Dispatch 8.8.19

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/



9th District Lee Hamilton Dinner at IDEA

Saturday, August 24, 6:30pm

8670 West Highway, French Lick, Indiana 

Mark your calendars and tell your friends! It's time for our Ninth District Democrats to gather for our annual Lee H. Hamilton Dinner! Like last year, our District Dinner, named in honor of former Ninth District Congressman Lee Hamilton, will be held as part of the annual Indiana Democratic Editorial Association (IDEA) conference in historic French Lick. $60 per person/$50 for Ninth District Torchbearers. 

To purchase tickets or be an event sponsor, click here! For more information, contact District Party Headquarters at 812.725.2020 or [email protected]


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


“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/


Moms Demand Action New Member Orientation

Monday, August 12, 6-8pm

Location TBD

Learn about Moms Demand Action -- who they are and what they do. Then learn how you can join the team and support their work. The location is currently undetermined. RSVP here - https://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/24827/signup/?akid&source=mda-web--event-search&fbclid=IwAR3x_n9n_zQA2gT18xWnPF8wD-vtkmH5y7fyoREFqIbVOJp9q9IgKC_qDSs


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


Black Lives Matter August Medical and Bath Supplies Drive


#BlackLivesMatterBloomington believes everyone deserves the basics necessities in life. Unfortunately our society isn't set up to ensure everyone has those things, but we can change that. We can help get those in need, providing them those basic everyday items that are often taken for granted. Drop Off Date: August 31st 2019 at Pridefest 2019 Bloomington

https://www.facebook.com/events/399395120876697/. The drive is VERY easy to participate in. Learn about the Necessity Drive here: https://blm.btown-in.org/summer-2019-necessity-drive.html


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

Please join Mayor John Hamilton and Dawn Johnsen for the 5th annual Hamilton Friends and Family Picnic. Enjoy food from BBQ Train, listen to great music by Huckleberry Funk, and meet your Democratic candidates! We welcome contributions of side dishes and desserts to share. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket for seating. Event is free, open to the public, and will go on rain or shine. We hope to see you there!


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


“Safeguard of Democracy” donors ($100/month)

This GOP administration’s trampling of the tenets of our democracy is the ideal time to become a Safeguard of Democracy donor.