We're Hiring: Get Out the Vote with us!

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[Click here to apply for a Canvasser position!]

The November 4th elections will be a huge moment for the working-class agenda. More than anywhere else in New York, every Long Island vote will count. for issues like the minimum wage, school funding, and the DREAM Act. 

We're going big this year to build and mobilize community power: we're looking for dozens of paid canvassers for our non-partisan Get Out the Vote operation! We are also hiring one part-time HR assistant. Click the postings below to apply:

JOB POSTING: Long Isand Electoral Canvassers/Organizadores de canvaseo electorales

JOB POSTING: Temporary Part-Time HR Assistant in Long Island

These are temporary, full-time positions which pay $12/hr. They're exciting and intense – we'll be knocking on doors across Nassau and Suffolk Counties for 12 days – and they're not for everyone.

If you know someone who wants to make a real difference this election, click the links above to apply, or simply click here to "Join" and we'll follow up!

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Meet the 2014 Summer Team

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This summer we have a energetic and ambitious group of 9 interns and fellows working with LICET, MRNY and NYCC in both Suffolk and Nassau Counties. Since June, we’ve worked on several issue-specific campaigns, including the fight to increase the New York state minimum wage, cleaning up the toxic waste dumping in local parks, and the ongoing battle for increased transparency and reform within the Hempstead School District. More recently, two of our interns had the opportunity to participate in the Paid Sick Days Day of Action, where they ushered in New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s new workforce initiative alongside the Mayor himself.

 At present, we’re hard at work registering voters within immigrant and working-class communities of color on Long Island, where we hope to spark a powerful, resurgent spirit of civic engagement and participation. Our goal: to register 3,000 voters by Election Day 2014. Our mission coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer, during which student volunteers sought to register African-American voters in rural Mississippi at the height of Jim Crow. As we go out each day, we draw on the inspiring legacy of the Freedom Summer as a source of encouragement for our own work.   

 On that note, let’s meet this summer’s fierce and fabulous team of Movement Building Fellows and interns: 

Bashirou Ba

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From: Hempstead, NY

Major:  Business

School: Nassau Community College

Fun Fact: I love watching football and basketball- favorite team is the Knicks.

 

Whitney Beber

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From: South Windsor, CT

Major: Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought

School: Amherst College

Fun Fact: After five years of cross country & track, I got to college and joined the Rubgy Team, looking for something “different”- and I definitely got it.

 

Timothy John

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From: Hempstead, NY

Prospective Major: Bio-Chemical Engineering

School: Junior at Hempstead High School

Fun Fact: I like public speaking. 

 

Jelena Steele

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From: Hempstead, NY

School: Mercy College

Major: Behavioral Science with a concentration in Psychology

What brought you here?: I appreciate the mission of the LICET, and its another step on my journey in life.

Fun Fact: I love seafood- “I could live off this stuff.”

Ben Walker

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From: Plymouth Meeting, PA

Major: Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought

School: Amherst College

Fun Fact: I learned to whistle for a marathon.

 

Sophie Downes

From: Northport, NY

Major: English & Linguistics

School: University of Chicago

Fun Fact: I play the Ukulele.

Stay tuned for more from: Miriam El Araby, Marcy Suarez, Hajera Siddiq

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People-Powered Democracy in Hempstead

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Hempstead voters made history this week, but it hasn't been easy. One thing is clear amid contested results and reports of voter suppression and fraud: after decades of corruption and misrule, the people have mobilized like never before and change is coming to the Hempstead School District. This week, the Newsday Editorial Board called out our organizing by name:

"LICET, NYCC, and TCC worked hard to increase awareness and bolster voter turnout, which nearly doubled from last year." (Click for the full editorial!)

In fact, turnout was nearly double any previous School Board election on record! In an election with a history 2,100 ballots cast, our amazing volunteers made over 700 door knocks and 1,700 phone calls – we made this happen together! We worked with hundreds of Hempstead parents, students, teachers, and community members to build the "People's Platform" at workshops led by LICET, NYCC, and the New York Civil Liberties Union. Newsday's Joye Brown dedicated her column to the coalition and policy agenda we built there.

We'll make sure to update you as the fight for a fair election moves to the State Education Commissioner. Meanwhile, we continue to organize, stand up, tell our stories:

Join us Saturday, June 21 for a Civic Leadership workshop and build the skills to take step up your advocacy! Click here for more info & to RSVP.

The arc of history is long, but it's bending toward justice in Hempstead. Congratulations to all who have been part of this effort; let it fuel us to win the reforms we're fighting for. We'll be in touch, and I hope to see you on the 21st!

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Get Out the Vote for Hempstead Schools!

Click for a bilingual PDF flier!After months of planning and a workshop series that mobilized 350 community members to build a People's Platform for the future of the Hempstead Schools, all of our coalition work has led to this: launching and executing a powerful non-partisan Get Out the Vote campaign with our amazing volunteers!

Next Saturday, May 3, 10 AM at the Hempstead Hispanic Civic Association, we celebrate the launch of our grassroots Get Out the Vote campaign! Join with a large group of other leaders and volunteers for an exciting training and canvass day.

Not able to attend on Saturday, but interested in volunteering this month to Get Out the Vote for the Hempstead schools? Click here to sign up for weeknight and Saturday volunteer shifts in these crucial four weeks!

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