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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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  • Tuesday, July 26, 2011


    Blogging Nevada:

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

    My Silver State: Where Progressive Nevadans Unite

    ProgressNow Nevada: a multi-issue progressive advocacy organization that combines cutting edge online organizing and communications with rapid and hard-hitting earned media strategies. Year round, ProgressNow Nevada works to engage citizens from across the state around issues of immediate state or local concern.

    Desert Beacon: Progressive blog for those interested in Nevada and national politics

    RockSpot: ramblings about political issues.

    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. And now CurrentTV has Keith Olbermann as well.

    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.

    Humboldt County, NV Democrats Soup Kitchen: Every Fourth Sunday (and sometimes fifth Sunday), 5pm – 7pm
    138 Winnemucca Blvd. Methodist Church back door
    We are serving a dinner to less fortunate people in our community. You can find out when the next one is by checking out the Humboldt County Dems calendar.

    Nevada Alliance for Retired Americans
    Nevada Alliance for Retired Americans (NARA) has approximately 16,000 retirees and senior citizens within 18 affiliate chapters throughout our great state. We are affiliated with our national organization, Alliance for retired Americans (the Alliance) who have 3 million union retirees and other older and retired Americans. For more information you may want to visit them on their website www.retiredamericans.org.

    email: NVSTATEARA@cs.com
    tel: (775) 267-4411
    website: http://www.naraonline.net/


    The American Indian and Alaska Native population account for 2.11% of the state’s overall population, and 1.93% of eligible Nevadan voters.

    Native Vote, is a nation wide resource for encouraging voter turn out in Indian Country. Organized by the National Congress of American Indians, get out the vote efforts in Indian Country have been supported by NCAI since 1955.

    To help get out the vote in Indian Country, please contact:

    OJ Semans
    (605) 828-1422


    Click here for the Nevada AFL-CIO website to get involved in protecting your rights in the workplace. Click here for the AFL-CIO Action Center to see what you can do now.

    For more union info, contact:

    Southern Nevada AFL-CIO Office
    1891 Whitney Mesa
    Henderson, NV 89014
    Phone: (702) 459-1414
    Fax: (702) 967-5201

    Northern Nevada AFL-CIO Office
    602 E John Street
    Carson City, NV 89706
    Phone: (775) 882-7490
    Fax: (775) 883-1701

    Southern Nevada Central Labor Council
    Secretary Treasurer Deb Berko
    1891 Whitney Mesa Dr.
    Henderson, NV 89014
    Phone: (702) 952-5001
    Fax: (702) 952-5003

    Northern Nevada Central Labor Council
    President Todd Koch
    Labor Temple
    1819 Hymer
    Sparks, NV 89431
    Phone: (775) 356-8567
    Fax: (775) 356-8522

    Southern Nevada Building Trades Association
    Secretary Treasurer Darren Enns
    1701 Whitney Mesa, Suite #101
    Henderson, NV 89014
    Phone: (702) 452-8799
    Fax: (702) 452-9537

    Northern Nevada Building Trades Association
    Secretary Treasurer Paul McKenzie
    Labor Temple
    1819 Hymer Avenue
    Sparks, NV 89431
    Phone: (775) 355 9200
    Fax: (775) 355-9934

    The Nevada Young Activist Project (NYAP)

    The Nevada Young Activist Project (NYAP) was developed as part of PLAN’s commitment to nurturing and supporting the lead- ership development of our state’s youth. NYAP’s vision is to aid the development of an educated and respected youth community that works towards the goals of social justice, willingly takes action and is able to achieve positive changes in our community in order to create accessible pathways to engage the democratic process and to reverse underrepresentation of their communities.

    Action PLAN:
    * Recruit young activists and educate them in public policy making and the political system as a whole
    * Provide local youth with the necessary tools to become leaders in their community
    * Develop and continue nurturing an active base that— with comprehensive access to opportunities and resources—actively, continuously and successfully takes direct action within the progressive movement
    * Develop and nurture a base of able and non-able voters that share our values/goals/ vision and can effectively mobilize them during the electoral cycle
    * Deepen young people's commitment to civic engagement through voter registration and "Get Out the Vote" activities

    Learn More At Their Website: http://plan2011.drupalgardens.com/

    Get Involved

    NYAP members participate in a variety of issues ranging from environmental work, immigration to homeless advocacy. Please contact one of the PLAN offices to get more information.

    Reno Office
    821 Riverside Drive

    Reno, NV 89503
775-348-7557 (phone)

    775-348-7707 (fax)

    Las Vegas Office
    708 S. Sixth Street

    Las Vegas, NV 89101
702-791-1965 (phone)

    702-791-1992 (fax)

    Our offices are generally open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday, but please call ahead if you want to drop by!

    Clark County Democratic Hispanic Caucus:
    We, Hispanic Democrats living in Clark County, Nevada, reaffirm that we are committed to a free society whereby equality for all people is mandated as a way of life in our community. Further, we acknowledge that our members live in various neighborhoods throughout Clark County; therefore, it is our objective to unite as one voice on issues affecting the Hispanic/Latino community, family, and economic opportunities.

