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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

    Tampa/Hillsborough County, FL Focus

    Join Us for Pride and Passion at the Tampa Museum of Art

    Join us on May 21st from 8pm - midnight as we celebrate Pride with Pride and Passion!

    Equality Florida is a proud supporter of the Arts, so we wanted to invite you to this great event!

    Don’t miss Pride & Passion, one of the Tampa Museum of Art’s largest fundraising events of the year and THE official kick-off to St. Pete Pride. Join over 500 friends on May 21 at the Museum for a dazzling night of art, entertainment, food and drinks. Enjoy all of the Museum’s galleries including the spectacular Degas: Form, Movement and the Antique, which features 47 works by French artist Edgar Degas!


    CURRENT TV TAMPA AREA:
    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 Tampa 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.


    Blogging Tampa Area:

    Political Bloviation

    The Spencerian

    YBOR City Stogie: A Rudimentary "Cut And Paste Job" Of Tampa Bay And The Sunshine State


    COMMUNITY RADIO TAMPA:
    WMNF 85.5 FM

    WMNF is a listener-supported community radio station that celebrates cultural diversity and is committed to equality, peace and economic justice.

    WMNF provides broadcasts and other forums with a grassroots local emphasis, that promote creative, musical, and political vitality.

    Check out their program schedule here.

    Check out their calendar of local Tampa Bay Area events here.


    TAMPA/HILLSBOROUGH EVENTS:
    Recurring Events:

    MONDAYS:
    Hillsborough County Democratic Women's Club
    Meets monthly, 1st Mondays, 6:30pm at Mimi's Café, 11702 N. Dale Mabry (Carrollwood)
    President: Naomi Ryan
    Website: hcdwc.org

    Democratic Book Club
    Meets monthly, 1st Mondays, 7:00pm at the Barnes and Noble, 213 N Dale Mabry (just south of I-275)

    TUESDAYS:
    Hillsborough Co Hispanic Caucus:
    The Hillsborough County Democratic Hispanic Caucus holds its General Membership meeting every third Tuesday, at La Teresita Restaurant - 3246 W. Columbus Drive, Tampa, 33607

    WEDNESDAYS:
    Hillsborough County GLTBA Democratic Caucus
    Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm at Tahitian Inn at 601 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa.

    Hillsborough Co Black Caucus
    Hillsborough County Black Caucus meets third Wednesday each month, at 6:30 pm at the East Tampa Business & Civic Center located at 2814 N 22nd Street, Tampa 33605

    South Tampa Drinking Liberally:
    Third Wednesday of each month, 7:30 pm
    Rock-N-Sports, 1600 E 8th Ave, Ste. E20 (Above Starbucks, Across from Muvico, Next to Adobe Guilas)

    THURSDAYS:
    Brandon Drinking Liberally:
    Every Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm
    Giordano's, 11310 Causeway Blvd

    Hillsborough County Young Democrats
    Meets 2nd Thursday at 7 pm at Tahitian Inn - 601 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa

    Hillsborough Co Hispanic Caucus:
    The Hillsborough County Democratic Hispanic Caucus holds its General Membership meeting every third Tuesday, at La Teresita Restaurant - 3246 W. Columbus Drive, Tampa, 33607


    Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, Inc
    941-365-3913
    736 Central Ave
    Sarasota FL 34236
    Our mission is to ensure the right of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing direct services, education and advocacy. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., is the world’s oldest and largest family planning organization. The Southwest and Central Florida affiliate began operations in 1966 and presently provides vital reproductive health services (including birth control, annual exams, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screenings, HIV testing, and information about having safer sex and comprehensive education) to women, men and teens in Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.

    10 Ways to Get Involved with Panned Parenthood:

    Attend a Planned Parenthood event or fundraiser. Show your support by attending a fundraiser or young professionals event. Contact Planned Parenthood to join our mailing list and get advance notice of fundraisers and other events.

    • Join the Planned Parenthood Action Network. Stay up-to-date on important legislation and Planned Parenthood activities through email and action alerts. Send an email HERE to join today.

    • Health Center Advocate. Become a Health Center advocate. Educate our patients on how to protect their reproductive rights by monitoring the actions of their elected officials. Contact us to become an advocate at one of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida's Health Centers.

