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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).

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  • Friday, February 25, 2011

    Dallas County, TX Focus

    For all my Texas Readers: CRITICAL: Three things you can do to help save Texas public schools...I will never understand why Republicans hate education so much. It has been shown over and over that strong education programs reduce poverty, crime and drug use, yet Republicans seem to prefer poverty, crime and drug use to supporting education


    First is an important Voter Registration Event:

    Voter Registration Opportunity at the 2nd Annual Dash for the Beads
    03/05/2011 (All day)
    2nd Annual Dash for the Beads, a 5k chip-timed run in the Bishop Arts District. It is also the only costumed run in Dallas! Our website is www.dashforthebeads.org. This year’s beneficiary is Lake Cliff Park in North Oak Cliff.

    The 2011 DASH will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2011 and will be followed by a street party with live music, food, beverages, and vendors.

    The Stonewall Democrats will be doing voters registration in front of Hunky's during this event. For more info contact: 214-506-DEMS(3367)

    This is a rally that hopes to draw from all over Texas. I hope some of my Dallas readers can make it.

    It's Raining in Texas Rally
    03/12/2011 (All day)
    The State Capitol Building in Austin, Texas.

    For your GPS: 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, 78701

    Dear Fellow Educators, Students, Parents, Administrators and any Texan, who cares deeply about education and the future of Texas,

    We all appear to be at the mercy of our governor and the Texas State Legislature. Governor Perry's and the legislature's unwillingness to tap into the 9.4 billion dollar "Rainy Day" fund is mind boggling. If it's not raining in Texas now, then it's never going to rain!

    The proposed 5 to 10 billion dollar cut in education funding will result in millions of dollars of budget cuts for each school district of Texas; hundreds of millions of dollars in Houston ISD alone. Those of us in education know how detrimental these cuts will be. We cannot allow this to happen!

    The state of Texas is already ranked 43rd nationwide in per-student expenditures. With the proposed cuts, we will land near the bottom! We understand the need to balance the budget, but the education budget should be sacred in Texas as we are already woefully underfunded at the current levels. Instead, the legislature and Mr. Perry would rather mortgage the future of our kids and our state by balancing the budget on the backs of our students and teachers.

    In Governor Perry's last re-election campaign, he claimed that Texas was "open for business." Well, we are on track to have a less educated workforce that will not serve to lure any businesses to Texas and will not promote a brighter future for Texans.

    How much more can we accept as students, parents and educators? Should we remain quiet and watch our Texas education system be destroyed? How many years will it take for funding to return just to the inadequate levels that we have now?

    Recent polls show that 70% of Texans oppose any cuts to public education.

    The time to be heard is NOW! This is the rationale for the Rally in front of the state capitol building on March 12th.

    Will YOU be there? Can you sacrifice a weekend for the future of education in Texas?

    We hope to have representation from every single school and district in the state of Texas! This rally is not our only recourse, but it IS our first step in securing a first class education for our Texas children and changing the status quo.

    For more info: www.itsrainingintexas.com

    Here is the tentative schedule for the day of the rally.

    10:00am (approx.) March from Auditorium Shores up Congress Avenue to the Capitol
    (about 1 1/2 miles), arriving between 11 and 11:30.
    11:30 Pre-rally activities, including a music performance and pre-rally speakers
    Noon: Main rally begins with guest speakers
    2:00pm Main rally ends.
    2:00-5:00pm Mobilizing sessions for community and school leaders at First United Methodist Church Conference Center, right across the street from the Capitol. These sessions will be aimed at equipping folks to go back and continue to lead effective efforts to support the changes we want to see.

    We are excited to announce that we are joining forces with

    Save Texas Schools for one HUGE rally!

    Please visit their website for detailed information about the rally and for important information on what you can do NOW to make a difference!



    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 Dallas Current TV is available on:
    DIRECTV Channel 358
    DISH Network Channel 196
    Comcast Digital: Channel 125
    AT&T U-Verse: Channel 189

    Check out their program schedule here.

    Rational Radio on RationalBroadcasting.com brings to the airways an open and truthful discussion regarding the current state of our Democracy and Civil Liberties. It is these values that we hold so dear and is the reason why we are proud to be called Americans. Today, American values are under siege like never before, and it is past time for all of us to awake from our slumber. Rational Radio on RationalBroadcasting.com openly discusses the issues facing the Nation and compels us to bring our closet conversations to the airways so that we can examine facts together. Tune in to Rational Radio streaming media at www.RationalBroadcasting.com where concerned citizens are invited to call in and join the Voice of Democracy.

