The Dispatch 8.22.19

In this week's Dispatch: IDEA Convention, Save the date for the MCDP Fall Dinner, Executive Director applications due Saturday, Upcoming Community Events, and more!

Democratic Party Events and Opportunities

Save the Date: MCDP Fall Dinner

Thursday, October 10, 6-9pm (cocktail hour from 6-7pm, dinner at 7pm)

Monroe Convention Center, Duke Energy Rooms

With special guests Karlee Macer, Eddie Melton, and Dr. Woody Myers. More information coming soon!


Deadline to apply for MCDP Executive Director position is this Saturday, August 24th!

We are currently accepting applications for a new Executive Director, and the job description may be found here. To apply, email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by August 24th. Please email [email protected] with any questions. 


Volunteer for MCDP at an upcoming local festival!

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


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

August 22-24

French Lick Resort, 8670 West Road 56

The convention is this weekend. A full schedule of events, more information on IDEA, and links for hotel reservations can be found here:



9th District Lee Hamilton Dinner at IDEA

Saturday, August 24, 6:30pm

8670 West Highway, French Lick, Indiana 

Mark your calendars and tell your friends! It's time for our Ninth District Democrats to gather for our annual Lee H. Hamilton Dinner! Like last year, our District Dinner, named in honor of former Ninth District Congressman Lee Hamilton, will be held as part of the annual Indiana Democratic Editorial Association (IDEA) conference in historic French Lick. $60 per person/$50 for Ninth District Torchbearers. To purchase tickets or be an event sponsor, click here! For more information, contact District Party Headquarters at 812.725.2020 or [email protected]

Vi Simpson contacted the DWC to let them know that she has a table available for the Hamilton Dinner at IDEA in French Lick but is unable to attend. There are eight (8) seats available - first come first served. If you would like one, please contact Vi at [email protected] asap and she will forward your name to the appropriate folks.


Executive Director Office Hours

Mondays 9am-1pm, Wednesdays 2-6pm, and by appointment

**The office will be closed on Monday, September 2nd for Labor Day**

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 Goodman at [email protected] or 812-272-3439 to schedule a meeting at another time. 


Upcoming Community Events and Announcements


Volunteer for Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris's campaign is in Indiana and looking for volunteers in Monroe County to help put the Senator on the ballot! Those interested please contact [email protected].


Pop-Up To End Gun Violence

Friday, August 23, 5-9pm

Friendly Beasts Cider Company, 222 W. Second St.

Moms Demand Action is raising funds to support their efforts to end gun violence. Chef Lake will have the grills set up out front, and will offer amazing food until it’s all gone! 25% of the proceeds from the pop-up will go directly to the Indiana chapter of Moms Demand Action. Can’t make it? Don’t worry! You can show your support by buying cupcakes! 100% of the profits from cupcake sales (local deliveries, before August 30) go to Moms Demand Action. Email [email protected] to place a cupcake order. Facebook event page:


NSFH: Building a Better Market

Saturday, August 24, 8am-12:30pm

Bloomington Farmers’ Market, 401 N. Morton St. 

Join No Space For Hate in welcoming new and old community members to Bloomington's Farmers' Market and letting them know that NSFH will stand up for a more inclusive market. NSFH is looking for people who can pass out flyers and more, affirming a dedication to protecting the rights of marginalized groups and continue to educate people on the effects of white supremacy in the community. They especially need volunteers to help gather forms for their CRiSP program, aiding both farmers and food pantries. Sign up here: Facebook event page:


Bloomington BeSMART Best Practices

Tuesday, August 27, 6-8pm

Ellettsville Public Library, 600 W. Temperance St.

Come join Moms Demand Action to learn about the best practices for presenting and tabling as well as hear about all of the upcoming opportunities to get involved. RSVP here. Facebook event page:


Bloomington United: We Are Stronger Than Hate

Tuesday, August 27, 5:30-7pm

Monroe County Courthouse

Bloomington United is hosting an Evening of Solidarity to affirm Bloomington residents’ commitment to inclusion and understanding and to provide an opportunity for our community to stand together.The evening will feature a number of speakers from our diverse community, music by Carrie Newcomer, a chance to get a No-Hate yard sign, and information on ways each of us can fight hate. As a community, we can learn more about how to fight against hate and promote inclusion. Our diversity is a strength, and so is Bloomington’s commitment to the values we hold dear. Together, we are stronger than hate. The rain date for this event is Wednesday 8/28. Facebook event page:


2019 Pridefest

Saturday, August 31, 3-11:30pm

Kirkwood Ave. 

