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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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    Rational Radio on RationalBroadcasting.com brings to the airways an open and truthful discussion regarding the current state of our Democracy and Civil Liberties. It is these values that we hold so dear and is the reason why we are proud to be called Americans. Today, American values are under siege like never before, and it is past time for all of us to awake from our slumber. Rational Radio on RationalBroadcasting.com openly discusses the issues facing the Nation and compels us to bring our closet conversations to the airways so that we can examine facts together. Tune in to Rational Radio streaming media at www.RationalBroadcasting.com where concerned citizens are invited to call in and join the Voice of Democracy.

    Listen Live Here.


    The Burnt Orange Report is a good blog source of news and politics in Texas.

    Dos Centavos covers Chicano socio-political discourse in Texas.

    Texas Liberal: All People Matter

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

    To the Left of College Station: A Liberal Voice in a Conservative Community

    Dallas Progress: "Named a "Best of Big D" New Media Star by D Magazine, I write about politics, development, and whatever else comes to mind."

    The Lubbock County Progressives are committed to advancing the needs of all citizens. Our organization welcomes diversity and new ideas from all citizens and we respect that all have a voice. The freedoms that form the foundation of our country are still important to us. We understand that agreement is not always possible but we strive to present positions that respect the person and advocate a free exchange of ideas.

    North Texas Liberal covers the Dallas/Fort Worth 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. 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.

    Hispanic Women's Network of Texas

    55 North IH 35
    Suite 225
    Austin, TX 78702
    Office: 512-481-1600
    Fax: 512-444-3666

    The Hispanic Women's Network of Texas (HWNT) is a state-wide organization of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are committed to promoting the participation of Hispanic women in public, corporate and civic arenas. HWNT seeks to advance the educational, cultural, social, legal and economic well- being of all women through a broader awareness of their role in society, business and family. Members strive to celebrate the positive image and values of the Hispanic culture.

    The HWNT was formed in 1986 by inviting members of existing women's and Hispanic groups from around the state to create an organization that would address issues unique to Hispanas.

    Branches in:

    Austin HWNT
    Region 8
    Attn: Membership
    P.O. Box 142144
    Austin, TX 78714

    Corpus Christi HWNT
    Region 11
    Attn: Gloria Vargas
    7910 Galilee Cr.
    Corpus Christi, TX 78413

    Dallas HWNT
    Region 3
    Attn: Membership
    P.O. Box 670611
    Dallas, TX 75367

    Denton HWNT
    Region 15
    Attn: Membership
    P.O. Box 50431
    Denton, TX 76210

    Forth Worth HWNT
    Region 2
    Attn: Membership
    P.O. Box 1523
    Fort Worth,TX 76101

    Houston HWNT
    Region 7
    Attn: Membership
    P.O. Box 27892
    Houston, TX 77227

    Rio Grande Valley HWNT
    Region 14
    c/o Alida Hernandez
    4311 N. 10th St., Ste. C
    McAllen, TX 78504

    San Antonio HWNT
    Region 9
    Attn: Membership
    P.O. Box 831707
    San Antonio, TX 78207


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

    For more union info, contact:

    Texas AFL-CIO
    1106 Lavaca St., Suite 200
    Austin, TX 78701
    Phone: 512-477-6195
    Email: labor@texasaflcio.org

    Here are the Texas Drinking Liberally groups for those who like to socialize with fellow Liberals:

    Austin, Texas
    * Every Tuesday, 6:30 pm onward
    * The Dog and Duck Pub, 406 W 17th St (at Guadalupe)
    * Hosted by Ben Andrews, austin (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Corpus Christi, Texas
    * Third Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Cassidy's Irish Pub, 601 N Water St
    * Hosted by Teresa Klein and Jim Klein, corpuschristi (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * Second Friday of each month, 6:00 pm onward
    * The Stoneleigh P, 2926 Maple Ave (at Wolf across from the historic Stoneleigh Hotel)
    * Check out our blog for announcements of Eating Liberally, Screening Liberally, Drinking Coffee Liberally and other nonsmoker-friendly gatherings. Also, please "friend" us at MySpace.com/DallasDrinkingLiberally.
    * Hosted by Melissa Morgan, dallas (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * Third Thursday of each month, 6pm until 8pm
    * The Quarter, 15201 Addison Rd (next to Sambuca)
    * http://www.myspace.com/addisondl
    * There is road construction! However, Addison Rd is now re-opened in both directions for the time being.
    * Hosted by John McClelland and Erica Stockbridge, addison (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * First and third Wednesday of each month, 6:30 pm onward
    * Esparza's Tequila Factory and Grill, 3314 Harwood Rd, Bedford
    * Hosted by Kathleen Thompson and Todd Hill, midcities (at) drinkingliberally.org

    El Paso, Texas
    * Third Tuesday of each month, 6:00 pm to 8:00pm
    * Hemmingways, 214 Cincinnati Ave
    * Hosted by Michael Apodaca and Lily Ruiz, elpaso (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Houston, Texas
    * First Thursday of each month, 7 PM onward
    * Dog House Tavern, 2517 Bagby St
    * Visit or post on the Houston forum: http://drinkingliberally.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=6
    * Hosted by David Robertson, houston (at) drinkingliberally.org

