Monday Morning News - March 3, 2020 - March madness is upon us....

Are you attending the Women's History Month Lunch and would you like to sit with fellow DWC members at a reserved table? Email us at dwcannoucements@gmail.com. See DWC Announcements for full details....

It's Breakfast Time Again!!!! At our breakfast meeting this month we will visit with candidates who applied for endorsement by the DWC and were recommended by the Endorsement Committee for the 2020 Primary/General Election. Candidates will have time for a short statement after which the members will vote on the endorsements. Our Endorsement Committee was hard at work all weekend reviewing documents, running back ground checks and interviewing our candidates. We have a jam packed schedule with 11 candidates recommended – Shelli Yoder - State Senate District 40, Tiffany Grant - State Rep. District 60, Alyssa Bailey - State Rep. District 62, Paula Staley - State Rep. District 65, Julie Thomas - County Commissioner, District 2, Penny Githens - County Commissioner, District 3, Cheryl Munson - County Council At-Large, Jessica McClellan - Treasurer, Valeri Haughton - Circuit Court Judge, Division 2, Seat 6, Kara Krothe - Circuit Court Judge, Division 8, Seat 5, & Joani Shields - Coroner – so come on time and be ready to listen. To help you make your decision and for those who can’t attend the breakfast we will be sending out a special MMN with candidate statements. In addition, all members who were paid up by the deadline will receive a ballot by email along with instructions on how to vote. As previously, you will be able to vote in person, by email or provide a written signed proxy for someone else to vote for you. See you at the Village Deli on Friday morning - 7:30am sharp!!

Apologies for the late MMN - our regular writer for this week is out of town and it really was a jam packed weekend! Did we mention we're looking for women to help us out?

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Monday Morning News -- February 24, 2020

They’re baaaack…. No, we’re not talking about the ghosts from the 1982 horror flick Poltergeist but about Russian bots, trolls, and hackers already busy interfering in our election. And to no one’s surprise, their efforts to undermine the foundations of our democracy are being aided and abetted by the Republican Party, from the president, who fired Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire for outing Russian meddling, to the spineless congressmen whose interest in national security fell short of holding a lawless Trump accountable for soliciting Ukrainian “assistance” in an investigation designed to smear Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Closer to home, Republicans in the state legislature continue their efforts to disenfranchise Hoosier voters. Voting rights advocates for the Indiana League of Women Voters report:

“SB334 passed out of the House Elections and Apportionment committee Thursday by a vote of 6-4. As written, SB334 allows the state to remove voters from the voter registration list without notifying them that they have been removed. Without language requiring voter notification, SB334 will be in violation of the National Voter Registration Act. It will end up in court just as the unconstitutional Cross-Check program did, costing the citizens of Indiana even more tax dollars.

There is a strong possibility of at least one amendment adding the necessary notification language being introduced this week during the Bill’s second reading. Call or write your Representative today and tell them to support any Second Reading amendment that adds notification language to SB334.”

Even if you’ve already called, call again ASAP. Democracy depends on it.

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Monday Morning News -- February 17, 2020

The DWC held a training last Saturday (2/15) and during her presentation on messaging, Dee Owens quoted the third paragraph of the following excerpt from an article by Dr. George Lakoff on 9/11/11 entitled “The use of 9/11 to consolidate conservative power: Intimidation via framing”
“Democracy is defined by a simple morality: We Americans care about our fellow citizens, we act on that care and build trust, and we do our best not just for ourselves, our families, and our friends and neighbors, but for our country. Americans are called upon to share an equal responsibility to work together to secure a safe and prosperous future for their families and nations.
“The conservative consolidation of power violates this most basic of democratic principles. It replaces social and personal responsibility with personal responsibility alone. It approves of the government over our lives by corporations for their own profit, and hence sees government by, of, and for the people as immoral and to be eliminated.
The conservative move to defund government is a means, not an end. What conservatives really want is to run the country and the world on conservative principles: to control reproduction (no abortion); to control what is taught (no public education); to control religion (conservative Christianity); to control race and language (mass deportation of Hispanics immigrants); to guarantee cheap labor (no unions); to continue white domination (no affirmative action); to continue straight domination (no gay marriage); to control markets (eliminate regulation, taxation, unions, worker rights, and tort cases); to control transportation (privatize freeways); to control elections (institute bars to voting).”

