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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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  • Saturday, October 22, 2011

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Some Brooklyn News:

    'Battle For Brooklyn' Filmmaker Speaks Out On Occupy Wall Street

    Diane Savino on Capital Tonight:



    Hope Reichbach's family launches memorial fund in honor of young political activist

    ESDC's flawed analysis of sidewalk widths highlights risk in privatizing arena planning and oversight

    Michael Grimm’s first challenger, Alex Borgognone, officially launches

    Catching up on Bruce Ratner's campaign contributions: to de Blasio and New York Uprising (and would past gift to Schneiderman stave off Downtown Brooklyn Partnership investigation?)


    UPCOMING EVENTS:

    GreenMarket at Bartel Pritchard Square
    Every Wednesday, from NOW until Nov 23, 2011 8am – 3pm

    Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group will hold its monthly general meeting on Tuesday, October 25, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street. On the agenda for the meeting:
    1) Committee updates: Water Quality, Technical, Outreach, Archeology, Administrative
    2) Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) /Technical Assistance Services for Community Grant (TASC) updates and discussion
    3) Other business

    As always, everyone is invited.

    Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats General Membership Meeting
    Thursday, October 27, 2011
    7:00pm

    Park Slope United Methodist Church (Downstairs)
    6th Avenue (Between 7th/8th Streets)

    Brooklyn's most progressive and most reform club.

    Special Guests: Chuck Zlatkin, Legislative & Political Director, New York Metro Area Postal Union

    TimesUp! Bike Repair Workshops in Brooklyn
    Sun, October 30, 6pm – 8pm
    99 South 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    Sustainable Flatbush curated Green NYC Calendar recommends: TimesUp! BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.

    Times Up! Women and Trans Bicycle Repair Night
    Mon, October 31, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn

    Sustainable Flatbush curated Green NYC Calendar recommends: Times Up! Women and Trans Bicycle Repair Night WOMEN AND TRANS BICYCLE REPAIR NIGHT Every Monday, 6:30 p.m. 99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue

    72nd Precinct Community Council meeting
    Tue, November 8, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
    Marion Heim Senior Center, 4520 4th Ave. at 45th Street
    Description(Public Welcome) Tues. Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. (Meeting is held at same time and place on the 2nd Tues. of every month) The police captain always attends these meetings. Subway: R to 45th St.

    Brooklyn Community Pride Center’s Capital Campaign Receptions

    BCPC has received $3M in capital funding commitments and is close to securing a permanent residence for the Pride Center. Please join them at one of the following receptions to discuss ways to raise the private funds required to match the committed city funds. BCPC will be soliciting ideas, not funds at these receptions.

    Wednesday, November 9th, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
    53 Prospect Park West
    RSVP by emailing tfleidner@lgbtbrooklyn.org

    Fixers Collective
    Thu, November 10, 7pm – 9pm
    Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union Street at Nevins Street, Brooklyn

    A social experiment in improvisational fixing and mending. Bring your broken thing and place it on the fixing table for collective consideration. The assembled group will share ideas and techniques for repairing, mending, enhancing or repurposing the objects before us. A $5 donation per object is requested. More info can be found here: http://proteusgowanus.org/fixers-collective/

    Brooklyn Critical Mass
    Fri, November 11, 7pm – 9pm
    Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

    Sustainable Flatbush curated Green NYC Calendar recommends: Brooklyn Critical Mass Critical Mass is a monthly celebration of bicycles and other nonpolluting means of transportation, exercising our right to the road. Critical Mass is a movement, not an organization; no two riders participate for exactly the same reason. Brooklyn Critical Mass started rolling in 2004. Second Friday of every month, 7:00 p.m., meeting at Grand Army Plaza. Come out and join Critical Mass in Brooklyn. Celebrate cycling, and assert your right to the road -- Brooklyn style!

    78th Precinct Community Council meeting
    Tue, November 29, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
    78th precinct at 65 6th Ave. (betw. Bergen and Dean)
    Description(Public Welcome) Tues. Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. (Meeting is held at same time and place on the last Tues. of every month) The 78 precinct covers Prospect Park and the Park Slope side of Bartel Pritchard Sq.


    CURRENT TV NYC:

    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.

    In NYC Current TV is available on:
    Time Warner Digital: Channel 103
    DIRECTV: Channel 358
    DISH Network: Channel 196
    Comcast Digital: Channel 107
    AT&T U-Verse: Channel 189

    Check out their program schedule here.


    Majora Carter's "The Promised Land"
    WNYC-AM820

    Saturdays at 2PM. Sundays at 8PM. Listen to the new radio documentary show hosted by Bronx Science Alumna & Local Environmentalist, Majora Carter. Find out more here.


    PROGRESSIVE TALK RADIO:
    WWRL AM 1060
    http://wwrl1600.com/default.asp

    Check out the daily programming schedule here.

    click here for their schedule of local events

    WWRL Book Club
    Become a member of the WWRL Morning Show, become a Morning Maniac.
    Here’s your chance to be the recipient of a morning show “MUST READ” book.
    Every Friday Mark Riley randomly selects a registrant, one per hour (6-9 am) and awards a “Must Read” that keeps up with world events

    Click Here to Join!


    BROOKLYN BLOGS:

    Currently the best blog for Brooklyn Politics: The Brooklyn Politics Blog

    Pardon Me for Asking

    NO LAND GRAB

    Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

    Sustainable Flatbush brings neighbors together to mobilize, educate, and advocate for sustainable living in our Brooklyn neighborhood and beyond.

    The Windsor Terrace Alliance is made up of residents, community groups and businesses of Windsor Terrace interested in advocating for our neighborhood.


    DEMOCRACY FOR NYC MEETINGS IN BROOKLYN:

    DFNYC, the local affilliate of Howard Dean's Democracy for America has two meetings in Brooklyn. It is a great way to get involved in local reform and progressive politics.

    Midwood/Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn - 7:00 pm, at the home of Terry Rodie, 1170 Ocean Parkway, Apt 10K between Avenues J & L (white apartment building on the west side of Ocean Parkway)

    New Location: Park Slope, Brooklyn - Now at 8:00 pm, at Cocoa Bar, 228 7th Ave (between 3rd and 4th Street) with host Josh Silverstein.

    Democracy for NYC (DFNYC) is committed to the ideals espoused by Democracy for America, the organization founded by Howard Dean, and the national network of local coalition groups dedicated to the same.

    We work both locally and nationally to ensure that fiscally responsible and socially progressive candidates are elected at all levels of government. We develop innovative ways to advocate for the issues that matter to our members and support legislation which has a positive effect in our communities. We promote transparency and ethical practices in government. We engage people in the political process and give them the tools to organize, communicate, mobilize, and enact change on the local, state, and national level.


    CLEAN UP NEW YORK POLITICS:
    GRASSROOTS NYC: This is an organization founded by fellow Daily Gotham blogger and DFNYC activist Dan Jacoby.

    GrassrootsNYC was created to provide a new method for generating real government reform in New York City. Instead of the old-fashioned method of fighting for reform (and usually not getting much done), GrassrootsNYC aims to leverage the power of tens of thousands of reform-minded New Yorkers to force our government to work for us - the way our Founding Fathers intended government to work.


    This is a real chance for you to get involved in reforming our political system from the bottom up. To find out more, visit GrassrootsNYC's website and sign up for updates. This could be one of the most important groups you can get involved with if you want to see NYC politics cleaned up.


    KEEP WAL-MART OUT OF NYC:

    Bloomerg and the right wing New York Post want to help Wal-Mart open up in NYC even though Wal-Mart has been shown to deliberately destroy small businesses, use illegal immigrant labor paying them slave wages, and treating their workers badly.

    I don't mind big chain stores. I like IKEA and CostCo and Trader Joe's in particular. But Wal-Mart has been shown to be bad for communities they open up in.

    Wal-Mart has a gender discrimination suit against them still active: Meet the Woman Behind the Walmart Gender Discrimination Suit

    Click here for National Organization of Women's Statement on WalMart's Gender Discrimination.

    Learn about Wal-Mart’s Dismal Record on Worker and Customer Safety (PDF)

    Wal-Mart's Wage and Hour Violations (PDF)

    HELP STOP WAL-MART AND BLOOMBERG FROM RUINING NYC
    Check out these websites to find out how you can fight back.

    Wal-Mart Free NYC
    Neighborhood Retail Alliance


    BROOKLYN NAACP:
    Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.

