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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Monday Morning News - December 31, 2019 - Happy New Year!

We wish all our members and allies a very happy end to 2019 and a good start to the upcoming year. We hope to see you at the Swearing In Ceremony at City Hall on New Year's Day at noon. After the inauguration ceremony, stay to honor former Mayor Tomilea Allison at the dedication of the new “Allison Conference Room”, Room 225, in City Hall, a well deserved recognition of Mayor Allison’s outstanding leadership of our city. More information can be found here.

We also hope to see you at the first DWC breakfast of 2020 on Friday at 7:30am at the Village Deli.
The first day to file for office in Indiana is Wednesday, January 8. At our breakfast this month we’ll go over 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)… as well as going over the steps required to become a national delegate.

And we'll let you know about 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.

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. Look for many special events over the next 12 months including a special float, #24, in tomorrow’s Rose Bowl Parade, exhibits at the Indiana Historical Society and the Monroe County History Center and a 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 - December 23, 2019

On Saturday we marked the winter solstice, the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. In this season of holidays that celebrate keeping the light of hope burning in the darkness, we nurture our hopes for the renewal of American democracy, for the health of our planet, and for a more just and equitable society. So enjoy those latkes and eggnog--hopefully not in the same sitting!--and let's get ready to roll up our sleeves and elect Democrats up and down the ballot.

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Monday Morning News - December 16, 2019 - The year is winding down, and the political scene is ramping up...

Once again, things both incredibly significant and incredibly crazy happened in national politics this week. Meanwhile, with the holidays almost upon us, local political activities are on a bit of a break. But things will be heating up in spades next year as they always do in an election year. In 2020, both national and local county offices are up, so get lots of rest over the next few weeks, eat healthy and build up your reserves in preparation for supporting our DWC candidates and others who can use your experience and time to help them win.

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Monday Morning News - December 9, 2019 - The year is winding down, and the political scene is ramping up...

The year is winding down but the political scene is just starting to heat up… we are only month away from the first day that candidates can file a declaration of candidacy. A number of individuals have already announced their intention to run in the 2020 elections and there will be many more in the coming weeks. From the Presidency on down to Convention Delegates there are important places on the ballot for you or someone you know.

Our thanks to Penny Githens for organizing a very informative program for our December meeting. Erika Oliphant, Angie Purdie, Margie Rice and Penny (standing in for Lee Jones) spoke about the ongoing efforts to reorganize the the criminal justice system in Monroe County.
“Monroe County’s Criminal Justice Review Project, is a year long comprehensive and deep-down evaluation of the current system’s strengths, weaknesses and shortcomings — and how it might change for the better.” Through evaluations by consultants, interviews with stake holders and input from community conversations, the County is looking to improve conditions at our County Correctional Facility by reducing the number of individuals held at the facility, improving the conditions for those who are incarcerated and by strengthening alternatives to incarceration.
The Indiana Constitution mandates reformative rather than punitive justice and there is a great deal of discretion within the justice system to set up programs that keep individuals out of jail, keep them from harm while they are incarcerated, and keep them from coming back once released.
Studies have shown that up to 80% of individuals in the system have diagnosed or undiagnosed mental issues and substance abuse problems. Early childhood education, treatment options, alternatives to cash bail and pre-trial diversion programs that keep people out of jail and get them the treatment they need instead of incarceration as well programs to help reduce recidivism for individuals who are in the system are all being examined. This is not an individual or county problem, it is a community problem and there is something for everyone in the room to help with.
The Project hopes to have a report ready in February and the Diversion Center up and running by early summer… we’ll try to keep you informed.

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Monday Morning News - December 4, 2019 - SC Candidates

DWC 2019 STEERING COMMITTEE ELECTION INFORMATION

We will be electing members to the 2020 DWC Steering Committee at our Dec. 6, 2019 Breakfast at the Village Deli. Up for election are the positions of Vice Chair, Treasurer and up to five At-Large members. Currently we have four women who have expressed an interest in running for the at-large positions. If you have an interest in joining the Steering Committee please email DWC Chair Carolyn VandeWiele at cvpetdoc@comcast.net. Nominations can also be taken from the floor at the monthly breakfast.

