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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).

Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States

I am a research biologist in NYC. Married with two kids living in Brooklyn.

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    Manhattan, NY Focus


    Solidarity Event: Move Your Money - Bank Transfer Day
    Sat, November 5, 9am – 5pm

    For more information visit the official Facebook page: http://facebook.com/nov.fifth Together we can ensure that these banking institutions will ALWAYS remember the 5th of November!! If the 99% removes our funds from the major banking institutions to non-profit credit unions on or by this date, we will send a clear message to the 1% that conscious consumers won't support companies with unethical business practices. • Open an account with a Credit Union or small, local bank • Transfer your funds to the new account on or before 11/05 • Follow your bank's procedures to close your account

    To find a credit union near you: http://www.findacreditunion.com/

    (A more mainstream alternative is TD Bank which did no predatory lending and might be more convenient than a credit union depending on your banking needs)

    Downtown Independent Democrats Fall Fundraiser:
    MONDAY NOV 14 2011 6:30 – 8:30 pm

    You are cordially invited to attend our Fall Fundraiser.
    at Little Italy’s
    La Mela Ristorante
    167 Mulberry Street
    (between Broome & Grand)

    Have a Drink!
    Eat Great Italian Food!
    Meet elected officials, candidates, District Leaders, community organizers and friends.

    We have a lot of work to do in this crucial time.

    Support Downtown’s largest progressive Democratic organization!
    $25 for Members and Friends! (Includes membership for new members.)

    Peace & Gratitude Ride
    Sunday, November 20th, 2011, 11:00 AM
    Location: Meet at Gandhi Statue, SW corner of Union Square (across from Staples)
    Details: As Thanksgiving approaches, let us ride for peace and gratitude. A leisurely peaceful ride to some of downtown Manhattan's peace sites (Point Thank You, Robert Wagner Park, Fritz Koenig's The Sphere) with an emphasis on sharing what you are grateful for. Culminating with a Labyrinth Walk at The Labyrinth for Contemplation. Bring something to share: poem, prayer, song or snack. Bring the kids. Great first ride for cyclists new to group rides. DRESS FOR THE WEATHER!

    Riverside Ride
    Sat, Nov 26th, 10:00 pm, Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)

    Join us on bicycles or skates at 10 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month at the Columbus Circle (59th Street) entrance to Central Park for a totally safe, magical, evening ride in Manhattan. As with our Moonlight Rides, we'll share the tranquillity of Central Park, plus we'll add the grand vistas of the Hudson River from Riverside Park. The scenic tour continues down the greenway to the lovely pier where bicycles are welcome. After that, it's a pleasant ride through streets back to Columbus Circle.

    This ride usually covers about 10-12 miles and lasts about 2 hours. Weather? We only cancel when no one in their right mind would have fun. Dress for the weather. We hope these rides encourage folks to enjoy our parks at night, without motor vehicles: quiet, safe, and relaxed.

    Occupy Wall Street

    Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.

    Nobody Can Predict The Moment Of Revolution from ivarad on Vimeo.

    Join us in Liberty Plaza: Corner of Liberty st. and Broadway, EVERYDAY 1 PM and 7 PM


    TIME'S UP! is a New York City-based not-for-profit direct-action environmental group that uses events and educational programs to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city.

    Click here for recent campaigns

    Click here for a Calendar of environmental events around NYC

    Click here to learn about and join in with Critical Mass, the group Bloomberg seems to hate the most.


    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"

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

    WWRL AM 1060

    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!

    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.

    MANHATTAN MEETUPS: Here are some local meetups geared for progressives

    The New York City Democratic Party Meetup Group
    This group is a dynamic active group which participates in local as well as national politics. From time to time we have speakers. We also discuss ways to improve the Democratic party and take action.

    Prior to a primary we do not support any particular candidate but rather we hope to bring IMPORTANT ISSUES to all of the democratic candidates.

    Come join!

    David Chen
    Click here to join.

    Liberal Book Club NYC
    We are lovers of liberal issues, Democratic politics and left of center books. We meet the first Tuesday evening every month (unless otherwise noted).

    We want to create a social and pleasant way to spend a couple of hours discussing selected book over cheese and wine. This is a friendly, unpretentious group of people meeting at a West Village clubhouse of one of the oldest liberal Democratic political clubs in New York City. We range in age from our 20s to 70s. Although diverse, our common ground is our love for making the world better through liberal ideals.

    Click here to join.

    Voterbook Manhattan
    Our grassroots group began in January 2007 to support Barack Obama for President. We are now a good citizen, political and social group. Our goal is to encourage and organize political participation by making politics fun and promoting our members' interests. We use of the internet to create offline discussion forums and political activities. While each of us may hold a different candidate or cause most dear at any given time, we are allied in our goals and ambition to create a better democracy. We have regular meetings in Manhattan.

