Monday Morning News May 11, 2015

It was victories on May 5th for almost all of our endorsed candidates in the primary election!! Isabel Piedmont-Smith (City Council District 5) and Allison Chopra (City Council District 3) ran in contested races and won, and Dorothy Granger (City Council District 2) and Nicole Bolden (Clerk) were unopposed in their races.  Philippa Guthrie lost a close race against incumbent Dave Rollo in District 4 (by 85 votes).  Great job by all candidates, and many thanks to DWC members who lent their support to these women as they campaigned and all the way through Election Day.  It was another proud day for the DWC and yet more evidence of the effectiveness of our mission. 


Learning and Training Opportunities
Summer Volunteers for Planned Parenthood
Calendar -
   Hillary for Indiana Grassroots Organizing Meeting
   Monroe County Democrats' Club Meeting
   Rock Lotto
   Boards and Commission openings
Invite a Friend to Join the DWC
Call to Action


Learn About Local Government:

Both of these locally conducted FREE classes present an inside look as to how local government works. Highly recommended by those DWC members who have participated.

2015 Citizens' Academy Class
To encourage more civic involvement through a basic understanding of City services, the HAND Department developed the Citizens' Academy. The Academy is a nine-week program that provides thirty participants with an interactive learning experience about City services, programs and responsibilities. Through the sessions with various City Departments, the participants learn about the challenges to city government, budget limitations, day-to-day operations and mandates.

Please feel free to submit an Online Application. The application will put you on the 2015 Citizens' Academy waiting list and you will be contacted. In the meantime, you may contact Vickie Provine at 812-349-3505 or [email protected] should you have further questions.  2015 Classes will be held every Thursday, Sept. 3 through Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m.

Monroe County Citizen's Academy
The Monroe County Citizens’ Academy provides Monroe County residents with an in-depth look at the functions of county government and will educate residents on the “behind the scenes” activities of local government.  The 2015 class just ended, but check the website for an application for the next one:

Political Training at the State Level:

Indiana State Democratic Party - From Mindy Rogers, Statewide Municipal Field Director.
Since the beginning of the year the State Party has been very busy working to support and provide training for our Municipal Candidates.  Many candidates have already taken advantage of these opportunities! In keeping with it's commitment to train, the party announced this year’s Municipal Candidate Boot Camp scheduled for Saturday May 16, 2015 at Carpenters Union Hall located at 711 Greenwood Springs Blvd, Greenwood, IN 46143, from 10:00 – 5:15 EST. This event is free and open to everyone but it is designed for General Election Municipal Candidates.  Candidates and their staff members are encouraged to attend.  This will be an amazing opportunity for folks to learn what goes into a successful campaign and come together with Democrats from across the state as we prepare for an exciting campaign season!

See the link below for the event flier and to RSVP online.  For questions or to RSVP by phone or email, contact Mindy Rogers at 317-231-7107 or [email protected] .

Especially for Women:

Indiana Federation of Democratic Women

Center for American Women in Politics

Emily’s List

Emerge America

Elect Women

Because the majority of our undergraduates are gone for the summer, Planned Parenthood of Indiana & Kentucky’s (PPINK) needs patient escorts at their Bloomington clinic. Two shifts are available on Thursday mornings:  8:15-9:45 am or 9:45–11:15 am.  Every other week or even once a month will help.  This is a summer commitment, though they'd welcome volunteers to continue if interested and able.

Patient Escorts provide patients with judgment-free and safe access to the clinic’s services.  Escorts walk patients from their cars into the clinic. Their role is to distract patients from protestors and lend support simply by being there.  Protestors are non-aggressive and primarily interested in sidewalk counseling. A security officer is on site outside of the clinic.

 For additional information or to apply, please contact:

Deborah Meader [email protected]
812-345-0930 - please leave a message


Hillary for Indiana Grassroots Organizing Meeting
There is a grassroots organizing meeting to kickoff support for Hillary's campaign in Indiana on Saturday, May 16th at 1:00 PM at the IBEW Local #481 in Indianapolis.  RSVP at:

Monroe County Democrats' Club Meeting
The Monroe County Democrats' Club will meet on Tuesday, May 19, at 11:45 a.m. at the American Legion, 1800 W. Third St., Bloomington. State Representative Matt Pierce will give the Club his "legislative update" concerning the recent Indiana assembly session. The public is invited to attend.

Fundraiser for Feminist Candidates

On Thursday, May 21, 5:30 p.m. at The Fringe, 719 E. St. Claire St., Indianapolis, please join the National Organization for Women's "NOW of Indiana PAC" in a fundraiser to "Say no to discrimination, say no to Mike Pence."  Cost is $5 at the door and includes wine and appetizers.  NOW doesn't discriminate, so if you can't cover the cost, attend anyway.  All are welcome.  Anti-Pence buttons will be provided.  Speakers include State Senator Karen Tallian and Representative Sue Errington, among others. 

Fundraiser for Courthouse Community Gathering Place inspired by Sophia Travis

The first night of the Rock Lotto fundraiser took place on May 8th at The Bishop at Fourth and Walnut. Kenny Childers performed some of Sophia Travis's songs, David Britton performed a stand up comedy set and Brad Wilhelm was the SuperMC. Musicians and vocalists at the event placed their names in a hat. Names were then chosen randomly in groups to form 'new' bands.  Each band is now taking the next two weeks to practice and prepare music for the second part of the event.  On May 24th at The Bishop, these new bands will perform.  We'll get to see what the bands have created with their diverse talents! It's fun!  It's entertaining!  It's the most unusual fundraiser yet!  Proceeds go to the Sophia Travis Memorial Fund to fund benches to be placed on the courthouse square inspired by Sophia's civic service.  Cost for this second night is $12.

Regina Moore, Bloomington City Clerk has announced that applications for current vacancies for the following Boards and Commissions are now being accepted:

  • Bloomington Arts Commission
  • Board of Housing Quality Appeals
  • Commission on the Status of Black Males
  • Commission on the Status of Children and Youth
  • Environmental Commission
  • Housing Quality Appeals Board
  • Housing Trust Fund Board of Directors -- Requires representation from one of 4 areas—banking, low income, not for profit housing, social services
  • Traffic Commission
  • Urban Enterprise Association 1 zone resident, 1 zone business

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. City Boards and Commissions are citizen-staffed and operated, and serve to advise the Common Council and the Administration on issues affecting Bloomington. For the most part they are open to residents of the city.

A complete list and description of Boards and Commissions as well as application materials may be found at Information and applications also are available at the City Clerk’s Office in Showers City Hall at 401 N. Morton, and at 812-349-3408.

Ask a friend, co-worker or colleague who is interested in learning more about making a positive impact on the presence of women in office to accompany you to our monthly breakfast or to one of the local political events.
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.                 


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