It’s officially Town Hall season, y’all! After a summer of community building, outreach, and deep listening, we are organizing four Town Halls in September and October to launch our local campaigns. We’ve been surveying our neighbors about Medicaid, housing or family support and reproductive healthcare as well as gathering petition signatures in support of the MAT Act, renter protections in Columbus and the rights of people enrolled in social safety net programs like SNAP and Medicaid. As we shift into election season this fall, we’re working to help Hoosiers connect the power of being voters to the future of our families and communities.
The Bartholomew County Chapter held a powerful Town Hall in Columbus on September 22nd, which brought together over 50 community members and three city Columbus city councilmembers Grace Kestler, Jerone Wood, and Tom Dell to launch our campaign to protect and inform renters in Columbus of their rights! We shared our stories and invited our elected officials to be champions and fight for our homes and our future together. You can take action to help support Columbus families by signing our petition at hoosieraction.org/columbus-petition
The Moms of Hoosier Action (MOHA) held a listening session in Brown County on September 14th to discuss community concerns including family support, reproductive justice, and Medicaid. For many attendees, it was the first time anyone had truly listened to their concerns for their community and their families. Attendees were invited to join the outreach work into Brown and Monroe counties as well as attend an upcoming public Town Hall on October 20th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Monroe County Public Library auditorium.
Communications and Policy Director Tracey Hutchings-Goetz helped Hoosiers at The Bishop Bar in Bloomington get registered to vote and check their voter registration earlier this month! Have questions about voter registration or voting? Contact Tracey at firstname.lastname@example.org!
October 11th is the last day to register to be a voter in Indiana or update your voter registration in time for this fall’s election. If you’ve already registered to vote, be sure to double-check your registration to make sure all your information is up to date or to make certain you haven’t been removed from the rolls. You can do that by going to indianavoters.in.gov
Once you’ve registered, make a plan to vote on or before November 8th. Sign our Voter Pledge, and we’ll send you a virtual voter guide before the election!
Want to help Get Out The Vote (GOTV)? Sign up to volunteer for in-person and online GOTV events by clicking here!
After hosting a successful public Town Hall, the Bartholomew County Chapter is following up with their local elected officials and state representatives to win their demands, including providing information for renters on their rights and creating a public database of landlords and complaints to ensure that the public knows which properties are safest to rent. To join the housing work in Columbus, come to our next Bartholomew County Chapter Meeting on October 13th from 6:00-8:00pm or reach out to organizer Stephanie Zhang at email@example.com.
Ohio River Valley
The Ohio River Valley (ORV) Chapter is launching their campaign for more naloxone in New Albany with a Town Hall October 13th from 6:30-8:30 pm! Members interested in planning this event are encouraged to attend the upcoming Ohio River Valley Chapter Meeting which will be held October 6th from 6:30-8:30 pm in New Albany.
Moms of Hoosier Action
The Moms of Hoosier Action (MOHA) have spent the past month reaching out to families in Brown and Monroe counties to talk about family support and reproductive care leading up to the 2022 elections. They are trying to talk to 2,000 potential voters five times leading up to the election, including at their upcoming Town Hall on October 20th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Monroe County Public Library auditorium. Contact organizer Eva Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in getting involved with the Moms chapter–there are both in-person and virtual ways you can build power with the Moms of Hoosier Action!
Greater IN Chapter
On Sunday, September 25th, members of the Greater IN Chapter connected with each other online from across the state. This month, we focused on preparing for the upcoming legislative session, and our fight for a budget that funds the supports and services our families need to thrive. In anticipation of Organization Day at the Statehouse on November 22nd, members looked up their legislators and practiced requesting a meeting with them, learning the importance of credentialing themselves as constituents and the outreach work they have done within Hoosier Action.
Over the next few months, they plan to meet with many legislators across the state, gathering information on their budget priorities and sharing the importance of funding our families next year.
Register for all upcoming events by going to https://www.hoosieraction.org/events
10/4 MOHA Action Party [In-person & Online]
10/5 Morgan Co. Chapter Meeting [In-person]
10/6 Action Party [Online]
10/6 ORV Chapter Meeting [In-person]
10/11 VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE
10/13 Bartholomew Co. Chapter Meeting [In-person]
10/13 Ohio River Valley Townhall for Our Future [In-person]
10/20 Moms of Hoosier Action D62 Town Hall [In-person]
10/23 Greater IN Chapter Meeting [Online]
10/24 Morgan Co. Town Hall: Mental Health in Our Community [In-person]
SAVE THE DATE
11/22 Organization Day at the Statehouse [In-person]
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