Long Islanders Join Thousands in Albany for #CuomoWalkTheTalk


By Joe Tonini,

Monday April 23rd 2018, dawned bright and beautiful, a harbinger of what was to be a good day; good for environmental awareness, good for social justice. And, of course, good for the ongoing political education of Governor Andrew Cuomo. This was a day when thousands would descend upon Albany to tell the Governor to walk the talk on climate – to be the bold climate champion NYS needs by stopping all fracking infrastructure, moving to 100% renewable energy, and making corporate polluters pay.

Our Long Island bus was filled with folks from both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Ryan Madden, the Sustainability Organizer with LIPC – who did an excellent job of both planning our outing and coordinating the events of the day – gave us a briefing on the ride up to Albany. We had an early, delicious lunch as we approached Albany, and despite the challenging logistics it went off without a hitch. A huge thank you to Bhavani Jaroff of iEatGreen for providing the scrumptious food!

We departed the bus in the Sheridan Hollow neighborhood of Albany, a working class area and community of color that has been saddled with a fossil-fuel power plant for generations. We heard several speakers tell personal stories of living near this plant and of the poor health outcomes experienced by family members. Epidemiological data tells us of higher instances of cancer and asthma in areas adjacent to fossil-fuel power plants. It is one of thing to read of such problems, it is quite another to hear testimony from those directly affected.

Following the Sheridan Hollow rally, over 1,500 of us marched to the State Capital, and an enthusiastic group we were; with creative signage, and some marchers in creative attire as well (e.g. one woman’s outfit consisted of 500 single-use plastic bags). We rallied again in the shadows of the Capital, with speakers from several groups, emphasizing the need for Governor Cuomo to walk the talk.

The Governor has done some good things to help mitigate the effects of climate change. New York State has banned fracking under his leadership. He has committed to closing down the remaining coal-fired power plants in our state, with some provision for those whose jobs will be lost. NYSERDA during his time has become a powerful advocate for renewables. However, his support for the nation’s most ambitious climate legislation, the Climate and Community Protection Act has been tepid. How can he then lay claim to a mantle of an environmental champion and social justice advocate while building a new fracked-gas power plant in Sheridan Hollow?

Our day in Albany concluded with a spirited rally at the “million dollar staircase”, followed by 55 brave and committed souls who engaged in the time honored American tradition of civil disobedience, getting arrested for blocking entrance to the Governor’s office. We will continue to push Gov. Cuomo to walk the talk on climate. These events are energizing and they are fun too!

Free Monday talks at the Ethical Humanist Society

Peaceful communication, ethnic diversity and paths to humanism are topics to be explored at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island in Garden City. The informal free meetings and discussions will be held on November 7, November 21 and December 5. The discussions are facilitated by members of the Ethical Society and begin at 7:30 at 38 Old Country Road (at the western end of Old Country Road.

Although the sessions are free, registration is required. Call 516-741-7304 […] Continue Reading…

Tension on Long Island: One Community’s Response to Xenophobia in the Midst of Toxic National Dialogue

Long Island, New York found itself again at the center of national attention a few weeks ago as presidential candidate Donald Trump made plans to attend a Republican fundraiser in the village of Patchogue, in western Suffolk County. There’s a general accord on Long Island, albeit a tenuous one, between citizens and newcomers. In Patchogue, that accord disintegrated violently one evening in 2008 when Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorean immigrant, was fatally stabbed by a gang of seven teenagers who confessed to making sport of committing violence against the Latino community […] Continue Reading…

Locals Lobby for Cancellation of Trump Rally

The Long Island Progressive Coalition, along with many other local organizations, have called for a stop to the Long Island campaign of Republican candidate Donald Trump. These organizations are lobbying the Suffolk County Republican Party to cancel its upcoming Trump event and plan to protest throughout the week. The Trump rally will take place Thursday at the Patchogue Emporium.

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Join us on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 with Champions in Fighting Corruption on

The Long Island Progressive Coalition Invites You to a Cocktail Party Honoring

 Champions in Fighting Corruption 

NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas 

Tuesday, January 19th 5:30pm to 8pm
UFCW 1500, 425 Merrick Avenue, Westbury
Individual Tickets $50
Anti Corruption Crusader Sponsorship $1000
Anti Corruption Advocate Sponsorship $250
http://lipcevent.eventbrite.com or call 516-541-1006×10
or mail to LIPC, 90 Pennsylvania Avenue, Massapequa NY 11758

Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island: Should There Be Limits On Speech?

“Free Speech: Should There be Limits?” is the topic of a panel discussion to be held at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island on Sunday, June 21 at 11 am. The Ethical Society is located at 38 Old Country Road in Garden City (at the western end of Old Country Road, between Mineola Boulevard and Herricks Road).

Read the full article here

Garden City News Online: “Ethical Humanist Society to Present Social Justice Leadership Awards”

The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island is honoring three Long Islanders for their commitment to the betterment of the world-activist David Sprintzen, journalist Bob Keeler and legislator Michelle Schimel.

On Thursday, May 14, the three will receive the Ethical Society’s Social Justice Leadership Award at a dinner to be held at the Nassau County Bar Association, 15th and West Streets, Mineola at 6 pm.

Read the full article here

Interns Needed for 2015 at LIPC

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 2015.

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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

• Community empowerment in low income areas

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.

Contact the Dan Fingas our Organizing Director (516) 541-1006 x17 or email dfingas@lipc.org

 Please forward this email along to any interested students you know or contact Dan at dfingas@lipc.org with any names of progressive students who you think would be a match.

Power Up Your Home With PowerUp Communities

Powerup Communities event at Long Beach City Hall Monday, March 10, 2014 from 6-8 PM.

PowerUp Communities Event

Learn how you can save energy, save money and increase the comfort and value of your home.

PowerUp Communities will be speaking about the benefits of energy efficiency improvements, the process, the rebates and financing available, as well as the specific benefits that come with being a PowerUp Communities homeowner, such as an additional 5% discount. Representatives will be there to answer any questions and to help interested homeowners get started in the process.

PowerUp Communities connect homeowners with government funds, one-on-one support and certified contractors, in receiving energy-saving home improvements. In addition to cutting waste, reducing our carbon footprint and saving people money, PowerUp Communities sparks job and business opportunities-right here in our neighborhoods. The LIPCs PowerUp Communities is the local Community Based Organization contracted through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authorities (NYSERDA) Green Jobs Green New York (GJGNY) initiative.