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July Link-Up: Michael Moore’s “Sicko”

You are invited to join us once again at the Runnin Crab for our next Democracy for Monroe County Link-up on July 13, at 6:00 PM. With health care on the radar for so many concerned citizens, we will be showing Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary “Sicko” which documents the tremendous advantages of a single-payer health care system.

While we are fighting against the death-care legislation that is currently moving through Congress, it’s important to remember that defeating it is not enough. The Affordable Healthcare Act (AKA Obamacare) may have been a big step in improving healthcare in America, but it was not nearly enough. Even without all the efforts to sabotage the program, it still left millions either uninsured or under-insured. As a result, more and more people have come to realize that Medicare for ALL is really the only way to go.

So, even if you’ve already seen “Sicko,” come on over and enjoy some good Cajun seafood and a movie with your favorite local progressives. Call it an important reminder of why America needs to join the rest of the Western World in providing universal healthcare. It’s time to spread the word and act! Special announcement of upcoming events will be made. Venue is kid friendly so bring the whole crew!  Let us know you’re coming! Facebook Event Link:  July Link-Up-Sicko the Movie

LOCATION: ***** Runnin Crab, 2038 N. Walnut ******
DATE:  13 July 2017
TIME: 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Runnin Crab is a new restaurant in town serving Cajun Fusion.  While it is mainly seafood, they have vegetable soup and a very good salad bar for vegetarians.  And they serve beer and wine, yahoo yahoo.  Runnin Crab is on the east side of Walnut just south of 24th Street (the bypass).  It is the next restaurant north of La Charreada restaurant.

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June Link-Up: Labor in Politics, Past and Future

At our June Link-Up, sponsored by the local Jobs with Justice chapter and DFMC, join us to meet Hoosier hero Chuck Jones and Chuck Deppert. Many will remember that last year, United Technologies made $5 billion in profits, while also announcing hundreds of layoffs at its Carrier plants in Indiana. As president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, Chuck Jones fought for the jobs of his fellow union members. When Trump and Pence gave millions of dollars in subsidies to Carrier, Chuck Jones pointed out that Trump’s promises to save workers’ jobs did not add up. Trumps promise to save 1100 or more of those jobs turned out to be only 800, of the 1400 jobs slated to be moved. He suspected the then-president-elect was including in his count design and engineering jobs that were never going to leave. Trump responded on Twitter by saying Jones had done a “terrible job” as union president. Sadly, Chuck Jones is being proven right, with over 600 layoffs at Carrier in Indiana coming this year, including many right before Christmas. His local 1999 United Steelworkers Local also made waves by endorsing the presidential candidacy of Senator Bernie Sanders, breaking with much of the labor movement.

Chuck Jones will be joined by Chuck Deppert, former president of the Indiana AFL-CIO, who led the state’s fight against NAFTA in the early 1990s, securing the votes of 8 out of 10 Indiana members of Congress against the disastrous, job-killing agreement.

The two Chucks will provide us with some important insights on taking the Democratic party back to its roots in labor, important given how poorly Democrats fared among the working class both in Indiana and nationwide in last year’s election. Please join us and enjoy a night with Bloomington’s most exciting progressives and lets learn something together.

Let us know you’re coming! Facebook Event Link: Labor In Politics, Past and Present

LOCATION: ***** Runnin Crab, 2038 N. Walnut ******
DATE: 8 June 2017
TIME: 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Runnin Crab is a new restaurant in town serving Cajun Fusion.  While it is mainly seafood, they have vegetable soup and a very good salad bar for vegetarians.  And they serve beer and wine, yahoo yahoo.  Runnin Crab is on the east side of Walnut just south of 24th Street (the bypass).  It is the next restaurant north of La Charreada restaurant.

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May Link-Up: Saving Our Public Schools

Cathy Fuentes Rohwer, Chair
Indiana Coalition for Public 
Education, Monroe County

Cathy will talk about the important place of Public Schools in the history of our society and providing the sense of community.  She will also talk about the impact of vouchers and charter schools on our public schools as well as the demonstrable impact on our society.   Finally, she will also discuss the rationale and nature of the Federal lawsuit ICPE-MC filed against Indiana and Seven Oaks Classical School.  Go to http://www.icpe-monroecounty.org to see the press release and the lawsuit as well as a Q&A sheet.