Next week is the sixth annual Bloomington Pridefest! Stay informed by checking out the website here: Numerous Pridefest workshops and other events are scheduled, starting with a kickoff event on 8/24, and you can read about them as well as the festival lineup here:


Black Lives Matter August Medical and Bath Supplies Drive


#BlackLivesMatterBloomington believes everyone deserves the basics necessities in life. Unfortunately our society isn't set up to ensure everyone has those things, but we can change that. We can help get those in need, providing them those basic everyday items that are often taken for granted. This drive is VERY easy to participate in. Learn about the Necessity Drive, including what donations are needed, here: Donation Drop Off Date: August 31st at Bloomington Pridefest. Facebook event page:


Refugees Welcome Here Dine & Donate

Monday, September 2, 5-10pm at King Dough, 108 W. 6th St.

Thursday, September 5, 11am-11pm at BJ’s Restaurant, 411 S. College Mall Rd. 

This September, City of Bloomington’s Latino Programs and Bloomington Cooperative Living invite you to offer a simple act of hospitality to migrants coming to the U.S. Your donation will fund three organizations supporting refugees on the southern border & here in Bloomington: The Bloomington Refugee Support Network offers incredible solidarity to the refugees, asylum seekers, and other immigrants in our town. The Trans Liberation Coalition, based in Albuquerque, provides money, food, clothing and sponsorship to transgender asylum-seekers in and recently released from long-term ICE detention. Contra Viento y Marea is a dining hall and community kitchen run by women from the migrant caravans, serving 600+ warm meals per day to migrants from all over the world, most from Central America, Africa, and the Caribbean, who have been delayed entry into the U.S. due to hostile and volatile immigration. Facebook event page:


Democratic Women’s Caucus Monthly Breakfast

Friday, September 6, 7:30am

The Village Deli, 409 E. Kirkwood Avenue


All-Options Drop-in Volunteer Action Hours

Friday, September 6, 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! Facebook event page:


Community-wide Middle Way House Volunteer Training

Saturday, September 7, 9am-5pm

Bloomington Transit Downtown Terminal, 301 S. Walnut St.

Help believe and support survivors with meaningful alternatives to living with violence by volunteering with Middle Way House! You can attend the training, even if your schedule won't allow you to make an immediate commitment so that you are ready to begin when your schedule allows! All volunteers must participate in one of their eight-hour volunteer training sessions held throughout the year. There is NO per-registration required for the training; you may complete the volunteer application and bring it with you to the training, or complete it during the lunch break. For more information about volunteer positions, visit: For questions or additional information, contact Evelyn Smith, our community outreach coordinator:  [email protected]



5th Annual Hamilton Friends and Family Picnic

Sunday, September 8, 4-7pm

Bryan Park, Henderson Shelter

Free and open to the public

Please join Mayor John Hamilton and Dawn Johnsen for the 5th annual Hamilton Friends and Family Picnic. Enjoy food from BBQ Train, listen to great music by Huckleberry Funk, and meet your Democratic candidates! We welcome contributions of side dishes and desserts to share. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket for seating. Event is free, open to the public, and will go on rain or shine. We hope to see you there! Facebook event page:


Wake Up! with United Way - Homelessness: Unpacking the Point in Time Count

Thursday, September 12, 7:45am-9am

The Mill, 642 N. Madison St. 

Is homelessness on the rise locally? Nationally? How do we know what the trends are, and who makes up this population? Join United Way on September 12th, as the Rev. Forrest Gilmore, Executive Director of Shalom Community Center, takes us through the data, as well as the volunteer-intensive process for gathering it each year. Your $10 ticket will cover the cost of breakfast, with remaining proceeds supporting United Way of Monroe County's efforts to address our community's critical needs today, while reducing those needs tomorrow. Facebook event page (with link to purchase ticket):


Indiana House Democratic Caucus Fundraiser

Thursday, September 12, 5:30-7pm

Nick’s English Hut, 423 E. Kirkwood Ave. 


Moms Demand Action September Meeting

Saturday, September 14, 11am-1pm

Monroe County Public Library room 2A

RSVP Here. Facebook event page:


3rd Annual South Central Opioid Summit

Tuesday, September 24, 9am-5pm

Monroe County Convention Center, 302 S. College Ave. 

The 3rd Annual Opioid Summit will be held September 24, 2019, at the Monroe County Convention Center. More details to come! Save the date! Facebook event page:


The Summit

Saturday, September 28, 10:30am-5:30pm

Monroe County Public Library 

The Summit will connect and empower citizens on various issues facing women, transgender, and non-binary individuals in Monroe County and beyond. Community experts will create a safe space for discussion and education on wellness, healthcare access, homelessness, politics, jobs, recovery, and more. Free. Age 13 and up. Light refreshments available courtesy of Bloomingfoods, Hopscotch Coffee, and Two Sticks Bakery. Donations for period products (tampons, pads, unused cups) will be accepted throughout the day, and will be distributed equally between Shalom Community Center and Middle Way House at the end of The Summit. Free chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis C, and HIV testing is available onsite. Syringe services, harm reduction, and naloxone distribution/training will also be available. Visit the Facebook event page for more details and to see the schedule of events:


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]).


*All event information is based on currently available information and may be subject to change. 

*For questions regarding the Dispatch, email [email protected].


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.