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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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  • Sunday, April 03, 2011

    Madison, WI Focus

    Here are some endorsements for critical races on April 5th. This is the first chance for pro-union folks to do something to seriously stop the anti-working class Republican agenda. Here are the Madison endorsements:

    SEIU Wisconsin State Council Announces Spring 2011 Endorsements

    JoAnne Kloppenburg – State Supreme Court Justice (THE MOST CRITICAL RACE!!!)

    Joe Parisi – Dane County Executive

    Dave Cieslewicz – Madison Mayor (Website has a GREAT Union Solidarity photo!)

    Fair Wisconsin PAC endorses candidates running for office who advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

    DANE COUNTY EXEC: Joe Parisi

    MADISON MAYOR: Dave Cieslewicz

    District 1: Lisa Subeck
    District 2: Sam Stevenson
    District 6: Marsha Rummel and Twink Jan-McMahon
    District 7: Steve King and Nathan Judnic
    District 8: Scott Resnick
    District 10: Brian Solomon and Tom Farley
    District 11: Chris Schmidt and Brandon White
    District 13: Sue Ellingson
    District 14: Anita Weier
    District 20: Matt Phair

    EVERY Pro-Union voter in Milwaukee has got to get out and vote April 5th! Spread the word.

    SOLIDARITY EVENTS IN MADISON: There are LOTS of pro-union and progressive events in Madison, the ground zero of backlash against the Republican anti-working class agenda.

    April 4, 2011 01:00PM to 05:00PM

    Honor the Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4th


    UW hospital and clinics employees are holding an informational rally outside the hospital, Monday, April 4th. April 4th marks the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as he helped sanitation workers build their union to win a just contract in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968.

    Our struggle AGAINST Governor Walker’s budget bill which:
    - Eliminates collective bargaining rights for all UWHCA employees
    - Slashes Medicaid funding for health care
    - Significantly reduces BadgerCare to our patients.
    - Reduces funding for Senior Care

    A CONTINUATION of the legacy of Dr. King

    "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Highland Av
    Madison, WI

    Poor People's Campaign MARCH
    April 4, 2011 04:00PM to 04:45PM

    Where: Madison City Hall, Wisconsin
    When: April 4th, 2011 5pm

    April 4th is an anniversary that lives in infamy, it is the date that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was stolen from the People. He was assassinated in Memphis, TN while working to support AFSCME Local 1733 members, black sanitary public works employees on strike for equal pay & economic justice. This event hopes to highlight Dr. King's push for workers' rights, and reaffirm Wisconsin & America's commitment to positive labor history.

    We're asking all UW campuses to join us in creating events, with a possible march from Riverside High School to UW-Milwaukee on the same day & time. Additionally we'll be holding statewide organizing meetings Monday, March 28th to push turnout for the event. We welcome the public to join our celebration of Dr. King's life, and our push to make the terms “workers' rights” and “union” synonymous with liberty.

    We, the People, Will Win. Join us in writing a new chapter of labor history, singing arm-in-arm.

    210 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
    Madison, WI

    March from City Hall to Wisconsin State Capitol

    Candlelight Vigil
    April 4, 2011 05:00PM to 08:00PM

    The people of Madison and greater WI will be gathering in the area of MLK Blvd. between the Capitol building and Monona Terrace in remembrance of Dr. King as well as standing in solidarity against the political maneuvers to take away peoples' rights.

    120 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
    Madison, WI


    Teach-In: University of Wisconsin- Madison
    April 5, 2011 01:00PM to 05:00PM

    University of Wisconsin- Madison
    Madison Hillel Center
    Madison, WI

    Teach-In: Madison College Truax Campus
    April 5, 2011 01:00PM to 05:00PM

    Madison College Truax Campus
    Cafeteria or Student Lounge

    3550 Anderson St.
    Madison, WI

    Teach-In: Madison Area Technical College West Campus
    April 5, 2011 01:00PM to 05:00PM

    Madison Area Technical College West Campus
    427-- West Campus

    Sponsored by:
    Fight Back USA

    302 S. Gammon Road
    Madison, WI

    10,000 motorcycles support WI Workers
    April 30, 2011 12:00PM to 04:00PM

    10,000 Motorcycle's will parade to the Capitol in Madison, WI to support Wisconsin Workers. Parade routes start at 1pm and all lead to the Capitol. For more information go to facebook "10,000 motorcycle rally"

    Madison Capitol Building
    Madison, WI

    Parade route starts at Olin Park

    It is time for every worker in Wisconsin to get politically active!
    From the Wisconsin AFL-CIO:

    Wisconsin State AFL-CIO
    Political Program
    please contact:
    Steve Kwaterski
    Wisconsin State Campaign Director
    WI State AFL-CIO
    6333 W. Blue Mound Rd.
    Milwaukee, WI 53213
    (414) 476-2896

    The whole nation is watching what is happening in Madison, WI. Good, working class Americans are waking up to the anti-union, pro-rich, irresponsible fiscal policies of the Teabagger Republicans.

    America stands with the working class of Wisconsin.

    I would like to highlight the downtown businesses who have been working extra hard to keep the pro-union protesters fed:

    If you would like to help feed the demonstrators in Madison please do the following:

    * Ian's Pizza
    * Pizza Di Roma
    * Gumby's Pizza
    * Silver Mine Subs

    Help them feed the protesters and, when things have quieted down, give them your business. You can find them on Badger Bites.

    The MIC 92.1 WXXM-FM

    Weekdays on the MIC 92.1:
    Bill Press 5a - 8a
    Stephanie Miller 8a - 11a
    Ed Schultz 11a - 2p
    Thom Hartmann 2p - 5p
    Randi Rhodes 5p - 8p
    Mike Malloy 8p - 11p
    Norman Goldman 11p - 2a

    For more info check out their website: http://www.themic921.com/main.html

    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 Madison 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.

