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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, May 14, 2011

    TENNESSEE FOCUS: Blogs, Groups and Organizations, NAACP, Biodiesel, Food Co-ops


    Walk for Choice, Nashville, May 21


    In response to the State's relentless attacks on women's reproductive freedom, please show up for Walk for Choice in downtown Nashville. (Not in Nashville? Find or start a Walk for Choice in your city).

    Walk for Choice will be May 21, 2011, at noon at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park near the railroad trestle at 600 James Robertson Parkway A Walk for Choice is currently scheduled to take place in the Nashville area on Saturday, May 21, to protest legislation which infrignges upon the rights of citizens, specifically SJR127 and HR 3. Walkers will meet at noon at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park near the railroad trestle at 600 James Robertson Parkway.

    A Cup of Coffee for Conexión Américas

    From Hispanic Nashville:

    If you are reading this, please consider joining me at my table for "A Cup of Coffee for Conexión Américas," the annual coffee and breakfast (cafecito) to raise awareness and money for Nashville's premier non-profit for Latino families. Clear your calendar on Thursday, May 26, from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., RSVP online, and we'll look forward to seeing you at the event at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.

    Every year, more than 2,500 Latino individuals and their families turn to Conexión Américas for assistance in achieving their American Dream. At the cafecito on May 26, we will celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of these men and women, as well as Conexión's own small business development program, called "Negocio Próspero," or "Prosperous Business." We will meet Karla Ruiz, Tony Torres and María Ramos, just three of many small business owners who are contributing to Nashville's economic vitality.

    This is a fundraising cafecito. While there is no set ticket price for this event and no payment in advance required for the reservation, we hope that once you get there you will be inspired to give and support Conexion's worthy mission (a $100 minimum donation will be suggested).

    To register, click here to fill out the form, and after that, send me an e-mail at the address below so we can arrange for you to sit at my table:

    I hope you can join me for a cup of cafecito - Conexión Américas' own fair trade, organic Rumba Roast - and for a morning of learning and conversation.


    WKNO-FM NPR for the Mid-South
    91.1 WKNO/Memphis and 90.1 WKNP/Jackson

    For over 35 years, listeners in the Mid-South have turned to the WKNO-FM stations for programs that inspire curiosity, educate and entertain.

    Check out their program schedule here.

    Check out local events here.

    Nashville Public Radio

    Nashville Public Radio serves our community by providing trusted in-depth news, engaging music, and unique cultural programs on 90.3 WPLN-FM, 1430 WPLN-AM, and WPLN HD2 and HD3.

    Check out their program schedules here.

    NPR Chattanooga
    WUTC 88.1 FM

    WUTC is composed of a special mix of news, information, and music. It is a service of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and can be heard throughout the southeast at FM 88.1 and beyond at WUTC.org.

    Check out their program schedule here.

    National Public Radio Knoxville:
    WUOT 91.9 FM

    WUOT-FM is a Broadcast Service of The University of Tennessee and is served by National Public Radio , American Public Media and Public Radio International

    Check out their program schedule here.

    Check out their calendar of local events 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.

    Blogging Tennessee:

    LeftyBlogs Tennessee is the place to find out what's happening in the progressive blogosphere across Tennessee.

    Tenn Views: Liberal views and opinions by Tennessee Volunteers for a Progressive America

    Knox Views: Alternative news and views for the community by the community.

    Hispanic Nashville: all the latest news concerning Hispanics in the Nashville area and throughout Tennessee.

    Blount Views: Blount county life, politics, culture and more...

    Roane Views: Progressive Roane County News, Opinion and more...

    American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee
    ACLU of Tennessee (ACLU-TN)
    P. O. Box 120160
    Nashville, TN 37212
    (615) 320-7142

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee (ACLU-TN) is the only organization in the state dedicated to promoting and protecting constitutional rights. Our goal is to translate the Bill of Rights into an everyday reality for all Tennesseans.

    Please join our email alert network so that we can alert you about pending bills that will affect your constitutional freedoms. Your emails and phone calls to legislators are crucial and are considered by legislators when they cast their votes.


