The Dispatch 8.29.19

Democratic Party Events and Opportunities

Monroe County Democratic Party Fall Dinner

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

Monroe Convention Center, Duke Energy Rooms

Featuring special guests Karlee Macer, Eddie Melton, and Dr. Woody Myers!

Tickets: General Admission: $70/each. Students: $40/each. 

Sponsorship levels and recognition:

Event Host: $1000--name featured prominently on the invitation, in program, and on slideshow at event (includes 8 tickets=1 table)

Gold Sponsor: $750--name on invitation, in program, and on slideshow at event (includes 6 tickets)

Silver Sponsor: $500--name in program and on slideshow at event (includes 4 tickets)

Bronze Sponsor: $250--name in program (includes 2 tickets)

MCDP will not let price be a barrier to attendance for anyone interested in attending. Please let us know if you would like a sponsored ticket or if you would like to sponsor another community member's ticket. Please RSVP and make sponsorship pledges to [email protected] or 812-272-3439. 


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


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 Candidate Events

Sue Sgambelluri For City Council - Fall Campaign Kick Off + Fundraiser

Friday, September 6, 5:30-7:30pm

Griffin Realty Offices, 735 S College Ave.

Time to launch into the Fall Campaign Season for the 2019 City Election! Before you head off to enjoy the First Friday Downtown Gallery Walk, come gather with neighbors from across the City and join Sue Sgambelluri, Democratic Nominee for Bloomington City Council District 2, as she kicks off her Fall Campaign! Share your ideas, hear more about Sue's priorities for our city, and enjoy time with old and new friends! Contributions of all sizes are welcome and appreciated. Can't make it to the event? You can visit and click on "Contribute". 



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:


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].


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

August 31, 2-11pm

Kirkwood Ave.

#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:


Voting Equipment Public Demonstration

Thursday, September 5, 1pm

Monroe County Courthouse, Nat U Hill room

On behalf of the entire Election Board, the Monroe County Clerk is pleased and honored to invite Monroe County Commissioners, Monroe County Council, Party Chairs, Indiana University, Monroe County Citizens and visitors to the community, to a public demonstration of  the proposed voting equipment for Monroe County. The vendor will be on site to address any and all questions or concerns.


DFMC Link-UP: A Message from Farmers Market Vendors

Thursday, September 5, 6-8pm

Monroe County Public Library room 1B

Join Democracy for Monroe County in a special Link-Up: A Message from Farmers Market Vendors. Speakers will discuss their experiences in farming, vending at local farmers’ markets, and more. Have you ever wondered what it takes to farm or to vend at the farmer's market? Well, now's your chance to learn! Light refreshments and snacks will be provided from Primally Inspired Eats. Speakers: Lauren McCallister (Owner, Three Flock Farm), and Brandi Williams (Owner, Primally Inspired Eats).


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]


Indiana House Democratic Caucus Fundraiser

Thursday, September 12, 5:30-7pm

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

Please join Representative Matt Pierce, House Democrat Leader Phil Giaquinta, and event co-hosts for a reception in support of the Indiana House Democratic Caucus!


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):


Moms Demand Action September Meeting

Saturday, September 14, 11am-1pm

Monroe County Public Library room 2A

RSVP Here. Facebook event page:


Monroe County NOW September Chapter Meeting

Sunday, September 15, 3-5pm

Bloomington City Hall, room 135, 501 N. Morton St.

Hear from NOW’s committees to see what they're up to and learn how you can volunteer and join. They are thrilled to have special guest Nic Weinard presenting on CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women). To learn more about CEDAW, please visit This meeting is open to all and is kid-friendly. City Hall is an accessible building and there is free parking.


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:


Monroe County NOW Dine and Donate at Mother Bear’s

Thursday, September 26, 11am-12am

Campus and Westside Mother Bear’s Locations

Join Monroe County NOW for their next Dine & Donate! On Thursday, September 26, Mother Bear's will donate $5 for every large pizza you order. This offer is good all day for dine-in, carry-out, and delivery and will be held at both Campus and West locations. You must present the physical coupon in order for funds to be donated to MC NOW. One coupon per large pizza is required. Print coupon here: And be sure to join members of our Legislative Action Committee for a Contact Your Reps Party from 6 to 8pm at Mother Bear's West. They will have scripts, postage, and other materials to contact representatives on issues important to NOW.


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:


SD-SCI Membership Meeting and Panel Discussion

Sunday, October 27, 2-3pm

Unity Center, Spencer, IN

Save the Date! On 10/27 Stonewall Democrats of South Central Indiana will host its next general membership meeting. The main portion of this meeting will be a panel discussion with three Hoosier LGBTQI+ candidates who recently ran or are running in places not typically seen as "queer" friendly districts. The panelists are: Nick Dunlap, Richmond City Council At-large 2019, Joe Lannan, IN House District 63 2018, and Janet Rummel, Owen County Council District 1 2018. Come and learn about how LGBTQI+ people can run in local and state level races across the map!


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).