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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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    Bronx, NY Focus

    Bronx News:

    Join Act Now in Helping John Hall and Joe Sestak beat the Bush Republicans

    Openly Gay in the Bronx, but Constantly on Guard

    Celebrating Latino & African-American Dads

    YET ANOTHER FARE HIKE: M.T.A. Approves Transit Fare Increase...and meanwhile service continues to go down at an astonishing rate...you know what we need? Someone like Larry Silverman (who has taken on Transit mismanagement and fraud before) in the State Senate.

    Calls for Healing After Bronx Antigay Attacks...more: Seven Arrests in Bronx in Anti-Gay Attacks...just a reminder, hate crimes continue to be on the rise with gays, Jews, Muslims and Hispanics being the main, but by no means only, targets. Now, more than ever, we need the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that tracks and stops hate groups.

    I notice that Bloomberg has done NOTHING to improve this: South Bronx is poorest district in nation: 38% live below poverty line...This is why organizations like Sustainable South Bronx need more help: (video starts after the ad)



    Charter Schools Perform Worse than Public Schools in New Data

    Bloomberg education reforms FAIL: With Standards Tightened, Far Fewer New York City Schools Receive a Grade of ‘A’...more: Most Schools Get Worse Grades in City’s Report

    Democrat Eric Schneiderman unveils detailed plan to protect veterans and active duty service members from fraud and discrimination


    Bronx Blogs:

    Hunts Point Express: Serving Hunts Point and Longwood

    The Bronx River Alliance serves as a coordinated voice for the river and works in harmonious partnership to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River corridor

    Bronx Latino: a project of Puerto Rico Sun Communications

    The Bronx Council for Environmental Quality: seeking to leave our great grandchildren better air, land, and water quality than we have at present.


    West Bronx Drinking Liberally: Political Action through Social Interaction
    Drinking Liberally is a fun way to stay politically active
    * When? First and Third Friday of each month, 7:30 pm
    * Where? An Beal Bocht, 445 W 238th St (between Waldo and Greystone)
    * Hosted by Jamin Sewell | Scott Kennedy


    Leadership Intern Field Training (LIFT) through Sustainable South Bronx

    In this prestigious 6-week internship, open to high school Juniors and Seniors, LIFT participants learn, through a combination of in classroom and hands-on field work, all the ins and outs of field organizing and a powerful environmental justice perspective. LIFT participants also learn an invaluable set of skills such as messaging, public speaking, strategic thinking and community organizing. For more information, contact Marta Rodriquez at 646.400.5431


    BEST Academy

    Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training Academy

    The BEST Academy directly relates to the core of Sustainable South Bronx’s mission: to bring issues of Environmental Justice to the forefront of community consciousness, and to begin to repair and reverse decades of environmental degradation. The BEST Academy not only connects residents of the South Bronx and other Environmental Justice communities to employment opportunities, but helps create an economically sustainable South Bronx. The entire community benefits from the increased number of residents who have marketable skills and can now contribute to the economic revitalization of the neighborhood.

    The BEST Academy links environmental clean-up and restoration in the community to the career development and economic needs of local people. While BEST Academy is open to any resident of New York City’s five boroughs, the majority of participants are from the South Bronx. Participants must have their high school diploma (or equivalent), and a valid driver’s license or permit. Participants are predominantly low-income individuals with many on public assistance.

    Go here for more information or call: 646.400.5438

    Click here for the BEST Academy Recruitment Flyer (PDF).


    SOUTH BRONX FOOD CO-OP:

    The South Bronx Food Cooperative (SBxFC) is a green shopping alternative to the profit-oriented commercial food markets found in the Bronx. Founded and operated by committed residents, the SBxFC is dedicated to making a difference in the community by working together to provide healthy and affordable food to all who want it.

    The South Bronx Food cooperative carries a wide variety of products, including local, organic and conventionally grown produce; pasture-raised, grass-fed and free-range meats and poultry; bulk grains, sugars, spices and pastas; fair-trade coffees and chocolate; environmentally safe cleaning supplies, and much more. All of this plus a selection of standard supermarket items makes the SBxFC a one-stop shopping destination. Sales are brisk at the SBxFC and inventory is replenished often ensuring that the products we sell are as fresh as possible..

    As a member of the SBxFC you share ownership of the coop with fellow members. Members have a voice in the decision-making process and participate in directing the organization's future. Equally important, as a shopper you will know where your food choices come from. By becoming a member you and your family not only have access to fresh foods at reasonable prices, you will learn about our local farmers, organizations and vendors.

    In addition to providing green/local products and democratic operations (common at most cooperatives), the SBxFC provides various health and nutrition services including workshops, cooking classes and education seminars. Our community education programs are designed and administered by local medical professionals and nutrition specialist. The goal of the SBxFC is to correct the various health disparities faced by Bronxites including diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.

    They seem to even have an online shopping option (members only).

    Hours:
    11:00 am – 8pm, Thursday – Monday
    CLOSED Tuesday & Wednesday
    (Additional hours and days of operation will be added in the very near future)

    Website: http://www.sbxfc.org/

    Location:
    3103 Third Avenue
    Bronx NY 10451
    (The corner of 158th St)


    La Familia Verde Community Garden:

    La Familia Verde is a coalition of community gardens in the Crotona, East Tremont, and West Farms neighborhoods in the Bronx. Formed in 1998, our mission is to sustain the environment and culture of our neighborhood through education, community service, and horticulture.

    La Familia Verde is part of a community gardening tradition in New York City that dates back over 25 years, when city residents first began taking control of abandoned lots left by the economic and social devastation of the inner cities. Since that time, community gardens have played an important role in helping revitalize some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. The gardens are not only pleasing to look at; they serve as educational, cultural, and social resource centers in traditionally underserved communities.

    Today, La Familia Verde is comprised of more than ten community-operated gardens and various community based organizations. The gardens and community organizations help foster community pride, partnership, and activism.

    You can read about their projects here.

    La Familia Verde
    2158 Mapes Avenue
    Bronx, NY 10460
    http://www.lafamiliaverde.org/

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