    For the Clark County Democratic Hispanic Caucus on Facebook: click here.

    For more info contact: ccdhc.2009@gmail.com

    Click here for the NEVADA DEMOCRATIC PARTY En Espanol

    Here are some Democracy for America groups in Nevada for those who want People Powered Politics:

    Las Vegas Democracy For America: Las Vegas Democracy For America is working to build our membership, register new voters, work to see our votes are protected and help elect Progressive Democrats at every level.

    Our goal is to create a vibrant, unified Democratic Party in our counties and state. In addition work with other states to promote unity and take back our country in 2008. Sign up here to help.

    DFA Reno/Democracy for Nevada: We are the Northern Nevada non-campus DFA affiliate Sign up here for more info.

    Henderson NV Democracy For America: Henderson NV & Las Vegas Democracy For America are working to build our membership, register new voters, work to see our votes are protected and help elect Progressive Democrats at every level. Sign up here for more info.

    County Democratic Parties in Nevada: Getting involved with your local Democratic Party is one of the best ways to get to know your elected representatives personally and to directly influence local politics.

    Carson City Democratic Party
    111 W Telegraph St
    Suites 104&108
    Carson City, NV 89702
    (775) 841-3367
    Mail to: PO Box 3281
    Carson City, NV 89703

    Chair: Karen McEntire

    Clark County Democratic Party
    2700 Horeshoe Drive
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89120
    P: (702) 586-6402
    F: (702) 684-7108

    Chair: Roberta Lange

    Churchill County Democratic Party
    2171 W. Williams #133
    Fallon, NV 89406
    Tel: (775) 867-2515

    Chair: Marcia deBraga

    Douglas County Democratic Party
    1513 US Highway 395 N., Suite 1C
    Gardnernville, NV 89410
    Tel: (775) 783-1903

    Elko County Democratic Party
    P.O. Box 1942
    Elko, NV 89803

    Chair: Nora Hatfield

    Esmeralda County
    Democratic Contact: Mary Ahnger

    Humboldt County Democratic Party

    Chair: K.C. Harrison

    Lincoln County Democratic Party
    PO Box 162
    Alamo, NV 89001

    Chair: Ron Hibble

    Lyon County Democratic Party
    15 E. Main Street, Suite 5
    Fernley, NV 89408
    Tel: (775) 575-1133
    Fax: (775) 575-1157

    Chair: Shirley A. Silva

    Mineral County
    Democratic Contact: Tad Williams

    Nye County Democratic Party
    1201 S. Hwy 160, Suite 105
    Pahrump, NV 89048
    Tel: (775) 751-9966
    Fax: (775) 751-9967

    Chair: Bonnie Swadling

    Pershing County Democratic Party
    P.O. Box 188
    Lovelock, NV 89419
    Tel: (775) 273-0409

    Chair: Roger Mancebo

    Storey County Democratic Party
    2340 Adobe Spur Road
    VC Highlands, NV 89521
    Tel: (775) 847-0650

    Chair: George Foster

    Washoe County Democratic Party
    1465 Terminal Way, Suite 1
    Reno, NV 89502
    Tel: (775) 323-8683
    Fax: (775) 348-8686

    Chair: Chip Evans

    Executive Director: Amy Curtis-Webber

    White Pine County Democratic Party
    P.O. Box 151072
    Ely, NV 89315
    Tel: (775) 289-3359

    Chair: Marion J. (Sam) Hanson

    Las Vegas Democratic Party Meetup Group A large and active group organizing Las vegas.

    Southern Nevada Stonewall Democratic Club
    P O Box 72858
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89170-2858
    702 250-2070

    Stonewall Democrats of Northern Nevada serves the greater Reno/Sparks/Carson City area of Northern Nevada, meetings seem to be first Monday of each month. For more info: 775-787-0890, StonewallDemNN_at_yahoo.com

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

    Boulder City, Nevada
    * Last Friday of each month, 6:00 pm onward
    * Boulder Dam Brewing, 453 Nevada Hwy
    * Hosted by Valerie McNay, Lynn Goya, Dave Kreamer and Matt Di Teresa, bouldercity (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Fernley, Nevada
    * Third Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Truck Inn, (upper level of restaurant)
    * Hosted by Joe Slabbinck and Robert Gleason, fernley (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Northwest Las Vegas
    * Every Thursday, 6:30 pm onward
    * Tenaya Creek Restaurant & Brewery, 3101 N. Tenaya Way
    * Hosted by Betsy Meinhold, lasvegas (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * Every Tuesday, 7:00 pm onward
    * The Gin Mill, 2561 Windmill Parkway (SE corner Windmill Parkway & Pecos)
    * Hosted by David Black-Downes and Karen Kostoff, henderson (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * Second Wednesday of each month, 6:00 pm
    * Sage Creek Grill, 5851 S Virginia St (next to Wild Oats)
    * Hosted by Kevin and Allison Edwards


