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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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    Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Focus

    Upcoming Event:
    Wednesday, May 4, 9:00 am
    Albemarle Board of Supervisors Public Hearing on Redistricting
    Albemarle County Office Building, Lane Auditorium.
    Please come out to this public hearing on the proposed County redistricting plan–ask questions and learn about how you will be affected. For info: http://www.albemarle.org/upload/images/Forms_Center/Departments/Board_of_Supervisors/Forms/Agenda/2011Files/0504/Agenda.htm

    Progressive Talk programming for Charlottesville and the rest of Central Virginia.
    WVAX AM Dial Position: 1450
    140 Rose Hill Drive
    Charlottesville, VA 22903
    Office Phone: 434-220-2300

    Website: http://wvax.com/

    Program Schedule:

    Monday - Friday
    1:00am - 4:00am Randi Rhodes
    4:00am-6:00am Thom Hartmann
    6:00am - 9:00am Bill Press
    9:00am - 12:00pm Stephanie Miller
    12:00pm - 3:00pm Thom Hartmann
    3:00pm - 6:00pm Randi Rhodes
    6:00pm - 10:00pm Ed Schultz
    10:00pm - 1:00am Alan Colmes

    1:00am - 3:00am Randi Rhodes
    3:00am - 6:00am The Best of Thom Hartmann
    6:00am - 9:00am The Best of Bill Press
    9:00am - 10:00am Dr. Ronald Hoffman
    10:00am - 10:30am Real Estate Matters
    10:30am - 11:00am Dr. Ronald Hoffman
    11:00am - 2:00pm The Best of Stephanie Miller
    2:00pm - 4:00pm The Car Doctor
    4:00pm - 6:00pm The Best of Clark Howard
    6:00pm - 8:00pm The Pet Show
    8:00pm - 10:00pm Health Talk
    10:00pm - 12:00am Food Talk with Michael Colameco

    12:00am - 3:00am The Best of Stephanie Miller
    3:00am - 6:00am The Best of Thom Hartmann
    6:00am - 8:00am The Best of Bill Press
    8:00am - 10:00am The Garden Hotline
    10:00am - 12:00pm Food Talk
    12:00pm - 2:00pm The Travel Show
    2:00pm - 4:00pm The Best of Thom Hartmann
    4:00pm - 6:00pm Real Estate Today
    6:00pm - 8:00pm The Best of Clark Howard
    8:00pm - 10:00pm Food Talk
    10:00pm - 12:00am The Garden Hotline

    And support these local businesses that support Progressive Talk Radio.

    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 most areas 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.

    Central Virginia's National Public Radio Station
    WVTF 89.3 FM
    Click here to check out their program schedule


    Left of Center is a Charlottesville, Virginia group of mostly twenty- and thirty-something local Democrats or dem-curious people.

    In talking with our friends, we've realized the need to recruit more young people into the party and to provide an opportunity for us get to know other left-leaning voters in their 20s and 30s living in the city, county and surrounding areas. Our party will be stronger with more diversity, and will remain strong if we start now to cultivate future leadership.

    All of our events are free and open to the public. Questions? Contact us at leftofcentercville@gmail.com.

    Left of Center Monthly Forum
    Held the first Tuesday of every month. See the Left of Center website for details.

    Veterans Green Jobs:

    Focused so far on Colorado and Virginia, Veterans Green Jobs is a nonprofit organization, and our mission is to connect military veterans with meaningful employment opportunities that serve our communities and environment. We focus on helping vets find career opportunities in stable economic sectors related to environmental restoration, preservation and sustainability; clean and renewable energy; and energy efficiency and conservation.

