This issue of The Dispatch includes upcoming Democratic Party events, as well as upcoming community events and announcements.
Democratic Party Events
Hoosier Hospitality Dinner
Friday, June 7, 6:30-9pm
Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave.
Please join the Indiana Democratic Party at the 2019 Hoosier Hospitality Dinner on Friday, June 7 at the Indiana Convention Center. Featured guest speaker is US Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. The evening is a great opportunity to come together as Hoosier Democrats and be reminded of why we are fighting for working families. You can find more information on the HH Dinner at our website here: https://www.indems.org/hoosier-hospitality-dinner/. If you have any questions, reach out to Alex Fuller via email at Afuller@indems.org.
2019 Young Democrats of America National Convention
Crowne Plaza, 123 W. Louisiana St, Indianapolis
Visit yda.org/convention for all details and convention matters.
Annual Indiana Democratic Editorial Association (IDEA) Convention in French Lick
French Lick Resort, 8670 West Road 56
The convention is still months away but hotel rooms are going QUICKLY, so if you plan to attend you are encouraged to make your hotel reservations NOW. More information on that can be found here: http://www.indems.org/annual-idea-convention-in-french-lick/
Peter Iversen Office Hours
Monroe County Democratic Party Headquarters 116 S. Madison Street Suite A
Peter Iversen is the acting interim Executive Director for the Monroe County Democratic Party. His office hours are every Wednesday over the lunch hour. Please use parking spots near Suite A entrance if available. Parking spots near the street are reserved for customers of PDG Enterprises.
Farmers Market Volunteers needed for the Democratic Party Booth
The Monroe County Democratic Party needs volunteers at the Saturday Farmers Market this summer! Shifts are available from 8am to 12pm. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Community Events and Announcements
City of Bloomington Commission Vacancies
The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill recently vacated positions on several of the city’s commissions. Recent vacancies, and the date they became available, are listed below:
Animal Control Commission (5/9/19)
Commission on the Status of Children and Youth (5/2/19)
Redevelopment Commission (5/2/19)
Parking Commission (3/26/19, for a merchant located near metered parking))
Human Rights Commission (3/20/19)
Parking Commission (3/5/19, for a resident within a permit parking zone)
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
CITIZEN'S ACADEMY is ready for applications!
The 2019 Citizens' Academy class will provide participants with an interactive learning experience about municipal government services, programs and departmental responsibilities. This year's Citizens' Academy session begins Thursday, August 29 and runs through October 24. To ensure the quality of the experience, the sessions will be limited to 30 participants. All classes are 6-8pm every Thursday evening. You can apply online at https://bloomington.in.gov/citizens-academy or contact Vickie Provine, email@example.com or call 812.349.3505.
Summer Necessities Drive
Unitarian Universalist Church, 2120 N. Fee Lane
Black Lives Matter Bloomington and Black Lives Unitarian Universalism are launching
their Summer Necessity Drive and devoting the month of May to collecting supplies for expecting mothers and babies. To see the organizations’ Wish List for items needed, check out their website: https://blm.btown-in.org/blm-necessity-drive.html. Items purchased online through the Amazon Wish List will be shipped directly to BLM B-town. If bought locally or from other bulk sites these items will need to be delivered, and BLM is having a donation drop-off day at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12th.
Indivisible Bloomington Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, May 28, 7-8:30pm
MCDP HQ, 116 S. Madison St.
Join Indivisible Bloomington + 9th District for their monthly meeting. They will discuss next steps, finalizing their bylaws, collaborating with organizations, and more!
35 Years of CASA
Thursday, May 30, 6:30-8:30pm
Monroe County CASA, 201 N. Morton St.
Attend this special 35th anniversary CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) event where Executive Director Kristin Bishay will be joined by past CASA directors, Kathleen Boggess and Jill Jolliff, as well the two women who helped start the CASA program here in Monroe County, Frances Hill and Iris Kiesling! Learn about the history of the organization and stay for a reception following the discussion.
Middle Way House Community-wide Volunteer Training
Saturday, June 1, 9am-5pm
Bloomington Transit Downtown Terminal
Help Middle Way believe and support survivors with meaningful alternatives to living with violence by volunteering with Middle Way House! You can attend the training, even if your schedule won't allow you make an immediate commitment so that you are ready to begin when your schedule allows. Numerous opportunities exist at the Bloomington locations and outreach offices in Greene, Martin and Owen counties. All volunteers must participate in one of their eight-hour volunteer training sessions held throughout the year. There is NO per-registration required for the training; you may complete the volunteer application and bring it with you to the training, or complete it during the lunch break. For more information about volunteer positions, visit: https://middlewayhouse.org/takeanaction/volunteer/volunteer-positions/.More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/389361534965363/
Spencer Pride Festival
Saturday, June 1, 12-7pm
Owen County Courthouse, Spencer
The Spencer Pride Festival is an admission-free rural LGBTQ+ pride festival that takes place on the square of the Owen County Courthouse and is the largest rural LGBTQ+ pride event in Indiana. The festival is known for its family-focused and inclusive atmosphere. Check out more info at: http://spencerpride.org/
Eva: A-7063 Documentary Film Screening
Sunday, June 2, 3:30pm
As a 10-year-old “Mengele Twin,” Eva Kor suffered some of the worst of the Holocaust. At 50, she launched the biggest manhunt in history. Now in her 80s, she promotes the lesson her journey has taught: healing through forgiveness. Narrated by Hollywood icon Ed Asner, Eva: A-7063 tells the full, astonishing story of this historic figure for the first time, tracking her from Auschwitz to Israel to the United States – even into the U.S. Capitol for her jaw-dropping arrest – and ultimately to her courageous return to the Nazi death camp.
