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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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  • Friday, September 09, 2011

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter 301

    It has been 10 years since the 9/11 attacks. One thing that will ALWAYS stick with me is the fact that Bill Clinton WARNED Bush about al-Qaeda, and Bush refused to listen. The Republicans said Clinton was "obsessed with al-Qaeda." Well, there was a REASON he was obsessed with them. They were ready to attack us. I wish the Republicans had listened to Bill Clinton.

    Nothing was ever accomplished under Bush. In fact, al-Qaeda grew stronger under Bush. But Obama has slowly been destroying al-Qaeda, killing or capturing all their top personnel, including Osama bin Laden. This 9/11 anniversary is the FIRST ONE where I feel we are finally winning against al-Qaeda.

    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    ARTICLES:

    Ten Years Later: 9/11

    Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult

    BOOK REVIEW: This Moment on Earth

    This has been getting lots of hits recently: Liberal Shopping/Consumer Guide


    IMPORTANT LINKS:

    Big oil companies make huge profits with taxpayer support but cut jobs anyway...Oil companies keep screwing us!...for some ideas of the best places to gas up, click here.

    Some of Current TV's top documentaries (hosted by Morgan Spurlock) of all time:

    'Food, Inc' exposes the truth behind what Americans eat:



    'Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room' tells a personal story of ambition and corruption:



    Interesting twist on human evolution: African fossils put new spin on human origins story...I should note that the details about human evolution remain sketchy even if the basic outlines are clear. Many of the species identified are based on only a handful of fossils, so more research is needed to fill in the gaps.

    Unions vow to work for passage of Obama jobs plan


    MUSICAL SELECTIONS:

    Once a favorite song of both my son and myself:



    For more on this wonderful artist, click here.

    A very thoughtful and unusual piece on the Middle East (no one comes off well, from someone who almost never gets political)



    Another, more visual, version derived from Tom Waits' version (with due honor to Waits):



    Want to support peace in Israel/Palestine while also getting some really excellent food? Click here...my own local food co-op carries these delicious and peace-inspiring products.

    And an important/unusual monologue from a former singer for Black Flag...also a cousin of mine (literally...we both came from the Luban family in Rezekne, Lavia...):




    STATE AND LOCAL PAGES:

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS

    Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley/San Gabriel Valley, CA Focus

    NEW YORK FOCUS

    CRITICAL RACE: Teachers, Firefighters and Police Endorse David Weprin for Congress (NY-9) (Sept. 13th election endorsement)

    CRITICAL RACE: Support the Judge Who Gay Married my Friends

    Things to do in NYC: Brooklyn Heights Cinema

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

    Michigan Focus: George Brown for Jackson City Council - Ward 4 (Progressive Majority Endorsement) (2011 Endorsement)

    Michigan Focus: Kyle DuBuc for Royal Oak City Commissioner (Progressive Majority Endorsement, Peace Corps volunteer) (2011 endorsement)

    Michigan Focus: Mamie Moore for Highland Park City Council (Progressive Majority Endorsement) (2011 endorsement)

    Michigan Focus: Zack Stanton for New Baltimore City Council (Progressive Majority Endorsement) (2011 endorsement)

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    Illinois Focus: Ilya Sheyman for Congress (IL-10) (Democracy for America Endorsement)...more here (2012 endorsement)

    Illinois Focus: Bill Foster for Congress (IL-11) (2012 endorsement)

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    Florida Focus: Alan Grayson for Congress (2012 endorsement)



    VIRGINIA FOCUS

    Virginia Focus: David Bernard for State Senate - District 10 (Progressive Majority Endorsement, EMT) (2011 endorsement)

    Virginia Focus: E. Wayne Powell for Congress (2011 endorsement)

    To help elect Progressive Democrats in Virginia, here are some local Dem organizations worth checking out if you live nearby:

    Hanover County Democratic Committee:
    Meet Second Saturday of every month
    9:00am - 10:30am
    Location: Ashland Coffee and Tea
    Address: PO Box 22
    Ashland, VA 23005

    E-mail: info@hvadems.com

    Louisa County Democratic Committee
    Meetings Third Wednesday of every month
    6 pm at Roma's in Louisa
    For more info contact: (540) 967-5302

    Spotsylvania County Democratic Committee
    The Spotsylvania County Democratic Committee meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Salem Church Library, 2607 Salem Church Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407
    (540) 785-9267

    Albemarle County Democratic Committee
    300 Preston Avenue, Suite 308
    Charlottesville, VA 22902
    434.264.6872

    Monthly Meeting of the Albemarle Democratic Committee is the third Monday of every month, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
    Albemarle County Office Building, room 235, 401 McIntire Rd, Charlottesville

    Franklin Democratic Committee
    540-483-0636
    Meetings are the third Tuesday of the month at 4:15 PM at the Franklin County Library (355 Franklin St, Rocky Mount VA).


