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

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  • Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Davenport/Scott County, IA Focus

    Some upcoming events:

    The Current and Future State of Social Security - Forum
    Mon, May 9, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
    Davenport Library (downtown)
    It's your pension plan - get the facts! Keynote Speaker: Midge Slater, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans Info: Caryn Unsicker: ibcaryn@yahoo.com

    Letter Carrier Food Drive
    Saturday, May 14, 2011
    Mailboxes everywhere
    Put non perishable food items in a bag by your mailbox. your letter carrier will pick it up and bring it to the River Bend Food Bank. to volunteer: quadcityfed@netexpress.net

    From the Quad City Federation of Labor:

    The Quad City Federation of Labor will close its Wells Fargo bank accounts and migrate its deposits to a more responsible banking institution. This action is being coordinated as part of a National Day of TAX DAY Actions to no longer do business with irresponsible banking institutions and protest the fact that they are not paying their fair share of taxes.

    Quad City Federation of Labor is migrating its bank accounts out of Wells Fargo to a more responsible lender following Institutional Risk Analytics guidelines available at: http://moveyourmoneyproject.org/

    Corporations and the wealthy continue to enjoy corporate subsidies and loopholes even as Congress continues to place the burden of shrinking the deficit on the middle class and working poor.

    Here's a list of the Deadbeat Dozen Tax Dodgers, the big companies that beg for taxpayer money but evade actually paying taxes:

    Bank of America
    FedEx (Here you know you have an affordable alternative with USPS or UPS)
    Wells Fargo
    Goldman Sachs

    From the Davenport Association of Professional Firefighters:

    IAFF Partners With City Brew Coffee

    The IAFF has partnered with City Brew Coffee Company to market and sell Firehouse Blend Coffee to support the IAFF Burn Foundation. Roasted by City Brew Coffee Company in Billings, Montana, Firehouse Blend Coffee is available through the IAFF online store, the City Brew Coffee web site and in all City Brew stores and kiosks across the country. Proceeds from the sales of Firehouse Blend Coffee benefit the IAFF Burn Foundation.

    In addition, the IAFF and City Brew have developed a unique fundraising initiative to help IAFF affiliates conduct fundraising programs through sales of Firehouse Blend Coffee products. City Brew will provide Firehouse Blend Coffee to IAFF affiliates at wholesale prices for resale at local fundraising events. IAFF affiliates keep all proceeds resulting from any fundraising programs to distribute to charitable causes in their own communities.

    “This partnership provides a great opportunity to support our Burn Foundation and for our affiliates to raise funds to benefit worthy causes in their own cities and towns,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger.

    Cherie Swanson from City Brew, who has been part of the development of the program from the beginning, says, “We are developing a great partnership with the IAFF and its affiliates. We have been working internally for more than three years to bring this multifaceted program to the IAFF and its members. We are extremely excited about the future of our fundraising partnership and look forward to raising awareness and dollars for the IAFF Burn Foundation and IAFF affiliates.”

    Billings, MT Local 521 members served as testers to develop the coffee blend and worked with Kinetic Marketing to design the Firehouse Blend Coffee logo. Billings fire fighters have already conducted their own Firehouse Blend Coffee fundraisers to benefit local charities, as well as the IAFF Burn Foundation.

    Billings Local 521 President Dan Cotrell is excited about the program. “Our partnership with City Brew Coffee has been a great public relations tool and financial asset for Local 521,” he says. “Sales of Firehouse Blend Coffee have raised revenues for our charitable fund and increased public awareness of the IAFF Burn Foundation and our local’s involvement in causes that help our community.”

    He adds, “And we get the added bonus of enjoying the best cup of coffee around.”

    For more information, or to purchase Firehouse Blend Coffee, click here, contact Cherie Swanson at (406) 600-2677 or the IAFF Burn Foundation at (202) 824-8620.

