Dispatch 7/20/18--Volunteers Needed

We need your help, or more specifically, our candidates need your help. How do we fight the barrage of awful news and apparent surrender to Russia's meddling? We make our democracy thrive. Here are opportunities for you to get involved and help our local candidates win this November:

Penny Githens for State Representative District 60

Penny needs people to accompany her to events. Penny is working hard in a difficult race. Remember she has Morgan and Monroe counties as part of her crazy gerrymandered district. Please email her volunteer coordinator to participate: [email protected]

Ashley Pirani for County Council District 3

Ashley Pirani, Candidate for County Council District 3, needs volunteerswalkers, letters to editor, yard sign locations (Bean Blossom, Clear Creek, Indian Creek, Richland, Van Buren Townshipsor highly visible locations near there), etc.  If you can assist with any (or all!) of that, please email:  [email protected]

Kate Wiltz for County Council District 2

Kate needs a volunteer to manage her Letters to the Editor campaign. contact Kate at [email protected]

Also from Kate: "I am excited to have won our Primary in May, and now I have the honor of representing the Democratic Party for our County Council District 2 seat in November. We are one step closer to ensuring that Monroe County continues to enact progressive, sustainable policies that serve all of our community.

As we march through this summer season of parades and County Fairs, my team has been planning for the fall. I have an opponent for the general election. She is an experienced Republican candidate, and she has already been working hard to reach our constituents. With the Indiana Republicans reaffirming inequality in their party platform, and the state legislature continuing to make it difficult for local government to support and protect our vulnerable resources, it is more important than ever to stand up for compassionate, informed solutions in County government. 

We have thousands of voters to reach – and convince! – before the general election. The biggest campaign expense is the costs related to printing and mailing; these materials enable us to leave a calling card and contact information with voters. They are critical to getting out the vote and informing residents on the issues that matter to us all. We will be knocking on doors and speaking with as many District 2 voters as possible - and with each we leave a card. To do this we need to raise $3000 before school starts, half our total campaign goal.

Please consider continued support of my campaign with a donation. Your contribution will extend our reach and ensure that social and environmental responsibility have a continued seat at the table in Monroe County."

Also, don't forget to stay engaged on the Supreme Court nomination. You can watch our video response to the nomination herePlease contact our Senators and make your voice heard:

Senator Joe Donnelly:
Washington D.C. Office: (202) 224-4814
Indianapolis Office: (317) 226-5555     
115 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 100  
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Senator Todd Young:
Washington D.C. Office: (202) 224-5623
Indianapolis Office: (317) 226-6700                       
46 East Ohio Street, Suite 462  
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Events Around Monroe County:


Be a Healthcare Hero! 
Sponsored by Hoosier Action and Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan
Monday, July 23rd at 5:30 p.m.

Bloomington City Hall

Hoosier Action and Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan are cosponsoring an event at Bloomington City Hall, Monday, July 23 at 5:30 to launch a campaign to make healthcare a central issue in the fall elections.  Our special guest will be Ady Barken, who is dying of ALS, but devoting his last months to raising awareness of the continuing healthcare crisis in this country. The event will also launch an agenda with the following items:

  1. Protecting and expanding healthcare for all Hoosiers Passing the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act;
  2. Eliminating harmful state policies and unnecessary red tape which are used to deny Hoosiers the healthcare we deserve; and
  3. Calling for at least 2% of every Indiana city and county budget to be dedicated to compassionate drug and mental health treatment.

This is not just another rally designed to express concern about a problem facing the nation and our community.  It is part of a carefully planned strategy to convince large numbers of our fellow citizens throughout southern Indiana to pledge to be healthcare voters this fall.  For this to succeed, we will need large numbers of people at this kickoff.


Contact Your Reps Party
Friday, August 3rd at 4:00 p.m.
BloomingtonTea, 615 W. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington

Monroe County NOW and Bloomington Indivisible want to make it easier for you to contact your elected representatives! Join them for their regular Contact Your Reps party at Bloomingtea on Friday August 3 at 4 pm! They’ll provide postage, scripts, and supplies! You bring your concerns!


Register for IU's Student Involvement Fair
Monday, August 20th from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Dunn Meadow, IU Campus

Registration is now open for participation in Indiana University’s annual Student Involvement Fair! The 2018 fair is on Monday, Aug. 20, from 3 to 7 p.m. in Dunn Meadow. Community agencies are invited to join the IU Corps corridor in representing many of Bloomington’s local service and volunteer opportunities. Partner agencies will have tables alongside student service organizations.  Questions? Contact Cassi Winslow-Edmonson at [email protected] or 812-855-7886. Registered participants will receive detailed information prior to the event. To register, visit: https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ZZr2yNjaGv91pX


DWC Women's Equality Day Celebration
Friday, August 24th, Time TBD
The Old (but newly refurbished) Woolery Mill


Kate Wiltz for County Council CAKE WALK!
Saturday, August 25th from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
MCDP Headquarters

SAVE THE DATE! Stop by the MCDP headquarters for a cake walk to benefit the Kate Wiltz for Monroe County Council campaign! Hosted by Amanda Barge and Eric Spoonmore.


Power of the Black Vote featuring Dana Black
Hosted by the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus
Saturday, September 8th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus (MCBDC) is hosting a discussion about "Why Black Voices Matter in the Political Arena” featuring Dana Black as the keynote speaker and Dr. Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies, as moderator. This panel discussion will be an opportunity for members of the community to share concerns and to offer a pathway to solutions through policy and being involved with our party. Go to Facebook for more information.


Fourth Annual Hamilton Family Picnic 
Sunday, September 9th
Bryan Park

Join our fantastic local, state and federal Democratic candidates for a day of music and food to build political momentum building for the critical mid-term elections coming up.

Save the Date: MCDP Fall Dinner & Fundraiser 
Thursday, October 18th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Liberty Ball Room & Banquet Center2100 S Liberty Dr, Bloomington