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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).

Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States

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

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  • Sunday, May 01, 2011

    San Diego, CA Focus


    You can find great calendar of events for San Deigo, California, thanks to the San Diego County Democrats. Check it out and get involved with your local community. That is how change happens from the bottom up.

    I would particularly like to highlight the following upcoming events:

    Chicano Democratic Association Meeting
    Date(s): Wednesday, May-04-11
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location: Sherman Heights Community Center, 2258 Island Ave, San Diego, 93102 (little yellow house to the right)
    Contact: (619) 384-4353
    Email: chicanodem_cllub@sddem.org
    Website: www.chicanodemocrats.com

    Fallbrook Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, May-05-11
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Description: Our speaker will be one of the leading securities lawyers in the US, Bill Lerach. He will speak on "America's broken retirement plans." Perhaps best noted for his record recovery of $7.2 billion for defrauded shareholders in the Enron case, he appeared in the documentary, "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room." Everyone is welcome to attend.
    Location: Fallbrook Public Utility Dist (Conf room) Fallbrook 92028
    Contact: (760) 703-2008
    Email: fallbrook_club@sddem.org
    Website: www.fallbrookdemocraticclub.com

    Pacific Beach Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, May-07-11
    Time: 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    Description: Council President Anthony Young will address the club. Guests are welcome.
    Location: Pacific Beach Recreation Center, 1405 Diamond Street, 92109
    Contact: (858) 274-8173
    Website: www.pbclub.sddem.org/

    Filipino-American Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Tuesday, May-10-11
    Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Contact for location
    Contact: (619) 764-8926
    Email: filapinoamerican_club@sddem.org

    Poway Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, May-12-11
    Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location: Creekside Plaza Community Room, 13495 Poway Rd (SE corner of Poway Rd & Community Rd behind Chipotle Mex Grill near open-air amphitheater)
    Contact: (858) 748-5330
    Email: president@powaydemocraticclub.org
    Website: www.powaydemocraticclub.org

    Lake San Marcos Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, May-14-11
    Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    After several years of effort we now have new Health Care law addressing the nation's health. Several of its elements have already improved the benefits for many of us. However, there is a concerted effort under way to dismember it. We have invited Dave Roberts to talk about the major elements of the new law, its benefits and beneficiaries, its opponents and their sponsors, and potential impacts. Dave Roberts joined HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) in July 2002 and serves as Vice President of Government Relations since July 2005. Previously, Dave has served as a Corporate Vice President for a Fortune 500 company, as a professional staff member on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and advisor on three U.S. Presidential campaigns. In November 2008, Dave was re-elected to his second four-year term on the Solana Beach City Council in San Diego County, California. Please check Lake San Marcos Democratic Club Newsletter for detailed directions to the meeting place or call for further information.

    Location: Lake San Marcos Pavilion, 1005 La Bonita Drive, Lake San Marcos 92078
    Contact: (760) 744-9233
    Email: president@lsm.sddem.org
    Website: www.lsm.sddem.org

    Marthin Luther King Jr. Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, May-14-11
    Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Location: Malcolm X Library, San Diego 92114
    Contact: (619) 578-1014
    Email: president@mlking.sddem.org
    Website: www.mlking.sddem.org

    La Jolla Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Sunday, May-15-11
    Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location: La Jolla Riford Public Library, 7555 Draper Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037
    Contact: (858) 457-0246
    Email: lajolla_club@sddem.org
    Website: www.lajollademocrats.org

    Progressive Democrats North Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Sunday, May-15-11
    Time: 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location: Aegis Living, Vista 92081
    Contact: (760) 635-3719
    Email: progressive_club@sddem.org
    Website: www.pdsandiego.org

    Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast
    Date(s): Friday, May-20-11
    Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Join the San Diego Democratic Club for the LGBT Community Center's third annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. When he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, Harvey Milk (1930-1978) became one of the first openly gay men to be elected to political office in the United States. On election night, Harvey Milk reminded his supporters: This is not my victory - it's yours. If a gay man can win, it proves that there is hope for all minorities who are willing to fight. He was assassinated (along with Mayor George Moscone) on November 27, 1978, only eleven months after taking office. Although he did not live to see his dreams fulfilled, the example of his life and leadership has made him an important national symbol of the struggle for human rights and freedom of expression.

