In this week's Dispatch:
- STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS: 2/25/21
- INDIANA CITIZENS REDISTRICTING COMMISSION MEETING
- UPCOMING CAUCUS INFORMATION
- COMMUNITY COVID-19 RESOURCES
- UNITED WAY FREE TAX PREP FOR MONROE/BROWN/GREENE COUNTY
- BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
- and more...
This event will be held virtually, with the opportunity to attend over Zoom (see below) or via live streaming on the City of Bloomington Facebook page and YouTube Channel, where the video presentation will be archived for future viewing.
To join the event via Zoom, go to the following link:
Webinar ID: 950 5354 5204
INDIANA CITIZENS REDISTRICTING COMMISSION MEETING
Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wnyJd97cRUuZuF_DQkzUxA
The Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a virtual meeting to take public testimony about what Hoosier voters want from their new Congressional and state legislative districts.
Help the ICRC identify important communities of interest in your region to ensure that the new districts allow everyone an equal voice in Congress and at the State House.
***Please see our page with a list of ways to help with local efforts in response to COVID-19. Click here to visit the webpage.***
WAKE UP! WITH UNITED WAY 2021 SEASON
"As we rebuild from the pandemic, we have an opportunity to rethink how, together, we address our challenges,” remarked Efrat Feferman, United Way of Monroe County Executive Director. “This series aims to dig a little deeper into the underlying issues contributing to poverty and economic insecurity, while also bringing to light innovative solutions and how we can best support rebuilding a better normal."
The schedule for the rest of 2021:
Building A Better Normal season will include:
· March 11, Are we in an “Eviction Tsunami?”
· April 8, Homelessness and Housing Insecurity
· May 13, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and the Intersection with Homelessness
· June 10, What is Housing First?
· July 8, Health and Safety
· August 12, Food Security
· September 9, Workers’ Rights
· October 14, Caring for our Children
· November 11, Caring for our Nation’s Veterans
The Dispatch will include links for each session as they become available.
UNITED WAY FREE TAX PREP FOR MONROE/BROWN/GREENE COUNTY
Bilingual services are available.
OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
City of Bloomington Commission Vacancies
Two new commissions have been announced: the Citizens' Redistricting Advisory Commission and the Community Advisory on Public Safety Commission. Follow the links for information and the application process.
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:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Commission
Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association
Bloomington Transportation Corporation Board of Directors
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/onboardMonroe 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.
If you have any questions, please contact Julie Thomas at [email protected]*All event information is based on currently available information and may be subject to change.
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)
City Government Offices (Portia Bailey-Bernard).
MCDP “Four Freedoms Circle” Recurring Donors
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)
Sarah Bauerle Danzman
Richard Bauman & Beverly Stoeltje
Susan & Doug Davis
Trent Deckard & Kyla Cox Deckard
Kaisa Goodman & Nico Sigler
David G. Henry
Don & Carol-Anne Hossler
Peter Iversen & Leah Sinn Iversen
Jeff & Kim Kehr
Connie & Guy Loftman
Brad & Amy Swain
Christine Talley Haseman
Sue Wanzer & Melanie Payne
“New Deal” donors ($50/month)
Lorraine Merriman Farrell
John Hamilton & Dawn Johnsen
Jim & Doris Sims
Catherine & Larry Smith
Shelli Yoder & Josh Perry
“Franklin and Eleanor” donors ($75/month)
“Safeguard of Democracy” donors ($100/month)
This GOP administration’s trampling of the tenets of our democracy makes this the ideal time to become a Safeguard of Democracy donor.