Monday Morning News January 25, 2016


The Democratic Women's Caucus is seeking volunteers to serve on the 2016 Endorsement Committee. The endorsement committee is composed of Steering Committee members and general members of the DWC. The Committee has the all-important task of making recommendations for endorsement to the membership. The process will include reviewing applications for endorsement and conducting interviews. It is especially labor-intensive during the few weeks of February (after the filing deadline for candidates on February 5 and before the DWC's March meeting).  This is a great opportunity to participate in a meaningful way in the endorsement process.

Interested in volunteering or in learning more? Contact Julie Thomas ([email protected]).

A call for volunteers from among members of the DWC will take place at the February breakfast meeting next Friday. Please be sure to attend. If you cannot attend, but are interested in being considered,  please send an e-mail to Julie right away.
2016 DUES

Your DWC Dues for 2016 must be paid in order to vote on endorsements.  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. Please renew your membership now!  Only $20 for one year’s membership.  Join online here.


City Council District 5 Constituent meetings - 1st is this Saturday
City Council member Isabel Piedmont-Smith has scheduled constituent meetings in 2016 the last Saturday of each month, 10-11 am at Hopscotch Coffee (235 W. Dodds St., Bloomington, IN). The exceptions are July (no meeting) and November (meeting one week earlier). All city residents, regardless of home address, are invited to attend.

James Obergefell:  Making Supreme Court History As An Accidental Activist

February 2, noon, IUB Maurer Law School, moot court room

When Jim Obergefell’s partner of 21 years, John Arthur, was dying, all the two of them wanted was the dignity of a marriage that the State of Ohio would recognize on a death certificate.  Ohio refused, and Jim, together with couples from three other states, went all the way to the Supreme Court seeking marriage equality.  In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court held in 2015 that gays and lesbians must be included in the fundamental constitutional right to marry. Sponsored by Union Board, Maurer School of Law, American Constitution Society, and IU GLBT Alumni Association.  He will also speak in a campus lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the IMU’s Alumni Hall.

MCDP Candidate Training
This training will cover the VAN, Compliance (Finance, Election Law), Communications, Designing a Campaign Plan, etc. If you are running this year (or any year), you will want to attend this training! Please let the MCDP know if you are interested by emailing [email protected]
Saturday, February 6, 1-4 p.m. in the Monroe County Public Library

Louise Melling, national ACLU Deputy Legal Director

February 9, noon, IUB Maurer Law School, moot court room

Stay tuned for details about a talk by Louise Melling, who oversees the ACLU's work on "liberty." With the Indiana legislature at this very moment considering legislation in the wake of the 2015 Indiana RFRA debacle, this is an ideal time to hear from one of the leading national experts on protecting LGBTQ rights and reproductive rights in ways consistent with protecting religious liberty. Sponsored by the Maurer chapter of The American Constitution Society, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and OUTlaw.


We cannot allow the progress we’ve made on women’s health to be destroyed.  Forty-three years after Roe v. Wade, women’s health, including the constitutionally protected right to choose, is still under assault.

From the partisan persecution of Planned Parenthood to a record number of anti-choice restrictions, the war on women is still unrelenting.  These efforts to come between a woman and her doctor must end.

Denounce attempts to dismantle Roe v. Wade now.  Today, stand with your colleagues to protect Roe v. Wade. Sign the petition here.

Do you have news items? Send your items of interest to us at [email protected].

Deadline for MMN is noon on Sunday.

Democratic Women's Caucus