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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

    Wichita, KS Focus

    April 4, 2011 07:00PM to 09:00PM

    On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding their dream: The right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life.

    Today, that same demand is electrifying people across America. It's the demand of all people- black, white, Latino and Asian American: The right to join together for our common dreams.


    Join us in Wichita as we stand as ONE!

    Join us on Monday, April 4 at 7:00 PM at the Kansas African American Museum located at 601 N Water St.

    This free event will feature speakers from the Kansas Legislature, labor, civil rights and women's rights movements, as they all stand in solidarity with labor in Kansas.

    Event sponsored by the Wichita/Hutchinson Labor Federation, the Kansas NAACP and Kansas NOW.

    Sponsored by:
    Central Labor Council
    601 N. Water
    Wichita, KS

    RSVP here.

    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.

    Wichita Public Radio
    89.1 FM

    3317 E. 17th St. N. Wichita, KS 67208
    Ph: 316-978-6789

    KMUW is one of more than 800 listener-supported, noncommercial radio stations in the United States generally described as “public radio.” Licensed to Wichita State University, KMUW operates at 100,000 watts at 89.1 FM with a schedule of programming rich in arts, news and ideas.

    Check out their program schedule here.

    Check out their podcasts here.

    Find local events here.

    Wichita Branch NAACP
    829 North Market St
    Wichita KS, 67202
    (316) 219-6996

    Welcome to the Wichita Branch NAACP, serving the Wichita MSA, Derby, Winfield, and Cowley & Sumner Counties. Originally chartered in 1919, the Wichita Branch NAACP is amongst the oldest civic organizations serving the Wichita Community. Our Local Mission is to serve as a catayst for equality and fair treatment for racial and ethnic minorities in the Wichita metropolitan area through advocacy, Political action, Community Organization, and Collaborative Decision making.

    Check out their blog here: http://www.wichitanaacpblog.com

    General Membership meeting are held on the second tuesday of each month, at 6pm at the William T Atwater Center; 18th and Volutsia

    The General Membership meetings are free and open to the public

    South Central Kansas ACLU Chapter
    1501 N. Fairmount
    Wichita, KS 67208

    At a South Central Kansas ACLU chapter, local residents will communicate information about and discuss civil liberties issues, plan tabling and awareness activities, report on local actions of government entities, and plan for outreach to elected leaders with ACLU positions on pending legislation and resolutions.

    If you would like to be a part of the chapter, or have questions, please contact the ACLU office: dmorehouse@aclukswmo.org

    Sedgwick County Democratic Party
    555 N Woodlawn
    Suite 110
    Wichita, KS 67208

    Follow your local Democratic Party on Facebook or Twitter.

    Attend the monthly Warner Moore Democratic Luncheons: If you are interested in getting to know other Democrats and learning more about our candidates and relevant political issues, join us for our Warner Moore Democratic Luncheons. Named to honor the late Warner Moore, father of Kansas Congressman Dennis Moore and long-time Democratic activist and chair who helped build and shape the local party, these luncheons provide Democrats with an opportunity to meet and socialize with other like-minded people.

    These luncheons are held on the last Friday of every month at The Larkspur Restaurant & Grill, located at 904 E. Douglas Ave., on the northeast corner of Douglas & Mosley. A lunch buffet is available for $11, with the price including drink, tax, and tip.

    Click here for a calendar of local events.

    Become a Precinct Committee Person in Sedgwick County!

    This is one of the best ways to become a real part of your local community, linking your neighborhood with the local Democratic Party. I do the equivalent in my local area in New York and it has given me considerable insight and even a little bit of influence on local events.

    Each precinct of the approximately 260 precincts in Sedgwick County is allowed one precinct committeeman and one precinct committeewoman. Precinct Committee Members are requested to attend the approximate four Sedgwick County Democratic Central Committee Meetings annually. They are the eyes and ears of their communities, working on behalf of candidates in their area, and ensuring that the Democratic vote in their precinct turns out on Election Day. Precinct Committee Members are also voting member of the Central Committee, representing all Democrats in their precinct. Without hard working Precinct Committee Members, Democrats cannot win elections!

    Every two years, the State of Kansas requires Precinct Committee Members to be elected on the Primary ballot. Although the deadline for filing is June 10th, we are encouraging Democrats to file early so we can concentrate on filling vacant positions. To download the form to file, click here. Applications must be filled out and notarized. Although we are not able to notarize applications at our office, we will have a notary present at luncheons, meetings, and events. Applications that are filled out and notarized can be mailed or turned into Democratic HQ.

    We are working hard to fill each precinct spot in our county, but we currently have many vacancies. To see if there is a vacancy in your precinct, call Democratic HQ at 316-262-7534.

    Local Biodiesel in Wichita, Kansas:
    Tired of your money going to Saudi Arabia, Iran or Venezuela every time you fill up your gastank? Well you can support a LOCAL business and LOCAL jobs by buying locally produced biodiesel for your diesel engine.

    Healy Biodiesel is proud to now offer top quality Biodiesel fuel for sale. Our fuel is made right here in Sedgwick County Kansas out of local restaurant cooking oils. We offer a B99.9 blend which is 99.9% biodiesel and 0.1% petroleum diesel. As long as temperatures stay above 35 degrees overnight, any diesel engine will run great on B99.9 fuel made from similar feedstocks. If temperatures do dip below 35 degrees however, we recommend that you add a higher blend of diesel or kerosene to lower the cold flow properties of the fuel.

    We want to thank everyone who is supporting American made alternative fuels. We wish we had enough biodiesel to supply the huge demand for diesel fuels but that is not always the case. Our fuel is sold on a first come first serve basis from our production facility in Sedgwick, KS. We can dispense fuel into a vehicle fuel tank, a large tanker truck, portable tanks and totes, 55 gallon drums, or even 5 gallon jugs. We now also have a delivery tanker so we can bring our fuel to you.

    We always have beaten the price of petro diesel but please contact us for pricing or any other questions. Thank you for visiting our site, and God bless America.

    Healy Biodiesel, Inc. - Ben Healy, President
    205 W. 1st St., Sedgwick, KS 67135
    info@healybiodiesel.com 316-215-0003

    Take a big step towards energy independence for America. Buy local biodiesel for your diesel engine.

    Wichita Food Co-op
    925 N. Waco
    Wichita, KS 67203

    Food co-ops are a great way of getting fresh, locally grown farm products at reasonable prices. My wife and I have been members of our local food co-op for several years now and it has improved both our diet and our budget.

    Consumers and producers working together to establish a year-round supply of locally procured food, utilizing sustainable farming practices and focusing on good nutrition and a clean environment.

    Become a member of the Wichita Food Co-Op! For more information on membership please contact us at info@wichitafood.coop!



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