monday morning news October 9, 2017

Breakfast meeting attendees heard some ideas about how to start a campaign for office. Tips for organizing, funding, and conducting a run for public office were discussed, and members who had run for office added some personal tips. There are any number of offices open for next year, at all levels of government from township board through Senator.  Slots on the ballot in May will include all Democratic Precinct Committeepersons, and delegate slots for the Indiana State Convention (June 15-16, 2018 in Indianapolis) where we'll nominate the Democratic candidates for Secretary of State, State Auditor and State Treasurer.  Filing begins on January 10th and ends at NOON on February 9th


Our Women in Politics Cocktail Hour, a little more casual in nature, focused more on the problems that women have in running. Local women who have run shared some of their experiences --some funny, some shocking, all particular to women's candidacies.  Attendees were presented with a goodie bag from member Matthew Metz. He brought these back from Columbus from the United State of Women conference, and we thank him for the T-shirts, and campaign books!

We'll be planning more training, longer sessions targeted toward specific aspects of running and managing a campaign, as the fall continues.  Watch for Circuit Training in January.


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In December the DWC conducts elections for two of the four Steering Committee offices, and several seat on the Steering Committee. If you are interested, please email Amy Swain at [email protected] or any steering committee member. Make sure your membership is up to date as members only will be voting on this issue.

Your Voice Matters Canvass
October 21 and October 28
Meet at MCDP Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St., Bloomington

Help reach out to members of our community to ask “What do you want from your government?” We’ll go door to door to lend an ear to voters who want to express concerns about local, state, and national issues. Volunteers will first be trained on how to engage with voters, get a walk packet, and then return to debrief. You do not have to have canvassing experience to attend. If you are new to canvassing, you will be paired up with an experienced canvasser. If you have questions or would like to sign up to help, contact Matthew Metz or Jack McGrew or visit the MCDP Facebook page.
The October 14th date has been cancelled due to IU Homecoming

MCDP Fall Meeting
Monday, October 16th at 6:30 p.m.
Bloomington City Council Chambers

The Monroe County Democratic Party will hold it's general fall meeting on Monday October 16.
Precinct Committee members are encouraged to attend. All are welcome, and please RSVP via Facebook.

Democracy for Monroe County Meeting: Racial Justice for Black Americans
Thursday, October 12th at 6:00 p.m.
The Runnin' Crab, 2038 N. Walnut St.

This will be a discussion on racial justice in our country and our community with William Hosea, host of WFHB's program Bring It On, which addresses issues of justice in the local African-American community. Hosea is the Chair of the Monroe County Democratic Black Caucus. He'll be joined by Stanley Njuguna, leader of Students Against State Violence at IU and featured speaker at the Inaugurate the Revolution event here in Bloomington.  
Click here for more information.

Monroe County Democrats’ Club Meeting
Tuesday, October 17th at 11:30 a.m.
DeAngelo’s Restaurant, 2620 E. 3rd St., Bloomington
The Club will honor another "Home Town Hero," our long-time city council member, Tim Mayer
Lunch is $11 which includes choice of salad and soup or salad with chicken or shrimp plus a non-alcoholic beverage, tax and tip. (Pay and place your order as you enter.) Please RSVP to give restaurant an accurate count: [email protected]

Jackson Screening
Sunday, November 5, 3:00 pm
Waldron Art Center's Whikehart Auditorium, Bloomington

Common Cause Indiana and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington's Reproductive Justice Task Force are sponsoring a screening of the film Jackson followed by a panel discussion. Tickets $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Ceramics for sale. All proceeds benefit Common Cause Indiana in their fight to end gerrymandering.
NEW INFORMATION! Tickets available at Yarns Unlimited or by emailing [email protected]
Seats are limited, so reserve yours in advance!

Monroe County Democratic Dinner
November 9th, The Fields, 1333 S Fenbrook
6 pm cocktails, 7 pm dinner

Tickets are $70 for adults, $40 for students and $20 for cocktails only.
Sponsorship information at [email protected]. Use the same email for ordering a full table for 8.


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