The Dispatch 6.27.19

Democratic Party Events and Volunteer Opportunities

2020 Presidential Debate Watch Party: Night 2

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

Crazy Horse

Hang out with the MCDP as we come together to watch the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates debate.  We are also asking anyone that is coming to this event to bring canned vegetables so that we can help out Community Kitchen fill up their canned vegetable shelves!

4th of July Parade

July 4, 10am


Your Monroe Democrats encourage a large turn-out for the 4th of July Parade. Please join us, rain or shine. (Many of us remember the downpour of 2008, and look what happened that year!) If you can, wear or carry Flag or Americana or Democratic themed things.  As usual, we will have a truck with candidate signs and a trailer with hay bales. There will be cold water on the trailer but you may want to bring your own water bottle. We will assemble in the large IU lot between Dunn and Indiana south of 6th St. by 9am. Some of the streets near the parade route close at 8, so being there early is good. City and IU parking is free but traffic patterns are likely to be confusing. There will be a restroom in the assembly area. If we get signs for a sufficient number (6) of Presidential candidates, we will also display those on the truck. To support a Presidential candidate, please bring two signs 8.5”x11” on plain or waterproofed paper.


Executive Director Position

 Kaisa Goodman is returning as Interim Executive Director for the Monroe County Democratic Party, through the fall Municipal election this November. We are also accepting resumes for a new Executive Director to start at that time. To learn more about what this role entails and to submit a resume, email [email protected]


Monroe County Fair

July 1-July 6 4pm-10pm

Monroe County Fairgrounds Airport Rd.

Volunteer at the MCDP booth at the fair. Register people to vote, hand out candidate literature, and represent for your favorite candidate. Contact Jessica McClellan at [email protected] for shift signup.


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 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:


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.


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:


Debate Watch Party for Mayor Pete Buttigieg

June 27, 8:30pm (Debate starts at 9 pm)

Sign up at the link for the location (private residence)

Pete will be a part of the first DNC debate on June 27, and they are hosting a watch party to support him on stage and build community around our bold vision for the future. Arrive around 8:30 so folks can all get to know each other, enjoy some snacks, and have a round of Pete trivia featuring Pete buttons as prizes! Soft drinks provided; feel free to bring wine, beer, or other alcoholic beverages.  More information here.


Moms Demand Action Bloomington Jume Member Meeting

Saturday, June 29, 11am-1pm

Monroe County Public Library, room 2A


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.


Save Hoosier Healthcare Rally:

Monday, July 1, 12-2pm

Monument Circle Indianapolis

On July 1st, Indiana will begin a dangerous new experiment with Medicaid/HIP: unnecessary and burdensome new reporting requirements. Starting in 2020, tens thousands of Hoosiers will lose their healthcare because of these new changes. And while we get sicker, someone’s getting richer. These new requirements are being run by companies that profit by making the system harder for Hoosiers. Insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, and other mega-corporations all make money by withholding care from us. Rally on July 1st to demand that the Governor stop this cruel program before Hoosiers get hurt. We deserve a healthcare system that puts people before profit. The time is now: show up and demand that Indiana do better.  


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.


Letter Writing Night to Incarcerated Survivors

Wednesday, July 10, 7-8pm

1010 S. Walnut St.

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: "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!


Lights for Liberty Vigil

Friday, July 12, 7-10pm

Monroe County Courthouse

Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees. Beginning at 7 p.m. on July 12th, advocates, activists and impacted persons will speak on the issue of human detention camps in the United States. At 9 p.m., around the country and around the world, participants will light candles in a silent vigil for all those held in US detention camps to bring light to the darkness of the Trump administration’s horrific policies. The Facebook event page has more information here:


Stonewall Democrats Event: Celebrating 50 years of Pride with Chasten Buttigieg

Thursday, July 18, 5:30-8pm

Indianapolis Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 416, 748 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis

LGBTQ+ rights and human rights are under attack by the current political environment. Join community activists, organizers, local officials, and more as South Bend’s First Husband returns to Indianapolis. As we honor Stonewall’s 50th anniversary, we lift up and celebrate the fact that the milestones achieved in the LGBT movement were only possible because of the trailblazers who first stood up for their rights. We as an organization continue to push forth LGBTQ+ Democratic candidates up and down the ballot to continue to fight for our rights 50 years later. Tickets: $50 each. Students and YDA attendees with credentials: $25


Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus Monthly Meeting

Thursday, July 18, 6-7pm

MCDP Headquarters

All are welcome. Learn what the MCBDC is doing and how you can get involved.


5th Annual Hamilton Family Picnic

Saturday, September 8

Bryan Park, Henderson Shelter

Join Mayor Hamilton and his family for music, food, and family-friendly fun!


*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).