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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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    NEW JERSEY FOCUS: Blogs, Blogger Radio, Food Co-ops, NAACP, NJDC, Latino Leadership Alliance, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events


    May 12-14: 16th Annual New Jersey Democratic State Conference

    Proposed Regulation Could Strip Certain Employees of Overtime Compensation Eligibility

    Republican Plan To Kill Medicare And "Privatize" Health Care For American Seniors Is Not A Solution

    Republican Thug Christie's bullying tactics not working with the Federal Government

    America Still Needs Unions

    All New Jersey Republicans vote to destroy Medicare

    New Jersey House Republicans vote to ignore Constitution

    Join the Fight to “Save Collective Bargaining” on Facebook

    Every Wednesday Evening: Blue Jersey Radio
    Wednesday nights at 8pm with hosts Jeff Gardner and Jason Springer. Listen live or download podcasts at anytime.

    Click here to listen!


    LeftyBlogs New Jersey is the place to find out what's happening in the progressive blogosphere across New Jersey.

    Blue Jersey is a great source for the latest in New Jersey politics.

    EnvironmentNJ: Fighting for New Jersey's Environment

    New Jersey:Politics Unusual: A blog about New Jersey politics by the Chairman of the Flemington Democratic Party

    Reporte Hispano: Spanish-language news coverage of New Jersey

    The Center of NJ Life: Central New Jersey news, and whatever else catches my interest, filtered through the sarcasm of a resident living in the center of Our Fair State.

    New Jersey Latino Foundation (Facebook Page): Our Vision is a better New Jersey society where everyone’s dreams can be achieved.

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    Sign up here to take action on behalf of working families in New Jersey. You will receive news and alerts from our E-Activist Network Center. We will notify you when we need you to contact legislators or other officials regarding important issues for working families in New Jersey.

    By including your home address information when you sign up, our E-Activist Network software will know which Congressional and Legislative District you live in. So when you want to send a fax to your legislator, it will automatically be sent to the correct legislator.

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    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.

    NJDC Chapter: New Jersey

    For more information, or to become a member of the New Jersey chapter, email larry@stemplerlaw.com.

    NEW JERSEY NAACP: Here is a list of local NAACP branches in New Jersey

    Chair: Deborah Smith Gregory
    800 S. 11th Street
    Newark 07108
    Phone: 201-563-0868
    Email: debfor1@aol.com

    President: Ruth C. Taylor
    PO Box 353
    Montclair 07042
    Email: ruthtaylor@montclairnaacp.org
    Email: info@montclairnaacp.org
    Website: www.montclairnaacp.org

    Asbury Park/Neptune
    President: Adrienne Sanders
    PO Box 1143
    Asbury Park 07712
    Fax: 732-775-8823
    email: asburyneptnaacp@aol.com
    website: www.asburyparkneptunenaacp.com

    Morris County
    President: Belvia Thompson
    PO Box 2256
    Morristown 07962
    Fax: 973-267-5261

    Atlantic City
    President: John Lyles-Belton
    PO Box 1977
    Atlantic City 08404
    Fax: 609-344-4483
    email: jhnbltn@aol.com

    New Brunswick
    President: Bruce Morgan
    PO Box 235
    New Brunswick 08903
    Fax: 732-296-0364
    email: newbrunswickareanaacp@gmail.com
    website: www.newbrunswickareanaacp.org

    President: Al Strickland
    PO Box 1764
    1195 East 21st Street
    Bayonne 07002
    Fax: 201-858-0915
    email: bayonnenaacp@aol.com

    President: Joyce Simmons
    PO Box 1262
    Newark 07102
    email: joyce_simmons916@yahoo.com

    President: Lionel Wilson
    PO Box 865
    Matawan 07747
    Fax: 732-290-0571
    email: bayshorenaacp@aol.com

    Ocean County/Lakewood
    President: James Waters
    PO Box 836
    Lakewood 08701
    Phonw: 732-364-3622
    email: coachjmw@aol.com

    Bergen County
    President: Estina Baker
    PO Box 1136
    Teaneck 07665
    Fax: 201-227-1875
    email: bc.naacpfamily@gmail.com
    email: www.bergencountynaacp.com

