminary Square)
~5:40 p.m., B-Line, Grimes Street Overpass (exact location tbd)
~5:45 p.m., CLOSING PROGRAM beings with proclamation and readings
6:01 p.m., TOLLING OF BELL (in unison with groups all over the U.S.)
~6:05 p.m., Load up on Bloomington Transit bus and ride back to Butler Park
Rain or shine! If you have any questions, please contact MLK Commission staff liaison, Michael Shermis ([email protected] or 812-349-3471).

Friday, April 6, 2018, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Erika Oliphant for Prosecutor Meet & Greet with Anicca Photography!
I Fell Gallery, 415 W 4th Street

Erika Oliphant for Prosecutor invites you to join her for a meet and greet, hosted by Mike Waddell/Anicca Photography, Angela Caldwell, Beth Hamlin, Lorraine Merriman Farrell, and more. Food and drink, live music, a photo booth, and art during the First Friday Gallery Walk. This will be a great opportunity to meet and discuss Erika's candidacy, have some laughs with your friends in our photo booth, and enjoy music, art, and community. Anicca Photography will have cards and framed and unframed prints for sale at the event, and 50 percent of all proceeds from sales will be going to Erika's campaign.

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10:00am - Noon
Brunch Fundraiser for Council Candidate Kate Wiltz.
3030 N. Russell Road, Bloomington

Hosted by Charlotte Zietlow and Julie Thomas at Julie's House
Please carpool if possible.Come for brunch, and support Kate!

Sunday, April 8, 2018, 6:00pm
DWC Karaoke Fundraiser
Player’s Pub, 424 S. Walnut Street

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 compete for prizes by performing their choice of karaoke song. Save the date! You won't want to miss!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - Early Voting Begins
Election Central: 401 W. Seventh St., Bloomington
(812) 349-2690

Early Voting Times:
April 10, 2018 – May 4, 2018
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
April 28, 2018 and May 5, 2018
Saturday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
May 7, 2018
Monday: 8:00am – 12:00noon

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Hoosier Women Forward Kick-Off Fundraising Event
Indiana Landmarks, Indianapolis


Hoosier Women Forward, a political and civic leadership training program designed to empower Democratic women to become more active participants in politics and leaders in their communities, aimed at preparing and propelling Democratic women in Indiana into influential roles across the state. Each year, 20-25 Hoosier women will be selected through a competitive application process to participate in a nine-month long leadership development and public advocacy training program. Through a combination of study, field experience, networking and mentorship, Hoosier women participants will gain valuable political training that will prepare them to become more informed, empowered, and mindful public servants. Applications will become available in late May, so stay tuned!
To purchase tickets:
For more information, contact Shannon Mears at (317) 412-3297 or email [email protected].

Friday, April 20, 2018, 10:00am - Noon
National School Walkout - Indiana - hosted by Justin Deem-Loureiro
Indianapolis - Monument Circle to the Statehouse

Justin writes: This is a youth led event On April 20th, from 10am to 12pm I want all Students, teachers and school staff to not attend school instead go downtown.We will march from the monument circle to the Indiana state House and to join millions of others in the National school Walkout. When innocent children die at school is when we say enough is enough. I am part of the next generation we will stand for equality,love and peace.

Friday, April 20, 2018, 10:00am
National School Walkout
Bloomington High School North
3901 N. Kinser Pike
From the student organizers: On April 20th, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, American students will walk out of class and protest. Together, we will send a message that we won’t tolerate any more inaction on this issue. And if cowardly politicians fail to act, young people will show them the consequences of letting so many Americans die by voting them out in November.

Friday, April 20, 2018, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Fundraiser for Catherine Stafford For Judge
Cascades Inn, 2601 N. Walnut St.

Hosted by the Committee to Elect Catherine Stafford
For more information: 912-320-2035

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Monroe County NOW Chapter Meeting
Monroe County Public Library, Room 1B

NOW monthly chapter meeting! There will be snacks, social time, and updates!
Sunday, May 6, 2018, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Fundraiser for Penny Githens for Indiana State Rep District 60
2616 East Poplar Court, Bloomington
Sponsored by the Persisterhood Workshop

Save the date. Details in future editions of the Monday Morning News.