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Sunday October 16. 2016: DFMC Picnic/Disc Golf Tournament

Due to some family emergencies, The DFMC has decided to push back the date of our picnic to October 16, from 2-5pm. We hope to have candidates available for a meet and greet and the event will have an Octoberfest theme. Rumor has it that Mike Drescher will be in attendance with authentic Lederhosen on. We will also be consulting a true expert of German Culture in the person of a certain German teacher affectionately referred to as Frau Deppert, in our planning.

Come join Bloomington’s favorite progressives at our picnic and Disc Golf Tournament at Karst Farm Park Shelter 3, from 2pm to 6pm. We will be featuring Disc Golf, a Euchre Tournament, Music (anyone and everyone is asked to bring an instrument) and food. We are seeking to put the Fun back into fundraiser.

Prices for the Picnic: $15/ Person $25/Couple, and Family Disc Golf Entry/ $10 and $5 Euchre Tournament
Bringing your own Musical instrument, its Free!

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August Link Up – Movie “The Brainwashing of My Dad”

Come out to our August Link-up
Tuesday August 23, 6:30 to 9
The Brainwashing of My Dad
 
Join us for some free popcorn and snacks, as we present “The Brainwashing of My Dad”, a groundbreaking movie that chronicles the creation of the right wing media in America.

Democracy For America (our parent organization), has been promoting this movie, as important to understanding what is happening in America. We are providing popcorn and other drinks and snacks, and you are free to bring dinner with you.

About our Movie:
WAS HILLARY CLINTON CRAZY WHEN SHE SPOKE OF THE “VAST RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY,” RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RELENTLESS AND COSTLY ATTACKS AGAINST HER HUSBAND, PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON?

As filmmaker, Jen Senko, tries to understand the transformation of her father from a non political, life-long Democrat to an angry, right-wing fanatic, she uncovers the forces behind the media that changed him completely: a plan by Roger Ailes under Nixon for a media takeover by the GOP, The Powell Memo urging business leaders to influence institutions of public opinion, especially the universities, the media and the courts, and under Reagan, the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine.

As her journey continues, we discover that her father is part of a much broader demographic, and that the story is one that affects us all.

Through interviews with media luminaries, cognitive linguists, grassroots activist groups such as: Noam Chomsky, Steve Rendall, Jeff Cohen, Eric Boehlert, George Lakoff, STOP RUSH, HearYourselfThink, Claire Conner and others, “Brainwashing” unravels the plan to shift the country to the Right over the last 30 years, largely through media manipulation. The result has lead to fewer voices, less diversity of opinion, massive intentional misinformation and greater division of our country.

This documentary will shine a light on how it happened (and is still happening) and lead to questions about who owns the airwaves, what rights we have as listeners/watchers and what responsibility does our government have to keep the airwaves truly fair, accurate and accountable to the truth.

http://www.thebrainwashingofmydad.com/

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July Link-up: Meet Bloomington’s Moms Demand Action

MomsDemandActionToday its Orlando, tomorrow who knows where next. We have an epidemic of gun violence in this country. Come meet the local activists that are emphatically saying “enough is enough”. How do we break the stranglehold of the NRA over our political process and enact common sense gun regulation? Let’s find out.

Please show up and hang out with Bloomington’s coolest progressive organization, Democracy for Monroe County, have a beer or wine, some food and learn about another important issue that faces our community and nation.

When:
Thursday, July 14 at 6 AM – 8:30 AM
Where:
Bobby’s Colorado Steak House
1635 N College Ave, Bloomington, Indiana 47404

– RSVP and invite folks on Facebook.

– Get directions.

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ALEC – Is this What Democracy is Supposed to Look Like??

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Our topic for our June Link-up is The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Learn about this secretive organization, where corporations and politicians meet to create model legislation. Indiana politicians have dutifully brought us these corporate created laws such as, Indiana’s current school voucher law, right-to-work, RFRA, Stand Your ground Laws, and many more written not for the citizens of Indiana but, for and by, right wing corporate interests. ALEC’s National Conference is in Indianapolis on June 27th at the Indiana Convention Center. We will hear from Representative Mathew Pierce, and political organizer for planned protests, Emma Fletcher. We will here about planned protests, forums and other happenings leading up to the July meeting in Indy. So if you care about your rights as a worker, the access to good public education for your children, or the rights of our friends in the LGBT community, this is a must attend meeting.

