Happy National Voter Registration Day!

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Around the country people are gathering to register voters, build power, and make our voices heard today. On Long Island, seventeen organizations gathered in Brentwood to #CelebrateNVRD and announce over 2,000 new voter registrations in African-American, Latino, and immigrant communities.

Check out the photos from today on Facebook. We earned media in Newsday VideoNewsdayLa Tribuna HispanaLong Island WinsPublic News Service, and Rojo News – with shoutouts for six different allies! 

There are just two weeks until the voter registration deadline, and we're out on the streets every afternoon, registering voters and recruiting volunteers! You can make a difference: sign up to volunteer and we'll call you to book a volunteer shift that works for you.

Make sure you're registered, and let's get ready for a big local election season for working class and immigrant communities of color! Stay tuned for news on candidate forums, our Get Out the Vote push, and more!

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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

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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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New Work: Announcing Long Island United for Police Reform

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Today, LICET was proud to stand alongside our allies from Make the Road New York, New York Communities for ChangeNYCLU, LatinoJustice, SEPA Mujer, and STRONG Youth to announce a new coalition dedicated to ending discriminatory policing and promoting justice in our region: Long Island United for Police Reform.

Long Island is suffering from increasingly confrontational and unchecked police practices that unfairly target low-income communities of color, young people, homeless people, LGBT people, people with disabilities, immigrants, and women.

These policies make us ALL less safe by creating an atmosphere of fear of the police, instead of trust. These policies are an outrage, violating our fundamental rights and even the most basic fairness of our region. This is not an acceptable approach to public safety on Long Island.

Long Island United for Police Reform (LIPR) is an unprecedented campaign to end discriminatory policing practices on Long Island. We are a movement of community members, lawyers, researchers, and activists working for change.

Members share a commitment to building power and leadership in communities directly affected by discriminatory policing and police violence. We are organizing for reforms that will promote community safety while ensuring that police protect and serve all Long Islanders. We will be on the streets, in the courts, and on the steps of village halls to educate people about their rights and demand change – until these policies end.

Click through to see coverage of our official launch covered on News12, Newsday, UnivisionNoticia, and WCBS. We're just getting this thing started – stay tuned this fall for more on the results of our research and the first coalition-building meetings.

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