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TPP has been STOPPED Thanks To You All

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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As we enter into a holiday weekend that is focused on giving thanks for the people and things that make our lives better, we want to say Thank You to our LIPC members and supporters.

While it’s been a trying time in the 2 weeks since the election we have seen renewed commitment and energy from the LIPC family.  This commitment to justice and willingness to do the hard work of organizing and activism on Long Island is crucial to any and all successes the progressive community has.

One of those BIG successes that has happened since Election Day is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  After years of hard work, the TPP has been stopped, knocked out by a mighty coalition of environmental, labor, health and community organizations that included many Long Island groups.

This was an against-the-odds victory in the face of massive corporate support for the TPP, vocal support from the Obama administration, and a real push from the Republican leadership in Congress.  With our efforts we were able to marshal a majority of members of the House of Representatives to block the passage of this catastrophic and dangerous trade bill.  On Long Island, we spent months pressuring Representative Lee Zeldin. Working closely with our labor and environmental allies we participated in a rally outside his office with hundreds of people, as well as a mock funeral for the jobs that the deal would cost. These public actions matched with lobbying and education of Rep Zeldin led to him breaking with party leadership and rejecting TPP.

This victory wouldn’t have happened without all of YOU.  Thank You for being active and vocal members of LIPC.  Thank you for standing up for Long Island and all of its people.  Thank you for willing to take on the important fights, there are many more to come.

This Thanksgiving the LIPC staff and board are thankful for all of YOU!

Stand Up to Trump’s Hateful Agenda!

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Pathogue Trump protest photo

The movement to fight Trump’s hateful agenda will take all of us. We need you to sign the pledge against his agenda and indicate what type of actions you are ready to take. An LIPC organizer will be in touch! Let’s get moving.

Will you join us?

We need to stand united against Trump’s racism, sexism, Islamophobia and homophobia. We must stand up to Trump’s plan to destroy our environment, social safety net and public schools. We must stand up to Trump’s economic betrayal that gives to the 1% at the expense of all of us, and stand up for peace, not war.

Sign the Pledge Now to Stand Up to Trump’s Hateful Agenda

Let the healing begin?

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

America has a new president, and his name is Donald J. Trump.

Lisa Tyson, president of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, thinks that this year’s vitriolic election has been an educational experience for many Americans, and not necessarily in a good way […] Continue Reading…

LIPC Director Lisa Tyson responds to charges of corruption against Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto

Friday, October 21st, 2016

MASSAPEQUA, NY – “How many more elected officials will be indicted before our leaders in the Albany finally take action?” said LIPC Director Lisa Tyson. “The announcement today of the indictments against Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto reveals more of the same pay-to-play culture we saw with the convictions of New York State’s former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and former Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver.

We call on every State Senator who has blocked campaign finance reforms and ethics reforms in the past to finally stand up to corruption and restore the confidence of the residents of Long Island. The people of Long Island do not have time for more excuses.

With the election just three weeks away, voters deserve to know where their Senate candidates stand on issues of campaign finance reforms and ethics reforms. Will another year go by with more inaction from the New York State Senate, or will our Senate leaders finally tackle Albany’s culture of corruption?

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Calls for Ethics Reform Get Louder on Long Island

Monday, June 13th, 2016

By Timothy Bolger and Michael Harris

Advocates and citizens frustrated with the avalanche of corruption scandals on Long Island and elsewhere in the state are rallying around the issue and organizing grassroots efforts aimed at pressuring lawmakers to be more ethical and transparent.

Local good government groups picketed last week outside the Long Island office of New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Smithtown), urging him to allow passage of ethics reforms for Albany lawmakers before the legislative session ends Thursday, June 16. And a New York City-based nonprofit last week announced that it’s suing LI municipalities that fail to turn over financial documents in a statewide citizen-led transparency initiative recently started in Nassau and Suffolk counties […]
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Presiding Officer Gregory Calls On State To ‘Raise The Age’ Of Criminal Responsibility

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory last week called on state lawmakers to reform the state’s juvenile justice system during a press conference with the Long Island Progressive Coalition in support of the “Raise the Age” campaign at the June 1 meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature in Hauppauge. 

New York is one of only two states in the country where 16-year-olds are automatically charged as adults in criminal court, the other being North Carolina. Raise the Age NY is a public awareness campaign that includes national and local advocates, law enforcement leaders, legal representative groups, faith leaders and unions that have come together to increase public awareness of the need to implement a comprehensive approach to raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York State […]

 

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Adult Prison is NO place for Kids

Thursday, May 12th, 2016
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 dfingas@lipc.org

Skelos Sentencing Statement

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

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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.”

No Room For HATE in Patchogue

Friday, April 15th, 2016

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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.

Here’s Some Press Coverage From the Protest:

News 12 Coverage

Newsday Coverage

WSHU NPR Coverage

Fios Coverage

MSNBC Coverage

Greater Patchogue Coverage

CBS News Coverage

CNN Coverage

CBS New York Coverage

Patch Coverage

Long Island Report

Long Island Press

LOVE Trumps Hate

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

“Get Your Hate Out of Our State”

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.

 

But his message was not met without opposition.

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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.

Will you make a donation to help fund the fight for a more progressive Long Island?

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.

 

Check out the Press Coverage from the Rally & Protest:

New York Times Coverage

NBC Coverage

ABC 7 Coverage

Newsday Coverage

Patch Farmingdale Coverage

NY Daily News Coverage