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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).

Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States

I am a research biologist in NYC. Married with two kids living in Brooklyn.

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  • Friday, April 23, 2010

    Brooklyn, NY Focus


    Marjorie Gersten and I are co-hosting a new Living Liberally Group in Brooklyn: Central Brooklyn Eating Liberally. Our first meeting was a great mix of good food and intense political discussion, from local Brooklyn to national politics. The planned restaurant (Kombit Kreyol) was closed for renovations, so we relocated half a block to Born Thai which was an excellent new Thai restaurant. We all pretty much agreed it was the best Thai restaurant we have tried in the neighborhood, so highly recommended.

    To give a sampling of the political discussions, first there was a discussion of Denise O'Donnell and Eric Schneiderman as being both excellent candidates for Attorney General. Many progressives like Eric Schneiderman, but Denise O'Donnell was an extremely impressive candidate last time she ran (she dropped out before the election) and would probably have more traction upstate. Either one would be a good choice.

    There were also discussions of some district leader races. Kevin Carroll is challenging Ralph Perfetto, but seems to be getting no traction. Perfetto has long been supported by reform groups for his opposition to Party Boss Vito Lopez, but this time around it seems even Lopez prefers Perfetto. Next door, Vito Lopez is practically forcing a Steve Levin associate, Hope Reichbach, to challenge Jo Anne Simon as revenge for her running against Lopez's boy Steve Levin in last year's city council race. Rumor has it that Hope Reichbach does not really want to run but has been pressured into it. Other district leader discussions were more speculative, so will wait for future developments to report on them.

    There was also a reading recommendation for those who want to understand the Teabagger movement: The Authoritarians by Bob Altemeyer. I have not read it but it apparently is excellent. So I pass this recommendation on to you.

    The next meeting will be Tuesday May 11th at 7 PM at Dao Palate, 329 Flatbush Avenue between Park Place and Prospect Place. Dao Palate is vegetarian. It would help if people can let me know if they are coming, but feel free to show up even if you don't tell me in advance.


    YMCA Class Registration is Open

    Justice Gerges, "Atlantic Terminal," the ESDC's bad faith, and the side deals involved in "just compensation"

    Brooklyn Corruption: Ratner spent $1.13 million on New York lobbying in 2009, including the second-largest (or likely largest) single contract...so Ratner gave lots of money to politicians and politicians give Ratner everything he wants including eminent domain abuse and millions in taxpayer money.

    And speaking of eminent domain abuse, it turns out ACORN loves Ratner's money more than they like American families: ACORN leader sends out frightening e-mail...more about ACORN's hypocrisy: Atlantic Yards’ Final Foe Falls

    New York's judiciary is filled with cronyism and lacks reason and fairness...I wrote about this some time ago (from a Brooklyn viewpoint): Brooklyn Court System as Political Garbage Dump

    Carpenters Union Members Stage Protest In Front Of 360 Smith Street Development

    Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats Honors South Brooklyn Coalition. Video:

    I should note that CBID also honored Comptroller John Liu, Beverly Corbin of FUREE, local activist (and attendee of the Eating Liberally group I describe above) Cheryl Krauss, and labor lawyer Walter Kane.

    Watchdog Role Essential in Tough Times, Says Liu

    Russian billionaire denies Mugabe links despite CBZ shares...More here: Prokhorov's Zimbabwe ties: Violation or loophole?

    Details Emerge On Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's Sexual Discrimination Suit

    The EPA gets started on the Gowans: A Visit To EPA's Region 2 Gowanus Canal Field Office

    Join the Bed-Stuy Community Eco-Mapping Project!

    April Events at Our Neighborhood Libraries


    Pardon Me for Asking


    Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

    Bed-Stuy Blog

    Duffield St. Underground

    Brooklyn Streets, Carroll Gardens

    Bay Ridge Journal

    Democracy for NYC in Brooklyn:

    Democracy for New York City (DFNYC) is a volunteer-driven non-profit politicalaction committee. We are part of a national coalition of local groups committed to the ideals espoused by Democracy for America, the organization founded by Howard Dean.

    We work both locally and nationally to ensure that fiscally-responsible and socially-progressive candidates win elections at all levels of government. We develop innovative ways to advocate for the issues that matter to our members and promote legislation which has a positive effect in our communities. We engage people in the political process and give them the tools to organize, communicate, mobilize, and enact change on the local, state, and national level.

    Currently there is only one Brooklyn chapter:

    Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn - Meets First Wednesday of every month. 7:00pm, Wyckoff-Bennett Homestead 1669 E. 22nd St. with host Annette Mont and Estelle Glasser.

    Drinking Liberally Downtown Brooklyn:

    An informal, inclusive progressive social group. Raise your spirits
    while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher.
    Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place
    to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a
    book club - just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent
    frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk

    # When? First and Third Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm
    # Where? 4th Avenue Pub, 76 4th Avenue

    Friends & Residents of Greater Gowanus (FROGG)

    We are a community based grass-roots organization advocating for environmentally sound community planning for the Gowanus Canal neighborhoods.