LOCATION: ***** Runnin Crab, 2038 N. Walnut  ******
DATE:         11 May 2017
TIME:          6:00 to 8:00 PM

Runnin Crab is a new restaurant in town serving Cajun Fusion.  While it is mainly seafood, they have vegetable soup and a very good salad bar for vegetarians.  And they serve beer and wine, yahoo yahoo.  Runnin Crab is on the east side of Walnut just south of 24th Street (the bypass).  It is the next restaurant north of La Charreada restaurant.

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Gerrymandering, The Movie

Julia Vaughn, Common Cause, talked to us two months ago about both the importance and the difficulty of getting the legislature to pass a law establishing an independent redistricting panel. Join us in watching this 75 minute documentary that hammers home just why politicians – those in the majority — want to control the drawing of legislative districts. It is a 4 star movie described as:

“Right now, across the country, our two major political parties are gearing up for a once-a-decade war whose winner will control Congress for the next ten years, and possibly more. There will be battles in every state, and each will be kept carefully hidden from the prying eyes of average voters who only become more disenchanted with their government with each meaningless election. Democrats and Republicans collude to keep these skirmishes private so that they can maintain total control over the ultimate political weapon: the ability to directly determine the outcome of elections. Why bother stuffing ballots when they can just draw districts? For the first time, GERRYMANDERING exposes the most effective form of manipulating elections short of outright fraud.

We will have cookies and water to sustain you for the hour — as well as good fellowship and discussion.
See you there

Gerrymandering, the movie
DATE:         4 May 2017
TIME:          7:00 PM
Location:    Library (Kirkwood), Room 1B
Sponsors:  Democracy for Monroe County, Reverse Citizens United, and League of Women Voters Bloomington and Monroe County

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DFMC: Having Fun, Raising Funds…The Concert Experience


Please join Democracy for Monroe County at the Players Pub on Sunday, April 30th for a concert fundraiser! Doors open at 3, and the first band will start at 3:30. There is a $10 cover and we will have a silent auction during the show to raise money for DFMC. This money will help us continue to hold our educational linkups, host special events, and promote progressive policies and the candidates that support them. Recent events have included a discussion and book signing with Thomas Frank and linkups on independent redistricting, the Bloomington Food Policy Council, and the Affordable Care Act.

The musical lineup is:

Wonderhills, 3:30-4:15, acoustic folk
Franknfuker, 4:30-5, electric glam rock
Thee Aquaholics, 5:15-6, instrumental surf rock

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April Link-Up: Food, Glorious Food – Food Systems in the Comprehensive Plan

The Bloomington Food Policy Council, established in 2011, exists to increase and preserve access to sustainably produced, locally grown, healthful food for all residents in Monroe and surrounding counties. We are a group of community members committed to building food security by assessing the current food system and advocating policy changes that assure everyone access to affordable and nutritious food, with an emphasis on food produced sustainably by local farmers and gardeners.

BFPC Chair, Ryan Conway, will join the DFMC on Thursday April 13th to discuss the importance of including Food Systems in the City and County’s comprehensive and everyday planning activities. The inclusion of Food Systems in the forthcoming City of Bloomington Comprehensive Master Plan (CMP) was mandated by the Imagine Bloomington Steering Committee, tasked by the City of Bloomington to develop core standards for priority needs for the City’s next master plan. However, the original draft of the CMP contained only a few, superficial references to this critical element Bloomington’s social, economic, and environmental systems. Attendees will be invited to contribute general and specific feedback on goals, policies, and programs that the BFPC should include in its recommendations to the City and County regarding a Food Systems chapter in the CMP. The BFPC is recruiting additional board members, to more thoroughly address this crucial policy work, and will entertain self-nominations on a rolling basis, submitted to bfpc@bloomingtonfpc.org. Come learn about and discuss the fight for food security, food justice, and food sovereignty in Bloomington and Monroe County!

