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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 30, 2011

    Detroit, MI Focus


    A petition to recall Governor Rick Snyder was approved today by the Washtenaw County Election Commission.

    The approval is the first step to getting the question on the ballot. Recall supporters would need to collect about 800,000 valid signatures in order to put the question before voters.

    The petition language was approved by a 2-to-1 vote...

    This meeting was held solely to approve the language of the petition, which states, among other things, that Governor Snyder "approved and signed various laws that take authority and funds from local governments."

    ...Kramer is most concerned with a new law Snyder signed this year that grants broad powers to emergency financial managers that step in and take control of struggling schools and local governments.

    "That's a dictatorship, in my opinion," Kramer says. "You can't have that. You can't go in and remove the mayor of a city, just because you don't agree-basically he can do it because he doesn't agree with them, you know?"

    For more info or to volunteer go here or visit the recall effort on Facebook.


    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.

    Metro Detroit AFL-CIO

    The Metro Detroit AFL-CIO is a coalition of many local labor unions in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties. The organization fights for working families and better bargaining rights for all.

    The Metro Detroit AFL-CIO is a coalition of many local labor unions in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties. The organization fights for working families and better bargaining rights for all.

    Visit the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO on Facebook

    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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