Progressive Democrat Newsletter 297
Of course there is so much more going on, but right here, right now, fighting for Wisconsin and Michigan are key.
Morgan Spurlock, the maker of Supersize me, to host Current TV special in August:
From Current TV:
Every Tuesday night in August, renowned documentarian Morgan Spurlock will be counting down the 50 Documentaries To See Before You Die, the most remarkable and moving documentaries released in the past 25 years. Join us each week as we explore how the documentary feature has evolved into an increasingly popular genre, becoming a major box office draw and impacting contemporary culture in ways never seen before.
To find out what channel to watch Current TV, click here and enter your zip code or watch on any of these channels
DIRECTV: Channel 358
DISH Network: Channel 196
Comcast: Channel 107 or 125
Time Warner Cable: Channel 103 or 142
AT&T U-Verse: Channel 189
Verizon FIOS: Channel 192
Here is this week's newsletter:
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Break Up With Your Mega-Bank!...Green America's Community Investing Guide
From A Reader: Inside Info on News Corp
WINNING IN WISCONSIN
New Evidence in 2004 Election Theft...I want to remind readers that Republican election fraud has been widespread, as I discussed in a 2008 article: Republican Election Fraud: The Evidence Mounts...and for those who want to fight election fraud, please consider supporting the Secretary of State Project
Seems Republicans are just not good with numbers: CBO: Boehner plan cuts $850 billion, far less than $1.2 trillion claimed
Downturn widens racial wealth gap
When MurdochGate Met ClimateGate by CurrentTV's Kieth Olbermann
Why can't Republicans ever be honest?...Businessweek: Republican leaders voted for debt they blame on Obama
Walmart Watch: seeks to hold Walmart fully accountable for its impact on communities, the American workforce, the retail sector, the environment and the nation's economy. Walmart Watch exists to challenge Walmart to more fully embrace its corporate responsibilities and live up to its position as the largest corporation in the United States.
Green America's Green Business Program: provides the networks, resources, and technical assistance needed for socially and environmentally responsible businesses to emerge and thrive in communities across the US. Plus, we help individual consumers shift their spending to support green businesses and help build a green economy. Find local green businesses (by zip code) here.
FOOD CO-OPS: food co-ops are a great way to buy more responsibly for less money while eating healthier. My wife and I took 7 years living down the street from America's largest food co-op before we took the plunge. Our food bills went down a little while the quality, environmental responsibility and healthiness of our diet went way up. It is also a great way to help your community's local economy. To find your local food co-op, click here.
WHAT YOU CAN DO LOCALLY: I want to highlight some ways you can be more involved locally in the progressive movement. There are lots of good organizations that you can connect with both for good socializing and for political action. Here are a handful. All of them have MANY local chapters. Look up what is in your area.
Living Liberally: Political action through social interaction...includes Drinking Liberally, Eating Liberally, Reading Liberally, Laughing Liberally and Screening Liberally. Something for everyone. Nonpartisan, very progressive.
Democracy for America: The grassroots progressive organization founded by Howard Dean, because Democracy is NOT a spectator sport. Democratic activism at its best.
Coffee Party: Wake Up and Stand Up. The progressive (and sane!) answer to the Teabaggers. The Coffee Party is a democracy movement that began on Facebook, powered by volunteers and small donations from every-day Americans. Nonpartisan, moderate/progressive.
Native Vote: a national non-partisan effort to mobilize the American Indian and Alaska Native vote. Nonpartisan, moderate.
AFL-CIO: America's Union movement, now fighting back thanks to right wing Republican attacks on America's working and middle classes. Nonpartisan, moderate.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People: The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race. Nonpartisan, moderate.
Green Drinks: Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. We have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Come along and you'll be made welcome. Just say, "are you green?" and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It's a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.
Some other organizations: more national and not necessarily with many local chapters, but worth getting involved with.
Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP): APAP is a national network of progressive Asian Americans and friends. Our goals are to bring progressive values to the community and to organize for electoral empowerment. Nonpartisan, very progressive.
Cesar E. Chavez Foundation: Cesar's dream for a better and more just world has guided the Foundation's vision. Through our programming we strive to empower individuals so that they may fully realize their inherent and unlimited potential to make a difference in their own lives, in their communities, and in the world as a whole. Nonpartisan, moderate.
STATE AND LOCAL PAGES:
CALIFORNIA FOCUS: A gas station we like where Green and Cheap combine
NEW YORK FOCUS
New York Focus: David Weprin for Congress (NY-9)
NEW JERSEY FOCUS
NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS
The Value and Role of Government in NC's Society and Economy
Support for NC Caregivers: Critical During Economic Recovery
SOUTH CAROLINA FOCUS
WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS
Washington State Focus: Green Tags for Renewable Energy
Iowa Focus: Sustainable Agriculture Events
Iowa Focus: Planned Parenthood PAC rates Iowa lawmakers, praises Petersen and Wessel-Kroeschell
Tennessee Focus: AUG. 17, HELP SET TOP POLICY ISSUES FOR THE 2012 LEGISLATIVE SESSION