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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).

Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States

I am a research biologist in NYC. Married with two kids living in Brooklyn.

  • Help end world hunger
  • Wednesday, November 24, 2010

    San Diego, CA Focus


    You can find great calendar of events for San Deigo, California, thanks to the San Diego County Democrats. Check it out and get involved with your local community. That is how change happens from the bottom up.

    I would particularly like to highlight the following upcoming events:

    San Diego Democracy For America December 1, 2010 Meetup
    Date(s): Wednesday, December 1, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Description: Our Guest Speaker will be, DAVID SCHMIDT, C.A.F.E. Creating Alternative and Fair Enterprise: He'll be speaking about Fair Trade Reform & immigration- www.cafeontheborder.blogspot.com **Also, JOHN HARTLEY, Clean Elections Campaign 2012 for the City of San Diego. Social begins at 6:30pm.

    Location: Giovanni's Restaurant, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.San Diego, CA 92123
    Contact: (858) 459-7044
    Email: cchangus@san.rr.com
    Website: www.dfa.meetup.com/23

    Who Deserves to Eat? The Politics of Hunger and Poverty in San Diego County
    Date(s): Thursday, December 2, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Description: San Diego County has been identified by several sources as having the worst food stamps program in the nation, turning away countless eligible applicants in a time of crisis. A panel of speakers will describe what hunger looks like in our area, and how County policies have addressed it based on negative stereotypes of people living in poverty. Learn what you can do to help change the stereotypes, and the policies.

    Cost: Donation requested

    Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, 4190 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92103

    Contact: (619) 491-0664
    Email: finebks2@sbcglobal.net

    San Diego Democratic Party Holiday Party!
    Date(s): Sunday, December 12, 2010
    Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Description: You're invited to celebrate the season -- and greet some familar faces from the campaign trail -- at the official holiday event of the San Diego County Democratic Party! This year we're co-hosting it with the La Jolla Democratic Club at the spectacular, art-filled home of Bill Lerach, a longtime supporter of Democratic candidates and causes. The ticket price of $30 per person includes hors d'oeuvres and beverages. All proceeds will help San Diego Democrats build in 2011 and prepare for the next election cycle. So we hope you'll join us for a memorable afternoon with Democratic elected officials, recent candidates, volunteers, and friends. If you'd like to become a member of the La Jolla Democratic Club (or renew), you can purchase a combined ticket that includes the holiday party plus the annual Club dues for an additional $10. For more information, please call or email. Happy holidays!

    Location: At the cliffside La Jolla home of Bill and Michelle Lerach (Address given upon RSVP)

    Contact: (858) 277-3367
    Email: info@sddemocrats.org

    KPFK Pacific Radio 93.7 FM

    Check out their program schedule here.

    Chicano Democratic Association:
    721 9th Ave, Unit 8
    San Diego, CA 92101

    Our organization is a Chartered Club of the San Diego County Democratic Party. CDA is focused on empowering Chicano/Latino Democrats in the city of San Diego and South County region through advocacy of candidates who share our values.

    Our meetings are held every 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm atthe
    Sherman Heights Community Center
    In the little yellow house to the right of the center.
    2258 Island Ave.
    San Diego, CA 92102

    Check out their calendar of local events

    Show your cultural and Democratic pride with a Chicano Democratic Association T-Shirt

    San Diego LGBT Pride:

    The specific purpose of this corporation is to produce civic, cultural and educational programs, which support and encourage pride within San Diego's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

    Formed in 1974, as a sponsored program of The Center for Social Services, we produced the first Lesbian and Gay Parade in San Diego to celebrate the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion on New York's Christopher Street. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in 1994 and today San Diego Pride continues to bring together the skills, talents and vision of our diverse community through numerous programs including the Equality Torch Relay, Walk For Equality and the annual LGBT Pride Celebration which attracts 250,000 participants to Hillcrest for America's Finest Pride Parade and Festival.

    To find local LGBT events in San Diego, click here.

    To volunteer to help the LGBT community, click here.

    Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.

    Here are some local NAACP branches:

    San Diego NAACP
    PO BOX 152086
    San Diego, CA 92195

    North County NAACP
    PO BOX 5786
    Oceanside, CA 92052

    N San Diego NAACP Youth Council
    PO BOX 5786
    Oceanside, CA 92052

    Americans United for Separation of Church and State
    San Diego Chapter

    We come from all 50 states and a wide variety of religious, political and philosophical backgrounds. We are dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.

    P.O. Box 80071 San Diego, California 92138


    Beginning in 2007, community, faith, labor, and legal organizations have come together as the Immigrant Rights Consortium. Through the Consortium, these organizations are pursuing four common goals:

    Support comprehensive immigration reform.
    Stop the spread of local policies and practices that target and violate the civil and human rights of immigrants.
    Educate immigrants about their rights and the legal and other resources available to them.
    Educate the public about the important contributions of immigrants and counter the myths and misstatements made about immigrants.

