Events this week


Support the Dreamers

Thursday, January 18

Sample Gates

1 PM


We’re meeting tomorrow at 1PM at the Sample Gates. Join us to show our Dreamers & allies in DC out support as they fight for a CLEAN #DreamActNow! Bring posters that express that support. We’ll be taking a picture of the group there! Whether you can make it to the sample gates or not, please WEAR RED/RED BANDANAS in support of the movement!



Bloomington Resistance March

Saturday, January 20

12:30 to 2PM

Courthouse Lawn on the Square, Bloomington


We’re organizing this event for those of us in Bloomington and surrounding areas who cannot make it to Indy (or Chicago, or Las Vegas!) for the Women’s March “Power to the Polls” event. Come express solidarity with progressive women who are mobilizing for protest and change across the country — this weekend, for the 2018 elections, and beyond.

For more information about the mission and unity principles developed by the Women’s March, see

We plan to keep this event simple.
Gather on the Courthouse Lawn at 12:30 PM, welcome and open megaphone at 1 PM, immediately followed by march around the Courthouse (along the path and lawn around the Courthouse, not the street).

If you’d like to take advantage of the open megaphone, please prepare a SHORT (1 minute or less) statement of what you’re gathering/marching FOR or what you’re protesting. If you’d like to prepare a statement but don’t feel comfortable reading it out yourself, one of us will be happy to read it out for you.

We’re asking for short statements to give as many people as possible a chance to speak.

We would like to particularly welcome and encourage young women of all backgrounds to come and speak out at this event — What do you take issue with in the world around you? What kind of future are you marching and mobilizing for?

Witty signs and t-shirts (over coats?) positively encouraged!

We still encourage those who can make it to Indy to do so — we’re happy to get you info on busses and carpools if you need it. For more information on the Indy Women’s march event, see:


Protest Is Not A Crime!!

Solidarity Demonstration

Saturday, January 20, 2018

4PM Sample Gates


On January 20, 2017, as Donald Trump was inaugurated and while Bloomington was inaugurating a revolution, hundreds
of demonstrators were rounded up by the Washington, DC police.
Entire marches were “kettled” as police squeezed protestors
together in a cordon, holding them for hours, before brutally
arresting them and charging them with conspiracy. Now nearly
200 people face up to 80 years in prison, simply for being present at a combative, dignified demonstration. Their freedom is our freedom, and their convictions in court would destroy our
collective ability to resolutely fight back against the Trump
regime and what it stands for.


Transportation to the Women’s March in Indy

THIS JUST IN:  Women’s March organizers announced that they have chartered buses to Indianapolis from 10 cities throughout the state, including Bloomington.  Great organizations and activists think alike! There’s no reason for us to duplicate these efforts, so…. to those of you interested in riding a bus to the march, here’s the link to getting your seat:

Thanks for your patience.  See you at the march!

Please call about your House Representatives and Senators about the tax bill. We must let legislators know that we’re watching and informed.

Attention Commonsense Hoosiers,
Please call about your House Representatives and Senators about the tax bill. We must let legislators know that we’re watching and informed. We are at a critical moment, and must keep up the pressure on legislators. 

Senator Todd Young: 202-224-5623
Senator Joe Donnelly: 202-224-4814
Representative Trey Hollingsworth: 202-225-5315

Indiana currently has 22 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) , their future and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are on the line in the tax bill.
The federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) serve 27 million people in the US. On Oct. 1st, 70% of federal grant funding provided by the ACA expired along with a number of other high priorities, including the National Health Service Corps and a dozen others. If there is no fix we will see 50,000 jobs in health centers lost, 3,000 sites close, and 9 million people will lose access to care. These are historically bi-partisan priorities and this year the House did pass a bill to extend CHIP for 2 years. But disagreement over the “pay-fors” prevented it from moving forward. These provisions need 60 votes in the Senate to pass.  Meanwhile health centers are operating on month-to-month currently available funds which is causing major disruptions in recruitment, planning, purchasing equipment, etc. CHIP is operating under short-term patches. Indiana has funding for CHIP through March, if negotiations fail.

It is important to weigh in on CHIP and to remember there are host of other h

Attention Commonsense Hoosiers,
Tax bill fight is a health care fight (and lots more!)
The House and Senate Republicans are negotiating among themselves without open discussions or debate. A vote in the Senate is expected on Monday and the House on Tuesday. A number of provisions affect health care. The House bill gets rid of the medical expense deduction which many people depend on to help afford long term care. Many provisions affect state and local taxes that states need to pay for their share of Medicaid and other health care programs. Whatever the outcome, it will increase the deficit, which will put more pressure on to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The Senate bill repeals the individual mandate, resulting in increased premiums. 13 million more uninsured are predicted.  
To Your Good Health,
Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan
PO Box 2632
Bloomington, IN 47402

Campus Action for Democracy Post-Card Writing | Tuesday, December 12, and Wednesday December 13, from 11AM-noon in SGIS 1060

Campus Action for Democracy is organizing two drop-in post-card writing/calling/tweeting sessions on Tuesday, December 12, and Wednesday, December 13, from 11:00 am-12:00 pm in SGIS 1060 . Please come by to dash off some postcards, sign petitions, tweet, or call our representatives to let them know how you feel about the recent tax bill and other executive office fiats. (Pick your issue: there is an abundance of choice. Sad!)

