This is it. From reproductive rights to voting rights, protection for pre-existing conditions, labor protections & rights, and freedom from discrimination—the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has huge implications. This is not to mention his partisan opinions about investigating presidents, previous obfuscation about his role in the Bush White House, quick disappearing debt for baseball tickets, and millions of yet-to-be-released documents from his stint in government. The bottom line is that this nomination has the potential to undermine decades of progress toward social justice.
Thank you to all who participated in our caucus this past week. We congratulate Ashley Pirani on winning the Monroe County Council District 3 caucus! Ashley was one of the founding members of Monroe County NOW and was that organization's first president. Ashley will be vying this fall to represent all of western and southwestern Monroe County.
To everyone, we wish you a happy Father's Day! As you celebrate family, we are also asking you to do one more thing—call your representatives. You have heard of the amoral and atrocious practice at our borders of splitting children from their families, which is being done in our name. As Senator Donnelly has already stated, this is against our values as a country. There is also no basis for this practice in the law. Already, there is legislation in the Senate to Keep Families Together, but it needs support.
Are you a leader within the party? Do you want to be? If so, please apply for the Indiana Democratic Party's Emerging Leaders Project!
The Emerging Leaders Project is a leadership program for up-and-coming Hoosier Democrats interested in running for office, working on campaigns or in public service. Each year, 40 Hoosier Democrats, between ages 21 and 40 years old, are selected to join the program. Participants will engage in four training sessions, are paired with a mentor in their community and are invited to various Democratic Party events throughout the year. The deadline to apply is June 15th. For more information, visit www.emergingleadersproject.org.
Whether locally or nationally, record numbers of talented, qualified women are signing up as candidates. But as we have been reminded, there is still so much ground to cover. That is why the Indiana Democratic Party has launched Hoosier Women Forward. Hoosier Women Forward is a new political and civic leadership program designed to prepare Democratic women to assume a position of leadership in public service, is now accepting applications for their inaugural class. The deadline to apply is July 3rd. There is nothing more important than having your voice heard and using your talent for the betterment of your community and country. We hope you consider applying to this program: http://hoosierwomenforward.org/appl
There are not adequate words to describe days like these. Our hearts are broken for the children in Noblesville who were exposed to gun violence in their middle school. This is the third Friday in a row we have begun our day with a horrific school shooting: on May 11th, a shooting occurred at Highland High School in Palmdale, California; on May 18th, 10 were killed at Sante Fe High School in Texas; and today it happened at Noblesville Middle School. The question for all of us: How many more?
Photo Credit: Jeremy Hogan | Herald Times
The primary election is over, and now we are looking ahead to the general on November 6th! Congratulations to all of the victors, and a sincere “thank you” to every single candidate. Running for elected office is a tremendous undertaking that requires resilience and a passion for public service, and we are so fortunate here in Monroe County that we have so many citizens who are up to the task. Our commonalities greatly outnumber our differences, and we as Democrats must focus on those common goals and work together to improve lives. Let’s take a few days to regroup (and pick up candidate signs from HQ), and then get to work to elect Democrats in the fall! Stay posted for ways to get involved--the Harrodsburg parade is this weekend, and MCDP will be at events all summer and fall!
Executive Director, MCDP