    For their Virginia location, contact: (339) 222-3070

    Nuevas Raices: Central Virginia's Hispanic newspaper (en Espanol)

    Local Labor Connections: here are a handful of local labor offices. Help out to protect workers' rights

    Carpenter's Local 1729
    1170 River Road
    Charlottesville, VA 22901-4110
    Phone: (434) 295-9396

    Apwu Local 1657
    3570 Grand Forks Boulevard
    Charlottesville, VA 22911
    Phone: (434) 978-3150

    Ibew Local 26
    386 Greenbrier Drive # D
    Charlottesville, VA 22901-1659
    Phone: (434) 975-4239

    Local 305 Mail Handlers
    3590 Grand Forks Boulevard
    Charlottesville, VA 22911-9001
    Phone: (434) 975-6376

    Charlottesville/Albemarle Democratic Party Events:

    Monthly Democratic Breakfast
    Every third Saturday of the month, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Democratic Breakfast serves up coffee and bagels while hosting a discussion on a topic of interest to local Democrats. Speakers include local and state politicians, political analysts, and community leaders. Topics have included local water plans, redistricting, mental health policy, voting machines, immigration reform.

    Events are usually held in the McIntire Room of the Downtown Branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library on Market Street, from 9-11 am. All are welcome.

    Charlottesville-Albemarle Democrats Butler Scholarship

    The Albemarle County Democratic Party is pleased to offer four $500 scholarships in the names of James and Nellie Butler to honor their contributions to the community, specifically their support of public education. The annual scholarships will be awarded to one Albemarle County public high school senior at each of the County high schools, who is planning to attend college and has demonstrated a determination to contribute to his or her community as the Butlers have done.

    Since the creation of these scholarships by the Albemarle County Democratic Party to honor James and Nellie, we have provided over $20,000 to county high school students to help defray some of the costs of college.
    About the Butlers

    James and Nellie Butler have lived in Albemarle County for over 40 years. They have contributed through their involvement in public education, voter registration, their church, and in numerous other leadership roles in the community. James served as an agricultural extension agent for over 26 years and as a member of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Nellie worked as a teacher in technical education for 20 years. In addition, they have lent encouragement and support to their foster sons and numerous nieces and nephews and have enriched the lives of many in our community

    Jim Butler served in Albemarle County for over 35 years as an agricultural extension agent and was the first African-American to be named Unit Chairman for an agricultural extension office in Virginia. He was the first African-American elected to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors from the Rivanna Magisterial District in 1981.

    Nellie Butler was a Girl Scout leader and a 4-H advisor. She taught at Piedmont Technical Education Center in Culpeper for over 25 years.

    Jim Butler was recognized for his many contributions to Albemarle County in 2000, when the Baker-Butler Elementary school was named for him, as well as for John Baker, the first African-American Chair of the Albemarle County School Board.


    University Democrats (UDems) weekly meeting
    Wednesdays at 6 pm in Room 108 of Clark Hall

    Drinking Liberally
    Every Thursday from 6pm on at South Street Brewery. See the Drinking Liberally website for details.

    Charlottesville-Albemarle Young Democrats
    Meetings every other Wednesday, 7:30 PM, at South Street Brewery. Come have a good time with your fellow young progressive professionals!

    NAACP Albemarle-Charlottesville Branch:
    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.

    703 Concord Ave.
    P.O. Box 3382
    Charlottesville, VA. 22903
    Phone 434 220-1493
    E-Mail: mrickturner@hotmail.com

    Membership Meeting
    2nd Monday of each month; 7:00 pm
    Jackson P. Burley Middle School
    Charlottesville, VA
    (Located at 901 Rose Hill Drive)

    Organic Food Store in Charlottesville:
    Rebecca's natural food
    1141 Emmet St, Charlottesville, Virginia
    Phone: 434-977-1965
    WebSite: http://www.rebeccasnaturalfood.com


    Central Virginia Wind Energy & Manufacturing
    We seek to reinvest in rural America and we will advocate the formation of local capabilities and local supply of components and the assembly of such technology. We continually seek out newly developed, emerging technologies and selectively support worthy designs with technical, and financial resources, acting as both consultant and developers in some cases. We endeavor to work with rural communities, municipalities, tribal entities and individuals to identify alternate energy options to include Greenfield and Brownfield opportunities.

