April 08, 2012
Contact: Daniel Altschuler
917-494-5922

ADVISORY: LI Workers and Students of Color Join Together to Register Voters

ADVISORY

April 8, 2012

For Immediate Release

Excuse Cross-posting

Contact: Daniel Altschuler, Long Island Civic Engagement Table: 917-494-5922

Workers and Students of Color Join Together to

Register Votersand Make Sure Their Voices

Are Heard in 2012 Elections

What: Press Conference of youth, labor, and community organizations of color to register voters in support of access to education and fair wages for all. Following the press conference, groups will register voters on the streets of Brentwood—video / photo opportunities available.

When: Thursday, April 12, 12pm

Where: Ross Park, Brentwood (on Brentwood Road, just south of Suffolk Ave. / County Road 100). Parking available in adjacent parking lot.

On Thursday, April 12, youth, labor, and community organizations will join together to launch a coordinated voter registration campaign to raise their communities’ voices in advance of the 2012 elections.   Focused on the need for improved access to education and fair wages, these organizations will announce their voter registration efforts and begin to register voters in downtown Brentwood.

With important legislative proposals like the DREAM Actand a minimum wage increase currently being debated in Albany, these organizations are coming together to support immigrant students’ access to higher education and workers’ right to a decent wage.  By registering voters in communities like Brentwood, these organizations will continue to build the power necessary to win progressive change on these issues and to ensure political representation that better reflects the needs of people of color.

Thursday’s event, organized by the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, will feature speakers from various organizations, including Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, the Long Island Immigrant Alliance, the Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN), NAACP, Youth Enrichment Services, Local 1102, and SEPA Mujer (Services for the Advancement of Women).

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The Long Island Civic Engagement Table (LICET) seeks to transform the culture of civic participation and government accountability on Long Island.  LICET does this by nurturing grassroots participation and leadership in working-class communities of color.  LICET, led by Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, the Long Island Immigrant Alliance, and CARECEN, seeks to work with these communities to turn the tide of anti-working class and anti-immigrant politics and build a common platform for low-income people. 


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