    New Braunfels, Texas

    * Third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * The Black Whale, On the Plaza in Downtown New Braunfels
    * Hosted by Steve Woolbert and Greg Woodall, newbraunfels (at) drinkingliberally.org

    San Antonio, Texas
    * Second and fourth Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm onward
    * The Cove, 606 W Cypress St (The Cove is located just west of San Pedro, where Cypress runs into Fredericksburg.)
    * Hosted by Bill Livermore, Livi Bogrand and Ned Allen, sanantonio (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Waxahachie, Texas
    * Every Thursday, 6:30 pm
    * Library Lounge, downstairs in the Rogers Hotel, 100 E Main St (Take the elevator or stairs from lobby)
    * Location changes from time to time. Be on the email for updates!
    * Food available; no smoking. Conversation-friendly environment!
    * Hosted by Nathalie Guyol, waxahachie (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Stonewall Democrats is an organization of politically active individuals working for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community. Here are some local chapters in Texas:

    Stonewall Democrats of Dallas

    Stonewall Democrats of Austin

    Stonewall Democrats of Houston

    Stonewall Democrats of Collin County

    Tarrant County Stonewall Democrats

    Here are some alternative energy groups and events:

    Some statistics from Repower America:

    * Texas' wind energy accounts for close to one-third of the nation's total installed wind capacity.

    * If Texas' solar potential was fully realized, the state could generate up to 40% of its electricity from rooftop applications, as well as 70% from solar thermal systems.

    * The state's energy efficiency programs save enough electricity to power almost 30,000 homes for a whole year, save more than $51 million in energy costs, and prevent the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking over 46,000 cars off the road. Although great progress, the state still has much more potential to increase its energy efficiency.

    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 Texas, 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.

    Texas Solar Energy Society: The TXSES mission is : To increase awareness of the potential of solar energy and other renewable energy applications and to promote the wise use of sustainable and non-polluting resources. Find local chapters here. Check out their calendar for upcoming events.

    Alternative Energy Resources in Texas: a short summary of alternative energy resources for Texas. For more information on each technology, visit the State Energy Alternatives Technology Options page.


    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.

    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 TEXAS OFFERING E85. This can be a really good way to help the American economy, help the environment, AND save money.

    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.

    Texas Food Co-ops:

    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. Here are a few co-ops I could find in Texas:

    Wheatsville Food Co-op
    3101 Guadalupe
    Austin, Texas 78705
    Phone: (512) 478-2667
    FAX: (512) 478-2081

    The purpose of Wheatsville is to create a self-reliant, self-empowering community of people that will grow and promote a transformation of society toward cooperation, justice, and nonexploitation.

    Wheatsville's mission is to serve a broad range of people by providing them goods and services and by using efficient methods which avoid exploitation of the producer and the environment.

    The Sustainable Food Center/Austin Community Gardens Not a food co-op per se, but related.

    1106 Clayton Lane
    Suite 480W
    Austin, Texas 78723

    Phone (512) 236-0074
    Fax (512) 236-0098


    From seed to table, SFC creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system. Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, children and adults have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to improve the long-term health of Central Texans and our environment.

    Sustainable Food Center works to create a food secure community by improving access to local, healthy and affordable food for children and adults in Central Texas. Our community and youth gardens, Farmer's Market Initiative, and cooking and nutrition education classes benefit an estimated 20,000 Central Texans annually.

    The focus of this mission is to supply high-quality food and nondoctrinaire information about food to the people in Austin, Texas.

    "Best of the Blessed" Healthy Food Co-op
    2900 Mistywood Lane
    Denton, Texas 76209
    Phone: (940) 380-0787

    Central City Co-op
    2115 Taft
    Houston, Texas 77006
    Phone: (713) 524-9408
    FAX: (713) 520-9813

    Imagine communities of people coming together each week in different parts of the city to purchase high quality, organic food at reasonable prices. This was the dream of Jennifer Georgantas and Patricia Greer in September 2001 as the idea for Central City Co-op was born. With the help of numerous volunteers both then and now, the dream has become a reality.

    We believe that everyone has a divine right to organic food and that organic food should be available at reasonable prices--that one day there will be co-ops throughout the city that provide locally grown, high quality, organic produce to people on a weekly basis. We offer as much produce as possible from local sources that embrace the practice of compassionate and chemical free growing.

    Central City Co-op offers a space--if only for a moment--where people come together as a community. Join us!

    Keller Texas Produce Co-op
    1401 Briar Meadow Dr.
    Keller, Texas 76248
    Phone: (817) 284-2433

    And here are some groups and meetings:

    Lake Area Democratic Club (Social)
    A gathering of Democrats and anyone interested in the democratic process.
    Location: Seven Points Dairy Queen (Seven Points, TX)
    Directions: On hwy 85 just west of hwy 274

    We meet at the Seven Points Dairy Queen at 6PM 3rd Tuesday of each month. Come join us and dine at the Queen and have fun while we work to get our county, state, and country back in shape.

    Call 214-683-2811 for more information.



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