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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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  • Friday, September 19, 2008

    ALASKA FOCUS: Blogs, Mark Begich, Obama, Veterans for Peace, Groups and Events

    Progressive Alaska: Spreading the word about the growing presence of progressive Alaskans and their powerful ideas on the web

    Recycling & Renewables Rap: This is the place for those who want to walk the talk on green living. Interested in the latest news on curbside recycling? Have a suggestion or idea about how to make Anchorage a greener community? Look no further than this recycling blog.

    The Fairbanks Pedestrian is a discussion of community-building, social capital, downtowns, neighborhood culture, city planning, domestic and civic architecture, public and private transportation, and the pleasures and difficulties of city living in Fairbanks, Alaska.

    Far North Science: News, research and natural acts from Alaska

    Here are some stories of interest:

    Anchorage Daily News: Palin has "abdicated" her Gov. duties

    WE Can Change Alaska For the Better

    Alaska GOP Goes to Court To Protect Palin for Protecting Child Molesters?

    Arctic Ocean ice shrinks to second lowest on record

    Home insecurity system

    There's an excellent article by Jacob Alberin-Sheriff. Through his research, he put all the pieces together and found out that Sarah Palin WAS responsible for sexual assault victims having to pay for their rape kits. (h/t to Alaska Progressive)

    Fact Check of Governor Palin's Speech

    Here is a candidate endorsed by the Indigenous Democratic Network (INDN List):

    Representative Woodie Salmon
    Candidate for Alaska State House of Represntatives, House District 6
    Enrolled Member of Chalkyitsik Village

    Representative Woodie Salmon is seeking re-election to Alaska’s House District 6. He is an enrolled member of the Chalkyitsik Nation. We endorsed Representative Salmon in 2006, and we are proud to do so again!

    Representative Salmon wasted no time in protecting our most vulnerable and valuable assets. He has proposed bills protecting children, the unemployed and small rural communities. He also introduced a bill requiring school districts to develop and enforce policies to stop harassment and intimidation so that students can learn in a positive and nurturing environment. He has also written legislation to protect children from online predators, promote diversity-tolerance programs, and protect victims of discrimination based on race, sex, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, ancestry and national origin.

    Representative Salmon believes families in communities large and small equally deserve the services of their government. He seeks to ensure the protection of rural Alaskan families by providing rural communities with adequate law enforcement.

    With his Democratic colleagues in the House, Representative Salmon supported increases in unemployment benefits to help families across the state overcome adversity and build a better Alaska.

    ALASKA ACT BLUE SITE: Donate to turn Alaska Blue.

    Alaska has a Senate fight that Dems have a good chance of winning. Let me introduce you to Mark Begich, who is running for Senate against probably the most corrupt politician in America today, Ted Stevens.

    Here is video from Mark's website outlining Mark's energy plan:

    Again, you can help win Alaska this year (Benson for House, Begich for Senate, Obama for President) through my Alaska Act Blue site.

    Here are some Obama Groups in Alaska:

    Alaskan Chicks for Obama: Statewide

    Alaskans for Obama: Juneau

    Anchorage for Obama: Anchorage

    Interior Alaskans For Obama: Fairbanks

    Here are some other events around Alaska:

    VETERANS FOR PEACE Chapter 100, Juneau, Alaska
    *Weekly Peace Vigil
    3rd & Seward Streets
    Thursdays 12-1 p.m.

    Honor the dead and protest the Iraq War & Occupation.

    *Juneau Veterans for Peace Meeting Second Thursday of Each Month
    We meet on the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Northern Light United Church, 400 11th Street, Juneau, AK. These meetings are usually over by 7:00 or 7:30 p.m.

    *Juneau Veterans for Peace Meeting Third Saturday of Each Month
    We also meet on the third Saturday of each month at 8:00 a.m. at The Back Room, silverbow Inn-Bakery, 120 2nd Street, Juneau, AK.
    These meetings are usually over by 10:00 a.m.

    Prospective members and guests are welcome to attend.

    *Also Listen each month to "Peace Talk" Radio
    every 3rd Monday
    7 - 8 p.m. Alaska Time
    KTOO NEWS 104.5 FM

    One hour of interviews & news on issues of war and peace, hosted by Phil Smith,
    VFP Chapter 100 President

    Interior Democrats Monthly Meeting
    When: 4th Wednesday of every month, at 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Where: Interior Democrats Headquarters
    507 Gaffney Street
    Fairbanks, AK 99701

    Host: Interior Democrats
    Contact: davidwvalentine_at_yahoo.com
    Info: Interior Democrats meet regularly at 6:30 pm on the 4th Wednesday of every month at our new headquarters at 507 Gaffney Street (the Stone Soup Community Center building).

    All interested persons are invited.

    Women in Black - Peace Vigil
    Every Saturday, 1pm – 2pm
    Wherecorner of 10th & I.
    Dressing in black is preferable. No political signs, only "peace." Some signs provided.

    Alaskans for Peace and Justice
    Every Tuesday, 7pm – 9pm
    Immanuel Presbyterian Church Anchorage
    Alaskans 4 Peace and Justice is commited to nonviolence and creative ways to achieve social justice. We sponsor and organize peace rallies and Documentary films. Our roots go back to shortly after 9/11 when we organized to oppose the growing use of tragedy to excuse aggression and injustice. Our meetings are open to all who share this ideal.

    Weekly Anchorage Peace Vigil
    Every Friday, 12:00 – 13:00
    Federal Building, Anchorage

    Weekly Juneau Peace Vigil
    Peace Park, noon every Thursday
    Support local Juneau Veterans for Peace vigil. New location during the legislative session - 3rd and Seward Street at the "Peace Park"

    For a more social environment, here are Drinking Liberally events in Alaska:

    Anchorage, Alaska
    * Third Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Inlet Tower, 1200 L St (Inside Mixx Grill)
    * Hosted by Ruthie Kreuzer and Carly Horton, anchorage (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Fairbanks, Alaska
    * First and third Wednesday of each month, 6:30 pm onward
    * We are now meeting Twice a month.
    * First week of the month will be at varying restaurants around town and we'll meet at the PUB on UAF's campus every third Wed of the month
    * Also, EVERY Sunday we meet for coffee at ACRC at 10:30am
    * Hosted by Michael Wenstrup and David Valentine, fairbanks (at) drinkingliberally.org


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