Monday Morning News - May 25, 2020

In recent years the original meaning of Memorial Day as a day of remembrance for those who died fighting for our country has been overshadowed by its secondary meaning as the first day of the summer season, a day for picnics and outings to the beach and swimming pools. But in this strangest of Mays, after two months of sheltering in place and social distancing, we are called to honor not only the heroes of the past but the heroes of the present moment—the unsung and often underpaid health workers, grocery store employees, meatpackers, bus drivers--who risked their lives to provide medical care, food, and transportation for their fellow Americans. We honor them first by continuing to observe the public health measures instituted to curb transmission of the virus, mindful of warnings that rushing to "reopen" will almost certainly lead to a second wave of infection from which our public-health heroes don't have the luxury of retreating. Second, we honor them with our votes for candidates who take seriously their mandate to serve their constituents and work to create a better and more just society.

And speaking of voting, here's everything you need to know about voting in the 2020 Primary if you have not voted already.


For this Primary only, the Indiana Election Commission waived requirements for Absentee-By-Mail voting. Therefore all registered Indiana voters were able vote by mail in the 2020 primary and were encouraged to use this option to help protect not only the voters in the county, but our county workers as well.


The opportunity to VOTE BY MAIL is over for the 2020 primary - Absentee-by-Mail Ballot applications were due at the Election Office by May 21.
If you, like about 13,000 or so of your fellow voters, waited until the last week to send in your applications, please be patient. The Election Office has been working overtime to process and get those ballots sent out and the final ballots should be mailed on Tuesday after the holiday.

Complete Your Ballot: Once your application has been received and processed they will mail you a ballot – fill out the ballot, complete the information on the postage paid envelope and sign the envelope as directed.

Your completed Ballot must be received by the Election Office by Noon on Primary Election Day – June 2.

If you are concerned that your ballot might not be delivered on time through the USPS, ballots can be dropped off at Election Central, 401 E. 7th St. in person. There is a mail slot in the double doors (not the accessible entrance) look for the sign. Please note that in the state of Indiana only you, your family members or an appointed attorney can legally deliver your ballot.

Absentee in person voting will take place from May 26 through June 1st at Election Central, 401 W. 7th St., Suite 100, Bloomington, Indiana. Remember to bring your photo ID, wear a mask and practice good social distancing.
Tuesday, May 26 through Friday May 29: 8am to 6pm
Saturday, May 30: 9am to 4pm
Monday, June 1: 8am to Noon

PRIMARY DAY VOTING: June 2 at your poliing location
Vote at your polling place between 6am and 6pm - note: this may not be the same location as you have voted in the past. Remember to bring your photo ID, wear a mask and practice good social distancing.

If you are not sure which precinct you vote in you can check on line at You can also find a list of who is on the ballot at that location

For the 2020 primary the polling sites have been reduced to 7 locations:
Edgewood High School, 601 S Edgewood Dr, Ellettsville
City Church for All Nations, 1200 N Russell Road, Bloomington
Bloomington City Hall, 401 N Morton St., Bloomington
Arlington Heights Elementary School, 700 W Parrish Road, Bloomington
Southside Christian Church, 500 E Empire Mill Road, Bloomington
Grandview Elementary School, 2300 S Endwright Road, Bloomington
Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, 2700 E Rogers Road, Bloomington

