New York State Senator Kemp Hannon
Below is an excerpt from Capital Tonight’s “Morning Memo”:
New York State Senator Kemp Hannon
Below is an excerpt from Capital Tonight’s “Morning Memo”:
Do you know a bright, young progressive person on Long Island? Do you know of a college student who wants an internship where they can gain real experience and make a difference?
LIPC needs interns for Fall 2015. Please read below for more information.
Have a passion to help the community and want to get real world experience?
Want to learn how to organize and communicate with Long Island Communities?
Don’t Miss Your Chance to Make a Difference
The Long Island Progressive Coalition is looking for enthusiastic interns, who want to improve the quality of life for all citizens on Long Island.
Become part of a fun, cooperative work environment while earning college credit.
LIPC is a 35-year old, Island-wide, multi-issue, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development, revitalizing local communities, enhancing human dignity, creating effective democracy, and achieving economic and social justice.
Join us in fighting for:
• A quality public education system
• Affordable housing- Yes in My Backyard
• Clean Money Clean Elections
• Economic Justice
Learn community-organizing skills including:
• Strategy development
• How to use social media in organizing
• How to make community change through electoral campaigns
No prior experience required. Training is provided.
Please forward this email along to any interested students you know or contact Dan at email@example.com with any names of progressive students who you think would be a match.
In the letter “A $15 solution to stagnant wages” [Aug. 20], some pertinent points were omitted.
I agree with the writer that an increase in the statewide minimum wage for all workers would be preferable. Unfortunately, Republican lawmakers have blocked legislation that would include wage increases statewide.
Read the full article here.
LIU Post Senior Samantha Capofarri
My name is Samantha; I am currently an intern at the Long Island Progressive Coalition. I am graduating from Long Island University in May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Sociology. As a future teacher I am truly passionate about equality in education and society as a whole. When Dr. Heather Parrott offered me this internship I was really nervous at first. Once my first day came around and I met everyone at LIPC I was beyond excited to begin working with the organizer’s of LIPC and Alliance for Quality Education, I knew from the start that we had similar goals in mind, not only for quality education but for the entire Long Island community.
In the past few weeks of this internship I really learned a lot about how LIPC helps our Long Island community and citizens in struggling Long Island areas. Currently I am working on promoting the Rev.Barber Speech, this event was held at Stony Brook University on April 28th. Rev.Barber is the president of the North Carolina NAACP and the founder of the Moral Mondays Movement. Moral Mondays is a social justice movement that has taken hold across the country and calls for economic justice and government accountability. While making the phone calls to invite members of the community to this event, I learned so much from the people on the other end of the phone. Hearing how passionate the citizens in our community were about bringing this movement to Long Island really opened my eyes to the importance of community involvement. If we want something to happen or to see a change we need the support of our community. Having the support of the community is what makes movements, like the Moral Monday Movement, successful.
The next campaign I began working on was for the Alliance for Quality Education. The AQE fights for quality education in every school district regardless of its location. As a future Early Childhood educator I am passionate about what the AQE fights for. Education is the foundation of our future, therefore it should be of the best quality. Unfortunately there are many school districts in need of aid that aren’t receiving the aid and support they need to provide that quality education all students deserve. Most students, at some point in their school career don’t feel completely satisfied with their education quality and learning experience. If schools, students, and parents work together to improve the quality of education that students are receiving then students will have an easier time getting the education that they deserve. In the past few weeks I have gained so much for my future education career from working with the AQE.
As a young woman, finishing my degree and hoping to one day make the differences in education and the well-being of our Long Island community, I will always be committed to making progressive changes that will benefit Long Island. The real world can seem like a scary place. College is supposed to prepare you to enter it but academia can leave a lot of gaps. A great strategy for becoming more prepared for this challenging life event in my opinion is to get an internship. Having an internship and mentors to guide you on your new journey in life provides a hands on experience that can only come from someone who’s done it all before. The people I have worked with so far at LIPC have provided me with so much information and knowledge to take with me after I graduate and enter the real world.
My name is Jennifer Imhoff and I am finishing my last semester at LIU Post. My internship at LIPC has been an incredibly rewarding experience. I have had the opportunity to work with people who are passionate about what they do, and are willing to help educate others about the many issues affecting people living here on Long Island.
I am studying to become a social worker because I have an interest in helping people and making the world a better place, and an internship with the Long Island Progressive Coalition has exposed me to the many ways that I can help people. I have had the opportunity to attend local forums on education, attend rallies in Albany, Nassau, and Suffolk County. I have been able to speak to people that are directly affected by the 2% tax cap. The 2% tax cap does not take into consideration school districts that are facing increased enrollment, causing class sizes to grow in these districts. Unfortunately, it is the high- needs districts that benefit the most from state and local funding, but when there is less money to spend per pupil, all of the children are directly affected. The state is underfunding schools and programs are being cut because of the tax cap and state underfunding.
