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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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  • Sunday, January 30, 2011

    Spokane County, WA Focus

    Important upcoming event: Running for Office Information and Networking
    When: Tue, February 8, 5pm – 7pm
    Where: Europa, 125 S. Wall Street (map)

    Have you ever thought about running for office?

    Our panel of experts will share their insights and tips for success and answer your questions about what's involved, how to run a winning campaign, resources that are available to help, how to prepare, what you can expect, and much more. Whether you are running in 2011, or just wondering what it's all about, there's something for you!

    Our moderator is Linda Mitchell, president of the National Women's Political Caucus of Washington and a professional campaign fundraiser, strategist, and trainer.

    1280AM KPTQ Spokane

    Check out their weekly schedule here.

    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.


    Want to break away from predatory lending banks, these are options to work within the local community.

    ReDirect Visa (15.15% apr, no annual fee): The ReDirect card is issued by Washington state’s ShoreBank Pacific.Depositors fuel the bank’s lending programs, which enable sustainable community development. ShoreBank Pacific issues the card by way of TCM, which is owned by ICBA Bancard, a subsidiary of the Independent Community Bankers of America.

    Your card fees support ShoreBank Pacific’s community investing mission, and half of the card’s proceeds go toward reducing CO2 emissions through Sustainable Travel International’s “MyClimate” high-quality offsets. In addition to a conventional rewards program, the card also earns cardholders discounts at the sustainable businesses listed in regional “ReDirect Guides” for Denver/Boulder/Fort Collins, CO; Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA; and Salt Lake City/Park City, UT. Those businesses that offer Internet purchasing will extend ReDirect discounts to any cardholder. There’s no need to have a ShoreBank Pacific account to apply.

    Salmon Nation Visa (15.15% apr, no annual fee): This card, also from ShoreBank Pacific, directs a percentage of its income to growing a community of citizens that practice environmental stewardship of “Salmon Nation,” a bio-region stretching from Alaska to Oregon where wild salmon live. Like the ReDirect card, Salmon Nation Visa isn’t benefiting a mega-bank, and you don’t need a ShoreBank Pacific account to apply.

    The American Indian and Alaska Native population accounts for 2.36% of Washington’s eligible voting population, which translates to 103,352 votes in real numbers.

    Native Vote, is a nation wide resource for encouraging voter turn out in Indian Country. Organized by the National Congress of American Indians, get out the vote efforts in Indian Country have been supported by NCAI since 1955.

    For more information or to get involved contact:

    Jamie Sijohn
    (509) 458-6586

    For those who want to mix social and political fun, here is a Drinking Liberally group in Spokane:
    "Political Action Through Social Interaction"

    Every Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm
    Working Class Heroes Bar & Grill, 1914 North Monroe Street - (509) 327-0448
    Hosted by Andrew Brewer

    Join the local effort to fight for working and middle class Americans

    We believe that democratic principles are the foundation of a safe, stable, and prosperous future and that these principles must be woven into the fabric of our social, cultural, and economic lives.

    We declare our commitment to human rights, justice, and opportunity for all. Our platform is supported by our belief that government exists to accomplish for us collectively that which we cannot accomplish individually.

    More here: http://www.spokanedemocrats.org/index.cfm?page=platform.cfm

    1003 East Trent Avenue, Suite 175
    Spokane, WA 99202


    Email: Vote@SpokaneDemocrats.org

    Volunteer to help working and middle class Americans beat back the Republican agenda by clicking here.

    Check out their calendar of local Spokane Democratic events here.

    Greater Spokane Democratic Women's Club
    Meets the First Thursday of Each Month
    Percy’s Café Americana
    (U-City Mall, Sprague at University)

    Hear speakers and work on issues to make a difference!
    In 2004, GSDWC took the lead in preventing the privatization and stopped
    the near closer of the Spokane Valley Library.
    Of course men are welcome!

