The Dispatch 2.25.21

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...

 

STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS

Join Mayor John Hamilton for the 2021 State of the City on Thursday, February 25th at 7pm. 


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:

https://bloomington.zoom.us/j/95053545204?pwd=Ly85RnZGV3pFK2ZXazBNK3pya0VnUT09

Passcode: 906089

Webinar ID: 950 5354 5204


INDIANA CITIZENS REDISTRICTING COMMISSION MEETING

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.


UPCOMING CAUCUS INFORMATION
     The caucus to establish leadership for the Monroe County Dems will be held virtually on March 6th. The last day to submit for candidacy is on March 3rd. For more information on how to run contact Sofia McDowell at [email protected]. More information forthcoming. 

COVID-19 INFORMATION



***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 the region rebuilds from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Wake Up! with United Way season will focus on Building a Better Normal. Each month’s discussion will bring to light how to engage to create a brighter future that works for everyone in our community, including topics like homelessness, food security, and workers’ rights.

      "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
      United Way is offering COVID-19 safe free tax prep services for people making under $57k. For more information please visit: www.MonroeUnitedWay.org/FreeTaxes.

Bilingual services are available.

OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED


City of Bloomington Commission Vacancies

NEW COMMISSIONS: 

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:

*UPDATED: 10/1/20*

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Commission 
Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association
Environmental Commission
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/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

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. 

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)
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)
Ruth Aydt
Dion Baker
Sarah Bauerle Danzman
Richard Bauman & Beverly Stoeltje
Nicole Browne
Sarah Bruner
Jean Capler
Dan Combs
Cathi Crabtree
Jennifer Crossley
Susan & Doug Davis
Trent Deckard & Kyla Cox Deckard
Penny Githens
Kaisa Goodman & Nico Sigler
David G. Henry
Don & Carol-Anne Hossler
Peter Iversen & Leah Sinn Iversen
Randy Jacobs
Jeff & Kim Kehr
Connie & Guy Loftman
Jessica McClellan
Apple Muncy
Ashley Pirani
Eric Schmitz
Fred Schultz
Sue Sgambelluri
Jacob Simpson
William Smith
Brad & Amy Swain
Christine Talley Haseman
Julie Thomas
Sue Wanzer & Melanie Payne
Carol Wilson
John Zody

“New Deal” donors ($50/month)
Lorraine Merriman Farrell
John Hamilton & Dawn Johnsen
Lee Jones
Judy Sharp
Jim & Doris Sims
Catherine & Larry Smith
Catherine Stafford
Mark Stoops
Troy Thomas
Shelli Yoder & Josh Perry

“Franklin and Eleanor” donors ($75/month)
Betsy Greene
Geoff McKim

“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.