    • Write a Letter to the Editor. Make your voice heard. Write a letter to your local newspaper about your beliefs on family planning services, reproductive freedom, or sexuality education.

    • Donate. We depend on your generosity to support our medical services, education programs, and advocacy initiatives. Make a donation today.

    • Vote. Make your voice heard. Register to vote and vote. Educate yourself on issues and candidates before you go to the polls.

    • Volunteer. Your time and talents to make a difference. Browse our volunteer listings and complete and return a volunteer application form.

    • Contact your legislator. You can make a big difference by communicating with your elected officials.

    • Attend Young Activist Training. Are you ready to fight? Then we want you! Take action HERE.

    • Investigate Local Sex-Ed School Curriculum. Does your child’s school district have a comprehensive sexuality program? Find out and let us know! Send an email to education@ppswcf.org. Contact your local school board and ask them to support comprehensive sexuality programs in our schools.


    ALTERNATIVE ENERGY TAMPA:
    Your Opportunity to Buy Green Energy in Tampa: Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy program:

    When you participate in Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy program, you're joining others who support the use of cleaner renewable sources like the sun and biomass (plant materials) to produce electricity. Our program gives you the opportunity to purchase renewable energy in 200-kilowatt “block” units at $5 each per month. There is no limit to the number of blocks you can purchase. Learn more about the benefits of renewable energy and how your participation will produce a positive environmental impact – and check out Tampa Electric's solar panel installations installed throughout the community.

    How to participate

    Both residential and business customers can participate. Residential customers can sign up online for as little as $5 per month added to your electric bill. Tampa Electric will create a customized package for business customers who wish to join our list of Power Partners. Learn more about becoming a Power Partner.

    Customers can also sign up and learn more by calling 813-228-4848.



    Hillsborough Co Hispanic Caucus:
    The Hillsborough County Democratic Hispanic Caucus holds its General Membership meeting every third Tuesday, at La Teresita Restaurant - 3246 W. Columbus Drive, Tampa, 33607

    For more info:
    (813) 767-5295
    hillsboroughhispanicdems@gmail.com

    For membership info, contact President Janet Rifkin: 813-758-4545.

    Hillsborough County Democratic Hispanic Caucus on Facebook


    TAMPA, FL NAACP: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 Tampa branches:

    Hillsborough County NAACP
    P.O. BOX 4266
    Tampa, FL 33677
    813-234-8683

    Tampa NAACP Youth Council
    2615 WEST CRENSHAW STREET
    Tampa, FL 33614


    For those who love combining social interaction with political action, I recommend Drinking Liberally. This is the ideal venue for those who love to enjoy life while they work for positive change. There are two chapters in Hillsborough County.

    South Tampa Drinking Liberally:

    Third Wednesday of each month, 7:30 pm
    Rock-N-Sports, 1600 E 8th Ave, Ste. E20 (Above Starbucks, Across from Muvico, Next to Adobe Guilas)

    Brandon Drinking Liberally:

    Every Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm
    Giordano's, 11310 Causeway Blvd

    "Promoting Democracy One Pint at a Time"


    And for those with a more erudite approach to politics: Democratic Book Club
    Meets monthly, 1st Mondays, 7:00pm at the Barnes and Noble, 213 N Dale Mabry (just south of I-275)
    Contact: Tim Heberlein at tim_heber@yahoo.com


    HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DEMOCRATIC DISABILITY CAUCUS
    For information and meeting locations, please contact:
    President: Jackie Beiro, jdbeiro@gmail.com , phone: 813-412-6256, cell: 813-466-8767
    P.O. Box 151674, Tampa, FL 33684

    Hillsborough Co Black Caucus
    Hillsborough County Black Caucus meets third Wednesday each month, at 6:30 pm at the East Tampa Business & Civic Center located at 2814 N 22nd Street, Tampa 33605

    Join us and become part of the Change!