When:  Thursday, April 13
Gather at 6, start at 6:30
Where: Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse

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DFMC’s own Tom Duffy Speaks to Trey Hollingsworth

Notes from the Trenches
Tom Duffy, Chair DFMC

Cindy and I went to protest Trey last night and it was a very interesting experience. We started holding the signs a little after 5:00. By 5:45 we had about 75 people all with signs and a megaphone or two to lead chants. And we had a photographer and reporter from the H-T as well as WTIU. People attending the fund raiser started arriving around 5:30. Most acted as if we did not exist – but there were some good natured waves. I kept asking people if they would come and talk with us since Trey won’t meet. No takers.

About 6:00 Cindy and I went into the fundraiser with Mike Molenda and Janet Stavropoulos. We owe a HUGE thank you to Katherine Devich for offering tickets to attend. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Overall there were about a dozen dems at the affair – most of whom had been outside protesting. Before going on to the details of the affair, I would like to thank William Ellis, the chair of the Monroe County Republican Party and the MC for the event. He was gracious and friendly in welcoming us and, as Trey was distracted as he visited tables, William made sure Trey made his way back to our table.

I did have a brief conversation with Trey, but before that let me provide a few notes on what was said at the affair:

• Luke Messer is running for Joe Donnelly’s seat in the
Senate.

• Donald Trump Jr is going to be at their State meeting
(apparently this is hot off the press)

• Trey told us that he really wants to hear from the people. He
hesitated on voting for Trump care because he wanted to
read it, think about it, and ask citizens what they thought.

• Trey also told us that he really wants to know what his
constituents think so every week they make 300 to 500
random phone calls to constituents to learn what is on their
(our) minds. That is a large number of calls – so those of you
were there let me know if I got it wrong – but that is what
at least two of us heard. If they are randomly selected
constituents, I would expect some of us got one of those
calls????

In talking to someone in the drink line we were asking how Trey won the primary. I was told that he did little meeting with people but rather flooded the district with mail, phone calls, and push-pull polls. But he spent very little time with people. Remember this is just the opinion of one person I was talking to.

Trey visited all the tables before he talked. When he came to our table I told him I was chair of DFMC and told him about William Ellis (chair, MCRP) and Robert Hall (Grass Roots Conservatives) coming to one of our meetings and receiving a spontaneous round of applause. And that most importantly we found common ground on redistricting and money in politics. I told Trey I would like him to be part of a DFMC meeting and have a conversation with us. He said yes, he said “yes” several times – emphasizing that we are all “Americans first.” He had his PR person give me his phone number to find a date. Cindy recorded the conversation just so there is no missing the commitment he made. You can listen to it here.

So, while I suspect this is going to take some persistence, I am hopeful we will be able to host a very interesting meeting.

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DFMC Presents Best-Selling Author Thomas Frank

Presenting “Listen Liberal”  Lecture and Book Signing by Best-Selling Author Thomas Frank
Friday, March 24  6:30pm
I.U. School of Education Auditorium

From the best-selling author of What’s the Matter With Kansas? A scathing look at the failures of liberal politics, a book that helps explain the shocking outcome of the 2016 elections.

NAMED BY THE NEW YORK TIMES AS ONE OF 6 BOOKS TO HELP UNDERSTAND TRUMP’S WIN

Thomas Frank is the author of Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, and What’s the Matter with Kansas?  Thomas is also a former columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Harper’s Magazine, the founding editor for The Baffler, and 2005 winner of  the Eugene V. Debs award.

It is a widespread belief among liberals that if only Democrats can continue to dominate national elections, if only those awful Republicans are beaten into submission, the country will be on the right course. But this is to fundamentally misunderstand the modern Democratic Party. Drawing on years of research and first-hand reporting, Frank points out that the Democrats have done little to advance traditional liberal goals: expanding opportunity, fighting for social justice, and ensuring that workers get a fair deal.

This special event is FREE and open to the public. Bring your friends to this unique opportunity to meet this outstanding author.

Parking is FREE in the nearby Jordan Garage.  Handicapped accessible parking is available on the circle in front of the IU School of Education Building, 201 N Rose Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405.

