Monday Morning News - August 8, 2016

Monthly Breakfast Follow-up

Thanks to all who attended last Friday's breakfast. It was a packed house with lots of new friends in attendance. We had a wonderful report from the chair of the Indiana Delegation to the Democratic National Convention, our own Senator Vi Simpson, on what it was like to be at this historic event. And our District 9 National Delegates, Cathi Crabtree, Jeanne Smith and Martha Hilderbrand, had their own unique perspectives. The biggest takeaways were first, how inspiring it was that the Indiana delegation came together after a divisive primary season to show their collective support for Hillary (Go Unity Team!), and second, how both Vi, who was honored and moved to be reading the Indiana delegate roll call, and Cathy, couldn't help but think of how proud their mothers would have been to see their daughters ushering in a new era for American women! Here's to all those proud mothers, whether they're with us or have passed on. This one's for YOU!!!

You can hear Cathi's and Jeanne's at the links below to their interviews on WFHB.

Link to Cathi Crabtree’s “Big Talk” interview
http://wfhb.org/news/big-talk-cathi-crabtrees-experience-at-the-dnc/

Link to Jeanne Smith’s “BloomingOut” interview
http://wfhb.org/public-affairs/bloomingout_/bloomingout-jeanne-smith-august-4-2016/

In other news from the breakfast--the DWC voted to endorse Holly Harvey for Judge. Go Holly!! Also, because of all the other excitement, we ran out of time for the Canvassing Training by Charlotte Zietlow and Regina Moore. But never fear, we will schedule it for another day and be sure to let you know.

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AUGUST 21, 1 pm -- A Sunday Brunch with Sheila Kennedy!  You will not want to miss thisincredible event! Our annual fundraiser event celebrating Women's Equality Day will be held at1 pm in the Fountain Square Mall Ballroom.  You should already have received your Facebook and/or Evite invitation. Come and plan to bring a friend!

Sheila Kennedy has probably the best political blog written in the ENTIRE State of Indiana! Sign up to get them in your mailbox daily! You will not be sorry. Column for 7/30/16: http://www.sheilakennedy.net/2016/07/getting-to-know-mike-pence/     

At the event we're planning a silent auction to help finance our local women candidates. 

Please think of an item YOU can donate!
 Hot items in the past have been home baked goods, wine baskets, Hillary swag! This is such an easy and FUN way to support women! Email PorterTerri@comcast.net with your items or ideas. TICKETS are available from Steering Committee Members, or at our website: http://www.democraticwomenscaucus.org/2016_wed_brunch.

Sponsorship levels are available to help support this effort. 

  • Hillary Clinton Sponsor $500 (4 tickets to the brunch with VIP seating)
  • Elizabeth Warren Sponsor $250 (2 tickets to the brunch)
  • Vi Simpson Sponsor $100 (1 ticket to the event)

You can arrange monthly payments through Act Blue on our website or email Julie Thomas at drjuliethomas@gmail.com

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Monday Morning News Aug. 1, 2016

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WE WATCHED HISTORY BEING MADE THIS LAST WEEK!

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Breakfast meeting Friday!  THIS FRIDAY! August 1, 7:30 am, Village Deli
We'll hear from Senator Vi Simpson, the chair of the Indiana Delegation to the Democratic National Convention.  
She'll talk about everything! The DNC structure, the beginning days of the convention, the speeches!  
Be sure to come, and bring a friend!

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Our District 9 National Delegates, Cathi Crabtree, Jeanne Smith and Martha Hilderbrand, are hoping to attend to augment Vi's report from their own unique perspectives.

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Another reason to come to the breakfast?
You can also purchase tickets for the Fired Up and Ready to GO! event on August 21.

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AUGUST 21, 1 pm -- A Sunday Brunch with Sheila Kennedy!  You will not want to miss this incredible event!
     Our annual fundraiser event celebrating Women's Equality Day will be held at 1 pm in the Fountain Square Mall Ballroom.
 You should be receiving a Facebook and/or Evite invitation soon. Come and plan to bring a friend!

Sheila Kennedy has probably the best political blog written in the ENTIRE State of Indiana! Sign up to get them in your mailbox daily!
You will not be sorry. Column for 7/30/16: http://www.sheilakennedy.net/2016/07/getting-to-know-mike-pence/     

At the event we're planning a silent auction to help finance our local women candidates.
Please think of an item YOU can donate! Hot items in the past have been home baked goods, wine baskets, Hillary swag!
This is such an easy and FUN way to support women! Email PorterTerri@comcast.net with your items or ideas.
TICKETS are available from Steering Committee Members, or at our website: http://www.democraticwomenscaucus.org/2016_wed_brunch
and at the DWC Breakfast this Friday.

