The face of change has deep brown eyes and curly black hair. His name is Rodman, the son of Salvadoran immigrants who arrived in the United States in 1991, fleeing civil war. Only 21 years old, Rodman (pictured above, far right) grew up in Bayshore and grew up noticing differences between his neighborhood and surrounding communities.
Rodman knew he wanted to work to improve parks in disrepair, to fight for higher-quality education in local schools, and make Long Island a welcoming place for immigrant families like his own. But he didn’t know how.
This summer, Rodman was selected as part of LICET’S Movement Building Organizers program. With LICET’s training and support, Rodman registered dozens of new voters, educated hundreds of immigrant workers about their rights, and built real power for LICET and our allies’ efforts to win environmental justice at Roberto Clemente park, and to raise the minimum wage in New York State.
“I know I have a lot of experiences ahead, but I can honestly say it’s the best experience of my life,” Rodman said this week. “Each day after I went home I felt I had done something important and that I play an important part in changing my community”.
With your support, we're building even bigger for 2016. The Presidential and state elections will shape Long Island – and the country – for years to come. Can we count on you to invest in us to help make sure our communities win respect and dignity in 2016?
We have come a long way from the dark days of anti-immigrant violence on Long Island, but it's clear our work isn't done. We have big plans to build a new generation of leaders, reform policing on Long Island, win language access, and to increase the vote share of African-American, Latino, and immigrant communities.
Your support of $75 or more covers materials and training for more new leaders like Rodman; it also gets you a gorgeous LICET t-shirt! $50 pays for dinner at our next community workshop. Even $10 covers materials for one day of the street outreach that's an essential part of making working-class voters heard in November.
Thank you for being with us this year. In 2016, we have a chance to serve, educate, and mobilize our communities like never before – the stakes have never been higher, and we're ready to get to work, so invest in this effort now.
Over 100 canvassers and volunteers are out on the streets across Long Island – from Hempstead and Uniondale, to Farmingdale, Wyandanch, Brentwood, Patchogue, and beyond – knocking on doors to Get Out the Vote.
Many of these races will be extremely close, and we expect many people to be voting. Your vote could make the difference!
- Where is your local polling location? Find it at this link.
- How will you arrive to your local polling site? Will you walk, bike, or take the bus? If you need a ride, call us: 516-366-0259.
- When will you vote? Schedule ahead of time to avoid time conflicts.
- And find out who you will vote for, and why, by reviewing the Newsday Voter Guide for information on the candidates.
- If you encounter problems while voting, we're partnering with the New York Civil Liberties Union to provide an all-day Election Protection Hotline. Call us at: 631-316-8013.
It's crunch time. Over the past week, we have hosted candidates in the two most biggest elections on Long Island this fall – Suffolk County Executive and Nassau District Attorney – and mobilized nearly two hundred community members from both Counties to raise their issues to the candidates, and show that our communities are engaged and mobilized to vote in a big way on November 3rd.
If you missed either forum, you can check out photos from the Suffolk County Executive forum here, and from our Nassau Policing & Justice forum here. Both forums were part of our partnership with Long Island Wins and Noticia, Growing a Diverse Long Island which, since 2011, has been hosting candidate and issue forums in working-class communities of color, raising up the voices and issues that matter to our communities. With these events, we were joined by over 20 co-sponsoring organizations.
Thanks to all our partners, and especially to the candidates and community members who came out to raise up their voices and pledge to #Vote4Respect. With just days to go before Election Day, we're stronger than ever!
Around the country people are gathering to register voters, build power, and make our voices heard today. On Long Island, seventeen organizations gathered in Brentwood to #CelebrateNVRD and announce over 2,000 new voter registrations in African-American, Latino, and immigrant communities.
Check out the photos from today on Facebook. We earned media in Newsday Video, Newsday, La Tribuna Hispana, Long Island Wins, Public News Service, and Rojo News – with shoutouts for six different allies!
There are just two weeks until the voter registration deadline, and we're out on the streets every afternoon, registering voters and recruiting volunteers! You can make a difference: sign up to volunteer and we'll call you to book a volunteer shift that works for you.
Make sure you're registered, and let's get ready for a big local election season for working class and immigrant communities of color! Stay tuned for news on candidate forums, our Get Out the Vote push, and more!
What a day. If you haven't heard from our team in a while, there's a very good reason: late this summer, we were selected as one of five national organizations to participate in a massive voter registration and mobilization project with Project Vote and the Analyst Institute.
It has been a mad sprint since we started the 25-person canvass operation in August, all the way to this past Tuesday, when Get Out the Vote efforts culminated in 100 staff members knocking 12,000 doors.
All told, the Long Island Civic Engagement Table has registered 3,000 new voters in Black and Latino communities across Long Island this year, bringing our three year total to 12,000 new voters!Read more
We're operating at full capacity here in Amityville, as we prepare for state and federal elections that are only days a way (more on that soon), but a quick note to highlight the news coming out of Hempstead last night:
In a race decided by 511 votes, we turned out over 400 voters! This is a big moment for our voter mobilization work, and moreover for the parents, students, and teachers of the Hempstead School District.
Today we start organizing for real reform with a new Trustee – we'll aim for a community meeting to advance the People's Playform the week of 11/10. For now, check out last night's tweet:
This past Friday, LICET and our partners at New York Communities for Change were both honored by the Hempstead Hispanic Civic Association for our work building community power across Hempstead through the "People's Platform" for change in the Hempstead School District, and the large non-partisan get out the vote effort LICET led in May.
HHCA and its Executive Director, George Siberón, is one of LICET's closest partners and does tremendous work offering ESL classes and bilingual tutoring, counseling services, recreational activities, and much more for Latino families in Hempstead and beyond. We're honored by the recognition for work that George helped make possible, and looking forward to many more years of partnership to come!
Team LICET & NYCC at the Gala. Clockwise from far left: Sandy Castro, Lucas Sanchez, Maribel Touré, Mimi Pierre Johnson, George Siberón, Steve McFarland, Diane Goins, and Ben Shapiro.
The November 4th elections will be a huge moment for the working-class agenda. More than anywhere else in New York, every Long Island vote will count. for issues like the minimum wage, school funding, and the DREAM Act.
We're going big this year to build and mobilize community power: we're looking for dozens of paid canvassers for our non-partisan Get Out the Vote operation! We are also hiring one part-time HR assistant. Click the postings below to apply:
JOB POSTING: Temporary Part-Time HR Assistant in Long Island
These are temporary, full-time positions which pay $12/hr. They're exciting and intense – we'll be knocking on doors across Nassau and Suffolk Counties for 12 days – and they're not for everyone.
If you know someone who wants to make a real difference this election, click the links above to apply, or simply click here to "Join" and we'll follow up!
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!
After months of planning and a workshop series that mobilized 350 community members to build a People's Platform for the future of the Hempstead Schools, all of our coalition work has led to this: launching and executing a powerful non-partisan Get Out the Vote campaign with our amazing volunteers!
Next Saturday, May 3, 10 AM at the Hempstead Hispanic Civic Association, we celebrate the launch of our grassroots Get Out the Vote campaign! Join with a large group of other leaders and volunteers for an exciting training and canvass day.
Not able to attend on Saturday, but interested in volunteering this month to Get Out the Vote for the Hempstead schools? Click here to sign up for weeknight and Saturday volunteer shifts in these crucial four weeks!