monday morning news June 19, 2017

Taking a clue from Wonder Woman we look at roles of women in the process of empowering women.
We know that women hold about 20% of the approximately 500,000 elected offices in the country.
We know that women don't run for office readily, and that they are not overly encouraged by party leaders, although this is really changing now.
We know that women approach tasks differently than men, thinking that they have to know EVERYTHING about the job before they think they are qualified for the job.
We know that women balance more than work/campaign when they're running for office.
We know that the average age of women when they run for the first time is 47.

BUT -- This has all begun to change since November 2016. Women have marched. Women have organized. Women have signed up to run for office in droves!  We WILL make a dent in that 30% deficit and we will bring our younger sisters along with us, supporting them, teaching them, and learning from them.  
Starting with Rise To Run a unique program that is a nationwide grassroots and community based organization that trains and encourages young progressive women to rise up and run for office. Bloomington is a pilot hub for this program, one of four in the country, that will draw on the strength of progressive women to help create an atmosphere where young college age and high school age women begin to understand that they can make a difference in public service.  An advisory committee is being formed this summer, with a kick-off event in early fall after school starts.
If you are interested the program, please visit  
Support the group by "Liking" the Facebook Page
Think about how you could support this group of young women,
and finally think about young women that you think would be well suited for the program.
Send your thoughts to Rachel and Regina
Rachel Guglielmo [email protected]
Regina Moore [email protected]

We just cannot tolerate any more pictures of middle aged white men in suits around tables creating health care programs for women, regulating personal choices, or telling women that after the age of 50 there is no need for them to have a gynecologist.
To take a quote from the movie Network: We're "mad as hell and we're not going to take it any more!"

Wonder Woman inspires us!

Action Item

DWC is not planning a lunch on the First Friday of July, but the group will have a Women In Politics Cocktail Hour (or two) instead.
Join us for breakfast as usual on July 7 and see the calendar item below on July 14th.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 11:30am
Monroe County Democrats' Club
Runnin Crab Restaurant, 2038 N. Walnut St., Bloomington (across from the old venue of Bobby's Colorado Steakhouse)

The speaker will be Betty Cockrum, the former president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. The cost for the salad bar, a beverage, and a gratuity is $11.00, payable at the door. Bring a sweater, as the restaurant may be a little chilly. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 5:15 - 6:00 pm
School Lunch Shaming Call to Action
Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, 1100 W Allen Street
Join the Hub's advocacy working group to learn about the MCCSC lunch policy and how you can share your concerns with the School Board. Attendees will have a chance to craft a concise public comment statement and/ or write postcards to the School Board. Postcards will be delivered to the School Board meeting on June 27th.

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
League of Women Voters host Civics and Chill
Monroe County Public Library, Room 1B

The League invites people 15-22 to participate in a nonpartisan discussion voicing your civic concerns. Learn more about how to be involved.
Oh, and Pizza, too!

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 4:00 - 5:30pm
Swing Left Meeting
Monroe County Public Library, Room 214


Saturday, June 24, 2017, 4:00 pm
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Monroe County Public Library

Jennifer Crossley will speak about survivor engagement and Be Smart updates will be given.

Sunday, June 25, 2017, 1:00 - 3:00pm
Monroe County NOW General Chapter Meeting
Monroe County Public Library, Room 1B

Hear updates from the Leadership Council and committee chairs.
See how you can get involved with our committees and the chapter as a whole.

Friday, July 7, 2017, 7:30 am
DWC Breakfast Meeting
We'll be talking about preparing for running for office. What do YOU want to know?

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Freedom Rally - We The People
Indiana State House
Hosted by Hoosiers For Action

Celebrating the constitution and the freedoms that it gives us! Join Hoosier Action to listen to various speakers and to check out like minded organizations from around our great state. More details to come!

Sunday, July 9, 2017, 2:00 - 3:30pm
League of Women Voters Monthly Meeting
Monroe County Public Library, Room 2A


Friday, July 14, 6:00pm
Women in Politics Cocktail Hour
Truffles Fine Cuisine, 1131 S. College Mall Rd., Bloomington
Join us for a casual cocktail hour and bring a friend.


Sunday, July 16, 2017, 2:00pm
The Gerrymander Meander
Childs School
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Bloomington-Monroe County, Indiana
On the eve of Elbridge Gerry’s birthday, July 16, the LWVBMC will sponsor a leisurely walk around the borders between Indiana House districts 60, 61, and 62. In 1812, Gerry lent his name to just such an oddly shaped bit of creative district - drawing around Boston that resembled a salamander, thus the name “Gerrymander.”  
They need helpers as well as walkers. If you’d like to help with this event, contact George Hegeman (812-336-2709)

Saturday, August 26, 2017, 3:00 - 11:00pm
2017 Pridefest
Kirkwood Avenue
Sponsored by Bloomington Pride

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:

Thu. Sept. 28, 2017 9:00am
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.
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]


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