The Dispatch 7.4.19--Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July from the Monroe County Democratic Party!

Democratic Party Events and Volunteer Opportunities

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 needed for the Democratic Party Booth

The Monroe County Democratic Party 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

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.


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]


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


Democratic Women’s Caucus Monthly Breakfast

Friday, July 5, 7:30am

Village Deli on Kirkwood

Discussion on the future of the DWC. Also, Ali Brown will be with there on Friday morning so you can hear about her race for the Indianapolis City-County Council and prepare to Support her, too!


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.

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:


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:


Indivisible Bloomington Activist Summit

Thursday, July 11, 7-9pm

MCDP HQ, 116 S Madison St.

As an initial step towards increasing collaboration among activist groups, Indivisible is hosting an Activist Summit on July 10, 7 PM, at Democratic Party Headquarters, 116 S Madison Street, Bloomington. The immediately goals for this meeting are to identify specific common goals, identify areas in which to increase collaboration, and identify initial steps for enhanced collaboration. Overarching goals are to defeat the Trump agenda, implement progressive policies, and start winning more elections in the state of Indiana.


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.


2019 SMART Girls, STRONG Women

Thursday, July 18, 6-8pm

311 S Lincoln St.

Join Boys and Girls Club for a fundraising event featuring dinner, dessert, a live auction and a discussion about helping young women reach their full potential in today’s challenging world. Their esteemed panelists will share their stories on facing challenges while rising to success and will also offer advice to the next generation of female superstars. This promises to be an unforgettable night! All proceeds benefit vital programming at the Club. More details and the link to buy tickets is on the Facebook event page: