Category Archives: Issues

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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DFMC Endorses Huffman and Fawcett

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Darcie Fawcett

After our Endorsement Committee made initial recommendations, and our entire membership was given the opportunity to vote for whom we would endorse, Democracy for Monroe County has given its endorsement to two candidates in local Democratic primary elections: James Hans Huffman for Monroe County Treasurer, and Darcie Fawcett for Monroe County Circuit Court 1.

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Hans Huffman

After two rounds of voting (the first to reduce the field in each race to two candidates), solid majorities within our membership voted for these two fine candidates. Since other votes were very narrow, no other endorsements will be made, but we wish the best of luck to all of our Democratic candidates this Tuesday and beyond.

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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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Ends Not Meeting

Great letter in The Herald-Times today, from our new member, Jessica Martlage. Also available on the H-T site.

To the editor:

Thank you for Lauren Slavin’s story (March 13) on how expensive it is for working families to make ends meet in Indiana.

I have gone through several jobs in the last few years, trying to find something where I can make a living wage. Even though I work hard at every job I’ve ever had, I still have trouble getting by.

I’m about to start a job now that will pay only $10 an hour with no benefits for strenuous work.

The infuriating thing for me was the story right next to this one, about our do-nothing Indiana state legislature, which wasted our people’s time on mostly irrelevant bills. Senators Karen Tallian and Frank Mrvan both introduced bills to raise the state minimum wage, but neither received a committee hearing.

My state legislator, Bob Heaton, told a Terre Haute TV station in January that he is against raising the minimum wage because we should “let the free market work.”

Apparently he thinks his constituents are only good for doing cheap labor for corporations.

Democracy for Monroe County (DFMC) is starting an effort to get the Indiana legislature to raise the minimum wage. Contact DFMC to get involved!

Jessica Martlage

Ellettsville

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DFMC Endorses Carbon Fee & Dividend

At our regular Board meeting on 19 January 2015, we voted 6-0 to have DFMC Endorse the “Carbon Fee & Dividend” policy being promoted by Citizens’ Climate Lobby. CF&D works by applying a fee to carbon-emitting fuel sources (either at the point of extraction or port of entry), beginning at $15 per ton of CO2 emissions and increasing by $10 per year. The proceeds of the fee are then distributed equally among all citizens (counting dependent children as 1/2).

This endorsement follows our excellent October Linkup which featured speakers from the South-Central Indiana chapter of CCL.

The text of the endorsement follows:

I/We Endorse Carbon Fee & Dividend

The costs of climate change—including destabilized weather patterns, rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and other serious impacts— now pose a substantial threat to the health, prosperity and security of Americans. The costs are real, they are growing, and they are already burdening businesses, taxpayers, municipal budgets and families. Our economy, infrastructure, public safety and health are directly at risk.

Therefore, I/we urge Congress to support Carbon Fee & Dividend as a key element in reducing the risks of climate change. Carbon Fee & Dividend will significantly reduce carbon emissions, create jobs, grow the economy, save lives and protect households from higher energy prices.

Carbon Fee & Dividend will place a steadily increasing fee on fossil fuels at their source (the well, mine, or port of entry), beginning at $15 per ton of CO2 emitted, and increasing each year by $10. All revenues will be returned in equal shares to American households as a monthly dividend.

Additionally:

● A predictably increasing price on carbon will send a clear market signal that will unleash entrepreneurs and investors in a new clean-energy economy.

● With all of the revenue returned to households on an equal basis, two-thirds of households will break even or receive more in dividends than they would pay in higher living expenses.

● A border adjustment will discourage domestic businesses from relocating where they can emit more CO2 and encourage other nations to adopt an equivalent price on carbon.

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