    Listen Live Here.

    BLOGGING DALLAS: Some Local Blogs

    Dallas Progress: Local blog about politics, development, technology, social media, business, and whatever else comes to mind.

    DALLAS SOUTH: Blogging Dallas, Black/African-American Issues, Barack Obama, elections and more

    DALLAS COUNTY EVENTS: You can find local Dallas County events at the Dallas County Democrats website.

    Some recurring events:


    North Texas Asian Democrats
    Every 3rd Monday of each Month
    From 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    Hunan Dynasty
    8150 N Macarthur Blvd
    Irving, TX 75063


    Dallas County Young Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Second Tuesday of Each Month
    Brooklyn's Jazz 1701 S Lamar St Dallas, TX 75215
    Join DCYD at our Monthly Membership meeting.
    Happy Hour begins at 6:30
    Meeting starts at 7:00
    For more information please visit www.dallasyoungdemocrats.org

    Texas Coalition of Black Democrats
    Third Tues of each month, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
    Moorland YMCA
    907 E. Ledbetter Rd.
    Dallas, TX 75216

    Stonewall Democrats of Dallas
    Third Tues of each month 6:30 PM
    Ojeda's Restaurant
    4617 Maple Ave
    Dallas, TX


    Northwest Dallas Democrats
    Meets 3rd Wednesday of every month
    7:30pm - 10:00pm
    Taco Cabana
    11824 Webb Chapel Road
    Farmers Branch, TX 75234

    Garland Democratic Women's Club
    Siciliano's Taste of Italy
    2210 W. Buckingham
    Garland, TX
    at 11:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month

    Dallas County East Democrats
    Fourth Wed of each month, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    We meet at Martinez Restaurant on 901 Gross Rd, Mesquite, TX. This club serves SE Dallas (Pleasant Grove and Kleberg/Rylie), Mesquite, Seagoville, and Balch Springs.


    Far North Dallas Democrats
    Third Thursday of each month, 6:45pm - 8:30pm
    Far North Dallas Democrats is an activist group primarily located in the Far North Dallas area.
    Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse
    1251 W Campbell Rd
    Richardson, TX 75080-2971
    (972) 664-9494

    Groups and Organizations in Dallas:

    Dallas NAACP
    "To promote equality of rights and to eradicate caste or race prejudice among the citizens of the United States: to advance the interest of colored citizens; to secure for them impartial suffrage; and to increase their opportunities for securing justice in the courts, education for the children, employment according to their ability and complete equality before law."

    Please call 214-916-9919 for more info.

    The Dallas Branch meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM at Thurgood Marshall Rec. Center 5150 Mark Trail, Dallas, Texas 75232

    Stonewall Democrats of Dallas is an organization of politically active individuals working for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community in the city of Dallas and the state of Texas.

    Website: http://www.stonewalldemocratsofdallas.org

    General Membership Meetings are held on the the 3rd Tuesday of every month. We welcome visitors and those interested in possible Membership, to attend our meetings!

    Location: Ojeda's, 4617 Maple Ave. Dallas TX 75219
    When: 6:30 PM

    Dallas Hispanic Women's Network of Texas:
    The Hispanic Women's Network of Texas (HWNT) is a state-wide organization of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are committed to promoting the participation of Hispanic women in public, corporate and civic arenas. HWNT seeks to advance the educational, cultural, social, legal and economic well-being of all women through a broader awareness of their role in society, business and family. Members strive to celebrate the positive image and values of the Hispanic culture.

    P.O. Box 670611
    Dallas, TX 75367


    Dallas County Young Democrats
    URL: http://www.dallasyoungdemocrats.org
    For Dallas Area Democrats between the agaes of 14 and 36.
    Renee Hartley, President
    Email: president@dallasyoungdemocrats.org

    Democracy for America Dallas
    URL: http://www.dfalink.com/dallas
    Contact Name: Michael Thomas
    Phone: 214-403-8657
    NW Dallas; NE Dallas; SW Dallas; SE Dallas; Central Dallas

    Progressive Populist Caucus of Texas
    URL: http://www.texaspopulists.com

    Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus
    URL: http://www.stonewalldemocrats.org/texas
    Contact Name: Shannon Bailey, President
    Email: texas@stonewalldemocrats.org
    3532 Cedarplaza Lane, Dallas, TX 75209

    Texas Coalition of Black Democrats
    Contact Name: T. Nobles
    Email: tcbddallas@yahoo.com
    Phone: 214-264-8483
    P. O. Box 764726, Dallas, Texas 75376
    News Group-Meetup: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TCBDDallasChapter

    Stonewall Democrats of Dallas
    URL: www.stonewalldemocratsofdallas.org
    Contact Name: Jesse Garcia, President
    Email: info@stonewalldemocratsofdallas.org
    Phone: 214-500-7066
    P.O. Box 192305, Dallas, TX 75219

    More organizations can be found here.

