In this week's Dispatch:
- DEMOCRACY LABS PROFILE: DEMOCRACY FOR MONROE COUNTY
- ACTION ITEM: PETITION TO EXPAND VOTE BY MAIL
- CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
- COMMUNITY COVID-19 RESOURCES
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DEMOCRACY LABS PROFILE
Democracy for Monroe County is a grassroots political action committee dedicated to supporting progressive policies at the local and state levels, as well as candidates who support those policies. DFMC is part of a nationwide coalition of grassroots groups allied with Democracy for America.
DFMC is dedicated to: instilling into politics a moral influence based on true American values of equal opportunity and justice for all; acting in alliance with the local Democratic Party, Organized Labor, Jobs With Justice, and other progressive groups for the purpose of promoting policies that will bring us a strong community, broad prosperity, effective government, education and health care for all, and a better future; finding socially progressive and fiscally responsible candidates among ordinary citizens who have been empowered through education, training, and political action to participate more in our government at all levels; and leaving no Republican candidate unchallenged.
For more information, or to join, please visit DFMC's website, http://democracyformonroecounty.org/. You can also visit DFMC's Facebook page.
Donate by clicking here. http://democracyformonroecounty.org/donate-to-dfmc/.
PETITION TO EXPAND VOTE BY MAIL
Demand Accessible, Efficient Elections for All Hoosiers
Indiana Senate Democrats have made a petition in efforts to expand vote by mail ahead of the November general elections. Read their comments below and please follow the link to sign the petition!
"State officials are already indicating their plans to limit mail-in voting for the general election in November. With the coronavirus pandemic still affecting our state, this would be an irresponsible and dangerous decision to make. Voters all across Indiana have expressed their concerns about not being able to vote this year. By limiting mail-in voting, many Hoosiers who are concerned about their health and safety will be disenfranchised this November.
We have already seen that mail-in voting can be extremely secure and efficient when it’s given the necessary resources and flexibility. In places like Colorado, Washington or Montana, a complete vote-by-mail system helps higher voter participation and allows voters to navigate the challenges of this pandemic with ease. If our state invests the time and resources into giving Hoosiers access to voting by mail, we can see the same success.
Many Hoosiers are more susceptible to COVID-19 due to age, compromised immune systems or pre-existing conditions. No one in our state should have to make a choice between exercising their constitutional right to vote and staying safe from contracting COVID-19."
SIGN THE PETITION AT
Cheryl Munson needs your help as she seeks re-election to an at-large seat on the Monroe County Council! If you would be interested in phone banking for Cheryl or hosting a yard sign, please contact Olivia Reed at [email protected]!
OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
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:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Commission (5/6/20)
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)
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
Tom Miller & Beth McManus
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.