    Exploring Sustainability without settling in ideological nests. Always asking questions. Alignment with change and possibility. Transformation of Garbage into Gold. Reducing our harm/resource footprints while growing Eco-intelligence and happiness.

    Alternative energy and YOUR energy bill: YOU can be part of the solution for America by signing up to purchase your energy through a Green Power Provider. My wife and I have been doing this in NYC for years. All our energy usage is provided through wind energy generation on American farms. So we use clean energy AND help American farmers. It costs us three cents per kilowatt-hour more per month, but we feel great about it. Although our actual energy may come from anywhere, we are paying to purchase wind energy for the energy grid. Each state has different programs available, usually through yuor existing energy provider right on your existing energy bill. To find such options in Washington State, go here and pick your energy provider from the list. If you need help, you can email me and tell me who you get your bill from (don't give me any other info!) and I can tell you who to contact to go green through that energy provider. Or you can do the same thing using Renewable Energy Certificates through an organization that works with utility companies, though in this case it is a separate bill. One off the cheapest (.4-1 cent per kilowatt-hour), but still e-Green certified, ways to do this is through Good Energy. Or, for about half a cent per kilowatt-hour you can purchase renewable energy certificates through Carbonfund.org. ANY of these ways you do it, you are helping the environment, helping America, and helping cut carbon emissions.

    Open 7 Days a Week, 8am - 8pm
    44 West Main - Spokane - WA - 99201
    Phone: 509.458.COOP (2667)

    Main Market members share a passion for fresh, all-natural foods, community involvement and our environment. Your membership investment enables our co-op to support local, sustainable products as well as provide fair wages for our employees. Additionally, member benefits include a discount every time you shop and even deeper discounts on member sale days, Learn with Us educational classes, and delivery of our quarterly newsletter. If you'd like to know more about Main Market Co-op and the benefits of membership, please see our frequently asked questions.

    Let me add here that I am a member of my local food Co-op, the Park Slope Food Co-op, and joining helped us lower our food costs while also improving the quality and healthiness of the food we eat. I highly recommend joining your local food co-op both for economic as well as health reasons.

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

    Offers alternatives to the petroleum-based, chemical-laced, plastic-ridden products found in most boating supply stores. Visit our Website today.
    Phone: (866)535-1610
    Fax: 509- 443-3655
    1003 W. 21st Ave.
    Spokane, WA 99203

    An exciting line of baby gear, featuring bibs, burp cloths, little lu's, swaddling blankets, and stroller blankets, made from 100% certified organic cotton.
    Phone: (509)599-2350
    P.O. Box 31411
    Spokane, WA 99223

    Planet One Gifts
    Fair Trade handcrafted gifts and gift baskets. "Join us in making the world better by supporting the artisans who create these earth friendly products."
    Phone: (877)949-6624
    12128 N Division St.
    PMB 218
    Spokane, WA 99218

    Features unique gifts and clothing that are Fair Trade, earth-friendly, and local. Jewelry, indigenous art, functional housewares, clothing, and cool kids' toys.
    Phone: (509)464-7677
    35 W. Main St.
    Ste. 100
    Spokane, WA 99201

    Moonflower Enterprises
    Fair Trade accessories, purses, bags, jewelry, musical instruments, fine art, weavings, textiles, folk art, educational materials, T-shirts, clothing, home furnishings, and organic coffee produced by Mayan artisans and farmers in Guatemala. Member of the Northwest Fair Trade Network.
    Phone: (877)892-3193
    Fax: (509)534-1192
    P.O. Box 1161
    Airway Heights, WA 99001

    Ganesh Himal Trekking & Trading Co.
    Handcrafted clothing, home decor, jewelry, paper, accessories, hemp, organic and recycled wear! Imported directly from artisans in Nepal. Fairly traded since 1984! Beautiful and affordable.
    Phone: (509)448-6561
    Fax: (509)443-7006
    P.O. Box 342
    Spokane, WA 99210-0342



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