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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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  • Sunday, February 27, 2011

    Milwaukee, WI Focus

    THIS, in a nutshell, shows what is wrong with Scott Walker and the Teabagger Republican plan to destroy our public employees: What if there IS a strike?

    Sounds like there are at least SOME politicians in Milwaukee who see the flaws in Walker's plans.

    It is time to face facts about Wisconsin's Teabagger (remember, THEY picked that name) Governor...he has been lying and quite possibly breaking the law for no reason other than to please his Billionaire Masters, the Koch Brothers of NYC. Here are the facts and the fallout from his putting the rich in NYC over Wisconsin's firefighters, police, nurses and teachers:

    Exposing Teabagger Republican Walker's Anti-Union Lies: Wisconsin State Employees Already Contribute 100% of Their Pensions...this follows on Walker's earlier lies about the Wisconsin budget: Wisconsin In January Reported A Year-End $121 Million Surplus...more: Manufactured Crisis

    Teabagger (remember...THEY came up with that term, so don't whine to me about it) Walker Manages To Unite Law Enforcement And Protesters At Wisconsin Capitol...more: WI Police Refuse to Kick Out Protesters, Join Them Instead!

    Teabagger Walker and His Billionaire Masters the Koch Brothers Booed by Working Class Americans...more: Gov. Walker asked to leave restaurant due to booing

    Teabagger Extremist Walker Likely to Brought-Up on Similar Charges as Corrupt Texas Republican Tom Delay

    The Way Forward in Wisconsin?

    STAND WITH WISCONSIN'S WORKING CLASS: This comes from People for the American Way

    Wisconsin's Tea Party Governor, Scott Walker, is leading a brazen assault on state employees and workers' rights, using a budget deficit -- created by his own corporate tax cuts -- as the excuse.

    We must fight this! Tens of thousands of Wisconsinites have been protesting at the state capitol. We stand in solidarity with them and the working people who are under attack. We also stand in solidarity with Wisconsin's Democratic state senators, who have left the state in order to prevent the Republican majority in the legislature from ramming the governor's proposal through.

    Please show your solidarity by signing our statement of support for Wisconsin's Democratic senators and its public employees.

    We'll also be sending a care package to the state senators who have left Wisconsin so that they can't be compelled by state law enforcement to show up in the Capitol and allow the bill to pass. After you sign the statement, you can chip in $5 toward the care package if you'd like.

    In addition to attacking state employees' benefits, Gov. Walker's proposal is aimed at stripping their rights to organize and bargain collectively -- a clear example of right-wing union busting. It's a blatant effort by Republicans to destroy institutions that benefit their political opponents ... but the casualties will be real people and families.

    All across the country, the Right Wing is waging a campaign to demonize public employees and blame them for budget shortfalls. The lies they are telling are appalling. It's an easy enough strategy to understand -- Republicans are exploiting concern about budget deficits and vilifying public employees and their bargaining rights so they can check off one more item long a part of their political to-do list: destroying unions.

    Please join PFAW in speaking out right now.

    We're all Wisconsinites today.

    -- Ben Betz, Online Communications Manager

    P.S. Other states are now considering similar proposals to Gov. Walker's. If this union-busting, benefit-gutting plan succeeds in Wisconsin, it is sure to succeed in others. We need to send the message now, in Wisconsin, that Americans won't stand for these attacks. Sign our statement.

    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 Milwaukee 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.

    Milwaukee’s Community Station
    1290 WMCS
    African-American owned and targeted community radio

    Check out their program schedule here.

    Check out their community calendar here.


    Milwaukee Public Radio
    WUWM 89.7FM

    WUWM began broadcasting public service programming in 1964 on 89.7 FM. Since that time it has become Southeastern Wisconsin’s premiere source for news, information and entertainment programming

    Check out their program schedule here.

    Check out their community calendar here.

    Blogging Milwaukee:

    Urban Milwaukee: seeks to provide a informative and open dialogue on the issues, events, and people affecting Milwaukee’s most urban neighborhoods, and to promote urbanism within the city of Milwaukee.

