The Dispatch 9.5.19

In this week's Dispatch: MCDP Fall Dinner details, the Hamilton Friends and Family Picnic this weekend, Democrat Sue Sgambelluri's Fall Campaign Kickoff this Friday, Upcoming Community Events, and more!

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].


Democratic Women’s Caucus Monthly Breakfast

Friday, September 6, 7:30am

The Village Deli, 409 E. Kirkwood Avenue

The importance of women's voices on governmental boards and commissions is as important as women's voices in elected positions in local, state and federal governmental bodies. The DWC will explore these governmental commissions and how citizens are appointed to them.


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]


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. 

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!


Bernie Sanders Debate Watch Party

Thursday, September 12, 7-11pm

Nick’s English Hut

Come and cheer on Bernie as Bloomington for Bernie 2020 gathers for the third Democratic debate! Get some swag. Sign to get Bernie on the Indiana Ballot. Sign-up to volunteer! The group will begin gathering at 7pm to order food and drinks. The debate is from 8 to 11pm. Facebook event page:


Gun Violence: A Public Health Issue

Friday, September 13, 11am-3pm

IU School of Public Health, Mobley Auditorium (room C100)

To address the growing crisis of gun deaths in America from a public health perspective, the Gun Violence: A Public Health Issue symposium will feature presentations by invited experts, a moderated panel discussion and Q & A, and breakout sessions for further discussion. The event is free and open to the public. More information can be found here


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.


Black Lives Matter B-town New Member Call-Out Meetings

Monday, September 16, 7-9pm

Monroe County Public Library, Upstairs Room 214

Seeking new members, new core council members and new comrade groups! Important Notes: Open to all but please remember BLM is a Black Space organized by Black leaders for the Black community. People of Color in particular are encouraged to get involved in order to reach intersectional issues. White comrades are welcome as well.


Constitutional Challenges for Our Democracy: The Roberts Court's Wrong Turns on Campaign Finance, Gerrymandering, and Voting Rights

Tuesday, September 17, 5pm

IUB Law School Moot Court Room 123, 211 S. Indiana Ave.

Guest lecturer Trevor Potter entered pop culture acting as Stephen Colbert's super-PAC lawyer when he was Republican Chair of the Federal Elections Commission. Currently, he is founder and president of the watchdog Campaign Legal Center. This event is open to the public with a reception following and sponsored by the American Constitutional Society Indiana University Maurer Chapter as well as Reverse Citizens United. 


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:


Indy Youth Climate Strike

Friday, September 20, 11am-3pm

Indiana State House, 200 W. Washington St. 

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 page:


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 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:


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.


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 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:


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.


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 page:


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).