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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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  • Saturday, February 26, 2011

    Seattle/King County, WA Focus

    Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation Now Accepting Community Leaders Program Applications:

    ACLF is now accepting applications to the 2011 Community Leaders Program. Attend one of our CLP information sessions to learn more about the program and application process!

    CLP 2011 Info Session:

    Wednesday, March 2
    6pm – 7:30pm
    611 Lane Street, Seattle WA – Room C

    Please rsvp to chevon@aclfnorthwest.org.

    Click here to download the application: CLP 2011 Application

    Visit http://aclfnorthwest.org/clp/ for more information.


    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 Seattle 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.

    AM1090 KPTK Seattle

    Check out their program line up here.

    Check out their calendar of local Seattle events here.

    WASHINGTON PODCASTING LIBERALLY: Podcast of Seattle's Drinking Liberally meetings. Good info and good discussion among some local liberals. If you can't make Seattle's great Drinking Liberally meetings, you can crack open a beer or sip some wine...or take a shot of JD in your own home and watch the podcast.

    Seattle Transit Blog:
    For all the Transit Wonks out there, the Seattle Transit Blog is for you. Having lived in Los Angeles (poor public transit) as well as Kyoto, Japan and NYC (good, though sometimes flawed, public transit) I can tell you a city that puts some effort into public transit benefits greatly. Learn more about what is going on with Seattle transit at the Seattle Transit Blog.

    You can find local events in King County/Seattle through this event calendar.

    Recurring Events:


    For those who live on the Eastside and would rather not make the trip “across the lake,” we have another meetup group, the Heathens Do It Better Meetup, which meets for brunch at the Wilde Rover Irish Pub & Restaurant (111 Central Way) in Kirkland on the last Sunday of each month at 11:00 am. You are welcome to join us anytime for good food and great conversation.

    33rd LD Democrats
    3rd Monday of each month
    Normandy Park Congregational Church
    19247 1st Ave. S, Normandy Park
    More info

    King County Young Democrats
    2nd Tuesday of each month
    Varies, please see website

    43rd LD Democrats
    3rd Tuesday of each month
    Univ Heights Comm Center
    5031 University Way NE, Seattle
    More info

    11th LD Democrats
    3rd Tuesday of each month
    Carpenters Hall
    231 Burnett N., Renton
    More info

    47th LD Democrats
    1st Wednesday of each month
    Machinists' Hall
    A Street SW at 2nd St. SW, Auburn
    More info

    45th LD Democrats
    1st Wednesday of each month
    Redmond Community Center
    16600 NE 80th St., Redmond
    More info

    30th LD Democrats
    1st Wednesday of each month
    Federal Way Senior Center
    4016 S. 352nd St., Federal Way
    More info

    32nd LD Democrats
    2nd Wednesday of each month
    American Legion Hall
    14521 17th Ave NE, Shoreline
    More info

    34th LD Democrats
    2nd Wednesday of each month
    The Hall at Fauntleroy
    9131 California Ave. SW, Seattle
    More info

    36th LD Democrats
    2nd Wednesday of each month
    Phinney Neighborhood Association
    6532 Phinney Avenue North
    More info

    31st LD Democrats
    3rd Wednesday of each month
    Marion Grange Hall
    27725 Buckley-Sumner Highway East, Buckley
    More info

    5th LD Democrats
    3rd Wednesday of each month
    King County Library Admin.
    960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah
    More info

    37th LD Democrats
    Rainier Velley Cultural Center
    3515 S. Alaska St. (at Rainier Ave S.)
    Seattle WA 98118
    More info

    41st LD Democrats
    3rd Wednesday of each month
    East Shore Unitarian Church
    12700 SE 32nd Street
    Bellevue, WA 98005
    More info

    48th LD Democrats
    3rd Wednesday of each month
    NW Arts Center
    9825 NE 24th St, Bellevue
    More info

    Drinking Libreally Seattle
    Every Tuesday of each month, 8:00 pm
    Montlake Ale House, 2307 24th Ave E

    1st LD Democrats
    1st Thursday of each month
    Martha Lake Community Center
    16300 Motor Place
    Lynnwood, WA 98037
    More info

    Secular Seattle is a social group sponsored by the Humanists of Washington to provide a venue for bringing together Secular Humanists, Atheists, Agnostics, Freethinkers, and others unencumbered by religion. Our purpose is to provide an opportunity for people of like mind to meet and have fun together. Secular Seattle events are open to the public. There is no charge; participants pay only for their own restaurant orders, movie tickets, etc.