    University of Tennessee, Knoxville NAACP:

    From the ballot box to the classroom, the dedicated workers, organizers, and leaders who forged this great organization and maintain its status as a champion of social justice, fought long and hard to ensure that the voices of African Americans would be heard. For nearly one hundred years, it has been the talent and tenacity of NAACP members that has saved lives and changed many negative aspects of American society.

    For NAACP events in Knoxville, click here.

    Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP:

    Formed in 1909, by a multiracial group of progressive thinkers, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a non-profit organization established with the objective of insuring the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority groups. The NAACP has as its mission the goal of eliminating race prejudice and removing all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes.

    To volunteer or for more info, go here.

    Knoxville NAACP
    PO BOX 14096
    Knoxville, TN 37914

    University Of Tennessee (Knoxville) College NAACP
    1331 CIRCLE PARK
    Knoxville, TN 37996

    Oak Ridge NAACP
    PO BOX 6165
    Oak Ridge, TN 37830

    Marshall County NAACP
    Lewisburg, TN 37091

    Columbia (Maury Co) NAACP
    PO BOX 952
    Columbia, TN 38402

    Nashville NAACP Youth Council
    Nashville, TN 37208

    Dickson County Branch
    PO BOX 1744
    Dickson, TN 37056

    Austin Peay State University NAACP
    PO BOX 4574
    Clarksville, TN 37044

    Sumner County NAACP
    P. O. BOX 84
    Gallatin, TN 37066

    Warren Co (Mc Minnville) Branch
    Mcminnville, TN 37110

    Bolivar-Hardeman NAACP Youth Council
    Bolivar, TN 38008

    Haywood Co NAACP
    PO BOX 93
    Brownsville, TN 38012

    Memphis NAACP Youth Council
    Memphis, TN 38126

    Memphis NAACP
    Memphis, TN 38126


    And for those who like to combine social events with politics, here are Drinking Liberally groups in Tennessee:

    o When? First Friday of each month, 5:30 pm
    o Where? Miss Ollie's Piano Bar, 111 East Lafayette Street
    o Hosted by Susan Walton Banks | Brad Palmertree | Laura Bailey

    * Memphis
    o When? Every Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm
    o Where? RP Billiards, 525 S. Highland Street (We will be meeting in the karaoke room. Go through the main entrance and dining area, to your left through the billiards area.)
    o Hosted by Rick Maynard | David Holt | Meg Seigenthaler | Steve Steffens

    * Nashville
    o When? Every Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm
    o Where? The Flying Saucer, 111 10th Ave S (entrance to the beer garden)
    o Hosted by Amie Hollis

    Tennessee Environmental Council:

    For more than thirty years, the Council has been working to protect the environment in Tennessee. The Councils efforts have been successful in protecting the Great Smoky Mountains, cleaning up the Pigeon River, reducing pollution from TVAs coal-fired power plants, and preventing degradation of high quality streams and the globally significant Rumbling Falls Cave system.

    These are their featured projects:

    Sustainable Tennessee: Sustainable Tennessee was founded in 2007 with the goal of developing a statewide Sustainability Agenda with the input of a broad coalition including citizens, conservation groups, environmental policy experts, elected officials, and representatives of private businesses, industry, and educational institutions. The coalition meets throughout the year to develop and implement the Agenda, and the group meets each fall for the Annual Summit for a Sustainable Tennessee. See the details page for more information about upcoming meetings and events.

    Click here to read the 2011 Sustainable Tennessee Agenda (PDF)

    Click here to read the 2011 Sustainable TN Policy & Practice Priorities (PDF)

    If you can schedule a meeting in person with your state senator and/or state representative that is best. To find your legislator, visit: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/legislators/

    If you cannot meet in person, a phone call, mailing a copy with a letter, and email are the next best alternatives. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND you read through these excellent tips from Stewart Clifton (PDF) to help make your meeting more successful.

    Because the full Agenda is several pages long, please present the Agenda Priorities (PDF) to Legislators and make sure they know there is a full 16 page Agenda with many other important issues available.

    Tennessee Tree Project has a goal of planting 1 million native trees in Tennessee by 2020. Tree planting projects are among the most popular programs we offer at the Tennessee Environmental Council, and they bring terrific publicity and community relations opportunities for our partners. Click here for more information.