Here's where each precinct will vote on June 2:
• Bean Blossom 1, 2 – Edgewood High Schoo
• Benton 1, 2 – City Church for All Nations
• Bloomington 1, 2, 3 – Bloomington City Hall
• Bloomington 4 – Arlington Heights Elementary School
• Bloomington 5, 6, 7 – Bloomington City Hall
• Bloomington 8, 9, 10, 11 – City Church for All Nations
• Bloomington 12, 13, 14, 15 – Arlington Heights Elementary School
• Bloomington 16 – City Church for All Nations
• Bloomington 17 – Arlington Heights Elementary School
• Bloomington 18, 19, 20 – Bloomington City Hall
• Bloomington 21 – City Church for All Nations
• Bloomington 22 – Arlington Heights Elementary School
• Bloomington 23 – Bloomington City Hall
• Bloomington 24 – Arlington Heights Elementary School
• Clear Creek 1, 2, 3 – Southside Christian Church
• Indian Creek – Southside Christian Church
• Perry 1 – Bloomington City Hall
• Perry 2, 3, 4, 5 – Grandview Elementary School
• Perry 6 – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Perry 7 – City Church for All Nations
• Perry 8 – Bloomington City Hall
• Perry 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Perry 15 – Bloomington City Hall
• Perry 16, 17 – City Church for All Nations
• Perry 18, 19 – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Perry 20 – City Church for All Nations
• Perry 21, 22, 23 – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Perry 24  – Southside Christian Church
• Perry 25 – Grandview Elementary School
• Perry 26 – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Perry 27 – Grandview Elementary School
• Perry 28 – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Perry 29, 30, 31 – Bloomington City Hall
• Perry 32 – City Church for All Nations
• Polk – Southside Christian Church
• Richland 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 – Edgewood High School
• Salt Creek  – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Van Buren 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 – Grandview Elementary School
• Washington  – Arlington Heights Elementary School

Check for updated information. Questions may also be directed to the voter registration office by calling 812-349-2690.

As always stay safe, learn something new every day, stay politically active and let’s get ready to come out of the lockdown with sleeves rolled up and ready to work for Dems up and down the ballot!


DWC Announcements
Endorsed Candidate News & Events
Candidate & Political Trainings
Other Announcements
Events of Interest to our Membership
Action Items



The next DWC Monthly Breakfast meeting will be on Friday, June 5, 2020 - once again we will be meeting on Zoom and Facebook Live - full details and meeting links will be in the next MMN.
On the agenda: 
A Primary Election Recap, information on Hoosier Women Forward, confirmation of two new Steering Committee members (see below) and a visit with Linda Lawson, candidate for Indiana Lieutenant Governor on the ticket with Dr. Woody Myers. We will be virtually bundling checks for Linda’s candidacy to help her with transportation and staffing needs.

Per the DWC Bylaws we have invited two women join the Steering Committee to bring our roster up to full strength subject to confirmation by the membership.Bridget Anderson and Ilana Stonebraker have great credentials, youthful energy and will make a great addition to our Executive group. Bio information and election details will be in next week’s Monday Morning News and you will have the chance to meet Bridget and Ilana at our virtual breakfast on June 5 before the voting. Since we’re having a virtual meeting we will also be voting virtually - by email - DWC members in good standing will receive voting information next week.

Are you creative, skilled at writing, a social media expert?? - THE DWC NEEDS YOU!! We trust you like our communications and rely on them to help keep you informed of political happenings and DWC operations. Those communications are not magically self-generating-they are an essential function of the DWC and we have a small crew of creative women who make it happen. We are looking for women to join that team and help create the Monday Morning News and our Social Media messages. It is not time consuming, and it is not difficult. Plus, for those of us who like to write and craft messages, it is actually fun! If anyone reading this newsletter has a few scant hours a month to help us out, please let us know by sending an email to [email protected]



Candidates, especially new candidates, often have a hard road to victory - but this year may be especially difficult - raising money, contacting voters and getting the message out is all going to be different in the age of coronavirus.
The list of DWC endorsed candidates with their websites and contact information can be found at: We are continuing to work to make this page a comprehensive site for our candidates so please check back frequently.

