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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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  • Thursday, September 23, 2010

    Seattle/King County, WA Focus

    Below are resources and groups in the Seattle/King County area of interest to progressives and liberals.

    Some local events:

    League of Women Voters of Greater Seattle Issues and Initiatives Forum
    Thu, October 7, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Seattle First Baptist Church, Harvard and Seneca Street, Seattle, WA (map)
    Free and Open to the public Features local issues and two statewide liquor sales initiatives. For more information, contact 206.329.4848 or www.seattlelwv.org

    Asian Pacific Islander Organization Convention
    Fri, October 15, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
    King County Aquatic Center, 650 SW Campus Drive, Federal Way, WA 98023
    All King County Democratic PCOs, current, and newly elected, have been invited to participate in the 2010 Convention and Candidate Forum. Over 300 Asian Pacific Islander organization and community leaders pus new media, are anticipated. RSP to Sandra Englund, Convention Co-Chair seaiu@comcast.net or 206.909.8419

    SeattleActivism.org provides information on upcoming events, actions, and meetings as well as links to organizations and resources in the Seattle area related to progressive activist issues.

    LOCAL EVENTS: You can find local events in King County/Seattle through this event calendar.


    Seattle Advocates of Renewable Energy: a group of interested citizens who want to learn more about Renewable Energy and Sustainability. Our goal is to foster discussion, networking, and action on these important issues. We meet on the fourth Thursday of every month from 7 to 9 pm at the First Seattle Presbyterian Church.

    Seattle Peak Oil Awareness (www.seattleoil.com) has been active for 2 1/2 years (it actually started out life as a Meetup.com group)!

    Seattle Peak Oil Awareness is a local citizens action network offering information and practical ideas for living in a time of reduced energy availability. Working in small, focused groups we advocate healthy, sustainable living choices for all interested residents in the Puget Sound region. Read more here.

    Center for Women and Democracy:
    MISSION STATEMENT: To promote women’s full representation, participation and leadership, while respecting the political, economic and social diversity in cultures worldwide.


    Kicking Up Our Heels
    Our annual “Kicking Up Our Heels” celebration of Washington state women leaders and their successes at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia, is an integral part of our vision supporting women’s full and equal participation in public life and leadership. Beginning in 2002, this celebration continues to grow in popularity.

    Food For Thought
    Food for Thought (FFT) is a dinner and lecture series that showcases cutting edge research and issues on women and democracy while encouraging participants to network. This program has been very successful and has attracted nationally and internationally renowned speakers to Seattle, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, author/activist Gloria Steinem, and former Lt. Governor of Maryland Kathleen Kennedy-Townsend.

    International Leadership Delegations
    International delegations continue to be a focus of the Center. In the past, we have organized delegations to Cuba, Sweden and the Baltics, and South Africa, and participated in delegations to the Ukraine. In April of 2007, we organized a highly successful delegation to Chile. Our most recent delegation in November 2009 was to the beautiful Kingdom of Morocco where 38 American women leaders were able to connect with women making a deep impact in politics, education, law and human rights.

    Women’s Leadership
    The Women’s Leadership committee works to advance young women’s leadership abilities, knowledge and success in diverse organizations and through seeking mentoring opportunities and highly focused leadership trainings for CWD members. NEW Leadership is a mentoring program for young women throughout the Puget Sound region through the U.W. in collaboration with the Center.

    You can also find local events through the Center for Women and Democracy

    Washington State Jobs with Justice
    Aims to improve working people's standard of living, fight for job security, and protect workers' right to organize. It is a multi-issue coalition that has grown to include more than 100 organizations and over 6,000 individuals.

    Local community and labor leaders founded Washington State Jobs with Justice in 1993 to unite diverse organizations in a multi-issue coalition that has grown to include more than 154 organizations and over 5000 individuals. Individual activists sign the Jobs with Justice pledge to be there five times a year for someone else's struggle as well as their own. By creating strategic alliances locally and among organizations nationally and developing a broad base of support, Jobs with Justice coalitions are re-building the infrastructure that gives communities a sense of their own power.

    Check out their calendar of events here.

    Seattle Young People's Project
    A youth led - adult supported - social change organization dedicated to assisting youth express themselves, and to take action on the issues that affect their lives.

    Most young people cannot vote, do not have financial resources, and are generally not given credit by the adult world for having intelligent opinions. Young people are excluded from the political process and from decisions impacting their schools, neighborhoods and communities.

