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John Hopkins social services funding schedule

By Scott Tibbs, March 4, 2011

Following is the schedule for distributing grants to social service agencies via the John Hopkins fund. With two exceptions, Planned Parenthood has gotten a handout every year since 1999 from this fund. The two exceptions were 2000 (when PP got a grant from the Community Development Block Grants program instead) and 2009, just a few months after the Bloomington branch was rocked by a sex abuse scandal.

Now is the time for concerned citizens to write to the city council and let them know that we oppose any funding for Planned Parenthood under any circumstances. The e-mails for the city council are as follows: Andy Ruff (at-large) Tim Mayer (at-large), Susan Sandberg (at-large), Chris Sturbaum (District 1), Brad Wisler (District 2), Mike Satterfield (District 3), David Rollo (District 4), Isabel Pidmont (District 5) and Steve Volan (District 6).

Brad Wisler has voted against funding Planned Parenthood every time he had the opportunity to do so. All of the Democrats have voted to fund Planned Parenthood.

Event:Date, Time & Place
Deadline for agencies to submit proposalsMonday, March 28, 2011
Council office distributes application packetWednesday, April 13, 2011
Committee discusses and eliminates some applicationsMonday, April 18, 2011 at 5:00 p.m., McCloskey Room (RM 135, City Hall)
Committee hears presentationsThursday, April 28, 2011 at 5:00 p.m., city council chambers
Committee members submit rating of applicationsWednesday, may 4, 2011 by noon.
Committee discusses funding recommendationsMay 10, 2011, at 5:00 p.m., council library (rm 110, city hall)
Committee makes funding recommendationsMonday, May 16, 2011, 5:00 p.m., council chambers
Agencies complete the funding agreementsTuesday, May 31, 2011,
Committee evaluates the programWednesday, June 8, 2011, 6:00 p.m., council library (rm 110, city hall)
City council action on the recommendationsWednesday, June 15, 2011, 7:30 p.m., council chambers

All of the meetings listed above are open to the public. Unfortunately, the only meeting that will allow public comment is the final meeting on June 15. We should stand against corporate welfare for this damnable organization.