Views From 90 Penn: “A time for Social Media to be Progressive”

 

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My name is Gabrielle Berkenfeld and I am currently an intern for the Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC). I am a sophomore at Syracuse University and majoring in sociology at the moment. While I am not sure if sociology is exactly what I want to major in, it does allows me to open my eyes and look at all the possibilities that the world has to offer. My internship at the LIPC this summer has allowed me to experience something new and gain an understanding of working for an organization that works so hard to help others. The LIPC works on many different projects, such as Education, PowerUp Communities and Fair Elections to ensure that the people on Long Island are treated equally and live in a safe environment. In order to make that all possible the LIPC needs a way to communicate to others the issues they are dealing with and how people can lend a hand.

 

Social media has a big impact on many different types of organizations. In today’s society people rely so much on technology and are constantly checking the two most used social media sites: Facebook and Twitter. On June 25th, I accompanied Dan Fingas, LIPC’s Organizing Director to a social media workshop at Hofstra University for a company called Sprout Social. Sprout Social is a website that allows you to connect your organization’s social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Sprout Social also allows you to see all the statistics from all your different sources of social media. It can help your organization figure out the most appropriate time to post on social media and when people are most likely going to share or like the news or information that is being posted. Sprout Social is a whole new way to make sure you get people to notice what is being posted and get the word out there about important events or meetings coming up.

 

By using Sprout Social the Long Island Progressive Coalition can be “Progressive” in the way they utilize information and make sure their social media sites are getting their point across to exactly the right people. At the workshop, I learned that an organization shouldn’t just post once a week they should be posting 3-5 times a week. In order to post 3-5 times a week there should be a schedule planned out of exactly what an organization wants to post and when they want to post. Sprout Social allows you to set a day and an exact time for your post so you don’t have to worry about doing it yourself all the time.

 

At any organization, the whole staff should be taking care of posting on social media rather than just one person. This way it allows for others who are reading your posts to see different voices/opinions/events/meetings coming from everyone which ensures a definite way to be “Progressive” all together.

 

So far, being an intern at the Long Island Progressive Coalition I have been immersed in many different causes that  I wasn’t previously aware off and I now see why the LIPC works so diligently for or against these issues.  By using Sprout Social and different social media sites, I think the LIPC will be more “Progressive” and definitely benefit from trying to spread awareness about the different causes/issues that they are working on to everyone using social media.

 

In order to find out more about these important issues and ways of helping out you can Like the Long Island Progressive Coalition page on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @LIProgress.

 

Views From 90 Penn: Progressive. What’s in a Word?

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By Raven Lewis

Progressive is a word that can make people think of change or the crazy lady on the insurance commercial. For me it was the later until I started to intern at the Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC) in Massapequa.

Prior to the start of my internship I had never realized the importance and power of the word progressive. It is ironic that I did not understand its value because I had unintentionally dedicated my life to something that I did not have a name for.

Throughout my late teen age years I always spent my summer working and volunteering. It was around the age of fourteen that I started working in lower income areas to decrease the racial tension and gang violence between the Latino and Haitian community in Nassau County. It was volunteering as a fourteen year old, African-America girl from a moderately wealthy area that gave me my first taste of social injustice. I came to realize that the media’s and societies portrayal of these youths as delinquent’s was false. These children were simply just children in need. I was confused on the feasibility that three towns over there were kids who didn’t have affordable housing or quality education. It was a revelation that placed me on the path to a ‘progressive agenda’.

In college I continued by flirtation with “progressive’ by working with Middle Earth a peer education group and SHAPE a Sexual Health and Peer Education group. In these organizations I learned how health care was not as easily available to everyone as I had originally perceived. Middle Earth exposed me to the struggles faced by those with depression, schizophrenia and other mental disorders and how our health care system is not equipped to help. The issue of health care was reinforced through SHAPE which dealt with women, young adults and those in the LGBT community who could not receive the progressive health care they needed.

Looking back it is clear what path I was going to take as a career considering all the extracurricular activities I did; but for me it was still unclear. Even after I started interning at the LIPC it still took a couple of week for me to fully grasp what progressive was and what it meant to me.

Progressive is the very definition of social movement. It is not just one agenda rather the agenda of every individual in a community. It is important to note that it is not a group agenda in which everyone agree on the same issues. It is not possible to get everyone to agree on an issue but it is possible for everyone to support the opportunity to have a voice.

LIPC showed me that I didn’t necessarily need to pick an issue rather I needed to be a voice and cheerleader for a progressive agenda. It is not just, unequal education, lack of health care or affordable housing that are the problem, rather it is the power and voice of the collective non-progressive agendas that is. Those who believe in a progressive agenda must unite to support each other’s and themselves. Committing to help other and all progressive agendas is the key to strengthen and maintaining a progressive lifestyle on Long Island. My life goal is not to have a career or position. It is to live a progressive life and always remembering that all are in need, all need help and we must work together to create a progressive future.

LI Democratic hopefuls hoping for help from Cuomo

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Newsday: June 7, 2014 9:01 PM By RICK BRAND rick.brand@newsday.com

Democratic State Senate candidate Adam Haber of East Hills saidhe hasn’t heard from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo about how he intends to help elect a Democratic Senate this fall.

Environmentalist Adrienne Esposito and attorney Joseph Fritz, who are vying in a primary for the Democratic line in the 3rd Senate District in Suffolk, also haven’t heard from Cuomo’s campaign. Neither has Nassau County Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick), who is seeking the 8th District seat.

All three are involved in some of the most competitive races for State Senate across New York. Until last week, Cuomo showed little interest in winning a clear-cut Democratic majority.

 

Yet, to get the backing of the labor-backed Working Families Party a week ago, Cuomo pledged to work for a Democratic Senate to end decades of Republican domination. The GOP is clinging to a narrow majority with the help of six dissident Democrats.

The question is how will Cuomo’s pledge play out at the grassroots level: Will local Democratic contenders be like the characters in the Samuel Beckett play “Waiting for Godot” — where the title character never shows up?

Haber, a retired Wall Street executive who is challenging freshman Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola), said he supports Cuomo and is optimistic the governor will get personally involved in key races.

“I’d hope he’ll come down and together we could go to some civic or business group like the Long Island Association — [for] meaningful face time with people who are decision-makers,” Haber said.

Esposito, who is seeking Democratic support but is not a party member, said she has to rely primarily on her own efforts.

“What I’m doing is running a grassroots campaign and talking about working-class issues,” she said. “If anyone wants to help they’re welcome, but I’m not tying myself to anyone.”

Fritz said, “I give Cuomo credit, foregoing his own party to a limited extent, to make things work.” But he said Cuomo now sees, “It’s time to move on.”

Denenberg said it was too early to forecast what role the governor could play. But he said the push by Cuomo and labor leaders for a Democratic Senate and for initiatives including a “circuit breaker” for school taxes, which would limit how much homeowners pay based on income, would benefit the 8th District.

Richard Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman, said he does not see Cuomo stepping directly into local races. “I think the governor is putting his major effort into getting himself re-elected and if he does well all our candidates will be the beneficiaries,” Schaffer said.

Cuomo’s office did not respond to a call for comment last week. On Wednesday Cuomo seemed to back off his May 31 attack on Republicans as “ultra cons.” He said in Rochester, “We’ve reversed that partisanship that existed in Albany . . . I’m not going back.”

But State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens), chairman of the Senate Democrats’ campaign committee, said discussions are underway about Cuomo’s role in upcoming campaigns. Gianaris said he expects Cuomo to make campaign appearances and give financial help.

Jay Jacobs, Nassau Democratic chairman, said the best thing Cuomo can do is help local candidates financially. “It’s a lot less about endorsements and a lot more about putting mail into people’s homes, telephone banks and field operations to get the vote out,” Jacobs said.

Scott Reif, spokesman for Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), said he expects “minimal impact” from Cuomo’s backing of a Democratic Senate and expects the GOP to hold all nine Long Island seats.

Lisa Tyson, Long Island Progressive Coalition director and a Working Families Party activist, called the prospect of long delayed progressive bills reaching the Senate floor vote a “real game changer.”

Tyson, who initially was reluctant to back Cuomo for the Working Families nod, said, “Ultimately the question is can we trust” Cuomo. “But as progressives, we have to hope.”