Join us for this great link-up:
Thursday, June 9 at 6 PM – 9 PM
Bobby’s Colorado Steak House
1635 N College Ave, Bloomington, Indiana 47404

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Meet the Challengers for the Indiana Statehouse

statehouseCome on down to the May DFMC link-up to Meet the Challengers for the Indiana Statehouse, Thursday at 6 PM – 8:30 PM at Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse, 1635 N College Ave, Bloomington, Indiana 47404. The Democratic Party has some mighty walls to break down in this pivotal election season. We have invited the candidates in this area that are set to challenge to flip Republican seats to Democratic seats in Indiana Statehouse races.They will introduce themselves and we have asked them to discuss their strategy for winning these races. These candidates include: Penny Gitthens challenging Rep. Peggy Mayfield, and Bill Breeden challenging Rep. Bob Heaton. Chris Woods, who is challenging a non-incumbent, Christopher May, is also confirmed. These candidates are going to need every ounce of help that we can give them in this task. Come have a beer with us, or glass of wine, or water for that matter, and lets find some solutions to the embarrassment that is our Indiana Statehouse.

Feel free to RSVP and share at the Facebook version of this invite!

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APRIL LINK-UP AND ENDORSEMENTS VOTING 2016

NOTE: THIS MEETING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 14!!

Democracy for Monroe County is pleased to announce our April 2016 Link-Up, to take place on Thursday, April 14, 2015, gathering at 6pm at Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse, on North College Avenue in Bloomington. 6-6:30pm is social hour and a chance to get some food and drink. Business commences at 6:30 and should be concluded by 8:30.

This is the Link-Up at which we will be voting on endorsements of candidates in the 2016 Bloomington municipal election. All members in good standing are eligible to vote on endorsements. “Good standing” means that you have paid your year-2016 dues of $20 on or before March 8, 2016.

All candidates who have chosen to seek our endorsement have submitted responses to several questions. Those responses are attached to this post. DFMC members are encouraged to read over these responses before attending the Link-Up. You may also want to watch the DFMC sponsored primary debates, held last month on March 21 and March 29 In addition, our endorsements committee will deliver their report at the Link-Up, which will include any recommendations that they have made.

We encourage members to attend the meeting and cast your votes at that time, after hearing the report of the committee, so that you may make a fully-informed decision.

Please join us! If you are on Facebook, look for our upcoming invitation and submit your RSVP so we know to expect you.

Candidate responses may be downloaded below.

2016 Questionnaire Circuit Court 1 – Holly Harvey

2016 Questionnaire Circuit Court 1 – Michael Flory

2016 Questionnaire Commissioner District 3 – Amanda Barge

2016 Questionnaire Commissioner District 3 – John Whikehart

2016 Questionnaire Commissioner District 3 – Rick Dietz

2016 Questionnaire State Senate District 40 – Mark Stoops

2016 questionnaire State Senate District 40 – Tom K Pappas

2016 Questionnaire Treasurer – Cathy Smith

2016 Questionnaire Treasurer – Hans Huffman

2016 Questionnaire Treasurer – Jessica McClellan

2016 Questionnaire Auditor – Kevin Easton

2016 Questionnaire Auditor – Terri Porter

2016 Questionnaire Circuit Court 1 – Al Manns

2016 Questionnaire Circuit Court 1 – Darcie Fawcett

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DFMC to Host Local Democratic Primary Debates

DebatersDemocracy for Monroe County would like to invite all local voters to meet this year’s democratic primary election candidates! Our second session of debates takes place Tuesday, March 29th. You may also submit questions for the moderators to ask of the candidates. Click here to learn more. Our first evening of debates on March 21 was a great success in bringing together candidates and community members. We hope you will join us on the 29th!

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DFMC 2016 Officer Elections – Ballot

The following members have declared their candidacy for Office and Board of Democracy for Monroe County. This is the ballot that will be printed, but write-in and last-minute candidacies are still allowed. Anyone may choose to run for Office or Board at any time before the election at the Linkup on Thursday. We will leave spaces for such write-in candidates.

Absentee Voting is now CLOSED.

