Monday Morning News -- February 3, 2020

Deadline Extended!!! It’s not too late to join the fun this Friday evening - purchase your ticket to the Roaring Twenties Murder Mystery Night… have fun and raise money for a good cause - let’s elect women in 2020!!

It's going to be a busy week!!

Breakfast this Friday! 7:30 am, Village Deli, bring a pen! Bring some tampons!

We're lucky to have good friends who are very knowledgeable on what the Indiana Legislature is doing on Education related bills. Jenny Robinson and Debbie Fish from the Indiana Coalition for Public Education will update us on education related bills and their status. They'll also help us focus on an action of writing postcards to legislators (and the Governor), thus the need for a pen. The DWC will provide postage unless you have a few postcard stamps that need to be used up! Please join us!!

Also, When you shop this week at CVS, Kroger, or wherever, please pick up a package of feminine hygiene products. Our state legislature refuses to pass a bill that would remove sales tax from these items, even though they still allow your private plane purchase, or gold bullion purchase to be listed as a tax-free item. There's a certain unfairness in taxing essential hygiene items and not taxing non-essentials. Your donations will be taken to organizations that service women in need.
**If anyone wants to volunteer to take these items after breakfast, please let us know by emailing Chair Carolyn VandeWiele at cvpetdoc@comcast.net.

NOON DEADLINE to file for office and for State Convention Delegate. See notes below on filing for details. It's easy, it's fun, it's a chance to nominate a candidate at the convention!

Then Join your friends at the Roaring Into the 20s: A Democratic Women's Caucus Murder Mystery Fundraiser at The Fields Clubhouse, 1333 S. Fenbrook Ln. It'll be FUN way to support women in their run for office, support training, and helping women with their campaign expenses. It starts at 6:30, we'll have heavy appetizers, surprises, a silent auction of really cool items. More info below. If you might be able to take advantage of a last minute cancellation, please contact Regina Moore at regina.moore@gmail.com, or Olivia Reed at oliviajreed@gmail.com

Finally, if you like pie, and you like Penny (Githens) don't miss the redux of Pies for Penny on Sunday, Feb 9th from 2-4 pm at HQ (116 S. Madison). Pies, great Sober Joe Coffee, great people.

 

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:

Announcements
Events
Image Of The Day
Action Items

ANNOUNCEMENTS

DWC ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPDATES:

As the campaign season heats up, our women candidates will be depending partly on this newsletter and DWC social media to keep you apprised of their activities, events, volunteer needs, and details of their campaigns. Won't you join our team of communicators to help with this and DWC communications. We are losing a couple of long time writers and you could be just the person to do this!!

It is not time consuming, and it is not difficult. Plus, for those of us who like to write and craft messages, it is actually fun! If anyone reading this newsletter has a few scant hours a month to help us out, please let us know by sending an email to dwcannouncements@gmail.com

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Filing to be a Delegate at the State Convention: To be a delegate to the Indiana State Convention, one needs to be elected by Democrats in the May Primary. Here in Monroe County delegates are apportioned by county council district. Filing starts on January 8th and ends at noon (local time) on February 7th. In Monroe County filing is at Election Central offices at 7th and Madison. They have the forms, and can notarize and accept your filing within just a few minutes.

The preponderance of National Delegates are elected by the State Delegates at the state convention in June. For details on the National Delegate Selection Plan see the IDP website at: https://www.indems.org/dnc-convention-2020/ It's a treasure trove of complete information about filing for Delegate, and all the particulars about being a delegate.

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: indianasuffrage100.org

MONROE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY EVENTS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: contact Taegan Bolden-Davis, Executive Director, Monroe County Democratic Party at edirector@monroedems.org

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:

CITY OF BLOOMINGTON B&Cs
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 https://bloomington.in.gov/boards to see the nature of the board or commission, recent minutes and actions, and how that particular vacancy is filled.

MONROE COUNTY GOVERNMENTAL B&Cs
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 https://www.co.monroe.in.us/boards/. The application is available in a tab at the right side of the boards page. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Thomas (drjuliethomas@gmail.com).

 

UPCOMING TRAININGS:

Monday, February 3, 2020, 6:00pm
MCDP Training: Financial Compliance for Candidates
Monroe County Democratic Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St., Bloomington

Emily’s List Webinars:
Thursday, February 20, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Fundraising and Budgeting Best Practices
If you want to win, you're going to need money. Campaigns are like a small business and the most successful campaigns are built on thoughtful budgets. In this webinar, we'll walk through the steps of building your campaign budget and finance plan - critical pieces of any campaign.

Thursday, February 20, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Introduction to Campaign Messaging
Who are you? Why are you running? Why should people support you? As a candidate, you must be able to answer these questions with confidence. In this webinar, we'll walk through how to craft your personal narrative to create a message that potential voters can trust.

