“Ordinary people committed to action in extraordinary times”
(Indivisible guide)

On the morning of November 9th, 2016, millions of Americans awoke in shock and disbelief – Donald J. Trump was our president!  We knew that simply keeping up with the news and posting on social media would never be enough to resist his agenda, so a group of about 25 friends in Huntington, New York, decided to meet and discuss specific actions we could take.  We gave our group a name, Long Island Network for Change (LINC). Monthly meetings were scheduled and we wrote a mission statement:

To be a force for social, racial, economic and environmental justice through personal engagement, education and political action.

Since then, LINC membership has grown dramatically.  Although we’ve accomplished much, the critical work has just begun.  This year, throughout the country, thousands of grass root groups like LINC are working passionately and in coordination to elect as many progressive candidates as possible in November.  That’s just one of our goals among many.  Here is what we do:

  1. Endorse and campaign for local and national candidates whose goals coincide with LINC’s mission statement.
  2. Advocate for relevant issues with elected officials through telephone calls (there’s a script).
  3. Present community forums on voting rights, upcoming elections, racism, the environment and much more.
  4. Initiate strategically timed letter writing and e-mail campaigns.
  5. Publicize and distribute up-to-the-minute action alerts.
  6. Attend and speak up at town hall meetings, rallies, and demonstrations.
  7. Meet monthly to strategize and take action.

LINC is an active social action group:  We march, we call, we write, we meet.  Everyone is invited to our meetings.  We welcome new members.  If you have read this far, we hope you have decided to join us.  We need your energy, enthusiasm and ideas.

LINC is a member group of the Indivisible Project ( www.indivisible.org ).

ACTION ITEMS

Week of 10/21/18

 

 There are 16 days left until the November midterms.  16 DAYS.   We need to keep doing what we have been doing these past weeks.  We need an all-out push to take back the House and hopefully the Senate. All of us need to sign up for canvassing, phone banking (at home or in a centralized location) and texting.   If we have the funds, we need to donate to candidates so that they are able to get their messages out.  And when there are vigils, protests, campaign events and/or debates, we need to show up.

 Help Candidates

The following are contact information for candidates we hope to push across the finish line in just 16 days:

Liuba Grechen-Shirley, contact Mark Guarnaccia at  mark@liubaforcongress.com

Jim Gaughran, contact Mario Ferone at  marioferone@gmail.com . 

Perry Gershon, contact Janet Singer at  Jansinger152@gmail.com . 

Kathleen Cleary, go to  https://clearyforsenate.com   and log in. 

These folks will assist whatever efforts you can give to their campaigns.

 Election Canvassing

LINC would  like to make Sundays, from now until the election, canvassing days.  Please email jlkaufman22@gmail.com  to be part of this effort.  This Sunday we will be GOTV for Liuba Grechen-Shirley.  If you will be canvassing, please download “minivan touch”https://www.ngpvan.com/go/minivan )  from the app store.  This will make your canvassing much, much easier.

Get Out the Vote

We also see GOTV opportunities in and around Huntington.  Taking voter registration forms to the train station and Game Nights and Cult Nights at the Huntington Cinema are just a few examples.  Contact Abby Pariser at  abbypariser@gmail.com  to see how you can help.

 

 16 DAYS people.  Now is the time to get up off the couch and into the game.  I know we are tired and frustrated and angry and sad, often all at the same time, often all day long.  But 16 DAYS is doable.  We must take action and we must take action now.  There is no better time or more urgent reason to stay active my friends.

As always,  please do not forget, if you are interested in participating in The Rapid Response Network in Huntington, please call The Huntington Rapid Response Network at 516-387-2043 to see how you can get involved.  There are many opportunities – Distributing Know Your Rights information, Accompanying people to court, community witnessing, and taking calls for their hotline, to name just a few.

Meetings & Events

 

Get in Touch!
For questions or to join our listserve:
email Brian Whitehead at Whiteheadfb@gmail.com