Monday Morning News July 27, 2015

Four endorsed candidates currently serving voters in Monroe County: Cheryl Munson, President of the Monroe County Council; Shelli Yoder, Vice-President of the Monroe County Council; Julie Thomas President of the Monroe County Commissioners; Iris Keisling, Vice-President of the Monroe County Commissioners.

Let's keep the momentum going.


  • Book Announcement
  • FAIR study on NPR


  • DWC End-of-Summer Cookout & Hoedown
  • Event From the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission

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Book Announcement

Announcing The Accidental Mayor, an account by Jim and Tomi Allison of Tomi's thirteen years as Mayor of Bloomington, published in June, 2015. Available now at and wherever books are sold.

FAIR study on NPR

new FAIR study finds that NPR‘s regular commentary is dominated by white men, predominantly addresses arts and culture, and almost never touches directly on political issues.

This study reviewed transcripts from January 1 to May 31, 2015, looking at regular commentators—that is, voices who were featured twice or more on Morning Edition,All Things ConsideredWeekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sundayto present their opinions in monologue form.

The study found 25 regular commentators, whose viewpoints were featured in a total of 232 segments. Of these commentators, 21 were men and four were women (84 percent male); 23 of the commentators (92 percent) were non-Latino whites. The two people of color who were regular commentators were Eric Deggans, an African-American writer who critiques TV, and Betto Arcos, a native of Mexico who covers music culture. No women of color were regular commentators.

Women provided only 9 percent of segments by regular commentators aired during the study period; 9 percent were by people of color.

DWC End-of-summer Cookout & Hoedown
Sunday, August 30, 4-7 p.m.
The DWC's annual fundraiser will be August 30th from 4PM - 7PM at Susie Johnson and Dee Tuttle's house at 3974 S. Garrison Chapel Road.  There will be wonderful food and drink, a cake walk, silent auction and square dancing to the rollicking music of the band, Entwyned!  

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.  You can purchase tickets online at  Please mark the date, get your tickets and spread the word! 

Do you have something to donate for the silent auction?  We are looking for a few more interesting items to include.  Current offerings include a pair of lovely citrine earrings, home-made French-themed dinner for four, guest DJ on WFHB Community Radio, and more!  If you have something to contribute, please let Dorothy Granger know ASAP at[email protected]. Include a brief description, the estimated value of the item, and contact information so we can coordinate picking up items up the week before the event.  

We could also use a few cakes for the cake walk.  Only one cake per person please!  Contact Julie Thomas at [email protected] if you want to show off your baking skills!
Please sign up with Dorothy and Julie to donate an item or cake.  It is very difficult to accommodate unexpected gifts at the door.  Thank you so much for your support!

Event From the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission
Power of Words is a bi-annual event presented by The Friends of the Library and Monroe County Public Library. This year, civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis, as well as his co-creators of the graphic novels, March: Book One and March: Book Two (co-writer Andrew Aydin, and local artist Nate Powell), will be the featured speakers discussing their books, which are engaging and award-winning first-hand accounts of Lewis's lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. The Power of Words is a free event and takes place Monday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Indiana University Auditorium.

Events leading up to the Power of Words event include a civil rights film series on Sundays, August 23rd and 30th and September 6th and 13th.  The first two movies to be screened at the Monroe County Public Library are In the Heat of the Night (August 23) and Mississippi Burning (August 30).


Ask a friend, co-worker or colleague who is interested in learning more about making a positive impact on the presence of women in office to accompany you to our monthly breakfast or to one of the local political events.

The DWC is open to progressives regardless of gender or sexual orientation.  Join any time.  Only $20 for one year’s membership.  Join online here


Subject:  Defend fair elections!

Every voter deserves to be heard.  And that can't happen when politicians choose their own voters by gerrymandering themselves into safe districts.  Gerrymandering is one of the most overlooked issues damaging our democracy.

There are states that continue to deny health insurance to millions.  There are states decimating public education.  There are states where a women's right to choose has been all but eradicated.

Sign your name.  End gerrymandering once and for all:   

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