The Dispatch 10.1.20

In this week's Dispatch:

  • FALL FUNDRAISER: VIOLA TALIAFERRO DINNER
  • IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES
  • CAMPAIGN SIGNS SEEKING STRATEGIC LOCATIONS!
  • LOCAL CAMPAIGN EVENTS & INFORMATION
  • FREE MYERS\LAWSON YARD SIGNS
  • BIDEN YARD SIGNS
  • VIRTUAL COMMUNITY EVENTS
  • CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
  • MONROE COUNTY YOUNG DEMS
  • ACTION ITEM: PETITION TO EXPAND VOTE BY MAIL 
  • COMMUNITY COVID-19 RESOURCES
  • and more... 

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We are thrilled to announce that our Fall Dinner has been renamed in honor of  Viola Taliaferro!

Join MCDP for the Viola Taliaferro Dinner--in a virtual setting. 

Event information is at https://www.facebook.com/events/682582249276615 a link to the event will be sent out closer to the date once an RSVP is received. 

Please RSVP and make sponsorship pledges to treasurer@monroedems.org

TICKETS:
Pay for your ticket at secure.actblue.com/donate/monroedemocrats
General Admission: $50/each
***We will not let cost be a barrier to any MCDP event. Just let us know if you'd like a free or reduced-price ticket***

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS:
Event Host: $1000 (includes 8 tickets)
Gold Sponsor: $750 (includes 6 tickets)
Silver Sponsor: $500 (includes 4 tickets)
Bronze Sponsor: $250 (includes 2 tickets)
***All sponsors will be recognized at the event, on social media, on our website, and in The Dispatch***


The General Election is swiftly approaching so check your voter registration @ https://indianavoters.in.gov/ and make a voting plan!
Here are the important dates to keep in mind as you plan.


CAMPAIGN SIGNS SEEKING STRATEGIC LOCATIONS!


Do you live on a busy intersection or a prominent location? 
We would like to get Democratic candidates' signs out to your yard! 
Please reach out at vicechair@monroedems.org for more information.


LOCAL CAMPAIGN EVENTS & INFORMATION


Kara Krothe Yard Signs
Do you live at an intersection or other prominent location?
Kara Krothe's campaign is looking for folks to host signs for her. If interested reach out at the campaign website at https://karakrotheforjudge.com/contact-us 

Trent Deckard Yard Signs

The Trent Deckard for Monroe County Council has yard signs that need great homes and apartments! If you can take one, please write to trentrdeckard@gmail.com. In this unusual campaign year, this is just one way we get our word out. Please help our friend, Trent!

Andy Ruff Yard Signs
We have signs for Andy Ruff's campaign.
Please contact vicechair@monroedems.org if interested.

Geoff Bradley Yard Signs
We will be receiving signs for Geoff Bradley's campaign.
Please contact vicechair@monroedems.org if interested. 

Host a Yard Sign for Cheryl Munson
Cheryl Munson needs your help! Cheryl has brand new yards signs that need homes! If you live within Monroe County and would be interested in hosting a yard sign, please reach out to Olivia Reed at oliviajreed@gmail.com.


MEYERS|LAWSON YARD SIGNS
Please contact vicechair@monroedems.org if you would like a FREE yard sign to support our candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor.
Supplies are limited. 




JONATHAN WEINZAPFEL YARD SIGNS
Please contact vicechair@monroedems.org if you would like a FREE yard sign, supplies are limited. 


BIDEN YARD SIGNS


Email us at vicechair@monroedems.org to get signed up for a Biden yard sign.
We bulk purchased a couple of options but availability is varied and limited due to the influx of requests. 
We will get you connected with one if and when they're available. 
Thank you for your patience! 


VIRTUAL EVENTS





Power of the Black and Brown Vote
Saturday, October 3rd
1 - 3 pm 
https://fb.me/e/3q8bw23jY

Join the Monroe County Democratic Party, Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus, and the 9th District Indiana Latino Democratic Caucus on Facebook live for a very powerful discussion.

