Monday Morning News - September 2, 2019

It's again time for a DWC Breakfast, Village Deli, 7:30 am this coming Friday (September 6th).
The importance of women's voices on governmental boards and commissions is as important as women's voices in elected positions in local, state and federal governmental bodies. We'll explore these governmental commissions and how citizens are appointed to them. If you serve on a board or commission, city or county or state, and want to share your experience with the group, please email [email protected]. We'd like to hear your voice!

How did you celebrate Labor Day? Antique Car Show? Boating? Catching up after a weekend of festivals and dancing?
It seems as if the original intent of this federal holiday has been fogged by modern day life and concerns. Labor Day Parades, Union Picnics with family, and celebrations have given way to the occasional meme on Facebook or Twitter.
We offer you this post from the Facebook Page "A Mighty Girl" and their blogs and reading lists so that you can extend your Labor Day into the coming months. In addition to reading about our heroes Frances Perkins and Dolores Huerta, there are more selections here: "Work & Labor" book section at

And speaking of Dolores Huerta, she will be speaking at Franklin Hall's Presidents Hall on September 19th from 7-9 pm as part of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations at IU. Find more about the event here:


Action Items



Blue Drinks - The return of Women, Politics & Cocktails
One of the things that came up frequently during our listening sessions was that DWC members wanted increased opportunities to meet with each other in ways that weren’t confined to our Breakfasts or a defined program… so we’re bringing back the Politics and Cocktail Hours. Join us at Truffles on Friday, September 20 at 5:30pm for our next event. More details closer to the date.

DWC Training Series….
We are planning a series of trainings as we head into 2020 to be held on the second Tuesday of each month at Democratic Headquarters. Details are still in the works but the first DWC Training will be held on Oct. 8 under the broad topic - Why not you and why NOT you? - we’ll look at why women run, why you should run, how you can help women run and provide some information on the contested offices in 2020, their requirements and how to file for them. Members Dee Owens, Penny Githens, and Regina Moore recently conducted a session on candidate training in French Lick's IDEA. Topics of "How do voters make their decisions," "Follow-up Voter Contact," and "Framing Messages" may be incorporated into some of the Tuesday Training Sessions. More info to come in future editions of the MMN.

DWC Steering Committee Membership:
At the last DWC Breakfast the membership ratified Michelle Bright as a new steering committee member, her term will expire in 2020. The Steering Committee has been talking to several women who are interested in joining the committee and, as directed by the Bylaws, we will present an additional member for a term that expires in 2020, for ratification at the next breakfast. The S.C. also decided to wait until the annual elections to fill the remaining two open S.C. positions that will expire this year.
Nominations are open for the DWC Steering Committee are now open:
December is fast approaching as are elections to the DWC Steering Committee.
The following positions will be up for election:
Vice Chair:
and 5 at-large positions.
The Steering Committee is a working board… we meet on the third Saturday of the month at 10am and also . If you have questions about serving on the Steering Committee, about duties of the officers and at-large members, would like to nominate yourself or someone else for the Steering Committee, or you are a member who would like to serve on the Nominating Committee to help develop a slate for the December elections, please contact Carolyn VandeWiele at [email protected].

Are you creative, skilled at writing, a social media expert?? - THE DWC NEEDS YOU!!
We are looking for a few good women to join our Monday Morning News and Social Media Team to help keep our membership informed - if you can help - contact us at [email protected].

Endorsement Review Committee:
Jillian Kinzie is heading up an ENDORSEMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE with the intent of having a finished document in late fall ready for review by the membership so that we can have a finalized process ready prior to the start of the 2020 Election session. If you are interested in contributing to this process please email us at [email protected].

Your thoughts are always welcome: We welcome your thoughts on DWC events and issues….Please share your thoughts on this organization as we move forward, in our community and our state. For those brilliant ideas that come in the middle of the night! Email [email protected].



Friday, September 6, 2019, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Griffin Realty Offices, 735 S. College Ave.
Time to launch the Fall Campaign Season for the 2019 City Election!
Join your neighbors from across the City, and meet Sue Sgambelluri - Democratic Candidate for Bloomington City Council District 2. Share your ideas, enjoy lively discussion, and hear more about her priorities for our city.
Contributions of all sizes are welcome and appreciated.
Can't make it to the event?
Please visit and click on "Contribute". Thanks!


