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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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  • Saturday, June 13, 2009

    COLORADO FOCUS: Blogs, Food Co-ops, Veterans for Peace, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    Engineering Greener Products and Clean Technologies
    Jun 16 2009 Golden, Colorado

    Join NI, industry experts, and leading researchers and engineers at this complimentary, full-day event.

    Topics include:
    Monitoring Environmental Data
    Designing and Testing of Wind Power Technologies
    Automated Control of Solar Cell Fabrication
    Machine and Process Optimization

    The measurement and automation tools that you will learn
    about in this seminar can be applied across a wide variety of industries and applications and can help you achieve your specific goals, whether lowering the emissions of process, developing devices that consume less energy, creating viable renewable energy technologies, or better understanding the global eco-system.

    National Instruments


    Energy Efficiency Forum & Expo
    Jun 18 2009 Montrose, Colorado

    *Adding power to our economy through energy efficiency
    *Saving money in schools & other public buildings
    *Achieving high rate of return on investment in efficiency in commercial buildings
    *Examples of energy efficient businesses in Western Colorado
    *Daylighting (conventional & fiber optic)
    *High-efficiency heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC)
    *Utility efficiency programs
    *Government policies to accelerate energy efficiency
    *Grants, loans and other financing for energy efficiency
    *Energy efficient new homes and home energy retrofits
    *Plug in” hybrids, electric vehicles and more!h-efficiency heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC)

    Tom Polikalas


    My Colorado readership has been dwindling since the election, so I am cutting back on
    my updates of news from Colorado. But there is enough useful info that I will keep posting.


    Colorado Independent

    Colorado MediaMatters: Colorado Media Matters is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the Colorado media. Colorado Media Matters is managed and staffed by Coloradans trained in the rigorous editorial policies and research methods developed by Media Matters for America.

    Square State, The Progressive Political Blog for Colorado

    Chapter 120 Boulder
    Chapter 079 Denver


    Join us for our regular potluck social and business meeting at 6:00 PM on the first Sunday of every month, at the Arborwood Condominums’ Club House, 3250 O'Neal Circle, in Boulder, Colorado.

    Denver meetings 3rd Wed. of evrey month at 7:00 PM at the AFSC office, 901 W. 14th Street

    For further information call:
    George Newell - 303-440-0942
    Frank Bessinger - 720-939-5057

    Or Email info_at_covfp.org to ask to be added to our mailing list.


    It took nearly 7 years living within a few blocks of one of the biggest food co-ops in America before Joy and I joined it. We were definitely reluctant. But, in the end the lack of good produce and the decline of our local supermarkets led to us joining. And the result is a slighly more inconvenient shopping trip each week, but much healthier, higher quality and cheaper food. I recommend joining a co-op if there is one nearby. You will save money and eat healthier. So I will list some local food co-ops in Colorado:

    Valley Food Co-op
    3211 Main Street Suite G
    Alamosa, Colorado 81101
    Phone: (719) 589-5727

    Durango Natural Foods
    575 E 8th Avenue
    Durango, Colorado 81301
    Phone: (970) 257-8129
    FAX: (970) 382-9477
    website: www.durangonaturalfoods.coop

    Fort Collins Food Co-op
    250 East Mountain Avenue
    Fort Collins, Colorado 80524
    Phone: (970) 484-7448

    The Fort Collins Food Co-operative offers fresh, local food, with a commitment to education, transparency to its sourcing and to the local circle of profit. The Market is a place for you to find the best local food, learn and support your community.

    Huajatollas Food Co-op
    106 County Road 632
    Gardner, Colorado 81040
    Phone: (719) 746-2314

    High Plains Food Coop
    5655 S. Yosemite St., Suite 400
    Greenwoods Village, Colorado 80111
    Phone: 785-626-3640

    This is one of the best sounding co-ops I have come across because it coordinates producers with consumers online and provides delivery. THIS is how a 21st Century food co-op.