    Our group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at Romio’s Pizza and Pasta located at 12534 Lake City Way NE in Seattle (206-361-1188). Please feel free to join us for dinner and conversation, as well as a chance to meet other like-minded Freethinkers. To get current information online, including member profiles and photos, please visit Secular Seattle Meetup (and don’t forget to RSVP so that we can reserve enough tables).

    46th LD Democrats
    3rd Thursday of each month
    Olympic View Elementary School
    425 NE 95th St., Seattle
    More info

    Drinking Liberally Seattle Eastside
    First and Third Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm
    Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE

    King County Democrats
    4th Tuesday of each month
    Renton Carpenters Hall
    231 Burnett Avenue North, Renton


    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.

    Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.

    Here are the local King County branches:

    Seattle NAACP
    105 14TH AVENUE
    Seattle, WA 98122

    Seattle NAACP Youth Council
    105 14TH AVE.
    Seattle, WA 98122

    Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation:

    The Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) is a community-based, nonprofit organization that trains and supports the leadership of Asian Pacific Islanders with a commitment to social justice, community empowerment and public service.

    Our mission is to promote social, economic and political justice by training and supporting a strong, sustainable community of civically engaged leaders that reflects the diversity of local Asians & Pacific Islanders.

    Check out local Seattle Events here.

    Check out local job opportunities.

    Click here to take action.

    For more info contact:
    Mail: PO Box 14461 Seattle, WA 98114
    Office: 611 South Lane Street, Seattle, WA 98104


    Seattle Advocates of Renewable Energy: a group of interested citizens who want to learn more about Renewable Energy and Sustainability. Our goal is to foster discussion, networking, and action on these important issues. We meet on the fourth Thursday of every month from 7 to 9 pm at the First Seattle Presbyterian Church.

    Seattle Peak Oil Awareness (www.seattleoil.com) has been active for 2 1/2 years (it actually started out life as a Meetup.com group)!

    Seattle Peak Oil Awareness is a local citizens action network offering information and practical ideas for living in a time of reduced energy availability. Working in small, focused groups we advocate healthy, sustainable living choices for all interested residents in the Puget Sound region. Read more here.

    Center for Women and Democracy:
    MISSION STATEMENT: To promote women’s full representation, participation and leadership, while respecting the political, economic and social diversity in cultures worldwide.


    Kicking Up Our Heels
    Our annual “Kicking Up Our Heels” celebration of Washington state women leaders and their successes at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia, is an integral part of our vision supporting women’s full and equal participation in public life and leadership. Beginning in 2002, this celebration continues to grow in popularity.

    Food For Thought
    Food for Thought (FFT) is a dinner and lecture series that showcases cutting edge research and issues on women and democracy while encouraging participants to network. This program has been very successful and has attracted nationally and internationally renowned speakers to Seattle, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, author/activist Gloria Steinem, and former Lt. Governor of Maryland Kathleen Kennedy-Townsend.

    International Leadership Delegations
    International delegations continue to be a focus of the Center. In the past, we have organized delegations to Cuba, Sweden and the Baltics, and South Africa, and participated in delegations to the Ukraine. In April of 2007, we organized a highly successful delegation to Chile. Our most recent delegation in November 2009 was to the beautiful Kingdom of Morocco where 38 American women leaders were able to connect with women making a deep impact in politics, education, law and human rights.

    Women’s Leadership
    The Women’s Leadership committee works to advance young women’s leadership abilities, knowledge and success in diverse organizations and through seeking mentoring opportunities and highly focused leadership trainings for CWD members. NEW Leadership is a mentoring program for young women throughout the Puget Sound region through the U.W. in collaboration with the Center.

    You can also find local events through the Center for Women and Democracy

    Washington State Jobs with Justice
    Aims to improve working people's standard of living, fight for job security, and protect workers' right to organize. It is a multi-issue coalition that has grown to include more than 100 organizations and over 6,000 individuals.

    Local community and labor leaders founded Washington State Jobs with Justice in 1993 to unite diverse organizations in a multi-issue coalition that has grown to include more than 154 organizations and over 5000 individuals. Individual activists sign the Jobs with Justice pledge to be there five times a year for someone else's struggle as well as their own. By creating strategic alliances locally and among organizations nationally and developing a broad base of support, Jobs with Justice coalitions are re-building the infrastructure that gives communities a sense of their own power.

    Check out their calendar of events here.

    Seattle Young People's Project
    A youth led - adult supported - social change organization dedicated to assisting youth express themselves, and to take action on the issues that affect their lives.

