The Dispatch 6.18.20

In this week's Dispatch:

  • ACTION ITEM: PETITION TO EXPAND VOTE BY MAIL 
  • DEMOCRACY LABS PROFILE: STONEWALL DEMOCRATS OF SOUTHERN INDIANA
  • CONGRATS TO THOSE ELECTED TO GO TO THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
  • CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
  • COMMUNITY COVID-19 RESOURCES

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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//


DEMOCRACY LABS PROFILE
STONEWALL DEMOCRATS OF SOUTHERN INDIANA


      The Stonewall Democrats of South Central Indiana (SD-SCI) is a grassroots political organization working to improve the lives of LGBTQI+ people at the local and state levels. The purpose of this organization is to recruit and support LGBTQI+ persons in order to increase the number of LGBTQI+ persons in elected and appointed positions; increase the participation of LGBTQI+ persons in the political process; increase the participation of LGBTQI+ persons in the political process; The organization shall conduct activities necessary or desirable to achieve these objectives.

     You can connect with their organization and get involved on their website at http://sdofsci.org/, on their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SDofSCI/ , and you can donate at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/sdscidonation.


CONGRATULATE SD-SCI ON THE RECENT SUPREME COURT RULING THAT GIVES LEGAL PROTECTION FROM WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION!
SEND THEM A CONGRATS ON THEIR FACEBOOK AND SEND THEM A DONATION
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SDofSCI/
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/sdscidonation 

We also want to congratulate Jeanne Smith, the President of Stonewall Democrats of South Central Indiana, on her election to the Democratic National Convention!!! 


CONGRATS TO THOSE ELECTED TO GO TO THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION


     Congratulations to the Monroe County Democrats elected to go to the Democratic National Convention! Shoutout to Jeanne Smith, Dawn Johnsen, and Shruti Rana. 


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.***

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 Cheryl Munson
Cheryl Munson needs your help as she seeks re-election to an at-large seat on the Monroe County Council! If you would be interested in phone banking for Cheryl or hosting a yard sign, please contact Olivia Reed at oliviajreed@gmail.com!
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 andyruff4congress@gmail.com or visit andyruff.org and sign up there.

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:

Animal Control Commission (5/9/19)

Commission on the Status of Women (10/18/19)

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

Parking Commission (3/26/19, for a merchant located near metered parking)

Parking Commission (3/5/19, for a resident within a permit parking zone)

Traffic 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
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
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.