#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 unaccountable policing on Long Island.

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Election Day 2014: 12,600 door knocks

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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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Update from Hempstead: Change has come

We're operating at full capacity here in Amityville, as we prepare for state and federal elections that are only days a way (more on that soon), but a quick note to highlight the news coming out of Hempstead last night:

Maribel Touré beat Betty Cross nearly 2-1 in last night's special election.

After all the work we did in May, after the fraud, and after an amazing non-partisan Election Day push from our canvassing team, this is huge.

In a race decided by 511 votes, we turned out over 400 voters! This is a big moment for our voter mobilization work, and moreover for the parents, students, and teachers of the Hempstead School District.

Today we start organizing for real reform with a new Trustee – we'll aim for a community meeting to advance the People's Playform the week of 11/10. For now, check out last night's tweet:

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Honored to be honored

This past Friday, LICET and our partners at New York Communities for Change were both honored by the Hempstead Hispanic Civic Association for our work building community power across Hempstead through the "People's Platform" for change in the Hempstead School District, and the large non-partisan get out the vote effort LICET led in May.

HHCA and its Executive Director, George Siberón, is one of LICET's closest partners and does tremendous work offering ESL classes and bilingual tutoring, counseling services, recreational activities, and much more for Latino families in Hempstead and beyond. We're honored by the recognition for work that George helped make possible, and looking forward to many more years of partnership to come!

Group selfie of the LICET and NYCC crews at the gala! Team LICET & NYCC at the Gala. Clockwise from far left: Sandy Castro, Lucas Sanchez, Maribel Touré, Mimi Pierre Johnson, George Siberón, Steve McFarland, Diane Goins, and Ben Shapiro.

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