The face of change has deep brown eyes and curly black hair. His name is Rodman, the son of Salvadoran immigrants who arrived in the United States in 1991, fleeing civil war. Only 21 years old, Rodman (pictured above, far right) grew up in Bayshore and grew up noticing differences between his neighborhood and surrounding communities.
Rodman knew he wanted to work to improve parks in disrepair, to fight for higher-quality education in local schools, and make Long Island a welcoming place for immigrant families like his own. But he didn’t know how.
This summer, Rodman was selected as part of LICET’S Movement Building Organizers program. With LICET’s training and support, Rodman registered dozens of new voters, educated hundreds of immigrant workers about their rights, and built real power for LICET and our allies’ efforts to win environmental justice at Roberto Clemente park, and to raise the minimum wage in New York State.
“I know I have a lot of experiences ahead, but I can honestly say it’s the best experience of my life,” Rodman said this week. “Each day after I went home I felt I had done something important and that I play an important part in changing my community”.
With your support, we're building even bigger for 2016. The Presidential and state elections will shape Long Island – and the country – for years to come. Can we count on you to invest in us to help make sure our communities win respect and dignity in 2016?
We have come a long way from the dark days of anti-immigrant violence on Long Island, but it's clear our work isn't done. We have big plans to build a new generation of leaders, reform policing on Long Island, win language access, and to increase the vote share of African-American, Latino, and immigrant communities.
Your support of $75 or more covers materials and training for more new leaders like Rodman; it also gets you a gorgeous LICET t-shirt! $50 pays for dinner at our next community workshop. Even $10 covers materials for one day of the street outreach that's an essential part of making working-class voters heard in November.
Thank you for being with us this year. In 2016, we have a chance to serve, educate, and mobilize our communities like never before – the stakes have never been higher, and we're ready to get to work, so invest in this effort now.