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

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

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.

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.

 

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.

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

 

DFMC Elections and Membership Renewal

The election for the DFMC board and officers has been set for January 19, 6:30, at the Monroe County Library in Room 1b. Each eligible member in good standing and in attendance will receive a ballot with which to vote.

What constitutes a member in good standing? If you are currently a member for 2016, paying your dues by December 31st would keep you in good standing. If you are newly joining our group, you must complete enrollment and pay your 2017 dues by December 20th. This will satisfy the by-laws rule of having been in good standing for 30 days by the time of the election. Membership in the DFMC is year to year beginning January 1st and lasting until December 31st. Those paying prior to December 31, 2016 will be granted membership through December 31, 2017.

Instructions for paying dues:

Pay Dues

Complete by-laws can be found here:

By-Laws

Intentions to run for the board (including officer positions) must be submitted by midnight, December 31. Officer positions include: Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Chair and Vice Chair. The board consists of these four officers plus up to 8 additional board members for a total board of up to 12 members.

Anyone running for a board or officer position must also be a member in good standing at the time of election. Officers must have been members in good standing for one year (two for chair) at the time of election and otherwise meet all requirements as outlined in the by-laws.

As part of their candidate declaration, each candidate is requested to submit a written statement outlining: the direction you would like to see the organization take, your background, and your political experience. A comprehensive list of candidates along with their statements will be published January 1 or 2 on this Facebook page as well as the DFMC website.

If you have any questions or would like to declare your candidacy please contact current Chair Robert Deppert at robertdeppert@gmail.com or chair@democracyformonroecounty.org.

Thank You for your participation!

November LinkUp — The Affordable Care Act: A Progress Report

ACA-LinkUp

Wednesday, November 16 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Sweet Grass
405 W Patterson Dr, Bloomington, Indiana 47403

Its seems when you read about the Affordable Care Act, it is either lauded as the best thing to happen to healthcare since Medicare or an absolute disaster.

The first panelist is Dr. Rob Stone who leads a group of activists in Indiana called Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan. He is also an emergency room doctor. So he has some first hand knowledge of how healthcare reform has changed healthcare on the ground.

The second person is me. Rob Deppert. I have been certified as a health insurance broker since the first day that the Affordable Care Act has been availble. I realize that there are some pitfalls to putting yourself on a panel when you run an organization but, I have maintained a client base on these plans from the start, and would like to offer my perspective as someone who has been in the field, signing people up for coverage from day one of this program.

This meeting will take place we in the sperate bar area of Sweet Grass which will be reserved for us. Due to the venue, you must be 21 or older rule to attend this event. It will also be half price wine night!!! So come out and enjoy a night with your favorite progressives at the DFMC, have a glass of wine or beer, and some great food. See you there.

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!

picnic

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/