    Most young people cannot vote, do not have financial resources, and are generally not given credit by the adult world for having intelligent opinions. Young people are excluded from the political process and from decisions impacting their schools, neighborhoods and communities.

    Young people have first hand experience with the issues that are impacting them, but their voices are ignored and misrepresented in the media. Adults are seen as the “experts” on what young people need. Well it’s time for youth to be heard and seen about their views.

    Click here to get involved

    For those who want to mix social and political fun, here are Drinking Liberally groups in the Seattle area:

    Every Tuesday of each month, 8:00 pm
    Montlake Ale House, 2307 24th Ave E
    Hosted by Nicholas Beaudrot | Chris Mitchell

    Seattle Eastside
    First and Third Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm
    Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE
    Hosted by Norman Furlong | Doug Hightower | Rich Erwin


    The King County Democrats embrace the principles of the Democratic Party, and work across King County to promote those principles by building a strong party organization, recruiting candidates and electing Democrats. The organization works closely with the Washington State Democrats, the 16 Legislative District Democratic organizations, and our elected officials.

    Involvement in your local Democratic Party is your chance to get to know your local elected officials and give them your opinions. It is also the backbone of the Democratic Party, helping to determine who wins primaries as well as general elections. Whether you want to simply elect more Democrats or elect BETTER Democrats, this is where to begin. Here are a variety of meetings you can attend to be involved in local politics:

    King County Young Democrats
    2nd Tuesday of each month
    Location varies, please see website

    King County Democrats
    4th Tuesday of each month
    Renton Carpenters Hall
    231 Burnett Avenue North, Renton

    Biofuels in Seattle: Here are some gas stations that offer biofuels for cars. It should be noted that any diesel engine can accept up to 20% Biodiesel (B20) and newer diesel engines can take up to 100% Biodiesel (B100).

    Propel Fuel Stations around Seattle that offer biofuels: (I came across them through their carbon offset program)

    * Seattle, South Lake Union Flagship
    609 Westlake Avenue North
    Seattle, Washington 98109

    * Seattle, Ballard Neighborhood
    4420 Leary Way NW
    Seattle, Washington 98107

    * West Seattle
    3500 SW Barton Street
    Seattle, Washington 98136

    We come from all 50 states and a wide variety of religious, political and philosophical backgrounds. We are dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.

    Meetings are the 4th Wed of each month, 6:30 PM at Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Avenue Northeast, Bellevue

    For more info, contact: info@augreaterseattle.org

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

    Cafe Flora
    Seattle's award-winning vegetarian restaurant. Creative dishes from global culinary traditions. Casual, elegant setting includes year-round patio dining. Fine wines and beers. Lunch, dinner, weekend brunch.
    Phone: (206)325-9100
    2901 E. Madison St.
    Seattle, WA 98112-4213

    Emerald Valley Kitchen
    Specializes in salsa, bean dips, and hummus. Supports organic agriculture. Donates 1% of sales to humanitarian and ecology projects. Promotes progressive employer/employee practices.
    Phone: (800)588-7782
    Fax: (541)688-0136
    8030A S 228TH St
    Kent, WA 98032

    Theo Chocolate
    Starts with the cocoa bean and ends with "award-winning, delectable, innovative, organic, and Fair Trade chocolate products of the finest quality."
    Phone: (206)632-5100
    Fax: (206)632-0413
    3400 Phinney Ave. N
    Seattle, WA 98103

    Pangaea Organica
    Pangaea Organica is a triple bottom line company - people, planet, profit - offering demand roast, organic, Fair Trade coffee.
    Phone: (206)632-2432
    Fax: (206)522-1971
    Show Map
    2311 N. 45th St.
    Seattle, WA 98103

    Choice Organic Teas/Granum, Inc.
    Extensive line of exclusively organic tea since 1989. First US tea crafter to offer Fair Trade Certified™ tea. Teabags, loose leaf, and foodservice iced tea available.
    Phone: (206)525-0051
    Fax: (206)523-9750
    2414 S.W. Andover St.
    Seattle, WA 98106-1153

    Aller Verte Shirts
    Shirts for women are made from 100% organic natural-grown-color cotton in hues of green and brown. Made in the USA.
    Phone: (206)286-9685
    Fax: (206)286-9875
    8821 Renton Ave. S
    Seattle, WA 98118-4918

