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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).

Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States

I am a research biologist in NYC. Married with two kids living in Brooklyn.

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  • Friday, September 19, 2008

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS: Blogs, Congressional Candidates, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events


    A reader recommends: Jersey Shore for Obama for supporters of Barack Obama in the Jersey Shore region from Cape May County to Monmouth County. Check here for events.

    Alternative energy in New Jersey:

    The Newark Alternative Energy Meetup Group
    Meet other local individuals interested in exploring all forms of Alternative Energy. Discuss ways to preserve the world's resources and protect the environment!

    In Addition, you will receive informative newsletters that are chock full of Alternative Energy news from around the country. For more info go here.

    Alternative Energy Resources in New Jersey: a short summary of alternative energy resources for New Jersey. For more information on each technology, visit the State Energy Alternatives Technology Options page.

    New Jersey Clean Energy Conference
    Oct 17, 2008 - Oct 17, 2008

    Jersey City, New Jersey - This year’s annual conference, “Investing in a CleanTech Ecnonomy”, will be held on October 17, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Jersey City, NJ and will highlight the cleantech industry and investment and financing strategies that will help drive economic growth, create new jobs, and help protect the environment. New Jersey is a national leader and one of the fastest growing cleantech markets in the country. Learn from the experts about business strategies for investing in the rapidly expanding cleantech market. Get a fresh look at New Jersey's solar market and other emerging clean technologies. Hear from New Jersey's policy leaders about the road map for reaching 20% by 2020 and what it means for businesses. Register today and join 800+ market participants as they discuss and learn about the issues shaping the cleantech market. Visit www.NJCleanEnergy.com, call 1-866-NJSMART, or email info_at_njcleanenergy.com for more information.

    Here are some stories of interest:

    Newark’s eco-future

    NJ foreclosures up 49% over last year. Gee...THANKS Bush and McCain! They bail out big business, but leave working and middle class Americans out in the cold.

    Meanwhile, Menendez calls for foreclosure freeze

    NJ-04: Bush Ally Smith Rejected Equal Work for Equal Pay. Meanwhile, this race is upgraded by DCCC-"Race to Watch"

    Corruption Report from Blue Jersey: Sharpe James to take up residence in a Petersburg, VA federal prison, starting Monday. That same day, a jury will hear opening arguments in Wayne Bryant's corruption trial.

    Offshore drilling years away, says oil industry

    Burlington County Republican's "creative financing"

    NEW JERSEY BLOGGING: Blue Jersey is a great source for the latest in New Jersey politics.

    LatinosNJ.com – a website designed for and about New Jersey Latinos who number almost 1.5 million – provides the latest news and issues, and features blogs and columns from Latino leaders and experts in various fields such as health, education, business, and immigration.

    Green Jersey is an environmental news blog that’s based in, and all about, New Jersey. Its blogger-editor is Jennifer Weiss, a New Jersey-based journalist.

    Every Saturday Morning: Blue Jersey Radio
    Saturdays 10:30 - 11:00

    Listen Live every Saturday morning from 10:30a-11:00a - or download the podcast anytime to listen to the latest hot topics, gossip and opinion on New Jersey politics with hosts Jeff Gardner and Jay Lassiter.

    Click here to listen!

    NJ-05 Congressional Race:

    This seat is currently held by Scott Garrett, who is widely considered far too much of a right wing extremist for his New Jersey constituents. Garrett is one of the Katrina 11, the 11 Republicans who opposed aid to Katrina victims. Garrett opposed renewal of the Voting Rights Act and he supported oil drilling off New Jersey’s coast, both very unpopular stands in New Jersey. He is anti-union, anti-choice, anti-Katrina victims and about as right wing as you can get.

    Dr. Dennis Shulman is the Democratic nominee to take on Garrett. Renowned author, educator, Rabbi, and clinical psychologist, Dr. Dennis Shulman has dedicated his life to serving all segments of the community. Dennis Shulman has been endorsed by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and has been selected by the DCCC as a strong challenger. You can learn more about Shulman here.

    NJ-07 Congressional Race:

    Recently Democracy for America endorsed Assemblywoman Linda Stender for Conrgess in the NJ-7 district. Stender is standing up against Big Oil and standing up for working Americans. You can learn more about Linda here. You can volunteer for Linda here.

    Sundays 12noon-1pm
    Jersey City Peace Movement is calling for an ANTI-WAR Vigil and Flyering from
    12 noon till 1pm
    at Journal Square's Fountain.

    (Take PATH train from NYC to Journal Square)

    Bring PEACE posters, buttons and a friend!
    Bring flyers from YOUR peace and justice organization!

    Spread the Word!

