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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 10:09 AM
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List your PROGRESSIVE products and services here:
We'll need alternatives to our ever growing list of products and services to boycott.Once we've recieved a good many responses on this thread, we can gather the suggestions together and re-post them as sub groups in new threads (food, bath and body, electronics, energy, restaurants, etc).

My (sadly short) list:

Costco, Barnes & Noble, Hard Rock Cafe, Bashas, Hyatt Corporation, Brown and Cole food stores, Chronicle Books, E&J Gallo Winery, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Co-Ops, Random House, Citgo, Shell oil, Ligget Vector Group, Dreamworks SKG, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Apple Computers, Pixar, Working Assets, Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid, Farmers Markets, Used and Antiquarian books, Secondhand Shops, DishNetwork, Netflix.

What are a few of your favorites?
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 11:14 AM
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1. Half-Price Books! (and other Dallas places)
A great chain that was started in Dallas and has now gone to several other states. The original owner's daughter, Boots, is very cool, and the merchandise selection cannot be beat!

Some other good Dallas spots:

The Old Monk Pub
Cafe Lago (Garland Road)
FunAsia Entertainment Complex (Plano Rd @ Beltline)
Crossroads Market & Bookstore (gay-oriented, but that's not all they have; nice cafe too)
Whole Foods
Premiere Video on Mockingbird
Inwood Theater
Kathleen's Art Cafe
Redenta's Garden (as opposed to Home Depot) for plants!
CD World (Mockingbird @ Greenville)

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Glenda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 11:39 AM
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21. Whole Foods better be OK! :)
That's the only place I can buy food that I'm not allergic to
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Logansquare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-18-04 12:41 PM
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37. Well, their CEO is a libertarian who won't allow unions
I think a couple of stores managed to get unions in, but he's busted others. The store in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago has prohibited staff from having visible piercings other than ear, and having hair color that could not occur naturally, which I think is utter corporate bullshit.

The thing about boycotts is...there's no corporation that wears an untarnished halo. You have to do a cost-benefit analysis and decide whether the corporation is doing more harm than good. WF is at least providing organic and natural options in urban areas; I find Trader Joe's is a more ethical corporation at this time, although it could always change.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 11:18 AM
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2. I almost forgot!
Progressive auto insurance; their CEO is a major Dem contributor and is very much into Progressive causes (thus the name). :-)
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Donating Member (56 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 11:37 AM
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3. Visit our Socially Responsible On-line Store
Visit our Socially Responsible online store we sell hundreds of quality products & services for Your home, business, and family http://www.ezinfocenter.com/8821087.777

BOOKS
FOOD
IAHBE
MAGAZINES
NATURAL CLEANERS
PERSONAL CARE
PET CARE
TELECOMMUNICATIONS
WELLNESS/NUTRITION
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sherilocks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:36 AM
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17. Titian, you have no star and I need more information
All I got from your website was the following information:

ABOUT VERIUNI


VERIUNI, a product line comprised of nutritional, cleaning, personal care, pet care, telecommunication products, and more, is the consumer product division of Carson Services, Inc., headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.

Founded in 1985, Carson Services, Inc. is a long-time member of the Better Business Bureau serving Southern Nebraska, as well as a member of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

The exclusive marketing arm of VERIUNI is the SFI Marketing Group (also a division of Carson Services, Inc.). Today, with millions of registered affiliates in over 190 countries, The SFI Marketing Group is believed to be the largest affiliate program in the world.

<snip>

Can you help us? Where can we find more specifics, like political contributions, company size, etc?

I'm not trying to be confrontational, but I don't want to see our group becoming a target for anyone who wants some free advertising.


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comsymp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 10:51 AM
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18. No Star?
And that means...???



FWIW, couldn't find any indication of any progressive/liberal activities by this business. Neither Gery Carson nor Weimer show up at all in a 2000-2004 check of opensecrets.org .

