Monday Morning News - June 6, 2015


Myths of Poverty, Myths of Addiction
     There’s been a whole lot written about homeless issues in Bloomington in recent weeks.  We are in danger of losing Martha’s House as a shelter, and there are vagrancy issues in our downtown that some construe to be caused by related issues.  We’ll be exploring these issues with two specialists this week.

  • Kathy Byers, Professor of Social Work at IU will dispel the “Myths of Poverty.”
  • Linda Grove-Paul, VP for Recovery and Engagement at Centerstone will dispel the “Myths of Addiction.” 

We will all have the chance to examine and discuss poverty, homelessness and addictions and their effect on women in our society.  
Please come with questions, or send them in advance to[email protected]

And related ACTION! To highlight this issue and focus our thoughts on women in these situations, please bring with you one or two items that you think would be beneficial to women in shelters, or who seek help at agencies in town who deal with poverty, homelessness or addictions.  Suggestions would be feminine hygiene products, emery boards, trial or travel sized shampoo, toothbrushes and small sized toothpastes, hairspray. Bring the item YOU think is needed, and we’ll make sure all are delivered to women who need them. 
It’s our ACTION item of the week!


  • July 1 - New Laws take effect
  • Call for nominations for the Indiana Torchbearer's Award
  • July in Women's History


  • Ruth Hickman Retirement reception
  • 8-20 to 23 IDEA AT French Lick

Invite a Friend to Join the DWC
Call to Action

July 1, 2015 - New laws from legislative session. Take a look
     State Senator Mark Stoops recently sent out a list of new laws that resulted from the mostly disastrous state legislative session. Please check this link from the Senate Democrats to see the latest in education, safety, labor, financial and redistricting information. 

INDIANA COMMISSION for WOMEN calls for Nominees
       The Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) is seeking nominations for the 2015 Torchbearer Awards. Indiana Torchbearers are Indiana’s most prestigious recognition of women.  They have stepped forward as leaders by breaking down barriers to women’s full participation. “These women are lasting legacies for us all by overcoming immense challenges with courage, perseverance and compassion,” said Kristin Svyantek Garvey, Executive Director of the Indiana Commission for Women Board of Commissioners. “They serve as inspiration for others by facing tough choices, demonstrating character and making significant contributions to their communities and to the State of Indiana.”
       Recipients will be selected from a pool of nominated candidates who have overcome obstacles, made extraordinary contributions or been pioneers throughout their lives. Selection will be based on the recipients’ demonstrated achievement in the areas of their professional careers, community leadership and/or public service. Recipients must be living at the time of their nomination. Nominations will be evaluated with considerable attention given to those women who have been pioneers, have removed barriers and/or have made a considerable impact to the advancement of women in Indiana.
       Bloomington residents honored in the past have been Charlotte Zietlow, Judge Vi Taliaferro, Jane Martin, Rabbi Sue Shifron, and Vernell Thomas from Crane. Our own Senator Vi Simpson served on the commission for many years, and was ineligible for the award while serving on the commission.
       Visit to download the nomination form and guidelines. Submitted nomination forms are due on or before Friday, July 31, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Recipients of the 2015 Torchbearer Awards will be announced at an Awards Ceremony in September 2015.
       For more information, assistance or a printed copy of nomination form, contact Kristin Garvey, Executive Director at 317-232-6720 or [email protected].

Received this week was a message from the National Women’s History Project. They have a wonderful resource for thinking about women in history. Check out this email for July birthdays, and memorable events in Women’s History!


 Ruth Hickman Retirement Party
Election Supervisor for our county, Ruth Hickman, is retiring. 
If you have a chance, please stop by her retirement party on Monday, July 6th, 11 am - 4 pm at Voter Registration, 7th and Madison, and thank her for all her hard work and dedication over the years.

DWC Breakfast - 
The Myths of Poverty, the Myths of Addiction
Friday, July 10th
 7:30 am, Village Deli

135th Annual IDEA Convention
August 20-23rd
French Lick, IN
Join Democrats from across the state, including your elected officials and candidates, for this annual convention. Friday afternoon typically has seen a great meeting of the women across the state, so plan that into the weekend.  Monroe County typically has a strong presence there.
Reserve your accommodations now and learn more here

     Ask a friend, co-worker or colleague who is interested in learning more about making a positive impact on the presence of women in office to accompany you to our monthly breakfast or to one of the local political events.
The DWC is open to progressives regardless of gender or sexual orientation.  Join any time.  Only $20 for one year’s membership.  Join online here

Call to action this week is to bring a personal care item for women experiencing homelessness, poverty or addiction to the DWC Breakfast meeting on Friday, January  10th. 7:30 am at the Village Deli. 
If you can't come and want to donate something to this cause, please email us at[email protected] and we'll arrange a pickup. 

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Send your items of interest to us at [email protected].

Deadline for MMN is noon on Sunday.

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