    CERTIFIED jean co.
    Jeans for men and women are made from 100% organic cotton of the finest quality grown, milled, and made in the USA.
    Phone: (206)286-9685
    Fax: (206)286-9875
    8821 Renton Ave. S
    Seattle, WA 98118-4918

    Decent Exposures, Inc.
    100% cotton bras, underwear, and clothing, for the comfort you deserve! Over 200 sizes and 20 colors, including organic cotton and latex-free elastic.
    Phone: (800)524-4949
    12554 Lake City Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98125-4425

    Fair Trade Sports
    "Brings America the world's first line of Eco + Fair Trade Certified sports balls for soccer, football, basketball (and more)." People-friendly. Planet-friendly. Kid-friendly. Blog: www.fairtradesports.com
    Phone: (800)716-4674
    Fax: (206) 339-5393
    321 High School Rd. NE
    Ste. D3 #208
    Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-2648

    Offering beautiful, healthy, and sustainable building and interior finish materials including flooring, paints, cabinets, tile, countertops, decking, and wood-burning stoves to homeowners and building professionals. Visit online, contact our call center, or stop by one of our showrooms in Seattle, Washington or Portland, Oregon. Showroom hours are M-F 8am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. Visit us at www.ecohaus.com.
    Phone: (800)281-9785
    Fax: (206)682-8275
    4121 1st Ave. S.
    Seattle, WA 98134-2300

    Home Resource Network of Seattle Inc.
    Special offer for Green Pages™ readers: Free service for homeowner.
    Local, established green contractor referral service for homeowners. Providing eco-friendly connections for additions, remodels, custom homes, roofing, indoor air quality, energy efficiency, salvaging, etc.
    Phone: (206)524-4981
    Fax: (206)985-2061
    6910 Roosevelt Way NE
    Ste. 203
    Seattle, WA 98115

    A Kitchen That Works
    Providing comprehensive design, material specification, and project management services for sustainably designed and built residential spaces.
    Phone: (206)780-1906
    Fax: (206)984-1906
    9856 N.E. Torvanger Rd.
    Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

    Goods for the Planet
    Earth-friendly products for your home and garden. Baby supplies, bed and bath linens, books, cleaning and household supplies, home decor, kitchen items, office supplies and stationery, pet supplies, recycling services, solar gadgets, toys, yard and garden supplies, and much more.
    Phone: (206)652-2327
    Fax: (206)652-2324
    525 Dexter Ave. N
    Seattle, WA 98109

    Rent and deliver eco-friendly moving supplies to your door. Order now and save.
    Phone: (206)588-0969
    6009 14th Ave. NW
    Seattle, WA 98107

    Sustainable Websites LLC
    Sustainable Websites green web hosting is energy and water efficient, powered by the wind, and carbon neutral. It's a professional webmaster's choice for green web hosting.

    Starting at $8.33/month (yearly, $10/month monthly) - We offer shared web hosting that is ideal for green web masters, web designers, and web programmers. An easy to use control panel (cPanel) gives you the power you need to configure your site settings including email, web pages, MySQL databases, and SSH keys.
    Phone: (888)755-8436
    Fax: (206)452-0652
    Show Map
    93 S Jackson St
    Seattle, WA 98104-2818

    Web Collective, Inc.
    Special offer for Green Pages™ readers: 10% discount on a project.
    Serving sustainability-driven businesses and organizations by designing highly interactive Web sites and developing user-oriented Web applications. "We're eight talented Internet professionals walking our talk as an employee-owned cooperative."
    Phone: (206)428-1959
    Fax: (206)428-1959
    1402 3rd Ave.
    Ste. 925
    Seattle, WA 98101

    Black Widow Web Development
    Creates custom Web sites for small businesses and nonprofits.
    Phone: (206)898-5403
    Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

    Bruce Herbert, AIF, Pres., Founder, Newground Social Investment
    Fee-based SRI/ESG money management and shareholder activism for individuals, institutions, and nonprofits. Exclusively SRI since 1986. "Discover Newground -- where values and money merge." Member, First Affirmative Financial Network.
    Phone: (206)522-1944
    2206 Queen Anne Ave. N, Ste. 402
    Seattle, WA 98109

    Eric Smith, CFP, AIF, Goodfunds Wealth Management
    Advising foundation trustees, endowment fiduciaries, and families with customized long-term investment and wealth management since 1986. Clients receive state-of-the-art sustainable and responsible investment consulting and financial planning services. New clients and inquiries welcome. Member, First Affirmative Financial Network.
    Phone: (206)782-1205
    6009 34th Ave. NW
    Seattle, WA 98107-2619



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