Would assume that the referenced post above was just another MLMer's attempt to drum up some leads.
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sherilocks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 11:02 AM
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19. Sorry I was a little brief there
I was referring to the fact that he/she neither contributes to DU or has been active in posting. So there is little to go on regarding his liberal and progressive activities or that of his/her business.
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comsymp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 11:23 AM
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20. That helps tremendously- you've undoubtedly seen some display the
elitism which I (unfairly, I'm happy to say) inferred- glad I was mistaken.

Having said that, I'm in full agreement with your concerns about the poster's omission of bona fides when presenting his business as a Progressive one -
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Donating Member (56 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 04:25 PM
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28. Socially Responsible organizations
Edited on Tue Nov-16-04 05:17 PM by Titian
It seems to me progressive business organizations in America is quite new.

I did a goggle search on socially responsible organizations and what came
up as number 1 on goggle was from http://www.global-equality.org/action/soc_business.shtm... which is the National Association of Socially Responsible Organizations and I clicked a few links such as United Northeast Natural Foods & Organic Produce and Boulder Co-op Market and I get error messages.

As a buyer of organic products in NYC I am not a happy consumer. I just briefly reviewed from this list and none seem to have a 30 day money back guarantee like my home business which has a 30 day refund policy on all the products and services sold from my store located at http://www.americansupermart.com

If the products on this list are so much better then mine at my store why can't they just offer a 30 day money back guarantee?

Socially Responsible Business links

Boston Musicians Association

Boulder Co-op Market (Boulder, CO )

Business for Social Responsibility


Co-op America

Community Food Co-op (Bellingham, WA )

Equal Exchange

Food From the Hood

Global Exchange

Greenfields Market (Greenfield, MA )


Green Star Cooperative Market (Ithica, NY )

Harvest Food Co-op Markets (Cambridge & Jamica Plain, MA )


Rainbow Grocery (San Francisco, CA )


Sevananda Natural Foods Market (Atlanta, GA )

Sun and Earth

SweatX

Syracuse Real Food Cooperative (Syracuse, NY )


TPSS Co-op , A natural food store (Silver Spring, MD )

United Northeast Natural Foods & Organic Produce

Women In Film & Video of New England


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Donating Member (56 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 02:19 PM
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24. Re:More information
Edited on Tue Nov-16-04 02:43 PM by Titian
The website has a menu section that has links to other subgroups such as about Veriuni.

Like it or not MLM marketing (network marketing) is the only game in town if you want to promote progressive products and services or any product or service. The free MLM methods for website promotion that SFI has work.

SFI which has the Veriuni Store can provide the best training and resources for promoting Verinui or any product such as progressive products or services.

I have my own blog at http://www.americansupermart.com and my business opp is at http://netvillagemall.com

Or you may want to join IAHBE.

What Is It? IAHBE stands for the International Association of Home Business Entrepreneurs. It is an organization that champions the home-business lifestyle and provides its members with a multitude of resources designed to achieve maximum home-business success. You can try it out for the first 30 days free.https://www.quickinfo247.com/8821087/IAHBE


MENU
HOME
DEPARTMENTS
CLOSEOUTS
BOOKS
FOOD
IAHBE
MAGAZINES
NATURAL CLEANERS
PERSONAL CARE
PET CARE
TELECOMMUNICATIONS
WELLNESS/NUTRITION
REFUND POLICY
HELP DESK
CONTACT US
ABOUT VERIUNI
AFFILIATE PROGRAM
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Donating Member (56 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 01:46 PM
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23. Re: About Veriuni
Edited on Tue Nov-16-04 01:49 PM by Titian
https://www.ezinfocenter.com/8821087.777/About.vstore

VERIUNI, a product line comprised of nutritional, cleaning, personal care, pet care, telecommunication products, and more, is the consumer product division of Carson Services, Inc., headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.

