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  • Saturday, December 23, 2006

    Progressive Democrat Issue 101: MIDWEST PROGRESSIVE GROUPS (IA, IN, WI, MI)

    I apologize for lumping such diverse states together under "Midwest," but to date I don't have enough readers in any one Midwestern state to give any of them their own attention the way I do with Virginia, NYC and California. Get me more readers in YOUR state and I will happily put more effort into writing about that state. Until then, these are the four Midwestern region states that I get some readership from regularly.

    IOWA GROUPS:

    January 9th EVENT: 10 am - 4 pm, First Floor Rotunda of the State Capitol in Des Moines: Join Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the State Capitol for CCI's Rally and Lobby Day and help Reclaim Democracy! Be there to tell legislators and other state leaders that we want action on local control, clean air and water, Voter-Owned Clean Elections and home owner protections. For more info, go here.


    First I naturally will highlight Iowa's local Democracy for America group, Blog for Iowa. Joining this blog will help you connect with fellow progressives in Iowa and help establish a progressive infrastructure in Iowa.


    Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement: ICCI has helped ordinary Iowans get to work on a variety of social, economic and environmental justice issues they care deeply about. Whether the issue is factory farms, housing or improving neighborhoods, ICCI is there organizing people to make a difference. Find out what you can do for Iowa here. For a calendar of events, go here. This organization is all about COMMUNITY.


    Drinking Liberally in Iowa: Promoting democracy one pint at a time! Drinking liberally is a social organization with chapters nationwide. There are four Iowa Drinking Liberally groups (see below). If there isn't one near you, you can set one up at the Drinking Liberally website. If you don't like bars, I have always thought non-drinkers could set up their own drinking liberally groups in coffee houses. Here are the current Iowa groups:

    Davenport:
    * Meets second and fourth Friday of each month, 6:00 pm onward
    * Pat McQuire's Bar & Grill, 3333 N Harrison St (Set back form Harrison - Next door to the Citgo on the corner of 32nd and Harrison)
    * We will also drink liberally in the AM on the 1st Saturday at 9:30am at Mojo's (corner of Main and 2nd St - downtown Davenport)
    * Hosted by Alta Price and Caroline Vernon, quadcities (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Ames:
    * Every Friday, 5:00 pm onward
    * Legends American Grill, 200 Stanton Ave, 7th Floor (in Campustown) (map)
    * The group will meet in the large accessible party room left of the elevators unless it is booked by a larger group. We will then be in the Sky Box. Ask a waiter for our location.
    * Hosted by Jan Bauer and Brent Wynja, ames (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Des Moines:
    * Every Thursday, 8:00 p.m. onward
    * The Lift, 222 4th St (between Court Ave and Walnut) (map)
    * Hosted by Amanda Mittlestadt, Tricia Kell, Dan Chibnall, Cassie Samspon and Matt Jesson, desmoines (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Iowa City:
    * Every Thursday, 8:00 pm onward
    * The Mill Restaurant, 120 E Burlington St (map)
    * Hosted by Nicholas Bergin, iowacity (at) drinkingliberally.org


    WISCONSIN GROUPS:

    First I naturally will highlight Winsconsin's local Democracy for America group, Democracy for Wisconsin. Democracy for Wisconsin grew from the seeds planted by Howard Dean's presidential campaign. We believe that strong values and grassroots participation are the key to successfully promoting progressive policies and rebuilding the Democratic Party. Please help us take our country back! Local chapters are listed on their website.


    WISCONSIN FAIR TRADE COALITION: The Wisconsin Fair Trade Coalition is a statewide collaboration of labor, environmental, consumer, family farm and interfaith groups founded in 1994 during the fight over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). They are united in a common belief that international trade and investment are not ends unto themselves, but instead must be viewed as a means for achieving other societal goals including economic justice, human rights, healthy communities and a sound environment. The economy exists to help people, not the other way around.

    WFTC is the leading state advocacy vehicle to fight for trade policy that is not tilted in favor of multinational corporations and against the interests of Wisconsin ’s -- and the world's -- working people. If you want to join the coalition, sign up for the newsletter or find out more, contact them at 608.237.1659; Fax 608.442.1439;
    Postal Address: 3129 Hermina Street , Madison WI 53714.


    Drinking Liberally in Wisconsin: Promoting democracy one pint at a time! Drinking liberally is a social organization with chapters nationwide. There are surprisingly few Wisconsin drinking liberally groups! There are currently only two Wisconsin Drinking Liberally groups (see below). If there isn't one near you, you can set one up at the Drinking Liberally website. If you don't like bars, I have always thought non-drinkers could set up their own drinking liberally groups in coffee houses. Here are the current Wisconsin groups:

    Madison, Wisconsin
    * First and third Tuesday of each month (next meeting October 3), 7:00 pm onward
    * Genna's, 105 W Main St
    * Hosted by Brian Cadwell, madison (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    * Second and fourth Wednesday of each month (next meeting October 11), 7:00 pm onward
    * Club Garibaldi, 2501 S Superior St
    * Hosted by Stacie Rosenzweig, Scott Feldstein and Jason Haas, milwaukee (at) drinkingliberally.org


    INDIANA GROUPS:

    First, I will highlight the very, VERY important Indiana Progressives PAC. Indiana Progressives believe to win nationally we must first win locally. Their message is positive, practical and progressive! And hopefully will be popular as well! Be a part of Indiana Progressives by registering with their site today. This is exactly the kind of organization we need in Indiana to deliver a populist progressive message right to the voters.