The loss of “democracy,” of the shared responsibility of citizens to and for each other and the damage that is currently being done to the value, reputation and infrastructure of our governmental institutions is going to be a lasting legacy of many of the people who currently “represent us” in the State House and on the National scene. It is going to be difficult to repair this damage and to institute change but it can be done.
The 2020 Election cycle is now in full swing both nationally and here in Monroe County. There are several contested democratic primary races this year but even in uncontested races candidates will benefit from starting early to get their messages out to voters. Now is the time for all of us to engage in our civic responsibilities which include not only the act of voting, but also ensuring that our friends are registered and able to vote, and that we are getting the education to make an informed decision about the candidates we support and vote for. 
Over the next few weeks the DWC will be interviewing candidates who seek endorsement this year and we hope to bring those recommendation to the membership to vote on at the March 6 breakfast. We will also endeavor to keep you abreast of political happenings through this newsletter and social media and encourage you to take a look at all the candidates, attend meet & greets, forums and other events that will let you know who is running for office and whether or not they are willing to share an equal responsibility to work together to secure a safe and prosperous future for all of us. See you all out there….

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Monday Morning News -- February 10, 2020

The DWC had a busy day on Friday, February 6….

At our monthly breakfast we were visited by Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer and Jenny Robinson from the Indiana Coalition For Public Education. They spoke about the difficulties facing our Public Education System in the state. From the replacement of our elected State Superintendent with a superintendent appointed by the governor, to the pressures of flawed mandatory tests that replace educational time with learning to the test, to the squeeze placed on public school budgets and the loss of financial stability created by the diversion of funds to voucher and Charter programs, and the devaluation of our public school teachers, public education is under attack from all sides. 
Jenny and Cathy spoke to us of the value of public schools where students of different races, ideologies, religions and economic status meet and interact on a daily basis, teaching kids some of the basic tenets of living in a democracy. While they were quick to admit that public schools have not always fulfilled their promise and obligations to all students, the stretching of finite educational resources over ever greater numbers of schools is setting our schools up to deteriorate further. Loss of local control over curricula and lack of transparency in the use of financial resources have separated us from what our children are learning and has led to the devaluation and loss of opportunity for students whose passions take them in directions that aren’t “valued” by those making the decisions. Consolidation and closure of our public schools are causing the loss of community ties, especially in rural areas, and public-private partnerships can close schools mid-semester leaving students scrambling to find alternatives. The premise of “choice” is touted as a benefit of alternatives to public schools but in truth 99.4% of voucher funding in Indiana goes to religious schools who are allowed to discriminate.
20,000 people showed up for Red For Ed day at the Indiana State House and legislators did pay attention. They have made certain gestures to meet some of the concerns expressed by those who spoke during the day; for example they voted to hold schools harmless from the recent test score debacle and have made some efforts to separate those results from teacher evaluations, but there is much yet to be done and some bills will continue to hurt public schools. You can find a list of education bills that made it through half-time in the Indiana Legislature here. And you can find out what ICPE is doing to try to keep education public and how you can join that effort at https://www.indianacoalitionforpubliced.org

Later that evening DWC supporters gathered at The Fields for our Roaring-Twenties Murder Mystery. Our thanks especially to Steering Committee member Olivia Reed and her helpers who coordinated the event. The guests got into the spirit of things with some wonderful roaring twenties outfits. Catering from One World, tasty goodies from Baked! & the Rainbow Bakery as well as drinks from Cardinal Spirits filled our stomachs. A great list of silent auction donations from spa treatments to champagne, pet services and comedy tickets helped us to raise funds for the upcoming political season and Josh Johnson of Mid by Midwest Murder Mysteries kept our brains occupied as we met in dark alleys and under the flickering light, pondered clues and investigated suspicious characters. As with all good whodunits the culprits were unmasked at the end and a good time was had by all. We’ll put photos up on our DWC Facebook page soon.

