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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

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS: Blogs, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    BLOGGING PENNSYLVANIA:

    Lefty Blogs Pennsylvania: a roundup of Progressive News in Pennsylvania

    Keystone Politics: Politics around Pennsylvania

    Progress Pittsburgh is building a broad coalition of progressives to transform the governance of our city. Decades of mismanagement by directionless leadership and regressive machine politics have put our city at the brink of collapse. We need a transformation: new vision, new blood, and a new democratic process. We are working to make this transformation happen.

    The Pennsylvania Progressive, brining you Pennsylvania News and Politics from a...well, PROGRESSIVE view.

    THE HUDDLER: A Pittsburgh blog, political rag, cyber tabloid, and place to hear the word on the street, from the outside looking in


    Some Stories of Interest:

    The Audacity of A Pro-Labor Secretary of Labor

    Health Care For Women Act Introduced

    Health Care Reform Action Alert: Pre-emptive Action to Stop Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen for Secretary of Health and Human Services...and on the same subject but on a more positive note: Dean For Daschle: Ask Your Congressman To Support Howard Dean for Health and Human Services Secretary

    The Kellogg's Boycott...General Mills tends to be better according to Co-op America's Responsible Shopper

    Lehigh County Commissioner Race Heats Up

    The Progression of an Economic Disaster

    Rendell Plans to Consolidate 80% of School Districts

    Bank of America takes YOUR Money then Screws You...and on a related note, AIG, after taking YOUR money: AIG to Pay $450 Million in Bonuses...and on a related note: Fat Cats Forced Onto Diet

    Luzerne County President Judge Muroski says he will clean house...and for some background story: Luzerne County Judges Suspended

    Philadelphia City Council Votes to Support the Single-Payer Healthcare

    Pittsburgh City Council District 6 in Play for May Primary

    Conference on Great Lakes Cities - March 12-14, 2009

    Pennsylvania's Coal Ash Ponds: It seems coal has its own waste problem. This is why coal isn't a good solution for our energy needs. "Clean coal" costs as much as current technology wind power but is far worse for the environment. Energy efficieny...wind...solar... and bioenergy are the way to go into the future.

    Pennsylvania's Proposition H8 Supporters


    Alternative Energy and Sustainable Agriculture in Pennsylvania:

    Biodiesel of Pennsylvania
    We believe alternative energy is the way of the future! Biodiesel is AMERICAN made fuel that helps keep our air clean and helps out farmers...not Saudi billionaires.

    Biodiesel of Pennsylvania, Inc.
    61 Cat Drive
    White Deer, PA 17887
    570 538 1041 office
    Email: kalin_at_biodieselpa.com

    We are located one mile off the Route 80 / Route 15 intersection: Coming off Route 80 (major East/West highway) go North on Route 15; drive about one mile. Take the White Deer exit. At bottom of ramp, make a RIGHT. Go about 200 meters. On the RIGHT you will see our Biodiesel of Pennsylvania sign with pretty fir tree landscaping. Our large modern facility is right there on Cat Drive.

    Please contact us if you are:
    * A fleet manager and would like more information about adding Biodiesel to your fleet.
    * A municipality looking to comply with upcoming changes mandating use of biodiesel.
    * A heating and oil firm looking to satisfy customers who demand biodiesel.
    * A biodiesel marketer looking for fuel.


    Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is a nonprofit organization working to improve the economic and social prosperity of Pennsylvania food and agriculture. We work with the farmers that grow our food, the consumers that eat the food, and those concerned with the ecological well-being of our environment and natural resources.

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


    Here are some important progressive groups and events in Pennsylvania:

    Progressive Majority Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania is the quintessential battleground state — it has been a swing state in every presidential election for more than 70 years. And it is a state where deep political work must be done to reverse the stranglehold conservatives have on the government, build a durable political infrastructure, and tip the state for progressives once and for all.

    Pennsylvania is the slowest-growing of any major state in the nation. Since few new people move in, progressives must build lasting political relationships that address people's core needs and take into account their core values. Pennsylvania is a conflicted state — voters hold conflicting views on economic and social issues in different parts of the state. In short, a "one size fits all" political strategy will not work here.

    That's why Progressive Majority's long-term, state-based approach to candidate recruitment and development is so well-suited to meet this challenge. Our work to identify community leaders and activists, authentic candidates who care about what's best for people and who will lead on a local agenda, is what's needed here.

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

    Critical Mass
    Monthly at 5:30 PM on the fourth Friday
    Where: Dinosaur, Carnegie Library, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    Description: Critical Mass is a celebration of bicycling as a pollution-free mode of transportation. Critical Mass is not an organization nor it is affiliated with any organization, it's an unorganized coincidence. It's a movement ... of bicycles, in the streets.

