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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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  • Wednesday, October 28, 2009

    Orange County, CA Focus

    Harvey Milk Stonewall Democrats of Orange County: The Harvey Milk Stonewall Democrats of Orange County are dedicated to the mission of electing LGBT and Pro-Equality Democrats in California and throughout the country.

    The Harvey Milk Stonewall Democrats of Orange County typically meet on the last Sunday of the month:

    Local 50 Union Hall
    527 S Harbor Blvd
    Anaheim, CA 92805

    Click here to join.

    Orange County Biodiesel Cooperative: Working together to increase availability of biodiesel in the Orange County region. Biodiesel is better for the environment because it is made from renewable resources and has lower emissions compared to petroleum diesel. It is less toxic than table salt and biodegrades as fast as sugar. Since it is made in the USA from renewable resources such as soybeans, its use decreases our dependence on foreign oil and contributes to our own economy. Go to their website to sign up for more info.

    And here are some other biodiesel stations in/near Orange County, CA:

    Extreme Biodiesel: 1560 N Maple St, Corona, CA 92880, 888-998-7223. Offers B99.9 (nearly 100% biodiesel, good for newer diesel engines, some old engines not ok). MEMBERSHIP REQD

    Nickey Petroleum: 925 S Lakeview Ave, Placentia,, CA 92870, 714-547-4123. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine), B99 (ok for newer diesel engines). CALL AHEAD

    Socal Biofuel: 1006 E South St, Anaheim, CA 92805, 888-888-4121. Offers B99 (good for newer diesel enginns, some old engines not ok). Open 8-4:30 M-F

    I found this round up of events in Orange County, California, thanks to Orange County Democracy
    for America

    Nov 4 (1st Wednesday) 7pm, Costa Mesa: Democracy for America - Orange County General Meeting Karl Strauss Brewery, 901 S Coast Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    Featuring! Gus Ayer on the Orange County Fairgrounds Sale issue, Steve Carpenter from Rebuilding Together and its upcoming volunteer project, Dave Sonneborn on Majority Rule for CA. Our Community Collection: In support of Women For: Orange County and the organizations's gift drive for women incarcerated in CA prisons, please bring any of these small items: soaps, shampoo, conidtioners, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, lip balm, stationery, candy and packets of coffee, tea and cocoa
    If you have any questions, please contact Susan Kopicki at sckopicki@yahoo.com or call 949/872-0966.

    Nov 5 Thursday 7-8pm, Irvine: Afghan women activist and politician Malalai Joya The Cross-Cultural Center in conjunction with Verizon Wireless presents
    Rainbow Festival & Conference 2009 LEADING WOMEN OF THE WORLD - - MALALAI JOYA - - Crystal Cove Auditorium, Cross-Cultural Center, UC Irvine
    Afghan activist Malalai Joya makes an urgent plea for the world to acknowledge the truths hidden in the corrupt, complex country of Afghanistan. Joya, who states emphatically that the Afghan people view the warlords as no better than the Taliban, made international headlines when she denounced them as criminals at a constitutional assembly in Kabul in 2003. Gaining an army of supporters and enemies simultaneously, Joya became the youngest-ever member of Afghan parliament. In her newly published political memoir, A Woman Among Warlords, Joya uses her personal experiences to outline the oppressive misrule of the past three decades in Afghanistan. A Women Among Warlords is a chilling, vital memoir that reveals hidden truths about Afghanistan and directly addresses the misguided policies of the United States. A book signing will follow her presentation.
    ~Sponsors: UCI Bookstore, The Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies, The Afghan Development Project, The Afghan Women Mission, The Center for Persian Studies, The Office of the Dean of Students, and The Gender Education Initiative ~

    Nov 5 Thursday 7:30pm, Irvine: General meeting Orange County Chapter ACLU The next general meeting of the Orange County Chapter of the Southern California ACLU will be on Thursday, November 5th at the Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Avenue @ Waterworks Way, Irvine. Doors open at 7:00 pm and meeting starts at 7:30 Bring a friend!
    Speakers will be Naui Huitzilopochtli & Sergio Vera speaking on community problems with Orange City PD, gang injunctions, day laborers, ICE raids, deportations and Orange County homeless.

