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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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  • Saturday, February 19, 2011

    Chicago/Cook County, IL Focus

    Some upcoming events:
    (see below for recurring events)

    Beth El Men’s Club Breakfast Forum: Meet the Candidates for Highland Park Mayor and City Council

    Sunday, February 20, 2011

    Time: Breakfast 9:30 am. Program 10:00 to 11:00 am

    Location: North Suburban Synagogue Beth El , 1175 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park

    The 2011 Highland Park election will have no incumbents seeking office. Come meet candidates for Mayor, Nancy Rodkin Rotering and Terri Olian; candidates for City Council, David Naftzger, Carolyn E. Cerf, Paul Frank, Tony Blumberg, and Lane Young. Bring family, friends and neighbors and enjoy Bagels for your Brain.

    Note: Neither the Men’s Club nor North Suburban Synagogue Beth El endorse a candidate or political party.

    Steven Narrod, Candidate for District 113 School Board, and Special Guest Dan Seals in Highland Park
    Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

    Location: Midwest Coral Farms (the area’s largest reef coral and salt water fish supplier), 1546 Old Deerfield Rd., Highland Park (behind Craftwood Lumber)

    Contact: To RSVP or request invitation and reply form, contact Sharon Narrod at 847-8305-433 or by email (mailto:snarrod113@@gmail.com) by February 18, 2011.

    Please join Friends Of Steve Narrod and Special Guest Dan Seals to support Steve’s candidacy for District 113 School Board.

    To volunteer for the campaign, write to Friends of Steve Narrod, c/o Sharon Narrod, 1139 Bob-O-Link Road, Highland Park, IL 60035 or send an email (mailto:snarrod113@@gmail.com).

    Moraine Township Democrats Introduce Local Candidates, Honor Phil and Marilyn Straus
    Thursday, February 24, 2011, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

    Location: Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant, 474 Central Ave., Highland Park. Ample free parking is available on the street and in the lot east of the building.

    Contact: For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Moraine Township Democratic Organization (MTDO) online here, call the office at 847-433-8344, or send an email. Checks payable to MTDO can be mailed to P.O. Box 284, Highland Park, IL 60035. Contributions will be accepted at the door, however, advance RSVP is highly recommended.

    Donation levels:
    Platinum Host: $500
    Gold Sponsor: $250
    Silver Sponsor: $100
    Individual Non-Member: $25
    Individual Member: $10

    Become a member for $35 and attend this event for the member price of just $10.

    Local elections are just around the corner; meet and hear from great local candidates seeking your vote, including both candidates for Mayor of Highland Park, Terri Olian and Nancy Rodkin Rotering. Candidates from Moraine Township communities are welcomed. The township includes most of Highland Park, all of Highwood, and parts of Lake Forest and Deerfield.

    Mexican appetizers and cash bar will be available.

    The Moraine Township Democratic Organization will also honor the memory of the late Phil and Marilyn Straus, longtime Democratic and community activists.

    Elk Grove Township Dems Answer Your Healthcare Questions and More
    Thursday, February 24, 2011

    Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm

    Location: Elk Grove Township Center, 2100 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington

    Contact: RSVP on Facebook.

    Please join us at the Elk Grove Township Center next Thursday evening. Our speaker will be Jeannine Phillips from the Campaign for Better Health Care.

    Refreshments will be served and the doors open at 6:30 for meeting and greeting.

    Fundraiser for Francisco Mendoza, Former Chicago Art Teacher, Chicago
    Sunday, February 27, 2011

    Time: 3:00 – 7:00 pm

    Location: The National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago

    Contact: To RSVP online, go to the museum’s online reservation page. Donations made through the museum are tax deductible. Suggested donation is $50.

    Francisco Mendoza has taught elementary school art for over 25 years. In April, 2010, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and began cancer treatment. He was laid off the following September and lost not only his job but his healthcare benefits. A Fiesta and Silent Auction organized by artists, teachers, former students, and members of the community will raise funds to help pay for his medical and living expenses.

    Donations of art are encouraged for the auction. Please call Miriam Socoloff at 773-878-6669 to make arrangements. For more information about Francisco Mendoza, please contact James Larralde at 312-543-5893

    Organizing for America Volunteer Training in Arlington Heights
    Tuesday, March 1, 2011

    Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

    Location: Palatine/Wheeling Township Democrats Office, 1310 W. Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights

    RSVP: Please register online here.

    Please join host Matt Flamm in working to protect the Democratic achievements of the last two years. You’ll learn how you get involved locally to continue making positive change in 2011.

    Candidate Forum in Highland Park
    Sunday, March 6, 2011

    Time: 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

    Location: The Highland Park Country Club, 1207 Park Ave. West, Highland Park

    Contact: Election Day is April 5. Early voting begins March 14. For further information go to www.lwvhp.org.

    The forum begins at 12:30 pm with the candidates for various offices scheduled as follows:

    12:30 – School District 113
    1:45 – School District 112
    2:30 – Mayor of Highland Park
    3:30 – Highland Park City Council
    4:15 – Park District of Highland Park

    Sponsored by The Highland Park League of Women Voters The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that does not support or endorse candidates for public office. The League’s purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.

