The Dispatch 5.30.19

Democratic Party Events

Hoosier Hospitality Dinner

Friday, June 7, 6:30-9pm

Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave.

Please join the Indiana Democratic Party at the 2019 Hoosier Hospitality Dinner on Friday, June 7 at the Indiana Convention Center. Featured guest speaker is US Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. The evening is a great opportunity to come together as Hoosier Democrats and be reminded of why we are fighting for working families. You can find more information on the HH Dinner at our website here: If you have any questions, reach out to Alex Fuller via email at [email protected]

**Interested in attending the Hoosier Hospitality Dinner? The MCDP has 8 seats available, and if you are interested in reserving one of those instead of purchasing a ticket on your own, email [email protected] to let know! We would love to have a strong presence of folks active in the Monroe County Democratic Party.**


2019 Young Democrats of America National Convention

July 17-20

Crowne Plaza, 123 W. Louisiana St, Indianapolis

Visit for all details and convention matters.


Annual Indiana Democratic Editorial Association (IDEA) Convention in French Lick

August 22-24

French Lick Resort, 8670 West Road 56

The convention is still months away but hotel rooms are going QUICKLY, so if you plan to attend you are encouraged to make your hotel reservations NOW. More information on that can be found here:


Peter Iversen Office Hours

Wednesdays 12-1pm

Monroe County Democratic Party Headquarters 116 S. Madison Street Suite A

Peter Iversen is the acting interim Executive Director for the Monroe County Democratic Party. His office hours are every Wednesday over the lunch hour. Please use parking spots near Suite A entrance if available. Parking spots near the street are reserved for customers of PDG Enterprises.


Farmers Market Volunteers still needed for the Democratic Party Booth

The Monroe County Democratic Party still needs volunteers at the Saturday Farmers Market this summer! Shifts are available from 8am to 12pm. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Ed at [email protected].


Upcoming Community Events and Announcements

City of Bloomington Commission Vacancies

The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill recently vacated positions on several of the city’s commissions. Recent vacancies, and the date they became available, are listed below:

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))

Human Rights Commission (3/20/19)

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


CITIZEN'S ACADEMY is ready for applications!

The 2019 Citizens' Academy class will provide participants with an interactive learning experience about municipal government services, programs and departmental responsibilities. This year's Citizens' Academy session begins Thursday, August 29 and runs through October 24. To ensure the quality of the experience, the sessions will be limited to 30 participants. All classes are 6-8pm every Thursday evening. You can apply online at or contact Vickie Provine, [email protected] or call 812.349.3505.


Summer Necessities Drive


Unitarian Universalist Church, 2120 N. Fee Lane

Black Lives Matter Bloomington and Black Lives Unitarian Universalism are launching

their Summer Necessity Drive and devoting the month of May to collecting supplies for expecting mothers and babies. To see the organizations’ Wish List for items needed, check out their website: Items purchased online through the Amazon Wish List will be shipped directly to BLM B-town. If bought locally or from other bulk sites these items will need to be delivered, and BLM is having a donation drop-off day at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12th.


Middle Way House Community-wide Volunteer Training

Saturday, June 1, 9am-5pm

Bloomington Transit Downtown Terminal

Help Middle Way 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 make an immediate commitment so that you are ready to begin when your schedule allows.  Numerous opportunities exist at the Bloomington locations and outreach offices in Greene, Martin and Owen counties. 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: information here:


Spencer Pride Festival

Saturday, June 1, 12-7pm

Owen County Courthouse, Spencer

The Spencer Pride Festival is an admission-free rural LGBTQ+ pride festival that takes place on the square of the Owen County Courthouse and is the largest rural LGBTQ+ pride event in Indiana. The festival is known for its family-focused and inclusive atmosphere. Check out more info at:


Eva: A-7063 Documentary Film Screening

Sunday, June 2, 3:30pm

Buskirk-Chumley Theater

As a 10-year-old “Mengele Twin,” Eva Kor suffered some of the worst of the Holocaust. At 50, she launched the biggest manhunt in history. Now in her 80s, she promotes the lesson her journey has taught: healing through forgiveness. Narrated by Hollywood icon Ed Asner, Eva: A-7063 tells the full, astonishing story of this historic figure for the first time, tracking her from Auschwitz to Israel to the United States – even into the U.S. Capitol for her jaw-dropping arrest – and ultimately to her courageous return to the Nazi death camp.


Knock Down the House Documentary Showing

Thursday, June 6, 6-8:30pm

Monroe County Public Library, room 1B

Democracy For Monroe County, IU College Democrats, and Indiana 9th District Latino Caucus are proud to host a showing of the new documentary that follows four determined candidates, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, throughout their campaign in the 2018 election. These progressive candidates take on big money and stagnant incumbents in the 2018 election with and without success. Come for a great film, good company, and a good discussion following the film. The trailer can be found here:


Democratic Women’s Caucus Monthly Breakfast

Friday, June 7, 7:30am

Village Deli

The guest at the DWC’s next monthly breakfast on Friday, June 7 will be Karlee Macer, Indiana State Representative District 92. Karlee was first elected in 2012 and is currently the Assistant Democratic Leader and the Ranking Democrat on the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee. Watch for more details in the June 3 DWC Monday Morning News email.