    Here are some local Brooklyn branches:

    Ny City Dept. Of Social Services NAACP
    Brooklyn, NY 11202
    888-802-2536

    Brooklyn NAACP
    26 COURT STREET SUITE 2205
    Brooklyn, NY 11242
    718-243-2040


    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.

    For more information, or to become a member of the New York chapter, contact msudco2@aol.com.


    Prospect Farm Compost Drop-off
    Help out local growers with your scraps
    Every Saturday 11am – 12pm
    1194 Prospect Avenue next to Seeley St. Bridge
    WHAT TO BRING: fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, green plants
    WHAT NOT TO BRING: meat and fish scraps, cheese and dairy products, fats, oils and greasy foods, dog and cat waste.

    Volunteers needed who can be there regularly to monitor and help with compost dropoff. Let me know if you’re available - prospectfarm@googlegroups.com
    Prospect Farm's Google group: http://groups.google.com/group/prospectfarm?pli=1


    PLASTIC RECYCLING IN BROOKLYN:
    Recycling of plastics not accepted in the city recycling can be done at the Park Slope Food Co-op at 782 Union Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)

    Bring clean, dry plastic to the Coop's sidewalk during monthly recycling hours. We close up promptly. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the collection end time to allow for inspection and sorting of your plastic:

    2nd Sat., 10 AM-2 PM
    3rd Thur., 7 PM-9 PM
    Last Sun., 10 AM-2 PM.

    We currently collect....

    * #1 and #6 transparent plastics (Labels OK. Mouth is wide or wider than the body, meaning NOT bottles.)
    * #5 plastic tubs, cups & specifically marked lids and caps. Must be especially clean and dry. (Discard any with paper labels, or cut the labels off.)
    * Plastic film and bubble wrap. 100% transparent only -- must be able to see through the plastic. No colored or opaque. No paper labels. Minimal writing OK.

    All the above must be brought to the Coop CLEAN AND DRY.

    And on a related note, you can help increase the demand for recycled plastic products by shopping through these companies that specialize in recycled plastic products (including lumber!!).


    BROOKLYN REFORM DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATIONS:

    Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats is a community-based Democratic club. Staunchly opposed to political corruption, we are proud of our independence and our commitment to progressive reform in city, state and national politics. We are a vehicle for citizen empowerment and making government more accountable to our neighborhoods.

    We meet monthly, usually the fourth Thursday evening of the month in the basement of the Park Slope United Methodist Church, on the corner of 6th ave and 8th street, at 7:30pm. All are welcome.

    Lambda Independent Democrats: s Brooklyn’s largest lesbian and gay political organization. Founded by a group of activists in Boerum Hill in early 1978, we have grown to become one of the state’s largest LGBT political clubs.

    Email L.I.D.
    LIDBrooklyn@gmail.com

    New Kings Democrats (”NKD”) is a new, grassroots organization in Kings County (Brooklyn), New York whose primary mission is to recruit and prepare individuals to run for Kings County Democratic Committee. NKD hopes to achieve the goal of an inclusionary and participatory democracy by making it easy for individuals to run for local, elected office. NKD will serve as a training ground for individuals seeking higher office, and hopes to build and nurture a new group of Brooklyn Democratic leaders.

    NKD meets the first Wed of each month, 7pm – 9pm at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 334 S. 5th St. (btwn Keap & Rodney St.), Brooklyn, NY

    Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform:

    A new group of eager reformers just getting started. For more info join them on face book or contact them:
    email: phdr718@gmail.com
    Phone: 646-820-1389


    Drinking Liberally Downtown Brooklyn:

    An informal, inclusive progressive social group. Raise your spirits
    while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher.
    Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place
    to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a
    book club - just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent
    frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk
    politics.

    # When? First and Third Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm
    # Where? 4th Avenue Pub, 76 4th Avenue

    ALSO Eating Liberally Central Brooklyn:
    Second Tuesday of every month, 7 PM, in local Prospect Heights, Gowanus, or Park Slope restaurants. Hosted by me! Contact me at mole333@gmail.com for more info.