Volunteer for Cheryl Munson: Who knew that County Council would be such a hot race this year? Cheryl is running for re-election to an At-Large seat in a crowded primary. If you would be interested in helping with Cheryl's campaign, please contact Olivia Reed at [email protected]. You can contact Cheryl at [email protected]. More info about Cheryl's Council accomplishments and future goals WWW.CHERYLMUNSON.US

Volunteering for Shelli Yoder: If you are interested in volunteering to help get Shelli to the State House, join their team by emailing Ashley Pirani at [email protected]. There are several ways for you to get involved. They'd love to have you join them!
Join the Friends of Shelli Virtual Challenge! They’ve created a special giving portal for you, your friends, families and networks at The amount is less important than the contribution itself, because it will take everyone chipping in to get Shelli to victory.
The major focus of the campaign at this time is ensuring that supporters turn out to vote. If you have an hour or two to spare at any time over the next few weeks click here to sign up for Shelli’s Virtual Phone Bank

It's time to Get Out The Vote! Team Shelli will host a Virtual GOTV Rally on Zoomon Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 7:00pm
RSVP to [email protected] to get your zoom link

Volunteer for Kara Krothe
If you are interested in volunteering to help elect Kara Krothe for Judge please contact us at [email protected] or visit to sign up.

Note: The DWC’s mission is to recruit, fund and support pro-choice, progressive women candidates in Monroe County. For more information about candidates, candidate events and other political information that does not fall within this mission, check out, among others, the Monroe County Democratic Party Website, The Indiana Democratic Party Website and the Indiana Secretary of State's Election Division. If you don't currently get the Monroe County Democratic Party Dispatch, you can send a note to [email protected] to sign up.


UPDATED INDIANA PRIMARY CALENDAR - deadlines have been extended with the change in the Primary Date to 6/2/2020

For this Primary only, the Indiana Election Commission has waived requirements for Absentee-By-Mail voting. Therefore all registered Indiana voters can vote by mail in the primary. The Secretary of State's office has created a completely online version of the application for an absentee-by mail ballot through the voter portal at

Monday, May 4, 2020 - VOTER REGISTRATION ENDED, registration will reopen after the Primary.

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - was the DEADLINE to submit an absentee by mail ballot application 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - First day a voter may vote an absentee-in-person ballot in the office at Election Central (Early Voting begins)

Monday, June 1, 2020 - DEADLINE by noon, for a voter to vote an absentee ballot in person at the office of the circuit court clerk or satellite office (Early Voting ends)

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - PRIMARY ELECTION DAY
Polls are open 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., prevailing local time. Due to the need to keep workers and voters safe, as well as balancing the reduced number of workers available, a need to provide as much coverage of the county as possible and the wish to be sensitive to the needs of the regular hosts, there will be 7 polls open on Primary Election Day: at Edgewood High School, Southside Christian Church, Sherwood Oaks, Grandview Elementary, Arlington Elementary, City Hall and City Church. If you must vote on primary day you will be able to check where your precinct will be voting on June 2 and get directions as well as information about who is on your ballot online at
DEADLINE by noon, for a voter to return an absentee-by-mail ballot to Election Central

The Monroe County Election Division is looking for democratic poll workers to work as Inspectors, Judges, Clerks and Sheriffs. 
To work the polls in the 2020 Primary you must:
     • Be a registered voter in the state of Indiana.
     • Attend training,  provided by the Election Board.
     • Have access to transportation.
You will be paid for training, working at the polls and a $25 food allowance. Training will take place between May 21 and May 29, 2020.
There will be some major differences between this primary and previous years. Polling sites have been reduced to seven locations: Arlington Heights Elementary, Bloomington City Hall, City Church, Edgewood High School, Grandview School, Sherwood Oaks Church and Southside Christian Church.
All workers will be supplied a face shield, mask, gloves and plenty of hand sanitizer as well as continuous cleaning throughout the day. There will be someone at each location designated to monitor flow of traffic and social distancing.  
There is a first come first served basis for applicants seeking to work the polls as the time to fill roles and train workers is limited. 
If you are interested in working at a polling location, please contact Orion Saft at [email protected] ASAP
More information can be found at:

The Indiana Democratic Convention is slated for Saturday, June 13 - this will be a virtual meeting
The National Democratic Convention has been moved to August 17-20 in Milwaukee. 



