Monday Morning News - February 20, 2017


An Action Item right up front! Elizabeth Warren call tomorrow 2-21-17
     Tomorrow evening, 2-21-17, at 9 p.m. EST, folks will talk with Senator Elizabeth Warren about how to PERSIST in our fearful, trumpful times. 
Follow the instructions at the link. This information comes from Credo Action.

 with information flying around your news feed, what's happening? 
     From member KATHY LOSER, The Resistance Calendar:
This is a dynamic calendar that has listed information about actions, marches, alerts, rallies --all searchable and in different formats to post and share. 
     Kathy also turned us on to the app: Countable 
THIS APP for your phone demystifies what's happening in Congress, summarizes legislative activity, lists how your Senator or Congressman (yes, we did use MAN) voted on issues, and allows you to give them instant feedback on how they voted with a click of 'yea' or 'nay' and more. 

What do you say when you have 100+ folks come out for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on a Friday morning??!!
We say WOW! We say Come Back! We've had conversations with the Village Deli about the layout, and how we can accommodate more breakfast attendees, and have a plan!  Our next breakfast meeting is on March 3rd, 7:30 a.m. Village Deli.  Jane Henegar, Director of the Indiana Affiliate of the ACLU is coming to share her perspectives and tell us how we can stay on top of issues of civil liberties. 

Action Item


Get More Involved in the DWC!!
The DWC Steering Committee is the group that organizes and manages the business of the DWC. We do much of our work through smaller groups or committees, and we welcome help from the membership to bring fresh ideas and hands to the work of running our operation. 
    •    Program Committee - Planning meetings and programs, outreach to build membership; inform current members; education; notification
    •    Fundraising and Events - track goals, inspire attendees to donate; analyze and expand efforts; plan social events (movie nights, etc.)
    •    Communications (Monday Morning News, website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc) - outreach to build membership; inform current members; education; notification
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    •    Membership - outreach, goals, retention, renewals
To get involved, go to the DWC website at or email [email protected] and let us know what goals you want to work towards.  If you have special skills, please note that as well. We'd love to have you working with us!!
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City of Bloomington Citizen's Academy Class for 2017
Vickie Provine at the City's HAND department is taking applications for this year's program. We've lost track of how many program graduates have gone on to run for office, apply for boards and commissions, or are otherwise engaged in their community, but this class is a great way to learn something about local government that you do not know. The program is open to the first 30 to sigh up, and that roster is filling up quickly! Sign up today.


Democrats Club - Hometown Heroes series
Tuesday, February 21, 11:30 a.m. at Bobby's Colorado Steakhouse
Buffet Soup and Salad bar lunch available. 
The club will be hearing from the Director of the Shalom Center, Forrest Gilmore. 
Forrest is knowledgeable and compassionate about homelessness in our community. 

DFMC Meetup How Do We Win Voters, reflections from the Candidates
WEDNESDAY, February 22, 6-8 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library, Room 1B
Hear from a panel that includes Shelli Yoder, Bill Breeden, Penny Githens and Linda Henderson 

Friends Committee on National Legislation Advocacy Workshop
Monday, February 27,  5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
First United Church, 2420 E. Third Street
Time and time again our elected officials struggle to solve the problems that matter most. Instead, money, corporations and apathy continue to feed government gridlock. What can we do to restore our democracy? When the Congressional Management Foundation surveyed hundreds of Congressional staff members, they found that in-person meetings with your members of Congress are the most effective way to influence policy decisions. Change in Congress starts with you. Please join Malya Zwerling, FCNL’s National Field organizer for a workshop that allows you to be a part of a national network while fostering a focused, strategic local grassroots team, learn and sharpen effective advocacy tools, and join the 2017 campaign focused on reducing Pentagon spending! Please RSVP for this event to [email protected]u
The Friends Committee on National Legislation is a Quaker lobby that seeks to promote just, peaceful and equitable policies for the U.S. Government. FCNL’s influence in Washington stems from the integrity and truthfulness of our arguments and the strength of our grassroots network. Learn more at

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 6-7:30 p.m. UU Church on the bypass.
State Representative Matt Pierce will share his thoughts on how to be useful and productive in this effort. 
This event is sponsored by the UU Just Peace Task Force.

Friday, March 3, 6 p.m. at Truffles at Jackson Creek Shopping Center

Chat about what's on your mind, meet up with like minded women in a relaxed atmosphere, PERSIST!
Truffles has allocated a back room for us, so it's easy to bring a friend, order some light dinner or snacks if you like. 
Let's keep talking and persisting! Learning from each other and sharing action items!

Elections for Monroe County Democratic Party Offices
March 4, 10:00 a.m., Monroe County Courthouse. 

The call to caucus has been sent: All Party offices, including Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer will be filled by Democratic precinct chairs and vice chairs at a caucus March 4 at 10 a.m. at the Nat U. Hill room in the County Courthouse. If you have any questions or are interested in running for any of these positions, please send an e-mail to [email protected].


To Read and Contemplate -- a long but important piece from the LA Review of Books about normalizing behavior.

PERSIST!! Keep this image in mind. One of the best things is to persist in phone calls to legislators! Keep their phone numbers in your contact information and use it! 


***Like that bumper sticker up at the top of the Newsletter? We'll have them for you at the next Breakfast!

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