    For more information, contact Dr. H. Bruce Miles at 813.237.3999, or hbmilesdds@verizon.net

    Hillsborough County Young Democrats
    Meets 2nd Thursday at 7 pm at Tahitian Inn - 601 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa

    President: Jennifer L. Fenn (jen.fenn@gmail.com)
    Vice President: Timothy Heberlein (tim_heber@yahoo.com)
    State Committeeperson: Dave Haynes (dphaynes77@yahoo.com)
    Secretary: Brian Willis (willisb@gmail.com)
    Treasurer: Tifini Hill (tifhil23@gmail.com)
    Website: Young Democrats

    Hillsborough County GLTBA Democratic Caucus
    Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm at Tahitian Inn at 601 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa.
    President: Sally Phillips (katlvr952@aol.com) 813.382.8172
    Vice President: Ken Key (kkey2@verizon.net) 813.416.8208
    Secretary: Dave Cutler (PrdFLDem@verizon.net ) 813.892.5905
    Treasurer, Fundraising Chair : Marilyn Cappiello (Cappyflorida@aol.com) 813.205.6454
    Membership Chair: Ercilia Albistu (Nolebabe1963@aol.com) 813.774.1887
    By Laws/Rules Chair: JJ Crane (jcrane13@tampabay.rr.com) 813.503.3432
    Campaign/Political Action Chair: Dave Cutler (PrdFLDem@verizon.net) 813.892.5905

    Hillsborough County Democratic Women's Club
    Meets monthly, 1st Mondays, 6:30pm at Mimi's Café, 11702 N. Dale Mabry (Carrollwood)
    President: Naomi Ryan
    Website: hcdwc.org


    CENTER FOR INQUIRY TAMPA
    813.849.7571
    Tampa FL
    Mail: 4011 S. Manhattan Ave. #139, Tampa, FL 33611-1277
    Ph/FAX: 813.443.2729

    The purpose of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry and humanist values. We invite your participation in our family-friendly, reason-oriented community in pursuing your principles in an effective and positive manner. CFI, the largest worldwide organization of freethinkers and skeptics, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational foundation that encourages evidence-based inquiry into science, pseudoscience, medicine and health, religion, ethics, secularism, and society.

    More info here: http://centerforinquiry.net/Tampa


    CLEAN WATER ACTION
    813-247-2150
    2002 E 5TH AVE, SUITE 101
    Tampa, Ybor City FL 33605
    CLEAN WATER ACTION IS A NON PROFIT ENVIROMENTAL LOBBY COMMITTED TO ELECTING ECO FRIENDLY CANDIDATES AND PASSING PROGRESSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. WE WELCOME VOLUNTEERS,JOB APPLICANTS--AND ANYONE WITH A CONCERN FOR FLORIDA'S FRAGILE ENVIRONMENT.


    Humanity Working to End Genocide
    Sarasota FL
    Humanity Working to End Genocide is a coalition of of about 55 civic, religious, business and educational organizations whose mission is to create and maintain a community of conscience calling for action to stop genocide in Darfur and throughout the world.


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

    Planet Partnership
    www.planetpartnership.com
    Sustainability consulting and education for businesses, organizations, individuals, and students. Unique training programs for employee/member benefits.
    Phone: (813)412-7455
    5205 W. Cleveland St.
    Tampa, FL 33609

    GoGreenItems.com
    www.gogreenitems.com
    Explore a variety of quality, handpicked green products that are great for the environment, will save you money, and will make you feel good abot going green.
    Phone: (813)641-4738
    4644 W. Gandy Blvd.
    Ste. 4 #112
    Tampa, FL 33611

    Broom Huggers
    www.broomhuggers.com
    Atlanta's healthy homekeepers. Improve health, reduce your footprint, and let us pamper your home. Demand more from your cleaning service. Demand health.
    Phone: (770)904-4844
    Fax: (770)904-4843
    2714 Golf Heights Cir
    Valrico, FL 33596

    HumanWear
    www.humanwear.com
    Offers eco tees for males, females, and babes. Shirts are made from cotton, organic cotton, and recycled threads and are printed with water-based inks.
    Phone: (813)569-8414
    3109 W. Empedrado St.
    Ste. 100
    Tampa, FL 33629

    Rural Handicrafts Company
    www.ruralhandicrafts.com
    Handmade products including handbags, yoga bags, bamboo purses, scarves, binis, organic clothes; all at very affordable prices with unbeatable quality and superior customer service.
    Phone: (727)743-6756
    10530 Waterview Ct.
    Tampa, FL 33615


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