Karen Oh published OpEd: Altschuler: Lessons for 2012 Suffolk Vote in Press Clips 2012-01-06 13:01:26 -0500
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Just about 10 months before the next general election, one thing is clear: Voters of color will be critical.
In 2008, African-American and Latino voters were crucial to Barack Obama's victory. Now, some pundits wonder whether the president can maintain Latinos' support after failing to pass federal immigration legislation. Others question whether Republicans' draconian positions on immigration will forever alienate Latinos.
Meanwhile, in swing states like Ohio and Florida, conservatives have passed voter identification laws that will almost certainly disenfranchise voters of color. Groups like the NAACP are fighting back.
Voters from ethnic and racial minority groups are just as important on Long Island, where some competitive races for State Senate and the House of Representatives are likely. In Suffolk County, for instance, African-Americans and Latinos now account for 24 percent of the population, up from 17 percent in 2000. This increase could dramatically alter Suffolk's political landscape.Read more
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Karen Oh published Campaña para sacar votantes latinos en Suffolk in Press Clips 2011-12-30 09:57:15 -0500
NUEVA YORK — Miembros de la comunidad latina y afroamericana del condado de Suffolk, Long Island, se unieron en una campaña que promoverá el voto, de cara a las elecciones del 8 de noviembre.
Las organizaciones Se Hace Camino Nueva York (MRN, por sus siglas en inglés), Comunidades de Nueva York por el Cambio, Long Island Immigrant Alliance, LIIA, y CARECEN-N.Y. conformaron la Mesa Cívica, una iniciativa no partidista que fomenta el voto y un mayor vínculo entre de funcionarios electos o candidatos y la comunidad.Read more
Karen Oh published Advocates rally minority voters in Brentwood in Press Clips 2011-12-30 09:47:41 -0500
More than 30 Hispanic and black community advocates announced plans Thursday to go knocking on doors in Brentwood, Central Islip and other Suffolk County communities with significant minority populations to encourage those citizens to cast their ballots in November.
The Ross Park news conference marked the launch of the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, described as a nonpartisan initiative bringing together immigrant and civil rights advocacy groups to engage blacks and Latinos in local politics.
The advocates held bilingual signs that read “Vota por Respeto” and “Vote for Respect” and said they intend to reach out to 20,000 potential voters before Nov. 8.
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The Long Island Civic Engagement Table (LICET) transforms 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 seeks to work with these communities to turn the tide of anti-working class and anti-immigrant politics and build a common platform for working people. LICET is led by community organizations working on advancing social and economic justice and supporting the integration of immigrant communities.
LICET sparks civic engagement by:
- Increasing electoral participation of disenfranchised communities;
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The Long Island Civic Engagement Table [LICET] is a new initiative to transform the culture of civic participation and government accountability in Long Island. LICET does this by nurturing grassroots participation and leadership in working-class immigrant and African American communities of Suffolk County. LICET is led by community organizations in Long Island conducting community organizing campaigns with working-class communities of color, supporting immigrants in the naturalization process, and raising awareness around issues of socio-economic and racial and ethnic injustice.
LICET seeks to spark greater civic engagement among marginalized communities in Long Island to turn the tide of anti-immigrant politics and help create a common platform through which working-class communities in Long Island can advance a common agenda. LICET is led by Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, the Long Island Immigrant Alliance, and CARECEN-N.Y.
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