    Nov 6 Friday 6:30-9pm, Orange: Friday Night Film Series: A world without Water The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange present films that raise awareness and encourage conversation about the dynamic, ever-changing, systemic and critical needs of our world.
    UK & International Documentary Films A World Without Water The world is running out of water All of us will face it soon, some of us are facing it now. truevisiontv.com/water
    St. Joseph Center, Mother Louis Room, 480 South Batavia St, Orange 92868. sistersofstjosephorange.org/calendar.php?ID=249 6:30 - 7:00 Gathering and Refreshments 7:00 - 8:00 Film Showing 8:00 - 9:00 Discussion Justice@csjorange.org

    Nov 7 Saturday 2-10pm, Santa Ana: 7th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration Fiesta Marketplace (Corner of Bush and 3rd), Santa Ana, CA nochedealtares.org

    Nov 7 Saturday 7-10pm, Garden Grove: Orange County Recruitment Awareness Project Benefit An Evening at Saint Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church 13091 Galway Street Garden Grove, CA. 92844 Phone 714 537-0604 info@SaintAnselmGG.org
    Donation $30 Dinner & Entertainment
    Endorsed: Military Families Speak Out, Veterans For Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Orange County Peace Coalition, Long Beach Area Peace Network, PDA, Coalition Against Militarism, and The National Network Opposing Militarization of Youth.
    For more information contact: Thu-Trang Tran (714)363-7869, Mark Giordano (949)701-3156, Electra Teodosiadis (562)431-2153

    Nov 7 Saturday 6-9pm, Santa Ana: Orange County Hispanic Women Recognition Banquet & Awards Ebell Clubhouse, 625 N. French Street, Santa Ana 92701
    The Awards Program seeks to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of Orange County's Hispanic women. Selected honorees exemplify the efforts of all women to make strides in their own personal careers and their continuing effort to our community.
    Another purpose of this event is to raise funds that will allow us to support students needing financial assistance with their post-secondary education costs. Your contribution will help us to continue to meet our obligation to support the youth of our community in their pursuit of higher education
    Cost: $50.00 per person RSVP to Carole Vargas at 714.241.7527 or email her at c.vargas@prodigy.net. If sending a check, please make the check out to Santa Ana LULAC Council #147 Mail check to Carole Vargas, Hispanic Women Recognition Awards Chair, 2234 N. Towner Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706

    Nov 7 Saturday 6:30-10pm, Anaheim: CAIR-Greater Los Angeles Area 13th Annual Banquet Celebrate CAIR-LA's 13 Years of Service to the Community
    On behalf of the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Greater Los Angeles Area (CAIR-LA), it is our pleasure to invite you to attend our 13th Annual Fundraising Banquet. This year's theme is "A New Era of Hope: Our Role, Our Future."
    Anaheim Hilton Hotel, 777 Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802 ca.cair.com/losangeles/event/13th_Annual_Banquet

    Nov 9 Mon 7pm, Laguna Woods Village: Concerned Citizens of Laguna Woods Village A Conversation about Afghanistan and Pakistan. . . with Anila Ali Educator! Activist! Journalist! Human rights advocate! Passionate believer in human rights and gender equality Strives to build bridges between American society, the Muslim world, and Pakistan Born in Karachi, Pakistan Member of Council of Pakistan American Affairs Contributor to Pakistan Link Serves on a number of Boards Middle school teacher in Irvine Author of Three Steps Behind
    Anila will talk about the present situation, women's rights, and economic progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She encourages questions and a dialogue with her audience. Guests $2
    Laguna Woods Village, Clubhouse 1 open to the public. Please bring this email to gain entrance to Laguna Woods Village.
    Clubhouse 1 is located at 24232 Calle Aragon, Laguna Woods, 92637. Enter Gate 1, which is located on southside of El Toro Blvd., between Paseo de Valencia and Moulton Pkwy. Going west (away from the hills) from Paseo de Valencia, it's on the left hand side. cclagunawoodsvillage@gmail.com

    Nov 10 Tuesday 4-9pm, Irvine: The Africa Project Fall Fundraiser at Ruby's 4602 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine CA
    Please join us for The Africa Project Youth Board's fall fundraiser at Ruby's Diner. Enjoy great food and support a great cause. YOU MUST BRING THE EVENT FLYER!!! Download here dfa-oc.org/images/7030_1238878365495_1035332248_1587681_6361323_n.jpg or send an email to debra@theafricaproject.com

    Nov 11 Wednesday 11:30am-1:30pm, Irvine: Just One Woman: Wahu Kaara Women for OC's Festive Holiday Gathering, Duck Club in Irvine
    Kenyan 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee speaking in her only Orange County appearance about empowering women and men for social change. Wahu Kaara is a candidate in the 2012 Kenyan presidential elections and determined to walk the talk of empowering women as agents of social transformation. Free and open to all, guests are encouraged to bring an appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert for four to six people. Women For supports the Action Committee for Women in Prison by gathering holiday gifts for women incarcerated in CA prisons. Allowable gifts: small lotions, soaps, shampoo, conditioners, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, lip balm, stationery, candy, packets of coffee, tea and cocoa. Please bring donations to meeting. The Duck Club is at the end of Riparian View, off Michelson Dr. between Culver Dr. and Jamboree Rd. Follow signs to San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. womenforoc.org Contact: 949/276-7298

