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Mole's Progressive Democrat

The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Wednesday, June 04, 2008

    NEW YORK STATE FOCUS: Progressive Candidates, Impeachment, Groups and Events

    NEW YORK ACT BLUE SITE: Sweeping New York...our goal is in sight.

    NEW YORK BLOGGING:
    The Albany Project gives excellent coverage of New York State politics.

    The Daily Gotham covers both New York City (with a slight emphasis on Brooklyn) and New York State politics.

    Let me start by highlighting some excellent candidates running in New York State.

    Steve Harrison is running for Congress in the NY-13 race against Vito Fossella, the Republican who recently was arrested for drunk driving and revealed he had a secret love-child. Steve Harrison is a leading advocate for withdrawal from Iraq and has been endorsed by American Heritage Democratic Organization, Kelvin Alexander (Co-Founderof 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement), Gary Lane (Chairman of IBEW Local 3), Gloria Steinem, Democracy for New York City, the Democratic Organization of Richmond County, John Strika (President of IUPAT Local 806), former Assemblyman Frank Barbaro, among others. Steve is the progressive in the race while his primary opponent is a "Democrat" who is also seeking the Conservative Party endorsement and has told the Conservative Party that he opposes gay marriage and is in favor of continued occupation of Iraq. Steve, by contrast, is in favor of marriage equality and withdrawal from Iraq. You can read more about him in his own words on Daily Gotham. You cand donate to his campaign through my Act Blue site. If you live in the NY-13 district, please volunteer for Steve's campaign.

    Norm Siegel for Public Advocate
    For those of you who live in NYC, let me introduce you to Norman Siegel, one of America's top Civil Rights Lawyers, is running for New York Public Advocate. Here's a Youtube video of him:



    Here are some events where youu can meet and help Norm Siegel:

    Sunday, June 15th
    "Seventh Heaven" Street Fair in Park Slope , Brooklyn.
    Norman will be walking the fair with State Senator Eric Adams and City Council candidate, Josh Skaller, from noon to 2:00 pm. Come and join Norman on his walk along Seventh Avenue!

    Weds, June 18th
    W. 79th Street Boat Basin Big Splash!
    from 6:00 - 8:30 PM
    Rain date: Sunday, June 22
    The folks at the boat basin are throwing another House Boat fundraiser for Norman. This will be a reprise of one of our most popular events in 2005! There are still tickets for you landlubbers out there, but they won't last, so please reserve now for the Rock the Boat event at the W. 79th Street Boat Basin! Call the campaign office at 212-448-6271 for reservations for the $50+ tickets, or go to www.normansiegel.com/node/19

    Thurs, June 26th .......
    Lawyers for Norman Siegel Kick off Event!
    From 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
    We invite all lawyers to join the Lawyers for Norman Siegel Committee and to attend a cocktail & hors d’oeuvres party at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, 4 Times Square.
    Special Guest: The Hon. George Bundy Smith, retired New York Court of Appeals Judge, with a long and abiding commitment to civil rights and justice for all, will introduce Norman. You must RSVP to be on the door list! Call 212-448-6271 or email to RSVP@normansiegel.com

    Mon, June 30th
    Please join us for the Hudson River View House Party on Riverside Drive, at the home of Daniele Gerard & Dan Woods, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
    Host Committee: Jonathan Tasini, Kenny Schaeffer, Daniele Gerard & Dan Woods. Norma Ramos, Rick Gilberg, Gene Carroll, Elliot Schnapp.
    Suggested contribution: $75 and up……
    Please call for more details and to RSVP: 212-448-6271

    Friday, July the Fourth!
    Reading of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence! at Strawberry Fields...Entrance at 72nd St. and Central Park West 12 noon
    This year will mark the 40th anniversary of Norman reading the above documents in Central Park. He will be accompanied by the Granny Peace Brigade again this year!
    Feel free to bring a picnic to the park and join the celebration of our civil liberties.


    And a friend of ours, Devin Cohen, is running for a Brooklyn judicial seat. You can read more about his race here.


    Here is a list of weekly Peace Vigils around NY State:

    Schenectady: Counter-recruitment leafleting of high school
    "Truth in Recruitment"
    On the second and forth Monday of every month 1:50pm to 2:20pm, counter-recruitment literature is handed-out to the students at Schenectady High School.

    Location:
    Schenectady High School
    1445 The Plaza
    Schenectady, NY 12308

    Contact: Elizabeth at 518 374-2949 for confirmation or further directions.

