.comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}

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.

  • Help end world hunger
  • Monday, August 30, 2010

    Brooklyn, NY Focus


    Interested in politics?
    Want to get involved in the community?
    Curious about the reform effort in Brooklyn?

    Please Join Us For The First Ever Meeting Of

    Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform

    A new political club for the Prospect Heights Area dedicated to serving the neighborhood and bringing real reform to Brooklyn politics

    Sunday, September 19th
    Duryea Presbyterian Church
    362 Sterling Place (at Underhill)

    Please contact Ede at edefox6@yahoo.com for more info

    Reform the NY State Senate:

    I have put together a NY State Senate Act Blue Page that targets some key State Senate races, including two Bronx races. These are ones where I have some insight into the candidates. I am open to more suggestions for races to target. I ask you to pick one or two of these races and give even $5-10 if you can. If we win even just three of these seats, it will make a difference in Albany.


    Pardon Me for Asking


    Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

    Bed-Stuy Blog

    Duffield St. Underground

    Brooklyn Streets, Carroll Gardens

    Latest Atlantic Yards News:

    To the Times's new Public Editor: Get up to speed on Atlantic Yards

    In Court Argument Atlantic Yards Called An Embarrassment Of Democracy

    Petition to Reform Atlantic Yards Oversight

    Is Bertha Lewis Regretting Kissing Bruce Ratner's on the Ass...er, I mean on the lips...hate to say I told you so, Bertha, but we DID tell you so.

    Don't want this issue to get forgotten: KEEP WAL-MART OUT OF NYC:

    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!

    BROOKLYN CULTURE: Proteus Gowanus
    543 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
    Gallery Hours
    THURS & FRIDAYS, 3-6 pm
    SAT & SUNDAYS, 12-6 pm

    I wrote about this once before, but I really think it deserves more exposure. It is a great art space in an under-utilized, under visited area. From their website:

    Proteus Gowanus is an interdisciplinary gallery and reading room housed in a former 1900 box factory located centrally among several vibrant Brooklyn communities. Proteus Gowanus is named after both the Greek sea god who could change form and the neighboring Gowanus Canal, a changing post-industrial waterfront area with a thriving artistic community and a history dating back to the Revolutionary War and earlier.

    Proteus Gowanus exhibitions, programs and publications are developed by a core collaborative of artists, writers and workers in other disciplines, with help from an extended community of PG correspondents. Proteus Gowanus also works reciprocally with a group of non-profit partner organizations that utilize the Proteus space and receive proceeds from sales. Proteus Gowanus incorporates the rich, interdisciplinary resources of its non-profit partners into exhibits and programs.

    Some regular events at Proetus Gowanus:

    Writers, readers and others are invited to join Study Hall and work in our gallery and library spaces from Mondays-Fridays, 10 am - 5 pm.

    Every Thursday from 5-8 pm, the Fixers Collective meets at Proteus Gowanus. See Fixers Collective page for details and be sure to fill out the Fix Sheet. $5 donation.

    Every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 pm, the Writhing Society meets at Proteus to practice and discuss writing with constraints. $5 fee.
    To join our mailing list, send email to info@proteusgowanus.com


    CBID is the most progressive and reform club in Brooklyn, so their endorsements are quite meaningful (though I don't always agree with them 100%).

    Upset Win for Sean Coffey for Attorney General for Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats Endorsement

    12th Congressional District
    Nydia Velazquez

    10th Congressional District
    Kevin Powell

    18th State Senate District
    Velmanette Montgomery

    20th State Senate District
    Eric Adams

    44th Assembly District
    James Brennan

    52nd Assembly District
    Joan Millman

    44th AD Male District Leader
    Jacob Gold

    44th AD Female District Leader
    Lori Knipel

    52nd AD Male District Leader
    Chris Owens

    52nd AD Female District Leader
    Jo Anne Simon

    For more information on these candidates as well as their opponents, please check out the questionnaires CBID requires candidates to fill out to be considered for endorsement.

