Monday Morning News Sept. 5, 2016


Today's Labor Day Issue brought to you by Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor for FDR.
She was the first woman to serve in a US Cabinet position.
Read more about her here:

Breakfast follow-up:
Thanks to all those who attended the breakfast meeting on the status of women's health in Indiana, focusing on reproductive and women's health issues.  When you think about Mike Pence, think of the MILLION dollars diverted from the Federally funded but state run Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to a contract Real Alternatives, a crisis pregnancy agency. Real Alternatives is based in Pennsylvania and has contracted services to Michigan and Indiana.  The TANF money is supposed to support vulnerable families with children and provides cash assistance for use in rent, child care and food.
Read more here:

Thanks so much to these great, smart, compassionate women who work in this field who shared their knowledge and expertise:
*Shelly Dodson, Director, All Options Pregnancy Resource Center,
*Wanda Savala, Community Engagement Coordinator, Planned Parenthood of Indiana & Kentucky,
*Linda Grove-Paul, Rural Women's Health Care
*Amelia Lahn, Attorney at Law, Pro-bono representation for juveniles seeking abortions
Thanks to member Pam Davidson for doing a fabulous job - tying all these views together and moderating the panel.



DWC Endorsed candidate Jessica McClellan could use help with distributing literature in your neighborhood and at early voting, hosting a yard sign, and writing letters to the editor in September through early November. She has LTE's from the spring on her website that will give you ideas. She also needs walkers to join her in the Ellettsville Fall Festival and Stinesville parades, Sept 17 and Sept 24.
     Contact Jessica at [email protected] or through Facebook.
DWC Endorsed Candidates for County Council at-large Cheryl Munson and Lee Jones are looking for yard sign locations this year.
contact Cheryl at [email protected]. Lee can be reached at [email protected]
Penny Githens running for the State House District 60 could use yard sign locations. Contact her at [email protected]
Amanda Barge and Julie Thomas are looking for yard sign locations as well!  [email protected], [email protected]. They are running for commissioners representing different districts.
Lastly, Joani Shields for Coronor could use a few locations, also. [email protected]


Wednesday, September 7th, 6pm.  
***New Location - 501 N Walnut (corner of 9th and Walnut)
Anyone interested in working in the Hillary Clinton for President campaign PLEASE attend the Launch Party at the New Hillary Headquarters.
The Lanch Party will give information about volunteering, and we'll hear from Mayor Hamilton, Democratic National Convention Indiana Delegation Chair Vi Simpson and delegate Jeanne Smith, among others.
Please indicate that you will come by visiting THIS website:  You'll be apprised of volunteer opportunities and keep up to date with campaign activities in the area.
Please also visit the Facebook page and invite your friends!

Penny Githens volunteer callout sessions:
September 8th, tentatively scheduled at noon and 4 pm (choose one).  Find out how you can help Penny contact voters in both Morgan and Monroe Counties. This is not an easy task and Penny could use your help!  Please email [email protected] for more information.

September 10th, 11:00am to 1 pm
Held at Julie Thomas' house on Russell Road. Julie Thomas and Regina Moore are hosts.
If you think it is ~~imperative~~ that we send Penny Githens to the Statehouse this November, please come to the brunch and donate to her campaign.
A map and directions will be sent to you after you rsvp!  ([email protected])
If you can't attend but want to donate to Penny's Campaign, you can send a check to Penny Githens for Indiana, P.O. Box 1428, Bloomington, IN 47402 or use the donation button on this link:

Hamilton Friends and Family Picnic
September 11, 4-7 p.m.   Bryan Park- North Shelter (Henderson St.)
Please join Mayor John Hamilton and Dawn Johnsen in supporting Indiana Democratic candidates at the 2nd Annual Hamilton Friends and Family Picnic. Join them in giving a warm Bloomington welcome to John Gregg, Christina Hale, Shelli Yoder, Judge Arredondo, and all our local candidates! Everyone is welcome and admission is free.  Live music by the Vallures, food, friendship and some politics.  Bring a side dish or dessert to share if you wish, and a lawn chair or blanket.  This is a family-friendly event.

Indiana Democratic Federation of Women Fall Meeting
September 17, 10am - 3pm
771 Greenwood Springs Drive, Greenwood  IN (Indiana/Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenter's Hall).
Registration is $20 and includes lunch.

City Council 5th District Constituent Meeting
September 24, 10am - 11am, City Hall
City Council member and DWC member Isabel Piedmont-Smith has scheduled monthly constituent meetings this year.  
     The November and December meetings will be on Saturdays: Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.
For a full schedule, please see

Lee Hamilton 9th Congressional District Brunch
September 24, 10:30 am at 300 Spring in Jeffersonville. Support Shelli Yoder in her bid for this congressional seat!
Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes is the featured speaker.
Tickets are $40 ($30 for Ninth District Torchbearers) and may be obtained here:
For more information call Adam Dickey, 9th District Chair at 812-725-2020 or contact [email protected]

From Jessica McClellan County Treasurer
Save the date!
Monday September 26th 5-7pm A Pre-Oktoberfest Fundraiser featuring brats and brews. I couldn't do it without your support! Please mark your calendars and look for more details soon in email and Facebook.


More Diapers!
If you were unable to attend the breakfast meeting and weren't able to contribute a box of diapers to the ALL Options Pregnancy Resource Center, please consider dropping off a box or two at their center at 1014 S. Walnut. The center provides a case of diapers for their clients instead of parsing out 5 diapers at a time as other pregnancy centers do.
More info on the location and mission at this link:
One more thing....

Have you paid your DWC Dues for 2016?
The DWC is dedicated to inspiring, recruiting, training, supporting and funding women to increase the number of progressive, pro-choice women in the political arena. We ALL help with this mission, together, collectively. Make sure you have full rights and privileges of membership!
Only $20 for one year’s membership.  Join online here:

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