March 26: Long Island Community Events- LIPC Annual Luncheon

Saturday March 26th 2011, from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM

Timber Point Country Club in Great River
Great River Road, Great River, NY 11739

COST: Tickets are $75 each or two for $125

The Long Island Progressive Coalition, the local affiliate of Citizen Action New York.
Is celebrating their 32nd Anniversary at their Annual Luncheon. Honorees include: New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Congressmember Timothy Bishop with the Paul Gutierrez Award for Contributions to Human Dignity. The Bill Pickering Labor Leader Award will be going to Timothy Lynch of Teamsters Local 1205. The award for Environmental Vision in Sustainable Development is going to Elisabeth Fiteni from the Sustainability Institute of Molloy College. Long Islanders who have made a difference include: Florence Capers from the Wyandanch Education Committee, Town of Huntington Councilmember Glenda Jackson, Laura Mallay from Residents for Efficient Special Districts and Luis Valenzuela from the Long Island Immigrant Alliance. Jan Hickman will be honored as LIPC volunteer of the Year.

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The Long Island Progressive Coalition is a 32-year old organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development, revitalizing local communities, creating effective democracy, enhancing human dignity, and achieving economic, social justice and racial justice.

Jonathan Grindell Bio

Jonathan Grindell was born in the Five Towns and spent his high school years in Long Beach.  He became inspired by social justice struggles during his time as an undergrad student at Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a BA in Telecommunications.  His inherent feminism eventually led him to embrace animal liberation.

While at Penn State, Jonathan was also a part of The Village.  The Village formed after the school administration was not actively confronting racial death threats aimed at students of color.  As a result, he was involved in the occupation of the student union building for a 9-day period that led to more diversity programs being offered by the university.

Jonathan joined the Peace Corps to promote Sustainable Development in Nicaragua.  Following his service, he was accepted into Arizona State University’s Global Technology & Development graduate program where he earned his MS in Science & Technology.  His master’s thesis examined the notion of global community and how technology enables community members to organize without borders.  His case study was the animal rights movement.

Currently, Jonathan volunteers with Long Island Food Not Bombs.  He helps pick-up and distribute food to the hungry each Sunday in Hempstead.
Jonathan joined the staff of LIPC in March of 2007, where he is currently working on the Repowering Campaign. Jonathan can be reached at 516-541-1006 ext.15 or