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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).

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  • Friday, May 21, 2010

    Orange County, CA Focus

    News from Orange County:

    Jun 8 Tuesday 7am-8pm, Statewide: Primary Election ocvote.com/election/pri2010/pri2010.htm For current information on the candidates running in the June 8th primary, please visit SmartVoter.org
    Editor's recommendations:
    Prop 14 NO
    Prop 15 YES Elections Should Be Won, Not Bought
    Prop 16 NO PG&E's Monopoly Protection Act
    Prop 17 NO Mercury Insurance Profit Protection Act
    chart of recommendations from other groups

    What’s What on the California Propositions on June 8

    OC Labor Federation to Honor Speaker Pérez

    Vote Yes on Propositions 13 and 15 and No on the Rest: The California Democratic Party recommends voting YES on Proposition 13 and 15 in the June Primary and voting NO on Propositions 14, 16, and 17.

    California Teachers Association Endorses Phu Nguyen for 68th State Assembly

    Lon Hurwitz – Not your typical Judicial Officer

    OC Assessor Guillory Clear of Criminal Wrongdoing

    More on Westminster Brown Act Violations...more: Open Government Advocacy Group Demands Westminster Rescind Action That Violated Brown Act

    Loretta Sanchez Working For Us – Cutting Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Government

    California Professional Firefighters Endorse Phu Nguyen for 68th State Assembly...also: California Federation of Labor Endorses Phu Nguyen for 68th State Assembly...AND: Young Dems Out for Phu Nguyen This Saturday

    Orange County Young Democrats announce endorsements

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

    May 27 Thursday 6:30pm, Orange: The Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) social group of Church of the Foothills is very pleased to announce the next gathering for spiritual enrichment of the OutSpirit LGBT Discussion Group & Potluck At the home of Russ Noe and Kergan Edwards-Stout 4939 E. Lomita Ave. Orange, CA 92869 Home 714.602.6388 Cell 714.552.2348 For directions, please call the hosts, as most mapping systems take you to the wrong location! Bring: A dish to share, and an adventurous spirit! Topic: The masks we wear, and the struggle to live more authentically. For more information about the LGBT OutSpirit Discussion Group & Potluck, please contact Kergan Edwards-Stout at 714.552.2348 or at proud2bedad@yahoo.com

    May 28/29 Friday 11pm Los Angeles -> Saturday 8am-2pm Phoenix -> Saturday 10pm Los Angeles: Get on the Bus to Arizona: Nat'l Protest Against Racist SB 1070 Bus from Los Angeles to Arizona leaves Friday, May 28, 11pm Wilshire & Berendo, Los Angeles
    National Protest to Stop SB 1070 in Phoenix Saturday, May 29, 8am-2pm March to State Capitol Building
    Bus will be back in L.A. on Sat, May 29, 10pm.
    May 29 will bring tens of thousands of people from all over the U.S. to the streets of Phoenix. Click here to reserve a seat on the bus from LA Demand full equality for immigrants! No to racism! You can also pay by phone at 213-251-1025. You must pay in advance to reserve a seat. For questions or more info, contact 213-251-1025 or email answerla@answerla.org

    Jun 1 Tuesday 7-9pm, Santa Ana: The Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) social group of Church of the Foothills is very pleased to announce a special FREE screening of "Ma Vie En Rose", a delightful tale of a child in transition.
    The screening will take place in the Church of the Foothills Fellowship Hall. 19211 Dodge Avenue at Newport Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: 714.544.1319 chotf.org

    Jun 1 Tuesday, 7pm, Laguna Woods Village: Concerned Citizens of Laguna Woods Village: Everything you wanted to know about healthcare reform-- but were too confused to ask Ernie Powell, Senior Manager of Advocacy, AARP CA. will facilitate discussion.
    Join us for a Gather and Greet time at 6:30 PM before all general meetings and for 30 minutes after each meeting. Coffee, teas, and snacks will be provided. lagunawoodsvillage.com/article.cfm?id=3198
    DIRECTIONS TO CLUBHOUSE 7 at Moulton Parkway: Directions from the 5 Freeway South: Take the El Toro Road Exit (brings you onto Paseo de Valencia and a stoplight). Go through the first stoplight, remaining on Paseo de Valencia, and then turn right at the next stoplight onto El Toro Road. Continue to Moulton Parkway and turn right at the stoplight. At the next stoplight, turn left into the Clubhouse 7 parking lot. Directions from the 5 freeway North: Take the El Toro Road exit and turn left onto El Toro Road. Continue to Moulton Parkway and turn right at the stoplight. At the next stoplight, turn left into the Clubhouse 7 parking lot

