Monday Morning News July 25, 2016

Vi Simpson leads the Indiana Delegation at the National Convention!


It is so fitting that the Indiana delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention chose Vi Simpson to lead the delegation!
Vi will be sending reports and tweeting @ViSimpson during the convention, and will be reporting on the event and her experiences at our August meeting (August 5, Village Deli, 7:30 am!) Congrats, Vi!  You have a great task ahead of you!!

Cathi Crabtree, Jeanne Smith and Martha Hilderbrand will also be attending and tweeting!  
Follow them @Indianamartha @transjeanne, @cathi_crabtree

Thank you, all four of you, for representing Bernie and Hillary and most of all, Indiana!
Watch the DWC Facebook page - we'll be sharing as much as we can from all four women as the week progresses.

Cathi will also be taking over the Electron Pencil from time to time for reports. Here's Sunday's report!!

What's the agenda for the Democratic National Convention, anyway?
For the full list of speakers and schedule, check this link:

Lastly, if you are interested, the Democratic Party and the Clinton campaign are hosting a CONVENTION WATCH PARTY at Nicks on Kirkwood from 5-10 pm on Thursday.


AUGUST 21, 1 pm -- A Sunday Brunch with Sheila Kennedy!  You will not want to miss this incredible event!
     Our annual fundraiser event celebrating Women's Equality Day will be held at 1 pm in the Fountain Square Mall Ballroom.
 You should be receiving a Facebook and/or Evite invitation soon. Come and plan to bring a friend!
     Sheila Kennedy has probably the best political blog written in the ENTIRE State of Indiana! Sign up to get them in your mailbox daily! You will not be sorry. Sunday's column:
At our fundraiser on August 21 (note above) we're planning a silent auction to help finance our local women candidates.
Please think of an item YOU can donate! Hot items in the past have been home baked goods, wine baskets, Hillary swag!
This is an easy way to support women! Email [email protected] with your items or ideas.
TICKETS are available from Steering Committee Members, or at our website:

Sponsorship levels are available to help support this effort.

Hillary Clinton Sponsor $500 (4 tickets to the brunch with VIP seating)
Elizabeth Warren Sponsor $250 (2 tickets to the brunch)
Vi Simpson Sponsor $100 (1 ticket to the event)
You can arrange monthly payments through Act Blue on our website or email Julie Thomas at [email protected]

VOLUNTEER for DWC endorsed candidates.

Lee Jones for County Council at-large
Lee needs help in finding good yard sign locations, and then help in getting them out to places just after Labor Day. Remember she's up to her ears in plants and harvesting right now, so your help is especially appreciated! [email protected]

Julie Thomas for County Commissioner
Julie needs volunteers to walk in the parades in Ellettsville & Stinesville in September, canvass door-to-door beginning in September and to canvass at the Farmer's Market. Volunteers will receive a beautiful campaign t-shirt – with a spine (while supplies last)! Send a note to Julie and let her know you are ready to help!

Penny Githens for State Representative District 60
Do you live in District 60? Penny needs YOU to help her meet your friends within the District. Could you host a coffee help her get acquainted with voters there?
Penny is out at the Monroe County Fair this week and would like to have a few volunteers to help her spin the wheel of Indiana Knowledge for kids. And if you could donate bags of Smarties candy, (Smarties for Smart Kids!) it would be appreciated.
If you are near the Morgan County Fair and would like to help Penny there, contact her at [email protected]

Amanda Barge for County Commissioner
Can you walk for Amanda Barge this fall? If so, she has created a handy Doodle Poll with shifts to sign up! If you've never walked before, this can be a great way to get involved in the political process, meet voters and learn about concerns in our community! This door to door effort is the most important aspect of her campaign--it shows how committed Amanda will be to connecting with residents once she becomes our commissioner! So join in and her team will get you started!
     Amanda is working hard to meet as many voters as possible! She would love to attend your neighborhood association or local organization to learn more about what's going on in the community and to meet voters. If you would like to invite Amanda to meet your group, please message her at: [email protected]
     And lastly, if you haven't yet RSVP'd for Amanda's Fall Campaign Kickoff fundraiser, please do! It will be tons of fun including massage, hanging out at the lakeside, canoeing and swimming! Don't miss this afternoon of summer fun on August 28th!


Democratic National Convention!
Monday -> Thursday this week. One place you might find a schedule:

Protest Against ALEC in Indianapolis
July 27, 2016, 3:30 PM
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been behind many bills passed in state legislatures across the country.  The bills range from Right to Work to Telecommunications to Stand Your Ground.  ALEC has also been a major supporter of the privatization of education.
In 2013, Mike Pence was the keynote speaker at ALEC's yearly States and Nation Policy Summit.  Want to find out which Indiana legislators are members of ALEC?  Go to
     Are you interested in protesting ALEC's national convention in Indianapolis next month?  There will be a rally at 3:30pm on the South Lawn of the State Capital on July 27th.  The Central Indiana AFL-CIO is organizing at least one bus to go to Indy to join this rally.  If there are enough people going from Bloomington, they'll try to add a second bus (courtesy of the Teamsters Union).
     To take the bus to Indy meet at the IU Football Stadium, West Parking Lot (closest to 17th & Dunn Street). Arrive Early!!!. The bus will depart at 1pm and return around 7pm. To learn more, join their Facebook group at ALEC Indianapolis 2016 Protest.

Caucus for County Auditor and Party Secretary
July 28, 5pm  Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
    Party Chair Mark Fraley has called for a caucus of precinct committee persons and vice committee persons for the above date and time.  Eligible electors for the caucus for Auditor include all Precinct Committee Chairs living in Monroe County. Vice Chairs may vote in the chair's absence provided a written proxy sent to [email protected]. Both chairs and vice chairs may vote in the caucus for secretary. Interested candidates for either position are encouraged to contact Party chair Mark Fraley at [email protected]. Candidates must file by 72 hours of the caucus date in order to be eligible.

Democratic Convention Watch Party
July 28, 5-?, Nick's English Hut (Kirkwood)
Look for the folks with the red, white and blue!

Reception to Support Indiana Senate Democrats
Wednesday, August 17, 5-7pm -- Upland Banquet Hall (350 W. 11th St)
     Please join Vi Simpson, Mayor John Hamilton, and State Senator Mark Stoops for a reception to support the Indiana Senate Democrats.  The event will be help at the Upland Banquet Hall.  Suggested Contributions: $1,000, $500, $250, $100 ($50 for Young Democrats). Checks payable to Indiana Senate Democrats Committee. If you can't attend, please send contributions to: 115 W. Washington St. Suite 1165, Indianapolis, IN. 46204


Action this week?  Watch the convention!
For Extra Credit -- Watch Ann Richards' Keynote speech from the 1988 convention. You won't be disappointed in this iconic piece!

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