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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Advocates: Revenue from legal marijuana should benefit victims of war on drugs

By News 12 Staff (March 9, 2021)

Supporters of the legalization of recreational marijuana gathered outside the office of state Sen. Jim Gaughran in Syosset on Tuesday, saying the time is now for the state to take up the issue just weeks before the budget is due.

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

By longisland.com (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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Shinnecock Nation Feeds Needy While Fighting For Economic Parity

By Lisa Finn

Members of the Shinnecock Nation, participating in “Sovereignty Camp 2020″— a month-long occupation of original aboriginal territory on Sunrise Highway in Hampton Bays to shine a light on the need for the tribe’s economic advancement — will take time to give back to the needy on Wednesday.

“Sovereignty Camp 2020: Food Drop (The Lawsuit!) takes place Wednesday beginning at noon at the large unbuilt monument sign on Sunrise Highway, where the encampment is set up.

The event is hosted by the Warriors of the Sunrise, the Long Island Progressive Coalition, Cooperation LI, and both Suffolk and Nassau chapters of the Democratic Socialists of America.

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Solar energy sector gets reboot with new installations at Riverhead church

By Newsday

In one small signal of a gradually rebounding renewable energy sector in the COVID-19 era, contractors this month completed a 405-panel solar-energy system on the roof of an elementary school of the Grace Episcopal Church in Riverhead.

The $216,000 system, capable of producing 85.5 kilowatts, enough to power around 15 homes, was paid for by the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, along with a $20,000 grant from the San Diego-based nonprofit Left Coast Fund. The system was built by contractor SUNation Solar Systems of Ronkonkoma as part of a PowerUp Solar Long Island initiative by the Long Island Progressive Coalition and Resonant Energy.

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Nassau County minority legislators focus on county map

By Long Island Herald

The Democrats in the Nassau County Legislature are asking for changes in how the county’s legislative map is drawn. They may be a little early, since redistricting will not be considered until 2023, but ensuring equal representation for every resident is on their minds, they say, and since they are in the minority, it probably is never too soon to at least start a discussion.

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