Monday Morning News - April 11, 2016

The time has come, the walrus said, to vote on many things. Wise walrus. Early voting started last week. Please vote for our endorsed and supported candidates and remember they can use your help in many other ways--walking, takings signs, writing letters, hosting or attending events.

Also, the County Clerk's office says we still need many poll workers on election day. Contact Linda Robbins at [email protected] or call/text 812-360-7542.  It is a really fun day (trust us--many DWC members have been poll workers) and you learn tons about the process while providing a valuable service to your community.  Can't work?  Convince your friends to do it! There IS a free lunch for workers!




Second location for Early Voting
Early voting runs from now until May 2, 2016. Note that this year we have a second location starting April 18th!

Voting locations and hours:
Election Central at 401 W 7th St., Suite 100:
April 5-8 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
April 11-15 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
April 18-22, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Election Central AND a new second location - Room 201-202, North Showers Building, 501 N. Morton Street:
April 23, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. - Saturday
April 25-29, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
April 30, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. - Saturday
and MONDAY, May 2, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

New Monroe County Dems Candidate Page
The Monroe County Democratic Party has launched an online resource for Monroe County Voters.  Party leaders described the site as a “one stop shop for voters seeking information about the 2016 primary elections”. The website will be continuously updated throughout the election to include statements of candidacy, endorsements, letters to the editor, and press releases pertaining to the candidates competing in the Democratic primary. The site also includes links to publicly available candidate forums, interest group questionnaires, candidate guides, as well as information related to election law, early and absentee voting, precinct maps, and related voter information. Check out this welcome new resource at:

Our Endorsed and Supported Candidate's Events and Needs:

Phone Bank and Write Letters for Amanda Barge
Wednesday, April 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Liell and McNeill (511 S. Madison)
Join Regina Moore and friends to phone bank or write letters to your friends for candidate for County Commissioner. There will be snacks! Also, Amanda has ordered extra signs. If you have a good location and will host a sign, please text 812-606-8813.

Meet the Candidate event for Holly Harvey for Judge, Monroe Co. Cir. Court

April 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at The Malibu Grill
The Committee to Elect Holly Harvey for Judge is holding a meet-the-candidate event at the Malibu Grill. Come and meet Holly and talk about her vision for justice in Monroe County. Holly is also looking for additional locations for yard signs and volunteers for canvassing or phone banking. You can sign up to help Holly and learn more about her at Holly Harvey for Judge:

Open House for Darcie Fawcett for Judge, Monroe Co. Cir. Court
Saturday, April 16 4-6 p.m., 525 West Third Street (corner of Third and Jackson)
Don Harp, Richard Lewis, Glenda Murray and Patrick Murray invite you to an Open House to meet Darcie Fawcett. You can learn more about Darcie Fawcett for Judge at or Please RSVP to Glenda Murray at [email protected] or 812-332-6268

Terri Porter for Auditor
Terri Porter asks for people to help her canvass neighborhoods. She is also looking for yard sign locations. Visit and click on the Volunteer button. Also, please go to and “like” the page. That makes it show up in searches more often.

Team Hillary Fellows in Indiana
Team Hillary is on the hunt for the most committed, most excited members of her corps of supporters to become fellows here in Indiana. Sound like anyone you know? Applications are being accepted now!
Know anyone who might be interested? Forward them this link (or apply yourself)!

Fellows will do a little bit of everything, from managing teams of volunteers to planning events. And with the primary coming up on May 3rd, they'll play an absolutely crucial role in delivering a big win for Hillary.

Applications Sought for Boards and Commissions
A complete list and description of Boards and Commissions, in addition to application materials, may be found at  Information and applications are also 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 812-349-3408.


Louise Melling: Religious Refusals and Reproductive Rights
April 12, 2016, Noon, the IUB Maurer Law School, Moot Court Room (123)
Louise Melling is the ACLU Deputy Legal Director, and Director of the Center for Liberty and the Campaign to End the Use of Religion to Discriminate. Last year, the nation turned its attention to Indiana as the legislature passed and Governor Pence signed into law a Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The public outcry focused mainly on concern that the law would sanction discrimination against LGBT people. The implications for women seeking to exercise reproductive rights featured little if at all in the public debates—even though to date RFRA has been used successfully as a sword against women seeking to exercise reproductive rights, not against LGBT people. Indiana again is in the national news with its enactment of a host of new draconian abortion restrictions. This talk will challenge the current ways of thinking about reproductive rights and religious refusals. Sponsored by the Maurer chapters of American Constitution Society, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Feminist Law Forum, and OUTlaw.

Pizza will be provided. The talk will be followed by small group Q&A and discussion over buffet lunch at 1pm.

Michael Kimmel on Gender Equality
Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 p.m. at Whittenberger Auditorium (IU Memorial Union)
A sociologist at Stony Brook University, Michael Kimmel is famed for his research on men and masculinities, and his TED talk on the same. Kimmel will be speaking about masculinities and gender equality in technology. There will be free refreshments and t-shirts at the event. This talk is funded by Google through the National Center for Women and Information Technology Student Seed Fund. The event is free.

DWC Karaoke Fundraiser
Sunday, April 24, 6:00-8:30 p.m., Player's Pub

In TWO short weeks, the DWC is hosting our spring fundraiser, Karaoke night at the Player's Pub. The fun starts at 6 pm and runs through 8:30 pm. We had a FABULOUS time last year and we know the lineup of singers will be great this year, too! Rehearse and join us on stage! Or just come to enjoy the music and performances! Audience members can "vote" for their favorite candidate singers!

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online at the link below, or at the door. We can't wait to see (and hear) you on the 24th!!!

All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center Trivia Contest
Wednesday, April 13, 7 pm, The Back Door, 207 S. College

All-Options believes that everyone deserves access to safe abortion care, no matter how much money they have. They also know that getting an abortion in Indiana can be difficult. And thanks to our lawmakers, it's not getting any easier. That's why All-Options created the brand new Hoosier Abortion Fund.Abortion funds help people pay for medical care, transportation, and child care related to accessing an abortion.

All-Options is participating in the National Network of Abortion Funds' annual bowl-a-thon. But forget the bowling--this year it's a trivia party! The goal is to raise $5,000 for the Hoosier Abortion Fund so join in the fun to help them reach the goal! Visit the bowl-a-thon page to register. You can register as a team captain, join an existing team or sign up as an individual donor. Team captains should gather up 4-6 of their closest friends and come up with an amazing name AND incredible costumes! (And yes, there’ll be prizes!)

You can find more information on All-Options, including their oh-so-useful diaper drive, at their webpage at

Wendell Potter Book Tour
Sunday, May 1, 5 p.m., Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan, the League of Women Voters Bloomington-Monroe County and Reverse Citizens United are sponsoring Wendell Potter on a national tour for his new book, Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It.


NARAL (National Association for Repeal of Abortion Laws)
Make a contribution to NARAL Pro-Choice America today.
Our right to choose is being attacked in Congress and state legislatures across the country, including here in Indiana. We must stand strong against those determined to take away our right to have abortion as just one of many options. Your support is needed, now more than ever, to face down these threats to maternity and reproductive healthcare.

Please make a contribution here to NARAL Pro-Choice America today. With your help we can continue to protect and expand reproductive rights at every level of government.

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Deadline for MMN is noon on Sunday.

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