Monday Morning News - August 8, 2016

Monthly Breakfast Follow-up

Thanks to all who attended last Friday's breakfast. It was a packed house with lots of new friends in attendance. We had a wonderful report from the chair of the Indiana Delegation to the Democratic National Convention, our own Senator Vi Simpson, on what it was like to be at this historic event. And our District 9 National Delegates, Cathi Crabtree, Jeanne Smith and Martha Hilderbrand, had their own unique perspectives. The biggest takeaways were first, how inspiring it was that the Indiana delegation came together after a divisive primary season to show their collective support for Hillary (Go Unity Team!), and second, how both Vi, who was honored and moved to be reading the Indiana delegate roll call, and Cathy, couldn't help but think of how proud their mothers would have been to see their daughters ushering in a new era for American women! Here's to all those proud mothers, whether they're with us or have passed on. This one's for YOU!!!

You can hear Cathi's and Jeanne's at the links below to their interviews on WFHB.

Link to Cathi Crabtree’s “Big Talk” interview

Link to Jeanne Smith’s “BloomingOut” interview

In other news from the breakfast--the DWC voted to endorse Holly Harvey for Judge. Go Holly!! Also, because of all the other excitement, we ran out of time for the Canvassing Training by Charlotte Zietlow and Regina Moore. But never fear, we will schedule it for another day and be sure to let you know.

AUGUST 21, 1 pm -- A Sunday Brunch with Sheila Kennedy!  You will not want to miss thisincredible event! Our annual fundraiser event celebrating Women's Equality Day will be held at1 pm in the Fountain Square Mall Ballroom.  You should already have received your Facebook and/or Evite invitation. Come and plan to bring a friend!

Sheila Kennedy has probably the best political blog written in the ENTIRE State of Indiana! Sign up to get them in your mailbox daily! You will not be sorry. Column for 7/30/16:     

At the event we're planning a silent auction to help finance our local women candidates. 

Please think of an item YOU can donate!
 Hot items in the past have been home baked goods, wine baskets, Hillary swag! This is such an easy and FUN way to support women! Email [email protected] with your items or ideas. TICKETS are available from Steering Committee Members, or at our website:

Sponsorship levels are available to help support this effort. 

  • Hillary Clinton Sponsor $500 (4 tickets to the brunch with VIP seating)
  • Elizabeth Warren Sponsor $250 (2 tickets to the brunch)
  • Vi Simpson Sponsor $100 (1 ticket to the event)

You can arrange monthly payments through Act Blue on our website or email Julie Thomas at [email protected]




Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence Endorses Hillary, Holding Meeting
Moms Demand Action - a non-partisan, grassroots organization which advocates common-sense solutions to gun violence -- has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, on the basis of her strong advocacy in favor of gun violence prevention policies. The group will be holding a meeting this Wednesday (8/10/16) to hear about opportunities to volunteer for Hillary's campaign from the Head of Hoosiers for Hillary, the Chair of the DC for MC, and one of our delegates to the DNC, Cathi Crabtree.  Please contact Rachel Guglielmo at [email protected] if you're interested in attending.

Richland Bean Blossom Democrats
There’s a new Democratic group in town! - The Monroe County Democratic Party is looking to ramp up its organizing efforts in Ellettsville and Stinesville and to establish a long-term presence in order to recruit, train, and elect candidates to local office and build political power in West Monroe for 2016 and beyond! See the save the date in the events section below!

Check out (and like) the Facebook page at
For more information contact Judy Bolick at [email protected]

VOLUNTEER for DWC Endorsed Candidates: 

Cheryl Munson for County Council at-large
Cheryl is in needs of funds for her mailings and signs. 
You can contribute via snail mail (6707 W. Rockeast Rd, Bloomington 47403) or by credit card via website ( 

You can volunteer to help Cheryl ([email protected])

  • to walk in your neighborhoods (or other neighborhoods) in September, October, and the first week of November;
  • to deliver (and post-election collect) campaign signs;
  • to write letters to the editor in support of Cheryl's re-election; and
  • to hand out literature at the early voting site and at select polls on Nov 8.

Lee Jones for County Council at-large
Lee needs help in finding good yard sign locations, and then help in getting them out to places just after Labor Day. Remember she's up to her ears in plants and harvesting right now, so your help is especially appreciated! [email protected] 

Julie Thomas for County Commissioner 
Julie needs volunteers to walk in the parades in Ellettsville & Stinesville in September, canvass door-to-door beginning in September and to canvass at the Farmer's Market. Volunteers will receive a beautiful campaign t-shirt – with a spine (while supplies last)! Send a note to Julie and let her know you are ready to help! 

