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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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  • Tuesday, December 28, 2010

    Chicago/Cook County, IL Focus

    Some upcoming local events:

    Mid-Winter Celebration and Festivus Night!
    Saturday, January 15th 2011 at 7:00 pm
    "St. Paul's" Cultural Center - 2215 W. North Ave. (Wicker Park), Chicago - just west of Leavitt

    Featuring a short performance by the band "It's A Girl"

    Meet and greet fellow secularists, eat and drink - with readings (bring your own "Festivus complaints" or other readings!). Food will be provided, but libations are cash bar.

    Location is easy to reach by North Ave. bus, Blue Line train, or ample street parking.

    Equality Illinois First Friday
    Monthly at 6pm on the first Friday
    Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted Street, Chicago
    (21 and over, with I.D.)
    For a $10 donation to Equality Illinois, you receive two drink tickets and a ticket for a door prize drawing. Contributions to this event support the Equality Illinois Political Action Committee.

    LAUGHING LIBERALLY CHICAGO: Political Action through Comedy
    First Wednesday of each month, 8:00 pm
    No Exit, 6970 N Glenwood Ave

    * Second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    * Sheffield's, 3258 N Sheffield Ave (In the back room)
    * Hosted by Greg Sasso and Jon Mclennand, chicago (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Evanston, Illinois
    * Every Wednesday, 7:00 pm onward
    * The Celtic Knot, 626 Church St (Half block east of Orrington)
    * For the upcoming holiday season we're not planning on meeting the week of Thanksgiving or during the month of December
    * Hosted by Mark Foisy, Rich Heath and Adelaide Rowe, evanston (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Chicago's Progressive Talk Radio

    Chicago's Progressive Talk believes that a blue city and a blue state deserve a Progressive Talk radio station that is entertaining, informative, irreverent and chock full of smart, funny shows with a progressive perspective.

    We are one of the last independently owned radio stations in the country. Because we are not part of a conglomerate, our hosts have the freedom to speak their minds… and speak they do.

    We commit to providing you an alternative to the status quo of talk radio and to providing our advertisers with an effective and results oriented product.

    From 5am - 9pm Chicago's Progressive Talk can be heard on the following FM Frequencies:

    92.5 FM- Covering the Western Suburbs and Northwestern IL
    92.7 FM- Covering the Northern Suburbs, Northwestern IL and Southern WI
    99.9 FM- Covering the Southern Suburbs and Northwest IN

    You can also listen to Chicago's Progressive Talk 24hrs/day...CLICK HERE to find out how to listen live on your computer.

    You can see their program schedule here.

    SHOP LOCAL: some local businesses who support Progressive Talk Radio.

    Current TV, founded by Al Gore, includes some of the best journalism in America today. In particular their Vanguard series is amazing and should not be missed by ANYONE who wants to know in depth coverage of some of the major stories in the world.

    In Chicago Current TV is available on:
    DIRECTV Channel 358
    DISH Network Channel 196
    Comcast Digital: Channel 107
    AT&T U-Verse: Channel 189

    Check out their program schedule here.

    Tenth Dems University:: A POLITICAL PARTY SCHOOL

    Tenth Dems University doesn’t have a campus, hasn’t hired a full-time faculty, and has no plans for homecoming festivities or fielding a football team. What we do offer, however, is a chance for you to become a better-educated voter, a more active and effective political volunteer, and to learn the skills you need if you ever want to run for public office.

    Important: Many of our recent courses have filled up quickly. Be Sure to Register in Advance. Seating May Be Limited. Click here for more information.


    Our audience has grown from 500 to nearly 40,000 people in 26 years and reveals an increased demand for the organization’s services. This is a tangible demonstration for the need of quality Latino arts and cultural events. Perhaps more significant is the diversity of the Center's audience, which is about 60% Latino, representing every one of our countries, and 40% non-Latino. Few other institutions have achieved the important goal of bringing Latinos and non-Latinos together to share common cross-cultural experiences.

    Click here to see their Galleries.

    Click here to learn about Latino Film in Chicago.

    Click here for Latino Music in Chicago

    Some local Democracy for America Chapters: Democracy for America is one of the largest grassroots organizations in America. Founded by Howard Dean it has continued to help grassroots activists get together and fight for a better America.

