Dispatch 9/1/18--Speak Up!

Leading up to the election, we will be trying to engage more of our neighbors to spread the word about

  1. What our candidates stand for;
  2. The great things our office-holders are doing; and
  3. Who we are as a local Democratic Party.

To be successful in building momentum for the midterms, we need you to join in the discussion!

We are proudly announcing our progressive goals for our community, our state, and our country. If you have upcoming events or suggestions for topics, please share them with us through the following submission form:

Additionally, we will produce content around a theme each week and give you opportunities to share and repost all of the exciting things going on around the MCDP, the 9th District, and the State of Indiana. Together, we can make this a successful midterm election!

2018 Voters' Guides

The Ninth District Disability Caucus has created a special voter's guide for individuals with disabilities in the Ninth District. You can check out the guide here (available in regular and large print): https://www.indisabilitycaucus.org/voting-guide-1.

Also, the Indiana Democratic Party launched its 2018 Hoosier Democrats Voter Guide to help voters learn about Democratic candidates on the ballot and encourage them to make the pledge to vote.

Campaign Opportunities:

MCDP Day of Action for Joe Donnelly

The MCDP will also be hosting a Day of Action for Joe Donnelley on Saturday, September 8th. Shifts will be from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, and from Noon until 3:00 p.m.

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: Canvass this Weekend!

  • Help Liz Watson:   7 days per week, 9am-9pm
Contact:  Marten Stein, 317-201-2846, [email protected]
  • Help the Coordinated Campaign:
Phone banks:  Daily: 11am - 2pm and 5pm - 8pm
Door-to-door canvassing: Weekdays 5pm - 8pm, Saturdays 9am - 3pm
Questions/RSVP: Terry Tossman at (301) 525-1010

Shelli Yoder for County Council District 1

Shelli is looking for the volunteers for the following:

  • Volunteers to canvass with Shelli on weekend shifts
  • Volunteers for a Meet the Candidates event this fall
  • Submit a letter to the editor in support of Shelli 
If you would like to help, please email Alison Pitt Polley, campaign chair, at [email protected].

Could you help us by sponsoring a new printer?

MCDP is expanding its infrastructure to provide more support and resources to candidates and community groups! We are looking to purchase a sound system and a color all-in-one laser printer. If you are interesting in helping MCDP with a full or partial sponsorship of these important investment pieces, please contact Executive Director Kaisa Goodman at [email protected]. Thank you so much for your support!

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Events Around Monroe County:

Fundraiser for Jim Harper for Indiana Secretary of State
Wednesday, September 5th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Grazie Italiano, 106 W 6th St., Bloomington

Please Join Connie & Guy Loftman ~ Lorraine Merriman Farrell ~ Regina & Don Moore ~ Jim Blickensdorf ~ Dawn Johnsen & Mayor John Hamilton ~ Charlotte Zietlow ~ Tomi & Jim Allison ~ Trent & Kyla Deckard ~ Kaisa Goodman ~ Janet Stavropoulos & Michael Molenda for an evening supporting Jim Harper for Indiana Secretary of State. Plus The Blue Wave Singers will be debuting a special tribute to Jim!


House Party for Amy Swain
Hosted by Sue Wanzer, Melanie Payne, and Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer
Friday, September 7th from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Sue and Melanie's Home at 690 West Fairway Lane Bloomington, IN 47403

Please join us for our House Party for Amy Swain.   

Amy is running for Indiana State House District 62; her goals include helping our state become more supportive of public education, employment, and health care. We would love to help you get to know Amy and to hear more about her goals and why she is running.

Light refreshments provided; feel free to bring friends and family. RSVP appreciated but not required. Click here for more information.


A Seat at the Table: Candidate Roundtable Day 1
Friday, September 7th from 10:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church, 2120 N Fee Ln  

#BlackLivesMatter Bloomington is excited to announce our Midterm Candidate Round-table Discussions with support by Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus and the NAACP. These discussions are a round-table series with candidates at the federal, state, and local level on September 7th & 9th. In this round-table event, candidates will respond to questions about issues related to the health and quality of life for black and other marginalized peoples. The questions will be made available to the candidates and to the public in August. Each round-table will consist of two candidates (running opposed in the same race whenever possible) and two moderators, one from BLM and another either from one of our affiliated organizations or an independent person with a public record of supporting the causes that BLM aligns with. 

