NEW JERSEY FOCUS
LeftyBlogs New Jersey is the place to find out what's happening in the progressive blogosphere across New Jersey.
Blue Jersey is a great source for the latest in New Jersey politics.
EnvironmentNJ: Fighting for New Jersey's Environment
New Jersey:Politics Unusual: A blog about New Jersey politics by the Chairman of the Flemington Democratic Party
Reporte Hispano: Spanish-language news coverage of New Jersey
The Center of NJ Life: Central New Jersey news, and whatever else catches my interest, filtered through the sarcasm of a resident living in the center of Our Fair State.
New Jersey Latino Foundation (Facebook Page): Our Vision is a better New Jersey society where everyone’s dreams can be achieved.
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.
FIGHT FOR UNION RIGHTS: Join the New Jersey State AFL-CIO E-Activist Network
Sign up here to take action on behalf of working families in New Jersey. You will receive news and alerts from our E-Activist Network Center. We will notify you when we need you to contact legislators or other officials regarding important issues for working families in New Jersey.
By including your home address information when you sign up, our E-Activist Network software will know which Congressional and Legislative District you live in. So when you want to send a fax to your legislator, it will automatically be sent to the correct legislator.
Our list is never shared or sold to anyone, and you can easily unsubscribe at any time.
SIGN UP HERE TO FIGHT FOR WORKERS' RIGHTS
NATIONAL JEWISH DEMOCRATIC COUNCIL: The National Jewish Democratic Council is the trusted voice and resource for Democratic office holders, candidates and party organizations to better understand and engage with the Jewish community. NJDC mobilizes the Jewish community and convenes opinion leadership to support the Democratic promise for all Americans. We look to our Jewish tradition to guide us on the issues of social and economic justice, religious pluralism and the peace and security of the State of Israel that will be the hallmark of our work.
NJDC believes that through our work in Democratic Party politics, we can ensure a better world for our children and grandchildren.
NJDC Chapter: New Jersey
For more information, or to become a member of the New Jersey chapter, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW JERSEY NAACP: Here is a list of local NAACP branches in New Jersey
Chair: Deborah Smith Gregory
800 S. 11th Street
President: Ruth C. Taylor
PO Box 353
President: Adrienne Sanders
PO Box 1143
Asbury Park 07712
President: Belvia Thompson
PO Box 2256
President: John Lyles-Belton
PO Box 1977
Atlantic City 08404
President: Bruce Morgan
PO Box 235
New Brunswick 08903
President: Al Strickland
PO Box 1764
1195 East 21st Street
President: Joyce Simmons
PO Box 1262
President: Lionel Wilson
PO Box 865
President: James Waters
PO Box 836
President: Estina Baker
PO Box 1136
President: Tom Puryer
PO Box 1127
East Orange 07019
President: Colandus Francis
1123 1/2 Kaign Avenue
President: Calvin Merritt
PO Box 1600
Camden County East
President: Lloyd Henderson, Esq
PO Box 53
President: Linda Smith
PO Box AQ
Cape May County
President: Robert Jackson
200 Eldridge Avenue
Cape May Court House 08210
President: Rev. Milton Lester
PO Box 1219
Perth Amboy 08861
President: Iman Rashada Haneef
President: Peter Briggs
PO Box 368
President: Loretta Winter
PO Box 545
President: Shirley Palmer
PO Box 424
President: Dr. Cleophus Robinson
PO Box 524
President: Myrtle Counts
PO Box 391
Phone & Fax: 908-241-9847
(Call before faxing)
President: Earl Fulcher
PO Box 246
Marlboro Annex 07746
President: Kennard Braxton
396 Bailey Street
Greater Long Branch
President: Lorenzo W. Dangler
PO Box 472
Long Branch 07740
President: Bahiyyah Abdullah
PO Box 5144
Toms River 08754
Greater Red Bank
President: Rev. Dr. Henry Davis Jr
PO Box 311
President: Fred Herndon
PO Box 1355
President: Richard Smith
PO Box 744
New Jersey Prison Branch
President: Maurice Taylor
PO Box 861
Trenton, NJ 08625
President: Carrie Gilliard
PO Box 3385
President: Marguerite Brown
Chambers PO Box 669
President: Kathleen Witcher
PO Box 377
President: Melvin Warren
PO Box 229
President: Kabili Tayari
153 Martin Luther King Drive
Jersey City 07305
President: Reva Foster-Shropshire
PO Box 335
President: Clifton Sudler
PO Box 773
Youth & College Division
President: Paige Floyd
President: Reginald Johnson
PO Box 86
President: James L McClain
PO Box 141
Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey (LLANJ)
100 Jersey Avenue
Box 15 Suite B-104
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
In 1999, four hundred Latino leaders from diverse organizations across the State of New Jersey convened a conference at Rutgers University that concluded in the creation of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey. As a non-partisan, non-exclusive organization, our diverse constituency is bound together by mutual strengths and common goals. Only in this way may we ensure that LLANJ plays a part in cultivating our next generation of Latino leaders.
Members of LLANJ join together to create one voice for Latinos in New Jersey. In representing Latino parents, primary and secondary educators, community leaders, law enforcement, health care professionals, religious leaders, immigrant groups, student leaders and business professionals, we recognize how our various needs interconnect and work as a collective unit to shape the role of Latinos in New Jersey.
Check out their calendar of events here.
New Jersey Stonewall Democrats is on Facebook:
New Jersey Stonewall Democrats claism to be "New Jersey's only grassroots Democratic LGBTI organization." And from what I can find, there aren't too many others around. If you want to fight for LGBT rights in New Jersey, sign up with NJ Stonewall Democrats on Facebook.
And for less political LGBT resources: PFLAG of North Jersey: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of North Jersey is a group of people who meet regularly in the South Orange area and are dedicated to providing support, education, and advocacy to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, their families and their friends. Meetings are 2nd Sunday of Every Month. Our regular meeting is from 2:30 to approximately 4:15. Newcomer's meet from 1:30 to 2:30 in a smaller, more informal setting. For more info contact: Helpline: 973-267-8414 or
New Jersey Green Drinks Groups
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.
These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity. It's a force for the good and we'd like to help it spread to other cities. Contact your local node to get the latest info about coming along.
Here are some Green Drinks Groups in New Jersey: (click on the links to find out more info)
Cranford Area Green Drinks
Metuchen, New Jersey
West Milford, New Jersey
New Jersey for Democracy:
Howard Dean started the strategy that won big in 2006 and 2008. Let's continue to the tradition. Here are the local Democracy for America groups in New Jersey:
North Jersey -
meets at the Ethical Culture Society
687 Larch Ave
Teaneck, NJ 07666
RSVP at www.dfalink.com/bergen
Cryan's Beef & Ale House
24 First Street
South Orange, NJ 07079
RSVP at www.dfalink.com/essex
The Hard Grove Cafe
319 Grove St.
Jersey City, NJ 07302
RSVP at www.dfalink.com/hudson
(First Wednesday of the Month, 7:30pm)
Morris County Democratic Headquarters
11 Washington St
Morristown, NJ 07960
RSVP at www.dfalink.com/morris
Puzo's Restaurant (Upstairs)
4 Garfield Ave.
Hawthorne, NJ 07506
RSVP at www.dfalink.com/passaic
(First Thursday of the Month)
Rockin Joe Cafe
20 Prospect Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
RSVP at Union Meetup
MS Health Software Corp
605 Grand Ave.
RSVP at www.dfalink.com/nwnj
Central Jersey -
Friendly Grounds Coffee
36 Mine St.
RSVP at www.dfalink.com/hunterdon
Carl A Fields Center
86 Olden Street
(Corner of Olden St and Prospect Ave on Princeton Univ campus)
RSVP at www.dfalink.com/mercercounty
(please check DFA-Link for schedule)
1551 Route 1 South
Edison, NJ 08837
RSVP at www.dfalink.com/middlesexNJ
107 Oakland St. (at the train station at Bridge Ave.)
Red Bank, NJ
RSVP at www.dfalink.com/monmouth
Somerset County Complex
40 North Bridge St. (off of High)
RSVP at Somerset Meetup
(Second or Third Tuesday of the Month)
South Jersey -
Haddon Township Library
15 MacArthur Blvd
Westmont, NJ 08108
RSVP at Progressive Democracy South Jersey
4th Tues. of month
RSVP at Democracy for Gloucester County
(Please check DFA-Link for date & location)
Joshua Huddy Brew Pub and Grill
1250 Hooper Ave.
RSVP at www.dfalink.com/oceancounty
(First Tuesday of the Month)
NEW JERSEY 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. So I will list some local food co-ops in New Jersey:
Purple Dragon Co-op
289 Washington Street
Glen Ridge, New Jersey 07028
Phone: (973) 429-0391
FAX: (732) 247-0103
Purple Dragon Co-op was formed in 1987 to bring natural foods into our area at prices closer to wholesale. In 1989, we began working to improve the availability of exquisitely fresh organic produce for our members. Janit London, a songwriter and veteran of many food co-ops, with 20 years’ experience in the Natural Foods business, designed Purple Dragon’s unique format, i.e., a new low-labor co-op model that works for today’s busy families.
Purple Dragon originated the idea of a mixed produce variety basket that has been copied all over our area and has become a national trend. We buy from many local organic and some ecological farmers and work closely with them to support their efforts to grow food in an ecologically sound manner in our own community.
We also shop up and down the East Coast, eastern Canada, the rest of the US, Europe, New Zealand, Israel and buy from certain farms in Central and South America and the Caribbean. When in doubt about a grower’s authenticity, we double check certifications with reliable sources in the industry. We work to provide you with the finest and most interesting variety of organic produce available.
We work constantly to refine and improve our service. We welcome your suggestions. We are also different in that we are the only group that is really a co-op. Our members actually work (see “How much do I have to work?”) This allows lower prices, better quality produce, and we get to meet people with similar interests in our area. It is also a chance to be closer to nature by handling the beautiful fruits and vegetables soon after they arrive from local farms.
Another difference is that we stand up for what we believe. We recycle all office paper, use only recycled paper, return crates to farmers and support environmental and organic farming associations, including the Organic Trade Association, CAFF, Sierra Club, NYCAP, NCAP, NOFA, American Farmland Trust, and the NJ Organic Farming Association.
George Street Co-op
89 Morris Street
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Phone: (732) 247-8280
FAX: (732) 247-0103
The George Street Co-op is a non-profit natural foods store owned and run by its members. We sell vegetarian foods with the greatest nutritional value possible, and only minimal processing, additives or toxins. Everyone is welcome to shop at the Co-op and choose from our excellent selection of fresh organic produce, bulk foods, vitamins & herbs, body care and earth-friendly products, gifts, and more.
The Co-op serves the community by supporting local farms, community groups, events and gardens. We host a variety of outreach programs and informational seminars and produce a free, informative publication, Food for Thought.
We are also committed to bringing jobs and wellness into the area as a conscientious employer providing a safe, healthy work environment and offering benefits and competitive wages to our employees.
In Good Taste
1301 N Delsea Drive
Vineland, New Jersey 08360
Phone: (609) 794-4856
FAX: (856) 794-4856
For the more social and fun-oriented (and booze oriented), there's Drinking Liberally. Here are the New Jersey Drinking Liberally Chapters:
Hillsborough, New Jersey
* Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 8:00 pm onward
* Petrock's Bar and Grill, 419 Amwell Rd (at Amwell and 206)
* Hosted by Matthew Dawson, hillsborough (at) drinkingliberally.org
Montclair, New Jersey
* Second Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm onward
* Just Jake's, 30 Park Street (b/t Bloomfield & Claremont)
* We meet in the REAR DINING ROOM. Turn left after entering, go past the juke box, bar and W.C.
