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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 28, 2010

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

    News from Silicon Valley:

    Holding Banks Responsible By Community Organizing


    Tesla-Toyota Partnership Means Jobs for Former NUMMI Workers

    Santa Clara Democratic Party Recommendation: 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.

    Join Our Call to Action

    The Santa Clara County Democratic Party kicks off the very important 2010 election season with a Call to Action on Saturday, March 27. Join us to learn Why We Must Win in California in 2010 and How We Will Win. Congressional and State Democratic Leaders will be there to address active Democrats. The program begins at 10:15.

    Come by at 9:30 for free breakfast with fellow Democrats. This is your chance to meet and mingle with Democratic elected officials and other party leaders.

    Location: IBEW Hall, 2125 Canoas Garden Avenue, San Jose.

    For more information, contact Diane Rolfe at clubs@sccdp.org or 650-326-6328.

    Green Tips from San Jose Green Home Blog:

    Can a Home Energy Retrofit be a Better Investment than Microsoft Stock?

    8 Popular Energy Efficiency Upgrades that DON’T Save Energy or Cash...Spending some money to save money and energy is a good idea. But spending money on something that doesn't really help is a bad idea.

    Video Tour Exploring Benefits of Passive Solar House Design in Saratoga

    Why Your Water Bill Can Go from $63 to $128 in the Next Few Years


    Here are some events (from the Silicon Valley Democracy for America calendar and the Santa Clara County Democrats calendar):

    Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee
    Monthly meeting of the Central Committee for the conduct of Democratic Party Business. Agenda will be posted at least 72 hours in advance at sccdp.org/sccdcc.php.
    Thursday, 03 June, 2010
    07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    County Building Cafeteria
    70 W. Hedding St.
    San Jose, CA 95110 USA

    Election Day - California Primary
    Remember to Vote in the Primary election.

    Tuesday, 08 June, 2010

    South County Democratic Club Meeting
    This is our regular Club Meeting. To obtain further information please e-mail: clubnews@garlic.com . Or phone Swanee at: 408-782-1017
    Saturday, 19 June, 2010
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Village Green
    Gilroy, CA 95020 SC

    Event Contact Info
    Swanee Edwards
    Email: clubnews@garlic.com
    Phone: 408-782-1017

    Democratic Club of Sunnyvale meeting: The Obama Administration and the Grassroots
    Saturday, 19 June, 2010
    02:00 PM - 03:30 PM


    Fairbrae Swim Club
    696 Sheraton Drive
    Sunnyvale, CA 94087 USA

    Leading up to the 2008 election the Obama campaign created an organization that became Organizing for America, or OFA. Now in year two after the new administration was ushered in, where does the administration stand in relation to the grassroots? Melodi Masaniai who is a community organizer emeritus for OFA, state central committee member and co-chair of the Dean Democratic Club, will give us an overview of OFA— how it is organized, how it is communicating with the Obama administration; its initiatives, successes, and failures; and how we can help push our country to realize the change that President Obama promised to voters.

    We are the active and welcoming Democrats of Sunnyvale! Our Club just got started in May 2009 and has been growing by leaps and bounds ever since. Come join our activities such as precinct walking for Yes on 15, movie night socials and other fun (and serious) events to build our progressive community in Sunnyvale. Together we will to take back our country from those who would make it a feudal estate. We hope to see you soon.

    Event Contact Info
    Margaret Okuzumi
    Email: membership@sunnyvaledems.org

    Silcion Valley Young Democrats Monthly meeting
    Monday, 21 June, 2010
    07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

    The Silicon Valley Young Democrats seeks to embody the spirit of forward thinking that has made our home world renowned. We believe that ideas and ideals can transform the society. Our motto, “Innovation in Politics”, reflects our deeply held convictions that an idea holds immense power. We believe in the Silicon Valley spirit of possibility and the democratic ideals of civil and just society.