    Evolution Education Institute (EEI) is a national professional development program that had it's origins in the Michigan Scientific Evolution Education Initiative (MSEEI). The MSEEI was administered by the Michigan Science Teacher's Association and was funded by an Eisenhower Higher Education Competitive Grant through the Michigan Department of Education (MDOE) from 1999-2002. The mission of the MSEEI was to provide Michigan teachers and pre-service teacher education students with the necessary content, pedagogy and support system to effectively teach scientific evolution. The Evolution Education Institute expands upon the MSEEI model and brings it to a national audience. he mission of the Evolution Education Institute (EEI) is to promote the understanding of evolution and natural selection theory within the educational community and society at-large and to advocate for its inclusion in science curricula in a manner commensurate with its importance to modern scientific thought. This issue is particularly important to me (I'm a biologist myself!). So please, help out EEI.


    Drinking Liberally in Indiana: Promoting democracy one pint at a time! Drinking liberally is a social organization with chapters nationwide. There are six Indiana Drinking Liberally groups (see below). I should note that means Indiana has more than some much larger states like Virginia. Makes Indiana sound like fun! If there isn't one near you, you can set one up at the Drinking Liberally website. If you don't like bars, I have always thought non-drinkers could set up their own drinking liberally groups in coffee houses. Here are the current Indiana groups:

    Bloomington
    * Every Tuesday, 7:00 pm onward
    * Upland Brewery, 350 W 11th St (map)
    * Hosted by Eric Foster and Chris Herlihy, bloomington (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Indianapolis
    * Every Thursday, 7:00-10:00 pm
    * Spencer's Stadium Tavern, 802 S West St (SW corner of West & McCarty streets)
    * map: http://tinyurl.com/ann6t
    * Hosted by Jason Borneman, indianapolis (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Noblesville
    * Every Thursday, 7:00 pm onward
    * Ram Brewery, 12750 Parkside Dr (near the corner of 126th St and Hwy 37)
    * Hosted by Keith Clock and Molly Martin, noblesville (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Lafayette
    * Every Thursday, 7:00 pm onward
    * Lafayette Brewing Company - UPSTAIRS, 622 Main St
    * Hosted by Amy Clinton-Corbett, Mary Nauman, Curtis Parker, Jon Neal, Susan Schechter and Gavin Steiger, lafayette (at) drinkingliberally.org

    New Albany:
    * Every Thursday, 7:00 pm onward
    * "The Red Room" of Rich-O's Public House, 3312 Plaza Dr (Near the Kroger on Grant Line Rd; and next to Sportstime Pizza)
    * Rich-Os is 21+ and "The Red Room" is in the smoking section, though we are able to meet in alternative areas of the Rich-O's/Sportstime Pizza complex to accomodate under-age attendants and those who are sensitive to cigarette smoke.
    * We will now be meeting on THURSDAYS instead of Wednesdays to accomodate the academic work week.
    * Hosted by Lacy Davis, newalbany (at) drinkingliberally.org

    South Bend
    * First and third Thursday of each month (next meeting October 5), 7:00 pm onward
    * Oaken Bucket, 1212 S Ironwood Dr (map)
    * Hosted by Chris Wilson, Thomas Winegar and Ben Runkle, southbend (at) drinkingliberally.org


    MICHIGAN GROUPS:

    First I naturally will highlight Michigan's local Democracy for America group, Democracy for Michigan. Joining this blog will help you connect with fellow progressives in Iowa and help establish a progressive infrastructure in Michigan.


    Michigan Young Democrats: The next generation of Democrats in Michigan. For information on how to get involved at the local level, please contact Jody Weissler at jweissler@mi-democrats or (517) 371-5410. To get involved with the MYD Executive Board, please contact our President Isaac Robinson at williamisaacrobinson@yahoo.com.


    Drinking Liberally in Michigan: Promoting democracy one pint at a time! Drinking liberally is a social organization with chapters nationwide. There are three Michigan Drinking Liberally groups (see below). If there isn't one near you, you can set one up at the Drinking Liberally website. If you don't like bars, I have always thought non-drinkers could set up their own drinking liberally groups in coffee houses. Here are the current Michigan groups:

    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    * First and third Thursday of each month 8pm
    * Leopold Bros., 523 S Main St
    * Hosted by John Redmond and Jenay Karlson, annarbor (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Detroit, Michigan
    * Every Tuesday, 7:00 pm onward
    * Honest? John's, 488 Selden St (at 2nd (lighted, secure parking))
    * Hosted by Pete Coseo, detroit (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Oakland County, Michigan
    * Every other Thursday 7:00 pm onward
    * Bo's Brewery & Bistro, 51 N Saginaw St, Pontiac (Corner of Huron and Saginaw inside the Woodward Loop)
    * We need co-hosts in Oakland County south, east and west for our Road Trips, please contact me for details.
    * Hosted by Ron Wasczenski, oaklandcounty (at) drinkingliberally.org


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