* Ample parking in municipal lot next to Just Jake's (free after 7 pm)
* ** Mtclair DL ON THE ROAD, TUES, NOV 13, from 8PM at PAUL'S BAR & BOWLING, 377 CROOKS AVE, PATERSON, NJ (973) 278-1982 http://local.yahoo.com/details?id=10780514 **THIS IS AN ADDITIONAL MEETING, WE STILL HAVE OUR USUAL 2nd THURSDAY
* Hosted by Kevin Kelly and Dan Evans Farkas, montclair (at) drinkingliberally.org
* Third Thursday of each month, 8:00 pm onwards
* Hennessey's Tavern, 140 Morris St (Corner of Elm & Morris, next to the train station)
* There's plenty of public parking behind train station or on Elm Street.
* Come on by & raise a pint with other fun loving local progressive's! Hope to see you there...
* Hosted by Jim Long, Chip Robinson, David Cochran and Linda Humphries, morristown (at) drinkingliberally.org
* First Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
* The Hop, 14 N Morris St
* Hosted by Jim Long, Chip Robinson, Dave Cochran and Linda Humphries, dovernj (at) drinkingliberally.org
New Brunswick, New Jersey
* Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
* Doll's Place, 101 Paterson St (corner of Paterson & Joyce Kilmer)
* Hosted by Bob Scardapane and Chris Swasey, newbrunswick (at) drinkingliberally.org
Pennsauken, New Jersey
* First and third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
* Kings Row Sports Bar and Billiards, 6030 S Crescent Blvd (Route 130 N)
* Hosted by Art Williams and Denise Williams, pennsauken (at) drinkingliberally.org
Toms River, New Jersey
* First Tuesday of each month, 8:00 pm onward
* Joshua Huddy Brew Pub, 1250 Hooper Ave (across from Ocean County Mall)
* Hosted by Robin Kinlin and Ian Valentine, tomsriver (at) drinkingliberally.org
Cape May County Federation of Democratic Women Meeting
Sam DiVico Senior Center
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Join the Cape May County Federation of Democratic Women to discuss important local, state and federal issues. All are encouraged to join!
2nd Thursday of every month.
Sam DiVico Senior Center
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Alternative energy and Sustainable Agriculture in New Jersey:
Some stats from Repower America:
* New Jersey has approved a 350-megawatt, offshore wind farm at least 16 miles out to sea. If completed in 2013 as scheduled, it will be the first offshore wind farm in the US.
* The state's energy efficiency programs save enough electricity to power over 25,000 homes for a whole year, save more than $29.2 million in energy costs, and prevent the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking over 20,000 cars off the road. Although great progress, the state still has much more potential to increase its energy efficiency.
* New Jersey has a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that requires all public utilities to generate 22.5% of their electricity from renewable energy resources by 2021.
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 New Jersey, 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.
The Newark Alternative Energy Meetup Group
Meet other local individuals interested in exploring all forms of Alternative Energy. Discuss ways to preserve the world's resources and protect the environment!
In Addition, you will receive informative newsletters that are chock full of Alternative Energy news from around the country. For more info go here.
Alternative Energy Resources in New Jersey: a short summary of alternative energy resources for New Jersey. For more information on each technology, visit the State Energy Alternatives Technology Options page.
Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey is a twenty two year-old, membership based educational nonprofit organization. We are a unique collaboration among the stakeholders in our food system; our members and our governing board include farmers, consumers, retailers, processors, educators and researchers. We serve as a catalyst in the development of a sustainable organic agricultural system; provide assistance to both organic and progressive conventional farmers to help build and maintain sustainable operations; educate diverse audiences about the significance and meaning of organic practices for food and the environment; and provide independent, third-party certification to organic farms and processors.
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.
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