And now we’re gearing up for the primary season. The filing period has ended so watch this space for information on candidates, endorsement information, trainings, meet & greets, forums and debates over the next few months - all the things that will help us to elect pro-choice, progressive women candidates in 2020. Confirm that all your information is up to date on-line at https://indianavoters.in.gov/ and get ready to vote -early voting starts on April 6, the Indiana Primary is on May 5.

 

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Monday Morning News -- February 5, 2020 - Upcoming Events

REMINDER!!

Breakfast this Friday! 7:30 am, Village Deli, bring a pen! Bring some tampons!

We're lucky to have good friends who are very knowledgeable on what the Indiana Legislature is doing on Education related bills. Jenny Robinson and Debbie Fish from the Indiana Coalition for Public Education will update us on education related bills and their status. They'll also help us focus on an action of writing postcards to legislators (and the Governor), thus the need for a pen. The DWC will provide postage unless you have a few postcard stamps that need to be used up! Please join us!!

Also, When you shop this week at CVS, Kroger, or wherever, please pick up a package of feminine hygiene products. Our state legislature refuses to pass a bill that would remove sales tax from these items, even though they still allow your private plane purchase, or gold bullion purchase to be listed as a tax-free item. There's a certain unfairness in taxing essential hygiene items and not taxing non-essentials. Your donations will be taken to organizations that service women in need.
**If anyone wants to volunteer to take these items after breakfast, please let us know by emailing Chair Carolyn VandeWiele at cvpetdoc@comcast.net

 

NOON DEADLINE to file for office and for State Convention Delegate. See notes below on filing for details. It's easy, it's fun, it's a chance to nominate a candidate at the convention!

 

Then Join your friends at the Roaring Into the 20s: A Democratic Women's Caucus Murder Mystery Fundraiser at The Fields Clubhouse, 1333 S. Fenbrook Ln. It'll be FUN way to support women in their run for office, support training, and helping women with their campaign expenses. It starts at 6:30, we'll have heavy appetizers, surprises, a silent auction of really cool items. More info below. If you might be able to take advantage of a last minute cancellation, please contact Regina Moore at regina.moore@gmail.com, or Olivia Reed at oliviajreed@gmail.com

 

Finally, if you like pie, and you like Penny (Githens) don't miss the redux of Pies for Penny on Sunday, Feb 9th from 2-4 pm at HQ (116 S. Madison). Pies, great Sober Joe Coffee, great people.

 

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Monday Morning News -- February 3, 2020

Deadline Extended!!! It’s not too late to join the fun this Friday evening - purchase your ticket to the Roaring Twenties Murder Mystery Night… have fun and raise money for a good cause - let’s elect women in 2020!!

It's going to be a busy week!!

Breakfast this Friday! 7:30 am, Village Deli, bring a pen! Bring some tampons!

We're lucky to have good friends who are very knowledgeable on what the Indiana Legislature is doing on Education related bills. Jenny Robinson and Debbie Fish from the Indiana Coalition for Public Education will update us on education related bills and their status. They'll also help us focus on an action of writing postcards to legislators (and the Governor), thus the need for a pen. The DWC will provide postage unless you have a few postcard stamps that need to be used up! Please join us!!

Also, When you shop this week at CVS, Kroger, or wherever, please pick up a package of feminine hygiene products. Our state legislature refuses to pass a bill that would remove sales tax from these items, even though they still allow your private plane purchase, or gold bullion purchase to be listed as a tax-free item. There's a certain unfairness in taxing essential hygiene items and not taxing non-essentials. Your donations will be taken to organizations that service women in need.
**If anyone wants to volunteer to take these items after breakfast, please let us know by emailing Chair Carolyn VandeWiele at cvpetdoc@comcast.net.

