Monday Morning News 27 April 2015

Isabel Piedmont-Smith campaign asks for Election Day help
2015 Citizens' Academy Class

Upcoming Events
ROCK LOTTO - Fundraiser for Sophia Travis Memorial Fund
Invite a friend to join the DWC
Call to Action

Back at Village Deli - Join us back at Village Deli this Friday for our monthly DWC breakfast meeting.  

Primary Day Election is almost upon us.  There are so many ways to help.  Don't forget to vote early, and then be available to work on Election Tuesday.  Offer someone a ride to the polls.  Volunteer to help a candidate.   Work the polls.

Isabel Piedmont-Smith campaign asks for Election Day help

Isabel Piedmont-Smith for City Council is seeking volunteers to help on election day. We are looking for people to sign up for slots between 7-9 am, 11am-1 pm and 3-6 pm, to hand out cards at the polls. Please email[email protected]. If you can only do one hour, that's OK too. Thanks!

2015 Citizens' Academy Class

To encourage more civic involvement through a basic understanding of City services, the HAND Department developed the Citizens' Academy.  The Academy is a nine-week program that provides thirty participants with an interactive learning experience about City services, programs and responsibilities.

Through the sessions with various City Departments, the participants learn about the challenges to city government, budget limitations, day-to-day operations and mandates.

Please feel free to submit an Online Application. The application will put you on the 2015 Citizens' Academy waiting list and you will be contacted in the spring of 2015. In the meantime, you may contact Vickie Provine via phone (349.3505) or email ([email protected]) should you have further questions.

2015 Classes will be held every Thursday, Sept. 3 through Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m.


"Minimum Wage, Maximum Wage:  New Paths to a More Equal America"
Friday, May 1, 7:00 p.m. at IU School of Education Auditorium
Democracy for Monroe County is excited to bring Sam Pizzigati to speak in Bloomington.  Pizzigati is currently an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C., and is editor of Too Much, an online magazine in excess and inequality.  His writings on income equality have been published in major newspapers, magazines and journals.

Fundraiser for Feminist Candidates
Thursday, May 21, 5:30 p.m., The Fringe, 719 E. St. Claire St., Indianapolis
Please join (National Organization for Women) NOW of Indiana PAC in a fundraiser to "Say no to discrimination, say no to Mike Pence."  Cost is $5 at the door; includes wine and appetizers.  NOW doesn't discriminate, so if you can't cover the cost, attend anyway.  All are welcome.  Anti-Pence buttons will be included.  Speakers include State Senator Karen Tallian and Representative Sue Errington, among others.  
To RSVP, go to #‎saynotomikepence

ROCK LOTTO - Fundraiser for Sophia Travis Tribute
at The Bishop, Fourth & Walnut

Friday, May 8, 8:00 p.m. and May 24, 8:00 p.m. for ROCK LOTTO
May 8 - Kenny Childers will perform some of Sophia Travis's songs.  Brad Wilhelm will MC the event.  Cost is $7.

The ROCK LOTTO is part fundraiser, part group effort.  It works like this: Musicians will place their name in a hat. The names will be chosen randomly in groups to form 'new' bands.  Each band then has two weeks to practice and prepare music to perform at the second part of the event -- on May 24 at The Bishop.  

All musicians are invited -- professional and amateur and anyone who wants to play music.

May 24 - We'll get to see what the bands have created with their diverse talents!  ROCK LOTTO where bands perform.  It's fun.  It's entertaining.  It's the most unusual fundraiser yet!  Proceeds go to the Sophia Travis Memorial Fund to fund benches to be placed on the courthouse square to honor Sophia's civic legacy. Cost for the second night is $12.


Ask a friend, co-worker or colleague who is interested in learning more about making a positive impact on the presence of women in office to accompany you to our monthly breakfast or to one of the local political events.

The DWC is open to progressives regardless of gender or sexual orientation.  Join any time.  Only $20 for one year’s membership.  Join online here

Call to Action

Last fall, on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, House Speaker John Boehner scheduled a vote on an abortion ban as a way to pander to his party’s extremist, anti-woman base.  Instead, his vote got cancelled. The bill, which had only the narrowest exceptions for rape, went too far.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says passing the bill, called the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, is one of his top three priorities. Supporters rely on disproven junk science to claim that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks.  Rep. Renee Ellmers, who led the revolt of Republican women in the fall, is indicating that small changes made to the rape and incest exception might be enough to regain her support.

Banning abortion after 20 weeks takes crucial medical decisions away from women, their families and their doctors.  It’s also clearly an attempt to chip away at Roe v. Wade which protects a woman’s right to choose an abortion up to the point of fetal viability (which is widely accepted as occurring beyond 20 weeks).

Tell the House not to play politics with women's lives.  When politicians try to take away women's rights, we should fight back.  Sign the petition.

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