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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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  • Saturday, May 14, 2011

    GEORGIA FOCUS: Blogs, Alternative Energy, NAACP, Groups and Events

    Announcing the Annual Georgia Labor Management Conference June 15 - 17, 2011

    The mission of the Georgia Labor Management Conference is to enhance productivity and quality at the workplace through labor-management cooperation and mutual respect.

    The purpose of this site is to provide information and to encourage you to attend the GEORGIA LABOR MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE at the Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island.

    The Conference is hosted by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and the Labor and Employment Relations Association. It is sponsored and supported by Empoyers, Labor Organizations, Education and Government entities that believe cooperation and mutual respect between management and labor leads to higher productivity, a safer workplace, greater market share and job security.

    The Conference is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of five Labor Representatives, five Management Representatives, a Representative from Georgia State University's Labor Studies Program, a Labor Law Attorney (alternates between labor and management) and a Representative of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

    For more information visit the website at http://galmc.org/ or contact Phil LaPorte at 404.413.9255.


    For Local Georgia News and Events, go to Lefty Blogs Georgia for the latest.

    GAPolitico: GAPolitico started out as UGA Liberal in the Summer of 2007. Over its history, the blog grew from having a few visitors a day to having a couple of hundred of visitors everyday. Eventually, the demand for more coverage area and bloggers grew.

    To add to our coverage and design, we moved from Blogger over to WordPress. In doing so, we also switched the name up from UGA Liberal to GAPolitico, as we broadened our coverage from UGA and Athens to state politics in general.

    Blog for Democracy is a group blog covering progressive politics in Georgia, USA. The site was launched in January of 2004 to help demystify the process of political involvement for new activists. Although a few of the original and current authors serve(d) in elected or appointed positions within Georgia and/or county Democratic Party organizations, this website is not, and has never been, officially affiliated with any political party organization.

    Atlanta Progressive News: Also on Every Thursday on 89.3 FM WRFG 12pm "Current Events" Show with Adam Shapiro. And for more on Radio Free Georgia, go here.

    Georgia Justice Project is an unlikely mix of lawyers, social workers and a landscape company. We defend people accused of crimes and, win or lose, we stand with our clients while they rebuild their lives.

    Here are a couple of Democracy for America meetings in Georgia:

    Decatur Meeting: First Wed. of every month, 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM, Location: ChocoLate Coffee, 2094 North Decatur Rd, Decatur, GA, 30033 US Contact: Susan Keith susan_at_georgiafordemocracy.org

    The North Fulton/East Cobb Democracy for America: Second Tuesday of every month, 7:00 PM, sign up here to find out where and more details.

    You can also sign up here to help organize a Georgia for Democracy group in your area.

    Drinking Liberally is a grassroots social organizations for people who like to meet fellow liberals over a good beer. Here are the Drinking Liberally chapters in Georgia:

    Atlanta, Georgia
    * Every Thursday, 8:00 pm onward
    * Thinking Man's Tavern, 537 W Howard Ave, Decatur
    * Hosted by Erin Abrahams, atlanta (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * First and third Wednesday of each month (next meeting January 2), 7:00 pm onward
    * Ye Olde Dunwoody Tavern, 5488 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd (map)
    * Hosted by Hillary Meister, dunwoody (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Augusta, Georgia
    * Second and fourth Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Helga's Lounge, 2015 Central Ave
    * Hosted by Margie Hobbins, augusta (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Savannah, Georgia
    * First and third Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm onward
    * Crystal Beer Parlor, 301 W Jones St (corner of west jones and jefferson)
    * lots of parking
    * Hosted by John Mattingly, Victor Fishman and McKay Schwalbach, savannah (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Next let me highlight some NAACP groups:

    The Cobb County NAACP monthly meetings are the first Monday of the month at the branch office at 6:30 p.m.

    General membership meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, mostly at the office location but varies based on programs. Members are encouraged to attend these meetings. Join a committee today. Elections of officers are held in even years.

    For more info contact the branch office: 605 B. Roswell St Marietta, GA 30061 770.425.5757 info_at_cobbnaacp.org

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, is the oldest, largest and strongest civil rights organization in the United States. The principal objective of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of the United States.

    The NAACP is committed to achievement through non-violence and relies upon the press, the petition, the ballot and the courts, and is persistent in the use of legal and moral persuasion even in the face of overt and violent racial hostility.

    Fayette County NAACP Branch General Membership Meeting:
    2nd Saturday Each Month - 4:00 PM, Flat Rock AME Church

    Wheeler Co (Alamo) NAACP
    PO BOX 143
    Glenwood, GA 30428

    Dodge County NAACP
    PO BOX 4231
    Eastman, GA 31023

    Dublin-Laurens County NAACP
    PO BOX 4827
    Dublin, GA 31021

    Ben Hill County NAACP
    P.O. BOX 1151
    Fitzgerald, GA 31750

    Coffee Co NAACP
    PO BOX 414
    Broxton, GA 31519

    Toombs Co NAACP
    Lyons, GA 30436

    Wilcox (Rochelle) NAACP
    PO BOX 723
    Rochelle, GA 31077

    Bleckley County NAACP Youth Council
    PO BOX 202
    Cochran, GA 31014

    Bleckley County NAACP
    PO BOX 603
    Cochran, GA 31014

    Baldwin County (Milledgeville) NAACP
    PO BOX 713
    Milledgville, GA 31061

    Appling County NAACP
    PO BOX 1769
    Baxley, GA 31515

    Waycross NAACP
    PO BOX 1668
    Waycross, GA 31502

    Cook County Adel NAACP
    PO BOX 167
    Sparks, GA 31647

    Colquitt County NAACP
    P. O. BOX 932
    Moultrie, GA 31768

    Jesup (Wayne County) NAACP
    PO BOX 956
    Jesup, GA 31598

    Mc Intosh County NAACP
    PO BOX 817
    Darien, GA 31305

    Charlton (Folkston) NAACP
    PO BOX 685
    Folkston, GA 31537


    Some statistics from Repower America:

    * According to the Georgia State Wind Map and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, there is over 10,000-megawatts of wind potential off the state’s coast. That's enough to replace 10 large coal-fired power plants!

    * There are 2,027-megawatts of clean hydroelectric power in Georgia, which accounts for nearly all of the state's renewable energy generation today.

    * Suniva, Inc. is building the first solar manufacturing plant in Georgia. The company will begin production at its 32-megawatt, high-efficiency solar cell facility in Gwinnet County, initially creating 100 new jobs.

    Saving the Economy and Environment with Clean Energy!

    Solar, Wind, Energy Efficiency, and Energy Conservation all have the power to meet our current and projected energy demand more cheaply then fossil fuels (read: Fools), all while providing more local jobs then traditional coal, nuclear, or natural gas plants! Join here for more details. Or go here: www.cleanpower4georgians.com

    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 Georgia, 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.

    Atlanta Beyond Oil
    We are interested in peak oil, global warming, relocalization,
    sustainable communities, alternative energy, permaculture, and more. We are beginning to network with other Metro Atlanta groups and to have events that educate people about our concerns. We offer support, information, and opportunities to contribute to the solution. We'd love to have you join us! Go here for more details.

    The Atlanta Green Living Meetup Group
    We will meet to share ideas, listen to speakers, review new products, and organize in the community to promote the preservation of Atlanta's natural environment. The group focuses on easy, accessible options that everyone can take to reduce their footprint. Join here for more info.

    BIODIESEL IN GEORGIA (and Georgia has a great network of biodiesel stations!)

    Here are some biodiesel stations in Georgia. Biodiesel is less polluting and has a smaller carbon footprint than regular diesel, and is produced right here in the USA. Biodiesel can be used in almost any diesel engine. Up to B20 (a 20 percent blend) any diesel engine, whether car or 18 wheeler or whatever, can use it. Above B20 some older engines may have problems, but newer engines should be ok.

    Citgo Food Mart: 174 North Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30004, 770-475-7071. Offers B20 (ok for all engines). Open 24 HRS

    ReFuel Bio: 250 Arizona Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-219-9709. Offers B100 (not ok for some older engines). Open 24 HRS.

    SA White Oil: 590 Atlanta Street SE, Marietta, GA 30060, 770-427-1387. Offers B20 (ok for all engines) and B100 (not ok for some older engines). Open 7AM-6PM M-F; SAT 7AM-2PM.

    Down to Earth Energy: 941 Monroe Jersey Road, Monroe, GA 30655, 770-267-7891. Offers B20 (ok for all engines) and B100 (not ok for some older engines). Open 8AM-7PM.

    Enterprise Oil Co. 651 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy SE, Cartersville, GA 30120, 770-382-4804. Offers B100 (not ok for some older engines). Open 6AM-5PM M-F.

    Apex Express: 205 Hawthorne Ave. Athens, GA 30606, 706-549-7535. Offers B20 (ok for all engines). Open 6AM-11PM M-F.

    Merryman Biodiesel: 288 Bowdoin LN SW, Adairsville, GA 30103, 706-602-9160. Offers variety of biodiesel blends. Open M-F 9-5.

    Rock-It BP: 145 Highway 411 SE, Rome, GA 30161, 706-234-1838. Offers B20 (ok for all engines). Open 24 HRS.

    Soymet 101: 5680 Alabama Hwy NW, Rome, GA 30165, 706-802-1110. Offers B20 (ok for all engines). Open 24 HRS.

    Walthall Oil Company #401: 4433 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA 31210, 478-405-8218. Offers B20 (ok for all engines). Open 24 HRS. NO TRACTOR/TRAILER ACCESS

    Mini Food Stores: 3224 Vineville Ave, Macon, GA 31204, 478-742-2023. Offers B10 (ok for all engines). Open 24 HRS.

    Davis Oil Company: Gunn Rd and Eagle Pkwy, Centerville, GA 31093, 478-953-1437. Offers B20 (ok for all engines). Open 24 HRS.

    Fillers #21: 2601 Moody Rd, Warner Robins, GA 31088, 478-328-3755. Offers B20 (ok for all engines). Open 6AM-MIDNIGHT.

    Fast Break: 200 South State Street, Lyons, GA 30436, 912-526-6591. Offers B20 (ok for all engines). Open 24 HRS.

    Fastbreak - BP: 142 South State Street, Lyons, GA 30436, 912-526-6591. Offers B20 (ok for all engines). Open 24 HRS.

    Here are more organizations, groups and events in Georgia:

    The Carter Center: Creating a world in which every man, woman, and child has the opportunity to enjoy good health and live in peace. Find out how you can get involved.

    DeKalb County Young Democrats: The future leaders of DeKalb County. Go here to see upcoming events.

    Atlanta Area Democrats Meetup Group: Grassroots Democrats upset with the direction the Republicans are taking our country and our state - we're taking action! Sign up for more information.

    Cobb County Young Democrats
    Monthly Happy Hours on the first Fridays of every month and monthly Business Meetings on the third Tuesdays of every month. Both are great opportunities to meet fellow Cobb County Young Democrats and learn about the 2008 heated races taking place in Cobb County.

    Happy Hours: BLACKBIRD, 114 W Hancock St, Milledgeville, GA, 31061 US
    Contact: Christin Ivey, Christin_ivey@ecats.gcsu.edu,

    Business Mettings: Little Azio Pizza and Pasta 1675 Cumberland Pkwy, Ivywalk Unit #415, Smyrna, GA, 30080 US
    Contact: Alexandra O'Callaghan, alli@georgiayds.org,

    Cherokee County Democratic Party Meeting
    Third Monday of Every Month, 7 PM
    Hot Springs Community Center
    100 Hickory Circle
    Holly Springs, GA
    More info here.

    Georgia Equality is the political advocacy voice of Georgia's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender citizens and their allies. Founded in Atlanta in 1995, it has grown into a true statewide organization and is known nationally as one of the leaders among state and local LGBT groups.

    Atlanta Amnesty International Chapter 75: Meet others in your local area interested in Amnesty International USA, a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. Sign up to find out when and where.

    Veterans for Peace, Atlanta has several vigils and rallies around Atlanta. Here is their weekly schedule. I urge you to join them if you can to show your support:

    Tuesdays 12:45-1 pm
    Weekly "Stand for Peace" vigil at Emory University , in front of Woodruff Library. For more information e-mail: thee.smith@emory. edu.

    Thursdays 5:00-6:00pm
    Weekly "Stand for Peace" vigil at CNN, Marietta and Centennial Olympic Park. For more information e-mail John.Zientowski@ turner.com

    Fridays 12:00-1:00 pm
    Weekly "Stand for Peace" vigil at Colony Square , corner of Peachtree and 14th Street . For more information, e-mail bobbiepaul@rp.cbeyond.com

    Weekly "Stand for Peace" vigil at Marietta Square ( Cobb Court House). For more information e-mail cobbpeace@comcast.net

    Weekly "Stand for Peace" vigil at Dekalb Farmers Market At 3000 Ponce de Leon Avenue , Decatur For more information, Fro more information e-mail John.Zientowski@ turner.com

    12:15-1:00 pm
    Weekly "Stand for Peace" vigil at the corner of MLK Drive and Washington Street (across from the state capitol). For more information, e-mail elogan@gsu.edu or peggyhendrix2000@yahoo.com.

    12:00-12:30 pm
    Weekly "Stand for Peace" vigil at 910 Ponce De Leon Ave NE ,Open Door Community. For more information contact Lauren Cogswell at lauren_cogswell@yahoo.com, 404-874-9652



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