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Lived Experiences: The Undercurrent of Racism in the U.S.

Come join us for our May Link-Up! We are proud to host a panel of speakers from a range of communities in Bloomington to talk about their lived experiences as people of color in the United States. Speakers will discuss a variety of topics related to their lived reality and daily experience of racism and different forms of oppression. We hope that attendees will come away with a deepened awareness of the undercurrents of racism and a renewed commitment to racial justice.

Speakers TBA

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Social Time: 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Program Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Crazy Horse – 214 W. Kirkwood Av, Bloomington


Resignation of Amanda Barge

At the Democracy for Monroe County Link-Up on April 4, DFMC members in attendance voted to call for Amanda Barge to resign as County Commissioner with a 75% majority vote.

As outlined in the IDS and other news sources since, her alleged actions against a county contractor, Brandon Drake, committed while she was serving in her capacity as County Commissioner and while she had leverage over this contractor, suggested that she is unfit for the position.

While we are glad that she has resigned as of Monday, April 8, we also urge Ms. Barge to engage in restorative justice, to take responsibility for her actions, as outlined by Mr. Drake, and to call for a halt to the public attacks against him. We also ask her to clarify that she will not accept the Mayoral nomination should she receive the most votes in the primary election.

DFMC stands against abuses of power, and encourages the community to come together to support the voices of survivors. We also urge the County and the City to enact legislation to protect all contracted employees.

If you or someone you has experienced sexual harassment or sexual violence, there is always a nonjudgmental and compassionate, listening ear on Middle Way House’s 24-hour, 7-days a week Crisis Line: (812) 336-0846.


DFMC Candidate Forums and Meet and Greet

As we have done every election cycle since our founding, DFMC will be hosting Candidate Forums in order to provide the voters insight to the candidates for mayor and the City Council at-large.  We will also hold a Meet and Greet event with the candidates running for district seats. Here are the details.

Mayoral Candidates Forum

Date: Monday, March 18, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
LocationMonroe County Public Library – 303 E. Kirkwood Ave

City Council At-Large Candidates Forum

Date: Monday, March 25, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Monroe County Public Library Auditorium – 303 E. Kirkwood Ave

City Council District Candidates Meet and Greet

Co-sponsored by the Indiana Latino 9th District Democratic Caucus and Indivisible Bloomington and 9th District

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Upland Brewing Company Reception Building –  350 W. 11th St


March Link-up: The New Tax Code and You

With the new tax code, the process of filing your tax returns may be
mystifying. For our March link-up, we will be hosting a panel of experts to talk about ways the new tax codes impact your tax returns and refunds. We will have Elizabeth Ruh from Personal Finance Services, a representative from the IU Law School to talk about tax law, and representatives from organizations who offer free tax help to low-income individuals and families.

Please come to have your questions answered! Don’t forget that the deadline to file taxes is April 15.

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019
Time: Social – 6:00 PM; Program 6:30 PM
Location: Noodles Eastland Plaza – 2530 E 3rd St.


Sixth Annual DFMC Picnic and Disc Golf Tournament

Get out your discs and start practicing for the Sixth Annual Democracy For Monroe County Picnic and Disc Golf Tournament. Enjoy good food, good music, and good friends while helping support Democracy for Monroe County (DFMC) in its mission to recruit, train, and support socially and economically progressive candidates at the local, state, and federal levels.

Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: Karst Farm Park, Shelter #2

Tickets are $15 per person and $25 per family (one or two adults with children 17 and under), and you can purchase them on line by clinking on the link below,

or by asking one of our Board Members.

The the entry fee to the Disk Golf tournament is $10, and the winner will receive a $50 BloomingBucks certificate, redeemable at many of our fine local establishments.

There will also be a silent auction of fine gifts.


August Link-up: Passing the Microphone to the Youth: The Bloomington South Young Democrats

Join DFMC as we host Nidhi Krishnan, Co-President of the Bloomington South Young Democrats and Vice Chair of the Ninth District Indiana Young Democrats; and Darby FitzSimmons, a member of the Bloomington South Young Democrats, and a volunteer for the Liz Watson campaign.  These two young activists will talk about their experience in navigating their way into political activism, and about the actions they have taken. Some topics will be gun violence and youth, working with school administration, and volunteering on local and statewide campaigns.

Date: August 2, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Crazy Horse – 214 W. Kirkwood Ave