    Modeling from the Oklahoma Food Cooperative and the Nebraska Food Cooperative the High Plains Food Coop is a grassroots network of High Plains and Rocky Mountain Front Range producers and consumers uniting interests in locally grown food and other locally made products. The High Plains Food Cooperative strives to be a business that is environmentally sustainable, economically viable, and socially just. To foster a local food community and promote a culture of stewardship by cultivating farmer-consumer relationships, promoting the enjoyment of healthful food, increasing food security through diversity, and enhancing overall rural sustainability. We bring the farmer's market to your front door.

    Once you join, you can order online and they deliver! The Online Food Market is intended to bring fresh, healthy, locally grown and produced food to you, the buyer, in a cost-effective and easy manner. Product selection will vary by season. While many of our producers are organic, we also support the sustainable practices of the small non-certified farmer. We believe in the quality and freshness of foods and whether food is produced in an ethical and sustainable manner.

    In summary, you'll use the computer to purchase fresh, local produce and other locally produced goods in quantities you can use.

    Producers can also sell their products through this co-op.

    Mountain People's Co-op
    30 E. First St PO Box 161
    Nederland, Colorado 80466
    Phone: (303) 258-7500
    FAX: (303) 258-7500

    Natural Foods Market & Buyers Co-op
    112 Colorado Avenue
    Pueblo, Colorado 81004
    Phone: (719) 545-2958
    FAX: (719) 545-0669

    Rainbow Gardens Co-op
    655 Tabernash Drive
    Ridgeway, Colorado 81432
    Phone: (970) 626-9720
    FAX: (970) 626-9720

    Website and email don't work...if anyone has more info on this co-op, let me know.

    SDA Coop
    106 Division Avenue
    Sterling, Colorado 80751
    Phone: (970) 265-2642


    Some statistics from Repower America:

    * Colorado's energy efficiency programs save enough electricity to power over 7,000 homes for a whole year, save more than $5.4 million in energy costs, and prevent the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking over 10,000 cars off the road. Although great progress, the state still has much more potential to increase its energy efficiency.

    * National Wind, along with Sedgwick, Phillips, and Logan County landowners, will create the state’s largest community-based wind development. The 400-megawatt project could produce enough electricity to power 120,000 homes.

    * The state has a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that requires all investor-owned utilities to generate 20% of their electricity from renewable energy resources by 2020, with at least 4% from solar energy. The RPS also requires municipal utilities and rural electric providers to achieve a renewable energy goal of 10% by 2020.

    Alternative energy and YOUR energy bill: YOU can be part of the solution for America by signing up to purchase your energy through a Green Power Provider. My wife and I have been doing this in NYC for years. All our energy usage is provided through wind energy generation on American farms. So we use clean energy AND help American farmers. It costs us three cents per kilowatt-hour more per month, but we feel great about it. Although our actual energy may come from anywhere, we are paying to purchase wind energy for the energy grid. Each state has different programs available, usually through yuor existing energy provider right on your existing energy bill. To find such options in Colorado, go here and pick your energy provider from the list. If you need help, you can email me and tell me who you get your bill from (don't give me any other info!) and I can tell you who to contact to go green through that energy provider. Or you can do the same thing using Renewable Energy Certificates through an organization that works with utility companies, though in this case it is a separate bill. One off the cheapest (.4-1 cent per kilowatt-hour), but still e-Green certified, ways to do this is through Good Energy. Or, for about half a cent per kilowatt-hour you can purchase renewable energy certificates through Carbonfund.org. ANY of these ways you do it, you are helping the environment, helping America, and helping cut carbon emissions.

    Colorado Biodiesel: Supporting and advocating Colorado's fastest growing renewable fuel source
    phone: 303-800-4650

    Blue Sun is an integrated agriculture-energy company and marketer of premium renewable fuel products. Blue Sun products and services are differentiated by proprietary oilseed crops, additives, quality assurance, blending, and distribution infrastructure. Blue Sun oilseed crop R&D and established farmer network, industry-leading QA/QC policies, numerous retail pumps, and well-established distributor network bring you the best-quality diesel fuel possible today.

