Dispatch 8/2/18--Canvas the Town

Join the MCDP and Canvass for Liz Watson! 
The Monroe County Democratic Party will be hosting a canvass to support Liz Watson for Congress on Saturday, August 11th. Please come out and support Liz Watson and all of our local Democrats. Candidates/volunteers for local candidates who walk for Liz this day may also identify for themselves or their local candidate. Here are the details:

When: Saturday, August 11th
Where: Meet at MCDP Headquarters, 116 S Madison St.
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Noon
  • 3:00 p.m.

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]

Swain for State Rep Canvass

Swain for State Representative of Indiana House District 62 is hosting a statewide weekend of action. On Saturday, August 11th and Sunday, August 12th the Swain for State Rep campaign will start from MCDP headquarters to canvass the area.

On both days there will be shifts from 10-1pm and 1-4pm. Please contact [email protected] to sign up!

Liz Watson for Congress: Canvass this 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

RSVP Saturday: Bloomington Summer Canvass Saturday!

RSVP Sunday: Bloomington Summer Canvass Sunday!

Kate Wiltz for County Council District 2

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

The Monroe County Democratic Party survives on contributions from all of you. Please take a moment and consider donating to the MCDP through Act Blue:

Donate to MCDP


Events Around Monroe County:

Dine-and-Donate with Mother Bear's to Support Indiana Legal Services
Wednesday, August 8th 
Mother Bear's on Campus and West Side Locations

MCDP is supporting an event along with Indivisible Bloomington and Monroe County NOW on August 8th to raise money for Indiana Legal Services. Money raised will support ILS's efforts to reunite families divided at the border. For every large pizza ordered with a coupon, $5 will be raised for Indiana Legal Services. You must have a printed coupon, which you can download here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58cb6b2a03596ef21eb8b902/t/5b6081ed1ae6cf370fe83d97/1533051376303/Dine+and+Donate+Coupon+August.pdf 

There are a few restrictions: paper coupons need to be printed. They will not accept digital coupons. Coupons cannot be distributed outside their location the day of, per Mother Bear's rules. You are free to print as many as you want to distribute to your friends, families, acquaintances, and colleagues. 

Here is the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/441749829569394/

Nibbles With Nicole Fundraiser Event 
Saturday, August 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
7978 S. Breeden Road, Bloomington , IN 47403  (Home of Jeana & Roger Kerr )

Join the campaign to re-elect Nicole Browne as Monroe County Clerk at her Nibbles with Nicole fundraiser.* RSVP by e-mail or text message: [email protected] or (812) 360-5048

*All contributions will go to the Committee To Elect Nicole Browne. Political contributions are not tax deductible.


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 at 7:00 p.m.
The Fields, 1333 S Fenbrook LnBloomington

To commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment, the DWC will host its annual Women's Equality Day Celebration. State Representative Linda Lawson will be the keynote speaker. Details will be forthcoming, but if you would like to sponsor or help with this event PLEASE volunteer and contact: [email protected]     


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.


Ninth District Lee Hamilton Dinner
Saturday, August 26th from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
French Lick Resort and Hotel, 8670 W State Road 56, French Lick

Mark your calendars and tell your friends! It's time for our Ninth District Democrats to gather for the Lee H. Hamilton Dinner!

In support of our candidates for public office and our coordinated campaign effort, we've organized a district fundraising dinner named in honor of former Ninth District Congressman Lee H. Hamilton. The details are as follows:

Lee H. Hamilton Dinner
Saturday August 26, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Historic French Lick Hotel
8670 West State Road 56
French Lick, Indiana 47432
$50 per person / $40 for Ninth District Torchbearers

For more information contact District Party Headquarters
812.725.2020 or [email protected]

This won't be an event that you'll want to miss! In addition to hearing from our keynote speaker, we will also recognize for Indiana First Lady Judy O'Bannon with the 2017 Lee. H. Hamilton Public Service Award! 

We look forward to seeing you for our 2017 Lee H. Hamilton Dinner and the annual Indiana Democratic Editorial Association Conference!


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