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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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  • Saturday, January 22, 2011

    Queens, NY Focus

    News from Queens:

    As predicted, snow hearing a joke...this shows the COMPLETE lack of responsibility in the Bloomberg administration...more here: Council snow hearings are a waste of time

    Jamaica women fear robbery & abduction...is it just me or do others think this just shouldn't be happening in NYC in this day and age

    And a right wing extremist complaining about a Democrat calling for moderation: Limbaugh attacks Gillibrand for saying 'we all have to conduct ourselves better'

    As Incomes Gap Widens, New York Grows Apart

    State of the City: Bloomberg Failing Ordinary New Yorkers, More Families in Poverty, in Shelters, and on Food Stamps

    The TRUH about Walmart: Wal-Mart’s PR Buzz Kill: Wal-Mart Kills Jobs

    This is good news: River power coming...those are local jobs, clearner energy, and less money going to Saudi Arabia!

    Governor Cuomo Hits One Out of the Park: The Medicaid Reform Panel is Fair and Balanced

    Real estate fraudster pleads guilty

    Bloomberg's whereabouts confirmed...Bloomberg abandoned his post as a major storm hit NYC


    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 NYC Current TV is available on:
    Time Warner Digital: Channel 103
    DIRECTV: Channel 358
    DISH Network: Channel 196
    Comcast Digital: Channel 107
    AT&T U-Verse: Channel 189

    Check out their program schedule here.

    WWRL AM 1060

    Check out the daily programming schedule here.

    click here for their schedule of local events

    WWRL Book Club
    Become a member of the WWRL Morning Show, become a Morning Maniac.
    Here’s your chance to be the recipient of a morning show “MUST READ” book.
    Every Friday Mark Riley randomly selects a registrant, one per hour (6-9 am) and awards a “Must Read” that keeps up with world events

    Click Here to Join!

    Queens Blogs:

    Queen's Crap: Shining a spotlight on overdevelopment and corruption in Queens and beyond

    LIQCity: Long Island City Neighborhood blog

    href="http://davidmquintana.blogspot.com/">Lost in the
    Ozone: local Politics, Education, Community Affairs,
    Environment, History, Birding,Jamaica Bay,Ridgewood Reservoir, Forest Park, and other assorted items of interest... Concentrating on the Borough of Queens

    Willets Point United: Business and land owners dedicated to fighting eminent domain abuse at Willets Point in Queens, NY.

    GRASSROOTS NYC: This is an organization founded by fellow Daily Gotham blogger and DFNYC activist Dan Jacoby.

    GrassrootsNYC was created to provide a new method for generating real government reform in New York City. Instead of the old-fashioned method of fighting for reform (and usually not getting much done), GrassrootsNYC aims to leverage the power of tens of thousands of reform-minded New Yorkers to force our government to work for us - the way our Founding Fathers intended government to work.

    This is a real chance for you to get involved in reforming our political system from the bottom up. To find out more, visit GrassrootsNYC's website and sign up for updates. This could be one of the most important groups you can get involved with if you want to see NYC politics cleaned up.

    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.

    Astoria (Long Island City) NAACP
    P.O. BOX 6234
    Long Island City, NY 11106

    Corona-East Elmhurst NAACP Youth Council
    111-12 NORTHERN BLVD
    Corona, NY 11368

    Northeast Queens NAACP
    37-22 UNION STREET
    Flushing, NY 11354

    Dept Of Social Services NAACP Youth Council
    96-10 57TH AVE #12-D
    New York, NY 11368

    Flushing NAACP Youth Council
    158-46 75TH AVENUAE
    Flushing, NY 11366

    St. John'S University NAACP
    Jamaica, NY 11439

    Far Rockaway NAACP
    Far Rockaway, NY 11690

    National Jewish Democratic Council:

    The National Jewish Democratic Council is the trusted voice and resource for Democratic office holders, candidates and party organizations to better understand and engage with the Jewish community. NJDC mobilizes the Jewish community and convenes opinion leadership to support the Democratic promise for all Americans. We look to our Jewish tradition to guide us on the issues of social and economic justice, religious pluralism and the peace and security of the State of Israel that will be the hallmark of our work.

    NJDC believes that through our work in Democratic Party politics, we can ensure a better world for our children and grandchildren.

    For more information, or to become a member of the New York chapter, contact msudco2@aol.com.

    Democracy for NYC in Queens:

    Democracy for New York City (DFNYC)
    is a volunteer-driven non-profit political action committee. We are
    part of a national coalition of local groups committed to the ideals
    espoused by Democracy for America, the organization founded by Howard

    We work both locally and nationally to ensure that
    fiscally-responsible and socially-progressive candidates win elections
    at all levels of government. We develop innovative ways to advocate for
    the issues that matter to our members and promote legislation which has
    a positive effect in our communities. We engage people in the political
    process and give them the tools to organize, communicate, mobilize, and
    enact change on the local, state, and national level.

    Currently there are three Queens chapters: Each meets the First Wednesday of every month.

    Astoria, Queens - 7:30pm, - Ommonia Cafe 32-20 Broadway, with host Jeremiah Frei-Pearson and Costa Constantinides.

    Sunnyside, Queens - 7:30pm, Bliss Street Station restaurant, 47-02 Greenpoint Ave., with host Dan Jacoby.

    Bayside, Queens - 7:00pm, The First Edition, 41-08 Bell Blvd, right near the LIRR stop, with host Steve Behar of Democrats for New Politics.


    An informal, inclusive progressive social group. Raise your spirits
    while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher.
    Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place
    to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a
    book club - just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent
    frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk

    * Second and Fourth Friday of each month, 7:30 pm
    * Studio Square Beer Garden, 35-33 36th Street, Long Island City, NY ((Look for our signs or ask the helpful staff))
    * Hosted by Donald Graff, queens (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Lesbian & Gay Democratic Club of Queens

    The Lesbian & Gay Democratic Club of Queens (LGDCQ) is the only lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender independent Democratic club in the Borough of Queens.

    The LGDCQ
    was founded eleven years ago to increase the visibility of the lesbian,
    gay, bisexual and transgender communities in the political arena of
    Queens, New York City, New York State and the nation.

    To receive the monthly newsletter or to be put on the Club's mailing list contact;
    Democratic District Leader Daniel Dromm at
    Write "LGDCQ Newsletter" in subject title.

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

    Fair Trade Uniforms
    Fair Trade vendor of school uniforms, gym clothes, and T-shirts produced in Thailand and Mexico. Visit our Web site or call to place an order.
    Phone: (718)204-0909 x 14
    Fax: (718)777-1928
    25-30 21 Ave.
    Astoria, NY 11105

    Green Pea Pillow
    Enhances sleep and is good for the environment! The organic peas will mold to head and neck so you sleep soundly.
    Phone: (888)587-9409
    Fax: (718)819-0390
    50-45 245th
    Douglaston, NY 11362

    VerTerra Ltd
    Impressively versatile, stylishly sustainable, VerTerra is the chic all-natural choice for party-ready dinnerware. Made only of fallen leaves, steam, heat, and pressure, this durable single-use line offers compostable convenience for every occasion.
    Phone: (718)383-3333
    Fax: (718)937-4617
    47-00 33rd St.
    2nd Floor
    Long Island City, NY 11101

    HandCrafting Justice, Inc.
    Fair Trade marketer of handcrafts from 20 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Shop online for bags, toys, indigenous art, and more. Donate, volunteer, host a sale.
    Phone: (718)204-0909 x 14
    Fax: (718)777-1928
    25-30 21 Ave.
    Astoria, NY 11105



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