Monday Morning News 7 September 2015

Thanks to all who came out for our Labor Day Breakfast meeting on Friday.  Thanks to Carolyn VandeWiele for preparing the music, to Regina Moore, Amy Swain, Charlotte Zietlow, Senator Vi Simpson and Dee Owens who reported on the few women of labor we talked about: The women of Lowell, Mother Mary Harris Jones, Frances Perkins, The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire victims and Lilly Ledbetter. 

We've heard several nice comments from folks who liked the program, including this blog from 'elderblogger', aka Dee Owens' dad Gerald E. Stinson (age 88.5) who attended. 

As we promised, here is a list of resources we used: books, music, and a few other things we've found along the way. 
Have a great time exploring some of these for your Labor Day 'holiday.'  


  • Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, Studs Terkel
  • Triangle: The Fire that Changed America, David Von Drehle
  • The Woman behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and the Minimum Wage, Kirstin Downey
  • Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond, Lilly Ledbetter with Lanier Scott Isom.
  • A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn
  • Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich

Music – Labor Related Songs

Other internet sources:




From DWC member Sally Gaskill, who has frequently visited Susan B Anthony's home: 
      Seems that on August 26th (Women's Equality Day, of course!) researchers at the University of Rochester's Susan B Anthony Center launched a twitter campaign using the hashtag #SueBSays. They hope to tweet wisdom from SBA on racism, domestic violence, and other issues we face today by examining her letters. Sounds like fun! Follow @UofR_SBAC

From DWC members who are friends of Middle Way House:
     Middle Way House is conducting Mission Tours of the shelter. Tours are 75 minutes long, and highlight several facets of the whole Middle Way program. If you’d like to check out more information for the tours, please see the link below which will list dates and times.  A reservation is required.  You'll see the intake process, the roof garden, the Rise, New Wings and the child care center.!reserve/c6kj?blm_aid=19713

also -- 
Openings on city Boards and Commissions
Leadership Bloomington - Monroe County

An Evening with Glenda Ritz on Making our Schools Safe for LGBTQ Students
Democratic Club Lunch
Campaign Family Kick-off
IFDW Fall Meeting
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor to Speak on "Understanding the Teenage Brain"
Candidate Forums @ City Hall Council Chambers
MCDP JJ Dinner


City Board and Commission Openings
     Mentioned last week, but the council and mayor's office are still taking applications for openings on these boards and commissions:

  • Bloomington Arts Commission
  • Bloomington Commission on Sustainability
  • Commission on the Status of Black Males
  • Commission on the Status of Children and Youth
  • Environmental Commission
  • MLK Birthday Commission
  • Traffic Commission.
  • Housing Trust Fund Board of Directors (for a banker, low income resident, persons with expertise in not for profit housing and social services)

For information and application materials (including an online application form) or call the City Clerk’s office at 812-349-3408

Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County Class of 2016
     Offered in partnership by Indiana University and the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County prepares emerging leaders to address current and future community needs through a seven-month experiential learning program. In LBMC, participants learn leadership skills they can apply to their career and community involvement. LBMC session topics will include project management, ethics, conflict resolution, communications and strategic partnerships, as well as spotlight community strengths and needs. 
     Applications are due September 15, and class begins October 16. A limited number of scholarships are available for those who would otherwise not be able to participate. For more information and an application, visit or call Kyla Cox Deckard at (812) 855-1182.


An Evening with Glenda Ritz on Making our Schools Safer for LGBTQ Students
Tuesday, September 8, 6:30 pm, Bloomington High School South Auditorium
      The event is free and open to all. Superintendent Ritz will speak on educational policies that affect LGBTQ students and how to make our schools safer for them. To RSVP and invite others, visit Facebook at

The City Planning Process, a program of the League of Women Voters will be held on September 8, 7 p.m. in room 1B at the Monroe County Public Library. You've probably wondered how that big hotel will be allowed to be built on Kirkwood, or how all those student apartments downtown came to be.  Tom Micuda, City of Bloomington Director of Planning and Transportation will discuss the roles of his staff, the Plan Commission, and the City Council in these and all the other planning and zoning issues we've encountered.  It's a fascinating topic, really!

Monroe County Democrats Club lunch is scheduled for September 15, at 11:45 a.m. at Bobby's Colorado Steakhouse on North College.  
Speakers will be the municipal candidates who have contests this fall. Please RSVP to[email protected]

IFDW Fall Meeting
Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      The Indiana Federation of Democratic Women (IFDW) is having its fall meeting at IBEW Local #481, 1828 N. Meridian St., Suite 205.  Registration fee is $15. The meeting will include a public speaking workshop and issues discussion. Send registration fees to Brittany Solis c/o the Indiana Democratic Party, 115 W. Washington St., #1165, Indianapolis, IN 46204,  email her at [email protected], or call 317-504-2853. For questions, email Leona Glazebrooks at [email protected], or Sue Althouse at [email protected].

Campaign Kick Off Event
     A family event for all the municipal candidates this fall, office holders, family, friends and Democrats of all stripes and stars! September 20, 4-7 p.m. at Bryan Park (Henderson Shelter). Promised: a band, Carson's BBQ, games, music, fun!  No cost, but contributions are always, always welcome! So are you!

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
     The Jefferson-Jackson dinner is the main fundraising effort used to support the local Democratic Party. This dinner will be held at the Bloomington-Monroe County Convention Center on Thursday, October 1, 2015. 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
     You must not miss South Bend Mayor, Pete Buttigieg, the keynote speaker. Mayor Pete has been an estimable progressive and pragmatic leader for the City of South Bend. His administration has rigorously tackled problems of housing and blight in South Bend, while keeping the City on strong financial footing and making efficient use of taxpayer dollars.
     Mayor Pete embodies the spirit of public service like few other public officials. During his first term as Mayor, he served for seven months in Afghanistan as a lieutenant in the Navy. Mayor Pete has also made history for being the youngest Mayor of a City of such size (he was elected at the age of 29) and last month, he came out as the first openly gay executive in the state.  These are just a few of the reasons why the Washington Post called Pete “the most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of.”

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.


Since this is our Labor Day edition, and since we've thought a lot about labor and management, and as a result, corporations and their global presence.

“Corporations are people, my friend.” noted by Mitt Romney, unelected in 2012.
      We rejected him, his candidacy and his ideas (and his binders of women).
      While sensible people think this is a ridiculous idea, conservative Justices on the Supreme Court have codified it into our laws. According to the conservative majority on the Court, corporations are in fact people with Constitutional rights.
      The results have been utterly disastrous. Citizens United v. F.E.C. v. F.E.C. -- McCutcheon v. F.E.C. These cases have opened the floodgates for corporate money in our elections. 
      What do you think about End Citizens United's call for a Constitutional amendment to deny corporations Constitutional rights as people?
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