Democracy 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!
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!
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)
- Robert Deppert
- Chaim Julian
- Larry Barker
- Mike Drescher
- 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
Join DFMC on January 7th as we elect new officers and Board members
- 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
● 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.
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/
Find out how Monroe County can win the nationwide $5m Georgetown Energy Prize competition! Innovation, scalability, replicability, and of course energy savings are topics of discussion. The Monroe County Energy Challenge is the perfect grass root effort to get behind and support. This is one link up where you can take what you learn over dinner and implement as soon as you head home!
Our confirmed speakers include:
More information here: https://guep.org/
We will be at Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse, at 1635 N. College Avenue in Bloomington, on Thursday, 2 July 2015, 6pm.
Remember we meet-and-greet from 6 to 6:30 as well as try and get any food and drink order in by then, at 6:30 the program begins. All are welcome to attend, have a beer, glass of wine or even water, dinner or fabulous salad bar and hang with Bloomington’s coolest progressives for a night
Democracy for Monroe County is excited to bring Sam Pizzigati to speak in Bloomington on Friday, May 1. Pizzigati is currently an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C., and is editor of Too Much, an online magazine. His writings on income inequality have been published in major newspapers, magazines and journals. He will speak at Indiana University School of Education auditorium at 7 p.m. and it is open to the public. The title of his speech is, “Minimum Wage, Maximum Wage: New Paths to a More Equal America.”
His latest book, The Rich Don’t Always Win, will be available for purchase.
There is easy parking for the event in the Jordan Street Parking Garage.
RSVP on Facebook here.
Those wishing to sponsor this event can do so on this page.
Governor Howard Dean will be in Bloomington this Wednesday, 22 April 2015, to announce the DFA endorsement of John Hamilton for Mayor of Bloomington. This will take place at 1pm on the Courthouse Square.