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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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  • Sunday, October 09, 2011

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter 304

    This week seems to have been the week of Occupy Wall Street. I felt dismissive of the effort at first, and I still kind of feel that we could have used some of that activism to actually win an election here in Brooklyn in Sept. But as the movement grows I feel this could be something significant. I am hoping people use this opportunity to organize and forge longer term activism that can translate into genuine successes. But even just a large scale expression of discontent is something we need right about now. Here is some footage of what has been going on:

    Right Here All Over (Occupy Wall St.) from Alex Mallis on Vimeo.

    For more on Occupy Wall Street, click here.

    Here is this week's newsletter:



    Columbus Day: Some Historical Perspective

    My suggested companion action to the Occupy Wall Street movement: Taking on Wall Street Every Day...more on Bank of America's naked greed: Bank of America - A Unique Display of Corporate Greed

    From fellow Culture Kitchen diarist: Nigerian Parliament Should Throw Out This Homophobic Bill Now!

    BOOK REVIEW: (a book I consider critical for ANY Demcorat) The Political Brain

    Diverse Jewish Heritage in Music


    From Current TV: TWU president John Samuelsen explains why his union is joining the Occupy Wall Street protest

    CBO Says Millionaire Surcharge Can Pay For ALL of Obama Jobs Package

    Obama lays down gauntlet on jobs

    House progressives want Super Congress to focus on jobs, protecting the safety net

    Three women win Nobel Peace Prize

    From Current TV: David Shuster decries Islamophobia in conservative media

    Some perspective: Climate catastrophe

    This is another fight I consider important (recently updated): Preventing and Dealing With Bed Bugs


    Had this one not so long ago, but it really rocks...and it has folks from Russia, Ukraine, Ecuador, China/Scotland, etc...a real immigrant song to throw in the face of the Republican Racists:

    And one step further...Immigrant Punk:

    My personal IMMIGRANT experience is a Jewish one...so I add this reminder of where I came from:

    Music that resonates with me even though I am third generation. Republicans ignore the fact that we are ALL only a handful of generations from immigrants. Immigrants BUILT this country and we should be PROUD of our immigrant roots.



    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

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

    California focus: Congressman Jerry McNerney Leads Charge Against Peripheral Canal

    California Focus: California enacts pro-migrant law...seems like people are remembering that agriculture in the US depends on migrant labor.


    New York Focus: Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, NYC Sue Bank Of New York Mellon For Defrauding Pension Funds

    Saving Democracy One Laugh At A Time

    The Midtown Theater, 163 West 46th Street (www.laughingliberallynyc.com)

    Saving Democracy One Book at a Time

    First Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm
    Law Office of Hugh L. Rothbaum, 450 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2304

    Combining Food and Politics

    Second Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm
    Rotates among several restaurants in Park Slope, Gowanus and Prospect Heights
    Contact me (at mole333_at_gmail.com) for more info or watch the Central Brooklyn Eating Liberally website.

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Manhattan, NY Focus

    New York Focus: On Fracking, the Cuomo Administration Must Slow Down...seriously, our drinking water is at risk here!


    Virginia Focus: Rally for Women’s Health Oct. 15

    Virginia Focus: Second VA Energy Conference: a time to spotlight the desire for renewables

    Virginia Focus: Cowardly Republican Cantor prepares to flee "mob"

    Richmond, VA Focus

    Virginia Focus: Who’s Waging Class Warfare, Mr. Cantor?

    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

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


    Florida Focus: Corrupt Republican David Rivera's fundraising down in wake of ethics, criminal probes

    Florida Focus: Florida Sportsman lashes out against mercury pollution

    Florida Focus: Keith Fitzgerald for Congress in the Florida 13th

    Broward County, FL Focus

    Miami, FL Focus

    Florida Focus: Alan Grayson for Congress (2012 endorsement)


    Chicago/Cook County, IL Focus

    Illinois Focus: Secret Meetings in Chicago to Steal Public Pension Funds

    Illinois Focus: Southern Illinois University students reject clean coal myth

    Chicago Area Laughing Liberally:
    Saving Democracy One Laugh At A Time

    First Wednesday of each month, 8:00 pm
    At No Exit, 6970 N Glenwood Ave

    Laughing Liberally Chicago hosted by the Accountants of Homeland Security. The Accountants are an independently-produced Local affiliate of Laughing Liberally

    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)...Check out other people and organizations endorsing scientist and entrepreneur Bill Foster for Congress.


    Michigan Focus: Hey Michigan! It's time to take some action! Occupy Wall Street! Protest Bank of America

    Michigan Focus: Zero, Zilch, Nada, None: Jobs Brought to Michigan from Asia by Governor Snyder...more proof that the idea that Republicans create jobs is a complete lie

    Michigan Focus: Occupy Michigan events scheduled statewide during October

    Michigan Focus: Federal Judge halts Michigan slashing welfare cash benefits for 41,000 residents, for now

    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)


    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Get more involved in Georgia Politics through Young Democrats of Georgia:

    Members of the organization strive to make a positive difference in the community by working within the political process and upholding the principles of the Democratic Party. The membership base reflects the broad diversity of Georgia and the party, including high school students, college students, young workers, professionals and families.

    Find your local chapter here

    I want to particularly highlight:

    Kennesaw State University Young Democrats:

    The KSU Democrats is the premiere progressive student organization at Kennesaw State University that strives to make a difference in aspects that affect our everyday lives. Two of our main goals include representing the democratic voice on campus, and educating students about recent political information.

    Check out their calendar of events here.


    Colorado Focus: Teachers Union Makes School Board Endorsements...Please pay attention to local elections like this. They are critical!

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


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


    New Jersey: One Million Additional Young Adults Have Health Coverage Because of the Affordable Care Act


    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: Richard Mitchell for King County Council. (Progressive Majority, Washington Conservation Voters, Teamsters Joint Council 28, and Sierra Club Endorsements) (2011 endorsement)

    Washington State Focus: Ryan Mello for Tacoma City Council, Pos. 8 At-large (Tacoma Firefighters' Local 31, Sierra Club, People For the American Way, and Progressive Majority Endorsements) (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)


    Whatcom Conservation Voters Doorbell Day - October 15th, 10:00-12:30 (Volunteers needed, email info@votecathylehman.com)

    Happy Valley Doorbelling - October 22nd, 10:00am (Volunteers needed, email info@votecathylehman.com)

    South Hill Doorbelling - October 29th, 1:00pm (Volunteers needed, email info@votecathylehman.com)

    Washington State Focus: Stephanie Wright for Snohomish County Council - District 3 (Progressive Majority, Deputy Sheriff's Association, Sierra Club, Washington Conservation Voters, 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)

    More on Richard Rush: Standing On Principles - Declining Council Pay Increase

    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)

    More on Ben Stuckhart:

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

    More on David Stalheim: David Stalheim Announces Endorsements from Planned Parenthood Votes, Teamsters Local 231, Nooksack Tribe and Progressive Majority

    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

    More on Joy Jones: Joy on Small Business

    Washington State Focus: Christina Maginnis for Whatcom County Council - District 2, Position B (Progressive Majority, Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, 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)


    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.



    South Carolina Focus: Top Three Infrastructure Concerns For South Carolina


    Arizona Focus: Learn how to run for office, run a campaign, and win elections: The Arizona Progressive Candidate Training Program

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


    Des Moines Food Co-op Now Open

    Iowa Focus: Sustainable Agriculture Events



    Nevada Focus: Affordable Health Care Act for America is helping



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