Monday Morning News 05/28/18

Today, as we honor the brave men and women who have given their lives in America's wars, let us remember the words of Eleanor Roosevelt: "Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility." The highest honor we can give to the fallen is our redoubled commitment to fight for the democratic ideals and freedoms for which they died.

Yes - It's that time of the month again - the DWC June Breakfast will take place Friday, June 1 at 7:30am at the Village Deli.

The traditional breakfast program after an election is to have our endorsed candidates speak about their experiences. We’ll get the scoop on their races, highlights of their efforts over the past 4 months, and hear how their association with the DWC affected their campaigns. Some of the questions that might be asked are: why they decided to run, who helped them make that decision, how they found folks to help them in their races and what they need from DWC members going forward. We’ll probably also take a few questions from the audience.
If you were unable to attend the lunch on the Friday after the election (and even if you were) come be inspired by these women who have put themselves forward to serve the people of Monroe County and beyond and given them a rousing send off in their fight to win in November.

Action Items


Democracy Summer with Liz for Indiana
Democracy Summer with Liz for Indiana is a one-of-a-kind political Democratic Fellowship that teaches high school and college students the nuts and bolts of political organizing. Fellows will learn the arts of electoral mobilization, the critical issues of the day, and the history of progressive politics. Fellows are part of a larger movement working to help Democratic candidates win key elections in swing districts across the country and elect a true-blue Democratic Congress in 2018! Democracy Summer works with fellows across the district, and we'll meet in Bloomington once a week. Fellows will:
* Participate in canvassing, phone banking, and online organizing efforts
* Work fundraisers, fairs, parades, farmers markets, and events in support of the Liz for Indiana campaign and important causes
* Learn from progressive policy activists, elected officials, candidates and campaign staff
* Participate in skills-building workshops with leading organizers and activists
* Learn about the non-profit sector, public policy, and electoral politics and career paths in these areas.
Fellows are not paid but the campaign will work with them to apply for school credit. They will receive a first-class political education, grow a network of friends, and can request recommendation letters for college or graduate school upon completion. For more information, see the Liz for Indiana Facebook page, call or text Kate Rosenbarger at 812-219-4074, or email her ([email protected]). Interested applicants can click here, and Team Liz will be in touch.

Hoosier Women Forward Leadership Development Program
Sometime in the coming week Hoosier Women Forward will launch the application for the first class of its leadership development program. They’re looking for Democratic women across the state who are interested in public policy, political advocacy, and moving Indiana forward with progressive policies and ideas. They’re seeking applicants with compelling personal and professional life experiences—reflecting the economic, geographical, ethnic, and cultural diversity in Indiana. They need women who are deeply interested in, and can commit to, a nine-month program focusing on study, field experience, and political leadership training. They’re not just looking for Hoosier women who want to run for public office but women who are interested in gaining the skills needed to hold leadership roles in their communities that will effect positive change—from campaign manager, to school board, to head of a nonprofit, to state and federal office. Between 20 and 25 Hoosier women will be selected for the inaugural class. Know anyone who fits this description? Sign up now to receive a notification when the application goes live, and then pass it along to a woman you know who might be interested. Or apply yourself!

Vacancy on Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association
The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill a vacant position on the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association. The position is available for representatives of businesses located within the City’s Enterprise Zone.
The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association works to spur economic development in Bloomington’s urban core and contributes to creating or retaining thousands of jobs in the community.
To learn more about the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association, and each of the City’s boards and commissions, including mission statements, membership requirements, current membership listings and term lengths, or for online applications, go to the online City system for board and commission information known as “OnBoard” at, or by clicking on the “OnBoard” button on the City’s home web page at If you are interested in contributing to this new Commission, please consider submitting an application.
All board and commission meetings are free and open to the public. Potential applicants are urged to attend a meeting of their desired board or commission prior to applying. Meeting schedules and locations can be found under the “committee info” tab on OnBoard. Information and applications are also available at the City Clerk’s Office in Showers City Hall at 401 N. Morton.

The Ryder & the New York Times Present Heroes Icons Dissenters: A Celebration of Women in Film
Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave.
The Guardians - 2pm
A story of resilience unfolds against the backdrop of World War I. The women of the Paridier farm must grapple with the workload while the men are off at the front. New tools allow the women to triumph over the land, and newfound independence is acquired.
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story - 5pm
"More than just a pretty face." In the 1930's and 40's, Lamarr was considered the world's most beautiful woman. Never taken seriously in her lifetime - and manipulated by powerful men (sound familiar?) - Lamarr never got the recognition she deserved. But during WWII, she worked on top secret projects for the U.S. military.
RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg - 7:30pm
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg has created a breathtaking legal legacy for women's rights while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. The personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court during a hostile time for women, is revealed in this inspiring and multidimensional portrait. Now 85, Ginsburg refuses to relinquish her passionate duty, and continues to have equally vigorous dissenting opinions and exercise workouts.
Tickets are $8 for individual films or $12 for an all day pass (prices increase day of show) and can be purchased through the BCT Box Office.



