monday morning news Apr. 03, 2017

Breakfast with people sitting on the floor?
How can you eat Paxton's Potatoes on the floor?! Where do you put your coffee so that no one steps in it?!

So this week we've arranged for our special guest, Christina Hale, former Indiana State Representative and former candidate for Lt. Governor, to spend half of her day in Bloomington!
She'll be our speaker at BREAKFAST and LUNCH on Friday... same topic both times.... so that you can make your day work for you, and so that we don't overcrowd the Deli for Breakfast.

PICK ONE!! Let us know which you'll be attending. Same speaker. Same energy. Same connections to women in political life.

Village Deli on Friday, April 7 from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
same set up -- order on your own, pay your server.  
NB: We may need to turn people away from the meeting if we reach the limit of 110 people.
Grazie Italiano on Friday, April 7 from 11:30 to 1pm.
Lunch will be served Family Style with bread, salad, pasta for the set price of $12. (Wine is extra) Pay at the bar on your way out.
If you are gluten free these days, let us know.

So that we can gauge the numbers for both meetings, PLEASE send your reservation to the [email protected] address.
If you know others are coming, or if you are bringing a friend, please include that information in your email.
Put BREAKFAST or LUNCH in the subject line. Also include any notes on gluten-free, etc. We'll try our best to accommodate your needs.

What's this all about?
     Men work one calendar year making what it would take women to earn in one calendar year AND all the days until April 4th.
Thanks to the Monroe County Women's Commission and the City of Bloomington's Commission the Status of Women for joining together for the first time to produce Pay Equity: Lilly Ledbetter's story and You. We hope it becomes an annual event to bring attention to the issue.
     Here's a video link to the Lilly Ledbetter story which opened the session.
     To view the CATS recording of the event check out their archives:

     Most depressing fact heard at the panel? It'll take until 2059 for women to catch up....and even longer for women of color and Hispanic and Latino women.
     Best thing heard at the event? DWC Vice Chair Jillian Kinzie originally had agreed to moderate the panel until she realized she needed to catch a flight to DC at the same time. She noted in a message back (during the panel session!) that she actually sat next to Lilly Ledbetter on that flight!
    Best picture from the event?


oh, and more news? We know there will be a MURDER AT THE DWC ANNUAL SPRING FUNDRAISER!!
see information below

Action Item


Democratic Women's Caucus Murder Mystery
Saturday, April 29th, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Monroe County History Center Museum, 202 E 6th St, Bloomington

Small town America. It is April 29th 1970, fifty years after the 19th amendment ensured women the right to vote.
     As a new decade ushers in limitless possibilities, you have been invited to the Monroe County History Center Museum for the annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Gala, celebrating the pioneering suffragettes and their fight for equality. It is an elegant affair, where Washington insiders sip champagne with stunning socialites, mop topped British rockers dance with sultry mavens of Soul, and intellectual elite debate with roguish revolutionaries. Hidden among the ancient tomes and historic artifacts, are cryptic secrets, and mysterious untold stories.
The problem is, one of you is a murderer!!!

General Admission Tickets include:
-Admission to the event
-A custom written character (you will receive a short character description ahead of time). There are roles for introverts and extroverts, don't worry!
-A generous donation to the Monroe County Democratic Women's Caucus: An organization dedicated to funding, inspiring, recruiting, and training local female progressive pro-choice candidates for public office.
-Appetizer buffet
-Two complimentary drinks
-Access to museum with guided tour
-A chance to win prizes

Get your ticket at this link:

You'll probably want to sponsor this event, so here are the details!

To sponsor, or for more information, please email Amanda Barge at [email protected]
All sponsorships are available with monthly payment options.

Shirley Chisholm Sponsorship
"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair."
$500 includes 4 tickets, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more

Gloria Steinem Sponsorship
"A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men."
$250 includes 2 tickets, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more

Dolores Huerta Sponsor:
"Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world".
$100, includes 1 ticket, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more


Update on the Affordable Care Act: Leaders Discuss its Impact on our Community
What's at Risk for You, Your Neighbors and the Community with the Repeal of the ACA
Monday, April 3rd, 7-9 p.m.  First United Church, 2420 East Third Street
     The bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed this time, but efforts continue to reduce or eliminate the role of the federal government in providing healthcare. Join us for a panel discussion with Bloomington community leaders to learn how important the ACA is in providing services that are a life line for our citizens.
     The panel will consist of Dr. Rob Stone, Associate Director of IU Health Bloomington Hospice and Medical Director of the Palliative Care Program; Jean Capler, MSW; Kerry Conway, Executive Director, Area 10 for the Aging; Nancy Richman, Ph.D., M.P.A.,Executive Director, Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of Monroe County; and, Susan Rinne, CEO, LIFEDesigns, Inc.

Pay Equity Day
April 4. All Day.
What's this all about? See note above. Take action with one of these two items:

Equal Pay Day Action 11:00 am to 2 pm
Bloomington, Indy, Lafayette
No 'celebration,' just phone banks and a Teach-In.
You'll learn about equal pay, how wage inequality connects to reproductive justice, and take action by calling legislators about key legislation.
To attend in Bloomington:

Equal Pay Day Twitter Storm 2:00 to 3:00 pm EDT
Check this hashtag NOW for great information about this day across the US.

Monroe County Democratic Party - Annual FDR Gala
Thursday, April 6, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Fountain Square Ballroom
This is a fundraiser for local party operations, to support the party organization as it works on behalf of candidates and office holders, and in the pursuit of advancing Democratic ideals and good governance at all levels. Admission to this evening of food, beverage, and good company is by suggested donation, but no one will be turned away if unable to contribute. RSVP here, or by e-mail to [email protected].

League of Women Voters Legislative Update
Saturday, April 8, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
City Council Chambers at City Hall, 401 N. Morton
This is the last update of the legislative session. Wonder who'll be there?

League of Women Voters Monthly Meeting
Saturday, April 8, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Monroe County Public Library, Room 1C-1B

Tax March - Indianapolis
Saturday, April 15, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
575 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46204-1510
Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised that he would release his tax returns "later."  Until we see his tax returns, we can't know for sure who's interests he's serving. Hosted by Hamilton County #Resist. For further information, click here.

March for Science Indianapolis
Saturday, April 22, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Indiana State House
This is a nonpartisan march to highlight the mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence and enact policies against the public interest. If you're a concerned Hoosiers—a scientist, engineer, programmer, entrepreneur, teacher, student, lawyer, doctor—anyone who is passionate about Science, click here.

People's Climate March Indianapolis
Saturday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Park, 550 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis 46204
On the 100th day of the Trump administration We the People in Indiana and across the United States will take to the streets to advance solutions to the climate crisis that are rooted in racial, social, and economic justice and committed to protecting frontline communities and workers. For further information, click here.

Indiana State Democrats Hoosier Hospitality Dinner
with U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and U.S. Congressman & DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison
Friday, May 5, 2017 - Indiana Convention Center
Check in and Cocktail Hour at 6:00 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
information at:

actually there are three.....

1- Install RESISTBOT on your phone for instant faxes to your legislators. Good reviews from users about how east and quick it is to use!
2- 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
    •    Training - prepare candidates as well as workers to help candidates and causes
    •    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!!
And don't forget to like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter!

3- Join the DWC in 2017. It's important to stay organized and energized! Renew your membership today.
     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. Make sure you have full rights and privileges of membership.
     Only $20 for one year’s membership.  Join online here:

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