The Kamala Harris Campaign has boots on the ground in our community gathering signatures on the Presidential Ballot Access Petitions for Monroe County. If you are interested in this essential (and interesting) campaign volunteer opportunity, contact [email protected].

THE THIRD DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE will be in Houston, Texas, on September 12 and will be hosted by ABC. The qualifications for participating in this debate are more stringent as explained in this article from VOX.

The MCDP will be at several upcoming community events, and needs your help to staff the booths and march in the parades! Please contact Kaisa at [email protected] to sign up for a shift (or two) or if you have any questions.
Monroe County Fall Festival: Staffing needed Thursday, September 19th through Saturday, September 21st, and we will be in the parade on Saturday at noon.
Stinesville Quarry Festival: Staffing needed Thursday, September 26th through Saturday, September 28th, and we will be in the parade on Saturday at 2pm.
MidWay Music Festival: Staffing needed on Saturday, October 5th

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:
The office of the City Clerk announces a vacant position on the Bloomington Commission on Sustainability. This position is available for city residents 18 years of age or older. The BCOS promotes economic development, environmental health, and social equity in the community for present and future generations. The commission gathers and disseminates information; promotes practical initiatives, and measures, monitors, and reports on the community’s progress towards sustainability.
For information on this position, or other 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 here: If you have any questions, please contact Julie Thomas ([email protected]).



Thursday, September 5, 1 pm
Voting Equipment Public Demonstration
Nat U. Hill Courtroom in the Courthouse
On behalf of the entire Election Board, the Monroe County Clerk is pleased and honored to invite Monroe County Commissioners, Monroe County Council, Party Chairs, Indiana University, Monroe County Citizens and visitors to the community, to a public demonstration of the proposed voting equipment for Monroe County.
The vendor will be on site to address any and all questions or concerns.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 11:00am-11:00pm
Refugees Welcome Here Dine & Donate
BJ’s Restaurant, 411 S. College Mall Road
see Sept. 2 event for full details

Thursday, September 5, 2019, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Go Granny D Play and Reception
Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, 615 W. 43rd Street, Indianapolis
A 45 minute play featuring the professional actress/musician team of Barbara Bates Smith and Jeff Sebens and drawn from two Granny D memoirs. It highlights Granny D’s 3200 mile crusade to pass campaign finance reform in 2000, which precipitated the passage of McCain-Feingold. A discussion and reception will follow the event and all proceeds will benefit Common Cause Indiana’s work to strengthen democracy in the Hoosier state.

Friday, September 6, 2019, 7:30 am
DWC Monthly Breakfast
The Village Deli, 409 E. Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington
Stay tuned for further information about the speaker and program.

Friday, September 6, 2019, 9:30-11:00 am
All-Options Drop-in Volunteer Action Hours
All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, 1014 S. Walnut St.
Have you ever wanted to get involved with All-Options, but aren't sure about making a long-term commitment? Would you like to do some hands-on work in a judgment-free, supportive environment? Join All-Options for drop-in volunteer time -- usually the first Friday of every month. They will have projects available for you to jump right in. All ages welcome! Facebook event page:

Friday, September 6, 2019, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Sue Sgambelluri For Council Fall Campaign Launch & Fundraiser
Griffin Realty Offices, 735 S. College Ave.
see above for full details

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Community-wide Middle Way House Volunteer Training
Bloomington Transit Downtown Terminal, 301 S. Walnut St.
Help believe and support survivors with meaningful alternatives to living with violence by volunteering with Middle Way House! You can attend the training, even if your schedule won't allow you to make an immediate commitment so that you are ready to begin when your schedule allows! All volunteers must participate in one of their eight-hour volunteer training sessions held throughout the year. There is NO pre-registration required for the training; you may complete the volunteer application and bring it with you to the training, or complete it during the lunch break. For more information about volunteer positions, visit: For questions or additional information, contact Evelyn Smith, community outreach coordinator: [email protected]

Sunday September 8, 2019, 4:00-7:00 pm
5th Annual Hamilton Family Picnic
Bryan Park, Henderson Shelter
Join Mayor John Hamilton and Dawn Johnsen for the 5th annual Hamilton Friends and Family Picnic. Enjoy food from BBQ Train and listen to great music by Huckleberry Funk! Meet your Democratic municipal candidates as well as 2020 candidates for state and federal office.

