Monday Morning News 11/4/21

Don't forget Breakfast TOMORROW!!!  
8:00 am
 on ZOOM

Mary Noone, Executive Director of the Women's Action Movement (WAM!), will be with us for breakfast.
Mary is from Granger, IN, and has worked tirelessly for Democratic candidates throughout her recent years in Indiana. 
She has worked on the Biden media team, and has developed several training sessions in her work with WAM. 
Indiana WAM recruits, trains, and empowers Democratic women running for State Legislature and delivers credible and comprehensive insight to feed Democracy at the grassroots level, to create a more inclusive, just, and prosperous Indiana. The group focuses on state legislative races and supports women in those efforts.
Find out more about WAM at https://www.indianawam.org/about-us

Help us welcome Mary on Friday morning, and be energized for the whole day!
Democratic Womens Caucus is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: DWC Monthly Breakfast
Time: Nov 5, 2021 08:00 AM Indiana (East)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83182873013?pwd=anp5aGhVZTJ3di9QVzQ3aFVLVXdnQT09

Meeting ID: 831 8287 3013
Passcode: 021084

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:

DWC Decades Party Wrap Up

Steering Committee Elections Coming Up in December

Announcements

Events

Action Items

DWC DECADES PARTY WRAP UP

Our first in-person event in a very long time was a lot of fun and a great success.  The DWC Decades Party saw more than 40 people come together for an evening of fun, food and a program on Influential Women Throughout the Decades.  The financial goal was met as well which will help fund our mission to Fund, Inspire, Recruit, Support and Train progressive, pro-choice Democratic women to run and serve in office.  We would like to thank those who supported us financially (see Decades Party Wrap-up link on our website) as well as with donations of food, auction items and attending the event.  There's still an opportunity to support the mission of the DWC by visiting https://www.democraticwomenscaucus.org/decades_party.

STEERING COMMITTEE ELECTIONS COMING UP IN DECEMBER

Interested in joining the DWC Steering Committee? Let one of us know. SC elections are coming up in December, and there will be openings. Visit democraticwomenscaucus.org/steering_committee to see who is currently serving. Contact a SC member directly or email [email protected] to learn more about being a SC member and to let us know you are interested.
NOTE: in order to be able to vote at the DWC elections at the December meeting your dues for 2021 must be up to current and paid prior to Nov. 19th. If you are not sure if you’re current, email us at [email protected].

GITHENS LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 62
Despite the beautiful day and the upcoming Halloween festivities, a great crowd attended the launch party on Sunday afternoon, October 31, at Democratic Headquarters and it was great to see people we hadn't seen in person in months. After remarks from Vi Simpson and Charlotte Zietlow, who introduced her as a fighter who always does her homework, Githens outlined her plans for the campaign. She focused on a return to collegiality and Hoosier hospitality, collaboration with groups who can get the job done and her plans to fight for children and families across Indiana with a focus on jobs, education and health care.
The newly redrawn District 62 (whose incumbent moved to another District to run because he didn’t think it was still winnable) gives us a real chance for a victory - Let’s Take 62 in 22!!

The 2022 Primaries are closer than we think!
Here is a link to the offices that will be up for election in 2022.
The May Primary will also include elections for Precinct Committepersons AND State Convention Delegates.

A Reminder: Charlotte Zietlow to be honored at Bloomington Rotary Toast on Nov. 5
Charlotte has never given in and has been a pioneer in local women’s politics, including being a cofounder of the DWC, and an outspoken champion of our community for over 40 years.
When Rotary was forced to admit women in 1988, Charlotte was one of the first local female members and in 2021 she is being honored for a lifetime of “service above self” at the Bloomington Rotary Toast Event, Nov. 5 from 6-9pm in Shreve Hall at IVY Tech Community College, 200 N. Daniels Way. Details can be found at https://rotarytoast.com. Tickets to the event can be purchased online or by sending a check to Bloomington Rotary Foundation, PO Box 3412, Bloomington, IN 47402

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

SPOONMORE RESIGNING FROM THE COUNTY COUNCIL
Eric Spoonmore has announced his resignation from the Monroe County Council effective Nov. 30, he will be replacing current CEO and president Erin Predmore at the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. Spoonmore currently represents District 4 and is the president of the seven member Council.
His replacement will be chosen by a caucus called by the Monroe County Democratic Party and will finish his current term on the Council. The date and the time of the caucus have not yet been determined but the party chair has ten days to give notice to the precinct “committeemen” that a caucus will be held, and the caucus must occur no later than 30 days after, a vacancy occurs.
Ilana Stonebraker, a former representative for District 1 of the Tippecanoe County Council and current Monroe County District 4 resident and DWC member is the only person who has announced their intention to run for the seat at this time.
Those interested in running must live in District 4 and should contact MCPD Chair Jennifer Crossley to notify her of their interest and for more information on the process.
The Council will be selecting a new president in the next few months, Kate Wilz (District 2) will serve as the president pro tempore until that time.