Officers (vote for no more than one each)

DFMC Chair

  • Robert Deppert
  • Chaim Julian

Vice-Chair

  • Larry Barker

Treasurer

  • Mike Drescher

Secretary

  • Scott Wells

DFMC Board (Vote for no more than 12.)

(You should also cast a vote here for any candidates you selected above, in the event that they do not win office but still wish to serve on the Board.)

  • Andrea Haynes Avery
  • James Avery
  • Larry Barker
  • Robert Deppert
  • Mike Drescher
  • Rita Drescher
  • Tom Duffy
  • Kevin Easton
  • Trohn Enright-Randolph
  • Kaisa Goodman
  • Shawn Harris
  • Mark Hazelbaker
  • Maryll Jones
  • Chaim Julian
  • Carole Scifres
  • Scott Wells
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January Link-Up – Elections!

Join DFMC on January 7th as we elect new officers and Board members

DFMC’s January link up meeting is traditionally focused on our internal election for our Officers and Board of Directors. We have been urging people to assume a leadership role in the organization and now is the time to declare your intentions! There are a few requirements:
  • If you are interested in running for Chair, you must have been a dues-paying member of DFMC for two years.
  • If you are interested in running for Vice-Chair, Treasurer, or Secretary, you must have been a dues-paying member of DFMC for one year.
  • If you are interested in running for the board, you must be a current member.

You must notify the board of your intent to run by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, 06 January 2016, for your name to appear on the ballot. Please send an email to webmaster@democracyformonroecounty.org announcing your intention by this date and time. We will leave spaces on the ballot for late-filing and write-in candidates.

On Thursday the 7th, at the LinkUp, we will distribute ballots to current members.  (New members must have paid their dues by 08 December 2015, and current members must renew their dues for 2016 by the 7th of January before the Linkup, to be eligible to vote.) As a candidate, you will be allowed three minutes to “campaign” or make your case at the January board meeting. We will allow five minutes for questions and answers. After all candidates have had the opportunity to speak and respond to questions, ballots will be collected and counted by board members not currently running for DFMC Office.

Since we allowed for absentee voting on endorsements earlier this year, we will continue that practice for 2016 Officer and Board elections. Absentee votes must be received via email to webmaster@democracyformonroecounty.org by noon on Thursday January 7th in order to be counted. A follow-up email will be sent Wednesday evening with a list of all declared candidates for Office and Board.

As usual, we meet at 6pm to order food and drinks, and will begin our program about 6:30, at Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse on North College Avenue.

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December Link-Up: Transforming Bloomington’s Economy

Please join DFMC on December 3rd, 2015, in welcoming author and political historian Gar Alperovitz for a presentation, “Transforming Bloomington’s Economy: Community Wealth in the Age of Cooperation​”​.

This event will not be at our usual location. We will be in the Bloomington City Council Chambers, 401 N. Morton St., at 6:30 pm. RSVP on Facebook, or just come join us!

There is evidence that we are in the midst of a systemic crisis, not simply an economic and political crisis. The current system is characterized by stagnant wages, endemic poverty, looming ecological crises, and growing inequality. How can these outcomes be changed, starting in our own communities? Ultimately the question is how to develop a “next system”—beyond traditional corporate capitalism and state socialism—and how to develop practical and meaningful stages of development that lay groundwork for a longer term historic transformation. They are questions both of theory and of immediate practice—e.g. politics, institution-building, strategy at all levels from neighborhood and community to state, region and nation.

Gar Alperovitz has had a distinguished career as a historian, political economist, activist, writer, and government official. For fifteen years, he served as the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, and is a former Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University; Harvard’s Institute of Politics; the Institute for Policy Studies; and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution.

He is the author of critically acclaimed books on the atomic bomb and atomic diplomacy and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, The Nation, and the Atlantic among other popular and academic publications.  He has been profiled by the New York Times, the Associated Press, People, UPI and Mother Jones and has been a guest on numerous network TV and cable news programs, including “Meet the Press,” “Larry King Live,” “The Charlie Rose Show,” “Cross Fire,” and “the O’Reilly Factor.”

He will also be giving a public lecture, “The Next American Revolution”, in the Tudor Room of the Indiana Memorial Union, on Friday, 4 December, at 1pm. More information is available here: http://themester.indiana.edu/calendar.shtml#overlay/2/

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