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 5:30-7:00 pm
Indiana House Democratic Caucus Fundraiser
Nick's English Hut, 423 E. Kirkwood Ave.

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 7:45-9:00 am
Wake Up! with United Way - Homelessness: Unpacking the Point in Time Count
The Mill, 642 N. Madison St.
Is homelessness on the rise locally? Nationally? How do we know what the trends are, and who makes up this population? Join United Way on September 12th, as the Rev. Forrest Gilmore, Executive Director of Shalom Community Center, takes us through the data, as well as the volunteer-intensive process for gathering it each year. Your $10 ticket will cover the cost of breakfast, with remaining proceeds supporting United Way of Monroe County's efforts to address our community's critical needs today, while reducing those needs tomorrow. Facebook event page (with link to purchase ticket):

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Moms Demand Action September Meeting
Monroe County Public Library room 2A
RSVP Here. Facebook event page:

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Monroe County Now September Chapter Meeting
Bloomington City Hall, Room 135
Hear from committees to see what we're up to and learn how you can volunteer and join.
Special guest Nic Weinard presenting on CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women). To learn more about CEDAW, visit
This meeting is open to all and is kid friendly.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 5:00 pm
Trevor Potter lecture
Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Moot Court Room, 211 S. Indiana Ave.
This Constitution Day lecturer will speak to the dangers posed to our democracy by our flawed system of campaign finance.

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 7-9:00 pm
Dolores Huerta at IU as part of Hispanic Heritage Month
Presidents Hall in Franklin Hall
information for this incredible opportunity to hear on of the most iconic women in Labor today can be found

Thursday, September 20, 2019, 5:30
BLUE Drinks Women in Politics Cocktail Hour
Truffles on College Mall Road

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 4:00 pm
Charlie vs. Goliath
Unitarian Universalist Church, 2120 N. Fee Ln.
This documentary shows how a political unknown mounts a shoestring campaign for the US Senate in Wyoming.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Third Annual South Central Opioid Summit
Monroe County Convention Center, 302 S. College Ave., Bloomington
The 3rd Annual Opioid Summit will be held September 24, 2019, at the Monroe County Convention Center. More details to come! Save the date! Facebook event page:

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 10:30 am-5:30 pm
The Summit
Monroe County Public Library
The Summit will connect and empower citizens on various issues facing women, transgender, and non-binary individuals in Monroe County and beyond. Community experts will create a safe space for discussion and education on wellness, healthcare access, homelessness, politics, jobs, recovery, and more. Free. Age 13 and up. Light refreshments available courtesy of Bloomingfoods, Hopscotch Coffee, and Two Sticks Bakery. Donations for period products (tampons, pads, unused cups) will be accepted throughout the day, and will be distributed equally between Shalom Community Center and Middle Way House at the end of The Summit. Free chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis C, and HIV testing is available onsite. Syringe services, harm reduction, and naloxone distribution/training will also be available. Visit the Facebook event page for more details and to see the schedule of events:

Sunday, October 27, 2019 2-3 pm
SD-SDI Membership Meeting and Panel Discussion
Unity Center in Spencer, IN
The main portion of this meeting will be a panel discussion with three Hoosier LGBTQI+ candidates who recently ran or are running in places not typically seen as "queer" friendly districts. The panelists are: Nick Dunlap, Richmond City Council At-large 2019, Joe Lannan, IN House District 63 2018, and
Janet Rummel, Owen County Council District 1 2018

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 6:00 pm
The Brainwashing of My Dad
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave.
This groundbreaking documentary by filmmaker Jen Senko examines the rise of right-wing media through the lens of her father, whose immersion in its daily propaganda radicalized him and whose new fanaticism rocked the very foundation of their family. Following the program, there will be a guided discussion with media experts offering tips on how to break free of the social media bubble.



As Congress returns to session after the Labor Day holiday.... continue to call out your representatives on all the important issues....

Todd Young:
(202) 224-5623

Mike Braun
(202) 224-4814

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


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