Sponsorship levels are available to help support this effort.
Hillary Clinton Sponsor $500 (4 tickets to the brunch with VIP seating)
Elizabeth Warren Sponsor $250 (2 tickets to the brunch)
Vi Simpson Sponsor $100 (1 ticket to the event)
You can arrange monthly payments through Act Blue on our website or email Julie Thomas at drjuliethomas@gmail.com

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Monday Morning News July 25, 2016

Vi Simpson leads the Indiana Delegation at the National Convention!

 

It is so fitting that the Indiana delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention chose Vi Simpson to lead the delegation!
Vi will be sending reports and tweeting @ViSimpson during the convention, and will be reporting on the event and her experiences at our August meeting (August 5, Village Deli, 7:30 am!) Congrats, Vi!  You have a great task ahead of you!!

Cathi Crabtree, Jeanne Smith and Martha Hilderbrand will also be attending and tweeting!  
Follow them @Indianamartha @transjeanne, @cathi_crabtree

Thank you, all four of you, for representing Bernie and Hillary and most of all, Indiana!
Watch the DWC Facebook page - we'll be sharing as much as we can from all four women as the week progresses.

Cathi will also be taking over the Electron Pencil from time to time for reports. Here's Sunday's report!! https://electronpencil.com/2016/07/24/hot-air-fresh-from-philly/

What's the agenda for the Democratic National Convention, anyway?
For the full list of speakers and schedule, check this link: http://heavy.com/news/2016/07/2016-democratic-national-convention-speaker-schedule-hillary-clinton-philadelphia-obama-bernie-sanders-when-does-speak-at-bill-who-will/

Lastly, if you are interested, the Democratic Party and the Clinton campaign are hosting a CONVENTION WATCH PARTY at Nicks on Kirkwood from 5-10 pm on Thursday.

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Monday Morning News July 18, 2016

AUGUST 21, 1 pm -- A Sunday Brunch with Sheila Kennedy!

You will not want to miss this incredible event!
     Our annual fundraiser event that celebrates Women's Equality Day will be held at 1 pm in the Fountain Square Mall Ballroom.
More details will be announced later this week, but for now, save the date on your calendar, and plan to bring a friend.
     Sheila Kennedy has probably the best political blog written in the ENTIRE State of Indiana! Check out our favorite one from this past week... and sign up to get them in your mailbox daily! You will not be sorry.
See what she had to say about <ahem> Mr. Pence as a VP candidate: http://www.sheilakennedy.net/2016/07/the-odd-couple/

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Monday Morning News July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

JULY BREAKFAST MEETING THIS FRIDAY, July 8TH!!

Judge Mary Ellen Diekhoff will be speaking at our meeting on Friday. We heard a lot in the past primary about problem solving courts, and how they impact the justice system. Judge Diekhoff will speak of these special courts, their current and future use and the impact of legislation on these activities.
Breakfast meeting, this Friday, July 8, 7:30 am at the Village Deli on Kirkwood.  Invite a friend!

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Monday Morning News June 27, 2016

JULY BREAKFAST MEETING WILL BE ON FRIDAY THE 8TH!!

Due to the July 4th holiday and the fact that many members may take a long weekend to travel, we have rescheduled our July breakfast meeting at the Village Deli for Friday, July 8th rather than July 1st.  Be there!  In the meantime, we wish everyone a wonderful, patriotic holiday weekend!!!

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Monday Morning News June 13, 2016


A HISTORIC, LONG OVERDUE, DELICIOUSLY VINDICATING WEEK
It took nearly 100 years, but we have finally put a woman at the top of a US political party and just a smile and a handshake away from the ultimate prize--the American Presidency. OK--thousands of smiles and handshakes away, with  some Trump and GOP slamming required along the way. But WOW is Hillary up for it. We couldn't have dreamt up a more competent, intelligent, experienced, persistent, hard-working, caring and genuine woman to represent the face of America. And now when we say it, ya just can't refute it: Hillary is better than the guys, ALL OF 'EM!

In addition to helping our local candidates win in November, let's make sure we DWC'ers do all that we can to put Hillary in her place--the White House!

YOU GO AND GO AND GO GIRL!!!  WE'RE RIGHT BEHIND YOU ALL THE WAY!!!

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Monday Morning News June 6, 2016

Breakfast Recap
     The regular breakfast meeting of the DWC took place last Friday at the Village Deli.
We hosted Dana Black, Democratic Candidate for House District 88, who decided to run for this office when she voted two years ago, and there was only one candidate for the office: the Republican (who has served for 30 years).  
Dana inspired us all with her message, her amazing strength and energy! And she received many donations to her campaign!

