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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, March 19, 2011

    MINNESOTA FOCUS: Blogs, The Minnesota Project, NAACP, Drinking Liberally

    Some local labor events:

    MN AFL-CIO General Board Mtg.
    March 21, 2011 - 9:30am - 2:00pm
    MN Nurses Association
    345 Randolph Ave., #200
    St. Paul, MN 55102

    Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship Fund-Raising Dinner
    March 24, 2011 - 5:30pm
    Reception and Silent Auction
    Dinner & Program
    6:30 pm

    Ticket Price $65 per person/$490 per table of eight

    To purchase tickets, make a dnoatnion or receive additional information, please contact us via the website at www.nelliestone.org, or call (866)738-5238.

    We Are One: Rally & March for Southeastern MN
    March 26, 2011 - 11:00am

    Olmsted County Government Center
    151 4th Street Southeast
    Rochester, MN

    We need to restore balance and grow the middle class. Working families need to use their strength in numbers to fight for good jobs, living wages and strong communities. Join us as workers and community members of Southeastern Minnesota gather to show our support for the middle class and to show solidarity against recent attacks locally and regionally.

    Join us for the Rally and March!

    We Are One: March for the Middle Class
    April 4, 2011 - 5:00pm

    On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding their dream: The right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life.

    Today, that same demand is electrifying people across America. It’s the demand of all people—black, white, Latino and Asian American: The right to join together for our common dreams.

    Join us in St. Paul on April 4, 2011 as we stand in solidarity for jobs, a fair budget and worker rights!

    Monday, April 4, 2011

    5:00 p.m. Gathering at Cathedral Park - Intersection of Marshall Avenue and John Ireland Boulevard, Saint Paul

    5:15 p.m. March for the Middle Class - John Ireland Boulevard

    6:00 p.m. Program and music - Minnesota State Capitol, Upper Capitol Mall

    RSVP on Facebook

    Download the Flyer

    Call 651-227-7647 for more information.

    Please arrive early. There will be a limited number of parking spaces available, at regular rates, at Saint Paul College.


    Netroots Nation coming this June to Minneapolis

    Tax Incidence Study released, top 10% still paying less...Republicans keep cutting taxes on the very rich and leaving the rest of us to suffer...trickle down has NEVER worked. When will Republicans learn?

    When will Republicans return from Fantasy Island and face reality?

    Balancing the Budget On the Backs of the Poor

    MUST READ for Students and Parents: Republican Eagle OpEd

    Study shows MN Public Workers undercompensated compared to private sector

    What Republicans Really Want

    Don't privatize my Medicare, Congressman Cravaack

    Minnesotans in Solidarity with Wisconsin Public Employees

    Right Wing Extremist Home Depot Founder: Retailers Who Don't Support GOP "Should Be Shot"...well, I certainly do not plan on buying from union-busting Home Depot any time soon. This guy will get not one penny from me!

    Koch’s suckers

    Some regular Democratic-Farm-Labor Party related events:


    Veterans Caucus
    Second Monday of each month, 2011, 6pm – 8pm
    \Conference Room, DFL Office
    DescriptionMembership meeting starts at 6pm, montly meeting starts at 6:30pm. Contact: Trista Matascastillo, trista2000@msn.com

    Drinking Liberally
    Third Monday of each month, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
    Hopkins VFW, 100 Shady Oak Road
    An informal, inclusive progressive social group. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club - just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics. Bars are democratic spaces - you talk to strangers, you share booths, you feel the bond of common ground. Bring democratic discourse to your local democratic space - build democracy one drink at a time.

    Waseca Co DFL Mtg
    Third Monday of each month, 7pm – 8pm
    Waseca Sr. Citizens Ctr., 308 N. State


    Otter Tail County DFL Party Monthly Meeting
    Third Tuesday of each month, Jan 18, 2011
    Shoreline Reataurant and Lanes, 505 North Lake Ave., Battle Lake, MN (map)
    Meet for Dinner with friends at 6 pm with our Monthly Meeting at 7 pm.

    Olmsted Co. DFL Mtg
    Third Tuesday of each month, 7pm – 9pm
    Rochester DFL Office
    "Olmsted County DFL Central Committee Meeting Tuesday, November 17 7 pm - 9 pm Democratic Party Office 401 16th Ave NW Rochester, MN Guests are welcome to attend, for more information please contact Lynn Wilson, Chair at lwilson154@charter.net or (507) 259-5162.