    Young people have first hand experience with the issues that are impacting them, but their voices are ignored and misrepresented in the media. Adults are seen as the “experts” on what young people need. Well it’s time for youth to be heard and seen about their views.

    Click here to get involved

    For those who want to mix social and political fun, here are Drinking Liberally groups in the Seattle area:

    Every Tuesday of each month, 8:00 pm
    Montlake Ale House, 2307 24th Ave E
    Hosted by Nicholas Beaudrot | Chris Mitchell

    Seattle Eastside
    First and Third Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm
    Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE
    Hosted by Norman Furlong | Doug Hightower | Rich Erwin


    The King County Democrats embrace the principles of the Democratic Party, and work across King County to promote those principles by building a strong party organization, recruiting candidates and electing Democrats. The organization works closely with the Washington State Democrats, the 16 Legislative District Democratic organizations, and our elected officials.

    Involvement in your local Democratic Party is your chance to get to know your local elected officials and give them your opinions. It is also the backbone of the Democratic Party, helping to determine who wins primaries as well as general elections. Whether you want to simply elect more Democrats or elect BETTER Democrats, this is where to begin. Here are a variety of meetings you can attend to be involved in local politics:

    King County Young Democrats
    2nd Tuesday of each month
    Varies, please see website

    King County Democrats
    4th Tuesday of each month
    Renton Carpenters Hall
    231 Burnett Avenue North, Renton

    Here are the meeting times/places for all the legislative districts in King County:

    1st LD Democrats
    1st Thursday of each month
    Martha Lake Community Center
    16300 Motor Place
    Lynnwood, WA 98037
    More info

    5th LD Democrats
    3rd Wednesday of each month
    King County Library Admin.
    960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah
    More info

    11th LD Democrats
    3rd Tuesday of each month
    Carpenters Hall
    231 Burnett N., Renton
    More info

    30th LD Democrats
    1st Wednesday of each month
    Federal Way Senior Center
    4016 S. 352nd St., Federal Way
    More info

    31st LD Democrats
    3rd Wednesday of each month
    Marion Grange Hall
    27725 Buckley-Sumner Highway East, Buckley
    More info

    32nd LD Democrats
    2nd Wednesday of each month
    American Legion Hall
    14521 17th Ave NE, Shoreline
    More info

    33rd LD Democrats
    3rd Monday of each month
    Normandy Park Congregational Church
    19247 1st Ave. S, Normandy Park
    More info

    34th LD Democrats
    2nd Wednesday of each month
    The Hall at Fauntleroy
    9131 California Ave. SW, Seattle
    More info

    36th LD Democrats
    2nd Wednesday of each month
    Phinney Neighborhood Association
    6532 Phinney Avenue North
    More info

    37th LD Democrats
    Rainier Velley Cultural Center
    3515 S. Alaska St. (at Rainier Ave S.)
    Seattle WA 98118
    More info

    41st LD Democrats
    3rd Wednesday of each month
    East Shore Unitarian Church
    12700 SE 32nd Street
    Bellevue, WA 98005
    More info

    43rd LD Democrats
    3rd Tuesday of each month
    Univ Heights Comm Center
    5031 University Way NE, Seattle
    More info

    45th LD Democrats
    1st Wednesday of each month
    Redmond Community Center
    16600 NE 80th St., Redmond
    More info

    46th LD Democrats
    3rd Thursday of each month
    Olympic View Elementary School
    425 NE 95th St., Seattle
    More info

    47th LD Democrats
    1st Wednesday of each month
    Machinists' Hall
    A Street SW at 2nd St. SW, Auburn
    More info

    48th LD Democrats
    3rd Wednesday of each month
    NW Arts Center
    9825 NE 24th St, Bellevue
    More info

    Biofuels in Seattle: Here are some gas stations that offer biofuels for cars. It should be noted that any diesel engine can accept up to 20% Biodiesel (B20) and newer diesel engines can take up to 100% Biodiesel (B100).

    Propel Fuel Stations around Seattle that offer biofuels: (I came across them through their carbon offset program)

    * Seattle, South Lake Union Flagship
    609 Westlake Avenue North
    Seattle, Washington 98109

    * Seattle, Ballard Neighborhood
    4420 Leary Way NW
    Seattle, Washington 98107

    * West Seattle
    3500 SW Barton Street
    Seattle, Washington 98136


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