Founded in 1985, Carson Services, Inc. is a long-time member of the Better Business Bureau serving Southern Nebraska, as well as a member of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

The exclusive marketing arm of VERIUNI is the SFI Marketing Group (also a division of Carson Services, Inc.). Today, with millions of registered affiliates in over 190 countries, The SFI Marketing Group is believed to be the largest affiliate program in the world.

SFI's unprecedented success has been largely attributed to the unique makeup of its affiliate programa hybrid combination of the best parts of traditional direct sales and network marketing, combined with the technological advantages of the Internet. Highly automated, SFI's expansive core computer system processes thousands of requests a day, around the clock, from around the world.

SFI is revolutionizing the way companies market their products and services. With its enormous base of independent affiliates, SFI has the power to reach tens of millions of consumers and businesses worldwide. SFI affiliates can also aggressively target niche markets with high market penetration.

If you are the prime source of a product or service that could benefit from SFI's "marketing muscle," you may submit an overview of your product/service by clicking HERE.https://www.ezinfocenter.com/8821087.777/ProposalForm.v...
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Donating Member (56 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:08 PM
Response to Reply #17
26. Re:Can you help us? Where can we find more specifics, like political contr
Edited on Tue Nov-16-04 03:19 PM by Titian
Can you help us? Where can we find more specifics, like political contributions?
_______________________________________________

I just stated my home business a few months ago. I as well have not seen them listed in any left wing groups such as opensecrets.org.

They have a discussion forum that is free to join. Others that have been affiliates for SFI longer then me perhaps might know. http://www.sfidboard.com / It is free join at http://netvillagemall.com

My own opinion of why SFI (Veriuni) is not listed in opensecrets.org is that progressives have not really ever had a Progressive v. Republican business website before.

I can tell you what my political contributions were as an affiliate of SFI. I contributed to the Dems in 2000 and to DFA (Democracy for America) http://www.democracyforamerica.com / just a few days ago.

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kayell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 12:25 PM
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4. Co-op America's Green Pages
Edited on Mon Nov-15-04 12:25 PM by kayell
http://www.greenpages.org /

"To be listed in the Green Pages OnlineTM, or in special versions of the directory like our Vermont edition, the Green Mountain Green PagesTM businesses submit an application, or are pre-qualified by Co-op America's Screening Team. The Screening Team, which is appointed by and reports to Co-op America's board of directors, investigates each applying company to determine: 1) its familiarity with and commitment to social and environmental responsibility, and 2) significant action in terms of this commitment. Our research team also seeks independent data to verify company information.

Specifically, to be qualified to be listed in the Green PagesTM, companies must demonstrate that they:

* Focus on using business as a tool for positive social change.
* Are "values-driven," as well as profit-driven.
* Are socially and environmentally responsible in the way they source, manufacture, and market their products and run their offices and factories.
* Are committed to and employ extraordinary and innovative practices that benefit: 1) workers, 2) communities, 3) customers, and 4) the environment. "
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sherilocks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 02:43 PM
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5. Don't tell me, please, that Barnes & Noble gives to
Repugs. I have their discount card and do buy a new book from time to time. I like to support progressive authors and publishers.
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 03:35 PM
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6. As the larger ones go, they're OK.
They give to Dems.

But Border's are union busters.

So you're OK. But do try to support your local used and new book merchants when you can.

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sherilocks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 03:56 PM
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8. Thanks
What a relief. I have only a used paperback bookstore here, but it's mostly novels. I DO have to remember them more often when I think "book." The library here is good and within walking distance, so I get my "quick read" books there.
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Logansquare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-18-04 12:37 PM
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36. Huh? Borders corporate are union busters, but if you don't buy from them
the union employees will lose their jobs. I don't believe B&N is unionized at all. An friend who worked for B&N said that they are great ones for firing staff before they can qualify for a raise, usually for some bogus charge, like abusing employee discounts.
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-20-04 03:40 PM
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40. I was going from the followyourmoney.org site...
which has them giving to Democrats.

I did not know about their draconian firing policies. This forum is to share the information. Thank you for sharing yours. But your tone was a little harsh.

