“Ordinary people committed to action in extraordinary times”
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:
- Endorse and campaign for local and national candidates whose goals coincide with LINC’s mission statement.
- Advocate for relevant issues with elected officials through telephone calls (there’s a script).
- Present community forums on voting rights, upcoming elections, racism, the environment and much more.
- Initiate strategically timed letter writing and email campaigns.
- Publicize and distribute up-to-the-minute action alerts.
- Attend and speak up at town hall meetings, rallies, and demonstrations.
- 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 Indivisible.
Week of 8/12/18
There are 86 days left until the November midterms. 86 DAYS. Here is what needs to be done. 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 centralized locations) 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.
The following are contact information for candidates we hope to push across the finish line in just 86 days. To volunteer to help Liuba Grechen-Shirley, contact mark Guarnaccia at Mark@liubaforcongress.com. For Jim Gaughran, contact Mario Ferone at email@example.com. For Perry Gershon, contact Janet Singer at Jansinger152@gmail.com. For Kathleen Cleary, go to Kathleen Cleary for Senate and log in. These folks will assist whatever efforts you can give to their campaigns.
LINC would also like to make Sundays, from now until the election, canvassing days. Our thinking is to canvass from 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. I would be happy to arrange groups, you will not be sent out alone, so simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to be part of this effort. If you will be canvassing, please download “minivan touch” from the app store. This will make your canvassing much, much easier.
Along with all of our other efforts, we need to GOTV. LINC will be going to the Farmer’s Market in Huntington on Sunday mornings to register voters. If you would like to be part of this effort, text Robin Obey at 631-495-3491. We also see GOTV opportunities at The Huntington Cinema during Game Nights and Cult Nights. Contact Abby Pariser at email@example.com to see how you can help.
86 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 86 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. Those kids separated from their parents who spent last night sleeping in cages – they are counting on you to get the job done.
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
August 27, 2018
Democrats, Postcards and Wine
Join the Young Democrats and Team Steve Stern
22 Barrow Ct., Huntington
August 29, 2018
Wine and Cheese Voter Education
Join Jim Gaughran in conjunction with Indivisible Glen Cove, Get2Work and LINC
8 Washington Ave, Plainview
September 16, 2018
LINC Monthly Meeting
Temple Beth El, 660 park Ave, Huntington
Discussion Group: 2:00-3:00 P.M.
General Meeting: 3:00-5:00 P.M.