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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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  • Friday, March 12, 2010

    Orange County, CA Focus

    News from Orange County:

    Nelson Goes A.W.O.L. from Council Budget Meeting for his own Campaign Fundraiser

    No Child Left Behind Has Left US Schools with Legacy of “Institutionalized Fraud”

    Marine Life Protection Act Moves Forward

    Loretta Sanchez: “Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Now.”

    Switching from un-American Bank of America to local Orange County Bank (Sunwest Bank)

    Time to run for OC Central Committee seats

    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.

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

    Mar 17 10am-3pm, Orange: CARA - Make 2010 the Year for Seniors. Free Training for Southern California.
    Teamsters Local 951/140 S. Marks Way, Orange.
    The California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) is sponsoring this one day, free training to prepare us to Take Back Our State in 2010. Learn how to impact the state budget and save essential programs; build our campaign to protect pensions, Social security, and retirement income; join the efforts to pass real health care for all in CA; learn how to reach other senior voters in CA so they understand what is at stake in the 2010 elections. Call Sandy Goldfarb at 714/244-7776 for more information and if you need directions, can offer a vehicle for car pool or to request a shared ride.

    Mar 17 (3rd Wednesday) noon, Brea/Huntington Beach/Newport Beach/Orange: "brownbag" lunch vigils PDA will be joined by CODEPINK, AfterDowningStreet, Democrats.com, the California Nurses Assn./National Nurses United, and United for Peace and Justice in holding brownbag vigils outside (or inside) at least 36 congress members' offices.
    Brownbaggers are demanding commitments to vote against more money for war. Slogans on their posters include: "Healthcare not Warfare," "Corporations out of Politics," "Bailout Main Street not Wall Street," and "Brownbaggers not Teabaggers". Get involved here and start a vigil in a new district: tinyurl.com/brownbagvigil
    CA-40 Cong. Ed Royce 1110 E. Chapman Ave Suite 207 Orange, CA 92866
    CA-42 Cong. Gary Miller 1800 E. Lambert Road Suite 150 Brea, CA 92821
    CA-46 Cong. Dana Rohrabacher 101 Main St., HB
    CA-48 Cong. John Campbell We will meet on the steps at the corner of Newport Center Dr and Santa Rosa Dr, near the entrance to District office building

    Mar 17 Wednesday noon-1:30, Costa Mesa: DFOC Luncheon w/ Law Professor Marjorie Cohn The Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
    Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and immediate past president of the National Lawyers Guild. She is the author of Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law. Her newest book is Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent.
    There is no charge for DFOC Members. Non-DFOC Member Tickets are $45 each. Please RSVP at jkurpies@dfoc.com.

    Mar 20 Saturday 9am, Orange: Region 18 Democratic Pre-endorsement Conference IBEW Union Hall 309 North Rampart, Suite M Orange, CA 92868 cadem.org/site/c.jrLZK2PyHmF/b.5813297/k.A82D/2010_PreEndorsement_Conference_Locations.htm

    Mar 20 Saturday 9-11:30am, Irvine: Green Candidates Academy A seminar for local Orange County candidates who are incorporating environmental issues into their campaigns
    Irvine Ranch Water District HQ 15600 Sand Canyon Avenue Irvine, CA 92618-3102
    The Green Candidates' Academy is co-hosted by the Orange County League of Conservation Voters and the Orange County Sierra Club Political Committee. Both non-partisan organizations endorse candidates in local races and the OCLCV also functions as a PAC which contributes to local candidates.
    Coffee, breakfast and registration 9:00 to 9:30 Program 9:30 to 11:30 Yes Voters CarePolling data and information about how to frame green issues so you connect with the vast majority of voters. Phrases to avoid and messaging that works. The Hierarchy of Sustainability How each layer of government contributes to sustainability and education about the environment Jobs and the Green EconomyHow sustainable development, conservation programs, reductions in permit fees and education contribute to job creation and training for competition in a 21st century economy. Case Studies and Issues Some examples of green programs that have worked in Orange County and how to find similar ideas that will work for you.
    This workshop is free and open to potential and registered candidates running for local offices in Orange County , campaign workers and other individuals who have RSVP'd. To RSVP please email gusayer@gmail.com. For more information call Gus Ayer at 714-209-8365.