    The Gowanus Canal is a very unique resource for our community and all of New York. It has long historal significant as a pre-industrial and industrial transportation waterway in addition to playing a significant roll in the Battle of Brooklyn. This natural tidal estuary connects our urban world to the waters that surround us and opens our city to the natural habitat it was built upon. Even today, it provides an open sky, early industrial/estuary landscape that can not be matched anywhere in our city.

    With extensive urban Brownfields and an Aquatic Brownfield standing, we work to see this water way brought back to life with water quality standards that sincerely meet state standards for fishable and contact use; not only for the community but also for local wildlife.

    For more information: FROGGcommunity@earthlink.net


    Recycling of plastics not accepted in the city recycling can be done at the Park Slope Food Co-op at 782 Union Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)

    Bring clean, dry plastic to the Coop's sidewalk during monthly recycling hours. We close up promptly. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the collection end time to allow for inspection and sorting of your plastic:

    2nd Sat., 10 AM-2 PM
    3rd Thur., 7 PM-9 PM
    Last Sun., 10 AM-2 PM.

    As of 2/16/09 and until further notice, we collect....

    * #1 and #6 transparent plastics (Labels OK. Mouth is wide or wider than the body, meaning NOT bottles.)
    * #5 plastic tubs, cups & specifically marked lids and caps. Must be especially clean and dry. (Discard any with paper labels, or cut the labels off.)
    * Plastic film and bubble wrap. 100% transparent only -- must be able to see through the plastic. No colored or opaque. No paper labels. Minimal writing OK.

    All the above must be brought to the Coop CLEAN AND DRY.

    These changes result from a significant decline in the worldwide market for recyclable materials that has affected recycling programs everywhere. Please be patient and cooperate with us as we adjust to these changes, as well as to any further changes that may be necessary.

    We are currently updating our literature and will make new fliers available as soon as possible. Or, contact us at plasticrecycling@foodcoop.com.

    And on a related note, you can help increase the demand for recycled plastic products by shopping through these companies that specialize in recycled plastic products (including lumber!!).


    Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats is a community-based Democratic club. CBID has fought for reform and progressive causes since 1968. As a Brooklyn-based Club, we have been instrumental in the election of many candidates for public office. Much of this success was a result of our question-and-answer forums with prospective candidates as well as our extensive on-the-street contact with our constituents.

    Staunchly opposed to political corruption, we are proud of our independence and our commitment to progressive reform in city, state and national politics. We are a vehicle for citizen empowerment and making government more accountable to our neighborhoods.

    We meet monthly, usually the fourth Thursday evening of the month in the basement of the Park Slope United Methodist Church, on the corner of 6th ave and 8th street, at 7:30pm. All are welcome.

    New Kings Democrats (”NKD”) is a new, grassroots organization in Kings County (Brooklyn), New York whose primary mission is to recruit and prepare individuals to run for Kings County Democratic Committee. NKD hopes to achieve the goal of an inclusionary and participatory democracy by making it easy for individuals to run for local, elected office. NKD will serve as a training ground for individuals seeking higher office, and hopes to build and nurture a new group of Brooklyn Democratic leaders.


    New Food Co-op Coming to Brooklyn: (info sent to me by a reader)

    They are not active yet, but their website is: http://www.foodcoopbayridge.com

    They are recruiting new members and looking to open summer/fall 2010.

    For more info, and if you want to get in at the start, you can email ( fcbrmembership@gmail.com ), call ( 347-247-8172 ) or follow them on Twitter (twitter.com/thefoodcoop) or on Facebook.

    Park Slope Food Co-op
    782 Union Street
    Brooklyn, New York 11215
    Phone: (718) 622-0560
    FAX: (718) 622-5685

    This is the largest Food Co-op in America. Joy and I are members. Low prices and high quality even if it can be a bit inconvenient at times.

    Flatbush Food Cooperative
    1318 Cortelyou Road
    Brooklyn, New York 11226
    Phone: (718) 284-9717
    FAX: (718) 284-9719

    Established in 1976, and located on Cortelyou Road in the heart of Victorian Flatbush since 1985, Flatbush Food Coop is a community-owned, full-service natural foods store specializing in organic products. We are committed to serving the diverse community in which we are situated, and beyond, by providing goods and services that promote personal and environmental well-being. Like the 300 food coops across the nation with which we are affiliated, we are open to all—it is not necessary to be a member to shop. By joining the Coop, however, you become a joint owner of our business and are able to take additional savings on your purchases. There are opportunities for varying degrees of involvement in the coop, and our member-owners are able to influence the direction of our organization. We are particularly proud that the dozens of ethnic groups in Brooklyn’s most diverse neighborhood are reflected in our staff, our close to 3,000 members, and countless shoppers.


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