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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

    Manhattan, NY Focus


    April 4th Events:

    Broken Promises
    April 4, 2011 09:00AM to 12:45PM

    This will be a connecting action bringing workers from various excluded worker sectors together in soldarity to support each other.
    Starting at the Domestic Workers United member Pat's Former Employer who physically attacked her demanding justice at 10 E. 40th ST

    Then to the Work Experience Program Assignment site at 109 E. 16th Street with Community Voices Heard explaining how WEP is slave labor and demanding an end to WEP and against any expansion.

    Then to Del Posto a retaurant discriminating against Latino employees. ROC-NY is fighting for the rights of the workers at this Mario Battali restaurant at 10th Ave and 16th St.

    10 E. 40th Street
    New York, NY

    Teach in: Understanding Local Attacks on Unions
    April 4, 2011 06:30PM to 07:30PM

    Law Students for Economic Justice at NYU School of Law hosts this panel discussion with local AFL-CIO LCC attorneys about attacks on collective bargaining, unions, and workers here in New York and nationwide.

    NYU School of Law
    New York, NY

    Unite and Win: Stand Up for Workers' Rights
    April 4, 2011 05:00PM to 07:15PM

    Forty-three years ago, in Memphis, a long struggle for human rights and human dignity ended in the tragic death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,but it brought economic justice and the respect that all people deserve to 1,300 city sanitation workers, on strike to win recognition of their union.

    On April 4 this year,the anniversary of Dr. King's death, we will remind our elected officials that workers’ rights are human rights, and that those rights will not be destroyed.

    In every state, in every community, the fight for workers’ rights and dignity goes forward.

    And we’re not alone. Civil and human rights activists; union members and supporters; Latinos, Asians and immigrants; religious supporters; environmental, student and women’s groups; and many others: all of us will stand together for workers’ rights.

    Some politicians want to silence millions of working and middle class families.

    On April 4th at City Hall Park it's time for Middle Class Families to make their voices heard. We will stand together. We won’t be silenced.



    City Hall Park
    New York City, NY

    City Hall Park between Broadway, Park Row and Chambers Street

    Workers' Rights Are Civil Rights (candlelight vigil)
    April 4, 2011 07:00PM to 08:30PM

    APRIL 4, 2011: Stand in solidarity with people across America fighting attacks on working families and our communities.

    Join the United Federation of Teachers and hundreds of labor and community members for a candlelight vigil as we honor the life and fighting spirit of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Focusing on...
    Education, Workers' rights, Living wage campaign, Health care, Rights of immigrants, Cuts to our daycares and public transportation.

    Participating New York City AFL-CIO constituency and community groups: A. Philip Randolph Institute, LCLAA, CBTU, New York Branch NAACP, and more joining

    Sponsored by:
    American Federation of Teachers
    Local United Federation of Teachers

    Battery Park - Lower Manhattan
    New York, NY

    Enter Battery Park at the globe statue entrance in lower Manhattan

    April 5th Events:

    Teach-In: Hunter College School of Social Work
    April 5, 2011 02:00PM to 06:00PM

    Hunter College School of Social Work
    Room 403

    129 East 79th Street
    New York, NY

    Teach-In: Marymount Manhattan College
    April 5, 2011 02:00PM to 06:00PM

    Marymount Manhattan College
    S.O.S. (Student's Organization Suite)
    Main 3rd Floor

    221 East 71st St.
    New York, NY

    Teach-In: CUNY, NYU, NEW School and other NY Campuses
    April 5, 2011 03:30PM to 07:30PM

    CUNY, NYU, NEW School and other NY Campuses
    Judson Memorial Church

    55 Washington Square, South
    New York, NY

    April 9th Event:

    We Are One! We Are NY!
    April 9, 2011 12:00PM to 01:00PM

    Please join the NYS AFL-CIO, our affiliates and coalition partners as we stand united in support of Workers Rights. New York's working men and women will forever stand up against fierce attacks to our fundamental rights to collectively bargain. Come out and show your support!

    Sponsored by:
    New York State AFL-CIO

    Times Square (7th Ave @ 42nd St)
    NY, NY

    Majora Carter's "The Promised Land"

    Saturdays at 2PM. Sundays at 8PM. Listen to the new radio documentary show hosted by Bronx Science Alumna & Local Environmentalist, Majora Carter.

    Comptroller John Liu - Economic Impact of Gay Marriage

    Manhattan News:

    Ah, NYC Corruption: Candidates spent matching funds on trips and parties

    New York Redistricting Census Data Now Available

    More Bloomberg Failure: Schools still bursting at the seams


    Wal-mart’s History of Hypocrisy...