    Volunteer Training with Organizing for America in Lake Villa
    Sunday, March 6, 2011

    Time: 1:30 – 3:30 pm

    Location: Lake Villa Public Library, 1001 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa

    Contact: For questions or more information, call Steve Williams at 847-840-6457. RSVP online here.

    People involved with Organizing for America worked hard to pass historic health care legislation in 2010. Learn how you can get involved locally to help protect the progress made so far and continue to push for positive change.

    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.

    Some recurring liberal events in Chicago:

    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

    Drinking Liberally 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

    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!

    GREEN BUSINESSES IN THE CHICAGO AREA: These are some of the best businesses in town. Taken from the Green America Green Pages

    A Fresh Squeeze
    Special offer for Green Pages™ readers: 10% off advertising with A Fresh Squeeze.
    Chicago's and Seattle's source for environmentally responsible information. Mission is to encourage green lifestyles by providing locally relevant information.
    Phone: (312)698-4498
    1030 W Chicago Ave Ste 300
    Evergreen Park, IL 60642

    Pollution Solution
    Free consultation and information on any residential air or water quality concern. We recommend and guaranty water purification products from Multi-Pure Drinking Water Systems. "They invented and make the highest NSF certified solid carbon block filters on the market since 1970." Multi-Pure is a world leader and all products are satisfaction guaranteed. Dealer inquiries welcome.
    Phone: (800)463-1894
    Fax: (773)743-3300
    6619 N. Rockwell St., Ste. 2
    Chicago, IL 60645-5022

    Green home improvement products (CFLs, Smart Surge, low flow fixtures, more!) and Green home Kits. Get all the facts, be green today...GreenHomeHugger.com. 1-877-505-KITS.
    Phone: (877)505-5487
    9449 South Kedzie Avenue, Ste. 117
    Evergreen Park, IL 60805

    A new, high-style, environmentally friendly modular floorcovering composed of changeable carpet tiles. "Call us toll free or visit our Web site for more information or to purchase InterfaceFLOR."
    Phone: (866)281-FLOR
    Fax: (312)644-7756
    222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
    Ste. 10-138
    Chicago, IL 60654

    Healthy Green Goods
    Toxin-free, eco-friendly products. Organic mattresses, bedding, towels, clothing, furniture, carpeting, paint, window shades, air filters, water filters, cleaning, personal care, gift certificates, and registries.
    Phone: (847)864-9098
    Fax: (847)316-8600
    702 Main St.
    Evanston, IL 60202

    Horigan Urban Forest Products
    We produce high-quality lumber from the Chicago area urban forest. Our lumber comes from a waste stream that would have been firewood or mulch.
    Phone: (847)568-1340
    8110 Monticello Ave.
    Skokie, IL 60076

    Solar Service
    Since 1977, has designed and installed solar heat, hot water, and electric systems for homes, businesses, and institutions.
    Phone: (847)677-0950
    Fax: (847)647-9360
    7312 North Milwaukee Avenue
    Niles, IL 60714

    Chicago Diner
    Meat-free since 1983. Serves delicious vegetarian dishes in a comfortable, casual diner atmosphere. Voted the 2005 "Veggie Award" winner for "Favorite Vegetarian Restaurant in the Country."
    Phone: (773)935-6696
    3411 N. Halsted St.
    Chicago, IL 60657-2414

    Newleaf Natural Grocery
    Natural grocery featuring organic and local produce, weekly produce shares, Fair Trade and bulk items, raw food, wheat/gluten-free, vegan, super foods and supplements, water filters.
    Phone: (773)743-0400
    Fax: (773)743-4115
    1261 W. Loyola Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60626

    Organic Food Club/ Taste-a-Thon
    A consumer direct marketing company representing organic/natural/sustainable products in public and school events. Brokering product to a specialty/drugstore distributor is available also.
    Phone: (847)763-2045
    Fax: (847)561-1302
    7301 N. Cicero Ave.
    Lincolnwood, IL 60712

    Maddy's Organic Meals LLC
    Special offer for Green Pages™ readers: Free delivery with first purchase.
    Midwest's first 100% certified organic baby food business. From the heartland's organic farms to your baby. Local, sustainable, and certified organic. (877) 9-MADDYS.
    Phone: (773)427-0714
    Fax: (773)427-0714
    4909 N. Tripp
    Chicago, IL 60630

    Greenheart is an eco fair trade non-profit shop, carrying both fair trade and eco-friendly products. Greenheart offers a variety of sustainable and ethically produced goods including recycled accessories and handbags, home goods, fair trade food items, cookbooks, glassware, jewelry, toys, personal care, organic cotton t-shirts, fair trade sports balls, sweatshop-free clothing and more! Greenheart believes consumers have the power to affect positive World change by supporting sustainable and fair business practices in their purchasing choices.
    Phone: (312)264-1625
    Fax: (773)235-6038
    1911 West Division St
    Chicago, IL 60622

    Urban Fox, LLC
    Special offer for Green Pages™ readers: Free shipping.
    An eco-friendly lingerie company based in the sweet Midwest. We create super-cute undies using environmentally sustainable materials and methods.
    Phone: (773)501-3446
    2709 W Potomac
    2nd Fl.
    Chicago, IL 60622