With the upcoming general election just a couple of months away, it is important that we hear from those in our Black and Brown communities. You'll hear from panelists such as Dana Black, the Deputy Chair for Engagement for the Indiana Democratic Party and Karla Lopez-Owens, Voter Education Chair for the Indiana LatinX Democratic Caucus and other panelists discuss how Black and Brown voters are critical and should not be taken for granted. Nicole Bolden, our city of Bloomington Clerk, will be moderating and more panelist will be announced soon. This is a discussion that you don't want to miss!

Monroe County Young Dems Day of Action for Alyssa Bailey
Monday, October 5th
5-8 pm 

Days of Action are opportunities for Young Dems and all Dems alike to help out with our candidates in contested elections. Please check our Facebook for links and information: Facebook
 

Fundraiser: 2020 MCDP Viola Taliaferro Dinner

We are thrilled to announce that our Fall Dinner has been renamed in honor of  Viola Taliaferro!

Join MCDP for the Viola Taliaferro Dinner--in a virtual setting.

Event information is at https://www.facebook.com/events/682582249276615 a link to the event will be sent out closer to the date once an RSVP is received. 

Please RSVP and make sponsorship pledges to treasurer@monroedems.org

TICKETS:
Pay for your ticket at secure.actblue.com/donate/monroedemocrats
General Admission: $50/each
***We will not let cost be a barrier to any MCDP event. Just let us know if you'd like a free or reduced-price ticket***

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS:
Event Host: $1000 (includes 8 tickets)
Gold Sponsor: $750 (includes 6 tickets)
Silver Sponsor: $500 (includes 4 tickets)
Bronze Sponsor: $250 (includes 2 tickets)
***All sponsors will be recognized at the event, on social media, on our website, and in The Dispatch***

Wake Up! with United Way “Human Trafficking: Combating Exploitation and Abuse”
Thursday, October 8th
8 - 9 am 
This is a free event, but please RSVP by Wednesday, October 7 at 4 p.m. via the Eventbrite link found at www.monroeunitedway.org/WakeUp

Human Trafficking is a wide-spread global issue, but unfortunately impacts our local community as well. How exactly is our community affected? What is being done to combat it? Join us to hear from representatives from Middle Way House and the IU Center for the Study of Global Change to uncover the untold stories of the people in our community fighting for survivors of human trafficking.

Alongside friends, neighbors, nonprofits and community partners, learn more about issues that directly or indirectly affect everyone in our area. Attendees will have the opportunity to deepen their awareness about someone else’s reality while learning about the challenges, innovations, collaborations, resources available through area nonprofits, and how to get more involved in making a difference. Guests are invited to come with questions for the speakers or just listen and learn.

Wake Up! with United Way is co-hosted by United Way of Monroe County and Indiana University's Political and Civic Engagement program, with support from presenting sponsors Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, and Bloomington Board of Realtors. Thanks also to event sponsor IU Center for the Study of Global Change.

Wind Up! with United Way “Democracy 2020: Understanding Voting Rights and Access”
Thursday, October 8th
5 - 6 pm 
This is a free event, but please RSVP by Wednesday, October 7 at 4 p.m. via the Eventbrite link found at www.monroeunitedway.org/WakeUp

The 2020 election is taking place against a backdrop of chaos and confusion. Citizens have growing frustration about the election process and serious concerns about their rights as voters. Join us for a special casual hour discussion about voting rights and access in the 2020 election. We'll be joined by a panel of local experts who can answer your questions and address your concerns. 

At Wake Up! with United Way events, learn more about issues that directly or indirectly affect everyone in our area alongside friends, neighbors, nonprofits and community partners. Attendees will have the opportunity to deepen their awareness about someone else’s reality while learning about the challenges, innovations, collaborations, resources available, and how to get more involved in making a difference. Guests are invited to come with questions for the speakers or just listen and learn. 