 

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Redistricting Ourselves Out of a Corner: How to End Gerrymandering

Democracy for Monroe County Link-up
March 9, 2017

Julia Vaughn, the Policy Director for Common Cause Indiana, will be coming to Bloomington to help us understand what happened with HB1014 – the bill to establish an independent redistricting panel. Julia joined Common Cause in 1995 and is responsible for policy development, lobbying, grassroots organizing and coalition building in the Hoosier State. Julia led the lobbying effort on the Bill, so she can give us the inside scoop on what the heck is going on.

We had over 150 people attending the last HB1014 committee hearing. The committee had to move the meeting to the House Chamber (it was really nice having one of those chamber seats) to accommodate the crowd. In addition to filling the 100 seats in the Chamber, we had scores of folks in the back, along the side, and sitting in the aisle. However, the Republicans (Committee Chairman, Milo Smith from Columbus) still refused to bring the bill to a vote. We need some insight on this willingness to ignore the people.

The focus of this link-up will be on what we can begin doing now to increase the pressure on the House and Senate in the next session. Both Kate Cruickshank and Julia have told me there is much we can and should be doing, so come hear the post-mortem analysis and, most importantly, strategies for moving forward.

Location:        Bobby’s Colorado Steak House, Hoosier Room.
1635 N. College Ave
Date:                March 9th
Time:               6:00 PM Gather for conversation, drinks and eating.
6:30 PM Link-up starts
8:00 PM Formal program ends

Everyone is invited. Please bring friends and introduce them to DFMC. While membership is not required, joining for $20 a year helps us put on our link-ups and support the progressive agenda.

March DFMC Board Meeting. Monday, March 13 at 6:30PM. We hold our DFMC board meetings in the back room at Player’s Pub. This meeting is open to all. Please submit agenda items to chair@democracyformonroecounty.org if you have a topic you would like us to address.

Coming soon: Special event March 24 featuring best-selling author Thomas Frank, Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? and other books plus a member survey! Details to come.

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How to Win Elections: Reflections from the Candidates – DFMC February Link-up

How Do We Win Voters:
Reflections from the Candidates

Link-ups will normally be the second Thursday of the month – mark it on your calendar.  This month we have moved the date so we can all attend Mayor Hamilton’s State of the City address.

We are so excited that this month’s panel has been able to adjust to the date change.  Our progressive candidates who were in competitive races were invited to talk with us about their experiences in trying to recruit/enlist the rural and moderate Republican citizens in their districts.  The goal is to understand what they learned and how we can use that to reach out and build alliances beyond Bloomington as well as to aid future campaigns.   Our panel discussing these issues includes:
Shelli Yoder, Candidate for U.S. House, 9th District
Penny Githens, Candidate for Indiana House, 60th  District
Bill Breeden, Candidate for Indiana House, 46th District
Linda Henderson, Candidate for Indiana Senate, 44th District

As usual, we gather at 6:00PM with the event starting at 6:30PM.  Remember we are meeting at the Monroe County Public Library, Rm 1B and we will have pizza and bottles of water.

Everyone is invited.  Please bring friends and introduce them to DFMC.  While membership is not required, joining for $20 a year helps us put on our link-ups and support the progressive agenda.

Calls to Action.
We hope you will take an active role in DFMC not only in responding to the link-ups but also:

  •  Attend board meetings and offer your input on topics for future linkups and on how we can make DFMC more effective.
  • Join DFMC committees to build our agenda.  The committees are
    • Outreach (membership, education, collaborations)
    • Events (Link-ups; fund raisers).
    • Candidate Endorsement and support
    • Technology

If you are interested in being on a committee write chair@democracyformonroecounty.org

February DFMC Board Meeting.  Monday, February 13 at 6:30PM, we holding our next DFMC board meeting in the back room at Player’s Pub. This meeting is open to all. Please submit agenda items to chair@democracyformonroecounty.org if you have a topic you would like us to address.  The draft agenda can be found here: http://democracyformonroecounty.org/wp-content/uploads/docs/2017/02/DFMC Board Agenda 13 Feb.docx

 

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