Monday Morning News - September 30, 2019

Breakfast meeting FRIDAY!! October 4, 2019 at the Village Deli.


We'll be honored to host State Senator Karen Tallian from Northwest Indiana this Friday morning. She is running for the Indiana State Attorney General, a nomination that will take place at the Indiana State Convention next summer. Karen is running at full steam right now, covering the state to make sure that Democrats take this important seat. And if you don't know the exact significance of this necessary change, Senator Vi Simpson will completely inform us as she introduces Senator Tallian to our meeting.
We will also be bundling checks** for Karen, so don't forget your checkbook or credit card! If you would like to use this link, you may donate online:

And for reading more about the Senator, check these links:

**Although you could look up the term "Bundling checks" and find that many folks want favors, access, or plum appointments when the candidate wins, we will just be wanting a good woman in the office of Attorney General who will actually serve the people of Indiana!



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**Isabel Piedmont Smith, Dorothy Granger, Allison Chopra:

Isabel Piedmont Smith noted in a press release this week that she, Dorothy Granger and Allison Chopra will present a resolution to the city council that would recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day in Bloomington. This is on the council agenda for October 2.

"Our state name means the 'land of the Indians,' but we know that European settlers displaced many American Indian tribes or First Nations since the 18th century," said Piedmont-Smith. "This resolution is a small step toward recognizing the legacy of these native peoples, their continued cultural impact, and the history of mistreatment in the state and region that we are still working to overcome."

Fall meeting - Saturday, October 5th, 9am - 3pm
IBEW Local #481, 1828 N. Meridian Street, Suite #205, Indianapolis

Special Guests:
Cindy Jenks, President of the National Federation of Democratic Women and
DNC Executive Board Member, and Virgie Rollins (DNC Member representing the NFDW and Chair of the Black Caucus)

Registration begins at 9:00am, Meeting is 10:00am to 3:00pm, Cost is $20.00 which includes lunch.
Send pre-registration by mail to R. Murray, 262 Crestwood Dr., Roanoke, IN 46783

If you are interested in carpooling, send a note to [email protected]

On October 8th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at Democratic Headquarters, the DWC will hold the first of a Series of Training Sessions for women who are interested in campaigns, either as a candidate or as staff to a candidate.
State Senator Vi Simpson and former City Clerk Regina Moore will lead participants in a series of questions about what to think about before you commit to running for office. Get started off on the right foot, and clearly understand what the commitment means, how campaigning and serving will affect your life. NB: There are surprises here!
There will also be a Q&A Panel with women who will share their experiences, good and bad, about running and serving. Reserve your space by emailing [email protected] at your earliest convenience. Bring that friend who would make a good candidate!

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

**DWC Steering Committee Membership:
Nominations 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. 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].

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]



Come canvass with SUE!
Sue will be knocking doors and meeting neighbors in Ridgefield and Sugarberry this weekend.
Meet at Sue's House (3909 N Whitewood Way) at 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 5th and let's tackle 60+ doors!
Email ([email protected]) or text (812.345.3215) to get more details and let us know you're coming.

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Matlock Heights House Gathering & Listening Tour - Hosted by Markus & Stephanie Dickinson
2301 N Dunn Street

Sunday, October 13, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Blue Ridge House Gathering & Listening Tour - Hosted by Tony & Julia Armstrong
3328 N Ramble Road Court

Please visit or Sue Sgambelluri for City Council on Facebook to share your ideas, find out how to get involved, or to make a contribution.


A new West Side Democratic Collective is forming to bring West Side (Richland, Bean Blossom, Indian Creek & VanBuren) Democrats together to promote political activity in the area and to recruit and support democratic candidates in these Townships.
The West Side Democratic Collective is sponsoring a coffee and conversation gathering Saturday, October 5 at the Ellettsville Branch Library, 600 W. Temperance, from 10 am to noon. Democracy Lab members, elected officials and potential candidates are cordially invited to attend this inaugural event for the voters in Bean Blossom, Richland, Indian Creek, and Van Buren Townships and to display brochures or flyers from your group or campaign on an “information table.” The members of the Collective hope to encourage more active participation by voters in these townships and your group may be just what some of them are seeking. If you would like to provide printed material, please deliver it to Kaisa at MCDP headquarters marked for the West Side Collective during office hours or email [email protected] to make other arrangements.
Coffee and treats provided (see Events for full details).