    Nov 11 Wednesday 7-9:30pm, Tustin: "Coal Country" Screening Join us for a screening of "Coal Country," a powerful documentary that focuses on the destruction of Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining. Learn why there is no such thing as "clean coal" and why we need to end our dependency on fossil fuels now! Why should Californian's worry about MTR? Because coal is dirty from the time it is mined until long after it is burned to light your home
    Aldersgate United Methodist Church 1201 Irvine Blvd. Tustin, CA 92780

    Nov 11 (2nd Wednesday) 7pm, Laguna Woods: Laguna Woods Democratic Club Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 1
    Special guest speaker, Trent Lange, President of the California Clean Money Campaign, Chair of Californians for Fair Elections. In his capacity as an unpaid volunteer for CCMC, Trent Lange has a passion for fair elections without undue monetary influence from special interest groups. The California Fair Elections Act (CFEA) will bring basic election reform that will allow candidates and elected officials to get out of the money game and back to solving the State?s problems. CFEA will create a pilot project to make voluntary public financing available for candidates running for Secretary of State in 2014 and 2018. Since public financing began in Arizona and Maine, elected officials have passed bipartisan, groundbreaking legislation without fear of retribution from powerful special interests. Come hear this committed and passionate activist speak on clean money.
    Meeting also features Club business, legislative action, a raffle and refreshments. Call Betty Brodsky at 458-1075 for more details. Be sure to bring your return address labels for use on our legislative action postcard mailing. PLEASE BRING FOOD ITEMS FOR SOUTH COUNTY OUTREACH.

    Nov 15 Sun 2:30-4:30pm, Anaheim: Confronting U.S. Sponsored Torture with Jameel Jaffer
    Islamic Institute of Orange County, 1220 N. State College Boulevard, Anaheim, 92806
    Sponsors: Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, Progressive Christians Uniting, and Religious Campaign against Torture

    Nov 16 Monday 7pm, Mission Viejo: Recipe for America: Why Our Food System is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It author Jill Richardson will speak at the Canyon Democrats Meeting. Norman Murray Senior Center, 29456 Veterans Way. For more information, go to canyondemocrats.org

    Nov 17 Tuesday 7am-8pm, 72nd AD: 72nd ASSEMBLY DISTRICT SPECIAL PRIMARY ELECTION DAY: Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Ballots will be centrally counted at the Registrar of Voters of Voters office.
    If one candidate receives a majority of the votes (50% + 1), no Special General Election shall be held.

    Nov 18 Wednesday 6:30-9pm, Fountain Valley: Democratic Club of West Orange County hosts PFLAG who will present a program on the promotion of the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons Green Valley Community Center, 17250 Los Jardines West, Fountain Valley. Open to all Democrats. dcwoc.org. For more information, contact Jo Anne Jennings at 714-846-5201 or by email at jennin1944@yahoo.com.

    Nov 19 Thursday 7-9pm, Santa Ana: OC Green Drinks OC Green Drinks events are casual and agenda-free; they're just a great forum in which Orange County's growing demographic of eco-conscious professionals can have a drink, spark up a 'green' conversation and not be met with a blank look.
    The Road Less Traveled Store, 2204 N. Main Street, 92706 roadlesstraveledstore.com

    Nov 20 Friday 11:30am-1:30pm, Orange: Professor Linda Cohen on Coping with California's Fiscal Crisis. Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Central Orange County.
    Cohen is an Economics Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the School of Social Sciences at UCI. She's also one of the founding faculty members for UCI's new School of Law. Her research expertise is in areas of political economy, social choice and government regulation. She has served on committees and commissions for the State of California, the National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Energy.
    Location: Yen Ching Restaurant, 574 S. Glassell Street, Orange. (Just north of the 22 Freeway.) Cost: $12.00 for three-course lunch, including tax and tip. For reservations, call Christine Moore at 714-508-2563.

    Nov 21 Saturday 2pm, Irvine: Americans United for Separation of Church & State, Annual Meeting and Appetizer/Dessert Potluck, 15600 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine. Open to all. No charge. au-oc.org. For more information, contact Steph Campbell at 714-299-4551 or by email at orangecountyau@yahoo.com.

    Nov 27 Friday 10-6pm: BUY NOTHING DAY-Black Friday We are honoring Buy Nothing Day at our store on Friday Nov 27th. Our store will be a site for trade barter only, no cash or cards, bring something to trade and trade with others. Our back lot will have items for trade only. We will be hosting beverages, and snacks.
    The Road Less Traveled Store, 2204 N. Main Street, 92706 roadlesstraveledstore.com


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