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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).

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  • Saturday, April 02, 2011

    Philadelphia, PA Focus


    Extremely important: Public Leafleting - Transit Hubs
    April 4, 2011 06:00AM to 06:00PM

    The Philadelphia labor movement will be out at transit hubs, shopping centers, and lunchtime hotspots to spread the word about the attacks on workers and the middle class. To get involved in this critical action, Contact: Nick Alpers, (215) 665-9800

    Sponsored by:
    Central Labor Council
    Local Philadelphia

    Philadelphia, PA

    TUGSA 4/4 Rally
    April 4, 2011 12:00PM to 02:00PM

    Recent elected Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Corbett has released his budget for the upcoming year. This budget includes a 50% cut to Temple Universities state funding, reducing our overall state funding to roughly 10% of our operating budget. These cuts are but one part of the attacks on working people and education taking place across the country!

    This affects all of us. Tuition may go up, pay may go down, and some people may lose their jobs all together if this is allowed to pass. But it does not have to happen. There are other ways to balance Pennsylvania’s budget than by passing the buck on to Pennsylvania workers and students!!

    Join TUGSA (the Temple University Graduate Student Association) for a rally on Liacouras Walk (near the 7-11) at noon on April 4th, 2011. April 4th is the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was killed while fighting for the rights of workers, and April 4th, 2011 is going to serve as a day of solidarity with workers’ struggles around the country, including those in Wisconsin. The rally will focus on the “Gradjunct” issue here at Temple as well as the recent budget proposal, and will be in solidarity with workers around the country!

    Sponsored by:
    American Federation of Teachers
    Local TUGSA, AFT #6290

    Liacauras Walk, Temple University (near the 7-11)
    Philadelphia, PA

    Liacauras Walk is a walking path on Temple University's main campus in North Philadelphia. The rally will be held here, near the 7-11 and Barton Hall.

    We Are One-Screen Actors Guild
    April 4, 2011 02:00PM to 04:00PM

    We will be handing out flyers from 1515 Market Street exit of Septa's Suburban Station to entrance of Temple University's Center City Campus 1515 Market Street.

    Sponsored by:
    Screen Actors Guild
    Local Also AEA Actors Equity

    1515 Market Street Suburban Station Septa exit thru entrance to Temple University Center City building
    Philadelphia, PA

    We will be handing out flyers from 1515 Market Street exit of Septa's Suburban Station to entrance of Temple University's Center City Campus 1515 Market Street.

    We Are One at Temple University
    April 4, 2011 03:30PM to 05:00PM

    Unions at Temple University rally together in solidarity with others across the country, and on the anniversary of the assasination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, to fight against budget cuts proposed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.

    Speakers include:Randi Weingarten, President of The America Federation of Teachers; Henry Nicholas, President, District 1199C and The National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees AFSCME, AFL-CIO who is to speak at 4 p.m. and Patrick J. Eiding, President of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO. Similar solidarity and protest rallies will be held at union worksites and public areas across the Philadelphia region.

    This rally is sponsored jointly by: District 1199C National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees,American Federation of Teachers, Pennsylvania
    Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ
    Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals
    Temple University Graduate Student Association
    Temple Association of University Professionals
    AFSCME Local 1723, District Council 47
    Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO

    Sponsored by:
    American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
    Local AFT, AFSCME, SEIU locals and PASNAP

    Temple University, In front to The Liacouris Center 1776 N. Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA

    March Madness
    April 4, 2011 08:00PM to 11:30PM

    Eight PM rally with audio visual presentation focused on WE ARE One message followed by the live showing of the NCAA Championship game on projection screen.
    Beef and Beer minimum $25.00 dollar per ticket to support candidates for Philadelphia City Council supporting middle class worker's rights.

    Sponsored by:
    International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada
    Local 8

    2401 South Swanson Street
    Philadelphia, PA

    Teach-In: Temple University
    April 5, 2011 05:00PM to 09:00PM

    Temple University
    Anderson Hall
    Room 14

    1801 N. Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA

    Teach-In: Community College of Philadelphia
    April 5, 2011 02:00PM to 06:00PM

    Community College of Philadelphia
    Library Classroom - Main Campus

    Sponsored by:
    Fight Back USA

    1700 Spring Garden Street
    Philadelphia, PA

    We Are One: Workers Collective Bargaining Rights Under Attack
    April 5, 2011 12:00PM to 01:00PM

    We Are One: Workers Collective Bargaining Rights Under Attack
    Sponsored by the
    Temple NLG Labor & Employment Committee & The AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee

    Tuesday, April 5th
    12:00 PM
    Coffee and Lunch Provided!

    April 4th is a nationwide day of solidarity and action in response to the recent events in Wisconsin and other states, focused on the importance of collective bargaining and workers rights. People throughout the labor movement are planning all sorts of events for that day -- bringing the energy that started in Wisconsin to the streets, schools, and town centers of their communities. In particular, the AFL-CIO is coordinating an effort to reach out to students on that day. On April 5th, the Temple NLG Labor & Employment Committee is sponsoring an event focused on the recent state attacks on unions and collective bargaining, with an emphasis on the importance of organized labor and workers rights to both economic equality and political democracy.

    For more information, contact: templenlg@gmail.com

    Temple Law School, Klein Hall, Room K1C
    Philadelphia, PA

    How The Governor Corbett Budget Hurts
    May 1, 2011 02:00PM to 04:00PM

    The event is a non partisan voter education event in held on and in honor of Sunday, May Day, 2011, and is being held by the Philadelphia Area Black Radical Congress as well as other participating organizations such as the Philadelphia National Writers Union and the Philadelphia United for Peace and Justice Delaware Valley Network Education Committee regarding the cuts by Pennsylvania Governor Corbett. The event will be geared to working class and African American communities and everybody is invited to attend. There will be light refreshment, and a question and answer session at the end of the panel presentations.

    Sponsored by:
    Local National Writers Union, Local 1981 Philadelphia Chapter
    Max Attendees: 100

    Free Library, 19th and Vine Streets
    Philadelphia, PA

    Call: PABRC Secretary, R. Johnson at 215-848-1806

    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 Philadelphia: Young Philly Politics: Progressive, Young, Philadelphia Politics, from Small to Big.


    Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO
    Janet Ryder
    United Way of Southeastern PA
    7 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    Phone: (215) 665-2612
    Fax: (215) 665-2531
    E-Mail: janetr@uwsepa.org

    Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO Boycott Action:
    Wal-Mart: Unfair Labor Practices (ongoing)
    FROM: Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO and UFCW Local 1776
    SITUATION: Unfair Labor Practices by Wal-Mart. (Please read more here: http://www.ufcw1776.org/frameset.html then click the Wal-Mart button at the top.)

    How Can You Help?
    Please go to: http://www.walmartstores.com/wmstore/wmstores/HomePage.jsp?template=OnlineForm.jsp and fill out the form and voice your opinion to Wal-Mart. Also please don't buy at Wal-Mart until this situation is resolved.

    NAACP IN PHILADELPHIA: The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination.

    1619 W. Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121
    J. Whyatt Mondesire, President

    Philly Americans for Democratic Action:

    Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) is the oldest liberal political organization in the country. It was founded in 1947 by Eleanor Roosevelt, John Kenneth Galbraith, former Senator and Vice President Hubert Humphrey, and the late Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

    From its national base in Washington, D.C., ADA lobbies and works for liberal ideals and liberal candidates, and such progressive issues as Universal healthcare, A Woman's right to Choose, Arms Control and Disarmament, Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, Sensible Gun Control, Public Education, an End to Hate Crimes and Discrimination, an end to the Iraq War, and Good Government.

    The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of ADA, based in Philadelphia, works to unite for common counsel and action progressive forces in the Philadelphia metropolitan area who are concerned with the preservation and extension of democracy. We dedicate ourselves, as an organization of progressives, to the achievement of freedom and economic security for all peoples everywhere through education and advocacy. We strive to be a watchdog for Good Government and Sustainable Planning.

    Click here to join.

    Click here to register with their blog.


    Founded in 1985, Asian Americans United’s mission is to build leadership in Asian American communities to build our neighborhoods and unite against oppression.

    AAU has worked in Philadelphia’s Asian American communities and in broader multiracial coalitions around quality education, youth leadership, anti-Asian violence, immigrant rights, and folk arts and cultural maintenance.

    Among our accomplishments are: initiating and monitoring the settlement of a lawsuit with the School District of Philadelphia to improve services to immigrant students; developing the leadership of hundreds of youth through the Community Youth Leadership Project and the Asian American Youth Workshop; creating the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival; and founding the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School.

    For more info, contact: 1023 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123,
    215.925.1538, aau @ aaunited.org

    1421 Walnut St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19102
    Email : info@phillyyoungdems.org

    The Philadelphia Young Democrats seeks to stimulate and cultivate in young people an active interest in the electoral process and governmental affairs, promote their involvement at all levels in the Democratic Party, promote the acquisition of political power by young people, foster and perpetuate democratic ideals and principals to the highest degrees of justice and social welfare.

    To volunteer sign up here.

    DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA IN PHILADELPHIA: the local affilliate of Howard Dean's Democracy for America. Progressive Grassroots at its best.

    Philly for Change Meeting: first Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Find out more about the group at www.phillyforchange.com


    Neighborhood Networks traces its origins to the MoveOn presidential campaign of 2004. After the election a core group of MoveOn veterans around the city decided to keep the energy and connections alive by continuing to hold monthly potlucks over the winter. When they discovered that similar activity was happening outside their own wards, the groups planned to form a new organization. They joined together at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in June, 2005, and Neighborhood Networks was born. The idea was to create an ongoing organization to push for progressive candidates and policies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the national level...

    Click here to join.

    Connect with your neighborhood:

    15th Ward
    21st & 22nd Wards
    2nd Ward
    5th Ward
    8th Ward
    9th Ward
    South Philly
    West Philly

    Click here for their calendar of local events.

    Click here for news from Neighborhood Networks.

    216 West Somerset Street . Philadelphia, PA 19133 . 215.763.8870

    Congreso is a human services organization for the 21st Century. Established in 1977, we are a nationally-recognized leader in human services. Our staff and clients reflect the diversity of our community. They include Latinos, African-Americans, and many others.

    Click here for job opportunities

    For more services, click here.

    DRINKING LIBERALLY PHILADELPHIA: Political action through social interaction, combining fun and politics

    Center City
    Every Tuesday of each month, 6:00 pm
    Jose Pistola's Upstairs Bar, 263 S. 15th St. (Upstairs bar)

    Mount Airy
    Every Sunday of each month, 12:30 pm
    Infusion Coffee & Tea, 7133 Germantown Ave. (http://www.infusioncoffeeandtea.com)

    Making A Progressive Philadelphia:
    Our mission is to fund thoughtful, committed citizens who can positively transform the City of Philadelphia neighborhood by neighborhood through the use of micro-grants.

    For more info:
    P.O. Box 22589 | Philadelphia, PA 19110 | 215.668.3874

    GREEN BUSINESSES IN PHILADELPHIA: These are some of the best businesses in town. Taken from the Green America Green Pages

    Recycle Bank
    Provides a cost-effective and environmentally conscious solution to waste management through an incentive-based recycling program that rewards households for the amount recycled.
    Phone: (215)564-2224
    Fax: (215)609-3013
    1800 JFK Blvd.
    Ste. 502
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Fair Trade Resource Network
    Most complete information hub about Fair Trade. Free monthly newsletter, flyers, PowerPoint, booklets, wall calendar, curricula, jobs, academic catalog, and book and film reviews.
    Phone: (917)464-5558
    P.O. Box 12347
    Philadelphia, PA 19119-0347

    Mugshots Coffeehouse
    Fair Trade cafe with local food menu of salads, sandwiches and desserts. Visit us online for coffee, gift baskets, and gift cards.
    Phone: (267)514-7145
    2100 Fairmount Ave.
    Philadelphia, PA 19130
    United States

    White Dog Cafe
    Uses products from local, organic farmers. Conducts community-building projects, including talks and community tours. Adjacent store, The Black Cat, features a line of whole-world products.
    Phone: (215)386-9224
    Fax: (215)386-1185
    3420 Sansom St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-3404

    Essene, Natural Food Market & Cafe
    "Philadelphia's premier natural foods market and cafe. Providing the highest-quality organic foods since 1969."
    Phone: (215)922-1146
    Fax: (215)922-5150
    719 S. 4th St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19147-3101

    Mariposa Food Co-op
    Working member natural foods co-op. Established in 1971. Located in West Philadelphia. Prospective members can shop once before joining. All are welcome.
    Phone: (215) 729-2121
    Show Map
    4726 Baltimore Ave.
    Philadelphia, PA 19143-3503

    Philly Fair Trade Roasters, LLC
    (formerly joe coffee bar) 100% organic, Fair Trade coffee beans by a small, independent distributor. "Winner 2006 People's Choice Local Leadership Award."
    Phone: (267)270-2563
    4634 Woodland Ave.
    Philadelphia, PA 19143

    Neshaminy Valley Natural Foods Distributor, Ltd.
    New organic and natural foods, eco-safe home and personal care products. Distributes, by truck, over 4,000 products from MA to VA; UPS nationwide.
    Phone: (215)443-5545
    Fax: (215)443-7087
    Ginko Industrial Park
    5 Louise Dr.
    Ivyland, PA 18974-1525

    Love Your Fruits & Vegetables LLC
    A premier green cookery for kids. Cooking classes, birthday parties for two years and up. Licenses available in all states.
    Phone: (877)445-6051
    Fax: (877)445-6051
    P.O. Box 462
    Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
    United States

    Earth Love'n Paper Products
    Colorful and affordable gift wrap and note cards printed on 100% post-consumer waste, processed chlorine-free paper. No new trees! Designs for all occasions. Custom design services available.
    Phone: (484)477-5510
    Fax: (610)940-3805
    P.O. Box 233
    Lafayette Hill, PA 19444

    Sun & Earth, Inc.
    Natural cleaning products for your home and office. Safe to use around baby, family, and pets. (Nontoxic, hypoallergenic, and biodegradable.)
    Phone: (800)596-7233
    Fax: (610)239-9688
    221 King Manor Dr.
    King of Prussia, PA 19406

    Sunpower Builders Solar Installations
    Now in our fourth decade of solar system installations and energy efficient construction, SunPower Builders is a southeastern PA leader in sustainable design-build projects.
    Phone: (610)489-1105
    Fax: (610)489-6608
    80 Pechins Mill Rd.
    Collegeville, PA 19426-3222

    Opportunity Finance Network
    "The leading national network of private-sector community development financial institutions." The network invests in small businesses, affordable housing, and community services. Opportunity Finance provides advocacy, financing, consulting, and information services. Mission is to lead the CDFI system to scale through capital formation, policy, and capital development.
    Phone: (215)923-4754
    Fax: (215)923-4755
    Public Ledger Bldg.
    620 Chestnut St., Ste. 572
    Philadelphia, PA 19106-3413

    Responsible Endowments Coalition
    The Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC) works to build and unify the college and university-based responsible investment movement, both by educating and empowering a diverse network of individuals to act on their campuses, and by fostering a national network for collective action.
    Phone: (215)564-2201
    P.O. Box 2292
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Hydros Bottle LLC
    Never buy bottled water again! Hydros Bottle is a filtered water bottle designed to give you crisp, refreshing water on the go.
    Phone: (866)830-1310
    Fax: (215)390-1451
    3733 Spruce St.
    Ste. 442
    Philadelphia, PA 19104



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