    The Consortium includes, among other groups:

    American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego & Imperial Counties (ACLU)
    Catholic Charities
    Catholic Relief Services
    Employee Rights Center
    San Diego LGBT Center
    Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice of San Diego County

    For questions regarding the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium or to schedule interviews, presentations, trainings or speaking engagements please contact Ricardo, Strategic Communications Coordinator.

    Ricardo can be reached by phone at (760) 468-4519 or by email at communicate@immigrantsandiego.org.


    Biodiesel is one of the alternatives I have been pushing for some time. It can be used in any diesel engine, is less polluting and has a smaller carbon footprint than regular diesel.

    Here are some gas stations that offer biodiesel in the San Diego area:

    Carr's Car Center: 3940 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92054, 760-433-2166. Offers B5 (5% biodiesel, good for any diesel engine). Open M-SAT 6AM-6PM.

    Soco Group: 145 Vernon Way, El Cajon, CA 92020, 858-627-0440. Offers B20 (20% biodiesel, good for any diesel engine). Open 7 AM - 5PM M-F.

    Pearson Ford/RTC Fuels: 4067 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105, 619-243-0456. Offers B99 (99% biodiesel, good for new engines, some old engines not ok). Open 7AM-10PM.


    Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op
    4765 Voltaire St.
    San Diego, California 92107
    Phone: (619) 224-1387
    FAX: (619) 224-5089

    Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Market is a member-owned vegetarian consumer co-op that has been serving the community since 1971. Originally a worker's collective, the cooperative has grown to include 6000 feet of retail space and more than 8000 member/owners. The Co-op offers an extensive selection of organic produce, grocery, dairy, and bulk foods and herbs, as well as vitamins and homeopathics, cruelty-free bodycare, and aromatherapy products. Enjoy a full service sit-down deli featuring a delicious selection of home-style vegetarian and vegan entrees, salads, sandwiches, freshly prepared baked goods, desserts, and more! At People's, San Diego's only community owned grocery store, we specialize in products that are organic, wholesome, minimally processed, cruelty-free, and environmentally safe.

    They also have a good community events calendar.

    The UCSD Food Coop
    0323F Student Cooperative Center,
    San Diego, California 92093
    Phone: (619) 546-8339

    I used to shop at this one way, way back when I went to UCSD. It was great then!

    Since its introduction to the campus in 1978, the Food Co-op has committed itself to providing the UCSD community with a natural food alternative, as well as a resource for environmentally conscious products and information.

    The Food Co-op carries a variety of food and non-food products ranging from baked goods, juices, sandwiches, fresh organic produce, macro-biotic and ethnic foods to cruelty-free cosmetics and environmentally safe cleaning agents. Many foods are stocked in bulk to reduce the price to the customer and the waste of packaging (please bring bags when buying!). Special orders can be made at discount prices (good for items not necessarily carried in the store, as well!).

    Come in to shop, get informed, and/or volunteer as a general member of our store. For more information, call (858) 546-8339.

    I will also point out some other UCSD co-ops that I liked when I was a student there.

    The Ché Café

    The Ché Café Collective is dedicated to providing cheap, healthy vegetarian food, all-ages entertainment, and alternative education. We have All-We-Can-Eat dinners every Thursday from 5 pm to 7 pm. Entertainment at the Ché ranges from poetry readings and plays to forums, or shows of local bands.

    The Ché Café is surrounded by a grove of old eucalyptus trees and is next to the beautiful garden of the Farm Co-op. Tables and chairs inside and outside of the Ché and its close proximity to the Farm Co-op make it an inviting place to eat, study, or just hang out.

    The Ché Café is open to having people come by and help out. The Café provides a great opportunity for people to get involved in the process of cooking, running a restaurant and/or putting on events at any level they feel comfortable at. Stop by or call us at (858) 534-2311.

    (The Ché Café is located on the Revelle campus behind the Undergraduate library and down the hill from Stonehenge. We're the building with all the murals on it.) Read more about the Che Cafe Collective at its very own website: http://checafe.ucsd.edu/.

    General Store

    The General Store Co-op is a student-run store which was founded in 1980 to offer students a less expensive alternative to the high Price Center. [EDITOR'S NOTE: This is not quite right...the Price Center didn't even exist when the General Store was founded and greatly appreciated by students like myself.] As a student cooperative, we try to provide the University community with the best quality merchandise at the lowest prices. And we succeed! The General Store Co-op carries items such as selected essential school and office supplies, household and personal items, stationery and gift wrap, clothing (including UCSD logos), craft-center jewelry, and some food and snack items -- all of which range from 5-25% less than anywhere else on campus.

    Students are generally most interested in the fact that we sell textbooks, which are guaranteed to cost less than at the UCSD bookstore. We also try to carry as many used texts as possible. Also, we buy back current editions year round. Stop by to check which classes' books we're carrying.

    We encourage everyone to visit the General Store Co-op for our low prices and friendly service. Additionally, anyone is invited to come in and volunteer anytime as volunteers are the backbone of our organization. For further information or friendly help please feel free to call us at (858) 534-3932.


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