    Duck River Opportunities Project has been working to take challenges and turn them into opportunities in the Duck River since 1999. Our project work there includes: planting trees and live stakes to help reduce erosion, installing rain gardens to reduce flooding and add beauty, and stabilizing stream bank erosion through the installation of revetments. We have hands on opportunities for volunteers each month. Click here for more information.

    Middle Tennessee Hispanic Democrats:

    The Middle Tennessee Hispanic Democrats is an organization committed to advancing the ideals and values of the Hispanic Community and the Democratic Party.

    Email: myrnavelasquez9@gmail.com
    Website: http://www.mtnhd.org
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/mtnhd
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=40597850553
    Phone: (615) 829-6226 or (615) 870-4121
    223 Eighth Ave. No., Suite 200
    Nashville, TN

    Anderson County Democratic Party:

    Affiliated with the Tennessee Democratic Party and acts in accordance with guidelines established by the state party. Anyone registered to vote in Anderson County may join either by attending the biennial county convention or by contacting the Chair, Richard Dawson. You'll be asked to sign an oath of allegiance to the Democratic Party. Voluntary dues are $15. The dues are used to offset the costs of the newsletter you'll receive, the website, and other operating expenses.

    Go here for events in Anderson County.

    Blount County Democratic Party:
    P.O. Box 6552
    Maryville, TN 37802-6552

    We Democrats believe that we exist not merely as individual “owners” of those things we possess, but also as stewards on behalf of those in need and those who will follow us. For more info, go here.

    To find events in Blount County, go here.

    Knox County Democratic Party:

    For more info: info@knoxdemocrats_dot_org or 865-660-9800

    To find events in Knox County click here. Including:

    Democratic Television - live call-in
    1st Friday and 3rd Friday of every month, 8:00 p.m., Community Cable Television Channel 12 in Knoxville, check local listings for your channel.

    Sevier County Democrats:

    An active group of optimistic Democrats working for a healthy democracy based on progressive values. We believe that a responsible government must faithfully protect and enrich the lives of all citizens; foster a just and peaceful international community based on human rights, democratic principles, and international law; stay fiscally responsible; and preserve our natural environment.

    To find government events in Sevier County, click here.

    Cumberland County, Tennessee Democratic Party

    The Cumberland County Democratic Party is on the move, building our party organization, supporting our elected officials, and advocating for policies that express our values. We know that most people in America and in our district share these values. Our challenge is to provide an organized structure where people can become involved in the democratic process so that our government can do what's best for the public and not the special interests whose money has controlled our political choices. We invite you to become involved in your party.

    The Democratic Women's Organization meets the fourth Monday of each month at 5:15 p.m. at the Housing Authority's meeting room on Irwin Ave. The Democratic Executive Committee meets following at 6:30. Both meetings are open to anyone interested in the Democratic Party

    contact @ cumberlanddemocrats.net
    P.O. Box 298
    Crossville, TN 38557


    Here are some biodiesel stations in Tennessee. Biodiesel is less polluting and has a smaller carbon footprint than regular diesel, and is produced right here in the USA. Why support Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela when you can support American jobs? 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.

    Mid-Tenn Auto Truck Plaza 1750 Salem Rd. Cookeville TN 38506, 931-526-3314, Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine) Open 24X7; CREDIT CARDS OK INSIDE

    Hawkins Farmers coop 240 Burem Pike Rogersville TN 37857, 423-272-2611, Offers B20 (good in any diesel engine), CASH OK; 7:30AM-5PM M-F; 7:30AM-NOON SAT

    Tennessee BioEnergy Inc 1580 Murfreesboro Hwy Manchester TN 37355, 931-728-6580, B20 (good in any diesel engine), CREDIT CARDS OK 8AM-5PM MON-SAT

    Mid-South Farmers coop 359 W Main St. Alamo TN 38001, 731-696-5527, Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine), CREDIT CARDS 24 HRS

    Rutherford Farmers Coop 210 Sanbyrn Dr Murfreesboro TN 37130, 615-896-1263, Offers B10 (good in any diesel engine), CREDIT OK;M-F 7AM - 5PM; SA 7-12