    * Business type: manufacturer
    * Service types: engineering, project development services, maintenance and repair services, testing services
    * Address: 108 Second St. SW Suite 43, Charlottesville, Virginia USA 22902
    * Telephone: 434-594-3490
    * FAX: 434-295-2270
    * Web Site: http://www.cvawe.com

    Greenlight Energy, Inc.
    * Product types: wind turbines (large), wind energy systems (large).
    * Service types: installation, project development services, site survey and assessment services
    * Address: 401 East Market Street, Suite 210, Charlottesville, Virginia USA 22902
    * Telephone: (804) 220 1406


    Here are some biodiesel stations in Charlottesville. Biodiesel is less polluting and has a smaller carbon footprint than regular diesel, and is produced right here in the USA. Biodiesel can be used in almost any diesel engine. Up to B20 (a 20 percent blend) any diesel engine, whether car or 18 wheeler or whatever, can use it. Above B20 some older engines may have problems, but newer engines should be ok.

    Woodfin Watchcard (key card req.), 1156 River Rd., Charlottesville, VA 23822, Phone: 804-355-7104

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

    Blue Ridge Eco Shop
    Green your lifestyle with everyday products that are environmentally friendlier. Start living a healthier lifestyle today while decreasing your impact on the environment.
    Phone: (434)296-0042
    Fax: (434)296-0042
    313 E Main St.
    Charlottesville, VA 22902

    Center for a New American Dream
    Helping Americans live consciously, buy wisely, and make a difference to promote positive environmental changes in the way goods are produced and consumed. (877)68-DREAM.
    Phone: (301)891-3683
    Fax: (301)891-3684
    455 Second Street SE
    Suite 101
    Charlottesville, VA 22902

    Sunbiosis, plc
    A small full-service architecture firm specializing in the design of single-family residences for certification in the "LEED for Homes" program.
    Phone: (434)872-0880
    1005 Cottonwood Rd
    Charlottesvle, VA 22901

    Rivanna Natural Designs, Inc.
    Elegant, handcrafted desk accessories and awards. FSC-certified wood from well-managed forests. Reclaimed wood. Recycled glass. Most products can be engraved or customized.
    Phone: (434)244-3447
    Fax: (434)244-3347
    1736 Allied St.
    Charlottesville, VA 22903-5332

    Nature Neutral, LLC
    Mid-Atlantic green building supplier: Aquatherm Pipe (PVC-free), FSC certified lumber, plywood and sheathing, sustainable hardwood flooring, bamboo, cork, marmoleum, Safecoat® paint, EnviroSafe Plus and trade treated lumber, cotton insulation, and more.
    Phone: (434)975-2002
    Fax: (434)975-1036
    370 C Greenbrier Dr.
    Charlottesville, VA 22901

    Savvy Rest, Inc.
    Offering organic mattresses and pillows that are chemical free, hypo-allergenic, comfortable, durable, and fairly traded. Cotton fiber free. Pure latex rubber and certified organic wool.
    Phone: (866)856-4044
    Fax: (434)817-4050
    4414 Ivy Commons
    Charlottesville, VA 22903

    Montfair Resort Farm
    Eco-friendly vacation cottages and quiet retreat overlook lake in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, 15 miles NW of Charlottesville. Hiking, mountainbiking, canoeing, and fishing.
    Phone: (434)823-5202
    2500 Bezaleel Dr.
    Crozet, VA 22932

    Garden of Eve's Natural Organic Skin Care
    Features handcrafted products that are ideal for sensitive skin, rosacea, acne, and reducing signs of aging. Also offer products that are safe for pregnancy and no scent options. "Our products make excellent green gifts."
    Phone: (434)975-1818
    P.O. Box 178
    North Garden, VA 22959

    Ideas On Legs
    Tiles, lighting, gift products, and commissioned one-of-a-kind sculptures with kiln-fused recycled glass and reclaimed steel. Design consulting services in sustainable product development. Lectures, workshops, and classes for engineering, design, and arts audiences.
    Phone: (434)996-6850
    Fax: (434)361-9322
    5994 Taylor Creek Rd.
    Afton, VA 22920

    Sunergia Soyfoods
    Organic, non-GMO. More Than Tofu™ in ten flavors made with mushrooms and/or veggies and marinated in shoyu. Soy Sausages: Italian, Chorizo, Breakfast Style.
    Phone: (434)970-2798
    Fax: (801)437-3484
    P.O. Box 1186
    Charlottesville, VA 22902-1186



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