Looking Back at our Luncheon and the first half of 2014

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With June steadily approaching it seems an appropriate time to look back at past six months. This year the Long Island Progressive Coalition celebrated its 35th year with a luncheon on March 15, 2014 at the Timber Point Country Club in Great River. A turnout of old friends, politicians and our friends in labor all came together to honor some outstanding Long Islanders who truly make a difference in helping pilot this island forward. A sense of comradery was felt in the room as the introductions and honoree speeches spoke of commitment, hard-work and a priority of making Long Island a greater place live. The luncheon also honored the principles and ideas of the LIPC while reminding us its need for its formation in 1979; a unified front to combat social justice, to try to insure fair elections, to earn a decent wage and mostly importantly to move Long Island Forward.

 

This past budget season there were victories and some defeats but the LIPC will continue to look forward on the task in hand, we will continue to help steer Long Island as we strive to create a better Long Island in the present and most importantly the future. Our PowerUp Communites program continues to help fellow Long Islanders make sure their homes become more energy efficient, saving homeowners money while helping to conserve and protect the environment. Our AQE program is working toward ensuring a fair and equal education for all children in every community while fighting for programs that will enable children to get a step ahead via pre-k education. Our campaign for Fair Elections in New York continues to strive for an election system that works for all Long Islanders and not just a privilege few.  Our YIMBY campaign strives to say YES to affordable housing options desperately needed by senior citizens, veterans, young professionals, and working families in Suffolk and Nassau counties. These challenges  our staff is faces daily and are willing to take to extol their efforts to further a passion for a better Long Island but we cannot do it alone, so we look towards are membership and peers to engage with us and help along the way.

 

We once again thank our 2014 Luncheon honorees, our fellow organizations, and our friends in labor for their support. Finally, we would like to thank all our LIPC members for helping make this year’s luncheon a rousing success.

 

If you are not already a member, I encourage you to join, to be part of the excitement, to help lead us forward. For more information, please contact John, at john@lipc.org or by phone at 516-541-1006×10.

In Solidarity,

 

The LIPC Staff

 

Once again our 2014 Honorees:

David Calone

Adrienne Esposito

Gene & Lopez

Mike Gendron

Lillian Clayman

Margarita Espada

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LIPC RECEIVES NYSERDA GRANT TO HELP HOMEOWNERS WITH HOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS

(Amityville, NY) The Long Island Progressive Coalition has been awarded a $720,000 Green Jobs- Green New York grant by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to continue assisting Long Islanders through the energy efficiency process over the next 2 years. This is the second grant that the LIPC has been awarded from NYSERDA through the Green Jobs-Green New York Act, having received the first in 2012.

With these new resources the LIPC is expanding its PowerUp Communities energy efficiency campaign, assisting more homeowner in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The LIPCs PowerUp Communities program will provide outreach, education and one-on-one support for residential energy efficiency improvements, as well as advocate for good paying, green job creation and community revitalization through an innovative referral program.

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PowerUp Project Coordinator Marriele Robinson, Homeowner Thomas Greene, Homeowner Vincent Brown, and Legislator DuWayne Gregory. Photo Credit: Long Island Progressive Coalition.

“The PowerUp Communities program is an effective tool to help Long Island families lower their utility costs,” said Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, “I would like to thank the Long Island Progressive Coalition for administering this program which will benefit many families and create jobs, as well.” PowerUp Communities Project Coordinator, Marriele Robinson stated, “It shouldn’t be a privilege to live in a comfortable, affordable home. The Long Island Progressive Coalitions PowerUp Communities program improves the quality of life for Long Islanders, spurs local job creation and can fundraise for local organizations. It’s a win-win for the community in every sense.”

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Homeowner Thomas Greene and Legislator DuWayne Gregory. Photo Credit: Long Island Progressive Coalition.

Focusing in low-to-moderate income, working communities, the LIPCs PowerUp Communities program assists homeowners through every step of the energy efficiency process, including scheduling each homeowner for a Free or Reduced Cost Home Energy Assessment. From there PowerUp representatives help homeowners utilize rebates and financing offered through the state and utilities to receive energy saving home improvements. Improvements can include new heating systems, conversions to gas, health and safety upgrades, insulation and air sealing. PowerUp homeowners in focus communities receive a 5% discount off of their projects costs and can rely on PowerUp as a customer watchdog, answering questions and remedying any issues that arise.

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PowerUp Project Coordinator Marriele Robinson, Homeowner Thomas Greene, and Legislator DuWayne Gregory. Photo Credit: Long Island Progressive Coalition.