    President: Tom Puryer
    PO Box 1127
    East Orange 07019
    Phone: 973-675-5325
    Fax: 973-675-0506
    email: puryeartl@gmail.com

    Camden County
    President: Colandus Francis
    1123 1/2 Kaign Avenue
    Camden 08103
    Phone: 856-964-6705
    Fax: 856-342-8006
    email: darnhard@aol.com

    President: Calvin Merritt
    PO Box 1600
    Passaic 07055
    Phone: 973-472-7494
    Fax: 973-472-1711

    Camden County East
    President: Lloyd Henderson, Esq
    PO Box 53
    Lawnside 08045
    Phone: 856-547-8572
    Fax: 856-795-4072
    email: ldhend@hotmail.com

    President: Linda Smith
    PO Box AQ
    Paterson 07509
    Phone: 973-754-4233

    Cape May County
    President: Robert Jackson
    200 Eldridge Avenue
    Cape May Court House 08210
    Phone: 609-827-8974
    email: surffishing54@comcast.net

    Perth Amboy
    President: Rev. Milton Lester
    PO Box 1219
    Perth Amboy 08861
    Phone: 732-442-6508
    Fax: 732-324-6244
    website: http://www.naacp-panj.org
    email: president@naacp-panj.org

    President: Iman Rashada Haneef
    126 Broadway
    Elizabeth 07207
    Fax: 908-764-8044
    email: imanrashada@yahoo.com

    Plainfield Area
    President: Peter Briggs
    PO Box 368
    Plainfield 07060
    Phone: 908-753-7073
    Fax: 908-753-7179
    website: www.plainfieldnaacp.org
    email: naacpplainfieldarea@verizon.net

    Gloucester County
    President: Loretta Winter
    PO Box 545
    Williamstown 08094
    Phone: 856-728-4936
    Fax: 856-875-9799
    email: hwin10@verizon.net
    website: www.gcnjnaacp.org

    President: Shirley Palmer
    PO Box 424
    Rahway 07065
    Phone: 732-340-9477
    Fax: 732-381-8466
    email: tlswlg@aol.com

    Greater Delaware
    President: Dr. Cleophus Robinson
    PO Box 524
    Bordentown 08505
    Phone: 609-877-1598
    Fax: 609-871-4474
    email: car2ndi@aol.com

    President: Myrtle Counts
    PO Box 391
    Roselle 07203
    Phone & Fax: 908-241-9847
    (Call before faxing)
    email: naacpbranch2104@yahoo.com

    Greater Freehold
    President: Earl Fulcher
    PO Box 246
    Marlboro Annex 07746
    Phone: 732.431.5439
    Fax: 732-431-3117
    email: efs2@optonline.net

    Salem County
    President: Kennard Braxton
    396 Bailey Street
    Woodstown 08098
    Phone: 856-769-1575
    email: luth_sr@yahoo.com

    Greater Long Branch
    President: Lorenzo W. Dangler
    PO Box 472
    Long Branch 07740
    Phone: 732.571-9444
    Fax: 732-571-9699
    email: doublejay8@comcast.net

    Toms River
    President: Bahiyyah Abdullah
    PO Box 5144
    Toms River 08754
    Phone: 609-698-3198
    email: bahiyyah@aol.com

    Greater Red Bank
    President: Rev. Dr. Henry Davis Jr
    PO Box 311
    Navesink 07752
    Phone: 732-291-0105
    Fax: 732-872-0269
    email: drhpd@webtv.net

    President: Fred Herndon
    PO Box 1355
    Trenton 08608
    email: trentonnaacp@yahoo.com

    Greater Vineland
    President: Richard Smith
    PO Box 744
    Vineland 08360
    Phone: 609-501-1071
    email: NAACPgreatervinelandbranch@yahoo.com

    New Jersey Prison Branch
    President: Maurice Taylor
    PO Box 861
    Trenton, NJ 08625

    President: Carrie Gilliard
    PO Box 3385
    Hoboken 07030
    Fax: 201-222-6210
    email: gilliardcarrie@yahoo.com

    President: Marguerite Brown
    Chambers PO Box 669
    Summit 07902
    Phone: 973-674-1174
    Fax: 908-273-0489

    President: Kathleen Witcher
    PO Box 377
    Irvington 07111
    Fax: 973-373-0801

