monday morning news August 21, 2017

Eat Sheet Cake??
Hey, Tina Fey.
but there's a better way!

Nicole Byer and her friends!
There's a special link below just for our shows.
Get your friends to come with you, because this is a total girl celebration with giggles and guffaws, and great fun!

TWO SHOWS: 5:30pm and 8:00pm
The Comedy Attic, corner of 4th and Walnut


Join us as we welcome Nicole Byer to The Comedy Attic for a fun night to help raise funds for the Democratic Women’s Caucus.  A fan favorite on MTV’s Girl Code, Nicole is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young comedians and actors in the comedy world. As producer and star of the scripted MTV comedy series "Loosely Exactly Nicole," she will make history when the show becomes the first ever content exclusive to Facebook.

To purchase tickets, go HERE. 100% of the ticket price benefits the DWC! Contact Amy Swain if you'd like to be a sponsor for this event! [email protected].

Action Item


Mix and Mingle with new PPINK CEO Christie Gillespie
We loved Betty Cockrum and all the work she did for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, and wish her well in her well deserved retirement.
So now come and meet her successor. Christie Gillespie will be the guests of members Doris Sims and Lisa Abbott as she gets to know the communities that PPINK serves. 5:30pm, Tuesday, August 22 at Grazie's Italiano.

How long is too long?
Although the MCCSC School Board members do not run with a political party, they still follow some precepts of democratic elections. Except for one thing.  The concept of representation on the board is a little skewed when it's not necessary for them to pay attention to the school board districts being equal in population.  The last time these districts were redrawn was 1996. Check out the petition and other facts at the link below.
Act quickly as this is a very timely issue!
If you'd like to sit and chat with the organizers, there will be a meeting at the Monroe County Public Library at 4 pm on Sunday, September 3. (you can still make the Comedy Attic Benefit!)

Women's Equality Day is Saturday, August 26. According to the National Women's History Project, the date for Women's Equality Day "was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York."
Visit the website for more information on the day and ways to celebrate.

Below is the link to the last Presidential Proclamation on Women's Equality Day.
Read this one because you most likely won't see one from that office this year.
[update.... and we didn't]

The State of Girls in Indiana.
Well, Indiana ranks 34th in overall well being. That's not so good, really, as the research by the Girl Scouts USA research arm. They studied 13 measures across education, extra-curricular activies, physical and emotional health and socioeconomic indicators. The report on Indiana girls was presented by Deborah Hearn Smith, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana in Bloomington last Friday. The link to the report follows.

KICK Up Your Heels!
As part of the Upcoming Democratic Weekend women are getting together on Thursday evening, August 24th at the French Lick Winery (Sinclair St.) We'll be gathering with Jill Donnelly and Karlee Macer. The DWC is being hightlighted, and maybe we'll get a plaque, or maybe a bottle of that famous French Lick Pluto Water!' If you want to drive or car pool to this event, please email [email protected]. It would be nice to have a good number of our members there.


This is Martha Nice's Facebook event link:



Monday, August 21 at 4 pm.  The Good Jobs Nation Tour
Monument Circle, Indianapolis
Bernie Sanders, Chuck Jones and other special guests to kick off a new grassroots campaign to hold President Trump accountable to his promises to American workers.  Calling on Trump to sign a Model Employer Executive Order to make sure the federal government only does business with companies that create good union jobs in the USA; and build support for new state legislation to stop the offshoring of call centers in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.  

Monday August 21, 5:30pm
Democratic Party Caucus for City Council At-Large Seat
City Council Chambers, City Hall
The Call to Caucus has been made, the Precinct Committee Persons who represent city precincts have been summoned to City Hall at the above date to elect a city council member at-large. Anyone is invited to watch the proceedings, but only precinct chairs (or their proxies) can ask questions of the candidates and vote.   

