Monday Morning News_March 16, 2015

Report from IFDW Conference

The Indiana Federation of Democratic Women held its annual conference in conjunction with the National Federation of Democratic Women regional conference this weekend in Indianapolis. Hosted at the UAW Region 2-B meeting hall, the meeting included workshops on field organizing, fundraising, and recruiting women candidates. Indiana Democratic Party chair John Zody and vice chair Cordelia Lewis-Burks gave opening remarks, and then we heard from NFDW regional director Debi Thompson (Oklahoma) as well as representatives from Michigan and Missouri. 

The highlight of the day was a presentation by former TV writer and producer Jennie Blackton, who is now a consultant for the Democratic National Committee. She presented 6 steps to successful communication with voters:
  1. Explain why you are running, or why you are talking to the group or person today.
  2. The 'why' will lead you to a problem. What is it? Who has it? Targeting. 
  3. What is your experience with that problem? Relate to the other person(s).
  4. Give them HOPE that the problem can be overcome. "We could do ____, why aren't we?"
  5. What stands in the way of a solution? Your political opponent? Apathy?
  6. Wrap it up. What do you want from the person(s)? Her vote, money, action.
Unfortunately, IFDW president Trish Whitcomb Sipes was unable to attend due to illness. Debi Thompson encouraged us all to attend the NFDW annual convention in Atlantic City, June 4-7, 2015.

(Attended by DWC members Isabel Piedmont-Smith and Penny Githens)

DWC Members Honored
Piedmont-Smith campaign seeks help (email correction)
Applicants sought for City Boards and Commissions
WFHB Community Radio seeks Board Members 
Upcoming Events of Interest
Help Continue the Work of the DWC
Action Item - Equal Pay for Equal Work

DWC Members Honored
Judge Valeri Haughton-Motley has been named Bloomington's Woman of the Year!  She will be honored at the Women's History Month Luncheon.

DWC member Megan Hutchison has been named the Emerging Conservation Steward by the Monroe County Soil and Water District.

Piedmont-Smith campaign seeks help (email correction)
Piedmont-Smith Campaign needs your help Isabel Piedmont-Smith's campaign for City Council District 5 ( needs your help to reach voters! Seeking volunteers for door-to-door shifts, and since it's warming up out there, it's been a lot of fun so far. Also seeking venues for house parties as "fundraisers" or "friendraisers." Please contact [email protected] (corrected email). Also, like Isabel on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter!        Twitter: @piedmontsmith

Applicants sought for City Boards and Commissions
City Boards and Commissions are citizen staffed and operated, and serve to advise the Common Council and the Administration on issues affecting Bloomington. 

A complete list and description of Boards and Commissions, in addition to application materials may be found at .  Information and applications also are available at the City Clerk’s Office in Showers Building, City Hall at 401 N. Morton, or call 349-3408.

  • Environmental Commission
  • Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs
  • Commission on the Status of Black Males 
  • Utilities Services Board - By Statute, applicants must have a political party affiliation other than Democratic, and also be a rate payer for City of Bloomington Utilities
  • Housing Trust Fund Board of Directors - Applicants must represent one of the following: for profit housing, low income, banking, not for profit housing, social services 
  • Urban Enterprise Association - Applicant must be a business owner in the Zone

WFHB Seeks Board Members
WFHB Community Radio exists to provide an open community forum for the exchange and discussion of ideas and issues, and to celebrate and increase the local cultural diversity.  WFHB envisions a sustainable, diverse, participatory multimedia service that contributes to an entertained, informed and empowered community.  The Board of Directors will present a slate of 3-6 nominees at its annual meeting on June 6, 2015.  For information on responsibilities, please contact [email protected].


March 25 Women's History Month Lunch, 11:30 am, Convention Center. Tickets are $20 and are on sale now.  They are available in the Community and Family Resources Department at City Hall.  For more information about the Lunch or the Commission on the Status of Women, please contact Sue Owens at 812.349.3468 or[email protected].

March 26 Monroe County Public Library Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.  "MCCSC Referendum:  A Look Back and A Look Forward."  This is a public General League meeting with MCCSC Superintendent Judy Demuth and Director of Business Operation Tim Thrasher.

April 2 FDR Gala, hosted by Monroe County Democratic Party, is a fundraiser 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.  For more details, [email protected] 

May 1 O'Bannon Institute & Conversation with Shiza Shahid, Malala Fund Co-Founder, entrepreneur, social activist ( a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Ivy Tech, Bloomington.  Reservations are required. Make reservations online or call (812) 330-6001. Admission is with canned goods or a free-will monetary donation (made at the event) to Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

Help Continue the work of the DWC...Join Today!
Dues monies help us fund our endorsed candidates, and allow the DWC to hold trainings, seminars, special events to encourage and hopefully inspire women to become involved in the political process. 

Join any time.  Only $20 for one year’s membership.  Join online here

Action Item!

March is Women’s History Month and Daily Kos is teaming up with a large coalition of partners to demand equal pay for equal work.

In 2015, women still earn an average of 78 cents to every dollar men earn.

Sign your name to help us reach 100,000 strong demanding Congress ensure equal pay for equal work.

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Deadline for MMN is noon on Sunday.

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