National Democratic Training Committee Webinars
Check out their list of courses at https://traindemocrats.org/course-catalog/

 

EVENTS:

Monday, February 3, 2020, 6:00pm
MCDP Training: Financial Compliance for Candidates
Monroe County Democratic Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St., Bloomington

Wednesday, February 5, 5:00pm
Girls, Inc thanks the IU Women in Business
Hodge Hall Common Area at IU
Girls Inc. is happy to say thank you to the IU Women in Business with an event at the Hodge Hall common area February 5th at 5pm.
Special guests Dean Idie Kesner and Josh Perry will speak on why we should support women in academia as well as all forms of leadership.
Amanda Novicoff of the WIB will be speaking on what inspired her to act with this campaign and the girls of Girls Inc. will be performing the Girls' Bill of Rights.
Free pizza will be provided by Swing In Pizza.

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
DFMC Monthly Link-Up: The Great Hack
Upland Brewing Company, 350 W. 11th St., Bloomington
Join DFMC in the Upland Brewing Company's Reception Hall for a showing of The Great Hack and some good company! This riveting documentary explores how a data company named Cambridge Analytica came to symbolize the dark side of social media in the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as uncovered by journalist Carole Cadwalladr.

Friday, February 7, 2020, 7:30am - 9:00am
DWC Monthly Breakfast
The Village Deli, 409 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington

Friday, February 7, 2020, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Roaring Into the 20s: A Democratic Women's Caucus Murder Mystery Fundraiser
The Fields Clubhouse, 1333 S. Fenbrook Ln.
Join us for an evening of food, drink, and mystery! Tickets may be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/roaring-into-the-twenties-murder-mystery-tickets-89155192581 for $50, which includes a small plate dinner, one free drink, and a generous donation to the DWC. Please contact Olivia Reed at oliviajreed@gmail.com with any questions about the event (including full details on sponsorship and silent auction donations)!

Sunday, February 9, 2020, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Pies For Penny: a meet and greet fundraiser with Commissioner Candidate Penny Githens
Monroe County Democratic Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St., Bloomington
Come for a piece of pie and a chance to visit with Penny Githens, candidate for Monroe County Commissioner as she starts her campaign for re-election in 2020. If you'd like to donate a pie or two, please contact Olivia Reed at oliviajreed@gmail.com!

Monday, February 10 & Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 7:00pm
Cardinal Stage presents Sally Perkins’ original one-woman show, Digging in Their Heels
Ivy Tech Waldron Rose Firebay.
Tickets: $15 General Admission. Tickets available HERE.
For two nights only, celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with Digging In Their Heels, The Story of Women’s Suffrage Told In A Way You’ll Never Forget! If Susan B Anthony and her pals had iPhones, Twitter, and Uber drivers, maybe it wouldn’t have taken 72 years to win the vote. Maybe. Sally Perkins imagines the suffragists with modern technology as she takes her audiences through the 72-year journey in this interactive, hilarious, and poignant story, revealing the suffragists’ struggles, strategies, racism, and endurance.
Run time: 1 hour, recommended for ages 15 and up.

Save this date, March 14, 2020, 7:00pm
Screening and discussion of Suffragette (PG-13)
Buskirk Chumley Theater
Join Girls Inc. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater for a celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment with a screening of Suffragette (PG-13) and a panel discussion on the value of women in political leadership and leadership of al levels.
$25 for adults and $15 for under 18. al proceeds will go to benefit Girls Inc. of Monroe County. Tickets can be obtained through the BC Box Office on Kirkwood or online.

 

IMAGE OF THE DAY:

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ACTION ITEM(s):

1. Take action to defeat SB334. This bears repeating on this caucus day!

Write to your state senator** by email or snail mail, or post to the senator's Facebook page. Here's a basic letter. Please feel free to copy it, as well as to add your own comments. Some ideas to consider adding are: specific parts of the bill you disagree with, personal incidents you have encountered with being taken off the voter rolls or denied your right to vote, or reasons why you feel this bill is unnecessary.

Dear (your senator name),

SB 334 will institute processes that have a high probability of erroneously purging voters from the voter registration rolls. If the language of the bill cannot be changed to eliminate this probability, I urge you to either stop the bill from being put up for a vote, or to vote “Nay” when it arrives on the Senate floor for a vote.

Thank you,

Your name and address

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

3. Purchase your tickets for the DWC Roaring 20's Murder Mystery and prepare to have a great time...

4. File to be a delegate to the State Convention! BY NOON ON FRIDAY!

 

HOW TO CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES

State Senators:
Both may be reached by snail mail at: 200 W Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2785

District 40 (most of Monroe County)
Mark Stoops
s40@iga.in.gov
317-232-9847

District 44 (Indian Creek, Clear Creek and Polk townships)
Eric Koch
Senator.Koch@iga.in.gov

US Senators (for this week's comments):

Todd Young:
https://www.young.senate.gov/contact/email-todd
(202) 224-5623

Mike Braun
https://www.braun.senate.gov/contact-mike
(202) 224-4814
(317) 822-8240

Congressman: Trey Hollingsworth
https://hollingsworth.house.gov/contact/
(202) 225-5315 (U.S. House) or (812) 288-3999 (Jeffersonville Office)

 

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