The Dispatch 7.18.19

Democratic Party Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Farmers Market Volunteers 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

Happening now!!! 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.


Ninth District Democratic Party Torchbearer Reception: A Conversation with Mayor Greg Goodnight

Saturday, July 20, 5pm

The Club House at the Fields, 1333 Fenbrook Lane, Bloomington

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight will join the group to discuss the importance of municipal leadership and the 2019 election cycle. This is also a great opportunity to sign-up for the  Torchbearer program, a sustaining fund for the Ninth District Central Committee where individuals contribute a modest amount of $10 each month over a 12 month period. This reception is $20 per person, or free to Ninth District Torchbearers. RSVP to [email protected]. Details at:


Executive Director Position

Kaisa Goodman has returned 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]


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:


Executive Director Office Hours

Mondays 9am-1pm, Wednesdays 2-6pm

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

Kaisa Goodman is the Interim Executive Director for the Monroe County Democratic Party. Her office hours are every Monday from 9am to 1pm and every Wednesday from 2 to 6pm. Please use parking spots near facing 4th St. if available. Parking spots against the building are reserved for customers of PDG Enterprises during business hours.


Upcoming Community Events and Announcements


Hosting a Presidential Debate Watch Party?

If you're holding a debate watch party for your favorite Democratic presidential candidate and would like it publicized, please submit the information to MCDP at [email protected] and we'll put it in the Dispatch!

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!

ONLY 4 SPOTS LEFT! 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.


Black Lives Matter July Medical/First Aid Drive


Hopscotch Coffee

This final month of BLM's Summer Necessity Drive they are partnering with Hopscotch Coffee to do a targeted drive for medical/first aid & grooming supplies. HOPSCOTCH COFFEE WILL BE ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF JULY. Hopscotch has boxes for donation set up for your convenience. There is a Special Necessity Drive Drop Off Date

Friday July 20th 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

at Hopscotch Coffee Roastery and To-Go, ​212 N Madison St. Learn about their Necessity Drive here: More information about the drive, including wish-lists, can be found on the Facebook event page:


No Space For Hate: Flyering at the Market

Saturday, July 20, 8am-12:30pm

Bloomington Farmers Market

Activists will be flyering again regarding the presence of white supremacist vendors at the local Farmers Market. Schooner Creek Farm was there this past week. To show Bloomington that hate is not welcome in this town, sign up for a shift:



Monroe County NOW Dine and Donate/Contact Your Reps Party

Thursday, July 25, 4-9pm

Hive Bloomington, 2608 E. 10th St..

Join Monroe County NOW for their next Dine and Donate at Hive on Thursday, July 25, anytime between 4 and 9pm. Monroe County NOW will receive 20% of your receipts on orders. Just mention the Dine and Donate or feel free to print or show the cashier this information from your mobile device. Also join them for their Contact Your Reps Party from 5-7pm at Hive; postcards, scripts, and postage provided.


SD-SCI General Meeting

Sunday, July 28, 2pm

MCDP Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St.

Be part of this community conversation to help the Stonewall Democrats of South Central Indiana establish their initial priorities and goals for the near future! They need everyone's voice at the table to make informed choices about where to focus attention at the local and state levels for the coming months. They hope to see you there!



Monroe County NOW July Chapter Meeting and Potluck Picnic

Southeast YMCA, 2125 S. Highland Ave.

Sunday, July 28, 3-5pm

Join Monroe County NOW for their next chapter meeting at the Southeast Monroe County YMCA! They will have a potluck and have board, members, and friends present to socialize. If you're not currently a member, you will have the opportunity to become one. NOW will meet at the shelter by the lower playground. This event is accessible and open to all. Bring a food or beverage item to share! Let them know what you're bringing by filling out this Google sheet:


Wake Up! With United Way “Autism Spectrum Disorder: What to Know”

Thursday, August 8, 7:45-9am

Bloomingtea, 612 W. Kirkwood Ave.

Monthly speaker series featuring breakfast, networking, and an enlightening presentation and discussion of timely topics that directly or indirectly affect everyone in our area. This presentation will focus on the basics of Autism Spectrum Disorder, including a brief history of the diagnosis, why there seems to be an increase in the number of people who have ASD, and some useful tips on handling routine daily activities as well as crisis situations. The discussion will include opportunities for questions and answers from participants, as well as resources for those who need supports and services. The $10 ticket cost includes breakfast and coffee, with any remaining proceeds supporting United Way of Monroe County's efforts to address the community's critical needs today, while reducing those needs tomorrow. More info about the speaker, the subject matter, amd more, can be found here:


2019 Pridefest

Saturday, August 21, 3-11:30pm

Kirkwood Ave.

Save the date for the sixth annual Bloomington Pridefest!

5th Annual Hamilton Friends and Family Picnic

Sunday, 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).