Wednesday, August 23, 10:00 am
Good Jobs Nation Tour with Chuck Jones and Liz Watson



Aug. 24-27, 2017
137th Annual IDEA Convention in French Lick
for details:

Saturday, August 26, 6:00 pm
Lee Hamilton Dinner at the IDEA convention
8670 West Highway, French Lick, Indiana
Join your fellow Ninth District Democrats for the annual dinner fundraiser and candidate showcase named in honor of our former Ninth District congressman Lee Hamilton, to be held as part of the annual Indiana Democratic Editorial Association (IDEA) conference in historic French Lick. Keynote Speaker: former US Senator Mark Begich (D) Alaska. At the dinner, Judy O'Bannon, Indiana's former First Lady, will be honored with the Lee H. Hamilton Public Service Award, which was established to recognize individuals who make a significant and lasting contribution to public service and our party.
For more information, contact District Party Headquarters at 812.725.2020 or [email protected].
$50 per person, $40 for Ninth District Torchbearers To purchase tickets, click here!

Saturday, August 26, 3:00 - 11:00 pm
2017 Pridefest
Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington Pride-sponsored Summerfest, Bloomington's annual celebration of LGBTQ+ life and culture, now has a new name: Pridefest. This year's festival takes place August 26 on Kirkwood Ave (between Walnut & Lincoln Streets). We'll have live performers, music, family-friendly activities, educational booths, and local food trucks. Performers: Interested in joining us? Visit our website to submit an application. Local and regional acts preferred. Information at

August 30 Study Committee on Elections
From the League of Women Voters--
The General Assembly’s Interim Study Committee on Elections is meeting on August 30 as part of its study of how changes in Indiana election law have effected voting from 2000 to 2016.  The agenda is here:
The meeting can be watched as it's live streamed via the Indiana General Assembly website.  (Click on Committees, then Interim, then in the lefthand column on Elections, Interim Study Committee, then at the right choose to watch it live.)

Thursday September 7th 5 pm-7 pm
Tour the Bloomington Health Center! (tours starting at 5:15, 5:45, and 6:15)
421 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403
Deborah Meader and Nan McKinley (Co-chairs of the Reproductive Justice Task Force of the UU) along with Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK), invite you to tour the Bloomington Health Center and learn about the organization and services provided.
Reservations are required. Please RSVP by September 1, 2017 to Alayna Lerner at [email protected] or 317-637-4170.

Saturday, September 9th and Wednesday September 12: Your Voice Matters
Please join the next set of Your Voice Matters canvassing on September 9 (11:00 and noon) and September 12 (6:00).  If you have never canvassed, this is a great way to get experience and reach out to the community.  We will be leaving from the new headquarters at 4th and Madison.  If you are interested, please contact Teri Bleuel, [email protected]

Sunday, September 10  4:00-7:00pm
The Third Annual Hamilton Friends & Family Picnic
Bryan Park- North Shelter (Henderson St.)
Please join Mayor John Hamilton and Dawn Johnsen in supporting Indiana Democratic candidates at the 3rd annual Hamilton Friends and Family Picnic. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.  Live music by Huckleberry Funk, food, friendship and some politics.  Bring a side dish or dessert to share if you wish, and a lawn chair or blanket.  This is a family-friendly event

Thursday, September 28, 9:00 am
First Annual Monroe County Government Opioid and Prescription Drug Summit
Monroe County Convention Center
Commissioner Amanda Barge, Councilwoman Shelli Yoder and Monroe County Government officials are teaming up to provide leadership on this issue for this region. This event is for anyone who has an interest in this issue and being part of the solution. CEU's will be offered.
Tickets are going fast, so reserve yours now: click here for tickets

If your organization wants to sponsor this event, please email Shelli at: [email protected]
If you are interested in presenting at the event, or having a booth, please email Amanda at: [email protected]


ONE ACTION ITEM: Buy tickets and invite all your friends to the DWC COMEDY FUNDRAISER on Sunday, Sept. 3 at the Comedy Attic
All the proceeds will help fund, inspire, recruit, support and train progressive, pro-choice women candidates. We promise we will make you laugh!!
Join the DWC.  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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Democratic Women's Caucus