We will provide coffee, snacks, postcards, camaraderie, and talking points on the tax legislation. Feel free to bring talking points on other issues as well. Donations for postage are welcome, though not required.

 Please take 15-20 minutes out of your day to make your voice heard and connect with friends.

Film Screening: “The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire”–December 7 @ 7PM in Wells 048

The American Historical Review Film Series Sponsored by the American Historical Review, the College Arts and Humanities Institute, and the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 PM Wells Library Screening Room, Wells 048 The American Historical Review presents “The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire” (2017), written by Nicholas Shaxson (author of Treasure Islands) and directed by Michael Oswald.

This timely new documentary about the shadowy world of British tax havens, will be shown to accompany an article in the December 2017 issue of the AHR, by Vanessa Ogle, “Archipelago Capitalism: Tax Havens, Money Markets, and the Nation-State.” Want to know how and where corporations, kleptocrats, the super-rich, and even universities (including IU) hide their money? This groundbreaking film is a must-see. To be followed by open discussion with AHR Editor, Alex Lichtenstein​.

Dr. Yana van der Meulen Rodgers: “The Relationship between LGBT Inclusion and Economic Development:  Micro and Macro-Level Evidence” October 23, 12-1:15 in the Dogwood Room @ IU

Labor Studies is happy to announce an upcoming Labor Studies brown-bag lunch talk by Dr. Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University:

 “The Relationship between LGBT Inclusion and Economic Development:  Micro and Macro-Level Evidence”

If protecting human rights is not a compelling enough argument, this talk by Rutgers Professor Yana Rodgers gives another reason to promote inclusiveness of LGBT citizens: It is good for the economy.  The talk, based on a recent USAID report co-authored by several feminist economists, examines how the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people affects economic development. One can make a human rights case and a moral case for LGBT rights, but sometimes policymakers need quantitative evidence that more inclusion matters. This talk presents the numbers that can get LGBT rights to the policy table.

Oct 23. 2017, from 12:00-1:15

Dogwood Room, Indiana Memorial Union

Co-sponsors for this event include the IU: Center for the Study of Global Change, SE Asian and ASEAN Studies Dept., Dept. of Economics, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Gender Studies Dept., GLBTQ+ Center, and International Studies Dept.



“A Hundred Years of Migration (1917-2017): Stories of Caribbean Exile and Diaspora”, to be held at Indiana University School of Global and International Studies on September 29-30, 2017

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies invites you and those affiliated with the Department of Labor Studies to “A Hundred Years of Migration (1917-2017): Stories of Caribbean Exile and Diaspora”, to be held at Indiana University School of Global and International Studies on September 29-30, 2017.

This international conference will bring together scholars in the social sciences and humanities to study the long-term effects of migration, exile, and diaspora cultures on the Caribbean as well as the United States and Canada. The Jones-Shafroth Act of 1917, granting Puerto Ricans citizen rights, will serve as a benchmark to discuss issues of national space, sovereignty, language rights, gender, and race as they appear in policy, media, and arts. Panels will touch on topics such as the construction of racial difference; past and future waves of Cuban migration; the long century of Puerto Rican migration; visual iconography and media representation of migration; language and post-colonialism in Haiti and its diaspora communities.

This conference is free of charge and open to the public. If you plan to attend any or all of the events, we do ask that you please register before attending. Register Now!​

This event is coordinated by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies with the generous sponsorship of Office of the Vice Provost for Research, College of Humanities Institute, Institute for Advanced Study, Department of American Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Department of French & Italian, Department of History, and the Black Film Center/Archive. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the conference.


Charlottesville Protest/Vigil TODAY (8/13/17) 7PM-9PM Monroe County Courthouse

In response to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, as a gathering of white supremacists, KKK, and neo-Nazis, and the violent car attack against counter-protesters, Bloomington residents will be hosting a solidarity event. Please bring signs of love and solidarity.  
**Please bring a flashlight (or just your phone) for a Flashlight Vigil at then end of the event.**

Confirmed Speakers:
Jim Simms, President of the NAACP Monroe County
Rabbi Brian Besser, Beth Shalom
Susan Sandberg, Bloomington City Council President
Beth Applegate, Showing Up for Racial Justice
Denise Valkyrie, Women’s March Indiana
Liz Watson, Candidate for District 9

We will have speakers (posted here as they confirm), and then we will open up to members of the community to share their thoughts.