The need to #RaiseTheAge in New York is clearly shown in this Correctional Association of New York video:
For more information about the Raise The Age Campaign contact Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org
LIPC is the Citizen Action of New York (CANY) affiliate on Long Island.
The Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC) is a grassroots community-based organization founded in 1979, dedicated to promoting sustainable development, revitalizing local communities, enhancing human dignity, creating effective democracy, and achieving economic, social & racial justice. LIPC is the Citizen Action of New York (CANY) affiliate on Long Island.
Lisa Tyson, Director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition on Senator Dean Skelos Sentencing
“When it comes to having elected officials who are responsive to the needs of most New Yorkers, Dean Skelos embodies all that’s wrong with Albany. What’s worse than his crimes to enrich himself and his son is the legal bribery that happens every day at the Capitol. When Skelos was head of the Senate Republicans, he set the agenda – an agenda that put CEO and his own personal profits before the needs of ordinary New Yorkers.
As the prosecutor noted his actions have “eroded the public trust.” The public trust cannot be restored until we have a fair and just election system. This sentencing should be a clear message to Senator John Flanagan and the Senate that real election reform that takes big money out of politics and provides Long Island voters with the assurance there is transparency and accountability in the system.”
Yesterday, hundreds of protesters gathered in Patchogue to stand up to Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant hate speech.
Trump spoke at a GOP fundraiser at the Emporium, on the same street where Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant was murdered in a hate crime. Trump’s campaign is stirring up the same hate that led to Marcelo’s death and the violence committed against countless immigrants in our Long Island communities.
We came together yesterday to say that there is no room for xenophobia in Patchogue or on Long Island, that we value our diversity, and that we will not tolerate a Presidential candidate who aims to strip away the dignity of our immigrant communities.
We must stand together against the policies and practices that seek to demonize and criminalize immigrants.
Yesterday, Donald Trump hosted a campaign event at Grumman Studios in Bethpage to rally support for his xenophobic, misogynistic, racist, hateful rhetoric that threatens the progress we fight for every day.
As supporters entered the venue, hundreds of protesters gathered to send a clear message: Trump’s hateful platform does not represent Long Island. Chant’s ranged from “Get your hate out of our state!” to “The people united will never be defeated!” We stood together to show Long Island, our country, and the world that we do not tolerate threats against our families, our friends, our neighbors and our communities.
Donald Trump’s backward ideas on issues ranging from immigration reform to the economy are exactly the type of policies that we organize against every day. In order for us to keep building a better tomorrow we need the capacity to keep us going.
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Yesterday’s successful protest proved the LIPC’s organizing power. But we cannot do this without your help. A successful movement will need both people power and the funds to keep our operations going. With your help we can continue to grow Long Island’s progressive movement. A monthly donation as small as $5/month will help fuel the fight.
April 5, 2016
Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of the State of New York
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Honorable John Flanagan
Senate Majority Leader
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Honorable Carl Heastie
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Dear Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Flanagan and Speaker Heastie:
As faith leaders from many backgrounds, traditions and beliefs, we write to you united by our great concern for the future of children in our communities. Too many are being swept up into the adult criminal justice system and getting trapped in a cycle of poverty and crime. We all know children who have faced down difficult circumstances and rebuilt their lives. But the lack of age-appropriate interventions for 16- and 17-year olds in the adult system, as well as the heightened exposure they face to violence and abuse, is making it difficult and in many cases impossible for even the most intelligent and capable teens to become productive and successful members of our communities.
As a state, New York is failing these children. Today, we humbly ask you to raise the age at which children are automatically charged as adults. Currently, New York is one of two states where youth as young as 16 automatically end up in adult courts, jails and prisons.
Passing the raise the age proposal will enhance public safety and offer youth age-appropriate interventions (including, when necessary, incarceration).
In 2013, nearly 34,000 16- and 17-year olds were arrested and faced prosecution in the adult system – the vast majority for non-violent crimes. We should be better than that.