Later today we will send out a ballot and voting information to all the DWC members who qualify to vote in this year’s Steering Committee Elections. If you believe that you should have received a ballot but did not, please email dwcannouncements@gmail.com asap and we will check into the situation asap.

Here are the candidates and candidate statements for the women who have put their names forward to run for the DWC Steering Committee this year….

 

VICE CHAIR - KAISA GOODMAN

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My name is Kaisa Goodman, and I’m asking for your vote for DWC Vice Chair. I’ve been involved with local politics and the DWC for the past few years, and I’m excited for the opportunity to serve and give back in this role.
Most recently, I worked as the Executive Director for the Monroe County Democratic Party as well as the Campaign Manager for Mayor Hamilton. I currently serve as MCDP Treasurer and as a board member of the Eugene V. Debs Foundation. I’m also a member of the 2019-20 class of Hoosier Women Forward, a leadership development program for Democratic women in Indiana. In 2015, I managed City Council Member Dave Rollo’s successful re-election campaign. From 2015-17, I was a board member for Democracy for Monroe County (Secretary 2015-16, Vice Chair 2016-17), and I’m a graduate of the IDP Emerging Leaders Project, class of 2016-17. While an employee at Bloomingfoods, I was a lead organizer in the successful efforts to unionize, then serving on the negotiation committee for the initial contract and as a union steward with the UFCW Local 700.
I’m a non-traditional student and am completing my Bachelors in Environmental & Sustainability Studies and Political & Civic Engagement at IU this spring. I work as a licensed insurance agent with Shine Insurance.


TREASURER - VICKY SORENSEN

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I have been a member of the Democratic Women’s Caucus since 2010. In 2016 I was willing to put my name on the ballot for the Treasurer position as my way to give back to DWC who provided support, training, and encouragement when I ran for Indian Creek Township Trustee in 2010 and in 2014.
My belief in the mission of DWC to empower and support women for political office inspires me to be committed to the work that the DWC Steering Committee provides such as programs for the monthly breakfast, trainings offered to women in either running for a political office or helping with campaigns, and fundraisers. Because of this I am once again willing to put my name on the ballot for the Treasurer position for the Democratic Women’s Caucus.


STEERING COMMITTEE AT LARGE

CLAIRE CUMBERLAND

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To the members of the Democratic Women’s Caucus. I, Claire Cumberland, am asking for your vote in my efforts to join your Steering Committee. Since graduating from Indiana University I have been involved with multiple boards and committees throughout the community. These include being appointed to the city’s Commission on Sustainability, the Bloomington Food Policy Council’s Steering Committee, as well as an ex-officio appointment to the Board of Directors for Bloomingfoods’ followed by an elected role. I have spent time on political endeavors as well, such as being a delegate to the Indiana Democratic Convention, taking part in Bloomington’s Citizens’ Academy, managing a city council campaign, and most recently being asked to serve as the Monroe County Democratic Party’s Communications Deputy Chair. I have years of leadership experience both academically and professionally. Also, I have recently gone through the Community Justice and Mediation Center’s 40 Hour Mediation training certificate program and in January I am taking the Red/Blue Workshop with Better Angels.
Combining my executive experiences with my political drive and desire for a more effective and ethical body politic, I am confident I will be a unique and potent member of this committee. I appreciate your time and look forward to serving, should you give me the opportunity.

