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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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  • Saturday, April 02, 2011

    Detroit, MI Focus


    CWA - Day of Action STOP the ATTACK on our UNIONS
    Date: Monday, April 4, 2011
    Time: 4:30pm
    Location: 444 Michigan Avenue
    Corner Cass & Michigan
    Detroit, MI 48226

    Now is NOT the time to be silent – Let your voice be heard

    In Memphis, Martin Luther King began April 4th, 1968 like hundreds of other days in his life ~ championing the cause of working people. He was in Memphis supporting 1300 AFSCME sanitation workers who had been striking for recognition for two months. The assassins’ gunshot that rang out that evening may have silenced his voice, but his call for justice and equality rings clear today.

    42 years later, Dr. King’s “moral struggle for an economic outcome” lives on in Wisconsin and Ohio, from coast to coast. This April 4th, CWA is standing with other unions and civil rights groups to take the battle to every workplace in the country.


    We Are One Prayer Vigil - 5:45pm
    April 4, 2011 05:45PM to 06:30PM

    On April 4, all unions are encourage to organize an action at each worksite. This action can include gathering 15 minutes before work starts, wearing union t.shirts if possible and walking in to the work place together with at least one sign that says WE ARE ONE.

    After work, each union is asked to bring members to the Labor Legacy Monument in Hart Plaza on Woodward and Jefferson for a candlelight vigil from 5 p.m- 6 p.m.
    Please come, even if you can't get there until 5:30 p.m.or later. We'll wait.

    Labor Legacy Monument - Hart Plaza (Woodward & Jefferson)
    Detroit, MI

    5:45pm join the Detroit CLC at Hart Plaza for a candlelight vigil. Everyone, including faith leaders, community leaders, and elected officials invited.

    Debt, Austerity & How to Fight Back - A Teach-In
    April 5, 2011 01:30PM to 05:00PM

    Featuring Frances Fox Piven and Cornel West in a live TV feed from Judson Memorial Church in New York City.

    The courageous actions by the citizens in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio are an inspiring defense of the core values of this country: a civil society based on freedom of association, healthy and stable communities that value public services and the public good.

    Join us for all or part of the Teach-In.
    1:30 - 2:00 pm - Introductions
    2:00 - 3:30 pm - Live Feed from New York
    3:30 - 5:00 pm - Q&A and presentations on local actions

    Bernath Auditorium, Undergraduate Library, Wayne State University, 5155 Gullen Mall
    Detroit, MI

    Save Our Selves Town Hall Meeting
    April 5, 2011 05:00PM to 07:30PM

    Many dangerous DICTATOR BILLS now threaten to TAKEOVER OUR CITIES, PENSIONS, SCHOOLS, and cut off those enrolled in the Family Independence Program (Bridge Cards & cash assistance), loss of VOTING RIGHTS, & the breaking up of UNIONS! Come to hear the FACTS not clearly shared elsewhere and ask your questions. Find out how to get involved to SAVE OUR SELVES! WHEN WE FIGHT WE WIN!!!

    Coleman A Young Municipal Bldg. 13th Flr. Auditorium
    Detroit, MI

    Located on Woodward @ Jefferson Ave Downtown

    UPCOMING EVENT: S.O.A.R - (Representing members of AFGE, APWU, & NALC) 28th Annual Congressional Breakfast
    Date: Sunday, April 10, 2011
    Time: 9:30am
    Location: Burton Manor
    27777 Schoolcraft Road
    Livonia, Mi
    Phone: 313 531-0641

    Cost is $10 per person


    There is no better way to show your Democratic Pride than to wear Michigan Democratic Party logo.

    Buy Democratic party buttons, shirts, etc. here.

    Detroit's only liberal talk station
    AM1310 WDTW Detroit

    Check out their program schedule here.

    Check out their calendar of local Detroit events 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.

    Blogging Detroit:

    Motor City Liberal: "I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell." --Harry S. Truman

    From the ballot box to the classroom, the dedicated workers, organizers, and leaders who forged this great organization and maintain its status as a champion of social justice, fought long and hard to ensure that the voices of African Americans and other minorities would be heard.

    For one hundred years, it has been the talent and tenacity of NAACP members that has saved lives and changed many negative aspects of American society.

    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 are some local branches of the NAACP:

    Wayne State University
    5221 GULLEN MALL RM 50 MAILBOX #23
    Detroit, MI 48202

    Detroit Central Branch
    Detroit, MI 48202

    Detroit Youth Council
    Detroit, MI 48224

    The local affiliate of Howard Dean's Democracy for America. The Progressive Grassroots at its best.

    We are committed to...

