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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

    Phoenix/Maricopa County, AZ Focus

    On April 4, Stand in Solidarity with Working People:

    Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., where he was standing with sanitation workers demanding their dream of a better life. Today, the right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a middle-class life are under attack as never before.

    People across America—black, white, Latino and Asian American—are electrified by that same dream and are standing up for the right to join together for our common dreams.

    Join us to make April 4, 2011, a day to stand in solidarity with working people in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and dozens of other states where well-funded, right-wing corporate politicians are trying to take away the rights Dr. King gave his life for. It’s a day to show movement. A day to be creative, a day to show that “We Are One.”

    Phoenix, AZ Rally
    April 4, 2011 11:00AM to 01:00PM

    Join the Maricopa Area Labor Federation and the Arizona AFL-CIO as we honor the Lives of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez.

    IBEW LU 640/ 5808 N. 7th St.
    Phoenix, AZ
    Lunch will be provided. Donations Accepted RSVP Required

    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.


    Arizona has been practically ruined by short-sighted, right wing Republican policies, as outlined in considerable detail in this Daily Kos article.

    Thing about Arizona is it is one of the most ideal places in the world for solar energy. This should be blatantly obvious. I think re-energizing Arizona into the world leader in Solar Energy could well be a major part of solving Arizona's financial crisis.

    Below are a few resources for people interested in Alternative energy for Phoenix in particular and Arizona in general.

    Phoenix Solar:
    Join the Nation's Largest City-Sponsored Residential Solar Financing Program!
    Solar Phoenix is a collaboration among the City of Phoenix, National Bank of Arizona, APS and SolarCity.

    $0 Down to Get Started
    The program can allow qualifying Phoenix homeowners to install solar systems with no upfront investment and a monthly solar lease payment that is lower than their previous electricity bills.

    Affordable Solar Power
    The average Phoenix homeowner can save 15% on monthly electricity costs. Click below to speak to a solar advisor, or request a no-obligation quote for your home.

    Click here to sign up or for more info

    Arizona Solar:

    Thousands of utility customers throughout the U.S., who were tired of the high cost of electricity have taken advantage of generous rebates and tax credits which are available for the installation of solar electric systems on their homes and businesses.

    The State of Arizona is currently offering a cash rebate 25% (up to $35,000.00) for the installation of a solar system for your home or place of business !. And unlike the old solar systems of yesteryear that only produced hot water, these new systems actually produce electricity ! Clean reliable electricity to run lights, TVs, pumps, refrigerators, computers and many other appliances, all with free energy from the Sun.

    Call Toll Free: 1-877-498-6527

    The Phoenix Alternative Energy Meetup Group

    All Alternative Energy Meetups are scheduled to meet at 1:30pm on the second Saturday of each month. We are searching for a permanent location. Event fee: $1.00 per person

    Please join us for discussions and activities on various subjects related to energy use and alternatives to our current carbon-based system.

    For more info, sign up here.


    The Hispanic Women's Corporation (HWC) was founded in 1981 as a result of a series of meetings among Latina women whose shared experiences sparked recognition that Latinas have unique social concerns, cultural challenges and opportunities requiring exploration. Their diverse backgrounds in corporations, government and educational institutions led to the establishment of the HWC leadership and professional development institutes for women and students. HWC now has become a national force drawing over 2000 women to the Executive, Professional and Youth Leadership Institutes. Mis Negocios en Español will be a special Institute dedicated to the Spanish-speaking/bilingual entrepreneur. Continuing our HWC Youth Leadership Institute is imperative as we focus on the future of our 500 young Latinas annually in their high school years for higher education academic preparation and career initiatives.

    Find out about their important scholarships here.

    For more information:

    P.O. Box 20725
    Phoenix, Arizona 85018-0725
    Ph: 602-954-7995
    Fx: 602-954-7563

    And for those who are interested in combining social events and politics, here are the Drinking Liberaly events in Arizona:

    * Every other Thursday, 5:30-9:00 pm
    * Rosie McCaffrey's Irish Pub, 906 E Camelback Rd (9th St & Cameback on the North Side)
    * http://www.rosiemccaffreys.com/index.htm
    * Hosted by Stuart Dollar, phoenix (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * First Saturday of each month, 5:30 to 8:30
    * Epicurean Wine Bar, 7101 E Thunderbird Rd (Southwest corner of Scottsdale Rd & T'bird)
    * On T'bird at the west end of the retail area. It's tucked away and not hugely visible from the road.
    * Starting in February, we will be meeting the first Saturday of each month.
    * Please join us for a quick drink or the entire evening as we unite in promoting democracy one pint at a time! Cheers!!!
    * Hosted by Vicki Billing, Susan Fletcher and Maureen Young, scottsdale (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Maricopa County NAACP
    For years, the Maricopa County NAACP Branch has been following through on the promise of equal rights for all miniority communities of Maricopa County, Arizona. The branch has been actively fighting civil rights issues for decades. Today, our branch is proud to carry on the goals and objectives of the National Office for all citizens of Maricopa County, Arizona.

    Maricopa County NAACP
    P.O. Box 20883
    Phoenix, AZ 85036

    Telephone: (602) 252-4064
    Fax: (602) 252-2954

    Maricopa NAACP Youth Council
    PO BOX 20883
    Phoenix, AZ 85036

    Democracy For America – Maricopa County:

    Usually meet on the first Wednesday, but at either the Old Spaghetti Factory downtown OR at El Penasco in Tempe. Check the website to confirm

    Or Contact Us:

    P.O. Box 32653
    Phoenix, AZ 85064
    info at dfamc dot com

    An all volunteer Democratic club serving the greater Phoenix metro area. Founded in April 2004 by supporters of Gov. Howard Dean, we are the populist, self-empowered practitioners of democracy from the small to the large scale and we stand strong as pragmatic, undaunted, mainstream LIBERALS.

    Our purpose is to build civic participation aimed at electing progressive Democrats to office and to promote progressive policies on major issues.

    Our mission is to boldly uphold the principles of equality, justice and the democratic process by supporting socially progressive and fiscally responsible candidates and issues, providing training, getting out the vote, and offering public forums and other resources aimed at open political discourse.


    The Maricopa County Hispanic Network was the first chapter affiliate of the National Hispanic Network of the International City/County Managers Association. The objective of the Network is to help each individual member to achieve their full potential, both personal and professional, by proving positive example of self-improvement through education, mentoring, an active work place, and community involvement. The Network also promotes cultural awareness and enhances communication among all Maricopa County employees.

    For more info contact:

    Al Aguinaga
    Phone: 602-506-2737
    email: aaguinag@mail.maricopa.gov

    The East Valley Young Democrats meet every second Thursday at Chevy’s, 1335 S Alma School Rd, Mesa. Join us for happy hour at 6pm and our business meeting at 7pm.
    Get Email Updates

    Americans United for Separation of Church and State
    Greater Phoenix 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.

    For more details about our activities or events, email AUArizona@gmail.com or call (602) 492-3133.

    Maricopa County Democratic Party:

    Welcome to the lifeline for Democratic action in Maricopa County. We are the fifth largest metropolitan area in the U.S. and we are a hotbed for Democratic change.

    Farm team building happens here and we take the lead in recruiting and supporting candidates from school board to city council to county supervisor. We are intent on electing more Democrats who will support PUBLIC EDUCATION and AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE in 2010. Your support now will make an impact.

    We have doubled the number of Democratic Precinct Committeepersons in recent years. Our goal is to continue to recruit, train and support even more active Democrats.

    Check out our activities at: MaricopaDemocrat.com

    Recurring donations are strongly encouraged. As little as $5 a month makes a huge difference when every concerned Democrat steps up.

    Be a part of a flourishing Democratic team. Please donate generously today

    Arizona Biodiesel: AZ BioDiesel produces ASTM Certified B99 BioFuel from reclaimed oil at our processing plant in Gilbert, Arizona. Our goal is to reduce air pollution in Phoenix by introducing 1 million gallons of BioDiesel in 2009.

    New Extended Hours: 7AM-7PM M-F, 9AM-1PM Sat.

    FREE Delivery to most of the Phoenix Metro with orders of 250 or more gallons of biodiesel.

    Call our facility at 480-344-1480 Monday-Friday 7am-7pm, Saturday 9am-1pm

    Fuel Purchasing Options:

    Option 1: We can fuel your vehicle and/or we can fill up your fuel containers.

    Option 2: We can provide a 55 gallon barrel (small deposit required) for your fuel.

    Our Gilbert Fueling Facility Address and Map (Click here)

    All major credit cards accepted.

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

    Green Home Properties
    An EcoBroker Certified® REALTOR® with a goal to get buyers and sellers to think in terms of energy efficiency to reduce their utility bills.
    Phone: (602)524-3836
    Fax: (602)388-8116
    39021 N 21st Ave.
    Phoenix, AZ 85086

    Earth Maids, Inc.
    Eco-friendly, nontoxic professional cleaning serving the greater Phoenix area. All biodegradable, allergy-safe products used. Committed to you and our planet. Affordable, high quality.
    Phone: (877)MAID-ECO
    Fax: (480)302-7968

    Practical Art
    A wide range of utilitarian wares for every day life--from kitchen to furniture, jewelry to clothing--handcrafted by regional artisans.
    Phone: (602)264-1414
    Fax: (602)265-1141
    5070 North Central Ave.
    Phoenix, AZ 85012

    ecoLingo: earth friendly graphic design
    Special offer for Green Pages™ readers: 10% off.
    Eco-conscious design, education, mentoring, and consulting for visionary projects and businesses who share a caring commitment to the environment, good causes, and the community.
    Phone: (602)687-9803
    Fax: (602)230-7772
    3104 E. Camelback Rd.
    Phoenix, AZ 85016

    Wright Choice Promotions
    Earth-friendly promotional products to market and promote your earth-friendly business. Including: corn plastic pens, recycled plastic mugs, recycled paper notepads, and much more.
    Phone: (602)795-7300
    Fax: (602)391-2250
    150 W. Wood Dr.
    Phoenix, AZ 85029

    Kushtush Organics Eco Sleep Shop
    Organic bedding essentials, organic cotton linens. Comforters, organic cotton sheets, duvets, organic and vegan mattresses, mattress pads and bed pillows. Heirloom quality, naturally.
    Phone: (877)301-5892
    Business Office
    13625 S. 48th St. #2089
    Phoenix, AZ 85044

    Illuminated Funds Group
    Private fund management, including the structuring and creating of funds using investor designated strategies. Due diligence for venture capital and real estate investment. Member, First Affirmative Financial Network.
    Phone: (480)488-8690
    Fax: (480)488-9309
    P.O. Box 7950
    Cave Creek, AZ 85327-7950

    Ethos Green Energy Asset Finance, LLC
    Extends collaterized loans to renewable energy projects. Our borrowers use our loans to create clean energy, create jobs, and protect the environment.
    Phone: (800)557-5071
    Fax: (480)557-4991
    11111 N. Scottsdale Rd.
    Ste. 205
    Scottsdale, AZ 85254

    aka Green
    An eco-friendly building and design center providing outstanding products, consulting, architectural and interior design, and education for homeowners and business and industry professionals.
    Phone: (480)946-9600
    Fax: (480)946-9611
    8100 E. Indian School Rd.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251



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