The Monroe County Democratic Party announced that Taegan Bolden-Davis will be their next Executive Director.
The inaugural Executive Director, Kaisa Goodman, has faithfully served the party since March of 2018, working with two MCDP Chairs and countless campaigns and elected officials. Kaisa will continue to serve as Executive Director through the November 5, 2019 election, at which point Taegan will step in as the new Executive Director. MCDP is excited for the experience and vision that Taegan brings to the Party, especially as we move into the critical 2020 election season.

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.
MidWay Music Festival: Staffing needed on Saturday, October 5th from noon to 5 pm.
Ongoing Tabling at the Farmers Market Saturday mornings

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]).

The Monroe County Parks and Recreation Board is seeking a new member. This position is appointed by the Mayor of the City of Bloomington. Interested candidates must reside within the city limits and cannot be a Republican.
The Monroe County Parks and Recreation Board oversees the M.C. Parks and Recreation Department (, which exists to provide quality parks, recreation and educational programs; promote appreciation of environmental and cultural resources; and preserve green space with in the county.
Facilities and programs include: Karst Farm Park, Will Detmer Park, Flatwoods Park, Jackson Creek Park, The Karst Greenway, The Splash Pad, Karst Dog Park, the Drone Zone at Flatwoods, the Karst Athletic Complex, Youth and Adult Programming and a brand new collaboration with the Indiana Limestone Symposium.
The Parks & Recreation Board meets the third Wednesday of every month at 3:30pm in Room 100B in the Showers Building. Board members serve a four-year term. The current members are Evelyn Harrell, Joe Goss, Amy Thompson, Kevin Dogan, Carolyn VandeWiele and Phil Cornwell.
A full listing of the duties of the Board can be found at:
If you are interested in this position please contact MCPR Director Kelli Witmer at [email protected]



Thursday October 3- Saturday, October 5, 2019, 8:00am - 11:00pm
Be Golden Empowerment Conference
Various locations around Bloomington, Indiana
2019 Schedule:
The third annual Be Golden conference includes yoga, workshops, panel discussions, and after parties with 30+ speakers from all over the world! Keynote speaker, Sonya Renee Taylor. This conference is for all people who support gender equity. Session tracks include Branding & Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Sex & Wellness, and Social Justice. Click here for tickets and more info. Can't afford a ticket? Contact [email protected].

Thursday, October 3, 2019, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
DFMC October Link Up: A Discussion on Sustainability In Bloomington
Monroe County Public Library Room 2A
Concerned about climate change and how it affects Bloomington? What does it mean for the City of Bloomington to have a long-standing commitment to sustainability? Join local activists and elected officials for a panel on local policies and practices on sustainability!
Panelists: Daniel Bingham, Dave Rollo, City Council President and District IV Representative, Kate Rosenbarger
Gather at 6:00 PM to talk, Program begins at 6:30 PM.

Saturday October 5, 2019 10:00am - Noon
West Side Democratic Collective (WSDC) Kickoff Event
Ellettsville Library Branch (600 W. Temperance St., Ellettsville)
We are kicking off the West Side Democratic Collective with a coffee and donuts meet and greet!
Come meet some of your friends, neighbors and west side MCDP leadership as we kick off our efforts to bring West Side Dems together. We'll meet up at the wonderfully renovated and kid-friendly Ellettsville Branch of the Monroe County Public Library. Coffee and treats provided
See you there! #WSDC

Sunday October 6, 2019, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Tenth Annual Democracy For Monroe County Picnic and Disc Golf Tournament
Karst Farm Park, 2450 S. Endwright Road
Tickets: $15.00 single adult / $25.00 Family (one or two adults and children 17 and under)
For Tickets:
Disc Golf Tournament Entry Fee: $10.00 / Grand Prize $50.00 Bloomingbucks
Get out your discs and start practicing for the Tenth Annual Democracy For Monroe County Picnic and Disc Golf Tournament. Enjoy good food, good music, and good friends while helping support Democracy for Monroe County (DFMC) in its mission to recruit, train, and support socially and economically progressive candidates at the local, state, and federal levels. There will also be a silent auction of fine gifts.

