The Dispatch 6.13.19

Democratic Party Events and Volunteer Opportunities

4th of July Parade

July 4, 10am


Once again, the MCDP will have a significant presence at the Bloomington 4th of July Parade. All Democrats are encouraged to participate; if you can't march, there will be a trailer with seats of some sort. The Parade will start at 10am and participants are expected to be at the assembly site before 9am.  The City will finalize our postition in the parade and assembly point by June 24th, so watch this Dispatch for further information. People willing to assist as Parade Marshals should contact [email protected]

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].

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.


Upcoming Community Events and Announcements

City of Bloomington Commission Vacancies

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:

Environmental Commission (6/11/19)

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.


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.


Monroe County Democrats’ Club Meeting

Tuesday, June 18, 11:30am

DeAngelo’s Restaurant

The Monroe County Democrats' Club will meet on Tuesday, June 18, at 11:30 a.m. at DeAngelo's Restaurant. The speaker will be Mike Rhodes, who will talk about economic development in Bloomington and Monroe County. The public is invited to attend.


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.


2019 SMART Girls, STRONG Women

Tuesday, June 18, 6-8pm

Lincoln Street Club, 311 S. Lincoln St

Come for a fundraising event featuring dinner, dessert, a live auction and a discussion about helping young women reach their full potential in today’s challenging world. Esteemed panelists will share their stories on facing challenges while rising to success and will also offer advice to the next generation of female superstars. This promises to be an unforgettable night! All proceeds benefit vital programming at the Club. More details, including how to buy tickets, can be found on their Facebook page:


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, including what items to donate, is on the facebook event page:


Monroe County NOW June Contact Your Reps

Thursday, June 20, 5-7pm

Bloomongtea, 615 W. Kirkwood Ave.

Come join NOW to write your representatives about the issues you care about. They’ll have everything you need including scripts, postcards, and postage.



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-Options Drop-in Volunteer Action Hours

Friday, July 12, 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!


*All event information is based on currently available information and may be subject to change.



The Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus’s June Meeting, previously scheduled for Thursday, June 20th, is cancelled as their Juneteenth Celebration will be held the following day. See above for more details on that event.


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).