I specifically stated to use independent and used bookstores. I also recommend libraries.

We're all learning here. Please realize that not all of us have all of the information yet. That's what this is for.

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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 03:45 PM
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7. Martha Stewart is a big dem contributor
if she gave to repugs, would she be in prison?

www.marthastewart.com

Her magazines make nice gifts, with the added bonus of encouraging other to "do it yourself" (the "everyday food" one is especially good; easier recipes than "gourmet", and much less snooty advertising)!
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sherilocks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 04:00 PM
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9. I've said that all along
If she gave to rethugs, she'd be a free woman now. Thanks for reminding me about her magazine. I used to read it from time to time.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 04:45 PM
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10. Her website has a lot of free downloads, too
just go to the "Learn" section; templates and directions for crafts, downloads for printable items like tags and card borders. Lots of "do-it-yourself" ideas for the holidays. :-)
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 07:02 PM
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11. Greenpeople, world's largest directory of eco-friendly products:
Organic food, pet supplies, baby products, beauty products, home improvement, hemp, organic cotton, health products, recycled products

Find organic food at health food stores, coops and farmers markets. Environmental protection is possible through your eco-friendly purchases. Buying hemp, organic cotton and recycled products like home furnishings, baby clothes, and natural beauty products aid conservation of natural resources.

http://www.greenpeople.org/index.htm
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 11:58 PM
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13. Great resource!
Thanks for the link!
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 11:02 PM
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12. get your sheet music from our very own NJ_Lib from anywhere in the US
Edited on Mon Nov-15-04 11:04 PM by AZDemDist6
business name is: Maya Music and on eBay: MayaMusic
email address is: MayaMusic1@aol.com


http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 11:43 AM
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22. DU has a Marketplace, too
though I haven't looked to see if Maya Music is there:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 02:12 AM
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14. Let's not forget Newman's own organics!
they give 100% of profits to charity!
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Eurobabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:16 AM
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16. I am hopelessly addicted to Newman's Orange-Choco Chip cookies
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politicat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:06 AM
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15. For travel: Use Amtrak.
In most cases, for regional trips, you'll get there in an effectively equivalent amount of time to driving, and only slightly effectively longer than flying, and it's cheaper.

How can that be when the trip takes 13 hours compared to 3 on the plane?

Because you have an extra 2 hours at the airport, an hour in most cities getting to the airport, and an hour after you get off the plane getting your bags and car and stuff. So your 3 hour flight really takes you 6-7 hours. And since trains tend to run at night, you can do the overnight thing and arrive at your destination rested - the seats in trains are far more comfy than anything on a plane - and ready to get to business.

Amtrak is a federal program that keeps losing funding. Every other first world nation has an effective passenger rail system. We must keep ours alive.

Pcat
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JaneDoughnut Donating Member (402 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 02:40 PM
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25. Keep it simple
Trying to remember long lists of companies to boycott or support is a little too complicated for me. Especially since I live in a conservative city where even the locally-owned businesses are likely to be Republican donors or supporters.

Are there some general guidelines one can follow instead of trying to target specific companies?
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Indiana_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:52 PM
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27. I know. It's hard for me, too.
I live in a town of ~20,000 population and places like Walmart, Home Depot, Taco Bell have run others out of business. KMart is gone, KFC and Wendy's pulled out, which is okay. But we have a limited selection around here. Even locally-owned restaurants and businesses are scarce. I've made an effort to avoid Walmart as much as possible and instead I try to shop at in-state owned businesses like Marsh, Martin's supermarkets and drug stores like Walgreen's. If I can't buy from local retailers for something I want, I at least try in-state owned businesses. Sadly, most of the business is owned by Republicans in this town, too. So it doesn't make much difference.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 08:24 PM
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29. Adding Bluebear's "Leatherman" suggestion
multitools that you can find at Costco; apparently the Freepers are boycotting them because they gave to Kerry!
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 08:26 PM
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30. D'oh! I can't forget Ben and Jerry's!
loathed by Freepers everywhere for their hippy ways, lol!
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Donating Member (56 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 09:05 PM
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31.  Liberality.org Announces its New Social Networking Feature
Check out this new website. It's a greast pace to place classified Ads for your Economic activism progressive business.

