May Link-up: May Day and the Workers Project

In honor of May Day our May Link-up will be on May 1 instead of our usual first Thursday. Jobs with Justice is co-hosting this event.

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Upland Brewing Co. Reception Room – 350 W. 11th St

Our guest speaker will be Tom Lewendowski co-founder of the Workers Project in Fort Wayne Indiana. This project seeks to create a bond between union members and non-union members – workers of all stripes – white, Latino, black, Asian, undocumented, unemployed – and to organize them all into one community. Long before Trump came along with his bigoted fear mongering which pitted union workers against non-union workers, whites against people of color, and everyone against undocumented people, the Workers Project was working on the premise that they all are in the same boat and that, as Tom so colorfully put it, “if they’re f—d, we’re f—d.”

Free beer and hors d’oeurves will be served.

For more information about the Workers Project go to:
https://www.thenation.com/…/in-gop-country-a-small-labor-o…/
and
https://www.nytimes.com/…/american-working-class-future.html

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DFMC Candidate Endorsements


The members of Democracy For Monroe County met tonight at our April Link-up and voted to endorse the following candidates:

E. Thomasina Marsili for State Representative, District 46
Penny Githens for State Representative, District 60
Amy Swain for State Representative, District 62
Jared Stancombe for State Representative, District 65

Nicole Browne for County Clerk
Erika Oliphant for Prosecuting Attorney
Eric Schmitz for County Recorder
Brad Swain for Sheriff

Lee Jones for County Commissioner, District 1
Shelli Yoder for County Council, District 1
L. Kate Wiltz for County Council, District 2
Eric Spoonmoore for County Council, District 4

Chris Gaal for Circuit Court Judge, Division 6, Seat 2
Catherine Stafford for Circuit Court Judge, Division 6, Seat 3
Darcie Fawcett for Circuit Court Judge, Division 9, Seat 8

Michelle Bright for Benton Township Trustee
Kim Alexander for Bloomington Township Trustee

Congratulations to all of these candidates!

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April Link-up: Endorsements

In April of every election year, DFMC Members meet at our monthly Link-up to determine which candidates we will endorse.  This year we have an overabundance of good candidates, and in some of the contested primary races choosing which candidate to endorse will be difficult.  We may even end up remaining neutral.  What’s really great about our endorsement process is that, while the Endorsements Committee may make recommendations, you, the members, will make the final decision.

If you have joined before March 6, at 11:59 PM you are qualified to vote.  Non-members, however, are most welcome to attend.

Date: April 5, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
LocationCrazy Horse, 214 W. Kirkwood Ave

This past month, DFMC hosted three candidate forums. For one of them we partnered with the Monroe County Democratic Black Caucus.  You can watch them on CATS at the links below

County and Township Offices Forum

Justice Forum

Legislative Forum

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DFMC Legislative Forum

Our third and final Candidates Forum will feature the candidates for Indiana State House of Representatives whose districts intersect with Monroe County. These are E. Tomasina Marsili (District 46), Penny Githens (District 60), Matt Pierce (District 61), Amy Swain (District 62), and Jared Stancombe (District 65).

Date: Monday, March 26, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location:  Bloomington City Council Chamber, 401 N. Morton St.

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Justice Forum

Join Democracy For Monroe County and the Monroe County Democratic Caucus for a forum featuring the candidates for Monroe County Sheriff, Prosecutor, and Circuit Court Judge (Division 2, Seat 2; Division 6, Seat 3; and Division 9, Seat 8).

Date: Monday, March 19, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Monroe County Library Auditorium, 303 E Kirkwood Ave

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Democracy For Monroe County Democratic Candidates Forum

Join Democracy For Monroe County for the first of three Democratic Candidate Forums.  This one will feature the candidates for Township Trustee, County Assessor, County Clerk, County Recorder, County Council (Districts 1, 2, and 4), and County Commissioner (District 1).

Date: March 9, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Bloomington City Council Chamber, 401 N. Morton St.

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March Link-up: Backpack Full of Cash

For our March Link-up on March 1, we will be joining Indiana Coalition for Public Education–Monroe County for a free, ticketed screening of the acclaimed documentary, Backpack Full of Cash.

Narrated by Matt Damon, this feature-length documentary explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children. Filmed in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Nashville, and other cities, Backpack Full of Cash takes viewers through the tumultuous 2013–14 school year, exposing the world of corporate-driven education “reform” where public education—starved of resources—hangs in the balance.

This is a ticketed event, so, to get your FREE ticket go to the Event Page and click on the green Register Button.  Seating is limited for this event (as of this writing there are only 41 tickets left), so be sure to reserve your ticket soon.

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February Link-up: Wage Theft – The Crime No One is Talking About

February 1, 2018, 6:00 PM

Monroe County Public Library, Room 2A

Come hear a power point presentation by Board Member Chaim Julian about wage theft, a crime that is constantly under the radar. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with Liz Feitl, the AFL-CIO Community Service Liaison,with United Way of Monroe County. This crime is one that people do not talk about, but we need to talk about it and Liz has been on the front line dealing with this in our community. This topic is especially timely, because if the US Chamber of Commerce and its allies get their way in front of the US Supreme Court wage theft could become rampant throughout the country.

Prior to the program DFMC Members will elect DFMC Officers and Board of Directors

 

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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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