What we did this summer

MBOs_17_WEB.jpgOver the course of the summer, we were joined by four amazing youth as a part of this year’s Movement Building Organizer’s program. Now in its fourth year, the program is dedicated to developing new grassroots leaders, as well as increasing Voter Registration in African American, Latino and Immigrant communities.

This year we were pleased to expand the group of grassroots Long Island organizations participating, as we hosted youth from Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, SEPA Mujer, and STRONG Youth Inc.

Each of them, through their commitment to social justice and eagerness to learn, brought great experiences and fun moments throughout our three months. And together, we proudly announce that we registered over 2,000 new voters in communities such as Hempstead, Freeport, Brentwood and Central Islip.

We'd like to thank our youth for their energy and dedication, as well as their organizations for working together in achieving this project. We look forward to the next steps and opening this project to more local organizations throughout Long island in the following years, as our way of building community power and increasing electoral participation and political representation for our communities.

Congratulations Movement Building Organizer’s 2015!!


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Advocacy Institute: Long Island


In grassroots organizing, we know that there is tremendous power in our people. We've got the power and wisdom in our own communities to win a society with respect and dignity for all. In our region, we have some impressive wins in recent years.

But especially on Long Island, local and state government can seem hopelessly complex. That's why we're thrilled to be partnering with the Advocacy Institute to bring their widely-admired training to LI. The Institute takes much of the mystery out of how public policy is developed, written, and passed.

20150527_AI_Follow-up_Trainings.jpgWe kicked off the first two days of a three-day training series this weekend with Maggie Williams and Rolando Brown of AI. Through amazing maps, expert facilitators, and practical exercises, over 30 participants from 18 of our allied organizations got the real, concrete knowledge – and confidence – we need to build stronger campaigns.

We started the first day discussing our goals for Long Island, and hearing in-depth interviews with organizers in the room who are pushing statewide policy campaigns: the DREAM Act and Ban the Box. The afternoon focused on the timeline of state legislation, and the (rapidly-shifting) conferences and power brokers in the NYS Senate and Assembly. Our second day dug into the intricacies of "How a Bill Becomes a Law" in New York, and finished with tough lobby visit role playing scenarios.

If you missed the first two days, it's not too late: we have one final day coming up later in June, with brand-new content designed by LICET and AI, mapping the structure and power brokers of Nassau and Suffolk County government! See the attached flier, and make sure to RSVP and save your spot today!}


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#BlackLivesMatter on Long Island

"I can't breathe." 11 times, Eric Garner cried for help. Despite clear evidence that the NYPD used an unlawful chokehold, this week a grand jury failed to allow the Garner family their day in court. This, one week after another failure of justice in Ferguson, in the killing of Mike Brown.

This past Sunday, over 500 Long Islanders gathered to mourn, march, and organize to make sure #ThisStopsToday.

Sunday was just the start. We continue organizing to win police accountability and improved police-community relations.

Organizations across the region are doing powerful work – including the primary organizers of Sunday's action: LICET, Make the Road NY, New York Communities for Change, NYCLU, NAACP, and The Corridor Counts.

This is a moment to unite and plug in. Join us and we'll make sure you're a part of the effort to end racist and accountable policing on Long Island.


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Election Day 2014: 12,600 door knocks


What a day. If you haven't heard from our team in a while, there's a very good reason: late this summer, we were selected as one of five national organizations to participate in a massive voter registration and mobilization project with Project Vote and the Analyst Institute.

It has been a mad sprint since we started the 25-person canvass operation in August, all the way to this past Tuesday, when Get Out the Vote efforts culminated in 100 staff members knocking 12,000 doors.

All told, the Long Island Civic Engagement Table has registered 3,000 new voters in Black and Latino communities across Long Island this year, bringing our three year total to 12,000 new voters!

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