Monday Morning News 09/03/18


Labor Day
Today, September 3, Labor Day, we dedicate this issue to the women who have played pivotal roles in the Labor Movement, starting with the women textile workers in the factories of Lowell, Massachusetts in the 1830s and 1840s, through the creation of the International Ladies Garment Workers, the Triangle Fire, through the incredible work of Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, Lucy Parsons, Rosina Tucker, Jane Addams, to Delores Huerta.
And let's not forget Frances Perkins, the Secretary of Labor (FDR) who wouldn't even take the job unless FDR agreed to her agenda of the 40 hour work week, a minimum wage, unemployment compensation, workers' compensation, Social Security and other federal help for workers. One of our favorite reads:

You are invited to take a quick look at this list of women in labor:

Breakfast on Friday!

September is Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders. We'll hear from several women leaders in the field. So if you have been wondering wondering what Harm Reduction is, or what IRA, ICFR, IOP, MAT means, and how they relate to services in our community, this is a meeting you should not miss. Learn firsthand from local women with lived and professional experience about what services we offer, what the gaps are, barriers women face, how we can fight stigma and how standing up for people with substance use disorder is a social justice issue!
Also: bring used (or new) coats and blankets for the Indiana Recovery Alliance! Winter is on its way!


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!

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

Lee Jones for Monroe County Commissioner: [email protected]

Shelli Yoder, Candidate for County Council District 1. Alison Pitt Polley, campaign chair, at [email protected]

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

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

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

Amy Swain, Candidate for State Representative District 62. Campaign coordinator Cory Ray: [email protected]

AND.....Check the events section for specific events for each candidate…



CNN at 9pm Set your alarm now!



Still seeking Women's Campaign T-Shirts for a 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 St., Bloomington, IN, 47403.



Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Fundraiser for Jim Harper for Indiana
Grazie Italiano, 106 W. 6th Street, Bloomington
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! Facebook invitation, RSVP, and share with friends, click here.

Friday, September 7, 2018, 7:30am
DWC Breakfast! Village Deli, Kirkwood Ave
Women involved in the community will unravel the maze of opioids, treatment, recovery: who's involved and what are they doing?

Friday, September 7, 2018, 10:30am-7:00pm
A Seat at the Table PART 1, presented by Black Lives Matter Bloomington
Unitarian Universalist Church, 2120 N Fee Lane
Please check Facebook or BLM website for the day's schedule of 45 minute chats with state and local candidates.

Friday, September 7, 2018, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
House Party for Amy Swain for State Representative (District 62)
690 W Fairview Lane, Bloomington, 47403
Sue Wanzer, Melanie Payne, & Cathy Fuentes Rohwer
invite you to meet Amy and chat with her about her goals for helping our state become more supportive of education, labor and health care. Feel free to bring a friend.
RSVP to 812-929-2408 with a quick text!

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.

Saturday, September 8, 2018, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Penny Githens Afternoon Canvass
Meet at Democratic HQ, 116 S. Madison
Door-to-door work will be done in Monroe County areas included in District 60.
If you can give this block of time, or half of the time, to help Penny contact voters
please contact Deborah Meader <[email protected]>

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 6:00-9:00 pm
A Seat at the Table PART 2, presented by Black Lives Matter Bloomington
Unitarian Universalist Church, 2120 N Fee Lane
Please check Facebook or BLM website for the day's schedule of 45 minute chats with state and local candidates.

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 4:00-7:00pm
Fourth Annual Hamilton Family Picnic
Bryan Park North Shelter
Meet our fantastic local, state, and federal Democratic candidates, including Liz Watson & Joe Donnelly, music by Fat Pockets and food from the BBQ Train, for political momentum building for the critical mid-term elections coming up. Bring a dish to share.

Saturday, September 15, 2018, noon to 5 pm
Persisterhood Fundraiser for Penny Githens
Hosted by Nelda Colglazier at 2616 Poplar Court
This group of activists are motivated by how much work there is to be done and how much there is to lose. They are dedicated to social justice, proceeds sales go to organizations and individuals holding progressive values, beliefs and positions. Support Penny Githens by purchasing unique ceramic pieces, zen rocks and more. Not to be missed!

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!

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



This is it.
Kavanaugh hearings start Tuesday.

We must redouble our efforts early this week to let Senator Joe Donnelly know that confirming this man is not in the best interests of reproductive rights and health care, nor is it in the best interest of equality in the nomination/approval process (Justice Elena Kagan turned over all comparable documents from her time in the Obama White House before her confirmation)!

And if you need more information on this nominee:
Last week Dawn Johnsen was able to appear on WFHB's "Bring it On" with William Hosea and Cornelius Wright, produced by Clarence Boone, to talk about J. Kavanaugh's nomination with a special focus on the great threat he poses to our nation's central, ongoing work to remedy and prevent racial discrimination and promote equality.

Here's the link:

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

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