All-Options Drop-in Volunteer Action Hours

Friday, June 7, 9:30-11am

All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, 1014 S. Walnut St.

Have you ever wanted to get involved with All-Options, but aren't sure about making a long-term commitment? Would you like to do some hands-on work in a judgment-free, supportive environment? Join All-Options for drop-in volunteer time -- usually the first Friday of every month. They will have projects available for you to jump right in. All ages welcome!


Bloomington Wear Orange Event

Friday, June 7, 8-9pm

Monroe County Courthouse

Hosted by Moms Demand Action, Bloomington’s Wear Orange event will feature proclamations read by Mayor Hamilton and the Monroe County Commissioners, a lighting of the courthouse, and the release of lanterns honoring the survivors of gun violence. More details for this event can be found here:


Letter Writing Night to Incarcerated Survivors

Wednesday, June 12, 7-8pm

Monroe County Public Library Auditorium

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]


Wake Up! with United Way: Disability Inclusivity in the Workplace

Thursday, June 13, 7:45-9am

The Mill, 642 N Madison St

Join United Way for breakfast and hear from a panel of advocates how we can all consider not only our work environment, but other spaces, through a more inclusive lens. The panel with include Angie Vandersteen from Indianapolis-based disability partner, Tangram Business Resourcing; Brandi Hamilton, Director of Community Services for LifeDesigns; and Randy Paul, a longtime local community organizer and activist. For tickets and additional information, click here:


Stonewall Democrats of South Central Indiana Launch Event

Saturday, June 15, Reception at 3pm, Speakers at 4pm

Bloomington City Hall, Atrium and Council Chambers

The Stonewall Democrats of South Central Indiana (SD-SCI) is a newly organized local caucus that supports LGBTQI people, their involvement in local and state politics, and policies that will improve their lives. Speakers at the event will include Senator JD Ford, Dana Black, and others. Together we can build a more inclusive community for trans and queer people in South Central Indiana. The event is free, but donations are encouraged. Want to join SD-SCI? Annual membership is $10 and is good through May 31, 2020. For more information contact either Jessica McCellan ([email protected]), Treasurer, or Will Smith ([email protected]), President.


Dine and Give Courage to Change Sober Living Community Fundraiser Dinner

Tuesday, June 18, 6-8:30pm

Farmbloomington, 108 E. Kirkwood Ave.

You are invited to join Courage to Change Sober Living for their Community Fundraiser Dinner at Farm Bloomington. Learn about the work they do in Monroe County, meet board members, hear a testimonial from a former resident and learn how Sober Joe Coffee is supporting the work Courage to Change Sober Living is doing--all while enjoying a fantastic three course meal.


Juneteenth Celebration and Summer Necessity Drive Drop-off

Wednesday, June 19, 6-9pm

Banneker Community Center, 930 W. 7th St.

Join Black Lives Matter Bloomington for their Juneteenth Celebration and help with their Summer Necessity Drive. Food trucks, music by DJ Jada Bee, info tables for the organizations supported by the drive, a kids book story corner, and more will be present. More information is on the facebook event page:


Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus Monthly Meeting

Thursday, June 20, 6-7pm

MCDP Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St.



Juneteenth Celebration

Friday, June 21, 5:30-8pm

Griffin Realty

The Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus is hosting a Juneteenth celebration to commemorate the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America.


Rally for Our Rights

Saturday, June 22, 11am

Indiana State House, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

There will be a Rally for Reproductive Rights at the Indiana State House on Saturday, June 22. Stand united to put an end to the bills being passed across the nation that were created to delete people’s right to choose. Bring your daughters and your sons, and stop this war on reproductive rights now! The Facebook event page can be found here:


Monroe County NOW June Chapter Meeting

Sunday, June 23, 3-5pm

Monroe County Public Library room 2A

See what NOW is up to this summer and beyond. Special guest Btown PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will be there to lead a discussion about the intersection of LGBTQ+ identity and racial identity. For information about Btown PFLAG and their work, please visit


Rise Above The Mark: Stand Up for Public Education

Sunday, June 23, 4-6pm

Buskirk-Chumley Theatre

Come for a screening of Rise Above The Mark, a film that examines the realities of public education in Indiana. A panel discussion will follow the film. Co-hosted by Indiana Coalition for Public Education Monroe County, Democracy for Monroe County, and Buskirk Chumley Theatre. More details at the facebook event page:


Stonewall 50th Anniversary Celebration and Pridefest Benefit

Saturday, June 29, 10pm-12am

The Back Door, 207 S. College Ave.

A showcase benefit featuring a range of art forms- from poetry to live music to drag and everything in-between- that celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Suggested donation: $5-15 at the door. Door proceeds and tips go to Bloomington Pridefest.


*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:

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).