Monday Morning News - December 31, 2019 - Happy New Year!

We wish all our members and allies a very happy end to 2019 and a good start to the upcoming year. We hope to see you at the Swearing In Ceremony at City Hall on New Year's Day at noon. After the inauguration ceremony, stay to honor former Mayor Tomilea Allison at the dedication of the new “Allison Conference Room”, Room 225, in City Hall, a well deserved recognition of Mayor Allison’s outstanding leadership of our city. More information can be found here.

We also hope to see you at the first DWC breakfast of 2020 on Friday at 7:30am at the Village Deli.
The first day to file for office in Indiana is Wednesday, January 8. At our breakfast this month we’ll go over the offices up for election this year… from President to convention delegate (and yes, for the first time in years there will be an afternoon floor vote at the State Democratic Convention)… as well as going over the steps required to become a national delegate.

And we'll let you know about efforts to recruit women to run for the Indiana State House in Districts 46, 60, 62. In 2018 Thomasina Marsili ran in 46, Penny Githens in 60 and Amy Swain in 62. This year Thomasina is running for U.S. Rep, District 8, and Penny is serving (and will run again) for Monroe County Commissioner. There will be a meeting at MCDP Headquarters on January 12. If you, or someone you know, is interested stay tuned for more details.

2020 will bring us a critical year in politics and also a year long celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment which granted the right to vote to many American women. We know that not all women got the right to vote in 1920, in fact we’re still working on that, but it was a critical step in the fight for women’s suffrage. Look for many special events over the next 12 months including a special float, #24, in tomorrow’s Rose Bowl Parade, exhibits at the Indiana Historical Society and the Monroe County History Center and a one-woman suffrage show, "Digging In Their Heels,” coming to Cardinal Stage here in Bloomington in February.

Have a safe an happy New Year. Let's come out fighting in 2020!


Action Items



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We look forward to a lot of activity in this space as the 2020 election year rolls around!



Indiana Democratic Party Seeking Deputy Data Director: IN DEMS is looking for a motivated Democrat to join the Indiana Democratic Party as Deputy Data Director.The Deputy Data Director will work under the supervision of the Data Director to support the organizing efforts of campaigns and county parties and help to improve the overall data competency of the party. Deadline to apply is January 3.
For more position details and for how to apply, head over to

The Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial: On Aug. 26, 1920, Hoosier women won the right to vote. At first glance, the meaning behind that statement is simple. But the real story goes much deeper. In Indiana, almost seventy years passed between the first calls for women’s voting rights and the passage of the 19th Amendment. And, though momentous, 1920 is just one milestone in a long and ongoing journey, and access to the voting booth is just one part of what it means to be an equal part of the democratic process.
The Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial, catalyzed by Indiana Humanities, the Indianapolis Propylaeum, the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana Historical Bureau, working with many grassroots and local partners, marks the anniversary of the 19th Amendment. We invite Hoosiers to honor the ideas and ideals that fueled the suffrage movement in Indiana, and the people who led the way; to engage in a conversation about inclusion, equity, perseverance and power; to consider what remains to be done to ensure that our democracy truly includes everyone; and to identify and act on the lessons of the women’s suffrage movement.
The Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission has issued a Call for Proposals to Indiana-based artists to create an original work of art to be displayed in the Indiana Statehouse to commemorate the 19th Amendment.
Read more:

A Tournament of Roses Parade Float Is Celebrating the 2020 Suffrage Centennial: The Nineteenth Amendment was officially approved by Congress on June 4, 1920 and the 100th anniversary year of women’s rights to vote will kick off in true suffrage style during the New Year’s Day parade in Pasadena, Calif. During the “Power of Hope”-themed event, a float will announce the city’s celebration of the Votes for Women Centennial, offering “an exceptional and unprecedented opportunity to commemorate this political victory and to remember that this victory was won by a 72-year long struggle and campaign for the vote.” The float, covered in yellow roses, a symbol during the suffrage movement of support for Women’s Right to Vote, will feature a 30-foot Statue of Liberty, a symbol of enlightenment, holding the tablet of the 19th amendment and dressed in the suffrage sash. Riders on the float will include the “Bouquet of Suffrage Descendants”—descendants of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, Frederick Douglass and other key advocates and 100 people will have the rare chance to march five miles down Colorado Boulevard as part of the event—”out-marchers” dressed in all-white wearing historic suffrage sashes.