NOON DEADLINE to file for office and for State Convention Delegate. See notes below on filing for details. It's easy, it's fun, it's a chance to nominate a candidate at the convention!

Then Join your friends at the Roaring Into the 20s: A Democratic Women's Caucus Murder Mystery Fundraiser at The Fields Clubhouse, 1333 S. Fenbrook Ln. It'll be FUN way to support women in their run for office, support training, and helping women with their campaign expenses. It starts at 6:30, we'll have heavy appetizers, surprises, a silent auction of really cool items. More info below. If you might be able to take advantage of a last minute cancellation, please contact Regina Moore at regina.moore@gmail.com, or Olivia Reed at oliviajreed@gmail.com

Finally, if you like pie, and you like Penny (Githens) don't miss the redux of Pies for Penny on Sunday, Feb 9th from 2-4 pm at HQ (116 S. Madison). Pies, great Sober Joe Coffee, great people.

 

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Monday Morning News -- January 27, 2020

SAVE THE DATE: On Friday, February 7 the DWC is hosting two events.

At 7:30am we’ll host our monthly breakfast at the Village Deli: Jenny Robinson and Debbie Fish from the Indiana Coalition for Public Education will update us on Education related bills.  Plus we’ll have a day of action that morning with postcards to legislators and the Governor's Office. And since the state legislature won’t pass a bill removing sales tax from sanitary products, we’ll collect them for organizations with women in need. We’ll have full details in next week’s newsletter.
Then from 6:30 - 9:30pm join us for Roaring Into the 20s: A Democratic Women's Caucus Murder Mystery Fundraiser at The Fields Clubhouse, 1333 S. Fenbrook Ln.Join us for an evening of food, drink, fun and mystery! See below for all the details and to purchase your ticket!Then from 6:30 - 9:30pm join us for Roaring Into the 20s: A Democratic Women's Caucus Murder Mystery Fundraiser at The Fields Clubhouse, 1333 S. Fenbrook Ln.Join us for an evening of food, drink, fun and mystery! See below for all the details and to purchase your ticket!

What may be the most consequential election of our lifetime is 10 months away, the Indiana Legislature is in session, and the Republican supermajority is busily trying to figure out how to keep those pesky voters away from the polls. To that end, they've proposed SB334, which deals with "cleaning up" voter rolls. The information that follows comes from an alert issued by the League of Women Voters of Indiana.

Highlights of the bill include:
*The county elections/voter registration office can send a letter to the address they have on file for any voter if they suspect the voter does not live at that address. If the card is not returned/mailed back to the voter registration office by a given deadline, the voter can be removed from the voting rolls.           
*If a county-issued mailing about voting district boundaries or polling places comes back as undelivered/undeliverable, a voter can be removed from the voting rolls.
*The creation of the Indiana Data Enhancement Association. IDEA will allow Indiana to form partnerships with other states in order to share voter registration information and citizens’ voting histories.  This information will be used by each state to determine whom to remove from the voter rolls. A point system will be used.
*Voter registration offices in Indiana, in certain circumstances, can remove a citizen’s name from the voter rolls without informing them they have been removed or checking on their eligibility to vote.

Here's a link to the bill itself: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2020/bills/senate/334#document-c5ba0758

Please contact your state senator and urge him or her to vote "nay" on this pernicious attempt to disenfranchise our citizens. See action items below.

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Monday Morning News -- January 13, 2020

We are now two weeks into the new year and looking forward to the excitement of another round of elections. Remember, campaigns and primaries will soon be upon us. Those few months from now until the first week of May go by incredibly fast. And who we elect this year is crucial, both nationally and closer to home. Globally, in just the past week, we were brought near the brink of war and have had to watch Australia burning up as the planet warms, while locally we are watching families try to make it on epically low wages with little between them and homelessness. Yes, we have world class challenges galore to work on right in our own back yard. So sign up to help someone's campaign, run for state delegate yourself, or just sign up to help with DWC communications. Pick the best way for your talents and skills to shine and help change our world. It's time to step up.