    Greater Lincoln Park DFA:
    This chapter of Howard Dean's Democracy for America serves the Lincoln Park community of Chicago, IL. We're requesting a $20/year membership to cover the expenses of the organization and its activities. Sign up here for more info.

    Chicago South Side DFA: Sign up here for more info.

    Northside Democracy for America is a diverse group of volunteers dedicated to electing socially progressive, fiscally responsible, and ethically committed Democrats to office at all levels of government.

    Every election cycle our voting members vote to "adopt" or endorse a limited number of candidates and then we work to elect those candidates. We have a monthly membership meeting with guest speakers; we also host educational forums, trainings and social events.

    To find out more or to join, go to their website.

    Progressive Alliance - Cook County
    For info or to get involved: ProgressiveAllianceCookCounty@gmail.com

    The Progressive Alliance - Cook County (PA-CC) is a coalition of emerging leaders working to engage and unify the many Progressive, Independent, and Reform organizations in Cook County. These organizations share common interests—but rarely share resources. By identifying and activating the next generation of Cook County residents, we can take ownership of the electoral process and public policy.

    We envision a Cook County where:
    • residents feel a sense of connection, urgency, and progress within the political process,
    • the officials we elect are public servants, and
    • government protects human rights and invests in the long-term stability of communities.

    For more info or to join, you can go to their Facebook Page.


    The Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats is a volunteer group that has formed to help elect Democrats at all levels of government within Illinois' Tenth Congressional District. The district includes portions of both Cook and Lake Counties stretching from Wilmette on the south through Waukegan and from Lake Michigan west through parts of Arlington Heights and Palatine.

    Click here for their newsletter.

    You can also email them for more info: info_at_tenthdems.org

    Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition:
    2525 S michigan suite247 B
    Chicago, IL 60616
    Fax: 312-423-7987

    The Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition was established in June 1991 as a multi- disciplinary membership organization to address the need for health promotion and disease prevention among Chicago's Hispanic community. It was established as a pilot demonstration project with funding from the U.S. Department on Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health.

    The Coalition's mission is to promote healthy behavior and prevent chronic disease. The Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition advances health education and disease prevention in the Hispanic community. Coalition members are drawn from local agencies, community based organizations, universities, churches and regional offices of national health organizations. There are currently more than 600 health and service agencies actively participating.

    Click here to see the services they offer.

    Chicago Center for Inquiry: Center For Inquiry/Chicago is a not-for-profit organization that nurtures and inter-connects Chicagoland's growing community of secular humanists and free inquirers. We are dedicated to inquiring into and striving to improve all aspects of the human condition.

    Go here to see their calendar of events.

    The Chicago Green Home Meetup Group

    Meet other local people who are interested in making their homes environmentally friendly. As developers, designers, and brokers of Green Homes, we are a great resource to learn more about what you can do today to become more sustainable and green! Sign up to find out more about meetings.

    Chicago Sustainable Development & New Urbanism Meetup Group
    Meet other local people who are interested in Sustainable Development and New Urbanism.

    Let's define what we mean by "sustainable," "energy-efficient," "green," etc. and then work toward making it happen here in Chicago! What are the building blocks of "sustainability?" What are the most important issues that need to be addressed? What issues are important to you when you look at your home, your neighborhood and your city? What actions can we take to effect true change that benefits everyone? We hope to answer these questions through conversations with local experts and other community members.

    Let's work toward having more energy-efficient, healthy and "sustainable" options when looking for a new home. Let's create neighborhoods that are of human scale, cohesive and prepared for the future. Let's restore our urban fabric and communities!

    Sign up to find out about meetings

    South Suburban Food Co-op
    21750 Main Street
    Matteson, Illinois 60433
    Phone: (708) 747-2256

    Everyone is welcome to visit the SSFC during normal business hours. Don't forget to visit our Resale shop. We have guest passes available in order for you to make a purchase, however only one per household per year will be accepted. Ownership/Membership is required for additional opportunities to buy products including local, organic, wheat free, vegan, gluten free, and other health-conscience merchandise. If you too like the atmosphere and want to live a "greener" lifestyle, stop by.

    Stone Soup Ashland
    4637 N. Ashland
    Chicago, Illinois 60614

    Stone Soup is a housing cooperative, founded in 1997, with three houses in Chicago's Uptown and McKinley Park neighborhoods. We are a diverse community of 35 people, who are committed to living with joy and justice in everything we do. So take a look around the site. Come by for a potluck. We'd love to meet you!



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