Wake Up! with United Way is co-hosted by United Way of Monroe County and Indiana University's Political and Civic Engagement program, with support from presenting sponsors Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, and Bloomington Board of Realtors. 

Monroe County Young Dems Day of Action for Cinde Wirth
Monday, October 12th
5-8 pm 

Days of Action are opportunities for Young Dems and all Dems alike to help out with our candidates in contested elections. Please check our Facebook for links and information: Facebook
     

Our first general meeting as a newly-revamped caucus will be on Thursday, October 15th from 7-8PM. 
This is open to all community members. 

Please check their Facebook for links and information: Facebook

Monroe County Young Dems General Meeting
Thursday, October 15th
7-8 pm 

This is our first general meeting as a newly-revamped caucus and is open to all community members. 

Please check their Facebook for links and information: Facebook 

***RESCHEDULED*** Democracy Lab Presents: A Moderated Conversation with Congressman Eric Swalwell about his New Book "Endgame"


Tuesday, October 20th
6-7 PM
On Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83579046142

Join Democracy Lab for a very special event with Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15) about his new book Endgame: Inside the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump and what it's like to be in Congress during the Trump administration. We will begin with a moderated conversation between Congressman Swalwell and Vicki Veenker, attorney and public policy mediator, and then will take questions from the audience.

For More Information Visit: http://www.monroedems.org/conversation_with_congressman_swalwell
To Purchase The Book Visit: http://endgame.abrams.link/
 


CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Volunteer for Kara Krothe

If you are interested in volunteering to help elect Kara Krothe for Judge please contact us at karakrotheforjudge@gmail.com or visit karakrotheforjudge.com to sign up.


Volunteer for Andy Ruff
Volunteer with a candidate whose 20-year record as an elected official makes it clear that Andy has been fighting for fair wages, labor rights, universal healthcare, addressing climate change, and against unjust war and corporate greed for decades. Before universal healthcare was part of the popular national discourse, Andy sponsored resolutions supporting it. Before outrage over Citizens' United was so widespread, Andy sponsored a resolution opposing it. Andy is an experienced progressive legislator who listens closely, asks hard questions, and works with people of all perspectives to get things done. Help Andy take the voice of the people of the 9th District to Washington. If you are interested in volunteering, email info@andyruff.org or visit andyruff.org and sign up there.
Volunteer for Geoff Bradley
The Geoff Bradley for Monroe County Circuit Court Judge campaign is seeking out volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for the campaign, please contact us at (812) 269-8662, info@bradley4judge.com, or by reaching out through our website: https://www.bradley4judge.com/get-involved

MONROE COUNTY YOUNG DEMS

Please support our Young Dem friends in the Monroe County Young Democrats by liking them on social media! @youngdemsmonroe on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Days of Action are opportunities for Young Dems and all Dems alike to help out with our candidates in contested elections. 
     Monday, October 5th from 5-8 pm - Alyssa Bailey
     Monday, October 12th from 5-8 pm - Cinde Wirth

Our first general meeting as a newly-revamped caucus will be on Thursday, October 15th from 7-8PM. 
This is open to all community members. 

Please check their Facebook for links and information: Facebook


ACTION ITEM
PETITION TO EXPAND VOTE BY MAIL
Demand Accessible, Efficient Elections for All Hoosiers


      Indiana Senate Democrats have made a petition in efforts to expand vote by mail ahead of the November general elections. Read their comments below and please follow the link to sign the petition! 


     "State officials are already indicating their plans to limit mail-in voting for the general election in November. With the coronavirus pandemic still affecting our state, this would be an irresponsible and dangerous decision to make. Voters all across Indiana have expressed their concerns about not being able to vote this year. By limiting mail-in voting, many Hoosiers who are concerned about their health and safety will be disenfranchised this November.
      We have already seen that mail-in voting can be extremely secure and efficient when it’s given the necessary resources and flexibility. In places like Colorado, Washington or Montana, a complete vote-by-mail system helps higher voter participation and allows voters to navigate the challenges of this pandemic with ease. If our state invests the time and resources into giving Hoosiers access to voting by mail, we can see the same success.
Many Hoosiers are more susceptible to COVID-19 due to age, compromised immune systems or pre-existing conditions. No one in our state should have to make a choice between exercising their constitutional right to vote and staying safe from contracting COVID-19."