    Voting Membership: Young Democrats (14-35)

    Associate Memberships: Seasoned Democrats who want to support Young Democrats, includes special privileges. (Ask a Club officer for more details)

    UFCW Local 5 Hall
    240 S Market St
    San Jose, CA 95113

    Event Contact Info
    Jordan Eldridge
    Email: eldridgejordan@yahoo.com
    Phone: 408-991-2908


    Time for all progressives to speak out. The right wing yammers on and on to the media, often spreading lies. If we speak out more, with passion and honesty, we will beat them more and more. Here is a resource from the Silicon Valley Democrats for calling into talk radio to express your opinions. They include phone numbers for local and national radio shows as well as tips for how to effectively express yourself. If you don't speak out about things you care about, the right wing extremists will and they will win.

    MARRIAGE EQUALITY SILICON VALLEY is a grassroots effort, organized by volunteers in the Silicon Valley/San Jose/South Bay area, to educate, unite and mobilize all communities for equality.

    Each month, on a Sunday, which might vary depending on other events, the Outreach to Religious and Youth Communities Group holds a potluck evening. We meet at 6 pm in someone's home for a shared meal. At 6:30 pm, we view an inspiring film which focuses on LGBT issues. After the movie, we discuss current and future actions to promote education and support for marriage equality. Open to everyone. For more information, contact Ray Hixson at (650) 346-7557 or Joanne Loomba at (408) 921-0041.

    Biodiesel: Biodiesel is an American produced fuel that is cleaner than traditional diesel. Up to B20 (a 20% blend of biodiesel and traditional diesel) any diesel engine, car or truck, can run on it. Above B20, some older engines may have problems but newer diesel engines should be ok. Here are some gas stations in the Silicon Valley area that offer biodiesel:

    Rotten Robbie: 310 N Whisman Rd, Mountain View, CA 94043, 650-965-2609. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open 6AM-10PM

    Rotten Robbie: 1304 Piedmont Rd, San Jose, CA 95132, 408-259-5535. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open 6AM-11PM.

    Bay Area Biofuel: email biodieselperformance@gmail.com for info and an appt

    Western States Oil Company: 1790 S 10th St, San Jose, CA 95112, 408-292-1041. Offers B99 (good for newer diesel engines, may not be good in some older engines). Open 7AM-5PM M-F.

    The Green Station: 136 Gilman Ave, Campbell, CA 95008, 831-425-9100. Offers B99 (good for newer diesel engines, may not be good in some older engines). Open TUES, THURS, FRI 4-7.

    Autopia Biofuels: 1025 S Railroad Ave, San Mateo, CA 94402, 650-571-1863. Offers B99 (good for newer diesel engines, may not be good in some older engines). Open M-F 8AM-7PM (CLOSED WEDS/SUNS) SA 1PM-4PM.

    Mountain Feed and Farm Supply: 9550 Highway 9, Ben Lomond, CA 95005, 831-336-8876. Offers B99 (good for newer diesel engines, may not be good in some older engines). Open M-S 9AM-6PM SUN 10-2

    SF Oakland Truck Stop: 8255 San Leandro Street, Oakland, CA 94621, 510-569-1624. Offers B5 (good for any diesel engine). Open M-F, 4AM-11PM; SAT. 6AM-10PM; SUN. 7AM-10PM

    The Green Station: 433 Ocean Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95061, 831-425-9100. Offers B99 (good for newer diesel engines, may not be good in some older engines). Open 10-6 DAILY

    USA Grown Fuels: 2680 Soquel Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95062, 831-476-3653. Offers B5 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HOURS A DAY / 7 DAYS A WEEK; MUST BE MEMBER

    SILICON VALLEY DEMOCRATIC CLUBS: This list comes from the Santa Clara County Democratic Club website:

    Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley. The Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley is an alliance in Silicon Valley, California dedicated to the issues brought forth by Gov. Howard Dean, M.D., his cause and his message of progressive, positive change. dfasv.org, www.dfalink.com/siliconvalley, Co-Chairs; Spandan Chakrabarti, Alice Smith. Contact deanclub_at_sccdp.org

    Obama Democratic Club of Silicon Valley. A club of volunteers from the 2008 Barack Obama campaign and local arm of Organizing for America. Members of this club will continue to promote Obama's policies and priorities. Peter Allen, President, obama_at_sccdp.org. sites.google.com/site/obamadcsv/

    Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club. SVAPADC was founded in 1996 to foster member participation at all levels of the Democratic Party. Our goals are to unify and empower the Asian Pacific American (APA) communities; ensure fair representation of the APA's interests; and educate and promote political participation. Contact Buu Thai at apa_at_sccdp.org. The club's homepage is svapadc.org.