    COLORADO FOCUS

    Colorado Focus: Alfonso Nunez for Aurora City Council - Ward 5 (Progressive Majority Endorsement, Firefighter) (2011 Endorsement)

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS

    Pennsylvania Focus: Jason Salus for Montgomery County Treasurer (Progressive Majority Endorsement) (2011 Endorsement)

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    LET'S KEEP THE FIGHT GOING IN WISCONSIN: Below are some local Dem organizations in Wisconsin. Help them out!



    Democratic Party of Milwaukee County:

    Our general membership meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of most months. Check our calendar for exact dates. We meet in the Hall of Fame Room of the Pettit National Ice Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park, 500 S. 84th Street. We look forward to seeing you there.

    Oconomowoc Dems Breakfast
    First Saturday of each month, 10am – 11am
    The Depot/Maxims Restaurant, Hwy 67 and Main St., Oconomowoc



    Winnebago Dems Monthly Meeting
    Second Wednesday of every month, August 10, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    Delta Restaurant - 515 N Sawyer St, Oshkosh, WI

    Winnebago County Democratic Party Unity Breakfast
    Last Friday of Each Month, 7:00am – 8:30am
    B J Clancy's Restaurant - 3341 S Oneida St - Appleton, WI 54915

    Click here to find out more about the Winnebego County, Wisconsin Democratic Party

    Waukesha County Democratic Party

    Monthly meetings held every 3rd Thursday of the month, except in July
    Waukesha Labor Temple.
    Contact us at websupport@waukeshadems.org



    Ozaukee County Democrats
    The Ozaukee County Democrats will be holding monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7pm on the lower level of the the Cedarburg City Hall.

    WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS

    Washington State Focus: Green Tags for Renewable Energy

    Washington State Focus: Richard Mitchell for King County Council. (Progressive Majority and Sierra Club Endorsements) (2011 endorsement)

    Washington State Focus: Ryan Mello for Tacoma City Council, Pos. 8 At-large (Progressive Majority Endorsement) (2011 endorsement)

    Washington State Focus: Joe McDermott for King County Council - District 8 (Progressive Majority, Washington Conservation Voters, NARAL, Teamsters and SEIU Endorsements) (2011 endorsement)

    Washington State Focus: Cathy Lehman for Bellingham City Council - Ward 3 (Progressive Majority and Sierra Club Endorsements) (2011 endorsement)

    Washington State Focus: Stephanie Wright for Snohomish County Council - District 3 (Progressive Majority, Deputy Sheriff's Association, Sierra Club and AFL-CIO Endorsements) (2011 endorsement)

    Washington State Focus: Rob Gelder for Kitsap County Commissioner - District 1 (Progressive Majority Endorsement) (2011 endorsement)

    Washington State Focus: Richard Rush for Spokane City Council - District 2 (Progressive Majority Endorsement) (2011 endorsement)



    Washington State Focus: Ben Stuckart for Spokane City Council President (Progressive Majority, Spokane Regional Labor Council, NARAL, and Spokane Firefighters Local 29 Endorsements) (2011 endorsement)

    Washington State Focus: David Stalheim Whatcom for County Executive (Progressive Majority, Teamsters, Planned Parenthood and Sierra Club Endorsements) (2011 endorsement)

    Washington State Focus: Othman Heibe SeaTac City Council - Position 3 (Progressive Majority Endorsement) (2011 endorsement)

    Washington State Focus: Joy Jones for Spokane City Council - District 3, Position 1 (Progressive Majority, Spokane Regional Labor Council, and Spokane Fire Fighters Local 29 Endorsements, CRITICAL RACE) (2011 endorsement)...this race is critical for achieving a Democratic and progressive majority in the Spokane city council

    Washington State Focus: Christina Maginnis for Whatcom County Council - District 2, Position B (Progressive Majority, Sierra Club and Democracy for America Endorsements, CRITICAL RACE) (2011 endorsement)...this race is critical for pushing back against Teabagger gains in Whatcom county. A true progressive vs teabagger race!

    Washington State Focus: Mia Gregerson for SeaTac City Council - Position 7 (Progressive Majority Endorsement) (2011 endorsement)

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    MINNESOTA FOCUS

    Minnesota Focus: Joe Tatalovich for St. Louis Park School Board (Progressive Majority Endorsement, CRITICAL RACE) (2011 endorsement)...I feel all judicial and school board races are critical but too often ignored, and we need more progressives elected to these positions.

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    SOUTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    Arizona Focus: Jonathan Rothschild for Tuscon Mayor (Progressive Majority Endorsement) (2011 endorsement)

    IOWA FOCUS

    Des Moines Food Co-op Now Open

    Iowa Focus: Sustainable Agriculture Events

    TENNESSEE FOCUS

    NEVADA FOCUS

    KANSAS FOCUS

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