Tell Rep. Kathleen Rice to vote YES on Build Back Better!




I’m calling to ask you to keep your promise to vote “yes” on the Build Back Better Act.

Not only is the legislative package extremely popular with voters in your district, it also contains provisions that will help millions of everyday people across the state and country.

We’re counting on you to vote “yes” on Build Back Better — our lives depend on it.

Thank you.


The House Majority has finally agreed upon a Build Back Better package, and is poised to vote on it when they return to Washington following their Veterans’ Day Week recess. It contains many provisions that will help millions of everyday people and families who need health care, prescription drugs, child care, preschool, home care, paid leave and housing during the ongoing pandemic and economic recession. Importantly, it will also invest in climate justice.

Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-4, Nassau) has been holding up the Build Back Better package all along, but she released a statement last week that says she will support it when it comes to a vote provided there are no major substantive changes or any new financial analysis.

Long Island needs her to keep her promise and vote YES on the Build Back Better Act.

Activists Rally For New York To Lead U.S. In Climate Jobs

By J.D. Allen (WSHU/April 7, 2021)

Climate activists in New York rallied outside of local state and federal lawmakers offices on Wednesday to urge the approval of a multi-billion dollar investment in clean energy jobs in the state and across the U.S.

The rallies are in support of the New York Climate and Community Investment Act. The measure would raise over $10 billion a year over the next decade to invest in large-scale clean energy projects, like offshore wind. The bill would also fund energy rebates, community projects like tenant-owned solar and an overhaul of public transit, housing and schools to rely on clean energies. It would be paid for with pollution penalties on corporations.

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Activists demand lawmakers pass important climate legislation to help Long Island

By News 12 Staff (April 7, 2021)

Fifty grassroots organizations on Long Island kicked off their action week for Climate, Jobs and Justice in an effort to bring attention to the New York Climate and Community Investment Act on the state level and the THRIVE Agenda on the federal level.

Michael Brady, of the LI Progressive Coalition, says legislation will mean more investment in renewable energy. Brady says it will also mean more funding for disadvantage communities that have born the brunt of climate change damages.

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Coalition lobbies for legalizing cannabis

By David Winzelberg (Long Island Business News/February 24, 2021)

LIPC urged Long Island state senators to support the passage of a legalization proposal that centers on equity and community reinvestment, removes criminal penalties, and repairs the harms caused by the failed war on drugs.

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Isaias Failure, Blizzard Disaster In Texas Puts Pressure On Long Island Utilities To Reform

By Alek Lewis (WSHU/February 23, 2021)

Growing support for a public option to power Long Island is expected to lead talks before the deadline of any utility contract next month.

Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) will choose whether to renew its contract with PSEG Long Island after the utility company’s failed response to Tropical Storm Isaias last summer. LIPA is also considering a new contract with a different company or restructuring the quasi-public company as a fully public authority. That would shift control of energy distribution to LIPA.

“We truly believe that a LIPA that prioritizes equity, community, workers and meaningful democratic participation can raise all boats and prepare us for our future on this land,” said Lisa Tyson, the director of Long Island Progressive Coalition, during a forum hosted by the group on Monday.

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Long Island Legislators Solages and Ramos and Advocates Launch “Invest in Our New York Act”

By (January 9, 2021)

The Invest In Our New York Act is a historic state legislative package to rebuild New York’s economy and end tax breaks for the wealthiest New Yorkers. Solages and Ramos were joined at Thursday’s event by former Central Islip Superintendent Howard Koenig, local activist Joseph Sackman, representatives from Make the Road New York, New York State Nurses Associate, New York Communities for Change, the Long Island Progressive Coalition, Long Beach Reach, and STRONG Youth, in addition to impacted community members.

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Wise to terminate PSEG and restructure LIPA

By Lisa Tyson and Michael Menser (Newsday/January 9, 2021)

After Superstorm Sandy and Tropical Storm Isaias in August this much is clear: storms are getting worse and more frequent, and trust in LIPA’s public-private partnerships is plummeting. And we fear that Long Island will experience such outages again unless LIPA undergoes serious structural change.

Extensive reports of PSEG Long Island’s management of Tropical Storm Isaias have led LIPA board members to propose several paths forward. Of these choices, only full municipalization can bring the affordable and reliable electric services that Long Islanders deserve.

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On Long Island, a new initiative for social, racial and economic justice

By Adina Genn (Long Island Business News)

On Long Island, social, racial and economic justice will get a boost, according to Melville-based Long Island Community Fund.

LICF announced a “substantial infusion of philanthropic support” from grassroots through the launch of the Good Neighbor Initiative.

For this initiative, LICF is making an initial $600,000 commitment over three years.

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A Vacation Enclave in the Hamptons, Two 61-Foot Billboards, and an Endless Fight for Tribal Sovereignty

By Nick Martin (The New Republic)

Before one can really grasp the state’s claims and its insistence on using tax dollars to fight the Shinnecock, it’s important to understand that there is no way to view the legal fight over this monument in a vacuum. This struggle against New York and Southampton for Shinnecock economic independence is not separate from those that preceded it, nor will it be unique from the ones that inevitably follow. The monument fight is the latest iteration of Shinnecock people having to spend crucial funds and hours defending their basic sovereignty and economic autonomy. And standing on the front lines, issuing that full-throated reminder to accompany the monument, are the Warriors of the Sunrise.

The Warriors are a group of Shinnecock women, among them Margo Thunderbird, Tela Troge, Becky Genia, and Jennifer E. Cuffee-Wilson, all of whom helped establish Sovereignty Camp 2020, an encampment on the northern side of Sunrise Highway, across from the constructed monument. With the aid of groups like the Long Island Progressive Coalition and the Red Nation, the camp was established on October 31 by the Warriors as a physical rejection of New York’s purported claim to the Westwoods, the land that the camp and the monument rest on.

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