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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.

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  • Thursday, January 13, 2011

    New York 19th District Focus: Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, and Westchester Counties

    Focusing on the 19th Congressional District of New York

    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 most areas 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.


    It has becoming increasingly clear that New York politics is corrupt and inefficient almost across the board. Almost every single political party, whether Republicans, Conservatives, Indpendence Party, Teabaggers (their name for themselves), Democratic Party or Working Families Party, has been tainted by corruption. So far only the Greens seem fairly clean.

    Simply put, this state is messed up politically. That is not to say there aren't some very good elected officials out there. People like NYC Comptroller John Liu, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Assemblyman Jim Brennan, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, etc. are excellent people who I am proud to support. But for each of these good folk there are people like the recently indicted Espadas, Hiram "the slasher" Monserrate, Clarence Norman, David Yassky, Diane Gordon, "Public" Advocate Bill de Blasio, Assemblyman Vito Lopez, City Councilman Steve Levin, State Senator John Sampson...all corrupt as hell or scandals waiting to happen.

    So what do you and I do as proud Progressive Democrats? Well, one of the top organizations in NY State fighting for reform is the The Brennan Center for Justice. I recommend them as a resource for all Reform-minded New Yorkers.

    The latest from the Brennan Center:

    In an effort to change the way the business is run in Albany, the Brennan Center for Justice, Citizens Union, Common Cause/NY, League of Women Voters of New York State, and New York Public Interest Research Group sent the following letters to members of the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate, outlining the specific rules reforms each chamber can take to make New York's Legislature more democratic, transparent, and accountable.

    Letter to New York State Assembly Members

    Letter to New York State Senators

    Let's hope the call for reform starts to take root before NY State becomes as infamous for corruption as Chicago and Louisiana have.

    BLOGGING NY STATE: the best state-wide political blog is the The Albany Project.

    I will also mention:

    Drum Major Institute: Politics, Policy and the American Dream

    and Reform NY is the blog of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law


    Latino Democratic Committee of Orange County
    P.O. Box 1145
    Monroe, NY 10949

    The mission of the Latino Democratic Committee of Orange County is to enhance the lives of Latinos in Orange County through empowerment, pride of ethnic origin, increase Latino voter registration, political awareness, involvement in government, education and community issues, building coalitions and development of political strength.

    The purpose of the L.D.C.O.C. is to promote Latino participation in government and civic affairs.

    For local news and events, click here.

    For Actions you can take to make your voice heard, click here.

    To become a member, click here.

    Phillipstown for Democracy: Local Democracy for America affiliate

    We are a group of concerned citizens based in Philipstown, New York, determined to mobilize voters to participate in the political process and to promote progressive policies. We will provide a forum to exchange ideas and give support for specific political action. You can sign up here. For more info, call: (917) 273-0808 or email: information@p4d.us

    Drinking Liberally in Dutchess County: Political Action through Social Interaction

    Rhinecliff Drinking Liberally
    * When? First Sunday of each month, 7:00 pm
    * Where? The Rhinecliff Hotel Bar, 4 Grinnell Street
    * Hosted by Matt Rosenberg | Andrew Sheppard

    NAACP Branches near the 19th District:
    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 branches:

    Newburgh-Highland Falls NAACP
    P. O. BOX 742
    Newburgh, NY 12551

    Newburgh NAACP Youth Council
    PO BOX 301
    Newburgh, NY 12550

    Southern Dutchess NAACP
    Wappingens Falls, NY 12590

    Northern Dutchess Co NAACP
    PO BOX 3835
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

    Ellenville NAACP
    PO BOX 229
    Ellenville, NY 12428

    Middletown NAACP
    Middletown, NY 10940

    Putnam County Democratic Committee

    The Putnam County Democratic Committee shall advance the principles of the Democratic Party, advocate the election of public officials who will provide responsible and responsive government for the people of Putnam County and set forth the platform positions of the Putnam County Democratic Party in order to achieve its over-arching goal to inspire, encourage and maximize enrollment and participation in the Democratic Party throughout Putnam County.

    For more info contact Lynne Eckardt, 845-661-6349, lynne.eckardt@gmail.com

    Dutchess County Young Democrats:

    The Dutchess County Young Democrats is an organization dedicated to providing opportunities for young Democrats to become actively involved in the issues that affect their lives and enabling them to connect with other young Democrats in the County. Any registered Democrat between the ages of 16 and 36 is eligible and encouraged to become a member of the Dutchess County Young Democrats. For more info, contact: ira.margulies@gmail.com

    Or join their facebook site

    DUTCHESS DEMOCRATIC WOMEN'S CAUCUS is an independent, grassroots organization devoted to bringing more women into the political process and electing Democratic women to public office at every level in Dutchess County.