    Tennessee BioEnergy 330 Shady Grove Rd. Manchester TN 37355, 931-728-6580, B100, B99 (good in newer diesel engines), CREDIT OK 24 HRS; B100 SEASONAL

    Mid-South Farmers Co-op 77 Ragland Rd Jackson TN 38305, 731-668-3070, Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine), CREDIT OK M-F 7-5 SA 7-NOON

    Mid-South Farmers Co-op 1425 Hwy 138 Mercer TN 38392, 731-935-2511, Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine), CREDIT OK M-F 7-5 SA 7-NOON

    Mid-South Farmers Co-op 14840 Hwy 18 S Bolivar TN 38008, 731-658-3931, Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine), CREDIT OK M-F 7-5 SA 7-NOON

    Mid-South Farmers Co-op 17520 US Highway 64 Somerville TN 38068, 901-465-3655, Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine), CREDIT OK M-F 7-5 SA 7-NOON

    Tipton Farmers Co-Op 597 E Liberty Ave Covington TN 38019, 901-476-2717, Offers B4 (good in any diesel engine), CASH OR CREDIT OK

    Dailys (Tri Star Energy) 5272 Cane Ridge Rd. Antioch TN 37013, 615-731-4063, Offers B20 (good in any diesel engine), 24 HOURS CREDIT OK

    Panther Energy 396 Airways Blvd Jackson TN 38301, 731-421-4693, Offers B20 (good in any diesel engine), CASH CREDIT 8-4:30

    Food Plaza 2031 W Reelfoot Ave Union City TN 38261, 731-885-0001, Offers B20 (good in any diesel engine), CREDIT OK 24 HOURS - SEASONAL

    Dailys 1925 Lascassas Pike, Murfreesboro TN 37130, 615-896-8995, Offers B20 (good in any diesel engine), 24 HOURS CREDIT OK

    Dailys 601 Fesslers Ln Nashville TN 37210, 615-242-2566, Offers B20 (good in any diesel engine), CREDIT OK INSIDE 6AM-9PM;PAC PRIDE

    Dailys 7122 Edmondson Pike Nashville TN 37222, 615-781-8677, Offers B20 (good in any diesel engine), CREDIT OK 24 HRS

    Dailys #7123 7112 Moores Lane Brentwood TN 37027, 615-221-8767, Offers B20 (good in any diesel engine), CREDIT CARD OK INSIDE; 24 HOURS

    Jiffy Market # 21 789 Highway 163 Calhoun TN 37309, 423-746-0061, Offers B20 (good in any diesel engine), CREDIT CARDS 24 HOURS

    Somerville BP - Always Never 17170 US Highway 64 Somerville TN 38068, 901-465-3038, Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine), CREDIT OK 6AM-9PM

    Roberts-Gibson Oil 115 Us Highway 51 Byp N Dyersburg TN 38024, 731-285-4941, Offers B10 (good in any diesel engine), CASH OR PRIVATE CARDLOCK 8-5


    Better Foods Co-op
    753 E. Henderson Drive
    Chattanooga, Tennessee 37411-
    Phone: (423) 624-8075
    FAX: (423) 624-8075

    Fresh Life Natural Food Coop
    9101 Glouster Lane
    Chattanooga, Tennessee 37416
    Phone: (423) 344-9244

    College Street Bakery
    1134 College Street
    Clarksville, Tennessee 37040

    Oldfort Co-op
    Cleveland, Tennessee
    Phone: (423) 338-4151

    Three Rivers Market
    937 North Broadway
    Knoxville, Tennessee 37917
    Phone: (865) 525-2069
    FAX: (865) 525-9565

    Morningside Buying Club
    215 Morningside Lane
    Liberty, Tennessee 37095
    Phone: (615) 563-2353

    Midtown Food Coop
    2158 Central Avenue
    Memphis, Tennessee 38104
    Phone: (901) 276-2250
    FAX: (901) 276-2252

    Marketplace Buying Club Co-op
    3135 Lakeland Drive
    Nashville, Tennessee 37214
    Phone: (615) 899-4938
    FAX: (615) 899-4938

    Naturally Good Food
    4242 Port Royal Road
    Spring Hill, Tennessee 37174
    Phone: (931) 486-3192



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