    Silicon Valley Democratic Club. Formerly known as the Moorpark Democratic, the Silicon Valley Democratic club prides itself in developing a growing and diverse community with an organized and unifying voice in the political arena. The Club provides a forum for its members to focus, discuss, prioritize positions and promote important issues to our diverse community. Working together, our members help to elect Democratic candidates in local, state, and national elections. Clarence Madrilejos, moorpark_at_sccdp.org. www.moorparkdems.org

    Silicon Valley Latino Democratic Forum. A venue for local Latinos to become active in the Democratic Party. Javier Gonzalez, svldf_at_sccdp.org.

    Silicon Valley LGBT Democratic Club. Dedicated to providing a grassroots channel for the political participation of like-minded lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Democrats. President: David Parker, lgbt_at_sccdp.org. Visit the club on the web at http://www.lgbtdems.org.

    Silicon Valley Young Democrats. SVYD serves Democrats under 36 years old from throughout the Silicon Valley. We provide networking, social, and personal growth opportunities for young people dedicated to progressive ideals. President: Julie Lind, svyd_at_sccdp.org. Visit the club's website at svyd.org.

    SILICON VALLEY AREA FOOD CO-OPS: These are the only ones I could find near Silicon Valley, though they are all somewhat peripheral

    Kresge Food Co-op
    600 Kresge CT, Kresge College UCSC
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Phone: (831) 426-1506

    The Kresge Food Coop is a student-run cooperative health food store located at Kresge College on the University of California, Santa Cruz campus. We currently consist of twelve Core Collective Members who own the coop and are responsible for its daily operations and for any number of working members. This page has been created in order to better serve our community. Through this page you can email the coop, learn about our Core Collective Members, sign up to be a working member, make suggestions, check sales, read and reread our newsletter, and browse our links to other coops and health food stores.

    The Cooperative Grocery (The CoG)
    1450 67th Street
    Emeryville, California 95616
    Phone: (510) 868-2883
    FAX: (510) 868-2893

    The Cooperative Grocery—The CoG—is a non-profit, working members cooperative that offers high-quality groceries at an affordable price to individuals and families in our community.

    Members of The CoG work 2 1/2 hours every 4 weeks, performing jobs like stocking shelves, building orders and providing member services. By providing much of the labor for the store, our members keep our operating costs to a minimum. We then pass the savings onto our members in the form of lower prices. Our model is based on the successful Park Slope Food Co-Op in Brooklyn, NY, which serves 13,000 members.

    To further control costs and grow our co-op in a responsible manner, we launched the CoG as an online store that is served from a warehouse located in Emeryville, with easy access to communities in Berkeley and Oakland. Our long term plan is to build a retail business as finances allow.

    Bolinas Peoples Store
    P. O. Box 808
    Bolinas, California 94924
    Phone: (415) 868-1433
    FAX: (415) 868-1219

    Rainbow Grocery Co-op
    1745 Folsom
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Phone: (415) 863-0620
    FAX: (415) 863-8955

    We have been in San Francisco's Mission District since 1975. We strive to offer resources, education and a forum for informational exchange for many local communities and organizations.

    Rainbow Grocery is open every day from 9AM to 9PM

    We are located in San Francisco's Mission District at 1745 Folsom Street. Our cross street is 13th Street (also known as Duboce), which runs directly under the central freeway. Use the map below for directions by car. Click here for Public Transit directions. Click here for bicycling directions.

    Other Avenues Community Food Store
    3930 Judah Street
    San Francisco, California 94122
    Phone: (415) 661-7475
    FAX: (415) 661-0835


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