Give Today: $1500 in 5 Days Campaign

Dear Supporters,

I am happy to kick off Day 1 of our $1500 in 5 days campaign. The Long Island Progressive Coalition is ready to go into 2015 with renewed vigor and passion. Give today HERE and your gift will be matched.

When I started at LIPC, I could not believe the divide in different school districts, the lack of a universal healthcare system, and most importantly, the fact that Long Island residents are leaving in great numbers.  Since working at the LIPC, I have seen time and time again, how we’ve stood up for people and won.

With your help, we’re going to do it again in 2015. Our goal to raise $1500 by Friday, December 12th, 5PM to fuel our campaigns.

LIPC member David Calone will graciously be matching dollar for dollar all gifts received. That means your donation will be doubled.

Your gift will allows us to work towards helping to create more affordable housing on the island! It will insure that we will be there to makes sure each child on this island has an equal education! And it will provide that we will be there to tell our political leaders that we will not stand for corruption, for pollution, for an island with a declining infrastructure, an island where young and old are leaving in vast numbers because cause of a lack of jobs, a lack of affordable housing, and that we want fair elections now!

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When you see the LIPC Members, Board, and Staff with our Blue LIPC shirts, know we are rallying for you, we are the LIPC Blue Wave.  Join us to help launch the Long Island Progressive Coalition’s Blue Wave towards 2015.

 We thank you for your generosity over the years. Together we can make Long Island a better place.

In solidarity,

John H. Delaney

LIPC Office Administrative

P.S. The easiest way to give and have your gift matched is to give online HERE. But if you’d rather call we can be contacted at 516-541-1006 x10 with a donation or mail a check, please send it to:

LIPC
90 Pennsyvlania
Massapequa, NY11758

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.

How Will the Battle For Long Island Play Out Politically

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October 15, 2014

Recently the Long Island Press did an article about the competitive political races that can be found all over Long Island this year.  Lisa Tyson, LIPC Director was asked to weigh in for the story and her comments on this year’s race were:

Lisa Tyson, director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, said the election surveys did have a discouraging effect initially.
“People saw that Sienna poll and said, ‘Well, it’s over!’ But it’s not over! Republicans spend early, Democrats spend late,” Tyson told the Press.
As for the prospects of the Democrats gaining the upper hand in the state Senate, she admitted that Denenberg’s abrupt departure in September was “a huge disappointment. It was the surprise of the century for many of us. He was going to win that seat! Mr. Venditto is a really lucky guy.”
Still, Tyson held hopes that an agreement Cuomo made earlier this year at the Working Families Party’s convention that he would commit the handful of members of the Independent Democratic Conference to caucus with the Democrats in the state Senate would make a significant difference.
“We have not heard that that commitment has changed at all,” said Tyson, who is active in the WFP. “So, as long as that stands, I do believe that Democrats will be controlling the Senate.”
“It all comes down to the ground game and who’s inspiring voters more,” said Tyson, the local progressive coalition leader. “It’s not about mail and television. It’s about door to door—and that’s where Democrats succeed.”
 

Click the link below to read the full story:

http://www.longislandpress.com/2014/10/11/how-will-the-battle-for-long-island-play-out-politically/

 

LIPC Endorses Congressman Tim Bishop

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On October 9th, 2014 LIPC gathered with over a dozen other progressive groups to announce their endorsement for the reelection of Congressman Tim Bishop in the 1st Congressional District.

At the rally Lisa Tyson, Director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition stated “ Progressive organizations from labor, environmental, women’s rights, social justice, immigrant groups throughout Long Island came together today to show their support for a real progressive leader Tim Bishop. He has worked hard for Long Island families and seniors and we want to ensure Long Island has Tim for another four years.”

The network of progressive organizations in attendance with LIPC included: Communications Workers of America Local 1108, 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers East, LI Transgender Advocacy Coalition, New York Communities For Change, New York State Nurses Association, Make the Road Action Fund, NARAL, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Action Fund, RWDSU/UFCW Local 338, Sierra Club, SEIU 32 BJ, and Teamsters Joint Council 16.

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Long Island Progressive Unity Rally in Support of Adrienne Esposito for NY State Senate

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On October 2nd 2014, LIPC joined with a large group of aligned progressive organizations to announce their endorsement of Adrienne Esposito for NY State Senate in the 3rd district and urges its members to vote for Adrienne Esposito on November 4th.

At the rally Lisa Tyson, LIPC Director spoke at the importance of this endorsement rally. “Progressives of Long Island came together so the invisible Long Island voice could be invisible no more.  We are here carrying the message of the voiceless and electing Adrienne Esposito to the Senate will bring that voice to Albany.”  Tyson continued, “We need a fighter in Albany who will provide quality education for all students and finally pass fair elections legislation and Adrienne will do that.”

The network of progressive organizations in attendance with LIPC included: Communications Workers of America Local 1108, 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers East, LI Transgender Advocacy Coalition, New York Communities For Change, New York State Nurses Association, Make the Road Action Fund, NARAL, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Action Fund, RWDSU/UFCW Local 338, Sierra Club, SEIU 32 BJ, and Teamsters Joint Council 16.

Unity Rally

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.

Coalition Stands Against Budget Cuts

Education in New York has seemingly been under fire for the last several years; between numerous cuts in financial aid, mandated tax levy caps, and the rollout of the Common Core Learning Standards, the state and parents seem to be at war with one another over the direction education is taking…with the students haplessly caught in the middle of the raging debate.

The latest issue that New York communities are taking umbrage with is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recently released educational budget for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year, and parents and schools hoping for a respite from the tightening of the state’s purse strings we aghast at what amounted to yet another series of cuts.

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Views From 90 Penn- Celebrating 10 Years of Progressive Politics

 

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I recently found the program from the ten-year celebration of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, times have changed and maybe some names but the issues remain and we must continue to strive for results. There is work to be done still, in Affordable Housing, for Fair Elections, for developing Energy Efficient homes and Equal Education for all, in solidarity; we will make a better Long Island for the future.

March 15th is growing close and once again, it will be time to celebrate the Long Island Progressive Coalition. This year is our 35th year, as you, our members, our supporters, our brothers and sisters in the unions, our Board of Trustees, and my colleagues on staff both past and present, have worked so hard over the years in order to move Long Island Forward, let us celebrate our accomplishments.

I ask you to join us on March 15, 2014, to celebrate and honor those Long Islanders that have made a difference in the Progressive landscape that shape this island. If you cannot join us; I implore you to make a contribution to the LIPC, any donation allows us to grow and become stronger to fight for social, racial, and economic justice for you, our fellow Long Islanders and most importantly for the youth and the future.

I thank you all for your continued support and hope to see you in March: it is an event not to be missed.

Kind thoughts to all,

John Delaney
John H. Delaney

Administrative Director