The Dispatch 10.8.20

In this week's Dispatch:

  • FALL FUNDRAISER: VIOLA TALIAFERRO DINNER
  • VOTING INFORMATION
  • BE A POLL WATCHER
  • IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES
  • LOCAL CAMPAIGN EVENTS & INFORMATION
  • VIRTUAL COMMUNITY EVENTS
  • CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
  • YARD SIGNS
  • MONROE COUNTY YOUNG DEMS
  • ACTION ITEM: PETITION TO EXPAND VOTE BY MAIL 
  • COMMUNITY COVID-19 RESOURCES
  • UPDATED: BOARD AND COMMISSION VACANCIES
  • 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***








VOTING INFORMATION


***If you requested an absentee, mail in ballot but have decided to instead vote in person you MUST bring your absentee ballot with you.
If you experience issues at the polls you can call the State at 1-866-IN-1-VOTE (1-866-461-8683) or INDEMS at 317-261-3820. 

Early, in person voting has begun! Hours are listed below: 

 


BE A POLL WATCHER

SERVE AS A DEMOCRATIC POLL WATCHER ON ELECTION DAY - The Monroe County Democratic Party is seeking volunteers to serve as poll watchers on Election Day. We hope to have a poll watcher at every precinct site. Shifts will be for 4 hours and run from 6am to 10am, 10am to 2pm and 2pm to 6pm. Poll watchers must be credentialed by the Election Office and training will be provided. If you are interested in serving as a poll watcher please send your name, preferred shift and, if you have one, preferred polling site to Carolyn VandeWiele at cvpetdoc@comcast.net

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.


LOCAL CAMPAIGN EVENTS & INFORMATION


Paula Staley Phone Banking & Sign Holding for Election Day
Paula Staley's campaign is looking for volunteers to help her phone bank and for help with holding signs for Election Day.  If people would like to help, please email her at 
paulastaley2020@gmail.com

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.


YARD SIGNS


Due to high demand and availability constraints, anyone seeking yard signs should reach out to the respective campaigns. Thank you for your understanding.  


VIRTUAL EVENTS


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 Town Hall with Dr. Woody Myers for Governor
Sunday, October 11th
1-2 pm 
This is a Facebook Live Event hosted by the Monroe County Democratic Party 
Please visit our Facebook to watch: https://www.facebook.com/monroedems


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

Ryder Screening and Panel Discussion: Surge
Tuesday, October 13th
6:30 pm (Film)
8:05 pm (Panel Discussion 
The film screening is FREE but registration is required.
Register by clicking on the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/surge-virtual-ryder-screening-tickets-123479914749


SURGE is a feature documentary about the record number of first-time female candidates who ran, won and upended politics in the historic 2018 midterm elections, featuring Liz Watson’s 2018 run for Congress. The film follows three candidates who each were looking to flip their red district to blue: Jana Lynne Sanchez of Texas, Liz Watson of Indiana, and Lauren Underwood of Illinois. SURGE is not only about women running for office, but about women getting behind women running for office. It’s about grassroots activism. It’s about putting everything on the line.

Following the screening, Liz Watson will be joined by candidate Shelli Yoder, filmmakers Hannah Rosenzweig and Wendy Sachs, Jennifer Crossley (Monroe County Democratic Party), and Nicole Yates (Hoosier Women Forward) for a discussion led by Lisa-Marie Napoli (IU PACE).

 

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 

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 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:

*UPDATED: 10/1/20*

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Commission 
Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association
Environmental Commission
Bloomington Transportation Corporation Board of Directors

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.