    Warren/Sussex County
    President: Melvin Warren
    PO Box 229
    Washington 07882
    Fax: 908-835-1582
    email: melvinmwarren@hotmail.com

    Jersey City
    President: Kabili Tayari
    153 Martin Luther King Drive
    Jersey City 07305
    email: info@naacp-jc.com
    website: www.naacp-jc.com

    President: Reva Foster-Shropshire
    PO Box 335
    Willingboro 08046
    Phone: 609-209-1386
    email: rfoster@willingborotwp.org

    President: Clifton Sudler
    PO Box 773
    Pleasantville 08232
    Phone: 609-407-0800
    Fax: 609-407-7224
    email: acsd120@yahoo.com

    Youth & College Division
    President: Paige Floyd
    email: njnaacpycd@gmail.com

    Metuchen/Edison Area
    President: Reginald Johnson
    PO Box 86
    Edison 08818
    Phone: 732-205-9888
    Fax: 732-205-1773
    email: info@naacpmeab.org
    website: www.naacpmeab.org

    President: James L McClain
    PO Box 141
    Mizpah 08342
    Phone: 609-476-2916
    Fax: 609-476-3281
    email: tcamaw3@gmail.com

    Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey (LLANJ)
    Contact Info:
    100 Jersey Avenue
    Box 15 Suite B-104
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    Telephone: 732.249.0400

    In 1999, four hundred Latino leaders from diverse organizations across the State of New Jersey convened a conference at Rutgers University that concluded in the creation of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey. As a non-partisan, non-exclusive organization, our diverse constituency is bound together by mutual strengths and common goals. Only in this way may we ensure that LLANJ plays a part in cultivating our next generation of Latino leaders.

    Members of LLANJ join together to create one voice for Latinos in New Jersey. In representing Latino parents, primary and secondary educators, community leaders, law enforcement, health care professionals, religious leaders, immigrant groups, student leaders and business professionals, we recognize how our various needs interconnect and work as a collective unit to shape the role of Latinos in New Jersey.

    Check out their calendar of events here.

    New Jersey Stonewall Democrats is on Facebook:

    New Jersey Stonewall Democrats claism to be "New Jersey's only grassroots Democratic LGBTI organization." And from what I can find, there aren't too many others around. If you want to fight for LGBT rights in New Jersey, sign up with NJ Stonewall Democrats on Facebook.

    And for less political LGBT resources: PFLAG of North Jersey: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of North Jersey is a group of people who meet regularly in the South Orange area and are dedicated to providing support, education, and advocacy to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, their families and their friends. Meetings are 2nd Sunday of Every Month. Our regular meeting is from 2:30 to approximately 4:15. Newcomer's meet from 1:30 to 2:30 in a smaller, more informal setting. For more info contact: Helpline: 973-267-8414 or

    New Jersey for Democracy:
    Howard Dean started the strategy that won big in 2006 and 2008. Let's continue to the tradition. Here are the local Democracy for America groups in New Jersey:

    North Jersey -

    Bergen County
    meets at the Ethical Culture Society
    687 Larch Ave
    Teaneck, NJ 07666
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/bergen

    Essex County
    Cryan's Beef & Ale House
    24 First Street
    South Orange, NJ 07079
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/essex

    Hudson County
    The Hard Grove Cafe
    319 Grove St.
    Jersey City, NJ 07302
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/hudson
    (First Wednesday of the Month, 7:30pm)

    Morris County
    Morris County Democratic Headquarters
    11 Washington St
    Morristown, NJ 07960
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/morris

    Passaic County
    Puzo's Restaurant (Upstairs)
    4 Garfield Ave.
    Hawthorne, NJ 07506
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/passaic
    (First Thursday of the Month)

    Union County
    Rockin Joe Cafe
    20 Prospect Street
    Westfield, NJ 07090
    RSVP at Union Meetup

    Warren County
    MS Health Software Corp
    605 Grand Ave.
    Hackettstown, NJ
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/nwnj

    Central Jersey -

    Hunterdon County
    Friendly Grounds Coffee
    36 Mine St.
    Flemington, NJ
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/hunterdon

    Mercer County
    Carl A Fields Center
    86 Olden Street
    (Corner of Olden St and Prospect Ave on Princeton Univ campus)
    Princeton, NJ
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/mercercounty
    (please check DFA-Link for schedule)

