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I want to highlight several very important events in NYC with local, state-level and national impacts.

First is a special election that can help make a State Senate seat more progressive. Those of you who know Albany KNOW that we need better State Senators. The recent disgrace of Karl Kruger has opened up a Brooklyn State Senate seat to a special election March 20th. It pits a relatively progressive Democrat against a batshit crazy teabagger with white supremacist sympathies. The Democrat is Councilman Lew Fidler who I know personally. He comes from a conservative district but manages to take relatively progressive stands and his conservative constituents accept it because they like him. I have written about Lew before and I highly recommend checking out his website, giving a contribution, and/or volunteering to help his campaign. His teabagger opponent has been very sympathetic to, of all things, an Afrikaner separatist movement and his writings have been picked up by sites like Stormfront. Believe me, we can't let a Republican extremist win this seat.

More action alerts below.

I also want to draw people's attention to a VERY importat voter registration event linking NYC to Pennsylvania:

his effort has been an ongoing one run by two friends of mine. I honestly feel like they have made a real difference in several elections and I encourage everyone who can to participate:

    Voter Registration Trip to Pennsylvania
    Saturday, March 17th, 8:30 am
    Departing Port Authority Bus Station, NYC

    Dear Friend,

    Please join me Saturday, March 17th for a day of registering voters in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. This is a bellwether district in a swing state, and a short bus ride from New York City.

    We need your help more than ever. Despite recent encouraging economic news, most analysts still expect a close race in Pennsylvania this year. The Lehigh Valley will be, as always, key to victory. That’s why we’re starting early with a voter registration effort. We continue March 17th with our Get on the Bus trip to Easton, PA to register voters.

    We meet at Port Authority Bus Terminal (South Terminal, 8th Ave. btwn 40th & 41st St.), at 8:30 am Saturday morning, March17th. Buses return at 4:05 and 6:10 pm. The ride is about 1 hour 40 minutes.

    Thank you to everyone for your time and commitment. Please RSVP by e-mail, phone, or sign up on the Obama campaign website, so I can provide a headcount to Obama’s team in the Lehigh Valley. I look forward to seeing you again.

    Best wishes,

    Tom Predhome
    (646) 736-6177

Finally I want to highlight my own monthly Central Brooklyn Eating Liberally Group which is coming up soon:
his month's Central Brooklyn Eating Liberally meeting will be March
13, 7 PM at the Haitian restaurant Kombit in Prospect Heights.

279 Flatbush Avenue
Between St.Marks Place & Prospect Place

Great Akra, Griot and Tasso, not to mention a very nice sweet potato
bread pudding.

This month we have a special election for State Senate to discuss, and
a local district leader race as well as next year's mayoral race.
There is also a voter registration effort in Pennsylvania organized by
some Brooklyn friends. And of course Republican primary madness.

Hope to see you there

Please get involved with one or more of these NYC activities.
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