Sunday October 6, 2019, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sue Sgambelluri For City Council: Matlock Heights House Gathering and Listening Tour
2301 N Dunn Street
Join your neighbors and meet Sue Sgambelluri, Candidate for Bloomington City Council District 2.
Share your ideas, enjoy a lively discussion, and hear more about her priorities for our city.
Hosted by Markus & Stephanie Dickinson.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:00pm-7:00pm
DWC Training Session: What To Think About Before Committing To Run For Office
Democracy Lab, Democratic HQ, 116 S. Madison Street
State Senator Vi Simpson and former City Clerk Regina Moore will lead participants in a series of questions about what to think about before you commit to running for office. Get started off on the right foot, and clearly understand what the commitment means, how campaigning and serving will affect your life. NB: There are surprises here!
There will also be a Q&A Panel with women who will share their experiences, good and bad, about running and serving. Reserve your space by emailing [email protected] at your earliest convenience.Bring that friend who would make a good candidate!

Thursday October 10, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Monroe County Democratic Party Fall Dinner
Monroe Convention Center, Duke Energy Rooms
Cocktail Hour 6-7pm, Dinner at 7:00pm
Featuring special guests Senator Eddie Melton and Dr. Woody Myers!
Book signing by Bob Blaemire, author of “Birch Bayh: Making A Difference”
Tickets: General Admission: $70/each. Students: $40/each.
MCDP will not let price be a barrier to attendance for anyone interested in attending. Please let us know if you would like a sponsored ticket or if you would like to sponsor another community member's ticket.
RSVP and make sponsorship pledges to [email protected] or 812-272-3439.

Sunday, October 13, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Sue Sgambelluri For City Council: Blue Ridge House Gathering and Listening Tour
3328 N Ramble Road Court
Join your neighbors and meet Sue Sgambelluri, Candidate for Bloomington City Council District 2.
Share your ideas, enjoy a lively discussion, and hear more about her priorities for our city.
Hosted by Tony & Julia Armstrong.

Saturday, October 19, 2:00pm-4:00pm
The Power of the Black Vote
Bloomington City Hall Council Chambers, 401 N. Morton St.
Hosted by the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus.
Facebook event here.
Panelists Include: Eddie Melton, Indiana State Senator; Jada Bee, Core Council of Bloomington Black Lives Matter; Rafi Hasan, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator of Monroe County Community School Corporation; Dr. Stephanie Power-Carter, Adjunct Faculty of African-American & African Diaspora Studies

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.

Sunday, October 27, 2019 2:00pm-3:00pm
SD-SDI Membership Meeting and Panel Discussion
Unity Center in Spencer, IN
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



1. Check in with Sue Sgambelluri’s campaign to share your thoughts about the City Council, make a donation to her campaign and find out how you can help her win on Nov. 5.

2. From Liz Feitl - how you can support the UAW Local 440 union members on strike:
The workers received their last check from GM on Friday, September 20. Each striker will receive $250 strike pay and will be working 8 hours each week picket duty in four hour shifts.
They don't have huge refrigeration capabilities so non perishables are best. The union did receive a 7 1/2 cubic freezer to hold ice.
Here's a list of items they can use:
A) canned goods (beans-all types; peas; corn; potatoes, tomatoes or other canned goods, including fruits, or anything else canned)
B) rice; stuffing mixes; other non perishable sides
C) cereals‎
D) gift cards (grocery store...Kroger, since it's union is preferred; gas station; credit card company gift cards)
E) diapers and baby wipes
F) toiletries...soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, toothpaste...any personal hygiene products

The union address is:
UAW Local 440, 1411 H Street, Bedford IN 47421
There are 8 strike stations with tents set up at each location. There's a map at the union hall.
The GM plant address to support the picketers on strike is 105 GM Drive, Bedford, IN 47421-1558



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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