Dana sent this note:
     Thank you doesn't begin to express the gratitude I feel. The time spent with the Democratic Women's Caucus Friday morning was an unforgettable treat for me. You ladies have been motivating and encouraging this campaign from the first time we met and I am forever grateful for the positive energy you share with me.
     Having the opportunity to share our campaign message with progressive forward thinking individuals is the motivating factor that pushes us to work hard to win this seat. The energy of your group is contagious, I wish I could bottle it up and bring some of it back up to Indy with me.
     We have a lot of work to do in Indiana, and in order to make sure Hoosier families receive the necessary tools to be successful, we must work to change the super majority in the general assembly. Your support of progressive candidates like Penny Githens, Lacy Hollings and myself will help us be the voice of change Indiana needs. We can prevent the introduction of bills that deny women choices over their bodies. We can make sure our children are getting both the physical and mental nourishment they need to have prosperous lives. Together we can create the change we seek.
     Thank you again for the incredible hospitality, and please let me know how I can help on any future endeavors. I don't live in Bloomington, but I am your neighbor for life.
     (Indiana's Own Dana Black)

Taka a look at her Facebook page, or her website: www.indianasown.com
If you can contribute through her Facebook page,  that's great.  If you can send her a letter of encouragement, great, too!!


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Monday Morning News May 30, 2016

In the tradition of remembrance for those who lost their lives while serving in the US Armed Forces, we offer you this poppy.



BREAKFAST THIS FRIDAY! June 3, 7:30 am, Village Deli
     The Indiana Statehouse still has only about 20% women discussing issues and legislating on our behalf. We MUST work to change that, and not just for gender equity. Don't you believe that we would not have HB1337 (the abortion bill) if there were more women, Democratic women in particular, working for families in Indiana? Do you believe RFRA would have passed with a few more women participating in the discussions?
     On Friday we hope to introduce you to a few women running for these legislative positions, mainly from outside of our county. We hope you'll come, listen to how they can change the scene in Indy, and write them a check.  You don't have to write huge checks, it's the collective activity that is so important. This act of bundling checks has served to encourage and support women who in turn work for us, all of us.
     Frankly, we are lucky to have Matt Pierce and Mark Stoops, two feminists, to represent Monroe County in the Statehouse. Let's help them out by sending them some wonderful women colleagues!  Let's help end the cycle of conservative, radically right men imposing ridiculous laws on women regarding what we do with our bodies and our lives.

OPPORTUNITY FOR TODAY and TOMORROW ONLY!
     Our friend Araceli Gomez-Aldana wants to go to the Republican (yes, you heard right!) National Convention. We'd like to help her get there to ask questions about immigration, reproductive rights, and other issues that impact the Latino community. She's entered the Voto Latino "Crash The Parties" contest to win an all access press pass to the convention. People vote to pick the top ten applicants, who are then interviewed by a panel of celebrity judges to pick the overall winners.
     Araceli is the Latino Programs and Outreach for the Community and Family Resources Department at the City of Bloomington, produces Hola Bloomington on WFHB, and has frequently attended DWC breakfasts and programs.
     How cool would it be to have someone from Bloomington at the convention, reporting, facebooking, and tweeting what's really going on!
Vote at: http://crashtheparties16.com/entries/videos/77175  Voting ends 5-31-16

TODD ROKITA -- HE'S STILL AT IT!!
"Improving the Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016"
     Perhaps you read Todd Rokita's guest column in the HT yesterday, Sunday, May 29th. His reasoning reflects shortsightedness, and is the epitome of balancing the budget on the backs of poor children. Please call him and tell him that perhaps another program might be a better choice... we're sure you have good suggestions!
     Todd Rokita, IN04, presented a bill to the House Committee on Education and Workforce that would change the way school eligibility for free lunches is figured.  
     It's a well-known fact that children learn when their tummies are not growling and when they have good nutrition at school.  The best article on this issue can be found at the Huffington Post Political Page:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gop-school-lunch_us_573c7e82e4b0ef86171cca10

     Also For Sheila Kennedy's take on the issue from a Hoosier perspective read: http://www.sheilakennedy.net/2016/05/about-those-school-lunches/

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Monday Morning News May 23, 2016

"Improving the Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016"

      Looks like one of the illustrious congressmen from Indiana wants to save money by reducing free lunches for kids in schools.  Todd Rokita, IN04, presented a bill to the House Committee on Education and Workforce that would change the way school eligibility for free lunches is figured. The committee vote (20-14) broke along party lines with one Republican voting with the Democrats. 
     It's a well-known fact that children learn when their tummies are not growling and when they have good nutrition at school.  The best article on this issue can be found at the Huffington Post Political Page:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gop-school-lunch_us_573c7e82e4b0ef86171cca10

     Also For Sheila Kennedy's take on the issue from a Hoosier perspective read: http://www.sheilakennedy.net/2016/05/about-those-school-lunches/
AND..  after you read these articles, see the ACTION item below!


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