    Jun 4 (1st Friday) 6:30-9pm, Orange: Friday Night Film Series: Which Way Home The film follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call “The Beast”. It features the stories of children like Olga and Freddy, nine-year old Hondurans who are desperately trying to reach their families in Minnesota, and Jose, a ten-year-old El Salvadoran who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center, and Kevin, a canny, streetwise 14-year-old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach New York City and send money back to his family. These are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow are the ones you never hear about — the invisible ones. whichwayhome.net
    Our discussion at the end of the film will be lead by Munmeeth Soni an immigration attorney from the Public Law Center
    The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange present films that raise awareness and encourage conversation about the dynamic, ever-changing, systemic and critical needs of our world.
    St. Joseph Center, Mother Louis Room, 480 South Batavia St, Orange 92868. sistersofstjosephorange.org/calendar.php?ID=253 6:30-7:00 P.M.: Gathering & Refreshments 7:00-9:00 P.M.: Film & Discussion RSVP: (714) 633-8121 Ext. 7716 Justice@csjorange.org

    Jun 5 Saturday 10am, Huntington Beach: You're Invited to be Part of Joe's Campaign --- Precinct Walkers/Volunteer Kick-off Home of Pat Goodman, 18531 Bentley Lane, Huntington Beach, r.s.v.p. 714-847-6617 or patgoodman@yahoo.com, Meet Joe and learn about the campaign, coffee (bring your own cup and we'll fill it up!) and refreshments served before we walk.

    Jun 5 Saturday 11am-5pm, Santa Ana: DeColores Presents: Cultivating Our Queer Latin@ Identities An event of workshops, dialogues, music and performances!! at El Centro Cultural De Mexico, 310 W 5th Street
    Free Event!! questions/info: decoloresoc@gmail.com
    De Colores: aims at reconstructing and cementing a safer and more conscious reality for the Queer Latina/o population. This year's conference theme is “Cultivating Our Queer Identities,” in response to such oppressive and inequitable atmosphere. The conference also aims at creating a welcoming and proactive space where Queer Latina/o can collectively engage in dialogue through arts, music and education in order to positively transform the current political, social and cultural terrain in our neighborhoods.
    Workshops: *Smart Sex (Sexo sin Verguenza) *Hey Puto! (Youth in Power) *Sin Fronteras (Latin@ Queers and Immigration/Politics) *La Familia (Parents and Allies Unite) *21st Century Mariposas (Where are we? Socially/Culturally) * Transgender (Discriminating against our own)

    Jun 8 Tuesday 7am-8pm, Statewide: Primary Election ocvote.com/election/pri2010/pri2010.htm For current information on the candidates running in the June 8th primary, please visit SmartVoter.org
    Editor's recommendations:
    Prop 14 NO
    Prop 15 YES Elections Should Be Won, Not Bought
    Prop 16 NO PG&E's Monopoly Protection Act
    Prop 17 NO Mercury Insurance Profit Protection Act
    chart of recommendations from other groups

    Jun 10 Thursday 6:30-8:30PM, Costa Mesa: Zonta Club of Newport Harbor Monthly Business meeting 245 Fischer Ave. Suite A8C
    Come learn about our local service projects. More at: ZontaNewportHarbor.Org

    Jun 12 Saturday, Corona Del Mar: 1st Annual Orange County Progressive Summit The Orange County Progressive Leadership's mission is To form a coalition of like-minded groups in Orange County favoring or advocating a progressive stance in politics or society. Our purpose will be to share information about our individual organizations, learn from each other, and build a stronger progressive movement. ocprogressivesummit.orgThe summit will take place at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church located at 3233 Pacific View Dr. in Corona Del Mar, CA 92625. We are still accepting proposals for workshops that will assist and educate the progressive community in Orange County. If your organization has a workshop they would like to offer, please visit bit.ly/ocpsworkshop