    Click here to join.


    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)

    Check out these websites to find out how you can fight back.

    Wal-Mart Free NYC
    Neighborhood Retail Alliance

    Some Living Liberally groups in Manhattan: Progressive Action Through Social Interaction

    Reading Liberally NYC Classics
    "Saving Democracy One Book at a Time"
    A Liberal Book Club at a cool bar
    Third Monday of each month, 6:30 pm
    Stone Creek
    140 east 27th st in the backroom
    New York, NY, 10016

    Eating Liberally Manhattan
    Food and Good Politics Mix
    Eating Liberally meets every month -- with food, guest speakers, films, discussions -- though not on a consistent night
    Location: The Tank, 354 W. 45th Street (between 8th and 9th.)
    For more info: Contact the chapter leaders

    The Original Drinking Liberally
    "Promoting Democracy on Pint at a Time"
    * When? Every Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm
    * Where? Rudy's Bar & Grill, 627 9th Ave (between 44th and 45th)

    Drinking Liberally Steps Out
    * When? Third Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm
    * Where? XES Lounge, 157 West 24th St (Between 6th and 7th Avenue)

    Greenwich Village Drinking Liberally
    * When? First Tuesday of each month, 6:00 pm
    * Where? Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and Sullivan)

    Washington Heights Drinking Liberally
    * When? Last Sunday of each month, 6:30 pm
    * Where? Coogan's, 4015 Broadway (at 168th Street)

    Democracy for America Groups in Manhattan: Organizing the Left one Neighborhood at a Time.

    These Meet the First Wednesday of every month.

    Upper West Side, Manhattan - Now at 8:00 pm, The Parlour, 250 West 86th Street (between Broadway & West End. with hosts Bernadette Evangelist and Sally Swisher.

    New Location: SoHo (formerly West Village), Manhattan - 7:00 pm, Housing Works Cafe 126 Crosby St (between Houston and Prince) with hosts Jen Berkley and Richard Wallner.

    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 Manhattan branches:

    Ossining NAACP
    New York, NY 10006

    Mid Manhattan NAACP
    270 W 96TH ST
    New York, NY 10025

    New York NAACP
    144 WEST 125TH STREET
    New York, NY 10027

    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.

    Americans United for Separation of Church and State
    NYC Chapter

    We come from all 50 states and a wide variety of religious, political and philosophical backgrounds. We are dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.

    P.O. Box 1660
    New York, NY 10163
    (646) 961-3792


    We’re here to welcome you to the New York City political scene. Whether you were a first-time voter in the last presidential election or you consider yourself a political guru, MYD’s purpose is to welcome, inspire, educate, and activate the youth of New York City.

    Meet MYD: Manhattan Young Democrats from Shannon Manning on Vimeo.

    Join the Manhattan Young Democrats and get involved–it’s the next step.

    Downtown Independent Democrats

    Since the 1970s, the Downtown Independent Democrats has been the voice for residents of lower Manhattan in the politics of the Democratic Party. Born from the reform movement that overturned many decades of party-boss rule in lower Manhattan, D.I.D. continues to support progressive government and issues, helps elect honest and intelligent public officials, and supports deserving and qualified judicial candidates. We serve as a direct conduit to local elected officials, organize forums to introduce prospective candidates to the voters, and then organize support behind our endorsed candidates.

    Our endorsements of candidates are always made at open public meetings, often after lively debate and discussion of the issues with the candidates themselves. We also provide printed and online voter information, sponsor get-out-the-vote drives and register new voters.

    D.I.D. fought for (and won) loft legislation, moderate-income housing, small business protection, better schools, better parks, and neighborhoods made safer with a better quality of life for our families.

    Our members actively serve on PTAs, the community boards, Community Emergency Response Teams, advocacy groups, as well as civic and neighborhood associations.

    The club's district covers one of the largest land areas of any club in Manhattan. Neighborhoods represented by the club include Battery Park City, the Financial District, TriBeCa, Hudson Square, SoHo, NoHo, the South Village, the Washington Square area, Washington Square Village, Silver Towers, Village View, and parts of the Lower East Side and the East Village, as well as Governors Island.

    For more info, contact:
    Jeanne Wilcke, President, tel: (917) 948-4859, email: info@didnyc.org
    Sean Sweeney, Treasurer, tel: (212) 460-9896, email: treasurer@didnyc.org
    Andy Neale, Webmaster, tel: (917) 517-2068, email: webmaster@didnyc.org



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