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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).

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, May 14, 2010

    Bronx, NY Focus

    Bronx News:

    SD-32: Charlie Ramos to Challenge Ruben "the Bigot" Diaz Sr.

    Upstate harvest will feed Hunts Point families

    Police Take Down Alleged Drug Kingpin In Bronx Raid

    Bloomberg is going too far: Firefighters union President Steve Cassidy says the mayor’s proposed cuts “threatens the safety of civilians and firefighters alike.”

    Teachers Hit Hard By Mayor's Budget...Bloomberg seems to ALWAYS sacrifice our schools, libraries, hospitals and firehouses but never puts the squeeze on developers. Shows you where HIS priorities lie.

    And those cuts to teachers aren't distributed equally, of course. Guess who gets hit hardest?...Teacher cuts: 14 percent in the South Bronx; nine percent on the Upper East Side.

    Bronx Blogs:

    Hunts Point Express: Serving Hunts Point and Longwood

    The Bronx River Alliance serves as a coordinated voice for the river and works in harmonious partnership to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River corridor

    Bronx Latino: a project of Puerto Rico Sun Communications

    The Bronx Council for Environmental Quality: seeking to leave our great grandchildren better air, land, and water quality than we have at present.


    List of Bronx Farmers Markets

    Jobs In Bronx

    The Point

    West Farms Technology and Career Center

    Hunts Point Recreation Center

    West Bronx Drinking Liberally: Political Action through Social Interaction
    Drinking Liberally is a fun way to stay politically active
    * When? First and Third Friday of each month, 7:30 pm
    * Where? An Beal Bocht, 445 W 238th St (between Waldo and Greystone)
    * Hosted by Jamin Sewell | Scott Kennedy

    Padre Plaza Farmers Market

    Sustainable South Bronx is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Padre Plaza Farmers Market. Coming this summer, the market will be open every Wednesday from 9am to 6pm at the corner of 139th Street and St. Ann’s Avenue.

    Green Jobs in the Bronx:


    This is from Sustainable South Bronx

    The City of New York is still moving forward with their plans for a jail in the South Bronx. We’ve been hearing these rumors and plans for a while, but have recently been alerted that the approval proceedings are moving forward. This has to stop. At a time when folks are losing their jobs and prisons are shutting down, why would we still invest over half a billion dollars on a jail that stands to only result in the continuation of limited opportunity. To these ends, we have launched our Green Jobs Not Jails campaign on Facebook. Already we’ve collected over 600 signatures against the proposal. Please join the cause today and sign our online petition. Help us tell the City of New York that communities deserve green jobs, real alternatives to incarceration, not developments that limit our community’s future opportunities. Stay tuned for additional events for our Green Jobs Not Jails campaign.

    As we continue to face the challenges affecting our communities, we should all give thought to the types of sustainable communities we can create. Communities filled with green jobs, clean tech businesses, green roofs, solar panels, healthy children, healthy food, clean air, healthy homes and trees. As our new president inspires us to face some of our country's greatest challenges, SSBx will continue to serve the South Bronx Community and share our work across the globe. We ask that you help us, work with us, support us, and join us.

    Leadership Intern Field Training (LIFT)

    This comes from Sustainable South Bronx.

    In this prestigious 6-week internship, open to high school Juniors and Seniors, LIFT participants learn, through a combination of in classroom and hands-on field work, all the ins and outs of field organizing and a powerful environmental justice perspective. LIFT participants also learn an invaluable set of skills such as messaging, public speaking, strategic thinking and community organizing. For more information, contact Marta Rodriquez at 646.400.5431 or email: mrodriguez@ssbx.org.

    La Familia Verde Community Garden:

    La Familia Verde is a coalition of community gardens in the Crotona, East Tremont, and West Farms neighborhoods in the Bronx. Formed in 1998, our mission is to sustain the environment and culture of our neighborhood through education, community service, and horticulture.

    La Familia Verde is part of a community gardening tradition in New York City that dates back over 25 years, when city residents first began taking control of abandoned lots left by the economic and social devastation of the inner cities. Since that time, community gardens have played an important role in helping revitalize some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. The gardens are not only pleasing to look at; they serve as educational, cultural, and social resource centers in traditionally underserved communities.

    Today, La Familia Verde is comprised of more than ten community-operated gardens and various community based organizations. The gardens and community organizations help foster community pride, partnership, and activism.

    You can read about their projects here.

    La Familia Verde
    2158 Mapes Avenue
    Bronx, NY 10460

    Some Reminders about Traitor Espada: Espada is among the sleaziest people in Albany...and that is saying A LOT. Yet the local Democrats don't have the balls, guts or integrity to challenge him. Some examples of Espada's sleaze:

    The Legislative Ethics Commission is probing the hiring of Pedro G. Espada

    Key Senate Coup Player Pedro Espada: Corrupt or Crazy or Both

    Bronx DA and Andrew Cuomo Investigating State Senator Espada

    Espada Never Seen in Bronx Residence...really lives in Westchester

    Healthcare Funds Go to Espada Campaign, Not to Healthcare...and again

    Espada's "nonprofits" rife with "administrative deficiencies and apparent misuse of funds"

    And the REAL reason for Espada's coup may be that Democrats refused to play his game with the very groups Espada is under investigation for: Before Defecting, Espada Sought $2 Million for Bronx Groups


    The South Bronx Food Cooperative (SBxFC) is a green shopping alternative to the profit-oriented commercial food markets found in the Bronx. Founded and operated by committed residents, the SBxFC is dedicated to making a difference in the community by working together to provide healthy and affordable food to all who want it.

    The South Bronx Food cooperative carries a wide variety of products, including local, organic and conventionally grown produce; pasture-raised, grass-fed and free-range meats and poultry; bulk grains, sugars, spices and pastas; fair-trade coffees and chocolate; environmentally safe cleaning supplies, and much more. All of this plus a selection of standard supermarket items makes the SBxFC a one-stop shopping destination. Sales are brisk at the SBxFC and inventory is replenished often ensuring that the products we sell are as fresh as possible..

    As a member of the SBxFC you share ownership of the coop with fellow members. Members have a voice in the decision-making process and participate in directing the organization's future. Equally important, as a shopper you will know where your food choices come from. By becoming a member you and your family not only have access to fresh foods at reasonable prices, you will learn about our local farmers, organizations and vendors.

    In addition to providing green/local products and democratic operations (common at most cooperatives), the SBxFC provides various health and nutrition services including workshops, cooking classes and education seminars. Our community education programs are designed and administered by local medical professionals and nutrition specialist. The goal of the SBxFC is to correct the various health disparities faced by Bronxites including diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.

    They seem to even have an online shopping option (members only).

    11:00 am – 8pm, Thursday – Monday
    CLOSED Tuesday & Wednesday
    (Additional hours and days of operation will be added in the very near future)

    Website: http://www.sbxfc.org/

    3103 Third Avenue
    Bronx NY 10451
    (The corner of 158th St)


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