SIGN THE PETITION AT 
https://www.indianasenatedemocrats.org/vbm-petition//


COVID-19 INFORMATION


***Please see our page with a list of ways to help with local efforts in response to COVID-19. Click here to visit the webpage.***

OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED


City of Bloomington Commission Vacancies

The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill vacated positions on several of the city’s commissions. Some of these vacancies, and the date the City Clerk’s office sent out press releases soliciting applicants, are listed below:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Commission (5/6/20)

These are great opportunities for city residents to be more involved in local government! To learn more about these commissions, including the mission statements, membership requirements, current membership listing and term lengths, or for online applications, go to the online City system for board and commission information known as “OnBoard” at bloomington.in.gov/onboard 

Monroe County Governmental Boards and Commissions

The Monroe County Board of Commissioners invites you to apply to serve on a Board or Commission! There are immediate openings on a number of these bodies, including: Animal Management, Environmental Commission, and the Human Rights Commission. For information on each of them, see https://www.co.monroe.in.us/boards/.

The application is available here

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Thomas at drjuliethomas@gmail.com

*All event information is based on currently available information and may be subject to change. 

RESOURCES


The Indiana Democratic Party has a Municipal Monday Webinar series, and recordings of each of these webinars can be found here: https://www.indems.org/webinar-trainings-recordings/

Programs they have covered include:

How to File For Office (Matthew Kochevar)
Campaign Finance (Anna Foster)
Social Media 101 (Trina Thomas)
Pre-Filing Questions / Campaign Goals (Katie Doyle)
Creating A Field Plan (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)
Fundraising 101 (Katie Doyle)
Creating A Campaign Message (Phil Johnson)
Communicating with Press and Media (Phil Johnson)
Municipal Finance (Oscar Gutierrez and Trish Whitcomb)
Building an Absentee Chase Program (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)
Filing Your Pre-Primary Finance Report (Anna Foster)
How To Use Early Vote/Election Day Data In VAN (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)
City Government Offices (Portia Bailey-Bernard).


MCDP “Four Freedoms Circle” Recurring Donors


Thank you to our Four Freedoms Circle donors who contribute monthly to MCDP! To make a donation and sign up for a recurring contribution, click here

“For the Millions” donors ($25/month)
Ruth Aydt
Dion Baker
Richard Bauman & Beverly Stoeltje
Nicole Browne
Jean Capler
Susan & Doug Davis
Trent Deckard & Kyla Cox Deckard
Penny Githens
Kaisa Goodman & Nico Sigler
David G. Henry
Don & Carol-Anne Hossler
Peter Iversen & Leah Sinn Iversen
Randy Jacobs
Jeff & Kim Kehr
Connie & Guy Loftman
Jessica McClellan
Tom Miller & Beth McManus
Ashley Pirani
Eric Schmitz
Fred Schultz
Sue Sgambelluri
Jacob Simpson
William Smith
Brad & Amy Swain
Christine Talley Haseman
Julie Thomas
Denise Valkyrie
Sue Wanzer & Melanie Payne
Carol Wilson
John Zody

“New Deal” donors ($50/month)
Lorraine Merriman Farrell
John Hamilton & Dawn Johnsen
Lee Jones
Judy Sharp
Jim & Doris Sims
Catherine & Larry Smith
Catherine Stafford
Mark Stoops
Shelli Yoder & Josh Perry

“Franklin and Eleanor” donors ($75/month)
Betsy Greene
Geoff McKim

“Safeguard of Democracy” donors ($100/month)
This GOP administration’s trampling of the tenets of our democracy makes this the ideal time to become a Safeguard of Democracy donor.