monday morning news Mar. 20, 2107


Democratic Women's Caucus Murder Mystery
Saturday, April 29th, 6:00-9:00pm
Monroe County History Center Museum, 202 E 6th St, Bloomington

It is April 29th 1970, fifty years after the 19th amendment ensured women the right to vote.
As a new decade ushers in limitless possibilities, you have been invited to the Monroe County History Center Museum for the annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Gala, celebrating the pioneering suffragettes and their fight for equality. It is an elegant affair, where Washington insiders sip champagne with stunning socialites, mop topped British rockers dance with sultry mavens of Soul, and intellectual elite debate with roguish revolutionaries. Hidden among the ancient tomes and historic artifacts, are cryptic secrets, and mysterious untold stories.
The problem is, one of you is a murderer!!!

General Admision Tickets include:
-Admission to the event
-A custom written character (you will receive a short character description ahead of time). There are roles for introverts and extroverts, don't worry!
-A generous donation to the Monroe County Democratic Women's Caucus: An organization dedicated to funding, inspiring, recruiting and training local female progressive pro-choice candidates for public office.
-Appetizer buffet
-Two complimentary drinks
-Access to museum with guided tour
-A chance to win prizes

Get your ticket at this link:

You'll probably want to sponsor this event, so here are the details!

To sponsor or for more information, please email Amanda Barge at [email protected]
All sponsorships are available with monthly payment options.

Shirley Chisholm Sponsorship
"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair".
$500 includes 4 tickets, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more

Gloria Steinem Sponsorship
"A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men".
$250 includes 2 tickets, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more

Dolores Huerta Sponsor:
"Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world".
$100, includes 1 ticket, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more

Action Item


Thomas Frank, author of Listen, Liberal - or What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?  or
     Thomas Frank is touring the midwest with several stops in Indiana this month. You'll have the chance to hear him speak and have him sign any of his books on Friday evening. He may irritate you, he may validate your political beliefs, but he'll be very interesting and will give us lots to think about in parsing out the 2016 election. See Link in Events for time and place.

Elizabeth Warren's This Fight is our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class will be available April 18th  
     U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a new book coming out this spring, one that continues her battle for progressive economics. Warren's "This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class" will be published April 18.
     From the publisher: This Fight Is Our Fight tells eye-opening stories about her battles in the Senate and vividly describes the experiences of hard-working Americans who have too often been given the short end of the stick. Elizabeth Warren has had enough of phony promises and a government that no longer serves its people--she won’t sit down, she won’t be silenced, and she will fight back.

ACLU Summer Institute -- opportunity for high school juniors and seniors
     The ACLU is now accepting applications for a week long advocacy training and leadership development seminar at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., from July 29 – August 5, 2017.
     The ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute will bring together a diverse group of high school juniors and seniors from across the United States to participate in an advanced, firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates. Through an intensive eight-day program, students will learn directly from lawyers, lobbyists, community activists, and other experts working to defend the civil rights and liberties critical to a free and open society. Information and application info:

Get More Involved in the DWC!!
The DWC Steering Committee is the group that organizes and manages the business of the DWC. We do much of our work through smaller groups or committees, and we welcome help from the membership to bring fresh ideas and hands to the work of running our operation.
    •    Program Committee - Planning meetings and programs, outreach to build membership; inform current members; education; notification
    •    Fundraising and Events - track goals, inspire attendees to donate; analyze and expand efforts; plan social events (movie nights, etc.)
    •    Communications (Monday Morning News, website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc) - outreach to build membership/inform current members
    •    Training - prepare candidates as well as workers to help candidates and causes
    •    Membership - outreach, goals, retention, renewals

To get involved, go to the DWC website at or email [email protected] and let us know what goals you want to work towards.  If you have special skills, please note that as well. We'd love to have you working with us!!
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Monroe County Democrats Club Luncheon
Tuesday, March 21, 11:30 am
Bobby's Colorado Steakhouse
The Monroe County Democrats' Club will meet on Tuesday, March 21, at 11:30 a.m. at Bobby's Colorado Steakhouse. The Club is honoring Hometown Heroes this year, and will be pleased to hear from Cindy York, the president of the Bloomington World-Wide Friendship organization. The public is invited to attend.

Building a Thriving Compassionate Community (BTCC) Advocacy Exchange Meeting
Tuesday, March 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 23rd, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Monroe County Public Library Room 1b
BTCC wants to connect leadership from groups engaged in advocacy work in the Bloomington area and is organizing two Advocacy Exchange events this month. There is no commitment beyond the gatherings.  This isn't an invitation to be a part of something new, but rather a chance for us all to learn the landscape of what is already happening.  You will find more information about the Exchanges and an initial registration form here.  BTCC asks for participants to complete the form by March 18th. If you are interested in knowing what advocacy efforts are ongoing in our community and want to represent the DWC at these events, please let us know and submit a registration form to BTCC.

