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  • Saturday, October 22, 2011

    Denver, CO Focus

    THIS WEEK'S RECOMMENDED BOOK FROM Café Sci Denver:

    In the Café Scientifique, people (often science buffs) come together in a friendly pub after work and hear an informal (no PowerPoint!) introduction to an interesting current scientific topic, led by an expert.

    I want to highlight books featured by Café Sci Denver. For this week:

    Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization
    by Spencer Wells.
    2010, Random House . ISBN : 978-1400062157 . Hardcover

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400062152/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=moleshomepage&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1400062152

    Author, human geneticist, and National Geographic explorer-in-residence Spencer Wells writes that humanity took a wrong turn when we opted for agriculture about 10,000 years ago. We should have remained hunter-gatherers, he says; we evolved that way. Accorning to the Hygiene Hypothesis (discussed by JJ COHEN at the Café in 2008 ) when we changed our diet, we lost "old friends," organisms that we need in our intestines to keep our immune system working right. Also, by domesticating animals that we then live intimately with, we make it easy for wild animal (especially bird) pathogens to get into human populations. And since one person can grow enough to feed hundreds, there are now just too many of us. A very interesting argument—can we, do we want to, turn back the clock?


    Progressive Jobs and Internships in Denver area:

    Intern with the House Majority Project

    The House Majority Project works toward building a Democratic majority in the Colorado State House of Representatives. We take a statewide view of Colorado politics; funneling financial and strategic resources to key candidates and races. We analyze data, recruit and train candidates, and vigorously support Democratic candidates in targeted races.

    Click Here for Full Details

    Paid Canvassers for Susman for City Council

    Susman for City Council is seeking two personable, outgoing people to go door-to-door visiting with voters and sharing information about why they should vote for Mary Beth. Canvassers must commit to 20 hours/week and contact a minimum of 500 doors/week. Phone banking and data entry will fulfill the time commitment if canvassing is finished early. Pay is competitive.

    For more information about Mary Beth Susman, visit www.susmanforcitycouncil.com.

    If you are interested in applying for the position, please contact Thomas Young at thomas@susmanforcitycouncil.com or (720) 260-4771.

    Stan Garnett for Attorney General

    Stan is gaining ground on his opponent, but needs your help in the final few days. Email campaign coordinator Mara Brosy-Wiwchar at voters4garnett@gmail.com to learn how to get setup for a virtual phone bank!

    Diana DeGette for Congressional District 1

    Congresswoman DeGette is seeking volunteers for Honk & Waves. Check out the dates and times below then contact Heather Lurie at heatheralurie@gmail.com or 303-892-1925 to get on the schedule.

    10/29, 4:30pm – 1st & University (followed by drinks at the Cherry Cricket!)
    11/1, 7:30am – 17th & Colorado
    11/1, 4:30pm – Speer & Federal
    11/2, 7:30am – 6th & Speer


    PROGRESSIVE TALK RADIO IN DENVER:
    AM 760 - Denver

    Weekday Program Schedule:
    David Sirota 7AM-10AM
    Ed Schultz 10AM-1PM
    Thom Hartmanm 1PM-4PM
    Mario Solis-Marich 4PM-7PM
    Randi Rhodes 7PM-10PM
    Alan Colmes 10PM-1AM
    Leslie Marshall 1AM-4AM
    Bill Press 4AM-6AM

    GO GREEN DENVER: Five simple things you can do for Colorado

    The Denver Mayor's office is engaged in a number of programs and initiatives hoping to make us all more aware of the impact we have on our environment, as well as offering ways to reduce this impact. Take 5 for the environment offers 5 simple habit changing opportunities that anyone can take part in and help keep our environment healthy for longer.


    CURRENT TV DENVER 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.

    In Denver 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.


    Veterans Green Jobs
    2627 West 6th Avenue
    Denver, CO 80204
    Toll Free: 866.984.8452
    Local: 720.236.1300

    Our mission is to connect military veterans with meaningful employment opportunities that serve our communities and environment.

    To contact us:

    Weatherization Programs:
    Colorado, Region 9
    720-236-1321

    Colorado, Region 3
    (719) 587-9492

    Veterans Green Corps:
    (720) 236-1313

    Veterans City Canopy:
    (720) 236-1309

    Veterans Development:
    (720) 236-1313

    Communications & Resource Development:
    (720) 236-1315


    Colorado Café Scientifique in Denver: The Café Scientifique idea started in England a few years ago, based on the French Café Philosophique. In the Café Scientifique, people (often science buffs) come together in a friendly pub after work and hear an informal (no PowerPoint!) introduction to an interesting current scientific topic, led by an expert. We take a short break for refreshments, to meet new people, and chat, and then we return for questions and answers and general discussion. All questions and comments are welcome, as this isn't a seminar, it's a chance for all of us to express an opinion, expert or otherwise.

    We meet at the Wynkoop Brewing Company. Check the website for upcoming events. We start at 6:30 PM in the large & comfortable first floor Mercantile Room and go to approximately 8:00 PM. Because we have been getting large crowds, it isn't practical to serve meals at the tables. We invite you to come early and get dinner in the regular restaurant, or wait until we're through (about 8 PM) and eat then. The Wynkoop's food is great! There is bar service throughout the session, and the Wynkoop people have generously offered to provide snacks for our guests. Café Scientifique meetings are FREE. The Wynkoop is generously providing the facility; we buy our own food and drinks. Seating is limited, and the event is popular, so you may want to arrive around 6 PM to be sure of getting a seat.


    Denver Democracy for America Meetup
    Meet others to learn more about Democracy For America and discuss local strategies. Get the latest news at your Democracy for America Meetups! This Meetup is officially brought to you by Democracy for America. Join here to find out more.

    Denver Young Democrats
    http://www.denveryoungdems.org/
    email: info@denveryoungdems.org
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16820092813
    Click her to find local Young Democrats events.
    Click here for job and volunteer opportunities

    Sign up here for email alerts from Denver Young Democrats

    For the University of Denver College Dems contact:
    Jeff Graves Jgraves2_at_du.edu

    For the University of Denver Law School College Dems contact:
    Kelley Rider KRider09_at_law.du.edu


    HELP SUPPORT UNIONS IN DENVER:

    Colorado AFL-CIO
    http://www.coaflcio.org/

    140 Sheridan Boulevard
    Denver, CO 80226-8101
    (303) 433-2100


    NATIONAL JEWISH DEMOCRATIC COUNCIL, Denver Branch
    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 NJDC and the Denver chapter, email sharronsfk@aol.com.

    Chapter Board

    Chair - Sharron Klein, sharronsfk@aol.com

    Vice Chair - David Fogel, dfogel@fogel-law.com

    Secretary - Elaine Steinberg, dsteinb105@comcast.net

    PR Director - Francine Haber, franhaber@earthlink.net

    Recent NJDC, Denver Events

    Professor Shaul Gabbay was the featured speaker at the chapter's February meeting.

    Attorney Howard Boigon spoke to the Denver Chapter of the NJDC on January 29th at Temple Emanuel. There was a great deal of discussion on current events in Gaza and the history behind these events. In particular, those in attendance were most concerned with how these events are misinterpreted by the press and others casting Israel in a bad light. Howard and his wife, Carol, a Denver councilwoman-at-large, attended the inauguration and gave a detailed overview of the activities and emotions surrounding this momentous event.


    COLORADO LATINO FORUM:
    http://www.coloradolatinoforum.org/

    The CLF is committed to increasing Latino participation and awareness in the electoral process, educating the community on issues vital to the community and perhaps most importantly; increasing the number of Latino office holders in Colorado. CLF offers connectivity between Latino individuals and organizations across the state to achieve its mission, an element that has oftentimes been absent in past efforts in political organizing within the Latino community.

    In 16 of Colorado’s 35 Senate Districts and 27 of Colorado’s House Districts, Latinos make up at least 10 percent or more of the total population. The growing numbers of Latinos in the state offer great opportunities in successfully running Latino candidates and other candidates supportive of issues important to our communities.

    Currently, Colorado’s political infrastructure lacks the type of statewide organization needed to translate the rising number of Latinos across the state into meaningful political change for Latinos as a whole. The CLF offers to fill this gap. It is estimated that approximately 13-16 percent of Colorado voters in 2008 were Latino. These voters tended to vote overwhelmingly for Barack Obama and a solid majority supported progressive candidates across the state.

    Despite this success, the number of Latinos serving in elected office at the federal level and at the State Capitol is at a 25-year low. The CLF has already begun the important process of reaching out to Latino communities and organizations in all areas of Colorado to mobilize Latino voters, identify possible candidates, and build coalitions that will ensure that greater numbers of Latinos are elected in the next election cycle.

    Contact Us

    Write: 3480 W. 38th Ave., Denver, CO 80211

    Call: 303-350-2660

    Fax: 303-458-0757

    Email: info@ColoradoLatinoForum.org


    Denver Teaching Fellows:
    Denver Teaching Fellows seeks outstanding professionals and recent graduates to make a difference in the lives of the students who need you the most by becoming effective teachers in some of our highest-need public schools. Do you want to be a part of what can truly make Denver great? We are now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 school year. Create an account here to start your application today!


    Global Denver:
    http://www.globaldenver.org/home/

    Global Denver is a collaborative initiative that celebrates the international and ethnic communities of the Metro Denver region!

    As a hub in the new global economy, Denver is increasingly becoming a prominent international city. Denver International Airport recently celebrated its 15th birthday and reached the 50 million passenger milestone. Metro Denver is home to 83 foreign-based companies with over 17,000 local employees, and an additional 743 companies participate in the global economy through exports. International activity accounts for nearly 123,000 jobs and over five billion dollars in wages in Metro Denver every year! In addition, over 180,000 foreign tourists and 5,000 foreign students come to our region every year.

    GlobalDenver.org is intended to be an online portal to community resources, events, and organizations. We invite employers, investors and entrepreneurs who are interested in improving their position in the domestic and global marketplace to learn more about our business resources and jobs in the region.

    Each year, Denver is a portal into the United States for over 10,000 foreign immigrants, who come from across the world, including Latin America, Asia, and Africa and have come to work, recreate, study, and to grow their businesses. Over 17% of Denver residents are foreign-born, and many of Denver’s ethnic communities have been in Colorado for generations. Meet our international communities and learn more about the many events and opportunities to experience the international cultures of Denver!

    For more info contact:
    Margarita Nieto
    924 West Colfax Ave, Suite 201
    Denver, CO 80204
    Direct line: 303-620-4489
    Main line: 303-534-7783
    Email: info@globaldenver.org


    Denver Democrats
    http://www.denverdems.org/
    574 S. Broadway
    Denver, Colorado 80209
    Tel: 303.830.8242
    Fax: 303.830.2486
    Email: info@denverdemocrats.org
    Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 1pm-5pm.

    Sign up for Denver Dems Email

    Join our Facebook Group

    Follow us on Twitter

    Sign up for Action Alerts

    Find local Democratic Events here.


    And for those who like to combine social and political activities, here are the Drinking Liberally groups in the Denver area:

    Denver
    o Every Wednesday of each month, 7:30 pm
    o Skylark Lounge, 140 S. Broadway
    o Hosted by Kathy Brandon | John E. | Sarah Fong

    South Metro Denver
    o Second Thursday of each month, 8:00 pm
    o Lansdowne Arms Bistro & Bar, 9352 Dorchester St (Near HR Tattered Cover)
    o Hosted by Rick Munoz


    BIODIESEL IN DENVER:
    Biodiesel is less polluting and has a smaller carbon footprint than regular diesel, and is produced right here in the USA. Biodiesel can be used in almost any diesel engine. Up to B20 (a 20 percent blend) any diesel engine, whether car or 18 wheeler or whatever, can use it. Above B20 some older engines may have problems, but newer engines should be ok.

    Here are some stations in Denver that offer biodiesel:

    Offen Petroleum: 5201 York Street, Denver, CO 80216, 303-297-3835. Offers B20 (good in any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS

    Green Brothers Oil Company: 5335 Harrison St, Denver, CO 80216, 303-295-7669. Offers B20 (good in any diesel engine). Open 6AM-5PM SAT 7-NOON.

    Denver Biodiesel Coop: 3600 Clay street, Denver, CO 80211, 303-256-8494. Offers B100 MEMBERS ONLY BY APPOINTMENT. call for more info


    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 Colorado, 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.


