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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, May 14, 2010

    Bronx Focus: Challenging Ruben Diaz, Sr. (State Senate)

    One of the most venomously anti-gay members of the New York State Senate is not some Teabagger Republican, but is pseudo-Democrat, friend of Hiram "Slasher Monserrate" Ruben Diaz, Sr. This guy is one of the prime examples of what is wrong with Albany. Diaz is also one of the traitorous "Gang of Three" who deliberately derailed reform in Albany by joining Slasher Monserrate and Pedro Espada in switching to the Republican party in a cynical power play that made New York state the laughing stock of the country. Diaz is also anti-choice and opposed to life-saving stem cell research.

    Meet Charlie Ramos, former Bronx liaison for the Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. and challenger to Rubin Diaz. Ramos, in sharp contrast to Diaz, believes (from his website):

    Civil Rights: Every individual’s civil rights must be protected; discrimination and harassment based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or physical and developmental ability should be banned.

    Reproductive Freedom: Women and men – not politicians – deserve the right to make personal decisions about their reproductive health in accordance with their own personal and moral beliefs.

    In other words, he is not anti-gay (like Diaz) and is pro-choice (unlike Diaz).

    You can learn more about Charlie Ramos, and find out how you can help him beat Ruben Diaz, Sr., by visiting his website.

    You can also meet Charlie Ramos in person at a Democracy for NYC event. From DFNYC:

    You are invited to join

    Charlie Ramos Jr.


    Charlie Ramos Jr. is a community organizer in the Bronx with a passion for civil rights, community empowerment, and government reform.

    Charlie recently served as the Bronx liaison for Bill Thompson, former Comptroller of the City of New York. Charlie has been a grassroots community organizer for over 7 years, working for organizations such as America Votes, the Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coalition, the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, and Wal-Mart Watch, a nationwide campaign to reveal the harmful impact of Walmart. Charlie was an organizer in the successful movement urging the appointment of Justice Sonya Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

    Charlie is challenging Reverend Ruben Diaz Sr. - the incumbent Senator who has been a vocal anti-gay, anti-choice conservative Democrat. Diaz Sr. was a part of the “Gang of 3” that started the coup in the State Senate that brought government to a standstill last year. Charlie is proud to be part of the movement to change the way Albany works.

    Sunday, May 16, 2010
    6pm to 8pm

    At the home of Bob Ginsberg
    275 West 96th Street

    New York, NY 10025

    *Cocktails and refreshments will be served*

    To RSVP or for more info contact Roxanne Pimental

    By phone (718) 874-3644

    By email roxpimental@gmail.com


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