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:


DFMC July Link-up

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:

Jacquie Bauer- City of Bloomington Sustainability Coordinator
Molly O’Donnel- Bloomington Commission of Sustainability
Amanda Figolah- Bloomington High School South
Nolan Henderson- City of Bloomington Utilities Conservation Manager

More information here:

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

Special Event: Minimum Wage, Maximum Wage: New Paths to a More Equal America, with Sam Pizzigati

flyercolums3iDemocracy 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.

Endorsements! We have Endorsements!

Congratulations to the following candidates who received endorsements from DFMC this evening:

Nicole Bolden, for City Clerk

Kevin Easton, for City Council, District 1

Dorothy Granger, for City Council, District 2

Allison Chopra, for City Council, District 3


John Hamilton, for Mayor of Bloomington.

We thank all the candidates who participated in our endorsements process and our forums last week. Every contribution to the discussion is valuable, and raises the interest and engagement of our society.

April Link-Up and Endorsements Voting

Democracy for Monroe County is pleased to announce our April 2015 Link-Up, to take place on 9 April 2015, 6pm, at Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse, on North College Avenue in Bloomington.

This is the Link-Up at which we will be voting on endorsements of candidates in the 2015 Bloomington municipal election. All members in good standing are eligible to vote on endorsements. “Good standing” means that you have paid your year-2015 dues of $20 on or before 10 March 2015.

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. In addition, our endorsements committee will deliver their report at the Link-Up, which will include any recommendations that they have made.

We are also offering the option of voting early for endorsements this year, for the first time ever. Current members will receive an email explaining the rules of early-voting. However, 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. Those who know that they will be unable to attend may cast their votes between 8am on Monday and 11:59pm on Wednesday. (Details on submitting your vote will be in the email that you should receive soon.)

Please join us! If you are on Facebook, please click here and submit your RSVP so we know to expect you.

Candidate responses are here: Candidates-responses-2015


Please join Democracy for Monroe County for an exciting and timely link-up on public transportation in Monroe County.

Our panelists are Kerry Conway (Director of Area 10 Agency on Aging, the provider of Rural Transit), Lew May (General Manager of Bloomington Transportation), and Kent McDaniel (executive director of the Indiana Transportation Association and chair of the Bloomington MPO).

Our panel will discuss existing services, possible expansion plans, and statewide funding issues related to public transportation.

Come join us for great conversation and (optionally) dinner and drinks at Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse (1635 N College Ave, Bloomington IN 47404) from 6PM-7:30PM on Thursday, March 5, 2015.