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Monday Morning News -- January 6, 2020

Breakfast recap ~
Breakfast attendees numbered over 70!
A fully packed room heard the details of the Indiana Democratic State Convention (June 13th in Indy) and the Democratic National Convention (July 13-16th in Milwaukee). State Democratic Party staff members Lauren Ganapini, Executive Director, and Adi Ben Yehoshua, Data Director, gave us information on how to file for each of these delegate opportunities.

To be a delegate to the State convention, one needs to be elected by Democrats in the May Primary. Here in Monroe County delegates are apportioned by county council district. Filing starts on January 8th and ends at noon on February 7th. Political deadlines are at NOON local time -- something to remember!!
In Monroe County filing is at Election Central offices at 7th and Madison. They have the forms, and can notarize and accept your filing within just a few minutes.

The preponderance of National Delegates are elected by the State Delegates at the state convention in June. For details on the National Delegate Selection Plan see the IDP website at: https://www.indems.org/dnc-convention-2020/ It's a treasure trove of complete information about filing for Delegate, and all the particulars about being a delegate.

More about both of these opportunities in upcoming newsletters!

WHERE ARE THE WOMEN CANDIDATES?
The most important thing to remember for DWC members this week is that on Sunday, January 12th, at 3 pm at the Monroe County Party HQ, 116 S. Madison. The DWC is partnering with 25 Women for 2020 for a brainstorming session on finding women to run for the southern house districts of 46 (Bob Heaton), 60 (Peggy Mayfield), and 62 (Jeff Ellington) to start. We are inviting women who might be interested in running to find out what resources and help might be available to them, encourage them to consider this run, and to encourage other attendees to help them with their unique talents of fundraising, organizing, voter contact, media, graphic design, website design, and other campaign needs.
Please consider coming! If you can respond to the event on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/events/522147028511016/ please do. If you are not a Facebook participant, you can send an email to dwcannouncments@gmail.com and let us know you are coming.
We are hoping to provide some refreshments for the group, so if you have a yen for baking some cookies, providing some veggies, or some beverages, please let Regina Moore know at regina.moore@gmail.com as soon as you can! You will be thanked most kindly for your help in this recruitment effort.

2020 will bring us a critical year in politics and also a year long celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment which granted the right to vote to many American women. We know that not all women got the right to vote in 1920, in fact we’re still working on that, but it was a critical step in the fight for women’s suffrage. Let us know if you hear of any 2020 festivities such as exhibits at the Indiana Historical Society and the Monroe County History Center Look for an exciting one-woman suffrage show, "Digging In Their Heels,” coming to Cardinal Stage here in Bloomington in February.

Have a safe an happy New Year. Let's come out fighting in 2020!

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Monday Morning News - January 2, 2020 - Breakfast Heads Up

Join us the Village Deli tomorrow morning at 7:30am for the first DWC breakfast of 2020. Our guests will be Lauren Ganapini, Executive Director, and Adi Ben Yehoshua, Data Director, of the Indiana Democratic Party, who will talk us through the process of becoming a delegate to the state and national conventions.
Next Wednesday, January 8, is the first day to file for office in Indiana. We’ll also review the offices up for election this year… from President to convention delegate (and yes, for the first time in years there will be an afternoon floor vote at the State Democratic Convention).
And we'll update you on the efforts to recruit women to run for the Indiana State House in Districts 46, 60, 62. In 2018 Thomasina Marsili ran in 46, Penny Githens in 60 and Amy Swain in 62. This year Thomasina is running for U.S. Rep, District 8, and Penny is serving (and will run again) for Monroe County Commissioner. There will be a meeting at MCDP Headquarters on January 12. If you, or someone you know, is interested stay tuned for more details.
See you tomorrow!!

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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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