“If it wasn’t for PowerUp Communities, I would not have gone through with the energy efficiency work. I recommend everyone go through with the PowerUp program,” said Thomas Greene, a 92 year resident of Amityville that completed the PowerUp Communities program and hosted the press event. Homeowners like Mr. Greene have saved anywhere from $800 to over $2000 a year on utility costs after the energy efficiency upgrades.

The LIPCs PowerUp Communities program also utilizes a community donation referral fee. This referral fee allows for local community and religious institutions to receive up to $200 in donations for each homeowner that completes the PowerUp program after hearing about it from that organization. This referral has potential to raise thousands for the organizations that matter most to Long Islanders, making the LIPCs PowerUp Communities a true, all-encompassing community revitalization program.

“The best part was when the job finished and winter came, I felt a complete difference. I only needed two oil deliveries,” said Vincent Brown, a Lindenhurst PowerUp homeowner. “When the process was done, my contractor donated to my church. It’s great that I got to help them give back to my community.”

 

Time to Tell the NYS Public Service Commission to End Cable Monopolies

Let’s face it: in today’s world, we all need internet access, not just telephone service. If you want to start a small business, keep up in school, or look for a job, you need to be online. But not all internet access is created equal, especially when your cable company is a monopoly.

FiOS, Verizon’s state of the art fiber optic network, breaks your local cable monopoly on internet, phone and TV. But Verizon is cherry-picking where to build FiOS — and most of New York is getting left in the high-speed-internet dust.

Access to reliable, affordable phone and internet shouldn’t be determined by the luck of where you live, or how wealthy your neighbors are. Access is more crucial than ever. That’s why we need FiOS throughout the State.

We’ve seen almost 40 years of deregulatory fever. Now, all of us are at the mercy of giant telecommunications companies. They decide who gets — and doesn’t get — quality service, while charging steep prices that just keep rising. Outside of the New York City metro area, internet speeds are akin to those in parts of the Appalachia, and prices are too high throughout the state. [1] If Verizon keeps cherry-picking wealthier areas to build FiOS, and cable keeps its monopoly, that won’t change.

Check out video from the Brookhaven Town Hall on Cable Monopoly:

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone Talks Jobs, Housing, and Diversity with Latino and African-American Residents

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Community Members Posed Key Questions at Community Forum
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone Talks Jobs, Housing, and Diversity with Latino and African-American Residents
Brentwood, NY – April 17, 2014 – On Wednesday night, more than one hundred Suffolk County residents from Latino, African-American, and immigrant communities joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone for a forum hosted by Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, and the NAACP. Residents who came together at the Brentwood Public Library posed questions about the most pressing issues facing Suffolk’s diverse communities: jobs, housing, and diversity.

Participants in the event were thrilled to have the opportunity to ask questions on a wide range of topics affecting communities of color, including housing discrimination, addressing the foreclosure crisis, how to combat wage theft, and the status of efforts to welcome immigrants to Suffolk County.

Miriam Elaraby, member of Make the Road New York, said: “This event was an important way that our community and our elected representatives can join together to better our community. I’m pleased that issues of diversity, employment, and housing are being discussed, because they’re the main priorities for the community.”
Nelsena Day, member of New York Communities for Change and Brentwood resident, said, “These public forums are very important for our communities, because, with the diversity in our neighborhoods, people need to be respected and cared about by our elected officials. Providing stable jobs and keeping housing affordable will allow individuals to support their families in this county.”

“From Suffolk County Executive Bellone’s language access Executive Order making Suffolk County one of the most language accessible suburbs in the country to publicly supporting comprehensive immigration reform and declaring Welcoming Week in Suffolk two years in a row, the county’s leader has signaled to the immigrant community as well as all Suffolk residents that the county has opened its heart and mind to work through how we can maximize immigrants’ contributions and build a stronger community together.” Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, executive director, Long Island Wins.

Amparo Sadler, member of Long Island Progressive Coalition and the Alliance for Quality Education, said, “The forum was a great opportunity for the community to understand how County Executive Bellone plans to close the inequality gap. The segregation of Long Island causes educational inequalities between rich and poor districts. We must focus on closing this gap by funding low income school districts and investment in a true universal Pre-K program, in order for all children in Suffolk County an equal opportunity to a quality public education.”

Event co-sponsors included Long Island Wins, Long Island Progressive Coalition, National Association of Puerto Rican Hispanic Social Workers, The Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, Long Island Latino Teachers Association, The Muslim Center of Long Island, New York Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic.