Penny Githens for State Representative District 60
Do you live in District 60? Penny needs YOU to help her meet your friends within the District. Could you host a coffee help her get acquainted with voters there?  Penny would like to have a few volunteers to help her spin the wheel of Indiana Knowledge for kids. And if you could donate bags of Smarties candy, (Smarties for Smart Kids!) it would be appreciated. If you are near the Morgan County Fair and would like to help Penny there, contact her at [email protected]

Amanda Barge for County Commissioner
Can you walk for Amanda Barge this fall? If so, she has created a handy Doodle Poll with shifts to sign up! If you've never walked before, this can be a great way to get involved in the political process, meet voters and learn about concerns in our community! This door to door effort is the most important aspect of her campaign--it shows how committed Amanda will be to connecting with residents once she becomes our commissioner! So join in and her team will get you started!

Amanda is working hard to meet as many voters as possible! She would love to attend your neighborhood association or local organization to learn more about what's going on in the community and to meet voters. If you would like to invite Amanda to meet your group, please message her at: [email protected]

And lastly, if you haven't yet RSVP'd for Amanda's Fall Campaign Kickoff fundraiser, please do! It will be tons of fun including massage, hanging out at the lakeside, canoeing and swimming! Don't miss this afternoon of summer fun on August 28th!

Vacancies on Bloomington Boards and Commissions
Applications are now being accepted for vacancies on the following Bloomington Boards and Commissions:

Bloomington Commission on Sustainability
Commission on the Status of Black Males
Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs
Housing Quality Appeals Board
Telecommunication Commission
Bloomington Digital Underground Advisory Commission
Traffic Commission

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

City Boards and Commissions are citizen staffed and operated, and serve to advise the Common Council and the Administration on issues affecting Bloomington. The current vacancies will be filled by appointment of the Common Council. A complete list and description of Boards and Commissions, in addition to application materials may be found at  Information and applications also are available at the City Clerk’s Office in Showers City Hall at 401 N. Morton.  For more information or questions, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 812-349-3408.  


The Monroe County Democrats' Club Luncheon
Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 11:30 am--Bobby's Colorado Steakhouse
The Monroe County Democrats Club will meet on Tuesday, August 16, at 11:30 a.m. at Bobby's Colorado Steakhouse. Professor Marjorie Hershey will speak about the upcoming elections. The public is invited to attend.

Reception to Support Indiana Senate Democrats
Wednesday, August 17, 5-7pm -- Upland Banquet Hall (350 W. 11th St)
Please join Vi Simpson, Mayor John Hamilton, and State Senator Mark Stoops for a reception to support the Indiana Senate Democrats.  The event will be help at the Upland Banquet Hall.  Suggested Contributions: $1,000, $500, $250, $100 ($50 for Young Democrats). Checks payable to Indiana Senate Democrats Committee. If you can't attend, please send contributions to: 115 W. Washington St. Suite 1165, Indianapolis, IN. 46204

Democracy for Monroe County August Link-up
Tuesday August 23, 6:30-9 pm, Monroe County Public Library Room 1B
Come See the Documentary “The Brainwashing of My Dad”! As filmmaker, Jen Senko, tries to understand the transformation of her father from a non political, life-long Democrat to an angry, Right-Wing fanatic, she uncovers the forces behind the media that changed him completely: a plan by Roger Ailes under Nixon for a media takeover by the GOP, The Powell Memo urging business leaders to influence institutions of public opinion, especially the universities, the media and the courts, and under Reagan, the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine. As her journey continues, we discover that her father is part of a much broader demographic, and that the story is one that affects us all.

Through interviews with media luminaries, cognitive linguists, and grassroots activist groups such as Noam Chomsky, Steve Rendall, Jeff Cohen, Eric Boehlert, George Lakoff, STOP RUSH, HearYourselfThink, Claire Conner and others, “Brainwashing” unravels the plan to shift the country to the Right over the last 30 years, largely through media manipulation. The result has led to fewer voices, less diversity of opinion, massive intentional misinformation and greater division of our country.

This documentary will shine a light on how it happened (and is still happening) and lead to questions about who owns the airwaves, what rights we have as listeners/watchers and what responsibility our government has to keep the airwaves truly fair, accurate and accountable to the truth.

Save the Date!!
Richland Bean Blossom Democrats Labor Day Weekend Picnic
Sunday, Sept 4, 1-4pm
Flatwoods Park, Shelter 3


This week's Action Item is to buy your tickets to the DWC Women's Equality Day brunch on August 21st:


The link is above at the beginning of this issue.  YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE. AND WE ARE NOT ABOVE SHAMING YOU!!!

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