As a student, parent, and wife of a teacher I see the pressure that is being put on our students and teachers. It is not fair to use student’s test scores to evaluate teachers and this needs to change. The State also needs to fully fund our schools. Schools district can not maintain vital programs when state aid is cut and districts need to adhere to the 2% tax cap. The Board of Regents suggested $2 billion as the minimum needed in additional state aid, however they are only receiving $1.6 billion. I also learned that the way the funding is distributed very important. High-needs schools need to get more funding and have access to more resources so that students in those districts also receive a quality education. LIPC has given me the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally, and I am proud to have participated in the internship program here. I challenge you to get involved in the education campaign with the Long Island Progressive Coalition. Attend a meeting, make a call, or write a letter but take action to make a difference.
News 12 has been playing a story about Diana Coleman for Black History Month which is shown below. I was cooking dinner one night and hear Diana’s voice on t.v. I went to see the story and I just cried because I miss her friendship but also we have lost such a fearless warrior who fought for her community for decades and made a real difference in all of our lives.
News 12 did an excellent job highlighting some of the amazing things she had done in her life. You saw her when she was suing Nassau County for unfair assessments to the minority communities. You saw her leadership in working in her community to deal with crime and violence. And you saw her making strong arguments on various issues where she worked to convince people why they should support issues like fair redistricting and campaign finance reform.
At our annual luncheon on April 11th we are giving the first Diana Coleman Community Leadership Award. NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli will be talking about Diana who was a close friend of his and giving this award to North Hempstead Supervisor. Please join us for this event as we honor Diana and reflect on our work for social, economic and racial justice. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info about how you can join us on April 11th in honoring Diana.
Please join us to celebrate 36 years of the Long Island Progressive Coalition and help us honor Long Islanders who are leading the way on progressive issues.
Join us on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 at the Timber Point Country Club in Great River.
This year we are introducing the:
Diana Coleman Award for Progressive Leadership
Introduced by NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli
We are honoring:
For your convenience a link to a printable version of the Invite is here: 2015 LIPC Invite.
We have lost our fearless warrior.
Yesterday, Diana Coleman LIPC Co-Chair passed away. This is a huge loss for Long Island and for all of us. For decades Diana has fought the hard fight for justice. She was the lead plaintiff forcing Nassau County to redistrict due to the impact on minority communities. She has been a leader in Long Island’s civil rights battle over and over. Just one example is in the Youtube video where she is giving the Republicans a piece of her mind about their unjust redistricting battle.
Diana has been the Co-Chair of LIPC for over a decade and has worked to build the organization and to impact social, economic and racial justice. She was a truly brilliant person who had skills in management, finance and policy. She cannot ever be replaced and the organization owes a huge debt to her.
Diana taught me how to be powerful and how to challenge people, but at the same time how to laugh and be friendly to those people you are challenging. We are all just people and being human comes first.
Diana was also an amazing friend to me and many others. We shared so much about our lives and supported each other. She was one of the best friends I have ever had and I already miss her so much. She was an amazing listener and would be honest with you when you needed it. I have learned so much from Diana.
As a tribute to Diana, please speak out for justice and make your voice be heard like you see in this video.
Always in Solidarity,
Long Island Progressive Coaltion
I am happy to kick off Day 1 of our $1500 in 5 days campaign. The Long Island Progressive Coalition is ready to go into 2015 with renewed vigor and passion. Give today HERE and your gift will be matched.
When I started at LIPC, I could not believe the divide in different school districts, the lack of a universal healthcare system, and most importantly, the fact that Long Island residents are leaving in great numbers. Since working at the LIPC, I have seen time and time again, how we’ve stood up for people and won.
With your help, we’re going to do it again in 2015. Our goal to raise $1500 by Friday, December 12th, 5PM to fuel our campaigns.
LIPC member David Calone will graciously be matching dollar for dollar all gifts received. That means your donation will be doubled.
Your gift will allows us to work towards helping to create more affordable housing on the island! It will insure that we will be there to makes sure each child on this island has an equal education! And it will provide that we will be there to tell our political leaders that we will not stand for corruption, for pollution, for an island with a declining infrastructure, an island where young and old are leaving in vast numbers because cause of a lack of jobs, a lack of affordable housing, and that we want fair elections now!
When you see the LIPC Members, Board, and Staff with our Blue LIPC shirts, know we are rallying for you, we are the LIPC Blue Wave. Join us to help launch the Long Island Progressive Coalition’s Blue Wave towards 2015.
We thank you for your generosity over the years. Together we can make Long Island a better place.
John H. Delaney
LIPC Office Administrative