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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

I am a research biologist in NYC. Married with two kids living in Brooklyn.

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  • Friday, March 04, 2011

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    In the spirit of more AND better Democrats: Jeff Gardner for NJ State Senate

    Jeff Gardner is a progressive activist and attorney from Hawthorne, who will be challenging state Sen. John Girgenti in the Democratic Primary.

    While Girgenti's vote against gay marriage "spurred him into action" , Jeff's campaign addresses a multitude of important issues, such as unemployment, property taxes, and open spaces.

    Jeff is looking to engage voters, and give them a reason to get involved.

    Click here to donate.

    To see what Jeff Gardner is doing for New Jersey, click here, here and here to read some of what he has written.

    Find local events in Passaic County through the Hawthorne Democrats' Calendar

    Every Wednesday Evening: Blue Jersey Radio
    Wednesday nights at 8pm with hosts Jeff Gardner and Jason Springer. Listen live or download podcasts at anytime.

    Click here to listen!

    Hawthorne Democrats The local Democratic Party of Hawthorne, NJ
    Meets the 4th Tuesday of every month, 8 PM at the Llewellyn Fire House (no meeting listed in August)

    For a schedule of local events, go here.

    And show your true colors with a Hawthore Dems T-shirt.

    Free delivery in Hawthorne!
    Click Contact (top right) to email your request!
    (or call 973-636-9300, to place an order)
    $15 each, or two for $25

    Passaic County Democracy for New Jersey
    First Thursday of the Month
    meets at Puzo's Restaurant (Upstairs)
    4 Garfield Ave.
    Hawthorne, NJ 07506
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/passaic

    Passaic County DFA is a grassroots community of progressives. We meet each month to talk politics, plan events, and engage in citizen activism. Join us!

    Passaic County DFA is a Coalition Partner with DFA New Jersey and Democracy for America.

    Passaic County 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.

    President: Calvin Merritt
    PO Box 1600
    Passaic 07055
    Phone: 973-472-7494
    Fax: 973-472-1711

    Here are some of the local services helping people in Passaic County. Please help them out if you can or if you need it get the help you need. (more can be found here)

    Site: 112 Washington Avenue, Passaic, NJ 07055
    Office: 41 Myrtle Avenue, Passaic, NJ 07055
    Hours: Pantry: Tues & Thurs: 9:30am – 2:30pm (973-472-3611)
    Office: Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm (973-472-2478)
    Email: dmartinez@unitedpassaic.org (Deiby Martinez)
    dlyons@unitedpassaic.org (Ed Lyons, Executive Director)
    Contact: People needing pantry services call Debby, Food
    Coordinator at 973-472-3611.
    People needing emergency shelter or wishing to donate
    food or funds call Deiby Martinez at 973-472-2478.
    People wishing to volunteer call Idaly Acevedo or Ed
    Lyons at 973-472-2478.
    This site provides a food pantry, rent and utility assistance, food vouchers, emergency shelter and a mentoring program; referrals are required for the programs.
    Food Needs: canned food
    Volunteer Needs: food sorters, packers and fund raisers
    Volunteer Requirements: age 18 or over
    Special Needs: transportation, funding, school supplies

    Site: 911 E. 23rd Street, Paterson, NJ 07513
    Phone: 973-684-3320
    Hours: Office - Mon-Fri: 1-3pm
    Pantry –Mon, Weds, Thurs: 1-2:45pm
    Clothing – once a month; Call site for further information.
    Contact: Anita Osario
    This site provides emergency food, clothing, family counseling, advocacy, utility assistance, interpretation and referrals to social service agencies.
    Food Needs: non-perishables
    Volunteer Needs: food packers
    Special Needs: Call site.

    Distribution Site: 90 Jefferson Street, Paterson, NJ 07522
    Food Collection and Office: Wyckoff Reformed Church, 580 Wyckoff Ave, Wyckoff, NJ 07481
    Phone: 201-891-1782
    Email: contactus@wyckoffreformed.org
    Hours: Sat: 12pm & by phone request
    Contact: David Cole
    Food Needs: non-perishables
    Volunteer Needs: packers, drivers, loaders, people to run food drives, other opportunities for volunteers
    Special Needs: funding, food bank or supermarket credits, personal care items like toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, and diapers

    Site: 59 Mill Street, Paterson, NJ 07501
    Phone: 973-881-8307
    Fax: 973-881-1755
    Email: jimwalsh@oasisnj.org
    Website: www.oasisnj.org
    Hours: Office - Mon-Fri: 9am-3pm
    Lunch - Mon-Fri: 12-12:45pm
    Clothing - Mon: 12:30-1:15pm; with a referral: 9:30-11am
    Pantry - Mon-Fri: 9-11:15am & 1:15-2:30pm ( referral needed)
    Baby items - Mon-Fri: 9-11:15 (referral needed)
    Contact: Jim Walsh, Director of Social Services and Children’s Programs, 973-881-8307 x123
    This site provides the following services for women and children only: a food pantry; hot lunches; clothing; educational programs which include GED, ESL, and computer classes; an after school program, Monday to Friday 3-6pm, for children aged 6 to 12 years; a summer camp for six weeks, for children aged 6 to 12 years.
    Food Needs: non-perishables
    Volunteer Needs: Please call Christine Enrico, Human Resources Communications Coordinator at 973-881-8307 x121
    Special Needs: funding, baby supplies including wipes and diapers, craft supplies and new games for all children’s programs and nurturing

    Site: 84-86 Mill Street, Paterson, NJ 07501
    Phone: 973-523-5452
    Email: casaprogram.carmen@hotmail.com
    Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-4pm
    Contact: Carmen E. Rodriguez
    This site provides information, social service referrals, employment placement, a food pantry, senior services and more.
    Food Needs: non-perishables
    Volunteer Needs: Contact CASA.
    Special Needs: Contact CASA.