    GREEN BUSINESSES IN THE DENVER AREA: These are some of the best local businesses around. Taken from the Green America Green Pages

    Earth Tones--the Environmental Telephone & Internet Co.
    www.earthtones.com
    Wireless/cellular service, Internet access, and long distance telephone service. Gives 100% of profits to environmental groups. Competitive rates and quality service, plus bills on recycled paper and monthly environmental updates.
    Phone: (888)EARTH-TONES
    Fax: (303)573-3780
    1536 Wynkoop St., Ste. 100
    Denver, CO 80202

    Earth Friendly Coffee Company
    www.earthfriendlycoffee.com
    Wholesales only the highest-quality, Fair Trade, shade-grown, chemical-free, specialty coffees. Reduces roaster profiteering while empowering the small grower.
    Phone: (866)807-6089
    5310 Tennyson St.
    Denver, CO 80212

    Bete Noire Chocolates
    www.betenoirechocolates.com
    Special diets are Bete Noire's specialty! Vegan chocolates and baked goods; most products can be made without gluten, soy, or other allergens. "Ask us!"
    Phone: (303)399-4876
    Fax: (303)316-0608
    670 Pearl St, #3
    Denver, CO 80203

    Catering Consciously LLC
    www.cateringconsciously.com
    "We are Denver's newest boutique wedding and full-service caterer, focusing on environmental sustainability." Local, organic, seasonal, sustainable, anywhere in Colorado. Amazing cuisine, flawless events!
    Phone: (303)450-4815
    Fax: (720)929-1100
    11625 Community Ctr. Dr.
    #1138
    Northglenn, CO 80233

    Earth and Sky Architecture, LLC
    www.earthskyarchitecture.com
    "Whether you want a conventional home or a state-of-the-art environmentally friendly home, Earth and Sky can help make your dreams a reality."
    Phone: (720)956-1643
    Fax: (303)675-6597
    800 W. 8th Ave.
    #113
    Denver, CO 80204

    BECKONS organic
    www.beckonsorganic.com
    Using organic and sustainable fibers and fair labor manufacturers, Beckons provides comfortable, vivid clothing and other empowering products to enhance beauty and affect change.
    Phone: (303)881-0872
    Fax: (303)355-0877
    1120 Hudson St.
    Denver, CO 80220

    Natural Sleep Store
    www.thenaturalsleepstore.com
    Offers organic mattresses, natural latex mattresses, crib mattresses, and organic bedding including sheets, pillows, and blankets. Also offering natural bed frames.
    Phone: (866)663-0859
    928 W. 8th Ave.
    Denver, CO 80204

    Amazing Recycled Products, Inc.
    www.amazingrecycled.com
    Has manufactured and distributed 200 recycled products since 1990. Wholesale gifts, landscaping timber, and recycling bins. Also offers a variety of unusual promotional products.
    Phone: (800)241-2174
    Fax: (303)699-2102
    P.O. Box 312
    Denver, CO 80201-0312

    PureWater Colorado
    www.multipureusa.com/dsmyth/
    Water purification systems. NSF certified to reduce broadest range of contaminants. "Get the Toxins out!" Lifetime warranty. Reverse osmosis systems. No more bottles in landfills.
    Phone: (303)763-8622
    6892 W. Eldorado Pl.
    Lakewood, CO 80227-5207

    Fiddlehead Designs
    www.ecoconcretesinks.com
    Loop integral sinks, washbasins, and vessels by Fiddlehead Designs are made with an eco-friendly concrete blend of recycled concrete and glass. Residential and commercial.
    Phone: (303)777-0374
    Fax: (866)861-6146
    2505 W. 2nd Ave.
    Unit 5
    Denver, CO 80219

    Business Nonprofit CONNECTIONS, Inc.
    www.BusinessGivingStrategies.com
    Specialists in designing and evaluating strategic partnerships between businesses and nonprofits to maximize benefits to both organizations. Providing consulting, speaking, live/online training, and the "Back to the Community ProgramTM." We help you "do well by doing good."
    Phone: (866)512-0808
    Fax: (866)255-8458
    1305 S. Elm St.
    Ste. 208
    Denver, CO 80222

    Green Website Solutions
    www.greenwebsitesolutions.com
    "The first and only environmentally friendly, 100% solar-powered Web hosting service available on the market today."
    Phone: (877)293-8464
    Fax: (877)293-8464
    8547 E Arapahoe Rd.
    #J153
    Englewood, CO 80112

    Denver Open Acupuncture
    www.denveropenacupuncture.com
    Provides high quality acupuncture treatment at an affordable cost following the sliding scale community room model of the Community Acupuncture Network.
    Phone: (303)837-8166
    1414 Marion St.
    Apt 2
    Denver, CO 80218-2232


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