History for LI's Communities of Color

By SILVANA DIAZ, Newsday

Silvana Diaz is publisher of the Long Island Spanish-language newspaper Noticia, co-host of the county executive debate at Central Islip High School with the Long Island Civic Engagement Table and Long Island Wins.

Thursday evening brought a groundbreaking political dialogue on Long Island: The candidates for Suffolk County executive met to about how to strengthen our diverse communities, fielding questions from residents representing a wide range of community groups.

Long Island is famous for many things: its beaches, its pizza and its family-friendly lifestyle. It's also famous for less savory reasons, like the historic segregation that still factors prominently into most of our lives: black neighborhoods, white neighborhoods, Latino neighborhoods, and the inequalities and tensions that come with them. The 2008 killing of Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorean immigrant, brought these tensions into stark relief.

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Debate Innovador

By SILVANA DIAZ, Noticia

El 3 de noviembre se realizará un diálogo político innovador en Long Island: Por primera vez los candidatos a la oficina ejecutiva del Condado de Suffolk se reunirán para hablar sobre sus propuestas para fortalecer a nuestra comunidad diversa, respondiendo las preguntas de nuestros residentes representados por varios grupos comunitarios.

Long Island es famosa por muchas cosas: Sus playas, sus pizzas y el estilo de vida familiar. También es famosa por razones menos agradables, como la segregación histórica que aún ocupa un lugar importante en nuestras vidas y la desigualdad y tensiones que acompañan esto: vecindarios negros, vecindarios blancos, vecindarios latinos. El asesinato en el 2008 del inmigrante Marcelo Lucero, dejó ver estas tensiones de una manera preocupante.

Por mucho tiempo, los políticos han ignorado la diversidad de voces existentes en Long Island, pero ya es la hora de que esto cambie. Según el Censo del 2010, aproximadamente uno de cada cuatro residentes del Condado de Suffolk es latino o afroamericano. Es el momento de que nuestras comunidades de color hagan que sus voces sean escuchadas, y este debate representa una oportunidad para realizar esta visión. El debate esta siendo organizado por Noticia y la Mesa Cívica de Long Island y patrocinado por Noticia y Long Island Wins.

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Interview Kickoff of the Long Island Civic Engagement Table

88.7 FM, Hofstra's Morning Wake Up Call

Interview with Daniel Altschuler regarding the Long Island Civic Engagement Table and the possible impact it w ill have in the overall Long Island community.

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Advocates Rally Minority Voters in Brentwood

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/long-island-now-1.1732330/advocates-rally-minority-voters-in-brentwood-1.3246591

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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Campaña Para Sacar Votantes Latinos en Suffolk

http://www.impre.com/eldiariony/noticias/2011/10/14/campantilde;a-para-sacar-votan-277167-1.html

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.

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Coalition Working To Mobilize African American and Latino Voters in Suffolk County

By TED HESSON, Long Island Wins

A coalition of community groups announced today a new initiative to mobilize African American, Latino, and low-income voters in Suffolk County over the course of the next month.

The Long Island Civic Engagement Table will launch a campaign to increase voting in the election this November, and then plans to continue working for years to come to improve voter participation in the county.

At the press conference for the initiative, I spoke with Daniel Altschuler, the coordinator of the table, as well as several other community leaders and Suffolk residents. 

Interviews and photos posted in original article here

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Mobilizing Black, Latino and Working Class Voters on Long Island

By MIKE CLIFFORD, Public News Service

NEW YORK - A new, nonpartisan group is launching an effort today to mobilize Long Island's African-American, Latino and working-class voters in time for the November elections. The effort is being billed as a "month of actions."

Daniel Altschuler says the group he coordinates, the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, was created to make public officials more accountable to communities of color - especially in Suffolk County.

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