The Dispatch 7.25.19

Democratic Party Events and Volunteer Opportunities

MCDP will be at several upcoming community events, and we need your help to staff the booths and march in the parades! Please contact Kaisa at [email protected] to sign up for a shift (or two) or if you have any questions. 

Monroe County Fall Festival: Staffing needed Thursday, September 19th through Saturday, September 21st, and we will be in the parade on Saturday at noon. 

Stinesville Quarry Festival: Staffing needed Thursday, September 26th through Saturday, September 28th, and we will be in the parade on Saturday at 2pm.

MidWay Music Festival: Staffing needed on Saturday, October 5th

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].


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]  Applications are due by August 24th.


Annual Indiana Democratic Editorial Association (IDEA) Convention in French Lick

August 22-24

French Lick Resort, 8670 West Road 56

The convention is next month and 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, and by appointment

MCDP Headquarters, 116 S. Madison Street Suite A

Please use parking spots facing 4th Street if available, as parking spots against the building are reserved for customers of PDG Enterprises during business hours. Feel free to drop by during office hours, or contact Kaisa at [email protected] or 812-272-3439 to schedule a meeting at another time.


Upcoming Community Events and Announcements


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. Learn about the Necessity Drive here: More information about the drive, including wish-lists, can be found on the Facebook event page:


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

Sunday, July 28, 3-5pm

Southeast YMCA, 2125 S. Highland Ave.

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:


Bernie Sanders Debate Watch Party

Tuesday, July 30, 7pm (debate begins at 8pm)

Nick’s English Hut, upstairs in the Attic and downstairs in the back room

Come cheer Bernie on this Tuesday, July 30th, at a debate watch party hosted by Bloomington Indiana for Bernie Sanders! They will have petition signature forms ready to sign to get Bernie on the primary ballot in Indiana, as well as Bernie 2020 bumper stickers and buttons. Come at 7 to order food and catch up with other supporters. For other info and to RSVP please email: [email protected]. The Facebook event page is here:


Hosting a Presidential Debate Watch Party?

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


Breaking Ballot Box Barriers

Thursday, August 1, 6-8pm

Monroe County Public Library room 1c

For Democracy for Monroe County’s August Link-up, they have invited Amanda Schutte as a guest speaker. Amanda has traveled the state working to expand access to voting rights, providing education on the barriers to participation in the civic process, and partnered with organizations such as the ACLU, YWCA, and the Indianapolis Parole Division. She has also made huge changes in her community through nonprofit development and community engagement. Join DFMC for a discussion about Breaking Ballot Box Barriers.


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 support 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, and more, can be found here:


“Nasty Women: Bloomington” Comedy Benefit Show

Saturday, August 10, 8-10pm

The Back Door, 207 S. College Ave.

Bloomington! Your favorite Nasty Women return to The Back Door for one night only. Enjoy comedy from local femmes and thems as they raise money for the All-Options Hoosier Abortion Fund. Bring cash for raffle tickets. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. $10 suggested donation. Queer Cabaret to follow!


Is Everyone Welcome: Exploring Equity and Inclusion

Tuesday, August 13, 5-6:30pm

Monroe County Public Library Auditorium

Join Building a Thriving Compassionate Community (BTCC) for a panel to explore the theme of Equity and Inclusion framing November's Monroe County Childhood Conditions Summit (MC3). Moderated by IU Office of Admissions Senior Assistant Director of Admissions and Chair of the Monroe County Women's Commission, Nichelle Whitney, BTCC's August Quarterly Gathering features a panel that bridges town and gown, bringing forth how we as a collective can build an equitable, inclusive city and county.  Participants will be invited to share ideas and feedback on bringing this topic to the 2019 Summit.


Letter Writing Night to Incarcerated Survivors

Wednesday, August 14, 7-8pm

All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, 1014 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]


Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus Monthly Chapter Meeting

Thursday, August 15, 6-7pm

MCDP HQ, 116 S. Madison St. 

Please join MCBDC for their monthly chapter meeting to learn more about the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus and how you can get involved.  All are welcome!


2019 Pridefest

Saturday, August 31, 3-11:30pm

Kirkwood Ave. 

Save the date for the sixth annual Bloomington Pridefest! 



5th Annual Hamilton Friends and Family Picnic

Sunday, September 8, 4-7pm

Bryan Park, Henderson Shelter

Join Mayor Hamilton and his family for music, food, and family-friendly fun! Free and open to the public.


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:

Sustainability Commission (7/24/2019)

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)

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 


Monroe 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

The application is available here:

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Thomas ([email protected]).


CITIZEN'S ACADEMY is ready for applications!

LIMITED 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.


*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).


Thank You!

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)

Nicole Browne

Trent Deckard & Kyla Cox Deckard

Kaisa Goodman & Nico Sigler

Don Griffin, Jr. 

Peter Iversen & Leah Sinn Iversen

Jessica McClellan

Tom Miller & Beth McManus

Angela Purdie

Eric Schmitz

Fred Schultz

Matt & Heidi Schulz

Sue Sgambelluri

Jim & Doris Sims

Brad & Amy Swain

Christine Talley Haseman

Charlotte Zietlow

John Zody


“New Deal” donors ($50/month)

Lorraine Merriman Farrell

Lee Jones

Geoff McKim

Judy Sharp

Catherine Stafford

Mark Stoops


“Franklin and Eleanor” donors ($75/month)

Betsy Greene


“Safeguard of Democracy” donors ($100/month)

This GOP administration’s trampling of the tenets of our democracy is the ideal time to become a Safeguard of Democracy donor.