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

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Recommended Reading: “Winning The Peace: The Post-Shutdown Challenge”

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by Richard Eskow

Article reposted from the Campaign for America’s Future

 

It’s a major victory. The shutdown has ended, the government isn’t defaulting (at least not yet), and Democrats didn’t yield in the face of threats and bullying. But what happens next could shape our fate for many years to come.

Congratulations are in order. President Obama vowed not to negotiate over the debt ceiling, and he was as good as his word. He stood up to the closet ideologues of the artificial “center,” the ones who unwisely argued that being the “adult in the room” meant surrendering to the tantrums of children.

Sen. Harry Reid’s tough talk was matched by equally tough action. (Reid also deserves credit for coining the phrase “banana Republicans,” as pithy a summation of their approach to governance as we’ve seen.)

Once and Future Losses

But the celebrations are premature. Yes, the public is furious at Republicans – Tea Partiers and plain-vanilla GOP extremists alike – for causing so much damage in pursuit of an ideology so far outside the political mainstream. Most Americans have rejected the things Republicans stand for: their values, their priorities and their apocalyptic economic vision.

And yet, unless something changes, this deal will bend the next few months’ deliberations along the same misguided lines that have guided our political discourse for years now. House and Senate members will be encouraged to come up with a “deficit reduction plan” – in other words, to impose another round of cuts just like those which have already wounded the economy and shredded millions of jobs.

That’s hardly cause for celebration. The conservative Peter G. Peterson Foundation estimates that the “crisis driven fiscal policy” of the past several years has resulted in the loss of 900,000 jobs. Discretionary cuts of the kind that will be urged upon Congress have already cost us 1.2 million jobs, according to the study, and have resulted in a loss of 0.7 percent from the GDP.

Remember, these estimates are on the conservative end.

Continue reading…

http://ourfuture.org/20131016/winning-the-peace-the-post-shutdown-challenge