    Mower Co. DFL Mtg
    Third Tuesday of each month, 7pm – 8pm
    Austin Union Hall

    Maple Grove Links Forum
    Fourth Tuesday of each month, 6pm – 8pm
    13588 80th Circle, Maple Grove, MN 55369 (map)
    THE MAPLE GROVE DFL LINKS Joint Meeting with the Brooklyns DFL Community Houlihan's, 12725 Elm Creek Blvd., Maple Grove, MN 6 p.m. Dinner, 7 p.m. Program Houlihan's which provides a private room for our forum requires everyone to order food. We need to send in a minimum number of reservations in order to reserve the room so please RSVP soon to John DeSantis. Host: John DeSantis, john.desantis@charter.net


    Carlton County DFL monthly meeting
    Second Wed of each month, 6:15pm – 8:15pm
    Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, 2101 14th Street, Cloquet, MN
    The Carlton County DFL meeting schedule: the second Wednesday of each month, at 6:15 p.m. at the Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, 2101 14th Street, Cloquet, MN in the open theater area of the main entrance. Lisa Anderson, Chair (218-878-0953)

    Pine County DFL meeting
    Third Wed of each month, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
    Hinckley, MN
    Monthly meetings in Hinckley 3rd Wednesday every month Contact Tom Kurhajetz for details (612-423-3612 or thomaskurhajetz@frontiernet.net)

    Senior Caucus Luncheon
    Fourth Wed of each month, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
    Riverside Perkins Family Restaurant, I-94 & Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, 55401
    Join a group of like-minded DFL seniors for lunch, a few laughs and whatever. No RSVP required, just show up. More info, contact: Karla Sand, karlaviolets@hotmail.com or Joy Swanson, jes2118@yahoo.com.


    Crow Wing County DFL monthly meeting
    First Thursday of each month, 6pm – 7pm
    Brainerd Library
    Crow Wing County DFL monthly meeting The Crow Wing County DFL meets the first Thursday of each month at Brainerd Library (large meeting room). For more info: 218-833-2825 crowwingdfl@charter.net
    Web site: http://dfl.org/crow-wing

    SD54 DFL Meeting
    Third Thursday of each month, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
    SD54 meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Basswood Room of Fire Station No. 1 near the Roseville City Hall campus. Meeting starts at 6:30.

    Todd County DFL
    Third Thursday of each month, 7pm – 9pm
    Long Prairie
    Todd County DFL meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 P.M. in Long Prairie at Randy Brown's Law Office, Highway 71.

    Freeborn Co DFL Mtg
    Third Thursday of each month, 7pm – 8pm
    Albert Lea Union Center

    Blogging Minnesota:

    Lefty Blogs Minnesota: Liberal News Roundup in Minnesota

    Minnesota Progressive Project. : Updates on campaigns in Minnesota. The combined efforts of the Minnesota Campaign Report and MN Blue.

    MNDem.com brings commonsense, family-oriented, and slightly left leaning observations to Minnesota voters. "The future will belong to those who have passion and are willing to work hard to make our country better." -- Paul Wellstone

    Hindsight from Minnesota 2020: Hindsight gives the run down on the news that jumps out at us on the issues that matter. Often times these stories show us how much further we need to go to have the progressive policy realized in Minnesota. Another thing we want to try here is opening up the discussion to everyone who wants to contribute. Commenting on our posts is highly encouraged, and we’ll join in as well. As always, be sure to check out our main site www.mn2020.org.

    MN Moderate to Liberal Political Roundtable: I believe Democrats pay now; while Republicans argue for what will eventually be paying more, later.

    MINNESOTA NAACP: 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.

    Here is a list of local NAACP branches in Minnesota:

    St Cloud NAACP
    PO BOX 7042
    St Cloud, MN 56302

    St. Cloud NAACP Youth Council
    PO BOX 7042
    St. Cloud, MN 56302

    St. Cloud State Univ. College NAACP
    St. Cloud, MN 56301

    Minneapolis NAACP
    310 E. 38TH STREET
    Minneapolis, MN 55409

    St. Paul NAACP
    1060 W CENTRAL AVE
    St Paul, MN 55104

    Minnesota State University (Mankato) NAACP
    Mankato, MN 56001

    Rochester NAACP
    PO BOX 6472
    Rochester, MN 55903


    The Minnesota Project is a nonprofit organization that connects people with policy to nurture collaborations that build strong local economies, vibrant communities and a healthy environment.

    Our programs are focused on clean renewable energy and efficient use of energy; farm practice and policy that promote profitable farms that protect the environment; and the production and consumption of local and sustainably-produced foods.

    The Minnesota Project works in ways that emphasize collaboration, community building, and capacity building. For over twenty-five years we have fostered local empowerment, bridged diverse interests, encouraged shared values, and initiated working dialogues that create positive action and policy.

    Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agricultre Newsletter: A Partnership between the University of Minnesota and the Sustainer's Coalition.

    Alternative Energy Resources in Minnesota: a short summary of alternative energy resources for Minnesota. For more information on each technology, visit the State Energy Alternatives Technology Options page.

    And for those who like mixing fun and politics, here are a couple of Drinking Liberally groups in Minnesota:

    Every Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm
    331 Club, 331 13th Ave NE (13th and University in Northeast Minneapolis)
    Hosted by Robin Marty

    First and Third Thursday of each month, 8:00 pm
    Old #1, 412 Atlantic Avenue
    Hosted by Jeff Lamberty



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