Dispatch 8.1.19

Democratic Party Events and Volunteer Opportunities

MCDP will be at several upcoming community events, and we need your help to staff the booths and march in the parades! Please contact Kaisa at [email protected] to sign up for a shift (or two!) or if you have any questions. 

Monroe County Fall Festival: Staffing needed Thursday, September 19th through Saturday, September 21st, and we will be in the parade on Saturday at noon. 

Stinesville Quarry Festival: Staffing needed Thursday, September 26th through Saturday, September 28th, and we will be in the parade on Saturday at 2pm.

MidWay Music Festival: Staffing needed on Saturday, October 5th

Executive Director Position

Kaisa Goodman has returned as Interim Executive Director for MCDP through the Municipal election this November. We are also currently accepting applications for a new Executive Director, and the job description may be found here. To apply, email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by August 24th. Please email [email protected] with any questions. 


Annual Indiana Democratic Editorial Association (IDEA) Convention in French Lick

August 22-24

French Lick Resort, 8670 West Road 56

The convention is next month and hotel rooms are going QUICKLY, so if you plan to attend you are encouraged to make your hotel reservations NOW. More information on IDEA and reservations can be found here: http://www.indems.org/annual-idea-convention-in-french-lick/


Executive Director Office Hours

Mondays 9am-1pm, Wednesdays 2-6pm, and by appointment

MCDP Headquarters, 116 S. Madison Street Suite A

Please use parking spots facing 4th Street if available, as parking spots against the building are reserved for customers of PDG Enterprises during business hours. Feel free to drop by during office hours, or contact Kaisa at [email protected] or 812-272-3439 to schedule a meeting at another time. 


Upcoming Community Events and Announcements


Democratic Women’s Caucus Monthly Breakfast

Friday, August 2, 7:30-9am

Village Deli

City, County and Township governments are preparing for the upcoming budget process. The DWC will have some elected women share their insights into the process -- what they look for in budget proposals, how they formulate questions for the presenters, their priorities in budgeting, sources of revenue and inflation. Hopefully you'll leave with a greater understanding of the differences between city and county processes, and how to view (or read about) these up-coming sessions with more insight.


All-Options Drop-in Volunteer Action Hours

Friday, August 2, 9:30-11am

All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, 1014 S. Walnut St. 

Have you ever wanted to get involved with All-Options, but aren't sure about making a long-term commitment? Would you like to do some hands-on work in a judgment-free, supportive environment? Join All-Options for drop-in volunteer time -- usually the first Friday of every month. They will have projects available for you to jump right in. All ages welcome!


Wake Up! With United Way: “Autism Spectrum Disorder: What to Know”

Thursday, August 8, 7:45-9am

BloomingTea, 612 W. Kirkwood Ave. 

Monthly speaker series featuring breakfast, networking, and an enlightening presentation and discussion of timely topics that directly or indirectly affect everyone in our area. This presentation will focus on the basics of Autism Spectrum Disorder, including a brief history of the diagnosis, why there seems to be an increase in the number of people who have ASD, and some useful tips on handling routine daily activities as well as crisis situations. The discussion will include opportunities for questions and answers from participants, as well as resources for those who need support and services. The $10 ticket cost includes breakfast and coffee, with any remaining proceeds supporting United Way of Monroe County's efforts to address the community's critical needs today, while reducing those needs tomorrow. More info about the speaker, the subject matter, and more, can be found here: https://www.monroeunitedway.org/WakeUp


“Nasty Women: Bloomington” Comedy Benefit Show

Saturday, August 10, 8-10pm

The Back Door, 207 S. College Ave.

