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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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  • Thursday, February 12, 2009

    ARIZONA FOCUS: Blogs, Groups and Events


    AZNetroots: Bringing together Arizona Progressives to take back our country!

    Blog for Arizona: Progressive blogging in AZ.

    LeftyBlogs Arizona is the place to find out what's happening in the progressive blogosphere across Arizona.


    Black Mesa Indigenous Support: Back in college I was involved in this issue. I have drifted away, but the issues remain!

    Stories of Interest:

    Patterson intros economic justice, foreclosure bills

    Tale of Two Crooks: Coleman and Blagojevich

    President Obama’s Rural Policy

    Stimulus plan would help AZ's people and economy: So why do Republicans oppose helping America?

    AZ Dems listening to people across the state

    Reckless GOP rushes harmful one-sided AZ budget

    The GOP's only answer to every question: "tax cuts for the rich" Trickle down didn't work in the 1920's...trickle down didn't work in the 1980's...and trickle down doesn't work now. When will the Republicans ever learn.

    Democratic Presidents Are Always Better For The Economy - Always...with graphs and everything to back it up!

    Republicans: A Party of Whiners and Their Enablers in The News Media

    The GOP's war against unions is a war against America's middle class...And on a related note: This Miracle Brought to You by America’s Unions

    Equality Boycott


    Arizona Biodiesel: AZ BioDiesel produces ASTM Certified B99 BioFuel from reclaimed oil at our processing plant in Gilbert, Arizona. Our goal is to reduce air pollution in Phoenix by introducing 1 million gallons of BioDiesel in 2009.

    New Extended Hours: 7AM-7PM M-F, 9AM-1PM Sat.

    FREE Delivery to most of the Phoenix Metro with orders of 250 or more gallons of biodiesel.

    Call our facility at 480-344-1480 Monday-Friday 7am-7pm, Saturday 9am-1pm

    Fuel Purchasing Options:

    Option 1: We can fuel your vehicle and/or we can fill up your fuel containers.

    Option 2: We can provide a 55 gallon barrel (small deposit required) for your fuel.

    Our Gilbert Fueling Facility Address and Map (Click here)

    All major credit cards accepted.

    Arizona Solar:

    Thousands of utility customers throughout the U.S., who were tired of the high cost of electricity have taken advantage of generous rebates and tax credits which are available for the installation of solar electric systems on their homes and businesses.

    The State of Arizona is currently offering a cash rebate 25% (up to $35,000.00) for the installation of a solar system for your home or place of business !. And unlike the old solar systems of yesteryear that only produced hot water, these new systems actually produce electricity ! Clean reliable electricity to run lights, TVs, pumps, refrigerators, computers and many other appliances, all with free energy from the Sun.
    Call Toll Free: 1-877-498-6527

    The Phoenix Alternative Energy Meetup Group

    All Alternative Energy Meetups are scheduled to meet at 1:30pm on the second Saturday of each month. We are searching for a permanent location. Event fee: $1.00 per person

    Please join us for discussions and activities on various subjects related to energy use and alternatives to our current carbon-based system.

    For more info, sign up here.

    Solar Alliance of Greater Tucson Community and Choice for a Brighter Future Sustainability in action!

    The Tucson Solar Alliance is a non-profit community coalition dedicated to helping people access solar energy and related measures more easily on a practical and cost-effective basis.

    Sustainable Tucson

    The purpose of Sustainable Tucson is to facilitate an inclusive, dynamic community-building process that ensures economic prosperity, social vibrancy, and ecological health.

    Cottonwood Alternative Energy

    Meet other local individuals interested in exploring all forms of practical alternative energies.

    Discuss ways to preserve the world's resources and protect the environment beginning in our local community!

    This group welcomes those embracing the urge to respect our planet and to actively promote community programs that seek to provide practical solutions to residential energy needs, as well as promote the adoption of variant lifestyles that enrich the local and regional biocosm.

