“Pay Equity: Lilly Ledbetter’s Story and You”

When: Sunday, April 2, 2:00-4:00 pm

Where: The City Council Chambers located in the Showers Building (401 N. Morton St.)


HCHP March for Health on Saturday April 1, starting at Monument Circle @ 2PM

HCHP is co-sponsoring the March for Health  on Saturday April 1, starting at Monument Circle at 2 PM EDT. 

Dr. Rob Stone will be speaking and single payer will be on the agenda. Following speeches there will be a march to the Statehouse. Bring your kids, your neighbors, your doctor, your lawyer, your pastor.

Of interest to HCHP members, Thomas Frank of What’s the Matter with Kansas and Listen Liberal fame will be speaking in Bloomington on Friday March 24 at 6:30 PM in the School of Education Auditorium at 201 N. Rose Ave.

Mark your calendar now for the next monthly meeting of Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan on Wednesday, April 12 at 5:30PM, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church,100 N. State Rd. 46 Bypass, Bloomington. We will be in Room 12 this month.

If you are on Facebook, you can keep up with the latest with the HCHP Facebook group.  There are over 500 members of the FB group.



March 8 @ Noon Labor Studies Department Spring 2017 Brown Bag Lunch Series The Nabisco 600: Outsourced and Fighting Back Against Global Worker Exploitation. Updates soon.


Ron Baker

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 12 Noon to 1:15pm

School of Global and International Studies, Room 2067*

Ron Baker, Strategic Campaign Coordinator of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union will explain how 600 Nabisco workers lost their jobs in Chicago last year when Mondelez/Nabisco put profits in front of people. Join him and several other former Nabisco employees in the fight-back against corporate greed, outsourcing, and the global exploitation of working people that results. The first step is to check out this Nabisco 600 Video and like us to follow the campaign on Facebook at Nabisco 600 Workers – BCTGM. Then come and participate in this discussion and interchange with a team of laid of Nabisco workers regarding how the events unfolded in Chicago, how they and their families have been personally affected, how the fight-back has grown nationally and globally, and how you can get involved. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be a part of the solution! Learn more at fightforamericanjobs.com.

Sponsored by the IU Department of Labor Studies and Center for The Study of Global Change.

REMINDER Today @ 5:30 PM in Swain East 105: Hans-Joerg Tiede Academic Freedom in the Age of Trump

The 2016 election has exacerbated a political climate that was already inimical to academic freedom. We have recently seen legislative and gubernatorial attacks on individual faculty members, course offerings, governing boards, the institution of tenure, and, generally, the institutional autonomy of colleges and universities. Websites such as Professor Watchlist are monitoring activities of faculty members and denouncing departures from what they view as acceptable. These activities have led to targeted harassment of faculty members. This presentation provides an overview of the concept of academic freedom, recent attacks on academic freedom, and how you can defend academic freedom.

Bloomington Immigrant Rights + Know Your Rights Workshop Dates

Bloomington Immigrant Rights
Please Like Bloomington Immigrants Rights on Facebook. Bloomington Immigrant Rights is a coalition of local organizations, including Popp Law Office, UndocuHoosier Alliance, El Centro Comunal Latino, La Casa Latino Cultural Center, and more, dedicated to providing Know Your Rights workshops for the community and updates of immigrant news in Bloomington. Follow our page and contact us if you have any questions or information about ICE raids or immigrant rights events.

Here is our page: https://www.facebook.com/Bloomingtonimmigrantrights/

Know Your Rights Workshop Dates
• Monday, February 27 (Spanish)
• Tuesday, March 7 (English with interpreters provided upon request)
• Monday, March 20 (English with interpreters provided upon request)
• Monday, April 3 (English with interpreters provided upon request)
• Monday, April 17 (English with interpreters provided upon request)

All will take place at the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium from 6pm-9pm

Here is the facebook event for the Spanish language session on Monday. Please promote this widely! https://www.facebook.com/events/227381551002205/?active_tab=about

Flyering for Know Your Rights Workshop
If you have time, please stop by La Casa Latino Cultural Center and pick up some flyers to take to anyone you know who might be interested.

Campus Tabling for #sanctuarycampus
We are looking for volunteers who can’t commit a lot of time to coming to meetings to sign up for a 1 hour (or more) per week tabling shift in Ballantine Hall! The materials and table will be provided, all you need to do is get them from where they’re stored in Ballantine Hall, set them up, and pass out the provided literature to people passing by. Tabling is crucial for getting the idea of sanctuary out into the public, to be discussed and debated. So it may not feel like you’re doing much, but you’ll really be making a huge difference! Please provide a phone number or email address so that we can contact you with more complete instructions. Also, if possible, sign up with someone else, so that no one is working alone!

Sign up to table for #sanctuarycampus here

As always, but now more urgently than ever, UndocuHoosier Alliance needs your financial support as well, for our legal fund. If you haven’t seen it yet, here is an article describing how the Department of Homeland Security has labeled nearly all undocumented people priority for deportation. Here is our fundraiser.

Saturday (2/18) Community Meetup from 2-4 @ MCPL

Two weeks ago, at the “Ban the Wall” Protest in Bloomington, many of you placed your names on an email list for further news about how we can Resist, Inform, and Mobilize. Now we’re reaching out to you. We want to invite you to our first meeting of Chain for Hope.

Our goal is to resist the onslaught of administrative and legislative actions against (but not limited to) reproductive rights, income inequality, immigration rights, redistricting, environmental and criminal justice,health care and education reform. The more participants we have, the more we grow, the more we can do.

The focus of our first meeting is to set up a Congressional Legislative Action Committee, which will cultivate regular contact with our state and national political representatives through targeted letter-writing and phone calls, personal office visits with staffers, and vocal presence at town halls. We want to study upcoming legislation and take part in coordinated, timely and strategic campaigns to influence our legislators. We’ll be organizing the many volunteer roles needed to put an effective and powerful process into place for the long term.

Please join us on Saturday, February 18, 2-4 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library Room 1B. Your attendance will be greatly appreciated.

Democracy for Monroe County Link-Up. February 22nd from 6-8PM @ MCPL

How Do We Win Voters: Reflections from the Candidates

When: February 22nd, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Where: MCPL Room 1B

In light of recent elections, many questions remain for Indiana Democrats and Progressives.  How do we move forward and learn from the discontent of the electorate?  How do we reach Republican voters?  How does this change outreach and strategy for future elections?  We at Democracy for Monroe County are excited to bring a great panel of candidates to address these questions.  Panelists include:

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

We encourage you all, as friends in the fight to uphold Democracy, to attend and announce our event to your members.  We sincerely hope to see you there and share in the discussion!  A direct link of event specifics can be found at http://us10.campaign-archive2.com/?u=300b11bddb1b3686c25b46b9e&id=fc9bee78af


Contact info:

Tom Duffy- Chair of DFMC- duffy@indiana.edu


DFMC Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/democracyformonroecounty