The Dispatch 9.19.19

Upcoming MCDP Events and Volunteer 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 Senator Eddie Melton and Dr. Woody Myers!

Book signing by Bob Blaemire of his new book Birch Bayh: Making a Difference!

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

Sponsorship levels and recognition:
Event Host: $1000--name featured prominently 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. 

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

Bloomington Farmers' Market Shifts are available anytime from 8am to 12pm. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Peter Iversen at [email protected]

Canvassing with Ron Smith
Every Saturday, starting at 10am
Bloomingfoods East patio room (3417 E. 3rd St.)

Come canvass with Ron Smith, Democratic candidate for City Council, District 3! 

West Side Democratic Collective (WSDC) Kickoff Event
Saturday, October 5th, 10am-noon
Ellettsville Library Branch (600 W. Temperance St., Ellettsville)

We are kicking off the West Side Democratic Collective with a coffee and donuts meet and greet! Come meet some of your friends, neighbors and west side MCDP leadership as we kick off our efforts to bring West Side Dems together. We'll meet up at the wonderfully renovated and kid-friendly Ellettsville Branch of the Monroe County Public Library.
See you there! #WSDC
coffee and treats provided

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

Dolores Huerta at IU as part of Hispanic Heritage Month
Thursday, September 19, 7-9pm
Presidents Hall in Franklin Hall, IU Bloomington campus

Information for this incredible opportunity to hear one of the most iconic women in Labor today can be found here


Bloomington Climate Strike
Friday, September 20, 11am-3:30pm

Events Spearheaded by the Bloomington Sunrise Movement and Golden Bicycle Climate Action--a collaborative effort between IU students, faculty and Bloomington community members

We are also collecting art supplies to help IU student efforts for the event. A box will be clearly marked at Democracy Lab (4th & Madison) for any donation. They are looking for any spare paint, markers, poster board, banner material, yellow construction paper, etc you would like to donate. 

For more information, please contact organizer Ross Martinie Eiler at [email protected] or [email protected] 


Indy Youth Climate Strike
Friday, September 20, 11am-3pm
Indiana State House, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

This September across the globe, millions will walk out of their workplaces and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. Demand climate justice for everyone. If you would like to volunteer to help with the Indianapolis event please fill out this volunteer form.  Facebook event here


Hoosier Women Forward Annual Luncheon
Friday, September 20, 11:30am-1pm
Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

Join Hoosier Women Forward for their annual luncheon on September 20th at the Indiana Roof Ballroom! The luncheon will include an introduction to the next class of twenty-four Democratic women and remarks by guest speaker, Tiffany D. Cross from The Beat DC. Purchase your ticket today! Facebook event here.


Bloomington for Bernie 2020 Plan to Win Party
Sunday, September 22nd, 6pm
116 S. Madison St. Suite A (MCDP HQ)

Come together with friends, family and neighbors to join the national mobilization kicking off the next phase of the Bernie 2020 campaign! Feel free to bring drinks, snacks and appetizers to share!

RSVP on the Bernie Map


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 here.


Monroe County NOW Dine and Donate at Mother Bear’s
Thursday, September 26, 11am-midnight
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.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. Print coupon here


Community Healthcare Conversation: Greene & Monroe Counties
Thursday, September 26, 7-7:30pm
Greene County Community Building, 4503 W. State Road 54, Bloomfield

Healthcare can be a matter of life and death. Everyday Hoosiers are suffering as health costs skyrocket and access to care becomes more difficult without any end in sight. Join Hoosiers from Greene and Monroe counties for a community conversation about our healthcare system! We will share our healthcare stories with the people who have the power to share the system and learn about the resources that can help.Our State Representative Jeff Ellington will be in attendance as well as a representative from US Senator Todd Young's office. Healthcare system navigators will also be in attendance to help.No matter what's in your wallet or what you look like, we all get sick and we all need to see the doctor sometimes. Join us to so that we can make certain all Hoosiers can get the care we need.

Please RSVP with Tracey <[email protected]> or here.


Eric Blanc: Public Education Strike Action in Republican States
Thursday, September 26, 6pm
I Fell Building, 415 W. 4th St. 

A spectre is haunting the USA: the first strike wave in over four neoliberal decades. West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Los Angeles, and Oakland teachers have walked off their jobs and shut down schools to demand better pay, more funding for students, a reversal of privatization, and an end to years of austerity. More recently, slowdowns and a threatened strike by flight attendants and airport screeners ended the government shutdown. Join Bloomington Democratic Socialists of America for a conversation about the lessons and prospects of this upsurge for educators, unionists, and radicals. Eric Blanc is author of the book Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics (Verso 2019). During the Los Angeles, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Denver, and Oakland public education strikes, Blanc has been Jacobin magazine’s on-the-ground correspondent. Facebook event here


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 here


Democracy Lab Fundraiser by John Hamilton for Mayor
Sunday, September 29th, 3-5pm
116 S. Madison St., Suite A (MCDP HQ/Democracy Lab)

Join the John Hamilton for Mayor campaign for a fundraiser to raise money to support the MCDP Democracy Lab! Mayor Hamilton recognizes how indispensable Democracy Lab is and is the project's principal sponsor: his campaign donates around $6,000 a year on behalf of Democracy Lab participant-organizations.

Democracy Lab was started by MCDP in 2016 (after Trump's election) as a way to provide resources to progressive, grassroots organizations. The space and resources support the following vital organizations:

-Democracy for Monroe County
-Democratic Women's Caucus
-Indiana Latino Democratic Caucus--9th District
-Indiana Young Democrats of Monroe County
-Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus
-Ninth District Disability Caucus
-Planned Parenthood
-Stonewall Democrats of South-Central Indiana

Suggested sponsorship levels are $1000, $500, or $250, but we will welcome contributions in any amount. If you would like to be a sponsor, please email [email protected] with your pledge! There is no minimum contribution to attend this event.

Food and drinks provided
Music by The Postmodern Jazz Quartet


Power of the Black Vote
Saturday, October 19, 2-4pm
Bloomington City Hall Council Chambers, 401 N. Morton St. 

Save the date! Hosted by the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus. More details coming soon.  Facebook event here.


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!


Donation Drive for the Black Lives Matter Bail Out Fund
Now-October 6

Now, more than ever, black and brown activists are being targeted not only by white supremacists, but also by local and federal law enforcement agencies. It is critical to work to end systems of mass incarceration and support our communities in the face of such intimidation. To that end, BLM B-town is creating a local bail-out fund. The fund will be used to help individuals who are in need of assistance with bail money due to advocacy & activism work they are doing for racial justice in our local community. This is a needs based fund, and while BLM will prioritize the cases of Black and Brown folks, each and every case will be examined on its own merits. Please note: this fund is for individuals only. They do not help organizations. Link to GoFundMe here


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]


Other Ways to Get Involved

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 at [email protected]

*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)
City Government Offices (Portia Bailey-Bernard).