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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

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  • Thursday, February 24, 2011

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Critical training event (these are the things that make a winning strategy!)
    CALLING ALL PROGRESSIVES: Wellstone Action Training Atlanta

    This 2.5 day training, running from 3-9pm Friday, 9am-6pm Saturday, and 9am-3:30pm Sunday, combines lectures from highly experienced trainers, stimulating exercises, and interactive simulations. We're counting on you to organize around issues that matter, help build campaigns for the future, and elect progressive candidates to office.

    Camp Wellstone is divided into three tracks:

    * Activist track: For people interested in citizen lobbying, issue advocacy, and community organizing, this track provides skills in how to win on issues.
    * Campaign track: This track focuses on how to be an effective staff or volunteer member of a winning progressive campaign.
    * Candidate track: This is for people who have made the decision to run for office.

    The cost of Camp Wellstone is based on a sliding-scale based on ability to pay; we are committed to keeping this training accessible to all. If you are able to cover the full cost of your participation in this training, please do so as this will help us continue to train progressives across the country; otherwise, you choose the option that works best for you. Rates are as follows: $200, $100, or $50. This fee covers one of our books, Politics the Wellstone Way (activist track) andWinning Your Election the Wellstone Way (campaign and candidate tracks), materials, and three meals during the weekend. Please make plans to register at least two weeks in advance so that we can guarantee you a spot.

    The training locatiwill take place at Georgia State University in the Student Center; participants are responsible for their own accommodations. Further details will be sent no later than two weeks in advance of the training.

    For questions, contact Jen Haut-Prokop at 651.414.6037 or jennifer@wellstone.org.

    Signup Links:
    Camp Wellstone Atlanta: Citizen Activist Track
    Camp Wellstone Atlanta: Working on a Campaign Track
    Camp Wellstone Atlanta: Being a Candidate Track

    WRFG 89.3FM

    WRFG provides a voice for those who have been traditionally denied access to the broadcast media and the involvement of a broad base of community elements to guarantee that access.

    Check out their program schedule here.


    Atlanta Progressive News: Also on Every Thursday on 89.3 FM WRFG 12pm "Current Events" Show with Adam Shapiro. And for more on Radio Free Georgia, go here.

    Atlanta Unfiltered News: We dig up & share public records on ethics and transparency in public institutions.

    BlackAtlanta.com: an online portal consisting of information for those living in, touring, or moving to Atlanta... and all from the "Urban Perspective". Check out events here.

    Atlanta Unsheltered: News & views on politics, media & the environment

    Atlanta Independent Media Center: The Atlanta Independent Media Center is a grassroots organization committed to using media production and distribution as a tool for promoting social and economic justice.

    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.

    Southeast Weatherization and Efficiency Training (SWEET) Center
    (Thanks to the Atlanta Progressive News for this)

    Atlanta Branch of the NAACP contact info:
    Atlanta Branch location
    PO BOX 150610
    Atlanta, GA 30315

    Spelman College NAACP Chapter
    Atlanta, GA 30314

    Young Democrats of Atlanta:

    "In such a challenging world, such a fantastic and dangerous world, we will not find answers in old dogmas, by repeating outworn slogans, or fighting on ancient battlegrounds, against fading enemies, long after the real struggle has moved on. We ourselves much change, in order to master change. We must rethink our old ideas and beliefs, before they capture, and before they destroy us. For those answers, America must look to its young people, the children of this time of change." -Robert F. Kennedy, 1966

    Young Democrats of Atlanta is the official Fulton County chapter of Young Democrats of Georgia, and as such includes membership from all of Fulton County, not just those inside the Atlanta city limits. However, as the Young Democrats chapter at the center of the greater Atlanta area, we encourage the participation of local Young Democrats from any other county in our neighborhood.

    Meetings first Wed. of each month, Manuel's Tavern 602 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA

    New Member Orientation: 6:30pm
    Mix and Mingle: 7pm
    Business meeting: 7:30pm

    Community Service with the Young Democrats of Atlanta:

    The Young Democrats of Atlanta believe that if we are going to talk about our values, and encourage our elected officials to adopt policies that support our values, we also have to get out into the community and BE about our values.

    The Service Committee is another part of the action-oriented outreach of Young Democrats of Atlanta. Contact our Service Committee Chair, Falatta Burdette, on how you can join our efforts.


    Fulton County Democratic Party, Atlanta, Georgia:

    FCDP Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month (except December), at 7:00pm at the Communications Workers of America (Local 3204) Hall at 307 Logan Street SE Atlanta, GA 30312.

    Mid-Fulton Democrats are a diverse group of people who strive to create a large, dynamic community of concerned citizens charged with communicating to the people of Atlanta the need to get educated about political issues affecting our lives. Get Engaged. It is important to learn about the issues, but civil society requires more: active participation in discussion and debate. We provide the opportunity for you to meet local elected officials and candidates running for local office and to express your concerns to them. A democracy depends upon the active participation of its citizens. Join us and make sure the issues you care about are heard.