    Fighting Bed Bugs

    NY Senate "Gang of Eight (Hate)" DINOs down to 2

    NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is kicking ass in the fight to clean up Albany: Yet another State Senator under investigation

    Oh Great...Indian Point is the nuclear plant in the US MOST at risk of core damage from an earthquake

    GRASSROOTS NYC: This is an organization founded by fellow Daily Gotham blogger and DFNYC activist Dan Jacoby.

    GrassrootsNYC was created to provide a new method for generating real government reform in New York City. Instead of the old-fashioned method of fighting for reform (and usually not getting much done), GrassrootsNYC aims to leverage the power of tens of thousands of reform-minded New Yorkers to force our government to work for us - the way our Founding Fathers intended government to work.

    This is a real chance for you to get involved in reforming our political system from the bottom up. To find out more, visit GrassrootsNYC's website and sign up for updates. This could be one of the most important groups you can get involved with if you want to see NYC politics cleaned up.


    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 NYC Current TV is available on:
    Time Warner Digital: Channel 103
    DIRECTV: Channel 358
    DISH Network: Channel 196
    Comcast Digital: Channel 107
    AT&T U-Verse: Channel 189

    Check out their program schedule here.

    WWRL AM 1060

    Check out the daily programming schedule here.

    click here for their schedule of local events

    WWRL Book Club
    Become a member of the WWRL Morning Show, become a Morning Maniac.
    Here’s your chance to be the recipient of a morning show “MUST READ” book.
    Every Friday Mark Riley randomly selects a registrant, one per hour (6-9 am) and awards a “Must Read” that keeps up with world events

    Click Here to Join!

    NYC Blogs:

    City Hall News provides the substantive analysis of policy and politics often missing in other coverage.

    Second Ave. Sagas is the home for all news MTA on the Internet.

    Washington Square Park Blog updates on Washington Sq Pk and other NYC issues while advocating for reclaiming our city and our public spaces.

    Save St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan: Our beloved 160-year old hospital that has served New York City's Lower West Side as well as both World Trade Center bombings. But Bloomberg shut it down, depriving the Lower West Side of a hospital and condemning New Yorkers to die from lack of medical care. See what you can do to save medical care in Lower Manhattan.

    SoHo Politics: A resident's perspective on local politics in downtown Manhattan.

    MANHATTAN MEETUPS: Here are some local meetups geared for progressives

    The New York City Democratic Party Meetup Group
    This group is a dynamic active group which participates in local as well as national politics. From time to time we have speakers. We also discuss ways to improve the Democratic party and take action.

    Prior to a primary we do not support any particular candidate but rather we hope to bring IMPORTANT ISSUES to all of the democratic candidates.

    Come join!

    David Chen
    Click here to join.

    Liberal Book Club NYC
    We are lovers of liberal issues, Democratic politics and left of center books. We meet the first Tuesday evening every month (unless otherwise noted).

    We want to create a social and pleasant way to spend a couple of hours discussing selected book over cheese and wine. This is a friendly, unpretentious group of people meeting at a West Village clubhouse of one of the oldest liberal Democratic political clubs in New York City. We range in age from our 20s to 70s. Although diverse, our common ground is our love for making the world better through liberal ideals.

    Click here to join.

    Voterbook Manhattan
    Our grassroots group began in January 2007 to support Barack Obama for President. We are now a good citizen, political and social group. Our goal is to encourage and organize political participation by making politics fun and promoting our members' interests. We use of the internet to create offline discussion forums and political activities. While each of us may hold a different candidate or cause most dear at any given time, we are allied in our goals and ambition to create a better democracy. We have regular meetings in Manhattan.

    Click here to join.


    Bloomerg and the right wing New York Post want to help Wal-Mart open up in NYC even though Wal-Mart has been shown to deliberately destroy small businesses, use illegal immigrant labor paying them slave wages, and treating their workers badly.

    I don't mind big chain stores. I like IKEA and CostCo and Trader Joe's in particular. But Wal-Mart has been shown to be bad for communities they open up in.

    Wal-Mart has a gender discrimination suit against them still active: Meet the Woman Behind the Walmart Gender Discrimination Suit

    Click here for National Organization of Women's Statement on WalMart's Gender Discrimination.

    Learn about Wal-Mart’s Dismal Record on Worker and Customer Safety (PDF)

    Wal-Mart's Wage and Hour Violations (PDF)

    Check out these websites to find out how you can fight back.