Knock Down the House Documentary Showing
Thursday, June 6, 6-8:30pm
Monroe County Public Library, room 1B
Democracy For Monroe County, IU College Democrats, and Indiana 9th District Latino Caucus are proud to host a showing of the new documentary that follows four determined candidates, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, throughout their campaign in the 2018 election. These progressive candidates take on big money and stagnant incumbents in the 2018 election with and without success. Come for a great film, good company, and a good discussion following the film. The trailer can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wGZc8ZjFY4
Democratic Women’s Caucus Monthly Breakfast
Friday, June 7, 7:30am
The guest at the DWC’s next monthly breakfast on Friday, June 7 will be Karlee Macer, Indiana State Representative District 92. Karlee was first elected in 2012 and is currently the Assistant Democratic Leader and the Ranking Democrat on the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee. Watch for more details in the June 3 DWC Monday Morning News email.
All-Options Drop-in Volunteer Action Hours
Friday, June 7, 9:30-11am
All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, 1014 S. Walnut St.
Have you ever wanted to get involved with All-Options, but aren't sure about making a long-term commitment? Would you like to do some hands-on work in a judgment-free, supportive environment? Join All-Options for drop-in volunteer time -- usually the first Friday of every month. They will have projects available for you to jump right in. All ages welcome!
Letter Writing Night to Incarcerated Survivors
Wednesday, June 12, 7-8pm
Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
Join Middle Way House, in collaboration with New Leaf New Life, the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project, All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, the IU Middle Way House Chapter, and Bloomington PRIDE for a monthly letter-writing night to incarcerated survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Write a loved one or hear someone's story and send them words of support. All ages welcome. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wake Up! with United Way: Disability Inclusivity in the Workplace
Thursday, June 13, 7:45-9am
The Mill, 642 N Madison St
Join United Way for breakfast and hear from a panel of advocates how we can all consider not only our work environment, but other spaces, through a more inclusive lens. The panel with include Angie Vandersteen from Indianapolis-based disability partner, Tangram Business Resourcing; Brandi Hamilton, Director of Community Services for LifeDesigns; and Randy Paul, a longtime local community organizer and activist. For tickets and additional information, click here: https://www.monroeunitedway.org/WakeUp
Stonewall Democrats of South Central Indiana Launch Event
Saturday, June 15, Reception at 3pm, Speakers at 4pm
Bloomington City Hall, Atrium and Council Chambers
The Stonewall Democrats of South Central Indiana (SD-SCI) is a newly organized local caucus that supports LGBTQI people, their involvement in local and state politics, and policies that will improve their lives. Speakers at the event will include Senator JD Ford, Dana Black, and others. Together we can build a more inclusive community for trans and queer people in South Central Indiana. The event is free, but donations are encouraged. Want to join SD-SCI? Annual membership is $10 and is good through May 31, 2020. For more information contact either Jessica McCellan (email@example.com), Treasurer, or Will Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org), President.
Dine and Give Courage to Change Sober Living Community Fundraiser Dinner
Tuesday, June 18, 6-8:30pm
Farmbloomington, 108 E. Kirkwood Ave.
You are invited to join Courage to Change Sober Living for their Community Fundraiser Dinner at Farm Bloomington. Learn about the work they do in Monroe County, meet board members, hear a testimonial from a former resident and learn how Sober Joe Coffee is supporting the work Courage to Change Sober Living is doing--all while enjoying a fantastic three course meal.
Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus Monthly Meeting
Thursday, June 20, 6-7pm
MCDP Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St.
Friday, June 21
The Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus is hosting a Juneteenth celebration to commemorate the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America. More details to come.
Rally for Our Rights
Saturday, June 22, 11am
Indiana State House, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis
There will be a Rally for our Reproductive Rights at the Indiana State House on Saturday, June 22. Stand united to put an end to the bills being passed across the nation that were created to delete people’s right to choose. Bring your daughters and your sons, and stop this war on reproductive rights now! The Facebook event page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/648857578895862/
Monroe County NOW June Chapter Meeting
Sunday, June 23, 3-5pm
Monroe County Public Library room 2A
See what NOW is up to this summer and beyond. Special guest Btown PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will be there to lead a discussion about the intersection of LGBTQ+ identity and racial identity. For information about Btown PFLAG and their work, please visit https://www.facebook.com/BtownPFLAG/.
*All event information is based on currently available information and may be subject to change.
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), and City Government Offices (Portia Bailey-Bernard).