Bloomington! Your favorite Nasty Women return to The Back Door for one night only. Enjoy comedy from local femmes and thems as they raise money for the All-Options Hoosier Abortion Fund. Bring cash for raffle tickets. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. $10 suggested donation. Queer Cabaret to follow! More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/the-back-door/nasty-women-bloomington/408882556637447/


Is Everyone Welcome: Exploring Equity and Inclusion

Tuesday, August 13, 5-6:30pm

Monroe County Public Library Auditorium

Join Building a Thriving Compassionate Community (BTCC) for a panel to explore the theme of Equity and Inclusion framing November's Monroe County Childhood Conditions Summit (MC3). Moderated by IU Office of Admissions Senior Assistant Director of Admissions and Chair of the Monroe County Women's Commission, Nichelle Whitney, BTCC's August Quarterly Gathering features a panel that bridges town and gown, bringing forth how we as a collective can build an equitable, inclusive city and county.  Participants will be invited to share ideas and feedback on bringing this topic to the 2019 Summit.


Letter Writing Night to Incarcerated Survivors

Wednesday, August 14, 7-8pm

All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, 1014 S. Walnut St. 

Join Middle Way House, in collaboration with New Leaf New Life, the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project, All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, the IU Middle Way House Chapter, and Bloomington PRIDE for a monthly letter-writing night to incarcerated survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Write a loved one or hear someone's story and send them words of support. All ages welcome. For more info, contact [email protected]


Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus Monthly Chapter Meeting

Thursday, August 15, 6-7pm

MCDP HQ, 116 S. Madison St. 

Please join MCBDC for their monthly chapter meeting to learn more about the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus and how you can get involved.  All are welcome!


Owen County Democratic Party Democracy Day Dinner 

Saturday, August 17, 5:30pm Social, 6:30pm Dinner

Spencer United Methodist Church, IGA, 95 W. Franklin St., Spencer

Featured Speaker Dana Black, State Deputy Chair for Engagement. For tickets: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/dddinner. Tickets: $25/person.


2019 Pridefest

Saturday, August 31, 3-11:30pm

Kirkwood Ave. 

Save the date for the sixth annual Bloomington Pridefest! Stay informed by checking out the website here: https://bloomingtonpride.org/pridefest


Community-wide Middle Way House Volunteer Training

Saturday, September 7, 9am-5pm

Bloomington Transit Downtown Terminal, 301 S. Walnut St.

Help believe and support survivors with meaningful alternatives to living with violence by volunteering with Middle Way House! You can attend the training, even if your schedule won't allow you to make an immediate commitment so that you are ready to begin when your schedule allows! All volunteers must participate in one of their eight-hour volunteer training sessions held throughout the year. There is NO per-registration required for the training; you may complete the volunteer application and bring it with you to the training, or complete it during the lunch break. For more information about volunteer positions, visit:  https://middlewayhouse.org/takeanaction/volunteer/volunteer-positions/. For questions or additional information, contact Evelyn Smith, our community outreach coordinator:  [email protected]



5th Annual Hamilton Friends and Family Picnic

Sunday, September 8, 4-7pm

Bryan Park, Henderson Shelter

Join Mayor Hamilton and his family for music, food, and family-friendly fun! Free and open to the public.


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:

Sustainability Commission (7/24/2019)

Environmental Commission (6/11/19)

Animal Control Commission (5/9/19)

Commission on the Status of Children and Youth (5/2/19)

Redevelopment Commission (5/2/19)

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)

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: https://www.co.monroe.in.us/egov/documents/1533065264_74301.pdf.

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Thomas ([email protected]).


*All event information is based on currently available information and may be subject to change.


Other 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), and City Government Offices (Portia Bailey-Bernard).


Thank You!

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)

Nicole Browne

Trent Deckard & Kyla Cox Deckard

Kaisa Goodman & Nico Sigler

Don Griffin, Jr. 

Peter Iversen & Leah Sinn Iversen

Jessica McClellan

Tom Miller & Beth McManus

Angela Purdie

Eric Schmitz

Fred Schultz

Matt & Heidi Schulz

Sue Sgambelluri

Jim & Doris Sims

Brad & Amy Swain

Christine Talley Haseman

Charlotte Zietlow

John Zody


“New Deal” donors ($50/month)

Lorraine Merriman Farrell

Lee Jones

Geoff McKim

Judy Sharp

Catherine Stafford

Mark Stoops


“Franklin and Eleanor” donors ($75/month)

Betsy Greene