The Dispatch 6.20.19

Democratic Party Events and Volunteer Opportunities

4th of July Parade

July 4, 10am


March with us! 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].


Municipal Candidate Training

June 23, 12:30-5pm

French Lick Hotel

The Indiana Democratic Party is hosting Municipal Candidate Trainings, and for those living in Southern Indiana, it will be at the French Lick Hotel from 12:30pm to 5:00pm on Sunday, June 23. It will provide you with tools needed to run a successful campaign in 2019! They will be presenting on fundraising, building a field program, campaign messaging, and more. If you are ready to win this November, sign up for a Candidate Training in French Lick on June 23.


2019 Tri-State Cornfield Conference

June 28-30

Noble County Fairgrounds, Kendallville, Indiana

Hosted by the Noble County Democrats and co-hosted by the Dekalb, Kosciousko, Lagrange and Whitley County Democrats. A Democratic Revival focused on issues for Democrats in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Friday: 4pm-9pm and Sunday: 8am-4pm: Intro to Political Organizing Digital Training. Saturday: 9am-7pm: a full day of workshops and activities including a “Women in Politics” Panel Discussion, plus “insights from a small town mayor” and special appearances by Karlee Macer and Eddie Melton. Full details at:


2019 Young Democrats of America National Convention

July 17-20

Crowne Plaza, 123 W. Louisiana St, Indianapolis

Visit for all details and convention matters. Democrats of all ages from across the US will come to Indy to learn about how to be a leader in local communities through training tracks, workshops, panelists, & more. Elected officials from across the nation will lead learning sessions throughout the day. Opportunities to network, learn, get inspired, & more.


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.



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:


Bernie Sanders Debate Watch Party!

June 27, 8pm (Debate starts at 9 pm)

Nick's English Hut (upstairs room)

Come together with your friends, family members, and neighbors for the first 2020 Presidential Democratic Primary Debate! Get excited about Bernie’s historic campaign to transform America, and sign-up to do the important work of grassroots organizing. The event will gather at 8 pm to provide time for folks to sign in and order food/drinks. The debates will begin at 9 pm. RSVP here:


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.


Pride in STEM

Friday, July 5, 1-4pm

Wonderlab Museum, 308 W. 4th St.

Join Wonderlab and Bloomington Pride for the second annual International Day of LGBTQ+ People in STEM.  WonderLab is joining museums and science centers around the world in recognizing past and present accomplishments of LGBTQ+ people in STEM. Learn about foundational LGBTQ+ scientists, as well as meet scientists from our local LGBTQ+ community. Try your skills at coding like Alan Turing. Launch a rocket like Sally Ride. Examine coral specimens like Ruth Gates. Explore the scientific method like Francis Bacon. Delve into neurology like Ben Barres. Watch the facebook page for event updates and information about these and other LGBTQ Scientists. All activities free with museum admission.


Wake Up! With United Way: "Unteachable and Difficult" - Understanding Childhood Trauma

Thursday, July 11, 7:45-9am

The Mill, 642 N Madison St.

When a child is labeled "difficult" or deemed unable to learn or socialize properly, what might lie beneath the expressed behaviors? What referral and treatment options exist in our community, and where are the gaps?

Join United Way and IU PACE for breakfast on July 11th, along with Jeff Baldwin, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington; Kaitlyn King, Senior Clinical Therapist from Catholic Charities of Bloomington; and Dr. Jerry M. Jesseph, Clinical Professor with the IU School of Medicine, who will help us unpack these questions and share a hopeful message of the possibilities for intervention and treatment. The session encourages audience participation through a moderated Q&A format. Your $10 ticket will cover the cost of breakfast, with the remaining proceeds supporting United Way of Monroe County's efforts to address our community's critical needs today, while reducing those needs tomorrow. See the facebook event page for more info:


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!


5th Annual Hamilton Family Picnic

Saturday, September 8

Bryan Park


*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).