    Sponsored by: Schenectady Neighbors for Peace, a branch of Peace Action

    Phillipstown for Democracy Demonstration against the War in Iraq
    Every Saturday at the intersection of Route 9 and 9D from 12-2. For information contact Connie Hogart at conart1_at_optonline.netv

    Cobleskill: Vigil for peace
    Weekly vigil for peace, every Saturday 11:00am to 12:00pm.
    Location:
    Main and Union Streets
    Cobleskill, NY 12043
    Contact: 518-287-1771

    Sponsored by: Peacemakers of Schoharie County

    Marbletown: Peace vigil
    A peace vigil held every Saturday from at least 11:00am to noon, held by an assortment of local people.
    Location:
    Southernmost intersection of Route 213 & Route 209 (the one with the stop light)
    Marbletown/Stone Ridge, NY 12484

    In the event that the community has another pre-arranged event scheduled for this intersection on a given Saturday, the vigil will move on that day to the front of the Stone Ridge Town Hall, south on route 209.

    Contact: 845 687-9591

    Saratoga Springs: Peace vigil
    A peace vigil every Saturday 11:00am to 12:00pm. in front of the Post Office.

    From the organizer: "Please keep the crosswalks clear and be the peace you want in the world. Many among us will be making signs with positive messages reflecting our hopes or our concerns for the future. Our goal is to: Support the United Nations in promoting peace; Encourage people to consider effective alternatives to war; Empower people to express their views to their elected officials."
    Location:
    outside the Post Office
    Broadway and Church Street
    Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

    Contact: Jim at 518-583-7501.

    Sponsored by: Saratoga Peace Alliance (SPA)

    Saugerties: Vigil for Peace
    A weekly peace vigil every Saturday 11:00am to 12:00pm. All are welcome.

    From the organizers: "End the War. Bring the Troops Home Now. Fund Education, Healthcare, and Housing... Not War. Join us for an hour, or a few minutes. Bring a neighbor. Let our voices be heard."
    Location:
    Corner of Market and Main Streets
    Saugerties, NY 12477
    Contact: 845 246-3449.
    Sponsored by: Saugerties Committee for Peace and Social Justice

    Wappingers Falls: Weekly peace vigil
    A long standing peace vigil happening every Saturday 11:00am to 12:00pm. Pete Seeger attends when he can [cool!!], and the group usually ends singing a song.
    Location:
    On the grassy knoll
    Intersection of Routes 9 & 9D
    (near the South Hills Mall)
    Wappingers Falls, NY 12601
    Contact: 845 838-1277.

    New Paltz: Women in Black peace vigil
    A peace vigil occurring every Saturday 12:30pm to 1:30pm.
    From the organizers:
    "Women in Black has been standing for an end to war and violence in all its forms for over 5 years. We wear black in resistance and mourning for all the senseless killing. We are silent because words cannot express the tragedy of war. Please join us. Men are welcome."
    Location:
    In front of the Elting Library
    Corner of Main St and North Front Street
    New Paltz, NY 12561
    Sponsored by: Women in Black of New Paltz

    Woodstock: Women in Black peace vigil
    A silent vigil for peace every Sunday 1:00pm to 2:00pm, throughout the year.
    The group seeks "non-violent solutions to world problems, and stands for peace and social justice.

    It is suggest that participants wear black clothing if possible. Signs are available.

    Men are welcome, as well.

    Location:
    Woodstock Village Green
    Rt. 212 / Tinker St / Mill Hill Rd
    Woodstock, NY 12498

    Contact: Jane at 845 679-7502.

    Sponsored by: Woodstock Women in Black

    Delmar: Weekly peace vigil
    Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace hold these weekly vigils every Monday 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

    From the organizers:: "Please join us in taking a stand against the war! Even if you can only stop by for a few minutes, your presence helps make a difference. Those of us who regularly attend the vigil enjoy sharing news and community with each other, and the encouraging honks and support from many drivers. Among other purposes, this weekly vigil serves as a regular reminder to hundreds of people in our community (those driving or walking by) of our viewpoints, issues and information - something they rarely see in the media. Bring a sign or borrow one of our extras. Join us!"

    Location:
    Four Corners
    Delaware Ave at Kenwood Ave
    Delmar, NY 12054

    Sponsored by: Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.

    Troy: Peace vigil
    A vigil for peace, held on the first Monday of the month 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

    Located on Hoosick St, one of the busiest corridors in the Capital District.

    Location:
    110 Hoosick St (at 10th St)
    Troy, NY 12180

    Contact: 518 272-1318.