EMILY SALZMANN

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I am a local attorney practicing criminal defense law and a partner at Salzmann Law LLC. I am also a mom of two little ones. Though I am very busy, like all the other wonderful women out there doing it all, I have always tried to make time for the DWC. I began attending meetings in 2014 and have tried to be steady and regular in my attendance since then. I have served on the Endorsement Committee and am finishing serving my first term on the Steering Committee in the position of vice chair. Working as a local attorney I have seen in countless ways how local politics and elected officials can influence and affect the lives of those in this community.
I wish to continue serving on the steering committee as an at large member because I believe in the mission of the DWC. I agree with the principles that the DWC stands for and believe in it's mission. I am committed to helping the DWC move forward and stay true to the foundation already laid by the countless women who came before while still doing what is necessary to adapt and excel into a new era. I hope to be elected to the steering committee to help do this great work.

ELIZABETH SENSENSTEIN

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I am originally from Akron, Ohio and received a degree in Sociology from Thiel College in Pennsylvania. After working as a social worker in Pittsburgh for four years, I moved to Indiana. During my time in Bloomington, I have been a social worker, owned a food truck, and finally found a home with Monroe County Government. Over the past three years, I have worked in multiple departments, most recently taking over as the Human Resources Administrator.
As a DWC member, I am excited to be considered as a candidate for the Steering Committee. I work with our elected officials every day, many are women who have sought support from the DWC. The greatest resource these elected officials have are the people they surround themselves with, whether that is their family, employees, or groups such as the DWC. The most important part of being a leader is having a team of people around them to inspire and encourage. As a member of the Steering Committee, I will continue the mission of the DWC to strengthen our Democratic Women through unity, collaboration and teamwork.

MARLEYLA WILTZ

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Marleyla Wiltz is a junior at Bloomington High School South, and is a budding local activist. In 2017, after the election of Donald Trump, Marleyla traveled to Washington D.C. for the Women’s March. The following year, after the Parkland, Florida school shooting, Marleyla joined the Bloomington Students Against Assault Weapons who raised enough money to travel to DC for the March For Our Lives. She has been an active member of the Young Democrats Club at BHSS as well as the local chapter of Students Demand Action, which advocates for common sense gun laws in America. This past year, Marleyla has started and is the current president of the Women In Politics Club at her high school, which is a nonpartisan club dedicated towards encouraging young girls to become more active in local politics and eventually run for office. She also was one of the participants from South High School who walked out of school on September 20th to strike to demand action from our leaders on climate change. Just last month, she participated in the city of Bloomington’s Teen RoundTable program, which was used by the city to gather information and opinions of local youth about the city’s present and future issues. Marleyla is looking forward to doing even more to help Bloomington in the future.
I am running for a steering committee position because I am interested in local politics, I feel that I bring a unique youth perspective, and I would love to get more involved with the Democratic Women’s Caucus.

 

BECOME A DWC MEMBER or RENEW your membership!
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Only $20 for one year’s membership.
Join online here: https://democraticwomenscaucus.nationbuilder.com/membership

Do you have news items? Send your items of interest to us at dwcannouncements@gmail.com
Deadline for MMN is noon on Sunday.

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Monday Morning News - December 2, 2019

We are hoping that everyone has had a good Thanksgiving weekend - whether you shared it with family, or friends, or just did your own thing. This is a great time to reflect on the blessings in our lives as well as the challenges that face our nation and to think about how we can all make the world a better place for everyone. One way to do that is to help elect politicians who are true public servants rather than those who are only concerned with ideology and vested interests.
In her column this morning Sheila Kennedy wrote “If we work hard and are very lucky, next Thanksgiving we will be grateful for the electoral defeat of Trumpworld – grateful for confirmation that good Americans outnumber the racists in his cult. (If we aren’t lucky, we can kiss the America I’ve believed in goodbye.) We shall see what the next year brings.”

The DWC is thankful for all of you who have believed over the years that electing pro-choice, progressive women is important to our lives - for the veterans who have helped guide us over the years and for the youngsters who are just spreading their wings. This is a busy time for the caucus.