Long Island Progressives Celebrate 35 Years of Kicking Ass

By on March 12, 2014

Lisa Tyson, executive director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, speaks at a rally outside the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building.

Lisa Tyson, the director of the nonprofit Long Island Progressive Coalition, is just weeks away from her due date—she’s expecting a girl—and days away from the luncheon celebrating her organization’s 35th year of “fighting for social and human dignity.”

She’s got a lot on her plate right now, whether it’s getting her house ready to accommodate a new baby, or making sure that the LIPC’s vitally important fundraiser on March 15 is a success at the Timber Point Country Club in Great River.

But she looks remarkably relaxed for someone whose stated purpose in life is to make things better for future generations, including her own, when the conservative opposition has so much power invested in maintaining the status quo—if not in making things worse.

Taking a moment out of her busy schedule to have lunch in Garden City recently, Tyson smiled as she sat back in her chair at Wild Fig mediterranean restaurant.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time!” says the 42-year-old native of Merrick. “I’m a local girl,” she grins.

Tyson found her way to LIPC by looking through the phone book. She’d gone to the Fashion Institute of Technology and majored in fashion marketing and communications when the first Gulf War broke out. That outbreak provoked her to start questioning the government since the conflict was less about global justice and more about oil. Next she went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to enter the urban and environmental studies masters program, where she was often the only woman in her classes.

Back on the Island in 1995, Tyson met her future husband, John, and managed a music club called the Right Track Inn in Freeport. When it was time to move on, Tyson decided that “there has to be a Long Island organization I can work for, so I went to the white pages and looked under ‘Long Island something-something’ to see what would turn up.”

And so she came to the LIPC, started part-time as a secretary and got hired as a project coordinator. She’s been the director for 12 years.

“It’s the best job in the world!” she says emphatically. “I love it when someone says you can’t do something and you do it.”

For LIPC, Tyson measures success by how much they can “move the needle.” In 1979, the coalition began as a group of civic-minded volunteers, but evolved into a grassroots membership organization affiliated with the Citizen Action of New York and with a tax-exempt sister organization, the Research and Education Project of Long Island (REP-LI).

Among their achievements, Tyson is particularly proud that her group was able to overcome the state Department of Transportation’s plan to “build HOV lands on every major roadway,” as she puts it, and “we said, ‘Invest in public transit instead!’” One controversial element involved straightening Route 25A through many of Long Island’s most scenic and historic North Shore communities. LIPC launched its “Save 25A” campaign because making the route faster for cars was “not progressive.”

Tyson says she believes in progressivism and populism, “about taking care of the most vulnerable,” she says.

“I don’t do charity work,” she explains. “Charity work is handing someone money. Justice work is changing the tax laws so it’s a progressive tax—so the people who make less pay a smaller percentage in taxes than those who make more.”

She draws inspiration from Jim Hightower, the Texas populist and syndicated columnist.

“He says it’s not left-right; it’s top-down… and that’s where we see ourselves,” she explains. To her, “the conservative movement is about corporate power.”

At LIPC, Tyson has collaborated with a wide assortment of groups—from union workers, affordable housing advocates, environmentalists and even members of the Tea Party.

“I’ll work with anyone on one issue if we can agree and respect each other,” Tyson says. “On other issues, we might not agree but we can be civil.”

Some Tea Party people “did call me the devil,” she admits, “but I laughed… My thing is making change. If I have to eat a little abuse, I’ll take it. I’m not here for an ego boost.”

In her analysis, the Tea Party took root on Long Island “when people realized that their white American Dream, their white privilege, was gone,” Tyson says. “Their kids are getting those Walmart jobs just like the black and brown people are—and they never thought that was going to happen…All of a sudden you can’t afford a house on Long Island; you can’t afford a life-style that you always thought you’d have.”

Besides fighting for social equality through progressive taxation, Tyson strongly supports publicly financed elections to level the playing field so “we have people in office who believe in being in office and not just in making their pockets bigger.”

With that goal in mind, LIPC has been active in the Fair Elections NY project, which has several goals: promote publicly funded elections by matching small donors’ contributions with public money, similar to the system in New York City; set the contribution limits significantly lower; end “pay-to-play” in order to prevent contractors and lobbyists from having undue influence over state business; strengthen enforcement and encourage more transparency in order to make sure the election laws are properly upheld and that public matching funds are appropriately disbursed.