    The Caucus capitalizes on women’s energy, knowledge and financial resources to change the face of politics in Dutchess County and, by extension, the Hudson Valley. Women are vastly underrepresented in America’s legislative bodies and political organizations. Our voices help to revitalize and refocus the political debate.

    DDWC welcomes as members enrolled Democrats from every part of Dutchess County and beyond, from every walk of life and every constituency.

    For more information, please contact us at info@ddwc.org

    Orange County Democratic Women:

    OCDW was established to create a more equitable representation and participation of women in all levels of the Democratic party and in all levels of Government.

    Since its inception, OCDW has been working to make this happen for women all over Orange County. Women are running for Federal, State, County, Town and Local elections in increasing numbers and winning.

    Orange County Democratic Women is organized around a Board of Directors who meet regularly o set policy. But the largest part of the organization is its volunteers. Members come from all over Orange County. They are working women, stay-at-home moms, professionals, young women, senior citizens, office holders, candidates and women new to politics. They are all women who want change.

    For more information phone: 845.294.3139

    Putnam Valley Democrats:

    It is the mission of the Putnam Valley Democratic Committee to ensure that every Putnam Valley Democrat is served by a visible, organized, geographically representative Democratic Committee that reaches out year-round to its community, recruits quality Democratic candidates for every appointed and elected position in its purview, turns out voters to elect those candidates to office, and supports those candidates in advocating for Democratic Party values both as candidates and in their sworn public roles.

    Contact PV Democratic Committee Chair at pvdems@optonline.net


    I also want to highlight where you can get biodiesel fuel in and around the 19th District.

    Taylor Oil Inc., 28 Tinker Town Rd, Dover Plains, NY, 12522, 845-877-9343, Offers B20 (Good in ANY diesel engine), CREDIT CARDS OK; 24 hrs.

    GREEN BUSINESSES IN THE AREA: These are some of the best local businesses around. Taken from the Green America Green Pages

    Pleasant Stone Farm
    Organic herbs, dietary supplements, foods, teas, coffee, therapeutic tisanes, special bath and oil blends, aromatherapy, herbal apothecary. "We ship everywhere, toll-free or online."
    Phone: (888)578-4372
    130 Dolson Ave.
    Middletown, NY 10940-6563

    Greyston Bakery
    "Great desserts from great people doing great things. Our commitment is to make only the best quality food products." Natural and organic products available. (800)BUY-CAKE.
    Phone: (800)289-2253
    Fax: (914)375-1514
    104 Alexander St.
    Yonkers, NY 10701-2535

    Women's Work
    Enabling women to live their chosen, desired way of life through the sale of Fair Trade, environmentally friendly fine art, skincare, and crafts.
    Phone: (845)849-1858
    Fax: (845)471-4492
    2600 South Rd.
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

    EBM Consulting Services, Inc.
    Independent energy services firm emphasizing conservation and renewables. All aspects of green building techniques, consulting, designing and installing energy efficient and renewable projects.
    Phone: (845)877-6030
    Fax: (845)877-9875
    P.O. Box 911
    Millbrook, NY 12545

    Lifebridge Sanctuary - Meeting and Retreat Center
    Green Conference Center on 95 pristine acres of Hudson Valley Forest. 85 miles north of Manhattan. "The environment evokes inspired ideas and actions to change the world."
    Phone: (845)658-3439
    P.O. Box 327
    High Falls, NY 12440

    GAMCO Asset Management, Inc.
    The GAMCO Socially Responsive Investment Group was formed in 1987 to provide customized discretionary equity portfolios for a wide range of individuals and institutions with specific social guidelines. In addition, we offer the Gabelli SRI Green mutual fund as well as a Green hedge fund. Unique: Client Ideals>Research>Portfolios>Results.
    Phone: (800)331-7266
    Fax: (914)921-5060
    1 Corporate Center
    Rye, NY 10580

    Roy T. Budnik & Assoc.
    Assists individuals, governments, and businesses in environmentally sensitive development. Environmental mediation and permitting. Environmental education. Natural resource assessment.
    Phone: (845)485-6911
    317 Main St.
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-3116

    SRB Marketing, Inc.
    An award-winning, full-service sustainability communications firm. Founded in 2003, well before the green marketing craze brought everyone on the bandwagon, have helped such clients as Ben & Jerry’s, National Geographic, Working Assets, and Yale University, among dozens of others. We provide strategic sustainability consulting services; sustainability communications, with a specialty in interactive, social media and collaboration; training, including custom, but also packaged workshops, seminars and webinars; and publications.
    Phone: (866)210-1183
    Fax: (973)366-9426
    171 Main St.
    2nd Fl.
    New Paltz, NY 12561

    Sound Earth
    Leading the way with products that are safe, pure, with a dash of PLAY! Household cleansers, scented sprays, essential oils. Cruelty free.
    Phone: (888)608-9678
    Fax: (845)896-4079
    P.O. Box 245
    Fishkill, NY 12524



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