Monday Morning News - January 5, 2015

REMINDER: January DWC breakfast meeting on Jan. 9th, not Jan. 2nd (details below)

Consider that with two powerful women (Hilary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren) as potential candidates for the democratic nomination as President in 2016, there's a good chance that women's issues will be in the spotlight more than ever.  We may even see legislation passed over the next two years benefitting women, as a political move.  Make sure you're part of the conversation!


Monthly DWC Breakfast
League of Women Voters Legislative Update
Second DWC Open House Session for Potential Candidates
Caucus to Elect MCDP Chair and Treasurer (TONIGHT)
Time to Renew Your DWC Membership
Democracy for Monroe County Link-Up
Cartoon of the Week
Action Item: Encourage Elizabeth Warren to run

Monthly DWC Breakfast
Friday, January 9, 7:30 a.m.
Village Deli, Kirkwood Ave.

Please join us for this month's DWC breakfast meeting. Our guest speaker will be  Kristin Garvey, the Executive Director of the Indiana Commission for Women.

Ms. Garvey will discuss the Indiana Commission for Women, how Commissioners are appointed, what the commission does, and explain some of their meeting topics and studies that have been completed. In addition, she will explore the connection between the Indiana Commission for Women and other commissions (especially related to women's issues) across the state.

League of Women Voters Legislative Update
Saturday, January 10, 9:30-11 a.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 401 N. Morton

This is the first legislative update.  Other dates are February 14, March 14 and April 11.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through advocacy and education.

Second DWC Open House For Potential Candidates
Thursday, January 15, 6-8 p.m.
Monroe County Democratic Headquarters, 335 S. College Ave.

The DWC will host a second open house for potential 2015 and 2016 candidates and their prospective campaign leaders.

Any women who think they might be interested in running for office should attend to learn more about the process, receive encouragement and early support, and ask questions of experienced, progressive Democratic 

Please consider a run for city government and come to this valuable workshop.  The incumbents in the mayor's office and the clerk's office have decided not to seek re-election, and it's unknown if all the City Council incumbents will run again.

We hope to see you there!  Please RSVP to [email protected].

Caucus to elect MCDP Chair and Treasurer
Monday, January 5th, 5:30 p.m. (TONIGHT)
Council Chambers, City Hall, 401 N. Morton

Precinct chairs and vice chairs have received invitations to vote at this upcoming caucus, but all Democrats are invited to attend.  Candidates should have already submitted a communication of intention to serve. To read the full announcement by our Chair, Trent Deckard, please click here .

Time to Renew Your DWC Membership for 2015!

Do you agree with our mission to fund, inspire, recruit, support, and train (remember F.I.R.S.T.) pro-choice, progressive Democratic women to run for office?

Then please join us, or renew your membership by completing the membership form here and sending it with a check for $20 to DWC PAC, P.O. Box 2373, Bloomington, IN 47402. You can also bring the form and check to our next meeting. Soon we will also have an online payment option. Thank you!

Democracy for Monroe County Link-Up
Thursday, January 8, 6-8 p.m.
Colorado Steakhouse, 1635 N. College Ave.

Democracy for Monroe County will meet not on the first Thursday of January, as usual, but on the second Thursday, Jan. 8th. They will hold officer elections, and vote on a small change to the mission statement.

Find out more about DFMC from their website, or contact chair Robert Deppert.

Action Item:  Encourage Elizabeth Warren to run
From MoveOn.Org

Contested primaries are what democracy's all about. They give candidates experience that makes them stronger, bring more people into the process, give voters and activists an opportunity to make our voices heard, and ensure bold new ideas can be debated. And the best primaries are the ones where the best candidates run. That means Elizabeth Warren.

There’s no better way to define the national political debate than a presidential campaign. If it weren’t for Edwards and Clinton calling for health reform in 2008, President Obama might not have prioritized the Affordable Care Act. We need Warren’s voice in the race in 2016 so that critical issues like fighting inequality and building an economy that works for all are front and center in the debate.

Encourage her to run by signing the petition at

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