    Sponsored by: Troy Neighbors for Peace

    Guilderland: Weekly peace vigil
    A weekly Monday vigil 5:00pm to 6:00pm, with participants holding signs and making a peaceful presence known.

    Attendees are asked to bring their own signs.

    From the organizers: "A dedicated group of people have been meeting every Monday during rush hour at the corners of Route 20 (Western Avenue) and Route 155. The positive response from commuters has been tremendous! Several new members have joined as a result of passing by our vigil."

    Location:
    Routes 155 and 20, northeast corner
    (New Karner Rd and Western Ave)
    Guilderland, NY 12084

    Contact: 518 464-6788.

    Sponsored by: Guilderland Neighbors For Peace


    DEMOCRACY FOR NYC MEETINGS:
    First Wednesday of every month

    Upper West Side, The Parlour, 250 West 86th(btwn Broadway & West End), with host Merle McEldowney,7pm

    West Village, Kettle of Fish, 59 Christopher St. (near 7thAve.) with host Abhishek Mistry,7pm

    Astoria, Queens, at Sanford Diner, 30-13 Broadway, with hosts Costa Constantinides and Jeremiah Frei-Pearson.Note: this Linkup will begin at 7:30.

    Sunnyside, Queens, at The Grind, 39-24 Queens Blvd. in the back room, with host Dan Jacoby. Note: this Linkup will begin at 7:30.

    Bayside, Queens, The First Edition, 41-08 Bell Blvd, right near the LIRR stop, with host Steve Behar of Democrats for New Politics, 7pm

    Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, Wycoff Bennett Homestead, 1669East 22nd Street, 7pm with host Annette Mont


    DRINKING LIBERALLY MEETINGS IN NY STATE:

    Clifton Park, New York
    * First Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Old Dublin Inn, 130 Meyer Rd (Google maps is wrong, please contact me for directions.)
    * Hosted by Chris Selkirk, cliftonpark (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Ithaca, New York
    * Every Wednesday, 6:30 pm onward
    * Felicia's Atomic Lounge, 508 W State St
    * Hosted by Joseph Cannon Murtagh, ithaca (at) drinkingliberally.org


    New York City, New York:

    The Original Drinking Liberally
    * Every Thursday, 7:30 pm onward
    * Rudy's, 627 9th Ave (between 44th and 45th)
    * In the backyard, weather permitting
    * Hosted by Justin Krebs, Matthew O'Neill and Katrina Baker, nyc (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Drinking Liberally Steps Out
    * Third Tuesday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    * XES Lounge, 157 W 24th St (@ 7th Avenue)
    * In conjunction with the Stonewall Democrats of New York City www.sdnyc.org.
    * Hosted by Matthew Carlin and Greg Rae, outnyc (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Harlem
    * Second Wednesday of each month), 6:30 pm onward
    * Soundz Lounge, 3155 Broadway (between 123rd and 124th)
    * Hosted by Yolanda (Shoshi) Shoshana, harlem (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Park Slope
    * Second Wednesday of each month, 7:30-10:00 pm
    * Commonwealth, 497 5th Ave (at 12th Street)
    * Hosted by Anthony Accurso, Emilie Harkin and Emily Farris, parkslope (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Queens
    * Fourth Wednesday of each month, 7:30 pm onward
    * Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102 (group of young liberals taking up one lane)
    * Hosted by Donald Graff, queens (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Upper East Side
    * Last Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm onward
    * Doc Watson's, 1490 2nd Ave (at 77th)
    * Hosted by Matthew Bachiochi, ues (at) drinkingliberally.org

    West Bronx
    * First and third Friday of each month, 7:30 pm onward
    * An Beal Bocht, 445 W 238th St (between Waldo and Greystone)
    * 1 to 238th, turn left, straight on 238th, just past the top of the stairs
    * Hosted by Jamin Sewell and Scott Kennedy, westbronx (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Rochester, New York
    * Every Thursday, 8:00-10:00 pm
    * Monty's Korner, 355 East Ave
    * Hosted by Tom Tucker and Tracy Logan, rochester (at) drinkingliberally.org

    And then we have: Shooting Liberally
    Tuesday, Feb 19
    From your friends at Drinking Liberally comes the debut of SHOOTING LIBERALLY...

    For the First Amendment enthusiast ready to move on to the Second. A social evening at the gun range including training & weapon rental.

    For more info and to reserve your spot, contact: Stanley Sherman - maskarts (at) worldnet.att.net

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