You can find more information about the event here, and the schedule for the roundtables here. There is also information available on Facebook.


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.
Council Chambers, Bloomington City Hall

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 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
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.


A Seat at the Table: Candidate Roundtable Day 2
Sunday, September 9th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church, 2120 N Fee Ln  

You can find more information about the event here, and the schedule for the roundtables here. There is also information available on Facebook.


Persisterhood Fundraiser for Penny Githens
Saturday, September 15th from Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Hosted by Nelda Colglazier at 2616 Poplar Ct., Bloomington, IN 47401

The Persisterhood Workshop will be hosting a fundraiser for Penny Githens for Indiana District 60. The Persisterhood Workshop is a collective of local activists who make and sell handcrafted works for progressive causes. This fundraiser will include zen rocks, soap dishes, magnets, and more. For more information, visit Facebook


Fundraiser to Support of Liz Watson
Sunday, September 16th from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Home of Vicki Veenker & Tim Crockett, 1658 Russell Road, Bloomington, IN

Please join us for a fundraiser to help Liz Watson become our next U.S. Representative for the 9th District. The fundraiser will feature special guests Hon. Lee Hamilton and Hon. Baron Hill. Music will be provided by Carrie Newcomer & Robert Meitus. 

Please RSVP to [email protected] or 317.709.1228. More information can be found on Facebook.

Second Annual Opioid Summit
Tuesday, September 18th and Wednesday, September 19th
Monroe Convention Center, 302 South College Avenue

This event brings the best and brightest together to examine issues around Harm Reduction, Medication Assisted Treatment, Abstinence Based Treatment, The Criminal Justice System's Approach, Housing First Models, Overdose Prevention, Legislative Issues, Supporting Families and MUCH MORE! This year a hands on project planning session, and more opportunities to network! Day One: $40.00 -- 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / Breakfast and Lunch provided

Day Two: $40.00-- 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m./ Breakfast and Lunch provided

If you register for BOTH days at the time of registration, the cost is only $75.00 for both days!

  • Day One will include keynote speakers, a legislative panel, breakout sessions, and more information will be announced soon! We also plan to host a networking dinner in the evening!

  • Day Two will include keynote speakers, breakout sessions and an afternoon of networking and project planning. More information will be provided here and on social media!

DFMC Picnic and Disc Golf Tournament
Sunday, September 30th from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Karst Farm Park, 2450 S. Endwright Rd, Shelter #2

Get out your discs and start practicing for the Sixth Annual Democracy For Monroe County Picnic and Disc Golf Tournament. Enjoy good food, good music, and good friends while helping support Democracy for Monroe County (DFMC) in its mission to recruit, train, and support socially and economically progressive candidates at the local, state, and federal levels.

Tickets are $15 per person and $25 per family (one or two adults with children 17 and under).

The Disk Golf tournament is $10 to enter, and the winner will receive a $50 BloomingBucks certificate, redeemable at many of our fine local establishments.

There will also be a silent auction of fine gifts.

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

Thank you to our FOUR FREEDOMS CIRCLE for their ongoing monthly support:

In January 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt first spoke of the FOUR FREEDOMS in his state of the Union address.  He proposed four fundamental freedoms that people everywhere in the world should enjoy: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.

Our belief in the Four Freedoms is fundamental to our identity as Democrats.  In much the same way, our sustaining donors – those who choose to support the Monroe County Democratic Party through ongoing, monthly gifts – are fundamental to the work we do every single day.  

“For the Millions” donors ($25/month):

Richard Bauman & Beverly Stoeltje Eric Schmitz
Dan Combs Fred Schultz
Trent Deckard & Kyla Cox Deckard Matt & Heidi Schulz
Darcie Fawcett Sue Sgambelluri
Penny Githens Jim & Doris Sims
John Hamilton & Dawn Johnsen Eric Spoonmore
Peter Iversen & Leah Sinn Iversen Brad Swain
Jessica McClellan Shelli Yoder
Tom Miller & Beth McManus Charlotte Zietlow
Cheryl Munson  

“New Deal” donors ($50/month):

Nicole Bolden Margie Rice
Lorraine Merriman Farrell Judy Sharp
Mark Fraley & Sara Skrabalak Catherine Stafford
Lee Jones Mark Stoops
Geoff McKim Pat Williams & Tom Coleman

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

Betsy Greene

Christine Talley Haseman

“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.

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