    * Promoting AN AMERICA WHERE CANDIDATES AND OFFICE HOLDERS TELL THE TRUTH about policy choices and stand up for what they believe.
    * FIGHTING AGAINST THE INFLUENCE AND AGENDA OF THE TWO PILLARS OF GEORGE W. BUSH'S WASHINGTON: the far-right wing and their radical, divisive policies, and the selfish special interests who dominate politics.
    * FIGHTING FOR PROGRESSIVE POLICIES, like health care for all; investment in children; equal rights under the law; fiscal responsibility; environmental protection; and a national security policy that makes America stronger by advancing progressive values.

    How We're Getting There: We are...

    * Recruiting and encouraging progressive candidates to run for office at every level. We will help them find the resources to campaign successfully with small donations from grassroots supporters, to begin to break the stranglehold special interests have on the political process.
    * Raising funds for Congressional candidates for whom financial support could be the key to winning, and whose election will be key to winning back a House of Representatives that has become the tool of the right wing.
    * Developing strategic partnerships with other progressive organizations to maximize resources for candidate recruitment, training, and organization.
    * Building relationships with other political initiatives to focus on changing the failed, destructive policies of the Bush Administration.

    Please join us in making a difference in the upcoming elections in the Metro Detroit area. Call us at (248) 582-3178 or E-mail us at info@d4md.org to find how you can help us take our city and state back.

    To Join click here.

    Democracy for Metro Detroit Book Club

    Books are selected from a range of genres including, but not limited to: political thought, sociology, history, and linguistics. Typically we read works to promote a progressive, liberal agenda. Occasionally, we will select works that are in direct contrast to a progressive, liberal agenda in order to better understand other world views and challenge some of our own assumptions.

    Check out their reading list here.

    Join the Book Club here.

    Sierra Club Michigan Chapter
    2727 2nd Ave., Metropolitan Center for High Technology, Detroit, MI 48201
    (313) 965-0055

    Sierra Club is 18,000 members strong in Michigan. We are volunteer-led and we actively coordinate our work on many levels. Sierra Club’s ten groups in Michigan work for healthier communities at the local level. The Michigan Chapter works with volunteer leaders, state agencies and the legislature for better environmental stewardship statewide. Nationally, Sierra Club works to improve federal protections in the Great Lakes basin and across the country.

    Sierra Club members care about clean water and air, wild biodiversity, and a safe energy future. We raise public awareness of human health and environmental threats. We monitor water quality to help enforcement efforts. We build coalitions for our issue campaigns to diversify support. Sierra Club finds sensible policy solutions to our state’s problems. When needed, we take legal action to stop corporate interests and government from harming public health and resources.

    For more info, call: (313) 965-0055

    Local Food Co-op in Detroit: Where I live in Brooklyn, the Park Slope Food Co-op is not only one of the most successful Co-ops in America, but is one of the most successful BUSINESSES in America. It also has one of the most diverse customer bases. I recommend looking into your local food co-op:

    Cass Corridor Food Co-op
    456 Charlotte Street
    Detroit, Michigan 48201
    Phone: (313) 831-7452
    FAX: (313) 832-4776

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

    Wheelhouse Detroit
    Offers bicycle rentals, service, retail, and tours. Experience the Motor City on two wheels!
    Phone: (313)656-2453
    1340 E. Atwater St.
    Detroit, MI 48207

    Law Offices of Deborah Groban Olson
    Specializes in forming and representing worker-owned companies, employee stock ownership plans, cooperatives, and nonprofit organizations, and in representing unions in business matters.
    Phone: (313)331-7821
    Fax: (313)331-2567
    1021 Nottingham Rd.
    Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230

    Garrison LawHouse PC
    Full-service law firm concentrating on elder law, estate planning, and criminal defense in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Sliding fees for Medicaid clients, Pro Bono Standard.
    Phone: (800)220-7200
    Fax: (866)399-7695
    1800 Grindley Park St., Ste. 6
    Dearborn, MI 48124-2553

    Holistic Food 4 Pets
    Premium food, treats, supplements, and more for dogs and cats delivered guaranteed fresh. Human-grade proteins, no fillers, preservatives, or by-products. "Pets live longer!"
    Phone: (248)672-1712
    Fax: (248)672-1712
    16532 Country Club
    Livonia, MI 48154

    Maggie's Organics/Clean Clothes
    Since 1992, providing durable, comfortable, affordable socks, tights, Fair Labor Certified clothing, and stuffed toys. All made with certified organic fibers using environment-sustaining production methods.
    Phone: (800)609-8593
    Fax: (734)482-4175
    306 W. Cross St.
    Ypsilanti, MI 48197-2403



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