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!