Adult prisons do not focus on rehabilitation, and are not designed to meet the needs of children. National studies show that young people confined in adult facilities are much more likely to face traumatic physical and sexual violence than those in juvenile facilities.
This lack of age-appropriate intervention and increased exposure to violence also leads to higher rates of recidivism and, as a result, higher costs for the justice system as a whole. Our current law sets young people up to become re-offenders: research has shown that young people who go through the adult system are much more likely to re-offend than those in the juvenile system.
From a public safety perspective, raising the age is about being both smart on crime and tough on crime – an approach that numerous law enforcement officials from around the state have endorsed. By creating a path to more positive outcomes for more children, raising the age would lead to crime reductions and help foster safer, more livable streets throughout the state.
Thank you for your consideration of this matter. We are ready to stand by you and move forward with this important policy change. It goes without saying that all New Yorkers will be better off under this approach.
Reverend Michelle Raysor, Connecting for Purpose
Reverend Thomas Humphrey, Long Island Men’s Center
Bishop Donald S. Hudson, Common Ground Christian Life Center
Pastor Carol A. Paynter, Smithtown United Methodist Church
Reverend Kate Jones-Calone, Setauket
Reverend Thomas Goodhue, Long Island Council of Churches
Pastor Sheila M. Bedford, Westbury United Methodist Church
Pastor Mark Musser, New Village Church
Reverend Dr. Tim Hoyt Duncan, First Presbyterian of Northport
Reverend Farrell Graves, All Souls Episcopal Church
Bishop Earnest Robinson, Long Island Breakthrough Center
Pastor Gregory Wilk, Abundant Life Church
Reverend James B. Rea, Jr., Bethany Presbyterian Church
Reverend Janice Moore-Caputo, North Shore Presbyterian Church of Great Neck
Reverend Karyn O’Beirne, Unitarian Universalist Society of South Suffolk
Pastor Frederick Woodward, First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn
Reverend Kymberley Clemons-Jones, Valley Stream Presbyterian Church
Reverend Eddie J. Jusino, First Presbyterian Church of Freeport
Reverend Dr.Tracie Saunders, Presbytery of Long Island
Reverend Scott Williams, Christ First Presbyterian Hempstead
Reverend Mark Tammen, Presbyterian of Long Island
Reverend Kenneth Graham, Presbytery of Long Island
Reverend Charles Coverdale, First Baptist Church of Riverhead
Reverend Cynthia Liggon, First Baptist Church of Riverhead
Reverend Chuck M. Cary D. Min, Westhampton Presbyterian Church
Reverend Charles Bell, Messiah Lutheran Church
Reverend Canon Richard D. Visconti, All Souls Episcopal Church
Father Andrew Koterba, St. Francis Polish National Catholic Church
Reverend John W. Kloepper, Phd., Presbytery of Long Island
Reverend Margaret Allen, Unitarian Universalist of Stonybrook
Reverend George A. Bynoe, Int’l Dream Team Christian Association
Reverend Dr. Jimmy Hulsey, First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown
Cantor Eric Schulmiller, Reconstructionist Synagogue of North Shore
Pastor Kyle Watkins, Safe house
Pastor Alex Bryant, E.P.H.O.D Ministries
Co-Pastor Dr. Teresa Bryant, E.P.H.O.D Ministries
For more information about how you can fight for economic justice on Long Island contact Olivia at email@example.com.
This past Tuesday, February 23rd, hundreds of Long Islanders gathered at the Yes We Can Community Center in Westbury to rally for a $15 minimum wage. The rally was part of the Drive for $15 bus tour sponsored by 1199SEIU. 1199SEIU President George Gresham is touring the state to speak bout the importance of a decent wage. Governor Cuomo joined the tour on Long Island to stand in solidarity with the workers and allies who are fighting tirelessly in the Fight for $15. Cuomo told the crowd that the minimum wage was not meant to merely be a wage that can sustain you, but a wage that can provide you with a decent living. Neither are possible on a minimum wage salary which translates into $18, 720 per year. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was present at the rally as well as several elected officials from the Nassau County Legislature and Town of North Hempstead. The Drive for $15 bus tour is part of the campaign to win a $15 minimum wage in this year’s state budget which will be finalized on March 31st. The raise would lift up 382, 236 Long Island workers and increase their spending power by nearly $2.5 billion.