    Location: Bayfront Hilton San Diego (next to the Convention Center)
    Price: $50.00 / Person
    Contact: (619) 297-8509
    Email: sdjeepboy@aol.com
    Website: www.sddemclub.org

    Community Coffee with Assemblymember Atkins
    Date(s): Saturday, May-21-11
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Description: You are invited to attend a community coffee to discuss state and legislative issues with Assemblymember Toni Atkins. Refreshments will be served.
    Location: North Clairemont Library, 4616 Clairemont Dr. San Diego, CA 92117
    Contact: (619) 645-3090
    Email: assemblymember.atkins@assembly.ca.gov
    Website: www.asmdc.org/members/a76

    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.

    KPFK Pacific Radio 93.7 FM

    Check out their program schedule here.

    Chicano Democratic Association:
    721 9th Ave, Unit 8
    San Diego, CA 92101

    Our organization is a Chartered Club of the San Diego County Democratic Party. CDA is focused on empowering Chicano/Latino Democrats in the city of San Diego and South County region through advocacy of candidates who share our values.

    Our meetings are held every 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm atthe
    Sherman Heights Community Center
    In the little yellow house to the right of the center.
    2258 Island Ave.
    San Diego, CA 92102

    Check out their calendar of local events

    Show your cultural and Democratic pride with a Chicano Democratic Association T-Shirt

    San Diego LGBT Pride:

    The specific purpose of this corporation is to produce civic, cultural and educational programs, which support and encourage pride within San Diego's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

    Formed in 1974, as a sponsored program of The Center for Social Services, we produced the first Lesbian and Gay Parade in San Diego to celebrate the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion on New York's Christopher Street. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in 1994 and today San Diego Pride continues to bring together the skills, talents and vision of our diverse community through numerous programs including the Equality Torch Relay, Walk For Equality and the annual LGBT Pride Celebration which attracts 250,000 participants to Hillcrest for America's Finest Pride Parade and Festival.

    To find local LGBT events in San Diego, click here.

    To volunteer to help the LGBT community, click here.

    Filipino American Democratic Club of San Diego County:

    We are actively recruiting individuals in the community that are interested in getting involved as well as individuals that have demonstrated their involvement and commitment to our community values and positions on issues in San Diego. Check out our "Contact Us/Membership" page for more information or visit us at our next meeting.

    For more info, contact: filamdemsd@gmail.com

    Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.

    Here are some local NAACP branches:

    San Diego NAACP
    PO BOX 152086
    San Diego, CA 92195

    North County NAACP
    PO BOX 5786
    Oceanside, CA 92052

    N San Diego NAACP Youth Council
    PO BOX 5786
    Oceanside, CA 92052

    Americans United for Separation of Church and State
    San Diego 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.

    P.O. Box 80071 San Diego, California 92138


    Beginning in 2007, community, faith, labor, and legal organizations have come together as the Immigrant Rights Consortium. Through the Consortium, these organizations are pursuing four common goals:

    Support comprehensive immigration reform.
    Stop the spread of local policies and practices that target and violate the civil and human rights of immigrants.
    Educate immigrants about their rights and the legal and other resources available to them.
    Educate the public about the important contributions of immigrants and counter the myths and misstatements made about immigrants.

    The Consortium includes, among other groups:

    American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego & Imperial Counties (ACLU)
    Catholic Charities
    Catholic Relief Services
    Employee Rights Center
    San Diego LGBT Center
    Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice of San Diego County

    For questions regarding the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium or to schedule interviews, presentations, trainings or speaking engagements please contact Ricardo, Strategic Communications Coordinator.

    Ricardo can be reached by phone at (760) 468-4519 or by email at communicate@immigrantsandiego.org.

    This is one of my favorite parks anywhere: California State Parks You Should Know - Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve...and once when playing host to David Brower former head of the Sierra Club and founder of Friends of the Earth, we visited this park and he also expressed amazement at how great it was.


    Biodiesel is one of the alternatives I have been pushing for some time. It can be used in any diesel engine, is less polluting and has a smaller carbon footprint than regular diesel.

    Here are some gas stations that offer biodiesel in the San Diego area:

    Carr's Car Center: 3940 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92054, 760-433-2166. Offers B5 (5% biodiesel, good for any diesel engine). Open M-SAT 6AM-6PM.

    Soco Group: 145 Vernon Way, El Cajon, CA 92020, 858-627-0440. Offers B20 (20% biodiesel, good for any diesel engine). Open 7 AM - 5PM M-F.

    Pearson Ford/RTC Fuels: 4067 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105, 619-243-0456. Offers B99 (99% biodiesel, good for new engines, some old engines not ok). Open 7AM-10PM.


    Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op
    4765 Voltaire St.
    San Diego, California 92107
    Phone: (619) 224-1387
    FAX: (619) 224-5089

    Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Market is a member-owned vegetarian consumer co-op that has been serving the community since 1971. Originally a worker's collective, the cooperative has grown to include 6000 feet of retail space and more than 8000 member/owners. The Co-op offers an extensive selection of organic produce, grocery, dairy, and bulk foods and herbs, as well as vitamins and homeopathics, cruelty-free bodycare, and aromatherapy products. Enjoy a full service sit-down deli featuring a delicious selection of home-style vegetarian and vegan entrees, salads, sandwiches, freshly prepared baked goods, desserts, and more! At People's, San Diego's only community owned grocery store, we specialize in products that are organic, wholesome, minimally processed, cruelty-free, and environmentally safe.

    They also have a good community events calendar.

    The UCSD Food Coop
    0323F Student Cooperative Center,
    San Diego, California 92093
    Phone: (619) 546-8339

    I used to shop at this one way, way back when I went to UCSD. It was great then!

    Since its introduction to the campus in 1978, the Food Co-op has committed itself to providing the UCSD community with a natural food alternative, as well as a resource for environmentally conscious products and information.

    The Food Co-op carries a variety of food and non-food products ranging from baked goods, juices, sandwiches, fresh organic produce, macro-biotic and ethnic foods to cruelty-free cosmetics and environmentally safe cleaning agents. Many foods are stocked in bulk to reduce the price to the customer and the waste of packaging (please bring bags when buying!). Special orders can be made at discount prices (good for items not necessarily carried in the store, as well!).

    Come in to shop, get informed, and/or volunteer as a general member of our store. For more information, call (858) 546-8339.

    I will also point out some other UCSD co-ops that I liked when I was a student there.

    The Ché Café

    The Ché Café Collective is dedicated to providing cheap, healthy vegetarian food, all-ages entertainment, and alternative education. We have All-We-Can-Eat dinners every Thursday from 5 pm to 7 pm. Entertainment at the Ché ranges from poetry readings and plays to forums, or shows of local bands.

    The Ché Café is surrounded by a grove of old eucalyptus trees and is next to the beautiful garden of the Farm Co-op. Tables and chairs inside and outside of the Ché and its close proximity to the Farm Co-op make it an inviting place to eat, study, or just hang out.

    The Ché Café is open to having people come by and help out. The Café provides a great opportunity for people to get involved in the process of cooking, running a restaurant and/or putting on events at any level they feel comfortable at. Stop by or call us at (858) 534-2311.

    (The Ché Café is located on the Revelle campus behind the Undergraduate library and down the hill from Stonehenge. We're the building with all the murals on it.) Read more about the Che Cafe Collective at its very own website: http://checafe.ucsd.edu/.

    General Store

    The General Store Co-op is a student-run store which was founded in 1980 to offer students a less expensive alternative to the high Price Center. [EDITOR'S NOTE: This is not quite right...the Price Center didn't even exist when the General Store was founded and greatly appreciated by students like myself.] As a student cooperative, we try to provide the University community with the best quality merchandise at the lowest prices. And we succeed! The General Store Co-op carries items such as selected essential school and office supplies, household and personal items, stationery and gift wrap, clothing (including UCSD logos), craft-center jewelry, and some food and snack items -- all of which range from 5-25% less than anywhere else on campus.

    Students are generally most interested in the fact that we sell textbooks, which are guaranteed to cost less than at the UCSD bookstore. We also try to carry as many used texts as possible. Also, we buy back current editions year round. Stop by to check which classes' books we're carrying.

    We encourage everyone to visit the General Store Co-op for our low prices and friendly service. Additionally, anyone is invited to come in and volunteer anytime as volunteers are the backbone of our organization. For further information or friendly help please feel free to call us at (858) 534-3932.

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

    PristinePlanet.com is an eco-friendly shopping mall that connects online shoppers to socially responsible merchants. Browse thousands of products offered by the top socially responsible retailers.
    Phone: (619)316-1314
    800 Mark Lane
    San Diego, CA 92101

    Ecoclean Services
    Always striving to create clean, safe, natural environments for you. To start living the natural way call today! Be Green. Choose Ecoclean.
    Phone: (619)224-7847
    1889 Bacon St.
    Ste. 10
    San Diego, CA 92107

    GreenEdge Kids
    An eco-friendly online children's clothing store, offering the best of organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, Tencel. Made in USA, Fair Trade, and otherwise sustainable children's clothes.
    Phone: (858)481-6733
    Fax: (858)509-1480
    249 S. Hwy. 101
    No. 422
    Solana Beach, CA 92075-1807

    Green Field Paper Company
    "Finest in tree-free paper." 100% recycled Grow-a-Note® seed embedded paper. Hemp Heritage paper that is 25% hemp, 75% postconsumer, acid and chlorine bleach free, archival and 100% bio-based, and 100% recycled, and PaperEvolution. Paper, envelopes, invitations, journals, greeting cards, packaging, and promotional items.
    Phone: (858)565-2585
    Fax: (858)565-2581
    7196 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92111

    Recycled Products Cooperative
    National nonprofit environmental program. Online retailer of recycled, environmentally friendly office products. Wholesaler; bulk post-consumer recycled paper. Providing solutions for closing the loop.
    Phone: (800)694-8355
    Fax: (800)694-8344
    137 N. El Camino Real
    Encinitas, CA 92024

    Michael Leeman, Managing Director, Miombo Capital
    Consultant on socially responsible investments and black economic empowerment in the South African context.
    Phone: (858)997-6732
    3771 Ruette San Raphael
    San Diego, CA 92130

    Judith Seid, CFP, Blue Summit Financial Group, Inc.
    Integrating full-service financial and life planning with SRI individualized portfolio management since 1992. Retirement planning; fee-based asset management; real estate 1031 exchanges; 401(k)s; IRAs; and life, disability, and long-term care insurance. Member, First Affirmative Financial Network.
    Phone: (888)698-4330
    Fax: (619)698-0430
    9001 Grossmont Blvd.
    Ste. 718
    San Diego, CA 91941-4031

    Honest Kitchen, Inc.
    Our healthy, dehydrated raw pet foods offer a way to create fresh, natural meals for your pet in the comfort of your home. We use 100% organic grains, hormone/antibiotic-free meats and non-GMO produce. All ingredients are guaranteed 100% Human Food Grade.
    Phone: (866)4-DRY-RAW
    Fax: (619)544-0370
    145 14th St.
    San Diego, CA 92101

    Onesta Organics, Inc.
    Manufacturer of delicious, certified organic, human-grade, whole food-based pet food products. No artificial chemicals or GMO ingredients. Made with care in the USA.
    Phone: (619)295-1136
    1425 Russ Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92101



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