    It took nearly 7 years living within a few blocks of one of the biggest food co-ops in America before Joy and I joined it. We were definitely reluctant. But, in the end the lack of good produce and the decline of our local supermarkets led to us joining. And the result is a slighly more inconvenient shopping trip each week, but much healthier, higher quality and cheaper food. I recommend joining a co-op if there is one nearby. You will save money and eat healthier. I find only one food co-op in Nevada to highlight...if you know of others, let me know:

    Great Basin Community Food Coop
    542 ½ Plumas St.
    Reno, NV 89509

    Great Basin Community Food Cooperative welcomes all who choose to participate in a community that promotes more equitable and ecologically sustainable ways of living, shares resources, and creates economic opportunity in an atmosphere of respect and reverence for humanity and the earth.

    # We will maintain an uncompromising commitment to organic, local, and sustainable enterprise and products to the fullest extent possible.

    # We will respect the diverse needs of our community at all cultural and economic levels, especially delivering the lowest prices possible consistent with a sound business plan.

    # We will provide resources and tools to help our community empower themselves by hosting educational workshops and creating a knowledgeable and accommodating staff.
    Great Basin Community Food Cooperative, above all, exists to reflect the values of its members.

    They also have a nice list of events.

    Alternative Energy in Nevada:

    Some stats from RePower America:

    * Boulder City’s ‘Solar One’ is the third largest solar thermal plant in the world with a 64-megawatt capacity. Potentially, the site could generate 2,000 megawatts, or enough power for about a half-million people.

    * Nevada has sixteen operating geothermal plants with a total of 300-megawatts installed capacity – producing enough electricity for over 200,000 homes! There are an additional 300-megawatts of geothermal power under development.

    * The state has a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that requires all public utilities to generate 20% of their electricity from renewable energy resources by 2015, with at least 5% from solar energy.

    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 Nevada, 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.


    There are two kinds of alternate fuels that are readily available that lower your carbon foot print and use AMERICAN resources and create AMERICAN jobs rather than supporting big oil companies and oil nations like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela.

    BIODIESEL: Pretty much ANY diesel engine can use biodiesel. Biodiesel burns cleaner and in most engines is better for the engine. It can be more expensive than regular diesel depending on the location, but is better for the environment, is better for most diesel engines, and is good for the local economy. You can find nearby stations and cooperatives (often the best option) that offer biodiesel by clicking here and either clicking on your state on the map or entering your zip code. We used biodiesel in a rental car one year and loved it. It can be particularly cost-effective for diesel fleets. Also see:

    Bently Biofuels: Producing and Selling AMERICAN Fuels in Nevada

    Bently Biofuels Company is dedicated to the research, development, production, and distribution of renewable fuels in order to preserve the environment and free our nation from the problems of imported energy. We feel this is the right thing to do for ourselves and for future generations.

    Retail Station Now Open
    The Bently Biofuels Outpost, our first retail store opened to the public on Tuesday September 30th 2008. The station is located at 1350 Buckeye Road in Minden, Nevada (location map) a short distance from our biofuel plant and is open for fueling 24/7. The station sells various blends of biodiesel and ethanol for all vehicles along with an assortment of healthy foods and eco-friendly products. For store hours and additional information visit Bently Biofuels Outpost.

    Bulk Fuel Sales
    Bently Biofuels Company produces biodiesel from a variety of recycled and non-food sources of vegetable oil. Bulk fuel blends are available for purchase at our plant by appointment or for delivery to your job site or business.

    Fleet Solutions
    Our retail station accepts ProFleet, our fleet card solution for local businesses wanting to green their transportation fleet. A fleet card application and additional information is available at PCS4fuel.

    For information on our products and services click here. You may contact us by leaving a message at 775-783-0123 or by emailing us.

    ETHANOL: Cars labeled FlexFuel (now becoming common in some states) can use up to E85 (85% ethanol/15% gasoline). E85 burns cleaner than gasoline and is usually cheaper. I have used E85 in California and found it to be 10-40 cents cheaper than the cheapest gasoline at the same station. CLICK HERE TO FIND STATIONS IN NEVADA OFFERING E85 (mostly in Las Vegas area). This can be a really good way to help the American economy, help the environment, AND save money.

    Sunrise Susutainable Resource Group, Reno, NV

    Sunrise has worked for over ten years to educate and advocate for a sustainable future. As we have seen the adoption of so many sustainable concepts over the last few years, it becomes important that we not loose site of the real sustainable future – one where all 6.7 billion people on earth can have their needs met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

    Our Mission:
    The Sunrise mission is to empower Nevadans to use resources responsibly through education, advocacy and community development.

    Our Affiliations:
    Sunrise is a member of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada and is a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society.

    A Greener Las Vegas: Green Home, Housing, Home Remodeling, New Urbanism & Sustainable Development



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