Dispatch 9/6/18--An Economy that Works for You

Looking at a chart of our GDP over the last 50 years, our economy appears to be better than it ever has been. But that is not the reality for many of us and our loved ones. That is why, as Democrats, our goal isn't just for more GDP—we want an economy that works for everyone.

The truth is that income inequality has risen to astronomical levels. This trend has tracked with the decline in labor unions. We have weakened protections for the middle and working classes, and we have given free reign to forces and pressures in our economy that make life harder for Hoosiers. ...


So what can we do to reverse these trends? Our Democratic candidates have some positive ideas. We can support efforts such as Senator Joe Donnelly’s End Outsourcing Act that closes tax loopholes that give incentives for corporations to ship American jobs overseas. ...

Moreover, earning a sustainable, livable wage allows working families to provide for their families, save for retirement, and get ahead. As 9th District Candidate Liz Watson has noted, we need to strengthen the ability of Hoosier workers to collectively bargain and progressively raise minimum wage from the stagnant $7.25/hour to at least $15/hour to help accomplish this goal. At bottom, no one working full time should live in poverty in this country. 

...Let's spread the word. #monroedems2018 #workinghoosiers 

To view this full post with additional information, please visit: http://www.monroedems.org/an_economy_that_works_for_you


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.

Penny Githens Afternoon Canvass
Saturday, September 8, 2018, 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Meet at Democratic HQ, 116 S. Madison. Door-to-door work will be done in Monroe County areas included in District 60. If you can give this block of time, or half of the time, to help Penny contact voters 
please contact Deborah Meader at [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: 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:

DWC Breakfast
Friday, September 7th at 7:30 a.m.
Village Deli, Bloomington

September is Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders. Local women leaders involved in the community will unravel the maze of opioids, treatment, recovery: who's involved and what are they doing?


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

Meet our fantastic local, state, and federal Democratic candidates, including Liz Watson & Joe Donnelly, for political momentum building for the critical mid-term elections coming up. Bring a dish to share. Music by Fat Pockets, and food from the BBQ Train.


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

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 Ave.

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!

Tame the Gerrymander! A Discussion of Redistricting Reform
Saturday, September 22nd from 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Trinity Episcopal Church, 111 S. Grant St., Bloomington

The League of Women Voters and Trinity Episcopal Church are sponsoring a presentation and discussion of redistricting reform led by Julia Vaughn, Common Cause. Ms. Vaughn spearheads the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting. This meeting will focus on the current redistricting picture in Indiana, the history of (failed) attempts at legislative reform and, most important, what citizens can do to bring about change.


Ending U.S. Complicity in the Saudi-led War in Yemen
Sunday, September 23rd at 4:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington 

Come hear one of the most passionate and skillful peace lobbyists in the nation, Kate Gould of Friends Committee on National Legislation, speak on "Crime Against Humanity: U.S. Complicity in the Saudi-led War in Yemen." This is the greatest human rights disaster in the world today. For more information please contact David Keppel of the Bloomington Peace Action Coalition or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2062949437088941/


Groovin' At Grazie
A Fundraiser Event To Support Nicole Browne's Re-Election For Monroe County Clerk 
Thursday, September 27th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Grazie Italiano, 106 W. 6th Street, Bloomington

Enjoy appetizers, cocktails, music and Bloomington's downtown ambience with Monroe County Clerk Candidate Nicole Browne. Suggested contribution: $50.00 RSVP by e-mail or text message: [email protected] or (812) 369-7379


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.


Day of Action for Van Buren Township
Saturday, October 6th from Noon - 3:00 p.m.
Meet at MCDP HQ

Campaign for Amy Swain for State Representative District 62, Ashley Pirani for County Council District 3, and Will Smith for Van Buren Township Board all at once with a coordinated canvas.


Day of Action for Washington Township 
Sunday, October 14th from Noon - 4:00 p.m. 
Meet at Pat Slabach's House
Campaign for Penny Githens for State Representative District 60 and Pat Slabach and Lee Chapman for Washington Township Board all at once with a coordinated phone bank.


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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