PROPOSED PRECINCT BOUNDARIES SENT TO THE MONROE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS 
The redistricting committee’s seven recommendations for precinct boundaries were delivered to the County Commissioners on Wednesday (Nov. 3) as a discussion item. The Wednesday work session, when commissioners were originally expected to review the changes, had been cancelled. This sets up a vote on the precinct boundaries at the Commissioners’ meeting on Nov. 10 so that Monroe County is be able to hit the Nov. 12 deadline set by the state elections division for changes to precincts.
To seen the recommended Precinct boundary changes click here:
There is a nice overview of the process in the Nov. 2 B Square bulletin
The redistricting committee now turns its attention to district boundaries, the deadline completing this work is Dec. 26.

Apply to fill vacancies on the Economic Development Commission, the Affordable Housing Commission, and the Human Rights Commission. Information about each commission can be found here: https://www.co.monroe.in.us/boards/
Apply here: https://www.co.monroe.in.us/egov/documents/1578662413_72061.pdf

 

EVENTS OF INTEREST TO OUR MEMBERSHIP:

Saturday, November 6, 2021, 9:00am - 2:00pm
State of Women in Indiana | Resilience and the Indiana Path Forward!
Hosted by Women4Change Indiana
This virtual conference will explore issues that contributed to the 'D' grade Indiana received in a recent economic study.
Run of Show:
• Resilience & the Indiana Path Foward! Keynote Address | Dr. Sadaf Jaffer
• Redistricting | Helen Brewer, Chris Paulsen, Jay Yeager
• Tribute to a Trailblazer! | Marge O’Laughlin, Charlie Richardson
• Economic Stability | Shruti Rana
• Resilience in Mental Health | Dr. JoAnn Difede
• Equity in Indy | Brenda Freije, Karrah Herring, Stacia Murphy
• Activate | Lauren Robel
Tickets are $30 general admission and $10 for students and can be purchased online
Scholarships are available! Contact [email protected] for more information.

Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Sue Sgambelluri First Saturday Constituent Meeting
On Zoom - join the meeting via the link at SueForCityCouncil.com
This Month’s Topics: Sanitation, Trash, Recycling with special guest Adam Wason, Director of Public Works, City of Bloomington

Saturday November 13, 2021, 11:00am
Isabel Piedmont-Smith District V Monthly Constituent Meeting
Zoom
NOTE: Meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85675893258?pwd=b3VtUlRWZFd4a1pFYk1kVGx4ZXlxdz09
Meeting ID: 856 7589 3258
Passcode: 085478
One tap mobile - (312)6266799, 85675893258#,*085478# US (Chicago)

December 16, 2021, 6:00pm - Save The Date
The MCDP Viola Taliaferro Fall Dinner
Switchyard Pavillion
Election Day 2021 yesterday marks 50 years since Election Day (Nov. 2, 1971) when your Monroe County Democrats flipped the Bloomington city council from 1D–8R to 8D–1R.
The hard work, energy, and commitment to the people began our community's trust in the Monroe County Democratic Party to lead for half a century.
Mark your calendars for December 16, 2021, to  gather in person for the annual Vi Taliaferro Fall Dinner. Pay tribute to the past, celebrate our present, and prepare for our future as we gear up for great opportunities in 2022.
More Event Details to Come!

ACTION ITEMS:

Help plan our future - consider joining the DWC Steering Committee and let us know in the next couple of weeks... Remember, Steering Committee Elections will happen at the December DWC meeting and you must be a paid 2021 member to vote.... make sure your membership is up to date by Nov. 19th. Contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

If you live in Monroe County Council District 4, now is the time to decide if you want to be the next Monroe County Council Member!

Call your senator and demand they move quickly on the Freedom to Vote Act. Senate Democrats have released a new version of their democracy reform bill called the Freedom to Vote Act. The Freedom to Vote Act builds on the For the People Act and brings us closer to passing transformational democracy reform this Congress. Call your senators and let them know you want them to adjust the filibuster now to pass the Freedom to Vote Act.

Call your senator and tell them to protect Roe vs. Wade now. The House has passed the Women's Health Protection Act, a bill aimed at preserving access to an abortion nationwide, as Republican-led state legislatures pass countless bills across the country threatening abortion rights. The bill now has to pass a vote in the Senate, which is why it is urgent that you call your senator and demand they protect reproductive rights. 


HELP THE DWC MISSION!

BECOME A DWC MEMBER or RENEW your membership!
The DWC is dedicated to inspiring, recruiting, training, supporting and funding women to increase the number of progressive, pro-choice women in the political arena. We ALL help with this mission, together, collectively.
Your $20 membership fee provides the funding to run the DWC, provide grants to our endorsed candidates, and run trainings for all women interested in running for office or helping other women to do so.
DWC memberships run from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 so it's time to renew your membership for 2021 or become a member for the first time.

Join online here: https://democraticwomenscaucus.nationbuilder.com/membership

Please note that no one who wants to become a member of the DWC is prevented from doing so because of lack of funds. We understand that times and circumstances might prevent someone from being able to make a donation at this time... please contact us at [email protected] if you need assistance in becoming a member.

AGAIN -- Help us to continue our mission to elect women candidates - and since we still can’t meet in person you can help by contributing a few extra dollars to our virtual "Charlotte's Hat" fund… https://www.democraticwomenscaucus.org/membership.

Do you have news items? Send your items of interest to us at dwcannouncement[email protected]
Deadline for MMN is noon on Sunday.

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