To learn more about the campaign contact Olivia Santoro a 516-541-1006 x 12 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We invite you to join us on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Timber Point Country Club as we Celebrate 37 Years of the Long Island Progressive Coalition Fighting for Social and Human Dignity.
This year we honor:
JoAnn Smith, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County
Diana Coleman Award for Progressive Leadership
June and Ron Smith, NYSUT
Bill Pickering Labor Leader Award
Peter Gollon, Sierra Club of Long Island
Award for Environmental Vision in Sustainable Development
Daphne Marsh, Wyandanch PTA
Frank Scott Education Award
Susan and Ken Feifer
Long Islanders Who Have Made A Difference
David Gallo, Georgica Green Ventures
Long Islander Who Has Made A Difference
For more information and to register this event please visit us at https://lipcluncheon2016.eventbrite.com or see attachment. For further information please call John at 516-541-1006×10 or email at email@example.com
My time with the LIPC has been challenging, rewarding, overwhelming, and life affirming. Through the organization and its affiliation with Citizen Action of New York, I have met some of the most kind, inspiring, and thoughtful human beings I know. In a short period of time, I have come to be a more open, vulnerable, and compassionate person. In the world of organizing for social change, this type of growth is necessary for the job.
Progressive change occurs at a frustratingly glacial pace. Compassion, openness, and patience are required tools for organizers in the fight against the structural injustices that shape our world. In the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, organizers do the most important thing you can to combat these forces: try. The appreciation and respect I have for my colleagues serves as a constant source of motivation in my work.
Since graduating from SUNY Binghamton in 2013, I have tried to secure an organizing position. My new role as the LIPC’s Sustainability Organizer is the first opportunity i’ve been afforded to do this work full-time and I am grateful to be here. It takes a very particular type of person to do this work. Although I have not been organizing long enough to know if I really am that type of person, I am excited to find out. I have much more to learn; much more to grow; and much more to work towards.
As the Sustainability Organizer, I will build upon the success of PowerUp Communities, which has already brought energy efficiency to hundreds of neighborhoods throughout the Island; I will advocate for renewable energy projects including offshore wind and community solar; and I will work towards sustainability by creating dialogue, policy, and programs necessary to realize further systemic change.
Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas wields a light saber to symbolize her promise to weed out corruption.
In a crowded union hall on a cold blustery night in Nassau County, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas were given the “Champions in Fighting Corruption Award” from the Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC).
They each received their own light saber suitable for “Star Wars.”
“I’ve gotten a lot of awards over the years but I never got one of these!” Schneiderman told the appreciative audience with a laugh as he waved his toy saber through the air and pledged to take it back with him to Albany. Singas didn’t say if she intended to use her saber in Mineola.
Schneiderman and Singas were honored for their work exposing unethical practices by Nassau County and New York State elected officials and furthering ethics reform in state and local government. In their remarks, they pledged to carry on the fight.
The occasion was a cocktail party to benefit LIPC, a grassroots community-based organization founded in 1979, which is affiliated with the Citizen Action of New York.
“During an era when residents have lost their confidence in public officials, we are grateful that we have allies both statewide and locally protecting taxpayers and putting the people first,” said Lisa Tyson, LIPC’s executive director, at the Westbury headquarters of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, the largest grocery union in the state.
On hand was a who’s who of progressive activists, local labor leaders and Democratic politicians, including former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, who earlier in the day formally announced that he’s among the dozen candidates considering running for the open Congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills), and current Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville), who so far is the only one running against Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford).