Sometimes, all votes are not created equal. After a tremendous fall in which immigrant communities and people of color showed their political strength across Suffolk and Nassau counties, some are trying to use policy to do what failed at the ballot box: diluting the growing power of our communities in Long Island.
In Nassau county, the legislature’s Republican majority is advancing a new electoral map that splits towns and villages; pits minority party officials against each other; and creates the strange, wormlike shapes that are the hallmark of gerrymandering. LICET is proud to support a coalition of community advocates, the Nassau United Redistricting Coalition, who have joined behind a fair, non-partisan alternative map.
Keep reading below for last week's Op-Ed in Newsday, outlining the coalition’s efforts, and stay tuned for more from LICET on how to get involved.
Opinion: Nassau Redistricting Must Not Dilute Minority Vote
By AUBREY PHILLIPS AND JUAN CARTAGENA
Another year, another apparent attempt to dilute the voting power of African-American, Latino and immigrant voters on Long Island.
Every 10 years, New York's counties must redraw political boundaries to reflect changing population patterns revealed in the newest census. The new districts must contain roughly the same-sized populations and be as compact as possible, while not diluting racial and ethnic minority representation. Ideally, they should also seek to keep together "communities of interest" -- that is, groups living near one another with commonalities such as racial and ethnic background or economic interests.
Check out this phenomenal editorial from the New York Times applauding Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone for signing Executive Order 10--the result of a campaign that we led with our tremendous partners and the close collaboration of the County Executive's office.
Suffolk County Turns a Page
Steve Bellone, the Suffolk County executive, signed an executive order on Nov. 14 requiring county agencies to translate essential public documents and forms into six languages besides English and to provide translation services for residents who don’t speak English well.Read more
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Today, following months of organizing by the Long Island Civic Engagement Table (LICET) and its allies, County Executive Steve Bellone signed Executive Order 10, which ensures free translation and interpretation to limited-English proficient (LEP) residents of Suffolk County in their interactions with county agencies.
This is a massive civil rights victory for Suffolk County, and we applaud County Executive Bellone for showing tremendous leadership on this issue!Read more
What a great showing at Thursday's Voter Mobilization Press Conference! Thanks so much to everyone for coming, and please feel free to the fabulous photos here (“Like” us while you’re at it!).
Now, we have some more exciting events coming up.