    Biodiesel in Dallas:

    Biodiesel is an American produced fuel that is cleaner than traditional diesel. Up to B20 (a 20% blend of biodiesel and traditional diesel) any diesel engine, car or truck, can run on it. Above B20, some older engines may have problems but newer diesel engines should be ok. Here are some gas stations selling biodiesel near Dallas/Ft. Worth:

    Loves: 1501 W Highway 287, Midlothian, TX 76065, 972-775-2820. Offers B5 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.

    Green Spot Market and Fuels: 702 N Buckner Blvd, Dallas, TX 75218, 214-319-7768 Offers B5 (good for any diesel engine) and B99 (good for newer diesel engines, may not be good in some older engines). Open 6AM-9PM.

    Texas Biotech Inc. 614 111th Street, Arlington, TX 76011, 817-633-3139 Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine) and B99 (good for newer diesel engines, may not be good in some older engines). Open 7AM-5PM M-F ; 9A,-3PM SATURDAY; CLOSED SUNDAY

    Carls Corner Truck Stop: I35E and FM 2959, Hillsboro, TX 76645, 254-582-8433. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine).

    Loves Store #299: 715 S Central Expressway, Anna, TX 75409, 972-924-3683. Offers B5 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.

    DFW Biodiesel: 2561 E Long Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76137, 817-875-5147. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine) and B100 (good for newer diesel engines, may not be good in some older engines). Open 24 HOURS.

    Drivers Truckstop/Valero: 3201 N Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76106, 817-624-3975. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS

    Find out about the Dallas County DA Office, one of the more advanced DA's office in the nation and the reason I became inspired to focus on Dallas County. They have championed a program to confirm the guilt of convicted felons to ensure that the REAL criminals are taken off the street. Their efforts have been extremely successful. And find out about careers with the Dallas DA Department.

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

    Green Earth Market
    “The 21st Century general store.” Environmentally friendly products - baby gifts to patio furniture. “The best things in life are green.”®
    Phone: (800)781-8837
    Fax: (800)781-8837
    3514 Harvard Ave.
    Dallas, TX 75205

    Cotton Monkey
    Specializes in pure modern and fun products for babies. Merges modern with organic creating well designed and environmentally sensitive items for children.
    Phone: (214)367-0719
    Fax: (214)367-0725
    P.O. Box 570526
    Dallas, TX 75357

    For My Kids, LLC
    Devoted to finding and making products that are beneficial for people and for our planet.
    Phone: (972)740-6913
    Fax: (972)274-3212
    928 Trailwood Dr.
    DeSoto, TX 75115

    Triton Collection
    Importer and promoter of organic and Fair Trade wines. Specializing in 100% organic USDA/NOP certified "No Added Sulfites" wines. Nationwide and international distribution.
    Phone: (214)435-9388
    Fax: (214)451-6283
    6333 E. Mockingbird Ln.
    Dallas, TX 75214

    Satori Capital, LLC
    Satori Capital is a private equity fund that takes control positions in profitable, sustainable, mid-market companies.
    Phone: (214)390-6270
    3625 N. Hall St.
    Ste. 710
    Dallas, TX 75219

    Rick Salmeron, Salmeron Financial Network, Inc.
    Recognizing that investors want to connect personal principles with financial goals, SFN offers sustainable investment services to individuals, families, and business owners. "We help you meet money with mission."
    Phone: (800)968-8139
    Fax: (214)550-2608
    6748 Avalon Ave.
    Dallas, TX 75214

    Mary Anne Mayer Redmond
    Offering comprehensive services & products relating to wealth management, Mary Anne Mayer Redmond, CFP® RFC®, is an independent advisor whose firm specializes in sustainable/socially responsible vision & investments.
    Phone: (800)848-7145
    Fax: (972)484-5136
    16835 Addison Rd.
    Ste. 104
    Addison, TX 75001



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