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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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    Richmond, VA Focus

    LOCAL BLOGS IN THE RICHMOND AREA:

    The Richmonder: politics, history, music, photography, and life in general.

    Left of the Hill: a forum for open political discussion that focuses on Congress and Virginia politics.


    CURRENT TV:
    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.


    RICHMOND DEMOCRATIC PARTY: Get involved with your local Democratic organization. It is the best way to get to know your local electeds and influence local events.

    Meetings are the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Suntrust Building in Richmond.

    For more information: 804-617-7918
    Email: jayjay1675@yahoo.com


    SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL UNION:

    Click here for the Virginia 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:
    Virginia AFL-CIO
    5400 Glenside Drive, Suite E
    Richmond, VA 23228
    Phone: 804-755-8001
    Email: info@va-aflcio.org


    Gay Community Center of Richmond
    http://www.gayrichmond.com/

    We want to make Central Virginia a better place to live for the members of our community, our friends and our neighbors.

    Click here for local LGBT events in Richmond


    LIBERALS OF RICHMOND:
    http://www.meetup.com/Liberals-of-Richmond/

    If you're against Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, the Tea Party, and everything else that seems to be putting this country on the wrong path, this is the group for you. If you support our president (or at least respectfully disagree with some of his decisions), this is the group for you. If you love watching The Daily Show and/or The Colbert Report, this is the group for you. If you're simply interested in doing what is best to help everyone, this is the group for you.

    Click here to join the Liberals of Richmond Meetup


    Drinking Liberally at Legends Brewing Company

    Drinking Liberally is a nationwide movement with local chapters all over the United States for liberals in more conservative areas to share a few drinks and talk. Come and join us on the first Sunday of each month at 6 PM.

    Legend Brewing Co
    321 W 7th St, Richmond, VA

    Ask for the Austen party or look for the Drinking Liberally sign on the table.


    Richmond, VA Green Drinks

    Visit our website at http://www.richmondgreendrinks.org

    Green Drinks is a simple and unstructured event where people interested in sustainability can get together to network, talk shop, learn something new, share something innovative or maybe even find a job! It's a great time to chat with folks you know or to meet new ones.

    Come on out the Third Thursday of every month for "Green Drinks" 5:30-7:30pm. Join our mailing list to keep informed of when and where we'll be meeting each month.


    Fare Share Food Cooperative

    Local food co-ops are a great way of getting quality, healthy food at good prices. In Richmond you can eat healthy and cheaply at the Fare Share Food Co-op:

    2132 W. Main Street
    Richmond, Virginia 23220
    Phone: (804) 355-5919


    Alternative Energy and Sustainable Agriculture in Virginia:

    Some stats from Repower America:

    * The recently passed Virginia Energy Plan will aim to reduce Virginia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2025 through energy efficiency education and investment in state renewable energy projects.

    * A 39-megawatt wind farm recently gained approval in Highland County and is expected to power 15,000 homes with clean energy

    * Virginia's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) enourages public utilities to generate 12% of their electricity sales from renewable energy sources by 2022.


    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 Virginia, 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.

    Living Green DC/MD/VA:
    LIVING GREEN DC/MD/VA works to send a message to the community and influence small changes in everyday actions that can have a big impact on our world. As a group we look for ways to make small changes in the way we live, enjoying the support and friendship of other like-minded people. This meetup can only grow if lots of members become Assistant Organizers and provide fun and creative ways to socialize, learn, spread the word, volunteer, network, do fun things. Suggestions are seeing films with environmental themes, dining where organic and locally purchased produce is promoted, visiting farmers markets and socializing afterwards, volunteering for Earth Day activities, meeting in cafes to discuss books and articles, etc.. Whether it's a movie screening or eating a meal with freinds at an environmentally friendly restaurant, you are sure to make an impact, so join the group and volunteer. Go here for more information.

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


    ALTERNATIVE FUELS:

    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 VIRGINIA 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.


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