(PRWEB) November 15, 2004 -- Liberality.org, a web publisher focusing on the importance of liberalism, political commentary and grassroots advocacy, proudly announces that it recently integrated a new social networking component into its website.

http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2004/11/emw178455.ht...

http://liberality.org
http://www.liberality.org/friends/
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Donating Member (56 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 10:13 PM
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32. Liberality.org Announces its New Social Networking Feature
Check out this website I put my ad on. It has a new classified Ads section for all your Economic activism progressive business ads.

(PRWEB) November 15, 2004 -- Liberality.org, a web publisher focusing on the importance of liberalism, political commentary and grassroots advocacy, proudly announces that it recently integrated a new social networking component into its website.

http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2004/11/emw178455.ht...

http://liberality.org
http://www.liberality.org/friends /
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kayell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-17-04 09:19 AM
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33. 2 grocery chains look good - Brown & Cole Stores (WA & OR)
and Marsh Supermarkets (Indiana and Ohio)

http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/contrib.asp?Ind=G...
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-17-04 05:53 PM
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34. don't forget Basha's in AZ, he has actually run as a Dem for Gov. n/t
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-18-04 10:12 AM
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35. Earth Tones...
On the order of Working Assets phone service, but all their service and benefits are environmental.

http://www.earthtones.com /

Thanks to Smirking Chimp member caq for introducing me to this one.
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Logansquare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-18-04 12:54 PM
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38. Please don't support the union employees of Borders
</sarcasm> Now that I have your attention, could we stop automatically boycotting corporations that have unsuccessfully fought unions? The unions have triumphed, for the most part at Borders, and B&N employees are still struggling. If we boycott a company simply because they fought unions (and lost), then we as consumers may be helping to kill a nascent retail union movement. Buy at unionized stores, and send them letters telling them *why* you do!
http://www.bordersunion.org
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-20-04 03:41 PM
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41. We're not doing it because they fought unions.
We're doing it because they give to Republicans. There's a BIG difference.

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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-04 06:07 AM
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53. Border's give much more to Dems
And I am grateful as I have one right across the street with the best selection in town.

Julie
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Merrick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-19-04 03:20 PM
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39. Trader Joes grocery stores
Good labor record, lots of organic food, operate or deal with animal farms with high ethical standards. And their stuff is not only better than every other grocery chain I've shopped at, its mostly cheaper as well.
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AFSCME girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-05 11:01 AM
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62. I love Trader Joe's..
they are the best grocery chain out there!!

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OnionPatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-05-06 11:21 PM
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68. We get about 90% of our groceries there
That was one of the blue switches we made a few years back. I love getting our food there. Sometimes they have very good prices on things like pasta, cereals, snacks, breads, etc. Lots of organic and healthier choices, too. The food is higher quality but not really that expensive. Gotta love Trader Joe's! :loveya: May they never be bought out by right-wingers.
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-20-04 04:15 PM
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42. In Texas,
Whataburger. They pulled their ads from Sinclair after Sinclair refused to respond to their requests for information regarding "Stolen Honor." :)

dg
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-04 12:22 AM
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43. For Twin Cities people:
Peace Coffee: not only is it fair trade, organic, and shade grown, but it is delivered to stores by bicycle. To top it off, it has a rich flavor.

