Dispatch 7/26/18--Volunteers Needed

While President Trump’s cohort slowly turns one by one, there are serious risks for Hoosiers. We are locked in trade wars, and even if the effects are not yet fully felt, the White House knows these chickens will come home to roost. $12 billion in aide for farmers is both absurd in light of the trade war he started and simply not enough to cover the losses. Indiana exported $38.9 billion worth of goods last year, including soy beans, corn, and pork. Nearly half of all soybeans raised are exported. Our auto industry relies on steel and exporting cars abroad. In other words—these bad trade policies could be catastrophic for Indiana farmers and workers. As candidate Liz Watson has noted, "The first priority in any trade policy must be safeguarding good-paying jobs for American workers." We are the party who will fight for Hoosier families, farmers, and workers. Now, let's get the word out. 

Campaign Opportunities:

Joe Donnelly for Senate: Canvass and Phone Bank for Red to Blue Weekend!

  • Meet at MCDP Headquarters, 116 S Madison St, Bloomington
  • Daily phone banks: 11AM - 2PM and 5PM - 8PM
  • Daily door-to-door canvassing: Weekdays 5PM - 8PM, Saturdays 9AM - 3PM

Contact: Organizer, Terry Tossman (301) 525-1010

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]

Liz Watson for Congress: Red to Blue Weekend!

Liz is the only candidate who is actually tied to the state and will fight for better policy for all Hoosiers. Join her this weekend to canvass and in turning the Ninth District! Contact Marten Stein, Field Director, Liz for Indiana, [email protected], 317.201.2846

Meet at MCDP Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St., Bloomington
Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Kate Wiltz for County Council District 2

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

Events Around Monroe County:

Passing the Microphone to the Youth: The Young Democrats
Thursday, August 2nd from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Crazy Horse (Back Room), 214 W. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington
Join DFMC as we host speakers from The Young Democrats, an organization that consists of students from Bloomington High School South. We will hear about the speakers' experience in navigating into political activism, and about the actions they have taken. Some topics will be gun violence and youth, working with school administration, and volunteering on local and statewide campaigns. The two confirmed speakers are:
  • Nidhi Krishnan, a Senior at BHSS, serves as the Co-President of the Young Democrats and Vice Chair for Indiana Young Democrats of Monroe COunty's 9th District.
  • Darby FitzSimmons, a sophomore at BHSS, is a member of the Young Democrats and has volunteered for the Liz Watson campaign.


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

Blue Wave Singers: Book for your event!

Book the Blue Wave Singers for your next campaign or Democratic or progressive event.  We’ll show up for five or ten or 15 minutes to lead group singing. This might work well while people are gathering, to “warm up the crowd”.  Or we could sing during the event, or at the end, to go out in a festive mood. We lead traditional favorites, like “If I Had a Hammer” and “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around.”  We also have some newer surprises that everyone can catch on to quickly. We don’t need amplification. We sing for free, and for freedom, and for the people.

For more information contact Connie or Guy Loftman:

[email protected], (812) 219-6963; 
[email protected], (812) 679-8445