Indiana Democratic Party

A Candidate Tool Box, Precinct Committee Person Handbook, VAN training and links to the Party’s Webinar Training Series can be found at

The Emily's List Training Center:
Training pro-choice Democratic women to run for office - and win

National Democratic Training Committee Webinars
The NDTC has and extensive list of webinars and courses in political management, messaging and communication, fundraising, and running for office. Check out their list of courses at

Monday, May 25, 2020, 1:00pm EDT
How to Communicate Your Message Through Virtual Events!
If you campaign wants to win in 2020, it needs to be able to communicate its message online. During this communications session, you'll learn best practices for building and engaging an online audience while also sharing some best practices for effective virtual events.
RSVP here:

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 1:00-2:00pm ET.Join NDTC CEO Kelly Dietrich for a Q&A. With the COVID-19 outbreak changing just about everything, you need to adapt your campaign.Do you have questions on how to do that? This is your opportunity to ask the questions you have during this time of navigating COVID-19 as you run for office, work on a campaign, or buid your local Democratic party’s infrastructure. RSVP for the training here.

Campaigns & Elections Webinars

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 2:00-3:00pm EDT
Direct Mail in the Time of Covid
COVID-19 has impacted the way campaigns communicate with voters during the 2020 election cycle. This webinar will discuss actionable insights and solutions for campaigns to continue strategically targeting voters and learn how direct mail can be further integrated into campaign strategies.
The United States Postal Service® will also highlight their latest offerings and pinpoint how to leverage these resources to drive winning campaigns through direct mail.
Moderator: Shane D'Aprile, Co-Owner & Co-Publisher, Campaigns & Elections 
Donald Nichols, National Lead of Political Mail, USPS®
Erica Prosser, Senior Vice President, Berlin Rosen
Matt Wylie, Owner & Strategist, Wylie Strategy Group
Sponsored by the USPS
Register here:

The Campaign Workshop

Part of adapting to this new virtual reality is finding innovative ways to capture the attention of both your supporters and potential voters. Now that many of us spend the majority of our time glued to a screen, it's even harder to break through the noise. How to tell a compelling story and engage community members:
 Taking a Long-Term Approach to Non-Profit Storytelling
 Community Advocates: What Does It Take?
 How to Choose the Right Political Direct Mail Printing Paper
How to Win a Campaign Podcasts:
New this week: Episode 7: Door-to-Door Canvassing (feat. Carmen Berkeley)




If you are running for Indiana Convention Delegate you should have received a call to virtual convention from the Democratic Party outlining the process and voting details and asking you to provide additional information to them prior to the convention. If you did not receive this email please contact [email protected]. Note: due to the short time between the primary and the Indiana Democratic Convention all candidates for convention delegate are receiving this information but only those who are actually selected in the primary (that would be all candidates running in District 1 or 3 where there fewer than candidates than spots and the top 16 vote winners in Districts 2 and 4) will participate.

In Memorium:

Annie Glenn passed away last week at age 100 of complications from the Covid-19 virus. She never went into space or ran for office but was a major force anyway. Here’s Connie Schultz’s moving tribute.

Betty Cockrum got her early experience in government and politics right here in Bloomington. She was a powerful force in Indiana for many years... both in government and at Planned Parenthood. She always had class and will be sadly missed.
State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes) made the following statement in response to the tragic news:
“I am saddened beyond words to hear of Betty’s passing. Betty was a hero and an inspiration to many and a constant fighter for women in the Hoosier state. But, to me, Betty was much more than that. She was a close friend and a constant source of support and encouragement both personally and in my political career. During her 15 years with Planned Parenthood, she demonstrated the utmost integrity and courage, even in the face of constant harassment and threats. Betty’s strength to always do what was right and her fighting spirit will be remembered for years to come. Women across Indiana have lost a champion. She will be sorely missed.”

