Monday Morning News March 27, 2017

This weekend’s rain notwithstanding, the world is looking just a bit brighter after the Republican Party’s cruel bid to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act died an ignominious death after House Republicans pulled the bill due to lack of support. Kudos to DWC members who were among the legions of Americans who protested, attended town halls, petitioned their representatives, and jammed congressional phone lines to save health care for the nation.

Turning now to an event dedicated to maintaining the health of the Democratic Women's Caucus--


Democratic Women's Caucus Murder Mystery
Saturday, April 29th, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Monroe County History Center Museum
, 202 E 6th St, Bloomington

It is April 29th 1970, fifty years after the 19th amendment ensured women the right to vote.
As a new decade ushers in limitless possibilities, you have been invited to the Monroe County History Center Museum for the annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Gala, celebrating the pioneering suffragettes and their fight for equality. It is an elegant affair, where Washington insiders sip champagne with stunning socialites, mop topped British rockers dance with sultry mavens of Soul, and intellectual elite debate with roguish revolutionaries. Hidden among the ancient tomes and historic artifacts, are cryptic secrets, and mysterious untold stories.
The problem is, one of you is a murderer!!!

General Admission Tickets include:
-Admission to the event
-A custom written character (you will receive a short character description ahead of time). There are roles for introverts and extroverts, don't worry!
-A generous donation to the Monroe County Democratic Women's Caucus: An organization dedicated to funding, inspiring, recruiting, and training local female progressive pro-choice candidates for public office.
-Appetizer buffet
-Two complimentary drinks
-Access to museum with guided tour
-A chance to win prizes

Get your ticket at this link:

You'll probably want to sponsor this event, so here are the details!

To sponsor, or for more information, please email Amanda Barge at [email protected]
All sponsorships are available with monthly payment options.

Shirley Chisholm Sponsorship
"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair."
$500 includes 4 tickets, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more

Gloria Steinem Sponsorship
"A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men."
$250 includes 2 tickets, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more

Dolores Huerta Sponsor:
"Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world".
$100, includes 1 ticket, DWC items, official event sponsorship advertising and more


Action Item


Elizabeth Warren's This Fight is our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class will be available April 18th
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a new book coming out this spring, one that continues her battle for progressive economics. Warren's "This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class" will be published April 18.
     From the publisher: This Fight Is Our Fight tells eye-opening stories about her battles in the Senate and vividly describes the experiences of hard-working Americans who have too often been given the short end of the stick. Elizabeth Warren has had enough of phony promises and a government that no longer serves its people--she won’t sit down, she won’t be silenced, and she will fight back.

ACLU Summer Institute -- opportunity for high school juniors and seniors
The ACLU is now accepting applications for a week long advocacy training and leadership development seminar at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., from July 29 – August 5, 2017.
The ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute will bring together a diverse group of high school juniors and seniors from across the United States to participate in an advanced, firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates. Through an intensive eight-day program, students will learn directly from lawyers, lobbyists, community activists, and other experts working to defend the civil rights and liberties critical to a free and open society. Information and application info:

Get More Involved in the DWC!!

The DWC Steering Committee is the group that organizes and manages the business of the DWC. We do much of our work through smaller groups or committees, and we welcome help from the membership to bring fresh ideas and hands to the work of running our operation.
    •    Program Committee - Planning meetings and programs, outreach to build membership; inform current members; education; notification
    •    Fundraising and Events - track goals, inspire attendees to donate; analyze and expand efforts; plan social events (movie nights, etc.)
    •    Communications (Monday Morning News, website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc) - outreach to build membership/inform current members
    •    Training - prepare candidates as well as workers to help candidates and causes
    •    Membership - outreach, goals, retention, renewals

To get involved, go to the DWC website at or email [email protected] and let us know what goals you want to work towards.  If you have special skills, please note that as well. We'd love to have you working with us!!
And don't forget to like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter!


MCDP After Hours
TODAY, Monday, March 27, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
The Tap, 101 N. College Ave.
Join your fellow Democrats for a beer, a bite, and some good conversation. We look forward to seeing you!

Women's Leadership Development
Thursday, March 30, 5:00 pm at City Hall Atrium and Council Chambers
The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women will hold the 2017 Women's Leadership Development Event "Linking Arms for Social Justice: If Not You, Then Who?" from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. on March 30 at City Hall. There is no fee or registration required to participate in the event. The Women's Leadership Development Event gives women the opportunity to learn how to get involved and make a difference in their community and is held annually as part of Women's History Month. The event will include a panel discussion entitled "Battling Fear and Hatred of the 'Other' Women - Certain Immigrants, People of Color, People of Certain Religions." There will also be an award presentation to the 2017 Emerging Leader, DWC Member Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer.