    Middlesex County
    Panera Bread
    1551 Route 1 South
    Edison, NJ 08837
    (732) 516-1611
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/middlesexNJ

    Monmouth County
    Racioppi's Kitchen
    107 Oakland St. (at the train station at Bridge Ave.)
    Red Bank, NJ
    (917) 863-2408
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/monmouth

    Somerset County
    Somerset County Complex
    40 North Bridge St. (off of High)
    Somerville, NJ
    RSVP at Somerset Meetup
    (Second or Third Tuesday of the Month)

    South Jersey -

    Camden County
    Haddon Township Library
    15 MacArthur Blvd
    Westmont, NJ 08108
    RSVP at Progressive Democracy South Jersey
    4th Tues. of month

    Gloucester County
    RSVP at Democracy for Gloucester County
    (Please check DFA-Link for date & location)

    Ocean County
    Joshua Huddy Brew Pub and Grill
    1250 Hooper Ave.
    Toms River
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/oceancounty
    (First Tuesday of the Month)


    It took nearly 7 years living within a few blocks of one of the biggest food co-ops in America before Joy and I joined it. We were definitely reluctant. But, in the end the lack of good produce and the decline of our local supermarkets led to us joining. And the result is a slighly more inconvenient shopping trip each week, but much healthier, higher quality and cheaper food. I recommend joining a co-op if there is one nearby. You will save money and eat healthier. So I will list some local food co-ops in New Jersey:

    Purple Dragon Co-op
    289 Washington Street
    Glen Ridge, New Jersey 07028
    Phone: (973) 429-0391
    FAX: (732) 247-0103

    Purple Dragon Co-op was formed in 1987 to bring natural foods into our area at prices closer to wholesale. In 1989, we began working to improve the availability of exquisitely fresh organic produce for our members. Janit London, a songwriter and veteran of many food co-ops, with 20 years’ experience in the Natural Foods business, designed Purple Dragon’s unique format, i.e., a new low-labor co-op model that works for today’s busy families.

    Purple Dragon originated the idea of a mixed produce variety basket that has been copied all over our area and has become a national trend. We buy from many local organic and some ecological farmers and work closely with them to support their efforts to grow food in an ecologically sound manner in our own community.

    We also shop up and down the East Coast, eastern Canada, the rest of the US, Europe, New Zealand, Israel and buy from certain farms in Central and South America and the Caribbean. When in doubt about a grower’s authenticity, we double check certifications with reliable sources in the industry. We work to provide you with the finest and most interesting variety of organic produce available.

    We work constantly to refine and improve our service. We welcome your suggestions. We are also different in that we are the only group that is really a co-op. Our members actually work (see “How much do I have to work?”) This allows lower prices, better quality produce, and we get to meet people with similar interests in our area. It is also a chance to be closer to nature by handling the beautiful fruits and vegetables soon after they arrive from local farms.

    Another difference is that we stand up for what we believe. We recycle all office paper, use only recycled paper, return crates to farmers and support environmental and organic farming associations, including the Organic Trade Association, CAFF, Sierra Club, NYCAP, NCAP, NOFA, American Farmland Trust, and the NJ Organic Farming Association.

    George Street Co-op
    89 Morris Street
    New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
    Phone: (732) 247-8280
    FAX: (732) 247-0103

    The George Street Co-op is a non-profit natural foods store owned and run by its members. We sell vegetarian foods with the greatest nutritional value possible, and only minimal processing, additives or toxins. Everyone is welcome to shop at the Co-op and choose from our excellent selection of fresh organic produce, bulk foods, vitamins & herbs, body care and earth-friendly products, gifts, and more.

    The Co-op serves the community by supporting local farms, community groups, events and gardens. We host a variety of outreach programs and informational seminars and produce a free, informative publication, Food for Thought.

    We are also committed to bringing jobs and wellness into the area as a conscientious employer providing a safe, healthy work environment and offering benefits and competitive wages to our employees.