And here is a Memorium from her family:
Former Indiana state budget director and former leader of Planned Parenthood Betty Cockrum passes away
67-year-old advocate was a warrior for the underprivileged and vulnerable citizens of Indiana and Kentucky
INDIANAPOLIS – It is with great sorrow that the family of Betty Lou Fuller Cockrum, former Indiana State Budget Director and leader of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, announces her passing over the weekend.
“Betty Cockrum was so many things to so many people,” read a statement from her sons. “Countless lives touched, careers built, families supported, jobs created, storms weathered and mountains moved. While she was busy changing the world for the better, for us, she was just ‘Mom.’”
“She was not supposed to leave us so soon,” they added. “She had so much left that she wanted to do, more lives to touch, and much more mothering and grandmothering to do. We will cherish all that she has gifted us, which is more love, wisdom and guidance than most will ever know.”
Ms. Cockrum served as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood for 15 years. Under her leadership, Planned Parenthood went through several mergers to become what it is today, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. Prior to joining Planned Parenthood, Cockrum served as the state budget director and head of the Department of Administration for former Indiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon and earlier as Bloomington's city controller after working for the Bloomington Redevelopment Department. 
“Betty ran a tight ship at Bloomington City Hall and brought street smarts and passion to state government in every job she took on,” said John Goss, former deputy mayor of Bloomington.
The youngest of eight children, Cockrum was born March 25, 1953 on a 40-acre hog farm outside Wolcottville, Ind. in LaGrange County. She attended Ball State University after graduating high school and earned her bachelor’s degree in 2006 from Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis.
Ms. Cockrum is survived by her two sons and her four grandchildren. Arrangements are pending. Her sons have asked that in the spirit of her passion and career, that donations be made in her name to the Julian Center for victims of domestic violence:

Dr. Woody Myers has selected former State Representative Linda Lawson to be his running mate and the next Lieutenant Governor of Indiana! Linda is an example to all Hoosiers of what can be accomplished with hard work and determination. Indiana needs her intelligence and grit now more than ever, and Woody is honored she has agreed to be his partner on the ticket.Linda has always been a trailblazer, and she’s never turned away from the call to serve. She broke barriers as the first female police officer in the Hammond Police Department and shattered the glass ceiling by earning a promotion to captain. She served on the Hammond School Board for 12 years. And she represented her community for 20 years in the Indiana House, becoming the first woman to lead a caucus in the chamber.Linda’s experience as a leader in law enforcement, in public education, and in the General Assembly make her the perfect partner for Woody in leading Indiana out of the current pandemic and economic downturn.The Myers-Lawson ticket is just what Indiana needs to take on whatever crisis comes next: A physician and successful business owner alongside a legislative leader, former school board member, and law enforcement veteran. Hoosiers couldn’t ask for a better combined resume from two highly accomplished professionals.
Welcome Linda by supporting the Myers/Lawson campaign today.

contact the Monroe County Democratic Party at [email protected]

Some Useful Websites in the fight against Covid-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Covid-19 Resources for Bloomington, Ellettsville & Monroe County

No Space For Hate Covid-19 Mutual Aid
Are you homebound and in need of help getting access to groceries and other supplies? For your friends and neighbors who are homebound and quarantined, are you willing to help make grocery deliveries and supply runs? for your neighborhood

Open for Bloomington - support for local restaurants (note site may take some time to load)

Unemployment Information:
Indiana Department of Workforce Development


BOARD AND COMMISSION OPENINGS: A great way to get involved and learn about how government works in Monroe County and Bloomington and to make a difference in your community:

For information City Commissions that have vacancies at this time, contact the office of the City Clerk or check to see the nature of the board or commission, recent minutes and actions, and how that particular vacancy is filled.

The Monroe County Board of Commissioners invites you to apply to serve on a Board or Commission! There are immediate openings on a number of these bodies, including: Animal Management, Environmental Commission, and the Human Rights Commission. For information on each of them, see The application is available in a tab at the right side of the boards page. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Thomas ([email protected]). 


In this time of uncertainty, check prior to leaving for any meeting...