    Pittsburgh Green Drinks
    3rd Friday of every month
    Check the website for locations & guest speakers:
    http://www.biothinking.com/greendrinks/index.php?country=USA&city=Pittsburgh

    Steel-City Stonewall Democrats Happy Hour
    Monthly at 17:15 on the fourth Tuesday
    Where: Images 965 Liberty Avenue downtown

    Liberty City Stonewall Democrats

    Peace Vigil Every Saturday, 10:30 AM
    Intersection of Lincoln Hgwy & Oxford Valley Roads
    Business Route 1 & Oxford Valley Road at the Closed Transmission Station
    Langhorne, PA
    Organized by Lower Bucks for Democracy


    Here are a few Democracy for America groups in Pennsylvania:

    Gettysburg Area DFA Meetup: will be held at the Lutheran Theological Seminary on Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg the first Wednesday of each month. We gather at 6:30 pm to chat and enjoy refreshments. Our meeting begins at 7:00 PM at the Seminary's Valentine Hall, Room 206 -- across from the Seminary Library. There is parking both in front of Valentine Hall (off Springs Ave) and in the Seminary lot next to the Library. Contact Elaine Jones for more information: elainelynchjones_at_gmail.com

    Western PA DFA Monthly Meeting: second Thursday of each month, 6:00 PM, Rudy & Son Restaurant, 1641 Mercer - Grove City Rd

    Philly for Change Meeting: first Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Find out more about the group at www.phillyforchange.com


    Next, here are some Drinking Liberally chapters in Pennsylvania: second Thursday of each month,

    Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
    * Third Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * The Orchards Restaurant, 1580 Orchard Dr
    * Ask for the Drinking Liberally group and you'll find us.
    * Hosted by Alice Elia, chambersburg (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
    * Second Thursday of each month (next meeting December 13), 6:00 pm onward
    * O'Rorke's Eatery & Spirits, 44 Steinwehr Avenue (second floor)
    * New Location
    * additional parking in National Park Service Visitor Center lot behind restaurant
    * Hosted by Eileen H. Potemra, gettysburg (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    * Every Tuesday, 7:30 pm onward
    * Lancaster Brewing Company, 302 N Plum St (corner of Walnut and Plum)
    * Hosted by Jeff Fulmer, Monz Wenner and Cher Rineer, lancaster (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Center City
    * Every Tuesday, 6:00-9:00 pm
    * Tangier, 1801 Lombard St (at 18th St)
    * Hosted by Brendan Skwire, philadelphia (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Mount Airy
    * Every Thursday, 6:30-9:00 pm
    * Mermaid Inn, 7673 Germantown Ave
    * Hosted by Adam Zion, mtairy (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Reading, Pennsylvania
    * Second and fourth Thursday of each month, 6pm onward
    * Canal Street Restaurant & Pub, 535 Canal St (a few blocks past RACC along the riverfront)
    * NEW LOCATION!!! Great local beer from Legacy Brewing Co. & a large selection of wines by the glass.
    * NO Thanksgiving meeting, obviously. Enjoy your holiday and all those awkward political conversations with ornery family members!
    * Hosted by Kim Stahler and Dan Sauder, reading (at) drinkingliberally.org

    State College, Pennsylvania
    * First and third Tuesday of each month, 5:30 pm onward
    * Hi-Way Pizza, 428 Westerly Pky
    * Hosted by Nancy Crane, statecollege (at) drinkingliberally.org

    West Chester, Pennsylvania
    * First Thursday of each month, 8:00 pm onward
    * Ryan's Pub, 124 W Gay St (On Gay St. between Church & Darlington)
    * We are still on the once a month format and we have changed the venue to Ryan's. We'll be meeting up on the 2nd floor near the bar.
    * Remember, no need to feed the meters in town after 5pm- save that cash for drinks!
    * Hosted by Jonathan Long, Daniel Tyman and Jamie Manos, westchester (at) drinkingliberally.org

    York, Pennsylvania
    * Fourth Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * The First Capital Dispensing Company, 57 N Pershing Ave (We usually secure a large table or two in the back room.)
    * Hosted by Phyllis Wise, Roland Rode and Craig Thomas, york (at) drinkingliberally.org

    1 Comments:

    Blogger BeyondGreen said...

    There could be no better investment in America than to invest in America becoming energy independent! We need to utilize everything in out power to reduce our dependence on foreign oil including using our own natural resources. Create cheap clean energy, new badly needed green jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. The high cost of fuel this past year seriously damaged our economy and society. The cost of fuel effects every facet of consumer goods from production to shipping costs. After a brief reprieve gas is inching back up. OPEC will continue to cut production until they achieve their desired 80-100. per barrel. If all gasoline cars, trucks, and SUV's instead had plug-in electric drive trains, the amount of electricity needed to replace gasoline is about equal to the estimated wind energy potential of the state of North Dakota. There is a really good new book out by Jeff Wilson called The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence Now.

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