    Lambda Independent Democrats Endorsements: LID is the biggest and strongest LGBT organization in Brooklyn. Here are their endorsements for 2010:

    United States Senate:
    Kirsten Gillibrand

    NY State Comptroller:
    Thomas DiNapoli

    NY State Attorney General:
    Eric Schneiderman

    U.S. House (8th Congressional Dist.):
    Jerrold Nadler

    U.S. House (10th Congressional Dist.):
    Kevin Powell

    U.S. House (11th Congressional Dist.):
    Yvette Clarke

    U.S. House (12th Congressional Dist.):
    Nydia Velazquez

    Civil Court, County-wide:
    Harriet Thompson

    Civil Court, 7th District:
    Betty Joyce Williams

    NY State Senate:
    18 – Velmanette Montgomery
    20 – Eric Adams
    21 – Kevin Parker
    22 – Michael DiSanto
    23 – Diane Savino
    25 – Daniel Squadron
    27 – Igor Oberman (Dropped out)

    NY State Assembly:
    44 – Jim Brennan
    46 – Alec Brook-Krasny
    52 – Joan Millman
    55 – William Boyland
    57 – Hakeem Jeffries

    District Leader/State Committee:
    41 Male – Lew Fidler
    44 Female – Lori Citron Knipel
    44 Male – Jacob Gold
    50 Male – Lincoln Restler
    52 Female – Jo Anne Simon
    52 Male – Chris Owens
    57 Female – Olanike Alabi
    57 Male – Walter Moseley
    60 Male – Ralph Perfetto

    New Kings Democrats Endorsements: NKD are newcomers to the block and are an outgrowth of the Obama campaign in Brooklyn. Here are their local Brooklyn endorsements:

    U.S. Congress- District 12: Nydia Velazquez
    New York State Senate- District 25: Daniel Squadron
    New York State Assembly- District 52: Joan Millman
    Female State Committee District Leader- District 50: Kate Zidar
    Male State Committee District Leader- District 50: Lincoln Restler
    Female State Committee District Leader- District 52: Jo Anne Simon
    Female State Committee District Leader- District 53: Barbara Medina
    Male State Committee District Leader- District 53: Esteban Duran

    Democracy for NYC in Brooklyn:

    Democracy for New York City (DFNYC) is a volunteer-driven non-profit politicalaction committee. We are part of a national coalition of local groups committed to the ideals espoused by Democracy for America, the organization founded by Howard Dean.

    We work both locally and nationally to ensure that fiscally-responsible and socially-progressive candidates win elections at all levels of government. We develop innovative ways to advocate for the issues that matter to our members and promote legislation which has a positive effect in our communities. We engage people in the political process and give them the tools to organize, communicate, mobilize, and enact change on the local, state, and national level.

    Currently there is only one Brooklyn chapter:

    Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn - Meets First Wednesday of every month. 7:00pm, Wyckoff-Bennett Homestead 1669 E. 22nd St. with host Annette Mont and Estelle Glasser.

    Drinking Liberally Downtown Brooklyn:

    An informal, inclusive progressive social group. Raise your spirits
    while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher.
    Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place
    to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a
    book club - just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent
    frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk

    # When? First and Third Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm
    # Where? 4th Avenue Pub, 76 4th Avenue

    Friends & Residents of Greater Gowanus (FROGG)

    We are a community based grass-roots organization advocating for environmentally sound community planning for the Gowanus Canal neighborhoods.

    The Gowanus Canal is a very unique resource for our community and all of New York. It has long historal significant as a pre-industrial and industrial transportation waterway in addition to playing a significant roll in the Battle of Brooklyn. This natural tidal estuary connects our urban world to the waters that surround us and opens our city to the natural habitat it was built upon. Even today, it provides an open sky, early industrial/estuary landscape that can not be matched anywhere in our city.

    With extensive urban Brownfields and an Aquatic Brownfield standing, we work to see this water way brought back to life with water quality standards that sincerely meet state standards for fishable and contact use; not only for the community but also for local wildlife.

    For more information: FROGGcommunity@earthlink.net


    Recycling of plastics not accepted in the city recycling can be done at the Park Slope Food Co-op at 782 Union Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)

    Bring clean, dry plastic to the Coop's sidewalk during monthly recycling hours. We close up promptly. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the collection end time to allow for inspection and sorting of your plastic:

    2nd Sat., 10 AM-2 PM
    3rd Thur., 7 PM-9 PM
    Last Sun., 10 AM-2 PM.

    As of 2/16/09 and until further notice, we collect....

    * #1 and #6 transparent plastics (Labels OK. Mouth is wide or wider than the body, meaning NOT bottles.)
    * #5 plastic tubs, cups & specifically marked lids and caps. Must be especially clean and dry. (Discard any with paper labels, or cut the labels off.)
    * Plastic film and bubble wrap. 100% transparent only -- must be able to see through the plastic. No colored or opaque. No paper labels. Minimal writing OK.

    All the above must be brought to the Coop CLEAN AND DRY.

    These changes result from a significant decline in the worldwide market for recyclable materials that has affected recycling programs everywhere. Please be patient and cooperate with us as we adjust to these changes, as well as to any further changes that may be necessary.

    We are currently updating our literature and will make new fliers available as soon as possible. Or, contact us at plasticrecycling@foodcoop.com.

    And on a related note, you can help increase the demand for recycled plastic products by shopping through these companies that specialize in recycled plastic products (including lumber!!).


    Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats is a community-based Democratic club. CBID has fought for reform and progressive causes since 1968. As a Brooklyn-based Club, we have been instrumental in the election of many candidates for public office. Much of this success was a result of our question-and-answer forums with prospective candidates as well as our extensive on-the-street contact with our constituents.

    Staunchly opposed to political corruption, we are proud of our independence and our commitment to progressive reform in city, state and national politics. We are a vehicle for citizen empowerment and making government more accountable to our neighborhoods.

    We meet monthly, usually the fourth Thursday evening of the month in the basement of the Park Slope United Methodist Church, on the corner of 6th ave and 8th street, at 7:30pm. All are welcome.

    New Kings Democrats (”NKD”) is a new, grassroots organization in Kings County (Brooklyn), New York whose primary mission is to recruit and prepare individuals to run for Kings County Democratic Committee. NKD hopes to achieve the goal of an inclusionary and participatory democracy by making it easy for individuals to run for local, elected office. NKD will serve as a training ground for individuals seeking higher office, and hopes to build and nurture a new group of Brooklyn Democratic leaders.


    New Food Co-op Coming to Brooklyn: (info sent to me by a reader)

    They are not active yet, but their website is: http://www.foodcoopbayridge.com

    They are recruiting new members and looking to open fall 2010.

    For more info, and if you want to get in at the start, you can email ( fcbrmembership@gmail.com ), call ( 347-247-8172 ) or follow them on Twitter (twitter.com/thefoodcoop) or on Facebook.

    You can also attend New Member meetings to find out more:

    Bay Ridge Library
    (73rd St & Ridge)
    1st Tuesday of each month, 6:30pm
    3rd Saturday of each month, 10:30am

    Park Slope Food Co-op
    782 Union Street
    Brooklyn, New York 11215
    Phone: (718) 622-0560
    FAX: (718) 622-5685

    This is the largest Food Co-op in America. Joy and I are members. Low prices and high quality even if it can be a bit inconvenient at times.

    Flatbush Food Cooperative
    1318 Cortelyou Road
    Brooklyn, New York 11226
    Phone: (718) 284-9717
    FAX: (718) 284-9719

    Established in 1976, and located on Cortelyou Road in the heart of Victorian Flatbush since 1985, Flatbush Food Coop is a community-owned, full-service natural foods store specializing in organic products. We are committed to serving the diverse community in which we are situated, and beyond, by providing goods and services that promote personal and environmental well-being. Like the 300 food coops across the nation with which we are affiliated, we are open to all—it is not necessary to be a member to shop. By joining the Coop, however, you become a joint owner of our business and are able to take additional savings on your purchases. There are opportunities for varying degrees of involvement in the coop, and our member-owners are able to influence the direction of our organization. We are particularly proud that the dozens of ethnic groups in Brooklyn’s most diverse neighborhood are reflected in our staff, our close to 3,000 members, and countless shoppers.


    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hey mole, thanks for the proteus gowanus mention. much obliged. hope you can come to our re-opening this sept 10 at 7 for our new yearlong theme, Paradise.

    12:32 PM  

    Post a Comment

    Links to this post:

    Create a Link

    << Home