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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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    Progressive Democrat Newsletter 306

    This was quite a week! The end of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is dead after a NATO air strike on his caravan alerted the new Libyan government to his presence. Bush lied to unilaterally invade Iraq, leading to a quagmire occupation that is only now ending. His goal was to bring down Saddam Hussein, yet we remained on the ground until now. It was illegal, unpopular and hugely expensive in terms of both money and lives. By almost any measure it was a failure. Obama, as part of an international coalition, gave air and naval support to a popular uprising against Gaddafi and succeeded in a fraction of the time with a fraction of the cost without putting a single American soldier on the ground. The difference is amazing and says a great deal about the difference between Republican and Democratic foreign policy. Though American news media is largely ignoring this huge difference, BBC News is taking note of it.

    Meanwhile, finally, our troops in Iraq are coming home. President Obama is honoring our treaties and finally ending our presence in the Iraq quagmire. In some ways it seems like he should have done this before, but remember he'd already pulled out most of our troops and had left a residual force to ensure as smooth a transition as possible. Whether that transition will be smooth remains to be seen...most are skeptical. But everyone but the Republicans agree that the time has come to leave and to let the Iraqis try and stand on their own.

    Meanwhile President Obama also has proposed an excellent jobs bill that begins by focusing on rehiring laid off teachers and first responders. Who could object to that? Oh yeah, the pro-Billionaire, anti-working class, anti-middle class Republicans. They blocked the rehiring of teachers and first responders. They blocked a major job creation bill. Yet they still want to cut taxes on billionaires. Disgusting!

    President Obama's Weekly Address is a particularly good one this week:



    Meanwhile, as the NYPD, on Bloomberg's orders, continue to beat up and arrest unarmed American citizens exercising their civil liberties, one Marine sergeant tells them off:



    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    ARTICLES:

    Targeting the Banks: who owns what

    HEY...some of those wind turbines are MINE!


    IMPORTANT LINKS:

    This is something I have been pushing for for years: Trees 'boost African crop yields'...this is the latest in a long line of evidence showing the importance of preserving forests and replanting forests. A few weeks ago I discussed the death of the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, Wangari Maathai, the founder of the Green Belt Movement which links democracy, women's empowerment and the environment. More on the benefits of trees:
    Trees: More than just carbon sinks

    In honor of Wangari Maathai for the future of all children who will be suffering the consequences of our generations' poor environmental practices, please consider a donation to the excellent Green Belt Movement.

    More on Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai:



    Nail in the coffin time for global warming denial: This week in science: global warming skeptics get burned...Earth is warming, study concludes

    Republicans block key job proposal

    From Current TV:



    Mobile phone cancer link rejected

    Pentagon: Defense contractors that defrauded the U.S. military received $1.1 trillion

    Pakistan and India win UN seats

    Old American theory is 'speared'


    MUSICAL SELECTIONS:

    Pete Seeger and Occupy Wall Street Sing 'We Shall Overcome' at Columbus Circle (10/21/11):



    And in the spirit of Occupy Wall Street: Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger/ This Land Is Your Land:




    STATE AND LOCAL PAGES:

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS

    CALIFORNIA HEADLINES

    Prop. 63 Improving Lives and Communities

    Energy Efficiency Scorecard Results Are In: Massachusetts Tops list; California Comes in Second!

    In related news: Solar Careers: Revitalizing The Hope For New Job Creation in California

    It’s the Economy, Stupid- Public Sector Unions are not the Cause of State Budget Deficits

    #OccupySD and City College Protesters Shut Down Local Bank of America

    Some historical context: Strands Of Historical Know Nothingism In Today's Republican Party

    Northern California Focus: TAKE BACK RED CALIFORNIA

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

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

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS: A gas station we like where Green and Cheap combine

    NEW YORK FOCUS

    NEW YORK HEADLINES

    Siena Poll Shows NYers Prefer Occupy Wall Street to Tea Party By 2-1 Margin...more: Two New Polls Show Broad Support In New York For Millionaire's Tax, Occupy Wall Street

    NYC Comptroller John Liu at Keep the Change II:



    Attorney General Schneiderman, NYC Sue Bank Of New York Mellon For Defrauding Pension Funds

    Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie Occupy the Upper West Side | #OWS #OccupyWallStreet...Are the NYPD going to beat them up? Arrest them? Will Bloomberg call them terrorists?

    Marine Seargent Scolds NYPD at Occupy Times Square

    NYC LAUGHING LIBERALLY CHAPTER:
    Saving Democracy One Laugh At A Time
    http://livingliberally.org/laughing/chapters/NY/nyc

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

    NYC READING LIBERALLY:
    Saving Democracy One Book at a Time
    http://livingliberally.org/reading/chapters/NY/nycclassics

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

    CENTRAL BROOKLYN EATING LIBERALLY
    Combining Food and Politics
    http://livingliberally.org/eating/chapters/centralbrooklyn

    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

    COLORADO FOCUS

    COLORADO HEADLINES

    Green energy investments aren't just "meant" to create jobs; they're ALREADY creating them

    The Grown-Up In The Room: DPS Candidate Emily Sirota...more on this important race: Follow the money - DPS school board race

    OCCUPY CO Sprgs receives 30-day permit to occupy and assemble for free speech!

