The Dispatch 9.17.20

In this week's Dispatch:

  • 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
  • ACTION ITEM: PETITION TO EXPAND VOTE BY MAIL 
  • COMMUNITY COVID-19 RESOURCES
  • and more... 

Click "Read More" Below.

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 information@monroedems.org for more information.


LOCAL CAMPAIGN EVENTS & INFORMATION


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

Geoff Bradley Yard Signs
We will be receiving signs for Geoff Bradley's campaign.
Please contact information@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 information@monroedems.org if you would like a FREE yard sign to support our candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor.
Supplies are limited. 


BIDEN YARD SIGNS


Email us at information@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


League of Women Voters Present: Virtual Screening and Panel Discussion on UnCivil War: U.S. Elections Under Siege
Tuesday, September 22nd
7 PM
You must register in advance for each of these free screenings at www.lwv-bmc.org/films.

Produced and directed by Indiana native Tom Glynn, this 45-minute documentary exposes the web of threats facing our elections today. The film includes a segment on Indiana’s fight to reform redistricting, featuring interviews with Common Cause’s Julia Vaughn and Debbie Asberry of the Indiana League of Women Voters and co-founders of All IN for Democracy, Indiana’s Coalition for Redistricting Reform.

Panelists (UnCivil War): Nicole Brown, Monroe County Clerk; Hal Turner, Monroe County Election Board Chair; Julia Vaughn, Policy Director, Common Cause Indiana

Democracy Lab Presents: A Moderated Conversation with Congressman Eric Swalwell about his New Book "Endgame"
Tuesday, September 29th
5:30 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/
 

MCDP Fall Fundraiser

Check back here for the Zoom link closer to the date or keep an eye on our Facebook page! 


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

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.