    Here are some Groups and Events in Arizona:

    Progressive Majority Arizona: "The progressive movement is on the march in Arizona, and Progressive Majority is proud to be part of the momentum. Across Arizona, progressives are getting elected to councils in formerly arch-conservative cities, and progressive legislators are winning in districts that have never before been represented by a Democrat. Our successes all over the state and at every level are proof positive that conservatives are on the run and the future is bright for Arizona progressives."

    Progressive Majority has leadership programs and can help progressive candidates run an efficient and successful campaign. You can sign up for email updates here.

    DFA of Phoenix Monthly Meeting
    Democracy for America meets the first Monday of the month at IHOP at the corner of 44th St. and Thomas Rd at 7PM
    Contact: Toby Stohl at 602.955-9050 for more information
    Website: www.dfalink.com/az-vote

    Community Gardens of Tucson: A community garden is a place where neighbors can grow flowers or vegetables together on one piece of land. The land is usually volunteered by a home owner for use as a garden space. Separate garden plots, usually measuring about 3′ x 25′, are made available to individuals and families in the neighborhood. A drip irrigation system is installed to supply water to the plants. A separate water meter is installed in the garden, and the home owner is reimbursed for all the water that is used. The cost to the gardener is currently $12.00 per month for each plot. This money pays for the water bills and the irrigation equipment. Find locations of Tucson community gardens here. To find monthly meetings, go here. And to get involved, go here.

    Arizona Democratic Veterans’ Caucus
    Jeff Latas
    1402 E. Placita Meseta Dorada
    Oro Valley 85755
    Phone: (520) 404-9133
    Email: jeff_at_latasgroup.com

    Democrats of Greater Tucson
    Marion Pickens
    80743 E. 29th Street
    Tucson, AZ 85710
    Phone : 520-296-5908
    Email : DGT_at_pimademocrats.org

    Northwest Democrats
    Marty Drozdoff
    1352 W. San Nichols Drive
    Tucson 85704
    Phone: 502 742 1019
    Email: martyrepresentsyou_at_msn.com

    Saguaro Eastside Democrats
    Sharon McCormick
    9701 E. Sunburst Dr.
    Tucson, AZ 85748
    Phone: 520-296-9395
    Email: sharonamcc_at_msn.com
    Website: http://saguaroeastsidedemocrats.org

    Southern Arizona GBLT Democrats
    Les Krambeal
    4991 N. Placita Aguilera
    Tuscon 85745
    Phone: 520-743 2046 or cell 520 548 4947
    Email: leskrambeal_at_yahoo.com

    Tanque Verde Democrats
    Henry Johnson, M.D.
    3033 N. Spirit Dancer Trail
    Tucson, AZ 85749
    Phone: 520-760-3012
    E-Mail: hjohnsonMD_at_simplybits.net
    Website: www.tanqueverdedems.org

    UofA Young Democrats
    James Jefferies
    1063 East Adams St
    Tucson 85719
    Phone: 520 490 5631
    Email: jjj4_at_email.arizona.edu

    African American Democratic Caucus of Arizona
    Harold Holmes
    15604 N 7th Dr Phoenix, AZ 85023
    Phone: 602-993-5040
    Email: harhol_at_msn.com

    Arizona Democratic Hispanic Caucus
    David Olvera
    4875 North Hummingbird Lane
    Tucson 85750
    Phone: 520 631 7626
    Email: davido_at_comcast.net

    Native American Democratic Caucus of Arizona
    Chris Clark Deschene
    P.O. Box 1854
    Chinle 86503
    Phone: 928 660 3332
    Email: clarkdeschene_at_att.net

    Jacqueline Thomas
    3040 North 2nd Street, Unit 202
    Phoenix 85012
    Phone: 602 285 0157
    Email: jackiefayeblues_at_cs.com

    Tribal Outreach Coordinator: Arista LaRusso

    National Jewish Democratic Council – Arizona Chapter
    Jerry Gettinger
    10018 E. Friess Dr.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85260
    Phone: 480-510-1320
    Email: jget_at_cox.net