    Milwaukee Rising covers local issues in Milwaukee

    Milwaukee Community Journal: Wisconsin's Largest African-American Newspaper...check out their calendar of local events here.

    Watchdog Milwaukee is another local Milwaukee blog of note

    LOCAL EVENTS: Find a list of local Milwaukee events from Urban Milwaukee by clicking here.

    Here an upcoming events of note:

    12th Annual MANDIs
    March 30, 2011 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
    The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDIs) pay tribute to the people and organizations working tirelessly to make Milwaukee a great place to live, learn, work and grow. 5pm Awards Presentation 6:30-8pm Dinner and Celebration Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee

    The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

    NAACP in Milwaukee:
    (414) 562-1000
    2745 N Dr Martin Luther King Dr Ste 202
    Milwaukee, WI 53212

    Democracy for America-Greater Milwaukee
    The Milwaukee affiliate of Howard Dean's Democracy for America. The Progressive Grassroots at its best.

    Sign up here for information on this group.

    And for those who like to combine social events with politics, there is Drinking Liberally Milwaukee:
    o When? Third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm
    o Where? Sugar Maple, 441 E Lincoln Avenue
    o Hosted by Jason Haas
    o Subscribe to the Milwaukee mailing list

    Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition

    The Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition is a group of people who are passionate about Latino health. We are health care professionals, social service professionals, community advocates, health promoters, community members and much more. Our Action Teams are working hard to address issues that affect the health of Latinos! By coming together, we can create the change that we want to see in our communities. It is our intention that this website be an interactive tool to begin this process.

    Check out their calendar of local events here.

    Click below to read more about our Action Teams:
    Immigration Action Team
    Mental Health Action Team
    Supporting the Health Promoters Action Team

    Milwaukee County Democratic Club:
    We meet on the fourth Monday of most months, 7 PM in the Hall of Fame Room of the Pettit National Ice Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Petitt National Ice Center
    500 S. 84th St
    Milwaukee, WI, 53214

    Click here to stay informed.

    Click here to find how you can get involved.


    Renewable Energy Milwaukee: A renewable energy blog for greater Milwaukee, moderated by RENEW Wisconsin

    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 Wisconsin, 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.

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

    Winslow Green Growth Fund
    Winslow is a Pioneer in the field of Green Investing®. The Winslow Green Mutual Funds seek to invest in environmentally sustainable companies, with an emphasis on companies whose products or services offer direct solutions to environmental problems. Portfolio companies generally focus on environmentally-oriented investment themes such as clean energy, water solutions, resource efficiency, green building, or green transportation. Winslow Management Company has been practicing green investing since 1983.
    Phone: (888)314-9049
    P.O. Box 701
    Milwaukee, WI 53212

    Future Green
    Carries a fine assortment of organic clothing, beds, sheets, towels, baby products, bodycare, recycled, hemp, nontoxic building, and Fair Trade products. "Your one-stop sustainable shop!"
    Phone: (414)294-4300
    2352 E. Kinnickinnic Ave.
    Milwaukee, WI 53207

    Rishi Tea
    Organic and Fair Trade Certified™ loose leaf tea and teaware, direct from origin. "Winner of 11 first place awards at the 2009 World Tea Championship."
    Phone: (414)747-4001
    Fax: (414)727-4008
    427 E. Stewart St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53207

    The authoritative source for practical ideas and quality products for environmentally friendly living. Come see how you can live a healthy, fulfilling, and sustainable life!
    Phone: (888)451-6752
    Fax: (888)451-6752
    6555 West Mill Rd.
    Milwaukee, WI 53218

    Four Corners of the World
    Working for peace by achieving justice through retailing fairly traded jewelry, textiles, housewares, clothing, carvings, basketry, music, cds, cookbooks, greeting cards, coffee, tea, olive oil, and chocolate.
    Phone: (414)443-9606
    5401 W. Vliet St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53208



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