    FOOD CO-OPS IN BROOKLYN:

    Lefferts Farm Food Cooperative:
    http://www.meetup.com/PLGFoodCoop/

    A newly formed food co-op covering Flatbush, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Crown Heights. This group will work toward planning, assessment and implementation of a food buyers or store coop with a mission of offering healthy, sustainable and affordable foods to the community. ANYONE is welcome to join, even if you can't (or don't want to) be directly involved in the planning process as important updates to our progress will be posted here!

    Click here to join.


    New Food Co-op Coming to Brooklyn: The Greene Hill Food Coop

    Welcome! We are a member-owned and -operated food co-operative located in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, providing affordable, top-quality food for our neighbors in Fort Greene, Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, and Prospect Heights. Our store at 18 Putnam Avenue is scheduled to open in the Fall. In the meantime, you can join our Co-op and order from our online Buying Club. Hundreds of your neighbors are already Members!

    Join the Co-op so you can order from the Buying Club!


    Bay Ridge Food Co-op

    They are not open yet, but their website is: http://www.foodcoopbayridge.com

    For more info, and if you want to get in at the start, you can email ( fcbrmembership@gmail.com ), call ( 347-247-8172 ) or follow them on Twitter (twitter.com/thefoodcoop) or on Facebook.

    You can also attend New Member meetings to find out more:

    Bay Ridge Library
    (73rd St & Ridge)
    1st Tuesday of each month, 6:30pm
    3rd Saturday of each month, 10:30am


    Park Slope Food Co-op
    782 Union Street
    Brooklyn, New York 11215
    Phone: (718) 622-0560
    FAX: (718) 622-5685
    linda_wheeler@psfc.coop
    http://www.foodcoop.com/

    This is the largest Food Co-op in America. Joy and I are members. Low prices and high quality even if it can be a bit inconvenient at times.

    Flatbush Food Cooperative
    1318 Cortelyou Road
    Brooklyn, New York 11226
    Phone: (718) 284-9717
    FAX: (718) 284-9719
    info@flatbushfoodcoop.com
    http://www.flatbushfoodcoop.com/

    Established in 1976, and located on Cortelyou Road in the heart of Victorian Flatbush since 1985, Flatbush Food Coop is a community-owned, full-service natural foods store specializing in organic products. We are committed to serving the diverse community in which we are situated, and beyond, by providing goods and services that promote personal and environmental well-being. Like the 300 food coops across the nation with which we are affiliated, we are open to all—it is not necessary to be a member to shop. By joining the Coop, however, you become a joint owner of our business and are able to take additional savings on your purchases. There are opportunities for varying degrees of involvement in the coop, and our member-owners are able to influence the direction of our organization. We are particularly proud that the dozens of ethnic groups in Brooklyn’s most diverse neighborhood are reflected in our staff, our close to 3,000 members, and countless shoppers.


    BROOKLYN CULTURE: Proteus Gowanus
    543 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
    Gallery Hours
    THURS & FRIDAYS, 3-6 pm
    SAT & SUNDAYS, 12-6 pm

    This is a great art space in an under-utilized, under visited part of Brooklyn. From their website:

    Proteus Gowanus is an interdisciplinary gallery and reading room housed in a former 1900 box factory located centrally among several vibrant Brooklyn communities. Proteus Gowanus is named after both the Greek sea god who could change form and the neighboring Gowanus Canal, a changing post-industrial waterfront area with a thriving artistic community and a history dating back to the Revolutionary War and earlier.

    Proteus Gowanus exhibitions, programs and publications are developed by a core collaborative of artists, writers and workers in other disciplines, with help from an extended community of PG correspondents. Proteus Gowanus also works reciprocally with a group of non-profit partner organizations that utilize the Proteus space and receive proceeds from sales. Proteus Gowanus incorporates the rich, interdisciplinary resources of its non-profit partners into exhibits and programs.


    Some regular events at Proetus Gowanus:

    Writers, readers and others are invited to join Study Hall and work in our gallery and library spaces from Mondays-Fridays, 10 am - 5 pm.

    Every Thursday from 5-8 pm, the Fixers Collective meets at Proteus Gowanus. See Fixers Collective page for details and be sure to fill out the Fix Sheet. $5 donation.

    Every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 pm, the Writhing Society meets at Proteus to practice and discuss writing with constraints. $5 fee.
    To join our mailing list, send email to info@proteusgowanus.com


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