Join Team Liz at "A Walk In The Park" Outreach and Community Clean-Up
Tuesday May 29 Noon–1:00pm
The Indiana Recovery Alliance is hosting a community clean up leaving the IRA Office, 118 S. Rogers St., Suite 2 at noon, then heading down the B-Line Trail, over to Seminary Square Park and back up the alley between Walnut and Washington to 4th St. They will look for improperly disposed supplies, do some outreach and enjoy an afternoon walk. Team Liz is encouraging supporters to join them for the event as a good opportunity to give back to the community, hang out with friends and have a good time. Wear your Liz shirts.

Democrat Delegate and Precinct Committee Member Meeting
Thursday, May 31, 2018, 6:00–7:30pm
City Council Chambers, Bloomington City Hall, 401 N. Morton St.
Please mark your calendars for a Party meeting on Thursday, May 31st. The first part of the meeting will be geared towards delegates and what we need to do to prepare for the convention on June 16 in Indianapolis. The second part of the meeting will be an orientation for Precinct Committee People.
REMINDER: PCPs need to appoint a Vice PCP of the opposite gender prior to the meeting or MCDP Chair Mark Fraley will appoint someone. PCPs should email Mark at [email protected] to officially state their appointment.

Democratic Women's Caucus Breakfast
Friday, June 1, 2018, 7:30am–8:30am
Village Deli, 409 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Program: We'll speak with our endorsed candidates about their primary races and what they need going forward.

Contact Your Reps Party May/June
June 1, 2018 4:00-6:00pm
BloomingTea, 615 W. Kirkwood Ave.
Hosted by Indivisible Bloomington and 9th District Indiana and Monroe County NOW
Come to write your reps. They’ll provide supplies and postage, you bring yourself and your concerns.

Bloomington Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Wear Orange Event
Friday, June 1, 2018 Noon
Monroe County Courthouse
Join the Bloomington chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in marking National Gun Violence Prevention Awareness Day at our Wear Orange event on the Courthouse Square at noon on Friday, June 1st. We'll be hearing from survivors in our community, some of our high school leaders and city and county officials who support our movement to demand common sense gun policy reform. Please RSVP here: Wondering why we are wearing orange? Watch this video #WearOrange because orange is the color that high school student Hadiya Pendleton's friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15. After her death, Hadiya's friends asked Americans to stand up, speak out, and Wear Orange. Wear Orange to hold our leaders accountable. Wear Orange to create an orange wave of Americans to vote on the side of gun safety at the ballot box.

Grillin’ & Chillin’ With Clerk Browne
Sunday, June, 10, 2018, 1:00–3:00pm
At the home of Linda & Terry Robbins, 4755 S. Dunlap Road, Bloomington
Monroe County Clerk candidate Nicole Browne hopes you will support her first fundraiser of the summer season.
Please RSVP to Linda Robbins at [email protected].

2018 Big Dem Weekend
Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, 2018
Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis
The Big Dem Weekend occurs every two years and includes the Hoosier Hospitality Dinner on June 15th and the State Convention on June 16th. Click here to visit the Indiana Democratic Party site and learn about the 2018 Big Dem Weekend.
***Please note: if you would like a ride to either of the Big Dem Weekend Events, please email Executive Director Kaisa Goodman at [email protected] to be put on a ride list.

Monroe County Democrats Club Luncheon
Tuesday, June 19, 11:30am
DeAngelo's Restaurant, Eastland Plaza
The Monroe County Democrats Club will meet on Tuesday, June 19, at 11:30 am at DeAngelo's Restaurant in Eastland Plaza. Speaker TBA. The public is invited to attend.

MCBDC Juneteenth Fundraiser
Friday, June 22, 2018 5:00pm
Griffin Realty, 735 S. College Ave., Bloomington
Join the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus for their second annual Juneteenth fundraiser at Griffin Realty. Last year's event raised nearly $4,000 to help support Black candidates in Bloomington and they hope to beat that this year. Suggested Contributions: $50, $100, $250, $500
Please make checks payable to:
Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus
PO Box 3471
Bloomington, IN 47402
Join them for a fun evening for a great cause!

Piedmont-Smith Constituent Meeting
Saturday, June 30, 11:00am–noon
McCloskey Room #135, City Hall
Bloomington City Council Member Isabel Piedmont-Smith (District 5) will host her monthly constituent meeting on Saturday, June 30, 11:00 am to noon in the McCloskey Room (135) of City Hall. She welcomes all Bloomington residents, not just those in District 5, to come discuss city issues. For a full schedule of Isabel's 2018 meetings, please see



#1: Wear Orange on June 1 and work to support sensible gun measures

#2: Take a moment to celebrate the Senate's vote on Net Neutrality, then call your representative to encourage him to vote for Net Neutrality in the House.

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