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

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  • Friday, May 21, 2010

    Manhattan, NY Focus


    For those who need yet MORE reason to keep Wal-Mart out of NYC, here is some recent news from California: California Wal-Mart Workers Win Settlement Over Wage Violations...is THIS what NYC needs? I say no!

    Bloomerg wants to help Wal-Mart open up in NYC even though Wal-Mart has been shown to deliberately destroy small businesses, use illegal immigrant labor paying them slave wages, and treating their workers badly.

    I don't mind big chain stores. I like IKEA and CostCo and Trader Joe's in particular. But Wal-Mart has been shown to be bad for communities they open up in.

    Wal-Mart has a gender discrimination suit against them still active: Meet the Woman Behind the Walmart Gender Discrimination Suit

    Learn about Wal-Mart’s Dismal Record on Worker and Customer Safety (PDF)

    Wal-Mart's Wage and Hour Violations (PDF)


    Go here to find out more. Bloomberg is a lost cause, but write NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Comptroller John Liu and tell them to stop Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart and Bloomberg are anti-union, anti-small business and anti-community. Let's get our Public Advocate and Comptroller fighting for us!

    Manhattan News:

    New York City: Your Water Just Got More 12.9% More Expensive

    Alleged Con Men Steal Millions in Bad Mortgages

    NY-Sen: Another Bloomberg challenger to Gillibrand?...Does Bloomberg want to embarrass himself yet again?

    Ex-Executive Pleads Guilty to Stealing $18 Million

    Ex-Alan Hevesi aide Hank Morris banned from securities industry

    Use of Mob-Linked Firm Shows M.T.A. Problem Vetting Subcontractors

    Grand Jury to Eye Mayoral Payments

    Bloomberg's school reforms not so impressive I guess: On Reading Test, Mixed Results Under Bloomberg

    Queens Crap asks: What's With Bill de Blasio?...the simple answer, well known to Brooklyn, is that de Blasio is a developer shill, plain and simple.

    Bloomberg reduces street trash collection

    Columbia's CBA is really just a giant slush fund

    NYC Comptroller John Liu to demystify city budget

    Busted Budget For Bloomberg

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

    St. Vincent’s Closing Puts Midwives in Jeopardy...more on St. Vincent's closing: St. Vincent's Hospital closing means no home births...This is a very important issue, though often ignored: Action Alert to save midwifery in NY City and NY State...Meanwhile, while the so-called "Public" Advocate (who is well known as favoring developers) does nothing, Yetta Kurland is suing to keep St. Vincent's open: Community Advocate Suing to Keep St. Vincent's Hospital Open

    Now Bloomberg is cutting back help for HIV/AIDS sufferers

    Geithner Says Wall Street Reform Good for City

    NYC Blogs:

    City Hall News provides the substantive analysis of policy and politics often missing in other coverage.

    Second Ave. Sagas is the home for all news MTA on the Internet.

    Washington Square Park Blog updates on Washington Sq Pk and other NYC issues while advocating for reclaiming our city and our public spaces.

    Some Living Liberally groups: Progressive Action Through Social Interaction

    Reading Liberally NYC Classics
    "Saving Democracy One Book at a Time"
    A Liberal Book Club at a cool bar
    Third Monday of each month, 6:30 pm
    Stone Creek
    140 east 27th st in the backroom
    New York, NY, 10016

    Eating Liberally Manhattan
    Food and Good Politics Mix
    Eating Liberally meets every month -- with food, guest speakers, films, discussions -- though not on a consistent night
    Location: The Tank, 354 W. 45th Street (between 8th and 9th.)
    For more info: Contact the chapter leaders

    The Original Drinking Liberally
    "Promoting Democracy on Pint at a Time"
    * When? Every Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm
    * Where? Rudy's Bar & Grill, 627 9th Ave (between 44th and 45th)

    Drinking Liberally Steps Out
    * When? Third Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm
    * Where? XES Lounge, 157 West 24th St (Between 6th and 7th Avenue)

    Greenwich Village Drinking Liberally
    * When? First Tuesday of each month, 6:00 pm
    * Where? Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and Sullivan)

    Washington Heights Drinking Liberally
    * When? Last Sunday of each month, 6:30 pm
    * Where? Coogan's, 4015 Broadway (at 168th Street)

    Democracy for America Groups in Manhattan: Organizing the Left one Neighborhood at a Time.

    These Meet the First Wednesday of every month.

    Upper West Side - 7:00 pm, The Parlour (back room) - 250 West 86th Street (btwn B'way and West End Ave.), with hosts Bernadette Evangelist and Sally Swisher.

    West Village - 7:00pm, Kettle of Fish, 59 Christopher St. (near 7th Ave.) with host Tracey Keij-Denton.


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