Progressive Democrat Newsletter 306
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:
Targeting the Banks: who owns what
HEY...some of those wind turbines are MINE!
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'
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:
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
The Midtown Theater, 163 West 46th Street (www.laughingliberallynyc.com)
NYC READING LIBERALLY:
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
CENTRAL BROOKLYN EATING LIBERALLY
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
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)
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)
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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: 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)
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
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
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).
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.
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 email@example.com
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: 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: 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