    In Good Taste
    1301 N Delsea Drive
    Vineland, New Jersey 08360
    Phone: (609) 794-4856
    FAX: (856) 794-4856

    Drinking Liberally:

    For the more social and fun-oriented (and booze oriented), there's Drinking Liberally. Here are the New Jersey Drinking Liberally Chapters:

    Hillsborough, New Jersey
    * Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 8:00 pm onward
    * Petrock's Bar and Grill, 419 Amwell Rd (at Amwell and 206)
    * Hosted by Matthew Dawson, hillsborough (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Montclair, New Jersey
    * Second Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm onward
    * Just Jake's, 30 Park Street (b/t Bloomfield & Claremont)
    * We meet in the REAR DINING ROOM. Turn left after entering, go past the juke box, bar and W.C.
    * Ample parking in municipal lot next to Just Jake's (free after 7 pm)
    * ** Mtclair DL ON THE ROAD, TUES, NOV 13, from 8PM at PAUL'S BAR & BOWLING, 377 CROOKS AVE, PATERSON, NJ (973) 278-1982 http://local.yahoo.com/details?id=10780514 **THIS IS AN ADDITIONAL MEETING, WE STILL HAVE OUR USUAL 2nd THURSDAY
    * Hosted by Kevin Kelly and Dan Evans Farkas, montclair (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * Third Thursday of each month, 8:00 pm onwards
    * Hennessey's Tavern, 140 Morris St (Corner of Elm & Morris, next to the train station)
    * There's plenty of public parking behind train station or on Elm Street.
    * Come on by & raise a pint with other fun loving local progressive's! Hope to see you there...
    * Hosted by Jim Long, Chip Robinson, David Cochran and Linda Humphries, morristown (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * First Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * The Hop, 14 N Morris St
    * Hosted by Jim Long, Chip Robinson, Dave Cochran and Linda Humphries, dovernj (at) drinkingliberally.org

    New Brunswick, New Jersey
    * Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Doll's Place, 101 Paterson St (corner of Paterson & Joyce Kilmer)
    * Hosted by Bob Scardapane and Chris Swasey, newbrunswick (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Pennsauken, New Jersey
    * First and third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Kings Row Sports Bar and Billiards, 6030 S Crescent Blvd (Route 130 N)
    * Hosted by Art Williams and Denise Williams, pennsauken (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Toms River, New Jersey
    * First Tuesday of each month, 8:00 pm onward
    * Joshua Huddy Brew Pub, 1250 Hooper Ave (across from Ocean County Mall)
    * Hosted by Robin Kinlin and Ian Valentine, tomsriver (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Cape May County Federation of Democratic Women Meeting
    Sam DiVico Senior Center
    Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
    Join the Cape May County Federation of Democratic Women to discuss important local, state and federal issues. All are encouraged to join!

    2nd Thursday of every month.
    Sam DiVico Senior Center
    Romney Place
    Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

    Alternative energy and Sustainable Agriculture in New Jersey:

    Some stats from Repower America:

    * New Jersey has approved a 350-megawatt, offshore wind farm at least 16 miles out to sea. If completed in 2013 as scheduled, it will be the first offshore wind farm in the US.

    * The state's energy efficiency programs save enough electricity to power over 25,000 homes for a whole year, save more than $29.2 million in energy costs, and prevent the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking over 20,000 cars off the road. Although great progress, the state still has much more potential to increase its energy efficiency.

    * New Jersey has a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that requires all public utilities to generate 22.5% of their electricity from renewable energy resources by 2021.

    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 New Jersey, 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.

    The Newark Alternative Energy Meetup Group
    Meet other local individuals interested in exploring all forms of Alternative Energy. Discuss ways to preserve the world's resources and protect the environment!

    In Addition, you will receive informative newsletters that are chock full of Alternative Energy news from around the country. For more info go here.

    Alternative Energy Resources in New Jersey: a short summary of alternative energy resources for New Jersey. For more information on each technology, visit the State Energy Alternatives Technology Options page.

    Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey is a twenty two year-old, membership based educational nonprofit organization. We are a unique collaboration among the stakeholders in our food system; our members and our governing board include farmers, consumers, retailers, processors, educators and researchers. We serve as a catalyst in the development of a sustainable organic agricultural system; provide assistance to both organic and progressive conventional farmers to help build and maintain sustainable operations; educate diverse audiences about the significance and meaning of organic practices for food and the environment; and provide independent, third-party certification to organic farms and processors.



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