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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