For his support of the Fair Elections campaign, David Calone of Jove Equity Partners LLC, is one of the top people being honored at the LIPC luncheon.

“He’s really put his neck out” on publicly financed elections, Tyson says. “And that is very rare for a business leader… He is a good guy, and he cares.”

So does Tyson and the Long Island Progressive Coalition.

LI farms, sustainability in film series

“Farming the Future: Farm Life on Long Island” is a documentary screening March 13 as part of a film series on sustainable living at The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island in Garden City. (Credit: Wendy Chamberlin)

(Newsday ExploreLI) Trying to reduce energy use and take personal responsibility for your own carbon footprint has become a hot topic in recent years, but the big problem of sustainable living is how to find businesses that share that interest.

A new organization, Locally Long Island, is trying to do just that, by showcasing businesses selling organic items and encouraging the public to buy more locally.

“When people talk about a more sustainable vision, it’s difficult sometimes to get into those networks,” says Melissa Boo, founder of the group. “Right now, it’s word-of-mouth. The goal is to get that information together.”

To that end, Locally Long Island is holding a Thursday night film series showcasing well-known and regarded films on sustainability issues, and holding talks afterward by those experienced in the field.

“We really want to target people who are curious and have questions,” says Boo.

Thursday’s screening, “Farming the Future: Farm Life on Long Island,” for instance, is a 2005 documentary by Greenlawn resident and Emmy-winning producer Ron Rudaitis about the disappearing farming community on the East End of Long Island.

“We featured farms that were just hanging on in 2005,” says Rudaitis, and are no longer there.

WHAT’S SCREENING

MARCH 13

“Farming the Future: Farm Life on Long Island” features Willie Nelson and William Baldwin and examines farm life on Long Island, including its slow disappearance as land is sold to developers. Guest speaker will be Lawrence Foglia of Fox Hollow Farm, a sustainable farm and community- supported agriculture program in South Huntington.

MARCH 20

“Save Our Land, Save Our Towns” — A documentary follows newspaper reporter Tom Hylton as he examines the coast-to-coast cost of suburban sprawl and urban blight. Guest speaker is Eric Alexander of Vision Long Island, an organization that focuses on smart growth.

MARCH 27

“Gasland” — Filmmaker Josh Fox’s documentary focuses on the politics and perils of fracking. Guest speakers are Marriele Robinson of Long Island Progressive Coalition’s PowerUp Communities, and Eric Weltman from Washington, D.C., advocacy group Food & Water Watch.

APRIL 3

“I Am” — Tom Shadyac, director of films “Bruce Almighty” and “The Nutty Professor,” takes on the philosophical question of what is wrong with our world and how to make it better. He interviews some of the big thinkers of our generations, including Noam Chomsky and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Guest speaker is Arthur Dobrin from the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island.

APRIL 10

“An Inconvenient Truth” — The 2005 documentary by Davis Guggenheim on former Vice President Al Gore’s crusade to bring the term “global warming” to the country’s vernacular. Guest speaker is Jeanne Brunson from Climate Reality Project, a Washington, D.C., advocacy group founded by Gore.

APRIL 17

“In Transition 2.0” — A documentary highlighting people in needy communities who are working outside the existing social structure to better their world. The film also highlights community power stations, growing food in unlikely places and keeping businesses small and local. Guest speaker is Melissa Boo of Locally Long Island.

APRIL 24

“No Impact Man” — A New York City family embarks on a quest to live one year without having a net impact on the environment. Guest speakers are Amy Peters of Sustainable Sea Cliff Co-Op (a food co-op), Mary Callanan of Three Castles Gardens (a farm that grows in season and organically) and Annetta Vitale, who calls her homestead Reed Channel Farm.

Winter Movie Series

WHEN | WHERE 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through April 24 at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City

INFO 516-741-7304, locallylongisland.com

ADMISSION $15 ($12 students), includes light supper of soup prepared by Sweet to Lick Bakery of Williston Park, a partially organic business.

State Budget Inequality Teach March 1st, 2014

Talks by representatives of the New York State United Teachers, (NYSUT) the Alliance for Quality Education and the Long Island Progressive Coalition on Governor Cuomo’s proposed 2014 budget. The talks include the issues of education, fairness and inequality. The principal speaker was Mike Kink of NYSUT and a Q and A session is included.