Monday Morning News 08/27/18



Members of the DWC Equality Day Fundraiser Committee enjoy our signature cocktail - the 19th Amendment - prior to welcoming guests to The Fields Clubhouse on Aug. 24. Look for more event photos on the DWC Facebook page....

On Friday evening DWC members, guests and allies gathered at The Fields to celebrate Women’s Equality Day. The event commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted American women the right to vote, and raised money to support DWC’s candidates, who are fired up and ready to take the struggle for women’s equality and justice for all Americans to the next level. We had a great time! #Nowmorethanever.

Our thanks to the sponsors of the event:

$250 Level
Charlotte Zietlow
Vi Simpson
Shelli Yoder & Josh Perry
Mark Fraley
Regina Moore

$100 Level
Penny Githens
Nicole Browne
Rachel Guglielmo

And special thanks:

to Linda Lawson for inspiring us and talking plain truth, with special humor!
to Vi Simpson for arranging for a great musician and speaker!
to Liz Watson who is inspirational, passionate, and the sort of like the Energizer Bunny.
to Linda Chapman for the unique bouquets of flowers for our tables and to Charlotte for making that connection.
to Sarah Cassidy, age 17, from Edgewood High School, for her songs of women's empowerment.
to the Blue Wave Singers for their musical styling tributes to our candidates and women leaders.
to Regina Moore who put together our Women’s Equality Day quizzes.
and to White Rabbit for printing and mounting the pictures for the "Who Are They?" quiz.
to Penny Githens for bringing her Women's History Questions for Smarties Wheel
to Grazie Italiano and Jim Blickensdorf for creating our signature cocktail—the 19th Amendment—along with some wonderful eats and great cannoli!
to guests and members who rolled up the tables and chairs into the closet in record time.
to everyone who came and made the event so much fun.
and especially, to event chair Linda Grove-Paul who kept us all on task and to the point.


Candidate Info
Action Items

Look to this section each week to find current information about DWC candidates. Contact the candidates to learn about their current needs and lend a hand!

Ashley Pirani, Candidate for County Council District 3: [email protected]

Kate Wiltz, Candidate for County Council District 2: [email protected]

Fawcett for Judge Committee. Please contact Allison Chopra ([email protected]) or Jennifer Armstrong ([email protected]).

Shelli Yoder, Candidate for Monroe County Council. Please email Alison Pitt Polley, campaign chair, at [email protected].

Penny Githens, Candidate for State Representative District 60. Please email her volunteer coordinator: [email protected].

Amy Swain, Candidate for State Representative District 62. Please email her campaign coordinator Cory Ray to find out how you can help: [email protected]

Check the events section for specific events for each candidate…



Liz Watson is in need of some space for volunteers in August, September and October. Liz's campaign has drawn interest from her friends around the country and they're offering to pay their way to Bloomington or another area in IN09 to help push Liz over the finish line for the win! If anyone has a bedroom with private space, a carriage house, or even an entire empty house to lend for this effort, it would be so appreciated for these out of state friends.

If you can have someone stay for a night, two nights, or more, please share your name and email to [email protected]
Once we have particulars of specific out of town volunteers, we can coordinate on the exact time they need housing and check to see what time and date works for you. Liz will definitely need volunteers for late October and November, but there could be opportunities even sooner. Thank you for sending this! Let me know if you need any additional information.
We already know it takes a village!
Let's all work to send Trey back to Tennessee.

Fundraising Quilt! Regina Moore is creating a Women's Campaigns T-shirt Quilt as a raffle fundraiser** for the DWC. She needs campaign t-shirts from women candidates, so if you have an old one that you don't use please consider donating it to the cause. It doesn't even matter if they're all blue! email [email protected]. You can also leave the shirts at the Democratic Party HQ at 116 S. Madison, 47403. THANK YOU! Any shirt donor will be recognized on the quilt, with another special perk!



Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Students For Liz Call-Out
Pourhouse Cafe, 314 W. Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington
Are you interested in getting involved with a highly progressive, energetic, and exciting congressional campaign? If so, then come learn more about the Liz Watson for Indiana Campaign and how you can get involved! We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Candidates Forum on Disability Issues
Fountain Square Ballroom, 101 Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington
A forum to discuss issues and potential legislation affecting individuals with disabilities
Seven local candidates have accepted the invitation to participate: Penny Githens, Amy Swain, Jared Stancombe, Thomasina Marsili, Matt Pierce, Jeff Ellington, and Peggy Mayfield.
The organizations participating in this event include Stone Belt Arc, LifeDesigns, Mental Health America Greater Bloomington Area, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Down Syndrome Family Connection, according to a news release from Stone Belt. These organizations represent some of the most vulnerable residents and advocate for people to be informed about candidates and their positions regarding disability issues. This event is free and open to the public

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Appetizers with Ashley
Monroe County Democratic Headquarters, 116 S. Madison Street
Are you interested in being part of a grassroots campaign to elect Ashley Pirani to Monroe County Council, District 3? We’ll have information on Ashley’s campaign, what her plans are, and how you can get involved! Light refreshments will be available. . . drop by any time. Ashley will be speaking at about 7:30 p.m.

Friday, August 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
House Party for Amy Swain
House of Devin and Sharon Galloway, 2901 N Pierce Drive, Solsberry, Indiana 47459
Come support Amy Swain for Statehouse District 62 at the home of Devin and Sharon Galloway. To RSVP, and for directions, please contact [email protected].