    Weekly Impeachment Rally in Butler City:
    Support your country 4:30-6:30 p.m. every Monday on Highway 23 North in Butler!
    Bring your HONK 2 IMPEACH! signs and flags to the Butler footbridge that spans over Highway 23. We display our signs and flags from the footbridge and along the highway. Be sure to bring water and a sun hat! Directions are easy: click Intersection of Cascade Way & State Rte. 23 North, Butler, NJ 07405. When you approach driving northbound, there will be a traffic light with Cascade Way on the southbound side of the highway. Be in the right lane, go through the intersection and turn right immediately into a small parking area. There's a safe grassy place where we can stand along the highway, in addition to the footbridge where we hang our huge sign. We don't show when it rains. See YOU Monday afternoon! Contact Vigil Organizer

    New Jersey for Democracy:
    Here are the local Democracy for America groups in New Jersey:

    North Jersey -

    Bergen County
    Ethical Culture Society
    687 Larch Ave
    Teaneck, NJ 07666
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/bergen

    Essex County
    Cryan's Beef & Ale House
    24 First Street
    South Orange, NJ 07079
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/essex

    Hudson County
    The Hard Grove Cafe
    319 Grove St.
    Jersey City, NJ 07302
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/hudson
    (First Wednesday of the Month, 7:30pm)

    Morris County
    Morris County Democratic Headquarters
    11 Washington St
    Morristown, NJ 07960
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/morris

    Passaic County
    Puzo's Restaurant (Upstairs)
    4 Garfield Ave.
    Hawthorne, NJ 07506
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/passaic
    (First Thursday of the Month)

    Union County
    Rockin Joe Cafe
    20 Prospect Street
    Westfield, NJ 07090
    RSVP at Union Meetup

    Warren County
    MS Health Software Corp
    605 Grand Ave.
    Hackettstown, NJ
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/nwnj

    Central Jersey -

    Hunterdon County
    Friendly Grounds Coffee
    36 Mine St.
    Flemington, NJ
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/hunterdon

    Mercer County
    Carl A Fields Center
    86 Olden Street
    (Corner of Olden St and Prospect Ave on Princeton Univ campus)
    Princeton, NJ
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/mercercounty
    (please check DFA-Link for schedule)

    Middlesex County
    Panera Bread
    1551 Route 1 South
    Edison, NJ 08837
    (732) 516-1611
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/middlesexNJ

    Monmouth County
    Racioppi's Kitchen
    107 Oakland St. (at the train station at Bridge Ave.)
    Red Bank, NJ
    (917) 863-2408
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/monmouth

    Somerset County
    Somerset County Complex
    40 North Bridge St. (off of High)
    Somerville, NJ
    RSVP at Somerset Meetup
    (Second or Third Tuesday of the Month)

    South Jersey -

    Camden County
    Haddon Township Library
    15 MacArthur Blvd
    Westmont, NJ 08108
    RSVP at Progressive Democracy South Jersey
    4th Tues. of month

    Gloucester County
    RSVP at Democracy for Gloucester County
    (Please check DFA-Link for date & location)

    Ocean County
    Joshua Huddy Brew Pub and Grill
    1250 Hooper Ave.
    Toms River
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/oceancounty
    (First Tuesday of the Month)

    Cape May County Federation of Democratic Women Meeting
    Sam DiVico Senior Center
    Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
    Join the Cape May County Federation of Democratic Women to discuss important local, state and federal issues. All are encouraged to join!

    2nd Thursday of every month.
    Sam DiVico Senior Center
    Romney Place
    Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

    For more information, please contact:
    Virginia Hesel

    Drinking Liberally:

    For the more social and fun-oriented (and booze oriented), there's Drinking Liberally. Here are the New Jersey Drinking Liberally Chapters:

    Hillsborough, New Jersey
    * Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 8:00 pm onward
    * Petrock's Bar and Grill, 419 Amwell Rd (at Amwell and 206)
    * Hosted by Matthew Dawson, hillsborough (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Montclair, New Jersey
    * Second Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm onward
    * Just Jake's, 30 Park Street (b/t Bloomfield & Claremont)
    * We meet in the REAR DINING ROOM. Turn left after entering, go past the juke box, bar and W.C.
    * Ample parking in municipal lot next to Just Jake's (free after 7 pm)
    * ** Mtclair DL ON THE ROAD, TUES, NOV 13, from 8PM at PAUL'S BAR & BOWLING, 377 CROOKS AVE, PATERSON, NJ (973) 278-1982 http://local.yahoo.com/details?id=10780514 **THIS IS AN ADDITIONAL MEETING, WE STILL HAVE OUR USUAL 2nd THURSDAY
    * Hosted by Kevin Kelly and Dan Evans Farkas, montclair (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * Third Thursday of each month, 8:00 pm onwards
    * Hennessey's Tavern, 140 Morris St (Corner of Elm & Morris, next to the train station)
    * There's plenty of public parking behind train station or on Elm Street.
    * Come on by & raise a pint with other fun loving local progressive's! Hope to see you there...
    * Hosted by Jim Long, Chip Robinson, David Cochran and Linda Humphries, morristown (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * First Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * The Hop, 14 N Morris St
    * Hosted by Jim Long, Chip Robinson, Dave Cochran and Linda Humphries, dovernj (at) drinkingliberally.org

    New Brunswick, New Jersey
    * Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Doll's Place, 101 Paterson St (corner of Paterson & Joyce Kilmer)
    * Hosted by Bob Scardapane and Chris Swasey, newbrunswick (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Pennsauken, New Jersey
    * First and third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Kings Row Sports Bar and Billiards, 6030 S Crescent Blvd (Route 130 N)
    * Hosted by Art Williams and Denise Williams, pennsauken (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Toms River, New Jersey
    * First Tuesday of each month, 8:00 pm onward
    * Joshua Huddy Brew Pub, 1250 Hooper Ave (across from Ocean County Mall)
    * Hosted by Robin Kinlin and Ian Valentine, tomsriver (at) drinkingliberally.org


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