Women's History Month Lunch
Wednesday, March 22, 11:30 at the Convention Center
Tickets ($22.50) are available at the Buskirk Chumley Theater Box Office ONLY and deadline is TODAY!!
Buffet lunch, presentation of the Woman of the Year Award, exhibition of organizations and businesses by women for women
An Absolutely DO NOT MISS event! The event is a project of the City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women.

Thomas Frank, Author of Listen, Liberal
Friday, March 24, 6:30 pm, IU School of Education Auditorium
Presentation and book signing.... see announcement above. Presented by Democracy for Monroe County.

Reception Honoring Senator Joe Donnelly, with Special Guest, Senator Cory Booker
Saturday, March 25, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fountain Square Ballroom, 101 W. Kirkwood Ave.
Join us for a reception honoring Senator Joe Donnelly, with special guest Senator Cory Booker. Suggested contributions are $100, $250, $500, $1000, or $2700. RSVP to Lexi Silvers at 317-231-7108 or [email protected]

Monroe County NOW Meeting
Saturday, March 25, afternoon at the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
1 pm Kate Cruikshank of the League of Women Voters will talk on tracking a bill in the statehouse and how most effectively to use that information to contact legislators.
2:15 pm NOW Committee Chairs will report on efforts to organize around their topic areas, Racial Justice, Reproductive Rights, LGBTQ+, Campus/Community Outreach, Communications and more. Check out the Facebook page for more info.

Women's Leadership Development Event
Thursday, March 30, 5:00 pm at City Hall Atrium and Council Chambers
     The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women will hold the 2017 Women's Leadership Development Event "Linking Arms for Social Justice: If Not You, Then Who?" from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on March 30 at City Hall. There is no fee or registration required to participate in the event.  The Women's Leadership Development Event gives women the opportunity to learn how to get involved and make a difference in their community and is held annually as part of Women's History Month. The event will include a panel discussion entitled: Battling Fear and Hatred of the "Other" Women - Certain Immigrants, People of Color, People of Certain Religion. There will also be an award presentation to the 2017 Emerging Leader, DWC Member Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer.

Pay Equity: Lilly Ledbetter and Beyond
Sunday, April 2, 2-4 pm, City Hall Atrium and Council Chambers
The Monroe County Women's Commission and the City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women are co-producing this program to highlight Pay Equity. Women need to have worked ALL of 2016 and until April 4th of this year to earn what a man made in 2016 alone. This program will feature women in legislative, academic, the legal profession and business to examine this phenomenon. Haven't we DONE this before? Bring a friend, bring your well behaved children.

Pay Equity Day
April 4. All Day.
see note above

Monroe County Democratic Party - Annual FDR Gala
Thursday, April 6, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Fountain Square Ballroom
Save the date for the Monroe County Democratic Party's annual FDR Gala! This event is a great way to meet fellow Democrats and learn about the party organization. The fundraiser is an opportunity to support the party organization, as it works on behalf of candidates and office holders, and in the pursuit of advancing Democratic ideals and good governance at all levels. Admission to this evening of food, beverage, and good company is by suggested donation, but no one will be turned away if unable to contribute. RSVP here, or by e-mail to [email protected] today.

March for Science Indianapolis
Saturday, April 22, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Indiana State House
We are marching in support of publicly funded and publicly communicated Science as a pillar of Hoosier freedom and prosperity. We think it is critical that policymakers support and incorporate scientific research into their decision making. We are calling on policymakers to support Science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest. This is a nonpartisan march to highlight the mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence and enact policies against the public interest. If you're a concerned Hoosiers—a scientist, engineer, programmer, entrepreneur, teacher, student, lawyer, doctor—anyone who is passionate about Science, click here.

Indiana State Democrats Hoosier Hospitality Dinner
U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto &
U.S. Congressman, DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison
Indiana Convention Center
Friday, May 5, Check in and Cocktail hour at 6 p.m., Dinner at 7 p.m.


Do you know how this works? Do you know what the city's responsibilities are? What about citizens who are in the annexation area?
GO to City Hall this week and find out! Meetings will be held today through Saturday. Information and schedule for these meetings are at


For information on Indivisible, Knock Every Door, Swing Left, Run For Something, Operation 45, Movement 2017, Pussyhat Project, and Movement Match read this great article:

Other great resources for the resistance movement:
Quick and easy and recommended by DWC members!

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Paid for by DWPAC - Democratic Women's Political Action Committee
Democratic Women's Caucus