BOARD AND COMMISSION OPENINGS: A great way to get involved and learn about how government works in Monroe County and Bloomington and to make a difference in your community:

The office of the City Clerk announces a vacant position on the Bloomington Commission on Sustainability. This position is available for city residents 18 years of age or older. The BCOS promotes economic development, environmental health, and social equity in the community for present and future generations. The commission gathers and disseminates information, promotes practical initiatives, and measures, monitors, and reports on the community’s progress towards sustainability. 
For information on this position, or other commissions that have vacancies at this time, contact the office of the City Clerk or check to see the nature of the board or commission, recent minutes and actions, and how that particular vacancy is filled.

The Monroe County Board of Commissioners invites you to apply to serve on a Board or Commission! There are immediate openings on a number of these bodies, including: Animal Management, Environmental Commission, and the Human Rights Commission. For information on each of them, see The application is available here: If you have any questions, please contact Julie Thomas ([email protected]). 


Wednesday, January 1, 2020, Noon
Inauguration Day: Swearing In Ceremony and Reception
Bloomington City Hall
Help your local officials commence their terms of public service. Free parking and free refreshments!

Friday, January 3, 2020, 7:30am - 9:00am
DWC Breakfast
The Village Deli, 409 E. Kirkwood
At the breakfast this month we’ll check in on early plans for folks running for political office in 2020, important dates and so forth. Full program announcement will be in the next MMN.

Saturday, January 4, 2020, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Ninth District Democratic Party New Year Social & District Meeting
The Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site, 914 E. Main St., New Albany
In celebration of the holiday season, our Ninth District Democratic Central Committee will hold a brief District Meeting and New Year Social on January 4th, 2020! They’re inviting you and other party members to join them! A brunch Menu will be served.
In addition to Democratic fellowship, attendees will be able to catch-up on district business and learn more about the historic Victorian era home. The perfect opportunity to join up with old friends or make new ones as our Party prepares for the 2020 Election cycle.
RSVP: [email protected]

Saturday, January 4, 2020, 1:30am - 2:30pm
Sue Sgambelluri Constituent Meeting
Bloomington City Hall, Room #245
Sharing updates on current City Council legislation and taking questions, comments and ideas. 
Topic this Month: The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), Convention Center Expansion and 2020 Forecast.

Sunday, January 19, 2020 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Medicare For All Indiana Film: The Color Of Medicine
The Buskirk Chumley Theatre, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington
A showing of the new movie The Color of Medicine, a documentary capturing the history of medical training of African-Americans at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis. Dr. Earl Robinson Jr, a retired OB GYN from Indianapolis is featured in the movie and will be present.  He will participate in discussion and Q&A following the screening. Free admission. Please help us publicize this event.  We could use volunteers to help that evening!

Monday, January 20, 6:00pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
The community is invited to attend the 2020 City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration. Free and open to the public. Auditorium doors open at 5:30pm. The celebration begins with a reception at 6pm followed by the program at 7pm, including remarks by Hamilton, members of the MLK Commission, and others. Musical contributions from the Indiana University African American Choral Ensemble, directed by Dr. Raymond Wise, Fairview elementary school students, and Jacobs School of Music Ballet Department students and faculty. Volunteers who participated in "A Day ON! Not A Day Off" will be recognized, and the winner of the Commission’s Legacy Award will be announced. The theme is “Courage and Beautiful Struggle: Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Our Work” featuring keynote speaker Dr. Melina Abdullah. The program will end around 8:30pm.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
IN Democratic Party Blue Bench Training
IVY Tech Conference Center, 2820 N Meridian St Indianapolis, IN 46208
Join the Indiana Democratic Party and the National Democratic Training Committee at their Blue Bench Training for candidates and potential candidates, campaign staff and volunteer staff, and local party infrastructure on January 25 for all the tools and tips you need to launch a successful campaign or create and build infrastructure for your local party. More women, first-time candidates and young people have stepped up to move Indiana forward. If you're ready to do the work, let them help you get started.
Registration begins 30 minutes before the training begins. 
The training costs $25 to cover breakfast and lunch.
Sign up for the training here.



1. Renew your membership in the DWC for 2020 (see below)

2. Celebrate women's suffrage in 2020 and continue to fight for the rights of everyone to vote...

3. As we wend our way towards the end of this year, consider your options for helping to elect good leaders in 2020: Become active in the DWC, serve on a committee, send us your ideas. Work with the local and state Democratic Parties to effect change in our communities. Sign a petition to put candidates on a state or federal ballot. Join a campaign, support a candidate, educate yourself on the issues, keep your elected officials accountable for their legislative decisions, register a voter and, of course, vote in 2020!.

4. Make your own plans to run - the start of filing for political offices in Indiana is about a month away. Now is the time to make your own plans, do your research and make a decision to run. Let us know how we can help!

5. Be safe for the New Year... get ready for 2020!



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Trey Hollingsworth
(202) 225-5315 (U.S. House) or (812) 288-3999 (Jeffersonville Office)


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