    We meet on third Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm at Manuel's Tavern 602 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA


    Here are some biodiesel stations in Atlanta, GA. Biodiesel is less polluting and has a smaller carbon footprint than regular diesel, and is produced right here in the USA. Biodiesel can be used in almost any diesel engine. Up to B20 (a 20 percent blend) any diesel engine, whether car or 18 wheeler or whatever, can use it. Above B20 some older engines may have problems, but newer engines should be ok.

    Refuel Biodiesel
    250 Arizona Ave NE
    Atlanta, GA 30307-2251
    (404) 219-9709
    website: www.refuelbiodiesel.org

    Current hours of operation:
    24 Hours a day / 7 days a week - Self-Service
    Fuel type: Currently we have B20 available, however we will be adding a B100 nozzle in the near future.

    Methods of payment accepted:
    VISA, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover Card
    The unit will run debit cards that bear a VISA or Mastercard logo as credit.

    Atlanta, GA Food Co-op:
    Sevananda Natural Foods Market
    Everyone Can Shop, Anyone Can Join!

    We are one of the Southeast‘s largest consumer-owned cooperatives providing fresh, local and organic produce, natural foods, vitamins and supplements, a large selection of bulk herbs and spices, earth-friendly household and pet products and freshly prepared foods including nutritious baked goods, soups, sandwiches, entrees and salads.

    Located in Little 5 Points, near Downtown Atlanta, we offer shoppers and member/owners a variety of health and nutrition classes for healthy living.

    467 Moreland Avenue NE
    Atlanta, GA 30307
    (404) 681-2831

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

    ifPeople - Innovation for People
    A responsible business leader that leverages solutions in Internet technology and sustainability strategies for the success of enterprises in North and South America.
    Phone: (678)608-3408
    Fax: (678)608-3409
    130 Blvd. NE, #6
    Atlanta, GA 30312

    Epsten Group, Inc.
    Ecological architectural design/consulting. Homes, resorts, community/commercial buildings, interiors, landscapes. Sensitive sites, solar, energy/water conservation, healthful materials. Dagmar B. Epsten, AIA, CCS, LEED® Accredited Professional.
    Phone: (404)577-0370
    Fax: (404)577-1739
    230 Peachtree St.
    Ste. 1200
    Atlanta, GA 30303

    Nikki Alexander Copywriting & Consulting
    20+ years writing persuasive communications--collateral, websites, emails, campaigns, more. How far can you go with the right words telling your story?
    Phone: (404)888-9601
    861 Durant Pl. NE
    Atlanta, GA 30308

    Barkha's Custom Sourcing, LLC
    A resource for highly specialized sustainable textiles and soft goods for the contract, hospitality, residential, and corporate design and fashion industries.
    Phone: (404)626-9292
    1138 Oakdale Rd. NE
    Atlanta, GA 30307

    Natural Body Spa & Shop
    Full-service day spa with 19 locations throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. "Providing our clients with superior spa services since 1989."
    Phone: (877)262-7727
    Fax: (404)874-3040
    1145 Zonolite Rd NE
    Ste. 9
    Atlanta, GA 30306

    ecosource Home & Garden
    Eco-friendly home and garden products including greenPots, the original rice hull pot. Introduce new gift items every season and even carry bio-degradable dinnerware.
    Phone: (404)377-2570
    Fax: (404)377-2567
    533 W. Howard Ave.
    Ste. G
    Decatur, GA 30030

    Maid Brigade
    Choose the industry leader in green cleaning for the most consistent, thorough, and safe green house cleaning to protect your family's health and our environment. To find your local Maid Brigade office, visit our web site and search on your zip code. Call 888-79GREEN.
    Phone: (800)466-6243
    Fax: (770)391-9092
    4 Concourse Pkwy.
    Ste. 200
    Atlanta, GA 30328

    "A leading manufacturer of natural, non-toxic household cleaners has launched the industry's most effective line of enzyme and plant-based liquid cleaning solutions."
    Phone: (866)767-2832
    Fax: (770)936-0326
    2377 John Glenn Dr.
    Atlanta, GA 30341

    Parsley’s Catering & The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain
    Provides the Atlanta area with locally-inspired and organic foods and is a green event facility.
    Phone: (770)396-5361
    Fax: (770)396-9479
    1127 White Circle NW
    Marietta, GA 30060

    Life Grocery Natural Foods Co-op Market & Cafe
    Natural groceries, organic produce, supplements, herbs, bulk foods, gluten-free, living foods. Cafe features vegan organic hot bar, salad bar, entrees, and juice bar.
    Phone: (770)977-9583
    Fax: (770)977-9456
    1453 Roswell Rd.
    Marietta, GA 30062-3668



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