    Go here for a list of pumps in Colorado (as well as a few in other neighboring states). Remember that ANY diesel car or truck can use up to B20 without modification, so most of these stations can serve you.

    Here are some other alternative energy groups in Colorado:

    Alliance for Sustainable Colorado: The mission of Alliance for Sustainable Colorado is to catalyze the shift to a truly sustainable world by fostering collaboration among nonprofits, businesses, governments, and academia. We are working to advance economic, environmental, and social sustainability in Colorado by building cross-sector alliances and networks.

    Colorado Green Tech Group, Boulder
    A gathering of people involved and/or interested in Green Tech including Energy generation, transportation, construction, and efficiency technologies.
    We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00PM (6:00 for networking).

    Sign up here to find out where they meet.

    Boulder Sustainable Energy Group
    We welcome anyone looking for an interesting, informative, and social forum for the exchange of ideas that will help each of us reduce our 'personal' consumption of fossil fuels and emission of greenhouse gasses, and make greener consumer choices in general. Sign up here to find out when and where they meet.

    Colorado Alternative Energy: Alternative energy news for Colorado

    Colorado Reewable Energy Society: The Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) is a nonprofit membership organization that works for the sensible adoption of cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies by Colorado businesses and consumers. Check out their website for local events and chapters.

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

    Here are some other groups and events in Colorado:

    Progressive Majority Colorado: According to the Almanac of American Politics, Colorado is "at the front edge of economic, cultural and political change." Unfortunately for progressives, the political change that's occurred since the 1990's has come in the form of right-wing politics — dominated by religious and social conservatives who have, in turn, soured the national political debate.

    This is truly a state where we are at a stand off — one side wins and one side loses — and who wins can shape the electoral mood of the country.

    That's why Progressive Majority set up shop in Colorado — to bring true progressives into politics and create positive change that would last. We're recruiting progressive leaders to run for office who can also galvanize progressive voters who have been shut down by the loud voices of the ultra-conservative right.

    Colorado remains a battleground state despite its vocal right-wing movement. It hasn't been won in the last two presidential elections, but Democrats have fared better at the state level — including winning slim margins in both the House and the Senate in 2004. Now, Progressive Majority is tapping an emerging demographic that leans progressive, recruiting candidates they can connect to, and building a progressive power base that will take control of the state — and keep it.

    Progressive Majority has leadership programs, and helps progressive candidates run successful and efficient campaigns. Sign up for email updates here.

    Denver Democracy for America Meetup
    Meet others to learn more about Democracy For America and discuss local strategies. Get the latest news at your Democracy for America Meetups! This Meetup is officially brought to you by Democracy for America. Join here to find out more.

    Colorado Young Democrats Chapters: Find your local Young Democrats chapter and contact them to find out what you can do to organize your community.

    Adams County Young Dems
    Edward Casso, Representative

    Adams State University Undergraduate College Dems
    Ryan Crick

    Arapahoe County Young Dems
    Derek Dye, President

    Boulder Young Dems
    Sara Lu Hanley, President

    Broomfield Young Dems
    Samara Kapich, President

    College Democrats of Colorado
    Jay Hazen, jay_at_coloradoyoungdems.com

    Colorado School of Mines College Dems
    LB Williams, President

    CSU Graduate School
    Sunshine Swetnam, President

    Denver Young Dems

    Jefferson County Young Dems
    Kyle Anderson, President

    School of Mines College Dems
    LB Williams

    Steamboat Springs Young Dems
    Harris Reitman-Swiss, President

    University of Colorado at Boulder College Dems
    Daniel Ramos

    University of Denver College Dems
    Jeff Graves

    University of Denver Law School College Dems
    Kelley Rider

    Colorado chapter of National Stonewall Democrats—a grassroots network connecting LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Democratic activists through over 90 Stonewall chapters throughout the United States.