    Wal-Mart Free NYC
    Neighborhood Retail Alliance

    Some Living Liberally groups in Manhattan: Progressive Action Through Social Interaction

    Reading Liberally NYC Classics
    "Saving Democracy One Book at a Time"
    A Liberal Book Club at a cool bar
    Third Monday of each month, 6:30 pm
    Stone Creek
    140 east 27th st in the backroom
    New York, NY, 10016

    Eating Liberally Manhattan
    Food and Good Politics Mix
    Eating Liberally meets every month -- with food, guest speakers, films, discussions -- though not on a consistent night
    Location: The Tank, 354 W. 45th Street (between 8th and 9th.)
    For more info: Contact the chapter leaders

    The Original Drinking Liberally
    "Promoting Democracy on Pint at a Time"
    * When? Every Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm
    * Where? Rudy's Bar & Grill, 627 9th Ave (between 44th and 45th)

    Drinking Liberally Steps Out
    * When? Third Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm
    * Where? XES Lounge, 157 West 24th St (Between 6th and 7th Avenue)

    Greenwich Village Drinking Liberally
    * When? First Tuesday of each month, 6:00 pm
    * Where? Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and Sullivan)

    Washington Heights Drinking Liberally
    * When? Last Sunday of each month, 6:30 pm
    * Where? Coogan's, 4015 Broadway (at 168th Street)

    Democracy for America Groups in Manhattan: Organizing the Left one Neighborhood at a Time.

    These Meet the First Wednesday of every month.

    Upper West Side - 7:00 pm, The Parlour (back room) - 250 West 86th Street (btwn B'way and West End Ave.), with hosts Bernadette Evangelist and Sally Swisher.

    West Village - 7:00pm, Kettle of Fish, 59 Christopher St. (near 7th Ave.) with host Tracey Keij-Denton.

    Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.

    Here are some local Manhattan branches:

    Ossining NAACP
    New York, NY 10006

    Mid Manhattan NAACP
    270 W 96TH ST
    New York, NY 10025

    New York NAACP
    144 WEST 125TH STREET
    New York, NY 10027

    National Jewish Democratic Council:

    The National Jewish Democratic Council is the trusted voice and resource for Democratic office holders, candidates and party organizations to better understand and engage with the Jewish community. NJDC mobilizes the Jewish community and convenes opinion leadership to support the Democratic promise for all Americans. We look to our Jewish tradition to guide us on the issues of social and economic justice, religious pluralism and the peace and security of the State of Israel that will be the hallmark of our work.

    NJDC believes that through our work in Democratic Party politics, we can ensure a better world for our children and grandchildren.

    For more information, or to become a member of the New York chapter, contact msudco2@aol.com.

    Americans United for Separation of Church and State
    NYC Chapter

    We come from all 50 states and a wide variety of religious, political and philosophical backgrounds. We are dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.

    P.O. Box 1660
    New York, NY 10163
    (646) 961-3792


    We’re here to welcome you to the New York City political scene. Whether you were a first-time voter in the last presidential election or you consider yourself a political guru, MYD’s purpose is to welcome, inspire, educate, and activate the youth of New York City.

    Meet MYD: Manhattan Young Democrats from Shannon Manning on Vimeo.

    Join the Manhattan Young Democrats and get involved–it’s the next step.

    Downtown Independent Democrats

    Since the 1970s, the Downtown Independent Democrats has been the voice for residents of lower Manhattan in the politics of the Democratic Party. Born from the reform movement that overturned many decades of party-boss rule in lower Manhattan, D.I.D. continues to support progressive government and issues, helps elect honest and intelligent public officials, and supports deserving and qualified judicial candidates. We serve as a direct conduit to local elected officials, organize forums to introduce prospective candidates to the voters, and then organize support behind our endorsed candidates.

    Our endorsements of candidates are always made at open public meetings, often after lively debate and discussion of the issues with the candidates themselves. We also provide printed and online voter information, sponsor get-out-the-vote drives and register new voters.

    D.I.D. fought for (and won) loft legislation, moderate-income housing, small business protection, better schools, better parks, and neighborhoods made safer with a better quality of life for our families.

    Our members actively serve on PTAs, the community boards, Community Emergency Response Teams, advocacy groups, as well as civic and neighborhood associations.

    The club's district covers one of the largest land areas of any club in Manhattan. Neighborhoods represented by the club include Battery Park City, the Financial District, TriBeCa, Hudson Square, SoHo, NoHo, the South Village, the Washington Square area, Washington Square Village, Silver Towers, Village View, and parts of the Lower East Side and the East Village, as well as Governors Island.

    For more info, contact:
    Jeanne Wilcke, President, tel: (917) 948-4859, email: info@didnyc.org
    Sean Sweeney, Treasurer, tel: (212) 460-9896, email: treasurer@didnyc.org
    Andy Neale, Webmaster, tel: (917) 517-2068, email: webmaster@didnyc.org



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