Where's Trey?
Friday, March 31, 5:30 p.m.
Outside the Liberty Ball Room and Banquet Center, 2100 S. Liberty Drive, Bloomington 47403
"Tennessee Trey" has been too busy scheming to deprive 24 million Americans of health coverage to meet with his constituents, but he seems to have found time to come to Bloomington to meet with Republicans who are willing to pony up cold hard cash in exchange for his ear. Join Democracy for Monroe County as they ask Trey to do his job and meet with the rest of the folks he's getting paid (and lifetime health insurance) to represent.

Pay Equity: Lilly Ledbetter's Story and You
Sunday, April 2, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers at City Hall, 401 N. Morton

Tired of unequal pay? Did you know that women need to have worked ALL of 2016 and until April 4th of this year to earn what a man made in 2016 alone? Do you know about Lilly Ledbetter and her struggle to get paid back for YEARS of doing the same job as men, but getting paid significantly less?

The Monroe County Women's Commission and the City of Bloomington's Commission on the Status of Women have joined to produce a panel on Pay Equity. Panelists include Lynn Duggan, Associate Professor of Labor Studies at IU; Linda Lawson, Indiana State Representative from District 1; Quincy Sauer, Attorney with Macey and Swanson in Indianapolis; and Emma Cannon, Senior from Bloomington High School North. There will also be a representative of the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.

This is a kid friendly event. Crayons and a special coloring book will be available for children.

Pay Equity Day
April 4. All Day.
See note above.

Monroe County Democratic Party - Annual FDR Gala
Thursday, April 6, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Fountain Square Ballroom
Save the date for the Monroe County Democratic Party's annual FDR Gala! This event is a great way to meet fellow Democrats and learn about the party organization. The fundraiser is an opportunity to support the party organization, as it works on behalf of candidates and office holders, and in the pursuit of advancing Democratic ideals and good governance at all levels. Admission to this evening of food, beverage, and good company is by suggested donation, but no one will be turned away if unable to contribute. RSVP here, or by e-mail to [email protected] today.

League of Women Voters Legislative Update
Saturday, April 8, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
City Council Chambers at City Hall, 401 N. Morton

This is the last update of the legislative session.

League of Women Voters Monthly Meeting
Saturday, April 8, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Monroe County Public Library, Room 1C-1B

Tax March - Indianapolis

Saturday, April 15, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
575 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46204-1510

Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised that he would release his tax returns "later." Then, just a few days after Trump assumed office, his top adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said that he wouldn't release his tax returns ever, because the American people "don't care." We're here to say that we do care. Join your fellow Hoosiers at the IRS building in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 15, 2017, to march and show Donald Trump that he owes us transparency. Two-thirds of Americans are concerned that he may be putting his interests ahead of the country's. Until we see his tax returns, we can't know for sure. Hosted by Hamilton County #Resist. For further information, click here.

March for Science Indianapolis

Saturday, April 22, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Indiana State House
We are marching in support of publicly funded and publicly communicated Science as a pillar of Hoosier freedom and prosperity. We think it is critical that policymakers support and incorporate scientific research into their decision making. We are calling on policymakers to support Science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest. This is a nonpartisan march to highlight the mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence and enact policies against the public interest. If you're a concerned Hoosiers—a scientist, engineer, programmer, entrepreneur, teacher, student, lawyer, doctor—anyone who is passionate about Science, click here.

People's Climate March Indianapolis
Saturday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Park, 550 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis 46204
On the 100th day of the Trump administration We the People in Indiana and across the United States will take to the streets to advance solutions to the climate crisis that are rooted in racial, social, and economic justice and committed to protecting frontline communities and workers. For further information, click here.

Indiana State Democrats Hoosier Hospitality Dinner
U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto &
U.S. Congressman, DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison
Indiana Convention Center
Friday, May 5, Check in and Cocktail hour at 6:00 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m.


The month of April brings showers… and Tax Day. With April 15 looming, many of us are thinking about taxes—our own and Trump’s. Why won’t he join every president since Richard Nixon in making public his tax returns? What is he hiding? Extensive business interests in Russia that might help explain his otherwise mysterious admiration for Vladimir Putin? Inquiring minds want to know… But the tax returns are only a small fraction of the documents the American public needs to see. On day 1 of the Trump presidency, the ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Office of Government Ethics and three other government offices demanding access to key documents regarding the president’s conflicts of interest. Please join the ACLU in the fight for transparency and truth by signing its online petition to the Office of Government Ethics requesting that the American public be given access to any and all information pertaining to Donald J. Trump’s actual or potential conflicts of interest.

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.

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