Tag Archive for Longmont Progressive Center

LAD to hold RTD Q&A

On March 27th, the RTD Board voted unanimously to approve a plan to construct a “hybrid” transportation system – part commuter rail and part bus system – from Denver to Longmont. This has been a highly contentious issue since 2004, when voters approved funding for what was to be a full commuter rail solution.

RTD Directors Lee Kemp and Tom Tobiassen will be in attendance at the April Longmont Area Democrats meeting to elaborate on the recent vote, discuss what this will mean for Longmont citizens and entertain questions from the audience.

Join the Longmont Area Democrats on Wednesday, April 4, 2012,
6:30pm to 9pm, at the Longmont Progressive Center at 723 Main Street in Longmont.

The Green Collar Economy

Please join us for the October meeting when Strider Bentson will lead the discussion on

The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems

by Van Jones

Saturday October 15th, 2011

11.00am (coffee will be served)

723 Main Street, Longmont

The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems is a 2008 book byVan Jones. It outlines a plan for simultaneously solving socioeconomic inequality and environmental problems. The book has received favorable reviews from Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, Laurie David, Paul Hawken, Winona LaDuke and Ben Jealous.

The book is a detailed proposal for a “green new deal”. Jones describes the opportunity to create thousands of low- and medium-skill jobs that help conserve energy (for example, insulating older homes and buildings) or use alternate energy sources (solar panels). He emphasizes that these would be local jobs that could not be exported. With appropriate incentives and programs, the jobs could be created in inner cities and thereby help lift people out of poverty. According to Jones, Americans can ensure the “approaching green wave lifts all boats,” and calls for a mass movement to tackle the United States’ ecological and economic crises.

Support “Occupy Wall Street”

Join us in supporting this historic movement sweeping the country! Now over 250 locations!

Demonstrate your support for
Occupy Wall Street
with a rally on Main Street in Longmont

WHEN: Monday, October 10, 2011 from 5:00 to 6:30 PM

WHERE: 723 Main Street. Or look for us at the corner of 7th and Main

WHAT TO BRING: A sign or banner and your wonderful spirit

“Come Home, America”

Polly Christensen will lead the discussion of William Greider’s latest book, Come Home, America: The Rise and Fall (And Redeeming Promise) Of Our Country during the September meeting of the Progressive Book Club. The dicussion will be held at the Longmont Progressive Center at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 17th. Coffee will be served.

For decades, William Greider acknowledges, he has played the role of Cassandra, “warning of dire economic consequences ahead and being mostly ignored.” A former journalist for The Washington Post and Rolling Stone, he has felt “like a bag lady on a street corner, waving a placard at the passing crowds.”

Greider believes that the financial crisis is his last best hope – and America’s. The nation, he claims, has reached “a rare moment” with the potential to empower citizens to “disarm the prevailing concentrations of power” and “liberate democracy.”

Read William Greider’s articles in The Nation magazine.

The Longmont Progressive Center, located at 723 Main Street, is a grassroots association that promotes social justice and democracy through education and action.

City Council Candidate Forum

Longmont Progressive Center

A City Council Candidate Forum will be held on Wednesday, September 7th at the Longmont Progressive Center, 723 Main Street. The Forum begins at 6:30 PM. All candidates for the Longmont City Council and Mayor elections have been invited to attend.

The City Council Candidate Forum is a non-partisan event and is open to all, regardless of political persuasion. The attending public will have the opportunity to submit questions for candidates.

The event will be moderated by John D’Amico.

“Women’s Voices, Can you Hear us Now”

Longmont Progressive Center

Following the audio presentation of “Women’s Voices, Can you Hear us Now” that was taped at the Conference on World Affairs, four very impressive women will lead a 45-minute panel discussion.

The event will be hosted by the Longmont Progressive Center on Thursday, September 8th at 6:30 PM. The Longmont Progressive Center is located at 723 Main Street.

The four accomplished women speakers are:

Tina Packer, founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Company, is one of the country’s foremost experts on Shakespeare and theatre arts. She created Shakespeare & Company in 1978 to be an American company of the highest standard that holds language at its center.

Nina Alvarez is an award-winning television journalist, producer, and filmmaker. Her experience spans from network news to reality to feature documentary, working in Latin America, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa.

Kavita N. Ramdas served as president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women from 1996 to 2010. She currently serves as a senior advisor to the Global Fund for Women. Last fall, she was appointed visiting scholar and fellow to Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and the Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS). Ramdas also chairs the Expert Working Group of the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health of the Aspen Institute.

Jihan “Gigi” Ibrahim is a 24-year-old citizen journalist and political activist with the revolutionary socialists in Egypt. She participated in the planning and preparation for the recent demonstrations there, living in the now-famous Tahrir Square and talking to representatives from the foreign media.

“Freedom Song” screens at 723

The film, Freedom Song, starring Danny Glover and Vicellous Reon Shannon, screens this Wednesday (July 20th) at the Longmont Progressive Center, 723 Main Street at 6:30 PM.

Freedom Song is a microcosm of the Civil Rights Movement, a stirring chronicle of unsung small-town citizens. The TNT original movie is based on accounts of actual members of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

The story is seen through the eyes of teenage Owen Walker who grows up in bigotry-laden Mississippi in the 1960s at a time when Jim Crow black segregation laws were legal. Owen joins SNCC as they struggle to reeducate black citizens and gain basic human rights, predominately the right to vote.

Longmont’s Strider Bensten will lead a discussion of the movie. Bensten was a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. His personal experiences in the fight for racial equality will stun and amaze.

8: The Mormon Proposition

Please join us at the Longmont Progressive Center, 723 Main Street on Wednesday, June 15, for a FREE viewing and discussion of the critically acclaimed documentary,
8:The Mormon Proposition. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the film begins at 7:00 PM.

8: The Mormon Proposition exposes the Mormon Church’s historic involvement in the promotion and passage of California’s Proposition 8 and the religion’s secretive, decades-long campaign against gay rights.

The film takes place in California and Utah as Mormons, following their prophets’ call to action, wage spiritual warfare with money and misinformation against gay citizens, doing everything they can to deny them of marriage and the rights that come with it.

8: The Mormon Proposition opened in theaters on June 18th, 2010, two years after the first gay marriages took place in California (June 17th, 2008).

Longmont Area Democrats meet June 1st

The Longmont Area Democrats (LAD) meet the first Wednesday of the month at the Longmont Progressive Center, 723 Main Street, Longmont. The LAD meetings begin at 6:30 PM and end at 9:00 PM

The June meeting will feature the following Special Guests:

Representative Deb Gardner-HD11
CU Regent Joe Neguse-CD 2
Democratic Chief of Staff Paul Weissmann
A Representative for Senator Rollie Heath

Grab this opportunity to meet with some of Colorado’s finest Democratic Leaders, doing the good work for our state and the nation. Hear their thoughts on the challenges they face.

Be sure to attend and get the roundup from this year’s legislative session as well as insight into the important issues as we move progressively forward. They’ll answer your questions and talk about what’s ahead.