    Colorado Café Scientifique in Denver: The Café Scientifique idea started in England a few years ago, based on the French Café Philosophique. In the Café Scientifique, people (often science buffs) come together in a friendly pub after work and hear an informal (no PowerPoint!) introduction to an interesting current scientific topic, led by an expert. We take a short break for refreshments, to meet new people, and chat, and then we return for questions and answers and general discussion. All questions and comments are welcome, as this isn't a seminar, it's a chance for all of us to express an opinion, expert or otherwise.

    We meet at the Wynkoop Brewing Company. Check the website for upcoming events. We start at 6:30 PM in the large & comfortable first floor Mercantile Room and go to approximately 8:00 PM. Because we have been getting large crowds, it isn't practical to serve meals at the tables. We invite you to come early and get dinner in the regular restaurant, or wait until we're through (about 8 PM) and eat then. The Wynkoop's food is great! There is bar service throughout the session, and the Wynkoop people have generously offered to provide snacks for our guests. Café Scientifique meetings are FREE. The Wynkoop is generously providing the facility; we buy our own food and drinks. Seating is limited, and the event is popular, so you may want to arrive around 6 PM to be sure of getting a seat.

    And for those who like to combine social and political activities, here are the Drinking Liberally groups in Colorado:

    o Fourth Wednesday of each month, 5:30 pm
    o Loaded Joe's, 82 East Beaver Creek Blvd Suite 104
    o Hosted by Cheryl Bottomley

    North Boulder
    o First and Third Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm
    o Murphy's Grill, 2731 Iris Ave (By the bar in back)
    o Hosted by Richard Bateman | Marc Sobel

    Downtown Boulder
    o Second Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm
    o Pearl Street Pub, 1108 Pearl St
    o Hosted by Carrie Jackson

    Cañon City
    o First and Third Wednesday of each month, 5:30 pm
    o McClellan's Grill & Brewing Company, 413 Main St
    o Hosted by Alain Chamot | Brandy Johnson

    Colorado Springs
    o First and Third Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm
    o he Coffee Exchange, 526 S Tejon St (In between McCabe's and Southside Johnny's)
    o Hosted by Jeff and Amanda Courtright

    North Colorado Springs
    o Second Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm
    o Old Chicago, 7115 Commerce Center Dr
    o Hosted by Lucy Wolboldt | Jan Hejtmanek

    o Every Wednesday of each month, 7:30 pm
    o Skylark Lounge, 140 S. Broadway
    o Hosted by Kathy Brandon | John E. | Sarah Fong

    South Metro Denver
    o Second Thursday of each month, 8:00 pm
    o Lansdowne Arms Bistro & Bar, 9352 Dorchester St (Near HR Tattered Cover)
    o Hosted by Rick Munoz

    o First Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm
    o Dino's, 10040 W Colfax Ave (SW Corner of Colfax and Kipling)
    o Hosted by Bill Simpson

    o Third Wednesday of each month, 6:00 pm
    o Joel's, 119 W 8th St
    o Hosted by Brandon Donohue

    Fort Collins
    o Second and Fourth Thursday of each month, 5:00 pm
    o The Crown Pub, 144 S College Ave (between Oak and Mountain)
    o Hosted by Anne Wilseck

    o Second Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm
    o The Boatyard, 3rd and Main
    o Hosted by Heather Christie | Karin Mitchell

    Grand Junction
    o First Wednesday of each month, 5:00 pm
    o Kannah Creek Brewing Company, 1960 N 12th St

    o Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm
    o Island Grill, 809 9th Street ((look for our table in the resturant area))
    o Hosted by Ed Craig | Judy Craig

    o First and Third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm
    o RedZone, 540 S Main St
    o Hosted by Andi Hill


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