    Quad Cities Federation of Labor:


    Numerous issues affect working families in the Quad Cities, across the country and around the world that need our attention and need to be addressed. From our current struggle for Good Jobs, Safe Jobs to our past struggles to increase the minimum wage, and ongoing struggles for quality affordable health care, union members fight for what’s right for the entire community, not just ourselves.
    Supporting each other is what Solidarity is all about.

    The Quad City Federation of Labor is there to help plan actions, rallies, spread the word and build support for issues affecting working families – among our union brothers and sisters and our larger communities.

    We build Solidarity by working together with other unions, community organizations, student groups, faith-based organizations and many others on issues of common concern.If you have an issue that you think needs to be addressed, contact the Quad City Federation of Labor.

    To join in local labor actions, click here for the Quad Cities Federation of Labor's calendar of action alerts. Or contact them directly:

    2835 7th Avenue
    Rock Island, IL 61201
    Phone: (309) 788-1303 or (563) 324-9414
    Email: quadcityfed@netexpress.net

    KWNJ 91.1 FM
    KUNI 94.5 FM
    KUNI 102.1 FM

    Iowa Public Radio informs, enriches and engages Iowans through radio programming and other media. IPR enhances civic and cultural connections across the state, strengthening communities and reflecting Iowa's sense of place.

    Check out their Program schedule here

    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.

    WQPT: Quad Cities Public Broadcasting
    Your Community TV Station broadcasting on digital channel 23

    Check out their program schedule here.

    Check out WQPT Kids...my son loves our local PBS Kids programming.

    For local events, click here.

    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 Iowa, 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's economy, and helping cut carbon emissions.

    Democracy for America-Quad Cities
    A local affiliate of Howard Dean's Democracy for America organization which helps local activists create a strong grassroots infrastructure.

    We are one DFA group covering the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities (Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline, and Rock Island). We meet periodically at various locations.

    To Join please click here.

    Contact: Vera Kelly, President
    General Meetings
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM the third Tuesday of each month at:
    United Neighbors, Inc.
    808 Harrison Street
    Davenport, IA 52803

    The NAACP insures the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority groups and citizens; achieves equality of rights and eliminates race prejudice among the citizens of the United States; removes all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic processes; seeks to enact and enforce federal, state and local laws securing civil rights; informs the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and seeks its elimination; and educates people of their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action in furtherance of these principles.

    Check out their calendar of events here.

    Scott County Democrats

    We are a group of local individuals that volunteer our time to elect Democratic candidates to local, state and federal political offices.

    Democratic Headquarters
    Midtown Plaza
    1706 Brady Street, Suite 205
    Davenport, IA 52803-4708
    (563) 324-7699

    To volunteer to help working and middle class Americans by electing strong, progressive Democrats, click here. To find local Democratic events in Scott County, click here.

    Scott Democrats Brown Bag Lunch:
    Every Friday 12pm – 1pm
    Democratic Headquarters
    Midtown Plaza
    1706 Brady Street, Suite 205
    Davenport, IA 52803-4708

    VIVA Quad Cities:

    VIVA Quad Cities is a non-profit organization which celebrates the Hispanic culture. We are dedicated in assisting local students of all ages and cultures by providing scholarships through a fiesta and other fund raising opportunities.

    Their scholarship fund has successfully provided assistance to area students as they continue their higher education. Over the years, VIVA Quad Cities has awarded $238,752 in scholarships to students. Click here to find out more.

    Also check out their Facebook Page.

    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 inBiodiesel 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.

    Here are a couple of stations selling biodiesel in Scott County

    Big Ten Mart #24, 5310 N Brady St, Davenport, IA 52806, 563-391-1120, Sells B2 (2% biodiesel, good in any diesel engine). CREDIT OK 6AM-10PM

    One Stop Mart, 3718 State St, Bettendorf, IA 52722, 563-359-6839, Sells B2 (2% biodiesel, good in any diesel engine). CREDIT OK 5AM-11PM



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