At our Breakfast on December 6th we will host a panel that looks at the current efforts to reform the criminal justice system here in Monroe County.
We will also hold elections for 2020 members of the DWC Steering Committee (and yes we’re still looking for a few women to join us). In the next couple of days we’ll send out biographies for the women who have put their names forward to run this year and all up-to-date members will receive instructions on how to vote, whether in person, by email or by proxy.
And finally we’ll start collecting dues for 2020. The coming year will have a lot of challenges and we hope that you will all join us in the fight.

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Monday Morning News - November 20, 2019 - Steering Committee Election Info

Carolyn --

**DWC 2019 STEERING COMMITTEE ELECTION INFORMATION

We will be electing members to the 2020 DWC Steering Committee at our Dec. 6, 2019 Breakfast at the Village Deli.

In the next week we’ll be sending out a list of the candidates who are interested in running this year with head shots, bios and information on how you can vote.
Today we wanted to share two important details with our membership…

If you are interested in joining the DWC Steering Committee or would like to nominate someone to run for the Steering Committee, please send that information to dwcannouncements@gmail.com asap.

If you have questions about what the Steering Committee does, when it meets, etc. please email DWC Chair Carolyn VandeWiele at cvpetdoc@comcast.net or call her at 812-320-9920.

If you wish to vote in the 2019 DWC Steering Committee Election your 2019 DWC Membership must be paid by Friday Nov. 22, 2019 at noon.
If you are not sure that your membership is up to date email cvpetdoc@comcast.net and we’ll get back to you asap.
Membership is $20 per year and If you need to update your membership you can do so online here: https://democraticwomenscaucus.nationbuilder.com/membership

BECOME A DWC MEMBER or RENEW your membership!
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: https://democraticwomenscaucus.nationbuilder.com/membership

Do you have news items? Send your items of interest to us at dwcannouncements@gmail.com
Deadline for MMN is noon on Sunday.

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Monday Morning News - November 18, 2019 - On To 2020!

November 5 has come and gone and once again we congratulate all the winners in this year’s Municipal Elections. We look forward to seeing everyone at the swearing in on January 1. And now it’s time to look forward to 2020.
The DWC will take our first step with a training that looks at the offices up for election next year. We sent out a special email yesterday with all the details. If you are considering running for office, want to help someone who might be running for office, or are just curious, come by Democratic Headquarters Tuesday night at 6pm and check it out.
Then join us on Dec. 6 when we’ll elect members of the 2020 Steering Committee and share a program that takes a look at criminal justice reform in Monroe County.
While you’re there, consider renewing your membership to the Caucus for next year (or do so online). It’s going to be a big year and we’ll need all hands on board. Check out all the details below.

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Monday Morning News - November17, 2019 - Training Update

**DWC TRAINING SERIES - WHAT OFFICES ARE OPEN IN 2020!

Next DWC Training!! - What To Run For in 2020
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
MCDP Headquarters Democracy Lab, 116 S. Madison St., Bloomington

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Have you thought about running for office in Monroe County? What offices are up for election in 2020? Although the upcoming presidential election has been overshadowing everything that has been happening in the past months (or maybe years), these are critical offices that keep our government functioning at the state and local level … and affect all of us in the county.
Join the DWC on Tuesday, November 19 at 6pm at the MCDP Headquarters Democracy Lab, 116 S. Madison St., for a discussion about the Offices open in 2020. We’ll talk about what offices are up for election, how to file, what the requirements are, if any, to run, what to expect when in office, and what background experience might be helpful to serve in the office.

The training will be led by Penny Githens, Michelle Bright, Olivia Reed and Carolyn VandeWiele.
Your rsvp to dwcannouncements@gmail.com will help us have enough training materials on hand.

BECOME A DWC MEMBER or RENEW your membership!
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: https://democraticwomenscaucus.nationbuilder.com/membership

Do you have news items? Send your items of interest to us at dwcannouncements@gmail.com
Deadline for MMN is noon on Sunday.

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http://www.democraticwomenscaucus.org/

 

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