Monday Morning News June 26, 2017

Last week the Senate GOP cabal finally released its proposed version of the House bill that will gut the Affordable Care Act. Although they developed it in secret and almost nobody, including the Congressional Budget Office, has had a chance to review and comment on it, Senate leadership wants a vote by July 4th. PLEASE contact our Indiana senators and tell them to vote no on this horrendous legislation. Our lives and the lives of millions of Americans at nearly all but the highest income levels depend on our willingness to scream BLOODY HELL NO!

Senator Joe Donnelly
Washington D.C. Office:(202) 224-4814
Indianapolis Office:  (317) 226-5555    
115 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 100     

Senator Todd Young
Washington D.C. Office:  202-224-5623
Indianapolis Office: 317-226-6700                      
46 East Ohio Street, Suite 462   

Action Items


From members Rachel Guglielmo and Regina Moore:

On May 22, Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, announced a new initiative to “train and encourage” high school and college-aged young women to find a place in the political arena. “Rise To Run” brings together female leaders from myriad perspectives, on and offline, to prepare a generation of young women to take on powerful political roles in this country.
We're excited that a pilot will be in Bloomington, focusing on young progressive women in our community who will be the future leaders of tomorrow!


Rachel Guglielmo [email protected], 812-361-1610;

Regina Moore [email protected]  812-340-2496

The Indiana Commission for Women is accepting nominations for the 2017 Torchbearer Awards. Recipients have overcome adversity, made extraordinary contributions, or been pioneers throughout their lives. These women can be pioneers in their professional career. They can be advocates who have removed barriers to women's full participation in all aspects of society. They can be unsung "sheroes" who have made considerable impact on the advancement of women in Indiana. Visit for more information and to download the nomination form and guidelines. Submitted nomination forms are due by Friday, June 30, 2017, at 5:00pm EST. Recipients of the 2017 Torchbearer Awards will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on September 27, 2017, at the Indiana Historical Society. If you have additional questions, please contact ICW at [email protected] or (317) 232-6720!


Bootcamp! Fundamentals of Community Organizing: How to Build Power and What to Do with It
Saturday, July 1, 9:00-6:30, 1461 W. Bloomfield Road (location may change if over capacity)
What to expect: 

Why it is vital for your organization to focus on power
What it means for your organization to build power
What to do with the power your organization builds

Skills you will develop at the Bootcamp include:

Holding one-to-one organizing meetings
Building the sorts of relationships that enhance your organization
Growing your organization's base
Assembling effective teams
Conducting power analysis/mapping
Executing vital research as an everyday person
Communicating effectively
Organizing dynamic rapid response actions

Trainers from Ohio, New York and Tennessee will be assembling in Bloomington to help strengthen your strategy and toughen your tactics. Registration closes June 28th, so don't delay: register now!

MCDP ‘Your Voice Matters’ Listening Tour

Saturday, July 8, Shifts at 11 a.m., Noon, and 1:00 p.m., Bryan Park Henderson Shelter
Help reach out to members of our community to ask “What do you want from your government?”  We’ll go door to door to lend an ear to voters who want to express concerns about local, state, and national issues. Volunteers will first be trained on how to engage with voters, get a walk packet, and then return to debrief. You do not have to have canvassing experience to attend. If you are new to canvassing, you will be paired up with an experienced canvasser. If you have questions or would like to sign up to help, contact Teri Bleuel.

Freedom Rally - We The People
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Indiana State House
At an event hosted by Hoosiers For Action, celebrate the Constitution and the freedoms that it gives us! Join Hoosier Action to listen to various speakers and to check out like minded organizations from around our great state. More details to come!

League of Women Voters Monthly Meeting
Sunday, July 9, 2:00 - 3:30pm, Monroe County Public Library, Room 2A

Women in Politics Cocktail Hour

Friday, July 14, 6:00pm, Truffles, 1131 S. College Mall Rd.
Join us for a casual cocktail hour and bring a friend.

The Gerrymander Meander
Sunday, July 16, 2:00pm, Childs School
Join a creative event sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Bloomington and Monroe County--REDISTRICTING REFORM: DID THE GERRYMANDER EAT YOUR VOTE? On the eve of Elbridge Gerry’s birthday, July 16, the LWVBMC will sponsor a leisurely walk around the borders between Indiana House districts 60, 61, and 62. In 1812, Gerry lent his name to just such an oddly shaped bit of creative district - drawing around Boston that resembled a salamander, thus the name “Gerrymander.”  They need helpers as well as walkers. If you’d like to help with this event, contact George Hegeman (812-336-2709)

2017 Pridefest
Saturday, August 26, 3:00 - 11:00pm, Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington Pride-sponsored Summerfest, Bloomington's annual celebration of LGBTQ+ life and culture, now has a new name: Pridefest. This year's festival takes place August 26 on Kirkwood Ave (between Walnut & Lincoln Streets). We'll have live performers, music, family-friendly activities, educational booths, and local food trucks. Performers: Interested in joining us? Visit our website to submit an application. Local and regional acts preferred. Information at:

First Annual Monroe County Government Opioid and Prescription Drug Summit

Thursday, Sept. 28,, 9:00am, Monroe County Convention Center
Commissioner Amanda Barge, Councilwoman Shelli Yoder and Monroe County Government officials are teaming up to provide leadership on this issue for this region. This event is for anyone who has an interest in this issue and being part of the solution. CEU's will be offered.
If your organization wants to sponsor this event, please email Shelli at: [email protected]
If you are interested in presenting at the event, or having a booth, please email Amanda at: [email protected]



AND Join the DWC in 2017. It's important to stay organized and energized! Renew your membership today. 
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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