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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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I am a research biologist in NYC. Married with two kids living in Brooklyn.

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  • Saturday, April 02, 2011

    Roanoke County, VA Focus

    April 4, 2011 07:30PM to 08:30PM

    Roanoke Candlelight Vigil
    Where: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Bridge- Downtown Roanoke (Henry and Centre)
    When: April 4, 2011 at 7:30PM – 8:30PM
    Who: Workers, community activists and allies, religious leaders, elected officials, and students

    92 Centre Avenue NW
    Roanoke, VA

    Roanoke Area Activists Send a Message to Wall St.

    ...union activists around Virginia took part in the AFL-CIO's "Good Jobs Now, Make Wall Street Pay" week of action. In Roanoke, members from CWA, IBEW, and SMWIA locals educated the public about Wall Street's continued shenanigans.

    Members handed out leaflets describing the bailout money Bank of America received in TARP funds as well as the millions in bonuses they're handing out to their highest execs.

    Jody Moore and Chuck Simpson, both out of CWA Local 2204, explained that the TARP money wasn’t supposed to simply “go into CEOs’ pockets as bonuses, but was intended to create jobs.”

    Tommy Miller (IBEW Local 26) noted, "they've been bailed out of the situation, now we need them to invest back into the system to create jobs for people. Lots of jobs."

    They're now spending millions to lobby against financial reform and against basic ground rules that will help prevent the type of financial disaster that brought the US economy to its knees. These regulations include the creation of a strong independent consumer protection agency. We call on the banks to stop fighting against sensible reform.

    Wall Street still doesn't get the message. Their mindset is that they can keep doing the same practices- the same ones that got us into this hole.

    We spoke with one gentleman who owns a small photography business and whose brother has an automotive shop.

    We actually could use the help in our shops but without loans we're not able to expand our business and hire. We're not in a position to be hiring really qualified, top employees.

    At our Norfolk action, Warren Kilgore, IBEW Local 80, added, "It's time to give money back to Main Street, not Wall Street, and have some justice for the working class folks who are trying to pay their mortgages and scraping along in an economy with high unemployment."

    Roanoke Sierra Club

    The Roanoke Group is a unit of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club, founded in 1892 by the legendary John Muir, is the largest grass-roots environmental organization in the world. We work on local, state, national, and global environmental issues. We sponsor programs, social, educational and recreational activities for our members and the public (see CALENDAR of EVENTS for details). For information about our officers and other leaders, click the "contact us" link.

    A movie about the Roanoke area's environment from RIDE Solutions:

    Here are some local resources in the Roanoke area of Virginia:

    NAACP in Roanoke, VA:
    Post Office Box 12362
    Roanoke, Virginia 24025
    Office Phone (540) 344-2424

    The Roanoke Branch was originally established 87 years ago to follow through on the promise of equal rights for all minority communities in Roanoke, Virginia and the surrounding areas. The branch has been actively fighting civil rights issues ever since. Today, our branch is proud to carry on the goals and objectives of the National Office for all citizens of Roanoke, Virginia.

    Check out NAACP's Our Voices on Television:
    Our Voices television broadcast each Sunday (12:30 PM and 6:30 PM on WDRL 24)
    Our Voices radio broadcast each Saturday (9:00 AM on WTOY 1480 radio)

    Roanoke County Democrats
    P.O. Box 20061
    Roanoke, VA 24018-0007

    (540) 343-5652
    1319 Grandin Rd
    Roanoke, VA 24015

    General Store Hours
    Mon. - Sat., 8am - 8pm
    Sunday, 9am - 7pm

    Happy Belly Deli Hours
    Now Open Everyday
    11am - 2pm

    Incorporated in 1975, Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op...provides our community with nutritious food choices and earth-friendly products. Operating from cooperative principles, we support sustainable environmental practices, local organic farmers, local businesses, and our community.

    We are the largest cooperatively owned natural foods grocery store in Virginia, and though we’re member owned, ownership is not required to shop. Our products are many, our selection diverse, and our promise unwavering – that you will find quality items for sale in our store with no artificial colorants, preservatives, or additives.

    LGBT Roanoke, Virginia is on Facebook
    An open group for Roanoke, VA that support LGBT members, and the friends, family, and supporters of the LGBT community! Serving Roanoke, VA and surrounding cities!

    Check them out here.

    Also check out: Outright Roanoke Book Club
    We are a new book club for LGBT youth!
    Each month we read a book that has an
    LGBT theme or main character.
    We meet on the first Thursday of each
    month from 7-8pm.

    From Roanoke's Clean and Green website

    RIDE Solutions
    This initiative of the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission advocates and provides information and referral for alternatives to single-vehicle transportation, such as carpool matching, bike route mapping, and telecommuting. Works with groups such as ShareBike, which supports the availability of a fleet of bicycles for short-term use by anyone in the community.

    Roanoke Community Garden Association
    RCGA’s mission is to create sustainable community gardens throughout the Roanoke Valley. Its flagship is the Frank Roupas Community Garden in Southeast, dedicated in December 2009. (website not up and running yet??)

    Roanoke Permaculture Education Guild
    Promotes an integrated approach to sustainability through such practices as planting edible landscapes, expanding the urban forest, and composting, with an eye toward healing the earth and encouraging self-sufficiency.

    Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition
    Cool Cities uses education, outreach, and community action to work toward policy-level solutions to the problem of global warming.

    Roanoke Valley Greenways Commission
    The Roanoke Valley Greenways Commission is an umbrella organization for the development of the valleywide greenways network by the City of Roanoke, Roanoke County, the City of Salem and the Town of Vinton. Pathfinders for Greenways is a partner group that provides an outlet for volunteers who want to work on greenways projects.



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