    Nat & Helens
    Featuring an extraordinary collection of organic and eco-friendly baby clothes, toys, and bedding dedicated to sustainable materials and socially conscious labor practices.
    Phone: (773)525-4030
    3125 N. Broadway
    Chicago, IL 60657

    Bean Products, Inc.
    Since 1987, crafting comfortable, durable, and Earth-friendly products for home, health, and comfort. Browse the selection of buckwheat, kapok, and recycled Sleeping Bean body pillows, reading and head pillows. Great tools for pilates, maternity, yoga, and meditation. Bean-bag chairs and floor comfort living products, shower curtains from hemp or cotton. Introducing contemporary upholstered furniture of hemp and organic cotton.
    Phone: (800)726-8365
    Fax: (312)666-3629
    1500 S. Western Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60608-1828

    A major force providing facts and news on the global push to reduce plastic and paper bag consumption and resuable shopping bags.
    Phone: (888)707-3873
    Fax: (773)326-0883
    116 W. Illinois St.
    6th Floor E.
    Chicago, IL 60654

    Recycle Me
    Special offer for Green Pages™ readers: 10% off total order.
    100% organic USA cotton clothing, environmentally responsible dyes and inks for the whole family. High quality, local, safe, environmentally responsible, carbon conscious, urban green style.
    Phone: (773)655-4210
    Fax: (773)267-1363
    5031 N. Bernard St.
    Chicago, IL 60625

    Malia Designs
    Increasing economic opportunity for women and supporting organizations that fight human trafficking in Southeast Asis, Malia Designs offers handbags, wallets, and accessories from Cambodia.
    Phone: (773)857-0779
    Fax: (815)572-0385
    2643 N. Whipple St. # 2
    Chicago, IL 60647-1721

    Special offer for Green Pages™ readers: $5.00 discount when use GREEN5.
    A socially conscious company featuring handbags and accessories sourced through fair trade practices in FIVE countries, giving money back to charity.
    Phone: (312)504-3483
    Fax: (773)528-1691
    P.O. Box 247
    Chicago, IL 60690

    Enterprising Kitchen
    Special offer for Green Pages™ readers: 10% off.
    Nonprofit job training program providing employment for women. Employees produce and package all-natural soaps (no animal products or perfumes). Proceeds return directly to the program.
    Phone: (800)818-6158
    Fax: (773)506-3881
    4426 N. Ravenswood
    Chicago, IL 60640

    Greener Cleaner, Inc.
    "High-quality dry cleaning, naturally!" Multiple locations throughout Chicago area. Pick-up and delivery. Call (888)875-8345 for more information.
    Phone: (888)875-8345
    Fax: (773)293-2874
    P.O. Box 13406
    Chicago, IL 60613

    Special offer for Green Pages™ readers: Commercial clients receive ONE FREE pick-up and drop-off service.
    Eco-friendly 24 hour/same day pick-up and delivery service that washes, dries and folds your laundry using eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products.
    Phone: (866)234-8740
    Fax: (847)866-6499
    848 Dodge Ave.
    Unit 426
    Evanston, IL 60202

    Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF)
    Chicago-based community development financial institution, managed according to rigorous standards of the Opportunity Finance Network. Has extended affordable, flexible capital, and technical assistance to community borrowers building jobs, housing, and human capacity in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods of metropolitan Chicago for the last 17 years.
    Phone: (312)252-0440
    Fax: (312)252-0419
    29 E. Madison St.
    Ste. 1700
    Chicago, IL 60602-4415

    Responsible Investment Group
    Working with individual and institutional investors since 1985 to provide investment planning that is attentive to both financial and social considerations.
    Phone: (800)406-9530
    Fax: (312)645-5684
    410 W. Grand Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60654

    Birkelbach Investments
    Seeks superior performance through proprietary methodology, while considering both financial as well as social sustainability issues. "Invest in your values, listen to your heart and your brain."
    Phone: (800)458-2358 x105
    Fax: (312)853-3183
    208 S. LaSalle St.
    Ste. 1442
    Chicago, IL 60604

    Offers two publicly traded, socially responsible mutual funds: Ariel Fund and Ariel Appreciation Fund. Screens include: environment, diversity, community, tobacco, handguns, and nuclear energy. Ariel Fund invests in companies with market capitalizations between $200 million and $2 billion, while Ariel Appreciation Fund invests in companies with market capitalizations between $1.5 billion and $10 billion. (800)29-ARIEL.
    Phone: (800)292-7435
    Fax: (312)612-2702
    200 E. Randolph Dr.
    Ste. 2900
    Chicago, IL 60601-6436

    Distant Village Packaging
    Special offer for Green Pages™ readers: 20% off design.
    Sustainable, custom-designed packaging: boxes, bags, labels, ribbon, yarn, and paper. Expertly designed. Natural materials. Handcrafted by artisans, creating jobs for hard-working communities.
    Phone: (773)276-4554
    1030 W. Chicago Ave.
    Ste. 300
    Chicago, IL 60642



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