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

    Meets first Wed. of each month, 7 PM, Madison, WI

    Join us in building a brighter and more progressive future for our country.

    For more information (including where) email: russwallac_at_aol.com or go here.

    For the bicycilists in Madison, here's Critical Mass Madison:

    Critical Mass is a movement (not an organization) that advocates for better transportation alternatives. Meets 5:30 PM, the last Friday of Every Month, no matter the weather. Gather where West Washington meets Capitol Square. Where the ride goes after that is decided by whoever shows up.

    Democratic Party of Dane County
    P.O. Box 2082
    Madison, Wisconsin 53701

    The modern Democratic Party in Wisconsin got its start in 1949, when the progressive wing of the state’s Republican Party broke away and joined Wisconsin’s Democratic Party. Over the next decade, Democrats, invigorated by the new blood brought into the party by those progressives, racked up an impressive series of wins. This included the election of the first Democratic Governor and U.S. Senator, knocking out Joe McCarthy in doing so.

    Since that time, the Dane County Democratic Party has fought for those same progressive principles–rallying against unjust wars, fighting along with our labor and environmental allies on issues impacting workers’ rights and wages and our shared natural environment. We’ve taken a lead in the Wisconsin Democratic Party to ensure openness for all party members in our decision-making processes.

    The Dane County Democratic Party has monthly meetings from January to May, and from August to November. These meetings feature elected Democratic speakers from across the state, as well as progressives such as Ed Garvey and Joel Rogers. In July we have a summer picnic. In December we have a holiday party at which we honor our Democrat of the Year–who in past years have included Senator Russ Feingold, Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton and Governor Jim Doyle.

    To see upcoming events, click here.

    Check out the Dane Dems' Facebook page here.

    Democratic Party of the 2nd Congressional District
    Peter Rickman
    (920) 284-4710

    Lindsey Lee
    (608) 220-7910

    Click here to sign up to get involved in Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District


    Madison Peak Oil Group meets on the first Thursday of every month for a brown bag lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the lower level conference room at 222 S. Hamilton Street.

    THE MadiSUN PROGRAM: The City of Madison was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy through the Solar America Cities Program. MadiSUN’s goal is to double to number of solar electric and hot water solar installations in the city. The City of Madison, along with Madison Gas and Electric, Focus on Energy and UW Extension will be working on this project for the next two years. A major component of the grant is to provide the community with a consultant who can help interested residents and businesses install a solar system. The consultant is on board to provide technical expertise and to answer questions regarding design, permitting and rebate programs. Contact (608) 243-0586 or solar_at_cityofmadison.com

    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 Wisconsin, 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, and helping cut carbon emissions.

    Biodiesel in the Madison area:

    Biodiesel is an American produced fuel that is cleaner than traditional diesel. Up to B20 (a 20% blend of biodiesel and traditional diesel) any diesel engine, car or truck, can run on it. Above B20, some older engines may have problems but newer diesel engines should be ok. Here are some Biofuels co-ops...below that I list regular gas stations that carry biodiesel.

    PrairieFire BioFuels: a member-owned cooperative creating access and building infrastructure to support vegetable oil-based fuels sources and usage.

    1894 East Washington Avenue
    Madison, WI 53704
    Co-op and non-profit: (608) 441-5454
    Shop: (608) 441-9566
    Business Office and Diesel Repair Shop hours:
    Monday - Friday 8am-5pm

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

    TerraSource Chocolates
    Responsibly decadent fundraising with organic, Fair Trade Share Squares chocolate. No dairy, gluten, or soy. Eat one, share one. Donate $1 www.terrasourcechocolates.com/sharesquares.html
    Phone: (877)808-9217
    PO Box 14114
    Madison, WI 53708

    Just Coffee Cooperative
    Special offer for Green Pages™ readers: 5% off.
    "We air-roast Fair Trade, shade grown, organic coffee from the greatest grower cooperatives on earth. We believe in the co-op model from crop to cup!"
    Phone: (608)204-9011
    1129 E. Wilson St.
    Madison, WI 53703-3054

    Arbor House: An Environmental Inn
    National award-winning inn. Historic features with modern amenities. "A model of urban ecology."
    Phone: (608)238-2981
    Fax: (608)238-1175
    3402 Monroe St.
    Madison, WI 53711-1702

    Green Concierge Travel
    Travel arrangements/concierge services. Discover natural and urban environments, support local and environmentally friendly businesses. "Business and leisure travelers--don't leave your values at home!"
    Phone: (877)200-2844
    Fax: (608)204-3818
    546 Woodside Terrace
    Madison, WI 53711

    Satara Home & Baby Store
    Natural and organic products for bed, bath, and baby including organic mattresses, organic cotton, silk, and bamboo bedding. Baby cribs, crib mattresses, organic bedding, baby clothes, and toys. Organic cotton and bamboo bath towels.
    Phone: (877)251-4905
    Fax: (608)251-4906
    5621 Odana Rd.
    Madison, WI 53719-1225

    SERRV (one of my favorite companies)
    Hundreds of fabulous handcrafts and foods available online, in a FREE catalog, and through wholesale and consignment. SERRV: a nonprofit with 60 years of experience.
    Phone: (800)422-5915
    Fax: (608)255-0451
    122 State St., Ste. 600
    Madison, WI 53703

    Goods For The Garden
    Brings together exceptional products, unique resources, and successful solutions for the gardener.
    Phone: (800)663-3158
    Fax: (866)894-3516
    P.O. Box 45704
    Madison, WI 53744



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