Monday, September 3, 2018, 9:00pm
RBG!!! on CNN
If you missed seeing the movie RBG! in the theater, catch this Ruth Bader Ginsberg film on CNN, or set your DVRs to record and watch with friends at a later date.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Fundraiser for Jim Harper for Indiana
Grazie Italiano, 106 W. 6th Street, Bloomington
Hosted by Jim Harper for Secretary of State
Please join Connie & Guy Loftman, Lorraine Merriman Farrell, Regina & Don Moore, Jim Blickensdorf, Dawn Johnsen & Mayor John Hamilton, Charlotte Zietlow, Tomi & Jim Allison, Trent & Kyla Deckard, Kaisa Goodman, Janet Stavropoulos & Michael Molenda. The Blue Wave Singers will be debuting a special tribute to Jim! To view the Facebook invitation, RSVP, and share with friends, click here.

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Brown Bag Discussion on Health Care with Liz Watson
Unitarian Universalist Church, 2120 N. Fee Lane, Bloomington

Saturday, September 8, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
The Power Of The Black Vote
City Hall Council Chambers, 401 N. Morton St.
Hosted by the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus
The Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus (MCBDC) is hosting a discussion about "Why Black Voices Matter in the Political Arena” featuring Dana Black as the keynote speaker and Amrita Myers, Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies, as moderator. This panel discussion will be an opportunity for members of the community to share concerns and to offer a pathway to solutions through policy and being involved with our party.

Sunday, September 9, 2018
Fourth Annual Hamilton Family Picnic
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.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
State Candidate Forum
Monroe County Library Auditorium
Hosted by the Indiana Coalition For Public Education, Monroe County
Join Indiana Coalition for Public Education - Monroe County for an evening with our local candidates running for state-level positions. They will answer questions about education in Indiana.
Details to come.

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 12:00 - 5:00 pm
A Persisterhood Workshop Fundraiser for Penny Githens
Hosted by Nelda Colglazier, 2616 Poplar Court, Bloomington
Zen rocks, soap dishes, magnets & more with mid-term blue wave specials priced to support the candidate.
The Persisterhood Workshop is a collective of local activists making and selling handcrafted work for progressive causes and candidates.

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10:00am - 1:00 pm
A Day of Action for Amy Swain for State Rep.
Hosted by Swain for State Rep and IYD of Monroe County
Meet up at Democratic Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St.
Canvassing with Amy Swain's campaign. Help break the GOP super-majority and bring some much needed change and accountability to the statehouse in November by helping Amy.

Sunday, September 16, 2018, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Fundraiser to Support Liz Watson
Home of Vicki Veenker & Tim Crockett, 1658 Russell Road, Bloomington, IN
Please join us for a fundraiser to help Liz Watson become our next U.S. Representative for the 9th District. The fundraiser will feature special guests Hon. Lee Hamilton and Hon. Baron Hill. Music will be provided by Carrie Newcomer & Robert Meitus. All contributions are welcome and appreciated! Please RSVP to [email protected] or 317.709.1228. More information can be found on Facebook.

Tuesday, September 18 and Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Second Annual Opioid Summit
Monroe Convention Center, 302 South College Avenue
This event brings the best and brightest together to examine issues around harm reduction, medication assisted treatment, abstinence based treatment, the criminal justice system's approach, housing first models, overdose prevention, legislative issues, supporting families and much more! This year features a hands-on project planning session and more opportunities to network!
Day 1: $40.00 — 9:00 am - 4:00 pm / breakfast and lunch provided. Day 1 will include keynote speakers, a legislative panel, breakout sessions, and more information will be announced soon. We also plan to host a networking dinner in the evening.
Day 2: $40.00 — 9:00 am - 4:00 pm / breakfast and lunch provided. Day 2 will include keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and an afternoon of networking and project planning. More information will be provided here and on social media.
If you register for BOTH days at the time of registration, the cost is only $75.00 for both days!

Saturday September 22, 2018 10:00am
Common Cause presents “Tame The Gerrymander”
Trinity Episcopal Church
Common Cause is inviting voters to learn more about voting districts.
“Tame The Gerrymander” looks to educate community members about efforts to establish a non-partisan, independent commission to determine electoral district lines in Indiana.

Sunday September 30, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
DFMC Picnic and Sixth Annual Disc Golf Tournament
Karst Farm Park, Shelter #2
Tickets available at the Farmer’s Market and look for info on Facebook and at the DFMC website.

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



1. 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. What's at stake is not only reproductive rights but the rule of law itself.

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

2. Attend upcoming candidate forums and support our candidates. You can start with the upcoming Disability Forum on August 29 in the Fountain Square Ballroom. A friendly face and smart questions will help make our candidates shine!

3. As we celebrate Women's Equality Day we must renew our commitment to ensuring voting rights for all Americans. Join the DWC or renew your membership today. The 2013 Supreme Court ruling in Shelby v. Holder overturned an essential provision of the Voting Rights Act, emboldening those who seek to disenfranchise voters, particularly those from impoverished and minority communities. Congress currently has before it various proposals to restore the Voting Rights Act but has taken no action in spite of mounting evidence of voter discrimination. Every day that Congress fails to act Americans are at risk of finding new barriers at the polls.
The Voting Rights Advancement Act, introduced this session by Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) (H.R. 2978) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) (S. 1419), would require preclearance for states that have a record of voting rights violations in the preceding 25 years. Another bipartisan bill, the Voting Rights Amendment Act (H.R. 3239), introduced by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), would also restore key protections.
Please contact Representative Hollingsworth and Senators Donnelly and Young and tell them to support any and all legislation restoring the full protections of the Voting Rights Act.

Representative Joseph A. Hollingsworth III:
Washington, DC office:
Phone:(202) 225-5315
1641 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20515

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

Senator Todd Young:
Washington, DC office:
Phone: (202) 224-5623
400 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

"There is no moral issue. It is wrong — deadly wrong — to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country. There is no issue of States rights or national rights. There is only the struggle for human rights."—President Lyndon B. Johnson

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