We don't have Trader Joe's (yet), but we do have several membership co-op grocery stores that carry all the necessities and concentrate on organic, earth-friendly, locally-produced (if possible) products.
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-04 07:12 PM
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44. Co-op America:
"Practical steps for using your consumer and investor power for social change"

This link was posted by dubyaD40web in another thread:

http://www.coopamerica.org/
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:53 PM
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45. Union shopping
From Working Families E-active list--

You're just not the type to give a holiday gift that was made in a sweatshop. Shop with your conscience at The Union Shop Online--the AFL-CIO's retail store featuring top-quality, union-made-in-the-USA clothing and gifts. Click here to browse The Union Shop Online: http://unionshop.aflcio.org/shop/category.cfm?SID=1&Cat...

With a hassle-free stop at The Union Shop Online, you'll find dozens of gifts that carry your values of social and economic justice--made by workers with union contracts that protect their wages, benefits and working conditions. Check out the cozy hooded jackets, matching sweatpants, baseball jackets and knit watch caps--proudly made by UNITE HERE members: http://unionshop.aflcio.org/shop/category.cfm?SID=1&Cat...

Send your holiday greetings with justice-inspired, union-printed Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and holiday cards that show you care: http://unionshop.aflcio.org/shop/category.cfm?SID=1&Cat...

How about a union-made game of Scrabble? An "International Babyhood of Snugglers" bib? Check out the games and kids' stuff at: http://unionshop.aflcio.org/shop/category.cfm?SID=1&Cat...

Stuff some stockings with our "Got a Boss? Get a Union" and "Make Your Voice Heard" mugs, or golf balls, first aid kits and "Sound Off for Justice" whistles at: http://unionshop.aflcio.org/shop/category.cfm?SID=1&Cat...

For the extra-special someone on your holiday list, here's an extra-special gift: the 12-piece "Lunchtime on Top of a Skyscraper" sculpture by Sergio Furnari, featuring ironworkers on a beam in the air: http://unionshop.aflcio.org/shop/product1.cfm?SID=1&Pro...

Deck the halls with a union-made, antiqued bronze-tone star, dangling from a red ribbon and wrapped in a plush velveteen black bag: http://unionshop.aflcio.org/shop/category.cfm?SID=1&Cat...

Then kick back and listen to some music--maybe "The Essential Bruce Springsteen"--or watch a movie with a powerful message: http://unionshop.aflcio.org/shop/category.cfm?SID=1&Cat...

At The Union Shop Online, you'll find something for everyone on your holiday gift-giving list. And you'll know your gifts come from and support workers who have the benefit of a union voice on the job.

Enjoy your holiday shopping!

Working Families e-Activist Network
Nov. 22, 2004

P.S. Lots of people you know also want to shop sweat-free this holiday season. Please forward this email to your friends, family and co-workers.

Need more worker-friendly gift ideas? Visit www.unionplus.org/gifts and www.ShopUnionMade.org

Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.
http://www.unionvoice.org/join-forward.html?domain=wfea...

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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-06-04 04:16 PM
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46. REI - (Recreational Equipment, Inc. ) is a co-op that sells outdoor
Edited on Mon Dec-06-04 04:24 PM by Zorra
recreational equipment. The CEO of the company seems to be a strictly Democratic donor.

This company seems like a good bet for buying all kinds of outdoor recreational products and clothing.

http://rei.com /

Store locations:

http://www.rei.com/stores/index.jsp?stat=header_stores

REIs New Portland Store Receives United States Green Building Councils
LEED Gold Award for Commercial Interiors
REI is first retail store in the nation to receive Gold rating
snip---
REI is a retail cooperative dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting for a lifetime of outdoor adventures. Founded in 1938 by a group of Pacific Northwest mountaineers seeking quality equipment, REI now has more than 2 million active members and operates retail stores nationwide, two online stores REI.com and REI-OUTLET.com and an adventure travel company, REI Adventures. REI offers products from all of the top brands for camping, climbing, cycling, hiking, outdoor fitness, paddling, snow sports and travel, including its own line of award-winning gear and apparel. While anyone may join or shop at REI, members pay a one-time $15 fee and receive a share in the companys profits through an annual member refund based on their purchases. As an active supporter of the communities in which it does business, REI is committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through education, volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions.