    Women in Blue
    Carole Pearsall
    3466 East Charlston Ave.
    Phoenix, AZ 85032
    Phone: 602-765 9135
    Email: carole.pearsall_at_cox.net
    Website: www.arizonawomeninblue.com

    Young Democrats of Arizona
    Cole Hickman
    1732 South McKemy St.
    Tempe 85251
    Phone: 415 847 9174
    Email: President_at_ydaz.org
    Website: www.ydaz.org

    Stan Williams – Executive Director
    Phone: 602 796 2472 or 602 234 6809
    Email: stanwilliams_at_ydaz.org

    Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus
    Sherry Bohlen, Co-Chair
    15207 E. Stardust
    Fountain Hills, 85268
    Phone: 480 529 2131
    Email: Sherry_at_OracleArchitecture.com
    Website: www.AzDPC.org

    Steve McClure, Co-Chair
    4155 E. La Cienega Drive
    Tucson, AZ 85712
    Phone: 520 806 2701
    Email: smcclureazdem@cox.net

    Arizona GBLT Democrats
    Justin Unga
    2910 N. Central Avenue
    Phoenix 85012
    Phone: 602 828 3920
    Email: junga_at_azdem.org

    Weekly Women in Black Peace Vigil - Every Fri. Protest the occupations in Iraq and Palestine, and the use of war, violence, and terrorism everywhere. Everyone welcome, please wear black & maintain a peaceful presence. 5 - 6 pm. Corner of Euclid and Speedway, Tucson. Free. (407-1432)

    Southern Arizona Stonewall Democrats Southern Arizona Stonewall Democrats is an organization for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Democrats and supporters. This group serves to inform and educate persons within the GLBT community regarding elected officials, candidates, and issues of interest to that community. They also provide information and education to elected officials, candidates, and others regarding GLBT issues.

    Maurice Grossman (323-2293)

    The last Monday of the month, 6:30pm, at varying locations.


    Monthly Meeting - District 17 Democrats - Pyle Center
    When: second Tuesday of every month, 6:30 PM
    Where: 655 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ

    District 20 Democrats Meeting
    Monthly at 7:00 PM on the second Monday of each month at the Ahwatukee Fire House

    For more info go here: http://ld20.maricopademocrats.org/

    District 10 Democrats Meeting
    Monthly at 7:00 PM on the first Thursday of each month at the Denny's at I17 & Dunlap

    And for those who are interested in combining social events and politics, here are the Drinking Liberaly events in Arizona:

    Flagstaff, Arizona
    * Second Thursday of each month, 6:00-8:00 pm
    * Bigfoot Bar-B-Q, 120 N Leroux St (basement of Old Town Shops)
    * Hosted by Andy Stevenson and George Castleberry, flagstaff (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * Every other Thursday, 5:30-9:00 pm
    * Rosie McCaffrey's Irish Pub, 906 E Camelback Rd (9th St & Cameback on the North Side)
    * http://www.rosiemccaffreys.com/index.htm
    * Hosted by Stuart Dollar, phoenix (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * First Saturday of each month, 5:30 to 8:30
    * Epicurean Wine Bar, 7101 E Thunderbird Rd (Southwest corner of Scottsdale Rd & T'bird)
    * On T'bird at the west end of the retail area. It's tucked away and not hugely visible from the road.
    * Starting in February, we will be meeting the first Saturday of each month.
    * Please join us for a quick drink or the entire evening as we unite in promoting democracy one pint at a time! Cheers!!!
    * Hosted by Vicki Billing, Susan Fletcher and Maureen Young, scottsdale (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Tucson, Arizona
    * Every Thursday, 6:00 pm onward
    * The Shanty, 401 E 9th St (Fourth Ave. at the underpass)
    * Please visit our chapter's web site for schedules, book club info, and more: http://arizona.typepad.com/drinkingliberally
    * Hosted by Michael Bryan, Tasha Nelson and Shasta McManus, tucson (at) drinkingliberally.org


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