monday morning news June 5, 2017


Did you just think of an elephant? Of course you did...
What are you reading this summer? At our June Meeting DWC members shared some of the books they've been reading to keep up to date, to stay informed, to better help candidates be successful, and sometimes, just to keep sane. We had a wonderful show and tell at breakfast and a fun round table discussion at lunch... if you missed it, a list of the books and synopses is coming your way soon....

But back to the elephant in the room... one of the books discussed at breakfast was George Lakoff's Don’t Think of an Elephant! In the book, Lakoff explains how framing is about ideas―ideas that come before policy, ideas that make sense of facts, ideas that are proactive not reactive, positive not negative, ideas that need to be communicated out loud every day in public. Republicans have been all too successful at sandwiching messages into soundbites and reducing policies to short (and misleading) phrases - think “death tax”, “school choice” or “activist judge.” Lakoff, urges us to go beyond the typical laundry list of facts, policies, and programs and present a clear moral vision to the country―one that is traditionally American and can become a guidepost for developing compassionate, effective policy that upholds citizens’ well-being and freedom. It’s time to educate ourselves, reclaim and reframe our own messages and to get out and talk to the people, those who agree with us and those who don’t.
Happy summer reading, chance encounters, tea and tête-à-têtes, cocktails and conversations…


Action Item


From members Rachel Guglielmo and Regina Moore:
On May 22, Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, announced a new initiative to “train and encourage” high school and college-aged young women to find a place in the political arena. “Rise To Run” brings together female leaders from myriad perspectives, on and offline, to prepare a generation of young women to take on powerful political roles in this country.
We're excited that a pilot will be in Bloomington, focusing on young progressive women in our community who will be the future leaders of tomorrow!

Rachel Guglielmo [email protected], 812-361-1610;
Regina Moore [email protected],  812-340-2496

     Applications are being accepted for the Indiana Democratic Emerging Leaders Project. The project is a free, year-long leadership development program designed to help build the Indiana Democratic Party’s bench of future public servants. The program will include four conferences throughout the year starting in September geared toward honing the skills of leaders ages 21 to 40 in the areas of campaign management, public policy, public service, and party building. Click here for more information on how to apply.
     Several women from the DWC are graduates of this program, including Darcie Fawcett, Allison Chopra, Kaisa Goodman, and Jessica McClellan. We're sure they would be willing to share their impressions of the program, and encourage you to apply.

The Indiana Commission for Women is accepting nominations for the 2017 Torchbearer Awards. Recipients have overcome adversity, made extraordinary contributions, or been pioneers throughout their lives. These women can be pioneers in their professional career. They can be advocates who have removed barriers to women's full participation in all aspects of society. They can be unsung "sheroes" who have made considerable impact on the advancement of women in Indiana.
Visit for more information and to download the nomination form and guidelines. Submitted nomination forms are due by Friday, June 30, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Recipients of the 2017 Torchbearer Awards will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on September 27, 2017, at the Indiana Historical Society.
If you have additional questions, please contact ICW at [email protected] or (317) 232-6720!
Make sure you get your nomination in by the deadline!


Thursday, June 8 from 6:00 - 8:00pm
Democracy For Monroe County Monthly Link-Up - Labor in Politics, Past & Future
The Runnin’ Crab, 2038 N. Walnut St., Bloomington

Sponsored by the local Jobs with Justice chapter and DFMC.
Meet Hoosier hero Chuck Jones and Chuck Deppert. The two Chucks will provide some important insights on taking the Democratic party back to its roots in labor, important given how poorly Democrats fared among the working class both in Indiana and nationwide in last year's election. Enjoy a night with Bloomington's most exciting progressives and lets learn something together.