    Site: 221 Hamilton Avenue, Paterson, NJ 07501
    Phone: 973-341-7481
    Fax: 973-341-7481
    Hours: Tues: 10am-1pm & 5-7pm
    Contact: Barbara Franklin
    This site provides frozen and canned non-perishable food packages.
    Food Needs: meats, canned foods, boxed pasta
    Volunteer Needs: fundraisers, donors and sponsors for upcoming programs, people to sort and pack food
    Volunteer Requirements: no heavy lifting required
    Special Needs: ongoing donations of funds for food and trucking, plastic bags

    Site: 223 Ellison Street, Paterson, NJ 07509
    Phone: 973-742-5518
    Email: info@cumacecho.org
    Website: www.cumacecho.org
    Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-2pm
    Contact: Rev. Patricia Bruger
    This site provides food, clothing, job skill development, and a tutorial and literacy program for children to eligible individuals and families in Paterson and Passaic County.
    Food Needs: non-perishable food items, Ensure and other high protein foods, diabetic foods, baby food and formula
    Volunteer Needs: Contact info@cumacecho.org.
    Special Needs: seasonal food baskets, clothing, empty coffee cans with lids, paper and plastic grocery bags, school supplies, educational games and funding

    Site: 435 Main Street, Paterson, NJ 07501
    Phone: 973-881-0415
    Hours: Mon-Fri: 8-11am
    Contact: Barbara Gaschler
    This coalition assists people to apply for Social Security benefits & food stamps and also provides medical screening, clothing, furniture, baby needs, work assistance and more.

    Site: 12 Morris Road, Ringwood, NJ 07456
    Phone: 973-962-0055
    Fax: 973-962-1129
    Email: sally@cffr.net
    Hours: Office - Mon-Fri: 8:30am-4:30pm
    Contact: Sally Hintz
    This site provides a pantry and emergency rental and utility assistance when funds are available.
    Food Needs: non-perishables
    Special Needs: Contact site.

    Site: 145 Carletondale Road, Ringwood, NJ 07456
    Phone: 201-934-5085
    Website: www.cfanj.org
    Hours: Tues & Thurs: 10am-1pm
    Contact: Jim James, Site Manager
    This site provides a pantry, referrals to other social service organizations, emergency utility and housing assistance, and budgeting and nutritional counseling.
    Food Needs: See www.cfanj.org for most needed items.
    Volunteer Needs: Contact Jennifer Rothman at 201-569-1804 x28.
    Volunteer Requirements: Contact Jennifer Rothman.
    Special Needs: funding (Stephanie McCaw: 201-569-1804 x 25); paper and personal care products, cleaning supplies, diapers, supermarket gift cards; See www.cfanj.org for additional items.

    Passaic County Young Democrats:
    668 McBride Ave
    West Paterson, NJ
    Click here for their Facebook page

    Join the Passaic County Democrats:

    Passaic County Democratic Committee
    668 McBride Avenue
    Woodland Park, NJ 07424
    Phone: 973-279-4647
    Fax: 973-279-4468

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    Bear Swamp Farm Community Supported Agriculture
    81 Otterhole Road
    West Milford, New Jersey 07480
    URL: http://www.bearswampfarmcsa.org
    Phone: 201-574-6194

    Bear Swamp Farm CSA is a small organic community supported agriculture farm located at 81 Otterhole Road in West Milford, NJ. The 20-week minimum season runs from mid-June until the end of October (or longer, weather permitting). The 2009 season will include 29 vegetables, 6 herbs and 2 fruits. An average of 4 different varieties of each vegetable will be grown, totaling around 100 varieties. The cost of a full share for the 2009 season is $600. ($30/week or less). Please visit our website for more information.

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

    Purple Dragon Co-op, Inc.
    Organic produce "shares" in NY/NJ from local farms weekly. Join a "pod" or host for $40 discount. Start home-based business in your state. Inquire!
    Phone: (973)429-0391
    289 Washington St.
    Glen Ridge, NJ 07028-2121

    James Buro, Conscious Capital
    Supports the marketing activities of financial services companies and financial advisers whose initiatives are directed to socially conscious investors. Provides speaking, writing, and strategic consulting services. Member, First Affirmative Financial Network.
    Phone: (973)698-6038
    Fax: (973)284-1260
    215 Hillside Ave.
    Nutley, NJ 07110

    A public purpose investment company, empowers clean energy entrepreneurs in developing countries through business development support and investment capital.
    Phone: (973)680-9100
    Fax: (973)680-8066
    383 Franklin St.
    Bloomfield, NJ 07003

    Matrix Marketing Group, Inc
    Product development and launch, strategic planning, market and competitive analysis, develops and initiates sales programs, establishes broker networks. Over 60 years of combined experience.
    Phone: (973)338-5638
    Fax: (973)338-0164
    16 Yantecaw Ave.
    Bloomfield, NJ 07003-2835



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