    A sign of economic recovery: Colorado's Unemployment Rate Tracking Downward

    Democrat Bennet Throws Down on Republican Obstruction of Education Bill

    Republican Former Western Slope DA Convicted Of Molesting DA Office Employees


    Denver, CO Focus

    Boulder County, CO Focus

    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)

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    FLORIDA HEADLINES

    Republican Marco Rubio, Lying and the 14th Amendment

    The City of Miami District 2 Election is Heating Up

    Rick Scott takes aim at Florida's state universities...why do Republicans hate education so much???

    EQFL Partners with HRC Orlando on Road to Equality Bus Tour!

    The difference between the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Miami and everywhere else? Fear vs. Hope

    The Japan Nuke Disaster Could Happen in Miami Dade County.

    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)

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    ILLINOIS HEADLINES

    Monday, October 24th, Support Cap 36 in Bloomington!

    CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK: 175 Arrested @ Occupy Chicago

    Secret Meetings in Chicago to Steal Public Pension Funds

    Chicago/Cook County, IL Focus

    Chicago Area Laughing Liberally:
    Saving Democracy One Laugh At A Time
    http://livingliberally.org/laughing/chapters/IL/chicago

    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.

    TEXAS FOCUS

    TEXAS HEADLINES

    Week in Headlines...more: Texas blog roundup for the week of October 17

    2011 Early Voting Map for Harris County

    Candidates for the 70th District of the Texas Legislature

    Gaddhafi Gets a Bullet: Congratulations President Obama!

    No Somos Republican!

    Progress Texas Says No To Racist Plates

    Perry's Energy Plan Offers More of the Same When America Needs Innovation

    BP is Target of Protests...REMEMBER what BP did to the Gulf Coast? Time to show them you haven't forgotten!

    Pushback by Morton prosecutors prevent exposure of 25-year old secrets on withheld evidence

    Voter Photo ID Requirement Public Notification Starts With The Constitutional Amendment Election

    Corruption in the Hidalgo Sheriff's office

    Dallas County, TX Focus

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS

    PENNSYLVANIA HEADLINES

    Our Bridges Need Repair and Little Old Ladies Are Homeless but Have the Republicans Done Enough for the Top 1%?

    CRITICAL: Luzerne County Judges...people tend to ignore judicial elections, but they are among the most critical because judges affect real people's lives every single day. And your vote counts more in these elections than in any other. So PLEASE VOTE!

    Don't Want to Give Gas Drillers a Free Pass? Sign Our Letter to Lawmakers

    Losing the PA Advantage as Unemployment Rate Climbs

    Must Reads: Budget Cuts and Layoffs

    State Insurance Regulators Deny Ratepayers Public Hearing on Highmark Rate Hike

    Occupy Pittsburgh Update


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

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS

    NEW JERSEY HEADLINES

    Democrat Rush Holt on H.R. 358

    Senator Menendez Talks to Ed Schultz on MSNBC About the Death of Muammar Gadhafi

    Meet The Candidate - Maureen Vella - LD16

    All She Asked Was That Her Brother Be Treated Humanely

    WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS

    WASHINGTON STATE HEADLINES

    A Green Makeover Inside and Out

    Ocean Acidification Event in Seattle Nov. 8th

    Let them eat pizza!

    The War On Kids, the Elderly, and Other People Who Walk

    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)

    UPCOMING EVENT TO ELECT CATHY LEHMAN TO BELLINGHAM CITY COUNCIL:

    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)

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    NORTH CAROLINA HEADLINES:

    I'm in – I'm running for re-election!

    ELAINE MARSHALL FOR NC SECRETARY OF STATE

    Occupying across the state

    NC unemployment rate rises...why won't the Republicans support Obama's job creation plan??? North Carolina needs help and Republicans refuse to give it.

    The arrogance of the ruling elite: McCrory the one percenter

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

    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: 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)

    VIRGINIA FOCUS

    Richmond, VA Focus

    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
    434.264.6872

    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
    540-483-0636
    Meetings are the third Tuesday of the month at 4:15 PM at the Franklin County Library (355 Franklin St, Rocky Mount VA).

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Get more involved in Georgia Politics through Young Democrats of Georgia:
    http://georgiayds.org

    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:
    http://www.ksudemocrats.org/

    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.

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    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.

    MINNESOTA FOCUS

    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

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    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)

    IOWA FOCUS

    Des Moines Food Co-op Now Open

    Iowa Focus: Sustainable Agriculture Events

    TENNESSEE FOCUS

    NEVADA FOCUS

    Nevada Focus: Affordable Health Care Act for America is helping

    KANSAS FOCUS

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