The Dispatch 8.27.20

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We are working on getting a hold of the yard signs signifying the addition of Kamala Harris to the ticket.
Look to future Dispatch editions for this information or on any of our social media sites. 
We still have the United for Biden signs as pictured below so please contact us if you would like one of those, more information is listed in the following section.


Get your UNITED FOR BIDEN yard sign! 
You can purchase a Joe Biden sign from us for $10. You can pay via Act Blue or we can schedule a contact-free delivery for your sign. You can pay with cash or check and place in an envelope on your drop-off day! 
Email us at [email protected] for more information. 

Phonebank for Alyssa Bailey 
August 25th and Sept. 1, 8, 15 and 22
4 - 6 PM

All you need is a phone and a quiet place to make calls… they’ll have scripts, training and everything else you need.
Register to phonebank here.

Young Dems Day of Action for the Andy Ruff Campaign 
Tuesday, September 1
5 - 9 PM
Usually, a day of action would mean getting together and going canvassing: while that isn't possible with COVID this year, we can still help our candidates! This day of action will include three easy ways to help from your own house:
- phone bank
- text bank
- donate!
Here's how it works:
1.) Join the Zoom any time between 5-8pm:
2.) Andy's campaign will give you the info you need to do phone banking or text banking
3.) Training on both phone banking and text banking will be available
4.) You'll phone bank and text bank from the safety of your home, knowing that you're working towards a common goal with so many other supporters!
4.) If you want to donate, do so online here:



Indiana NOW 2020 State Conference: Unpacking Bias to Inform Feminist Work
Saturday, August 29th
10 AM - 4 PM

This year, we will bring together feminists from our state and nation to unpack our own biases to inform our feminist work.

The conference will feature:

- Mikki Kendall, author of Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot.
- Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, Indiana University Associate Professor and Black Lives Matter Bloomington Core Council Member.
- Barbara Bolling-Williams, Member of the NAACP National Board of Directors
- A panel of BIPOC state legislators discussing BLM legislation in the upcoming session

The event will be hosted on Zoom and portions of it will be streamed on Facebook Live. Please make sure you register for the Zoom Webinar. That registration link will pop up once you reserve your Eventbrite ticket. Register by clicking this link: The event is also up on their Facebook at:  

First Saturdays Constituent Meeting for City Council District 2 with Sue Sgambelluri
Saturday, September 5th
1:30 PM

Topics This Month:
2021 Budget Observations
Lower Cascades Road Conversion
Your Ideas,
Questions, and Comments!

Zoom Meeting ID: 942 4589 4142 | Passcode: 01012020

(Can't make it to the meeting this time? Visit and click on the "Share Your Ideas" box.)

Monroe County Young Dems Callout Meeting
Tuesday, September 8th
7 - 8:30 PM

The Monroe County Young Democrats are revamping, and you're invited to this callout meeting! This is the meeting for you if you're interested in:
  • Taking on a leadership role with the Monroe County Young Dems: This includes the Officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer) and the rest of the Boar
  • Connecting with other engaged young Democrats in Monroe County
  • Learning more about the Young Democrats organization (State, District, and County-level)
If you're interested in being in MCYD leadership, make sure you've paid your 2020 IYD dues here:
REGISTER FOR THE ZOOM HERE: (After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.)
***Please note that while everyone is welcome to attend this event, MCYD members & leaders are limited to residents of Monroe County between the ages of 14-35.****

6th Annual Hamilton Friends & Family Picnic Monroe County Party & Fundraiser for Democratic Candidates
Sunday, September13th
4 - 5 PM
Look for a Zoom link in the coming weeks!

Join Mayor John Hamilton and Dawn Johnsen for the 6th Annual Hamilton Friends & Family Picnic now an online Party & Fundraiser for the Monroe County Democratic Party and your Democratic Candidates!

As always, this will be a good chance to meet Party leaders and our Democratic candidates, this time in a virtual setting, and this year the John Hamilton for Mayor campaign will be matching donations to contested Democratic candidates in Monroe County up to a total of $5,000.

Donations will also be made to the Democratic Monroe County candidate of your choice when you attend the event and IF you win trivia questions!

During this party you will have a chance to hear from our statewide candidates with a Q & A, meet local and State-level Party and caucus leaders, play some political trivia, and help raise money for our Democratic candidates here in Monroe County!

     Support Our Democratic Candidates: 

  • Make a donation between September 9-13th and send the digital receipt to [email protected]: your donation will be matched by John Hamilton for Mayor
  • Show up to the digital event on September 13th, and $10 will be donated to the candidate of your choice
  • Win a trivia question at the event, and an extra $25 will be donated to the candidate of your choice! 

    Donation specifics:
  • Matching donations will be made to all Democratic contested candidates on the ballot in Monroe County (from County Council to Governor and everything in between!) for donations made between September 9-13th - $5,000 IN 5 DAYS. 
  • Please submit digital receipts to [email protected] for donations to be matched

Donation limit: $5,000 in total donations, with $1,000 max per single candidate

For more information, see the Facebook event here or email [email protected] 


Volunteer for Kara Krothe

If you are interested in volunteering to help elect Kara Krothe for Judge please contact us at [email protected] or visit 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 [email protected] or visit 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, [email protected], or by reaching out through our website:

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."



***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.***


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 

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

The application is available here

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Thomas at [email protected]

*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:

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
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.