Monday Morning News - September 21, 2015

Early Voting starts soon.  Deadline to register voters is Monday, October 5
The Monroe County Election Board has approved the hours for Early Voting:

  • October 19 – 23  (Monday through Friday) 9 a.m. to 6 pm..
  • October 24 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • October 26 – 30  (Monday through Friday) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • October 31  (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • November 2  (Monday8 a.m. to Noon 

Go to Election Central at 401 W. Seventh Street Bloomington.  Call 812-349-2612 or 812-349-2690 for questions.
*Register prospective voters online at with a valid Indiana driver’s license or state identification card.



  • September 30 deadline for showing support
  • Apply for Indiana Senate Democratic Internship


  • DISCUSSION: “Voices of Economic Justice,”
  • Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor to Speak on "Understanding the Teenage Brain"
  • Candidate Forums @ City Hall Council Chambers
  • MCDP JJ Dinner - RSVP by 9/24
  • Dedication for Women in Government Plaza honoring Sophia Travis


September 30 deadline for showing support for Shelli Yoder

From Regina Moore... 

Women, Men, Supporters, Friends,

You’ve heard that Shelli Yoder is running for the 9th Congressional District Democratic Nomination in the primary in 2016.  She’s been our candidate before and we’re all thrilled that she’s taken on this race again.  Shelli won the primary in 2012 in a field of FIVE viable candidates by listening and responding to people the way they would like to be heard by their Congressperson. WE know Shelli is an incredible candidate, works her campaign with passion, charm and an incredible sense of commitment.  She’s a model for ANY candidate!

Shelli’s 2016 campaign will be different in one respect….  The DCCC and Emily’s List have acknowledged that, since this is an open seat, they MIGHT be interested in looking further into the profile of the district and the candidate.  But we all know they make these decisions to help a candidate on two things.

Money and Polling numbers

They’ve suggested to Shelli that one way she show viability is in raising $200,000 by the end of the first reporting period of her campaign, September 30, 2015. This is an unprecedented hurdle, asked of few other candidates.

Shelli’s been on the phone, day and night, every spare moment to achieve this goal. But we need to do our part, too.  We, as women, men, supporters and friends need to help her get the attention of these two groups. We need to make an investment in the type of representation that WE want.

We need to write checks right now!

The address is Shelli Yoder for Indiana, PO Box 6654, Bloomington, IN 47407.  Or, give online at

Let’s bundle all our checks together… please be as generous as you possibly can before 9/30/15.  Let’s even get our friends and neighbors and book club friends and sports team families and PTO parents and ‘girls night-out’ friends to contribute, so we can achieve this high goal!

Shelli will be our representative TO Congress, not FROM Congress to that little district in Indiana.

Apply for Indiana Senate Democratic Internship

Each year, the Indiana State Senate offers Hoosier students a chance to participate in their state government. Spring semester internships are available to college sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent college graduates who are Indiana residents or are enrolled at an in-state university.

The 2016 Senate Internship will begin in January and end in mid-March. The Senate Democrats hire legislative interns who work directly with one or two lawmakers, as well as interns specializing in the fields of communications, law, policy and public finance. The deadline to submit an application for the 2016 program is October 31. 

More information about the Indiana Senate Democratic Internship program

Submit an online application



DISCUSSION: “Voices of Economic Justice,” Kent Wong, founding president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Wednesday September 23, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Asian Cultural Center
The first part of the series will feature a discussion led by Kent Wong, who served as the Founding President of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), a national organization committed to educating and advocating for civil and human rights and addressing the workplace issues of its 660,000 APA union members. Wong is currently the Director of the Center for Labor Research and Education at UCLA, where he teaches Labor Studies and Asian American Studies. He writes extensively on labor issues, and co-edited Teaching for Change: Popular Education and the Labor Movement. This event is the first of a three-part series that will examine the historical significance and contemporary labor issues affecting the Asian diaspora. Understanding the consequences and impact of US labor laws, policies, trade agreements, and employment discriminatory practices is essential to unpacking the historical, contemporary, and complex labor issues related to the Asian diaspora. 

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor Presentation
Monday, September 28, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Bloomington High School North Auditorium
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, neuroanatomist and best-selling author of My Stroke of Insight, will be presenting on “Understanding the Teenage Brain.”  Dr. Taylor is a Harvard-trained brain scientist and was featured in the first TED talk to go viral.  She experienced a rare form of stroke in 1996 and took 8 years to fully recover.  She has been an advocate for those who have experienced neurological trauma and created a not-for-profit organization focused on providing educational services and promoting programs related to the advancement of brain awareness, appreciation, exploration, education, injury prevention, neurological recovery, and the value of movement on mental and physical health. The event is free but you must get tickets at Up to 10 tickets can be reserved at a time, and printed or shown on a smart phone.

Candidate Forums:
September 28, League of Women Voters Candidate Forum, Mayor and Council at large candidates, City Hall Council Chambers, 7 P.M.
September 29, League of Women Voters Candidate Forum, City Council District 1 and 3 candidates, City Hall Council Chambers, 7 P.M.
September 30, League of Women Voters Candidate Forum, Ellettsville Town Council Seats 2 and 3 Candidates, Ellettsville Fire Department, Training and Conference Room, 7 P.M.
Speaking of the League of Women Voters, check out their newsletter.

Monroe County Democratic Party JJ Dinner
Thursday, October 1
Doors open at 6:00pm and Program starts at 7:00pm Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center
The Jefferson-Jackson dinner is the main fundraising effort used to support the local Democratic Party.  Funds raised will go to support a new headquarters and invest in strategies to organize volunteers and mobilize voters.  Tickets: $50, Students: $35; $100 for program sponsorship; $400 for a table (seats 8); $500 for table and program sponsorship.  Click here to purchase tickets September 24, please.

Dedication for Women in Government Plaza Honoring Sophia Travis
Sunday, October 4, 1-3 p.m. 
Everyone in Monroe County is invited to attend the dedication for the Women in Government Plaza at the Courthouse honoring the late County Councilor and community activist Sophia Travis. Commissioned by artist Dale Enochs the Friends of Sophia Travis have designed a seating plaza to honor women who serve our government: past, present and future. There will be food trucks, music and great speakers! Bring your picnic blanket to the south side of the Courthouse Square on Sunday, October 4 from 1-3 p.m. to see the unveiling of the plaza that will be a gift for our county for years to come! This celebratory event will happen rain or shine!

The DWC is open to progressives regardless of gender or sexual orientation.  Join any time.  Only $20 for one year’s membership.  Join online here.

From National Women's History Project

Please Help Make American Women Visible

600,000 People Asked for a Woman on the $20      
- What We Got Was A Major Downgrade

Earlier this year, our campaign to get a woman on paper money went viral. Hundreds of thousands of people like you took to the idea, and voted to choose Harriet Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.   Then, in June, the Treasury Department announced that it would be putting a woman on the $10 bill -- or rather, that a woman would share the $10 bill with Alexander Hamilton.  This isn't what hundreds of thousands of people asked for.

It currently features the face of our seventh president Andrew Jackson, known more today for his disastrous mistreatment of native Americans and active role in slave trading than for any other aspect of his legacy. Ironically, Jackson is also known for his hatred of paper money! There is nothing that makes more sense than booting Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill and replacing him with the inspirational and powerful former slave and freedom fighter Harriet Tubman. 

Please add your name to the petition asking the White House and the Treasury Department to properly respond to the Women on 20s petition and put a woman's portrait on the $20 bill!  Sign the petition here.

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