http://www.rei.com/aboutrei/releases/04portland.html
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 05:28 AM
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47. i love REI n/t
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-04 06:23 PM
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48. Oberon Designs leather products
their site says the founder gives to many environmental, human rights, and political causes, plus the products are all made in the USA.

www.oberondesign.com




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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 08:05 AM
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49. For a minute...
I thought you had trained your cat to do leather working! ;-)

FSC
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 11:18 AM
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50. Lol! Actually, an Oberon purse inspired the name
I was coming up with nothing suitable for my unusual looking kitten when I looked down at the buckle on my Oberon purse strap during lunch one day. The company name was carved into the buckle, and I thought "yeah, I love Shakespeare, and it's unusual enough that no other cats will have the same name when he goes to the vet"! Naturally, the next kitten HAD to be named Puck!

That Oberon purse was given to me six years ago, and it still looks like new. I used to replace them every year or two, but no more! Blue companies make the best stuff! ;-)
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 07:09 PM
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51. Oh, and tis the season not to forget
UNICEF greeting cards and calendars! I've been 100% UNICEF since 1982.
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 01:06 PM
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52. Need a vacation for the holiday?
Check out some of our progressive alternatives in the travel section of the Progressive Pages!

http://www.globalblogs.com/cgi-bin/tseekdir.cgi?locatio...

FSC, who's been boldly searching out places where no DUer has ever been before
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-25-05 10:07 AM
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54. Kickity Poo!
Come on ya'll. Pony up the goods on some new businesses you've been hearing about.

FSC
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stepnw1f Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-26-05 02:13 PM
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55. Here's a Site that May Be of Use:
http://www.choosetheblue.com

"ChooseTheBlue.com compiles information from third party sources primarily to show certain reported spending by political action committees connected with a corporation* and by that corporation's employees as political contributions, in each case related to recent federal elections."
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-08-05 08:11 AM
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56. Natural wheat kitty litter--
Saw an ad for this in the latest Utne Reader. Sounds like a great idea! Biodegradable, and all natural wheat cat litter.

http://www.swheatscoop.com /

FSC
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-08-05 08:14 AM
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57. Utne Reader
One of my FAVORITE new magazines. (Well, they're not new, but they're new to me-- I discovered them last summer).

Wonderful progressive news stories, and ads for many products you might not hear about unless you read them.

Here's a great link to their site. You can subscribe here, get hold of back issues, and participate in their forum.

http://cafeutne.org/cafe/cafelist3.html

FSC
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-08-05 08:22 AM
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58. Current boycotts from ethicalconsumer.org.....
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-11-05 04:28 AM
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59. I heard about this line of soap and cleaning products and
want to check them out. Has anyone else had experience with these products?

http://www.soapworks.com/
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-05 07:42 PM
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60. Mother's Day kick:
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AFSCME girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-05 10:59 AM
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61. Working Assets..
I have them as my long distance telephone service and I just signed up for their wireless service. They are a very cool company that donates to a myriad of progressive causes.

:hi:

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Robert Oak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-05 04:54 PM
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63. offshore outsoucing
We have a page devoted to consumer activism:

www.noslaves.com/consumer.htm

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cpamomfromtexas Donating Member (453 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:13 PM
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64. Can someone come up with a logo for our ebay ads?
I was thinking something we would recognize but perhaps others would not so we could recognize one another and trade with one another.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:09 PM
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65. dang that's a great idea! n/t
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cpamomfromtexas Donating Member (453 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 12:13 PM
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66. How about a permanent place here at DU to post our ads?
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-02-06 01:15 PM
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67. Cameron's Coffees
http://store.cameronscoffee.com/index.php?main_page=ind...

I just discovered them last week. Both organic and fair trade. Makes the best cup of joe I've ever had--not acidy at all. They've apparently been around for a while but I was unaware of them. You can buy online. They are carried at one of the supermarkets in a nearby town in our area. You can buy in bulk too.
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