    Jun 12 Saturday, 2pm-Dusk/6-11pm, Silverado: 6th Annual Tree Hugger's Ball and Go Green Expo in Blackstar Canyon
    is a chance to experience the beautiful canyon areas we are striving to preserve while helping to educate the community about our vanishing wild spaces, and our vital part as stewards of the earth. Our “Go Green in the OC!” event will feature exhibitors of eco-friendly products and transportation, well known environmental speakers, live Musicians and dancing. Guest speakers in the past have included Goldman Award winner Judy Bonds of the Coal River Mountain Watch who has successfully fought mountain top removal of coal; Flossie Horgan, of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Project, Sierra Club activist Brittany McKee who played a key role in the “Save Trestles” project; sustainability expert Chris Prelitz, and Earth Resource Foundation's “Zero Waste” advocate Stephanie Barger. canyonland.org/treehuggers.html

    Jun 12 Saturday, Garden Grove: Flag Day Garden Grove Elks Lodge 1952, 1551 Trask Ave. Garden Grove.
    This year's Consuelo Nieto Patriotic Award will be presented to Mr. Phu Nguyen. He is the personification of the "American Dream" and he is a model patriot in our community. Contact the 67th AD for details.

    Jun 13 Sunday 3-5pm, Newport Beach: California National Women's Political Caucus fundraiser for 70th Assembly District candidate Melissa FoxPlease join California National Women's Political Caucus President Teray Stephens at a fundraiser for NWPC-endorsed 70th Assembly District candidate Melissa Fox.
    540 Bayhill Drive, Newport Beach, CA
    Suggested contributions: Host: $3,900 Co-Host: $1,000 Sponsor: $500 Supporter: $100 Guest: $50 For more information, contact alisa@votemelissafox.com Visit Melissa's website: votemelissafox.com Contribute on ActBlue: actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/22529

    Jun 18 Friday 4PM. Costa Mesa: Care International Guest Speaker from Ecuador. Cohosted by Zonta and AAUW. Free and open to the public. Zonta Clubhouse, 245 Fischer Ave, Ste A8C, Costa Mesa. More at: ZontaNewportHarbor.Org

    Jun 19 Saturday 2pm, Irvine: Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Orange County Equality Coalition will co-sponsor Hans Johnson, president of Progressive Victory. Hans will discuss "Gall in the Family: The Growing Rift Within the Religious Right Over LGBT Equality".
    Meeting will be held at Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine For more info visit the web site at au-oc.org or call 714-299-455.1

    Jun 19 Sat 7pm Laguna Hills: "Silent No More," a Silent Auction benefiting OC Pride 2010. Sponsored by OC Pride and Orange County Equality Coalition. The event will include hosted food and drinks, as well as lots of fun entertainment, and auction items that you won't want to miss! Come party with the Pride organizers and be a part of changing history in Orange County! 26616 Meadow Crest, Laguna Hills 92653.
    Email your RSVP to Info@prideoc.com.

    Jun 26 Saturday 4-8pm, Irvine: Slow Food Orange County Second Annual Barbeque in Bommer Canyon, 1 Bommer Canyon Rd., Irvine. Event for the whole family, dinner prepared by Chef Ryan Adams of Sorrento Grille in Laguna Beach and Slow Food OC members.Please bring your own wine glasses and eating utensils (plates provided). The featured speaker will be Jill Richardson, author of Recipe for America: Why Our Food System Is Broken and What We Can Do To Fix It. Enjoy live music by Walden Dahl, plus raffle prizes. Proceeds will benefit Monkey Business Cafà the Hart Community Homes foster care system project established to support foster care youth with job training skills. For more information about the barbeque, tickets or Slow Food, contact Roger McErlane, Chair of the Slow Food Orange County Barbeque Committee, at rogermcerlane@mac.com

    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.

    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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