Monday Morning News - July 9, 2018


The special guest speaker at Friday's breakfast was Christie Popp, partner at the local law firm of Popp & Bullman, where she practices exclusively immigration law. Christie has been in practice since 2005, when she graduated from Vermont Law School with her J.D. Before going into private practice, Christie was the Directing Attorney for the Immigrants’ and Language Rights Center at Indiana Legal Services. Christie had so much wisdom and information to impart and too little time. But here are some highlights:

  • The Trump administration has instituted a zero tolerance immigration policy which involves prosecuting undocumented individuals for any and all offenses. For many years, the prior policy had granted prosecutors the discretion to prosecute as they saw fit, for example, not prosecuting misdemeanors. The bulk of the individuals currently being prosecuted are South American refugees seeking asylum.
  • Trump is, in fact, changing almost all immigration policies that were in place. He may not yet have built his vaunted Mexican "wall," but he has erected an invisible wall, which is as bad or worse. Lest we attribute everything to the current administration, however, she noted that some of the Obama administration's policies (with which Hilary Clinton was also involved as Secretary of State) were not particularly immigrant friendly. Obama significantly increased deportations.
  • In responding to a question, Christie confirmed that there is a "denaturalization" push from the administration. This consequence used to be reserved for cases of fraud and other similar issues, but now it is being applied to immigrants who volunteered to serve in the military in exchange for a guaranteed path to citizenship. The administration is starting to discharge such individuals from the military and refuse to live up to the citizenship promise. In addition, green cards are being rescinded with little or no basis.
  • She noted in response to another question that a recent case overturned the use of domestic violence as grounds for asylum, which had been an available argument previously.
  • Christie emphasized that the administration is using unsupported slogans and propaganda to scare Americans into believing that immigrants are criminals and losers who are causing the decline of our society. We need to find ways to fight back and get the truth out.
  • Another participant asked how we can best offer help to both the children who have been separated from their parents and other immigrants. Christie said that there are lawyers and organizations working at the front lines and the best thing we can do is donate money to them. Here is a link to a helpful article on choosing an organization The Bloomington Refugee Support Network is a local resource as well. Here is a link to their website.
  • Christie also pointed out that there might be opportunities to foster children, but adoption is not possible.
  • The administration has stopped using alternatives to immigrant detention which averaged $36 per day per individual. Detention costs average $300 per day. They are also using private prisons for detention.
  • Finally, we could make a difference by working to convince our county to stop honoring ICE holds. Marion County has stopped so why don't we?!

Thanks to Christie for a sobering talk with incredibly useful insights!


It was a day of great speakers for sure! Dee Owens gave a great talk at the DWC lunch at Grazie, providing some of her Washington insider information on the recent plan to re-organize the Federal Government. Just a few of the things we've heard about the plan include privatizing the USPS and merging of the Labor and Education Departments. For those who missed it, here is a link to the plan:


Candidate Info
Action Items

Look to this section each week to find current information about DWC candidates.

Nicole Browne candidate for Monroe County Clerk, invites you to what promises to be a FUN fundraiser.... looks like a DJ will be there! July 14th from 11-3pm. See the Event below!

Penny Githens, Candidate for State Representative District 60 needs people to accompany her to events. Penny had a successful Day of Action last week and her volunteers had a very positive and productive experience. Remember she has Morgan and Monroe counties as part of her crazy gerrymandered district. Please email her volunteer coordinator to participate in a genius of a way to sign up! [email protected]

Ashley Pirani, Candidate for County Council District 3, needs volunteers -- walkers, letters to editor, yard sign locations (Bean Blossom, Clear Creek, Indian Creek, Richland, Van Buren Townships -- or highly visible locations near there), etc.  If you can assist with any (or all!) of that, please email:  [email protected]

Kate Wiltz, Candidate for County Council District 2, needs a volunteer to manage her Letters to the Editor campaign. contact Kate at [email protected]


City of Bloomington Citizen's Academy
Program held on Thursdays from the end of August through October. They guarantee that every single person will learn something they never knew about the City of Bloomington government. An essential if you are thinking of running for a city office in 2019.  Applications for 2018 class are open through TODAY July 9, 2018.  Info here:

Regina Moore is looking for t-shirts from women candidates in the past for a project. Please contact her if you have one that she could use.


Get Down With Clerk Browne Fundraiser Event
Saturday, July 14, 2018, 11:00am-3:00pm
6415 E. Wellston Drive, Bloomington 47408 (home of Tree Martin)
Rain or shine, get down with Clerk Browne and DJ Thomas Marshalek. A raffle drawing will be held at about 2:45 pm - all proceeds will go to the Committee to Elect Nicole Browne. You must be present to win. RSVP [email protected].

Save the date: DWC Women's Equality Day Celebration
Friday, August 24, 2018
The Old (but newly refurbished) Woolery Mill

Save this date, too: Kate Wiltz for County Council CAKE WALK!
Saturday, August 25, 2018

The Power of the Black Vote with Dana Black
Saturday, September 8, 2018 2-4 pm
Hosted by the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus

Fourth Annual Hamilton Family Picnic 
Sunday Sept 9, 2018
Bryan Park,
With our fantastic local, state and federal Democratic candidates, music and food, for political momentum building for the critical mid-term elections coming up.

Save the Date: MCDP Fall Dinner & Fundraiser 
Thursday, October 18, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Liberty Ball Room & Banquet Center, 2100 S Liberty Dr, Bloomington


Contact our Democratic Senator, Joe Donnelly, and urge him to make every effort to block Supreme Court nominees who want to drag us back to the middle ages. Tell him you have his back in this fight!

Senator Joe Donnelly:
Washington D.C. Office: (202) 224-4814
Indianapolis Office: (317) 226-5555     
115 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 100  
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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