    Mar 20 Saturday 2pm, Irvine: AU-OC The Intersection of Religion, Politics and the Media: Does It Harm or Benefit Society? A Debate with William Lobdell and Hugh Hewit au-oc.org Irvine Ranch Water District (Multipurpose Room) 15600 Sand Canyon Ave. (at Waterworks) Irvine, CA 92618 (IRWD neither supports nor endorses the cause nor the activities of organizations which use the district's meeting rooms that are made available as a public service)
    With opposing positions on religion, William Lobdell and Hugh Hewitt have been heavily involved in the media for many years and both have written books on this subject. William Lobdell, is an award-winning journalist, author, blogger, speaker, college lecturer and media consultant. He worked for 18 years with the Los Angeles Times and its sister newspapers. Lobdell covered the religion beat for The Times for eight years, first as a columnist and then as a beat reporter. He earned several national awards for his work before becoming a metro editor for the paper in 2006. He left the paper in 2008. Hugh Hewitt is a law professor and broadcast journalist with a nationally syndicated radio show. Professor Hewitt is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School, and has been teaching Constitutional Law at Chapman University Law School since 1995. He is a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News Network, and MSNBC, and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of eight books, including two New York Times best-sellers. His most recent books are Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That is Changing Your World and A Mormon in the White House? Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For information contact: Steph Campbell, (714) 299-4551, or e-mail orangecountyau@yahoo.com.

    Mar 20 Saturday 3-9pm, Santa Ana: Remember the San Patricios: a History of Mexican and Keltic Solidarity A Lecture presented by the Tonantzin Collective and the Mexica Movement El Centro Cultural de México 310 W. 5th Street Santa Ana, CA 92701 English Language Program (5:30-9pm) Scott Keltic Knot: Introduction to the History of Keltic Peoples Cuauhtli Huanusco: The Saint Patrick's Batallion and the U.S. War against México Olin Tezcatlipoca: 500 Years of Colonialism and Resistance in Aáhuac Gema X: Introduction to el Centro Cultural de México Naui Huitzilopochtli: Naui's Greatest Video Hits This event is free. Food and beverages will be available for a donation to benefit El Centro Cultural de México . No vendors please. For more info: (714)381-5331. mexica-movement.org

    Mar 20 Saturday 7pm, Long Beach: Radical Cinema proudly presents: The U.S. vs. John Lennon We all know John Lennon was an amazing musician and humanitarian. What you may not know is that his protest of the war in Vietanam led to FBI surveillance, repeated attempts by the U.S. government to deport him and Yoko Ono, and his eventual murder by an an assassin's bullet. They killed his body, but his spirit lives on. See this amazing documentary this month: When: Saturday, March 20th @ 7 p.m. Where: The Village Grind Coffeehouse Downtown Long Beach on 1st Street (by Linden Ave.) FREE Radical Cinema: With Peace, There Is Justice ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

    Mar 21 Sunday 7-8:30pm, Irvine: peace vigil 7 YEARS TOO MANY! ON THE 7th ANNIVERSARY OF THE IRAQ INVASION Irvine United Congregational Church will hold a CANDLELIGHT VIGIL in REMEMBRANCE of the CASUALTIES of WAR & to DEMONSTRATE for PEACE Northeast corner of Culver & Alton (by the baseball fields) Sunday, March 21 7-8:30 pm Please bring signs & candles

    Mar 24 Wednesday 11:30am-1pm, Irvine: (Refreshments at 11:00 am) Women For: Orange County - Water and Your Health presentation
    The Duck Club at the end of Riparian View, off Michelson Dr. between Culver Dr, and Jamboree Rd. Follow the signs to the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.
    Women For: Orange County, P.O. Box 5402, Irvine, CA 92616 womenfororangecounty.org 949-276-7298

    Mar 25 Thursday 5:30-8pm, Corona del Mar: Newport Beach Women's Democratic Club: Please save the date because we have important work to do. Be sure to bring your dues $50 - adult, $40 - 60+senior or mail them to Diane Moss, 34385 Camino el Molino, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. You will not be on our roster or mailing list unless you are a registered member of the club. I look forward to seeing everyone on March 25th. Check the website for meeting details: newportbeachwomensdemocraticclub.com

    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 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


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