Friday, June 9 from 4:00 - 6:00pm
Monroe County NOW Contact Our Reps Party
Monroe County Public Library, Room 2A
hosted by the National Organization for Women - Monroe County

Join Monroe County NOW in Meeting Room 2A of the MCPL in contacting our representatives on issues we face. Focusing on the House passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), but you are free to express your views on other important issues.
Contact Rep. Trey Hollingsworth to express how you feel about his AHCA vote. Persuade Senators Donnelly and Young to keep thousands of Hoosiers insured. Share your story on why this issue is important to you.
Monroe County NOW will provide postcards, scripts, and a space to call and write your members of Congress. There will also be light snacks; feel free to bring something simple to share, potluck style.

Saturday, June 10th from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Day Of Action—MCDP Precinct Canvassing
Join the MCDP to canvass! They are excited by the energy of volunteers eager to get out and listen to our friends, neighbors, and fellow Hoosiers about how best the party can work for them. This month there is an updated schedule to split the groups into two shifts: one beginning at 1:00 p.m and the other beginning at 3:00 p.m. Arrive to pick up walk packets, receive brief training. Each shift should last approximately 2 hours, in which you will canvass in pairs, followed by a debrief. Meet at Bryan Park by the Henderson Shelter (the one closest to the westside parking area). RSVP by email to Teri Bleuel  MCDP canvassing will take place on the second Saturday of each month from June to September.

Saturday, June 10 at 9:30am - 12:30pm
March w/ the ACLU of IN in the Indy Pride Parade
Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis
Join the ACLU of Indiana contingent in the Indy Pride Parade. They will have balloons, candy, tiny flags, and GLITTER!
You know you want to march with the raddest civil rights warriors in the Hoosier state.

Sun. June 11, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
The Equality March For Unity And Pride - Indiana
Monument Circle Indianapolis
Hosted by Indy Pride
Join organizers from an inclusive array of community organizations throughout Indiana to RALLY at Monument Circle in solidarity with the Equality March for Unity and Pride happening in Washington, D.C. For more information check their link here.

Sun. June 11, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
The Equality March For Unity And Pride
Hosted by The Equality March for Unity and Pride
Washington, D.C.

Monday June 12, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Indiana Coalition of Public Education Friendraiser.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, 2120 N. Fee Lane


Come learn about the latest on vouchers & charters, the state takeover of Muncie Community Schools,
the Seven Oaks lawsuit, and the vital importance of our work!  
Speakers include Tim Skinner (chairperson of the state-level ICPE), Paul Farmer (Bloomington High
School North teacher & MCEA president), Dr. Laura Hammack (superintendent of Brown County Schools),
and Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer, chair of ICPE-MC.
Most importantly, we will ask you to join us in our fight for public schools.
We will be providing hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and discussion on what we can do.

Saturday, July 8 11:00am - 2:00pm
Freedom Rally - We The People
hosted by Hoosiers For Action

Indiana State House
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!

July 10 - July 14, 2017
Girls with Nerve
Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington

Girls with Nerve is a FREE, week-long day camp aimed at empowering high school girls to explore neuroscience.
Campers will:
- See and hear how the brain controls movement
- Trick your brain and discover how it learns
- Visit IU neuroscience labs and WonderLab
- Join a network of female grad students and faculty
Learn more:
Apply online by June 15!:

Sun. 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)

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]

We have three action items for you this week:

1. Read a book from your summer reading list... share it with a friend
dilute the toxic fountain of ignorance and disinterest....

2. Join fellow democrats on the second Saturday of the month from June to September to canvass our friends, neighbors, and fellow Hoosiers about the issues that are important to them, the things that are affecting their lives, and how the party, and our government, can best work for them. Your Voice Matters!!

3. Check out this short and sweet TED talk video with leadership speaker and author Drew Dudley... Everyday Leadership
We have all changed someone’s life -- often without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday ... then create your own lollipop moment... acknowledge one, or pay it forward.

Join the DWC in 2017. It's important to stay organized and energized! Renew your membership today.
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. Make sure you have full rights and privileges of membership.
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