Through December 31, 2020
VOTES FOR WOMEN: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Monroe County
Monroe County History Center, 202 E. 6th St., Bloomington
Commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution granting women the right to vote with a year-long exhibition in the Deckard Education Room. Featuring Monroe County women involved in the struggle for suffrage in the context of the State and National suffrage movements based on the research of Hilary Fleck and supported by the May Wright Sewall Fellowship from Indiana Humanities. Sponsored by The Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial, the Monroe County Bicentennial, the City of  Bloomington, and Monroe County NOW

Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 7:00pm
It's time to Get Out The Vote! Please join Team Shelli for a Virtual GOTV Rally on Zoom. 
RSVP to [email protected] to get your zoom link

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 3:00pm
SURGE Film viewing and conversation with actress and activist Alyssa Milano, U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, A'shanti Gholar of Emerge America, and the directors of the upcoming SURGE documentary, Hannah Rosenzweig and Wendy Sachs.
We thought 2018 was the most critical election of our lives, but 2020 is literally turning into the election of life and death. Our future depends on the 2020 election and not just the presidential one. It depends on us turning out record high numbers to vote, and securing more women in every political office, at all levels across the country. 
SURGE is about the record number of first-time female candidates who ran, won and upended politics in the historic, barrier-breaking 2018 midterm elections. Lauren Underwood, the youngest black woman to ever be elected to Congress, is featured in the film, and as a nurse and public health expert, she's on the congressional frontlines of COVID-19. The film is not only about women running for office, but about women getting behind women running. It's about grassroots activism and about turning out the female vote.  
To learn more about the event and RSVP click here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 5:00 pm EDT 
Demand Safe Voting Virtual Townhall with Elizabeth Warren & special guests
Sponsored by Indivisible & Warren Democrats
Elections are the heartbeat of our democracy -- Americans shouldn’t be forced to choose between their right to vote and their safety. We need to act now to expand access to vote by mail, including mailing every registered voter a ballot, safer in-person voting locations, and expanded early voting periods. 
Click here to RSVP for this live event 

Friday, June 5, 2020 - DWC Monthly Breakfast - we will be meeting again on Zoom and Facebook Live in June - full details upcoming.

June 5-7 - #wearorange weekend
While we're all staying at home or working jobs deemed essential, we'll all Wear Orange on June 5th for National Gun Violence Awareness Day. We Wear Orange to honor the more than 100 Americans shot and killed every day and the hundreds more wounded.
Our local Moms Demand Action have planned a few activities to allow people to mark Wear Orange weekend while socially distancing:
* posting "Wear Orange/We Can End Gun Violence" yard signs (we will deliver to your door)
* painting orange rocks with gun violence awareness messages and dropping them off at the Square in front of the Peace statue (as per attached) -- great activity to do with kiddos
* distributing orange lanterns (with kite string to avoid environmental damage) for launching on the night of June 5th. 
There is a limited supply of signs and lanterns, so please contact Rachael Guglielmo to let them know if you'd like one and they’ll let you know if they can get it to you! 
Post photos on social media using the hashtag #WearOrange. Connect with the Bloomington chapter of Moms Demand Action on Facebook here. Watch this video to learn more about why we #WearOrange.


1. Support our endorsed candidates as they negotiate an unprecedented primary session.

2. The Democratic Party is still looking for a couple of clerks to work the polls on Primary Election Day. The Republican Party may also be looking for additional workers and democrats may serve as republican workers if the republican party cannot fill their slots. If you are interested in working at a polling location on June 2 for either party, please contact Orion Saft at [email protected] ASAP
More information can be found at:

3. Renew your membership in the DWC for 2020 (see below) and get involved with the DWC - there are ways you can contribute beyond your membership support...Our most urgent need is for help with our Social Media: we are looking for women to help us maintain and keep our social media pages up to date and to contribute to writing and/or editing the Monday Morning News. A couple of our long time writers will be unavailable after this spring. This doesn’t necessarily require a major time commitment. If you’re interested please email us at [email protected]



Todd Young:
(202) 224-5623

Mike Braun
(202) 224-4814
(317) 822-8240

Trey Hollingsworth
(202) 225-5315 (U.S. House) or (812) 288-3999 (Jeffersonville Office)

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