“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 e-mail 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 the Indivisible Project ( www.indivisible.org ).
To our LINC Family,
Two years ago a small group of concerned citizens came together to fight back against the Trump agenda. We started as a small, passionate, engaged group of activists and month after month, our numbers grew. Over the last two years we have met monthly, we have volunteered to help campaigns, we have held events on issues important to us and to the country, we have donated money, and calls; oh my God did we make calls.
Over the last two years we fought hard to save Obamacare and we fought valiantly in an effort to save the Supreme Court. We have marched, we have rallied, and we never ever gave up.
So now here we are. The midterms are over and, because of efforts like ours all over the country, a Big Blue Wave has swept the nation. By the time all the votes are counted, we will have taken 39 House seats, 7 Governorships, 330 state legislative seats (including our own Jim Gaughran) and Senate seats in Nevada and Arizona. Feels pretty damn good, wouldn’t you say?
But, and there is always a but, our work is just beginning. What we have started is just that, a start. We have learned an awful lot these past two years but the single most important thing we have learned is that change happens when we show up. Margaret Mead said it best: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Take a deep breath LINCers, then let’s get right back into the game. There are still children separated from their parents and living in cages. There are still asylum seekers being turned away at the border. California is burning and our environmental laws are being torn up. ICE is rounding up citizens and families are being torn apart through deportation. And every day issues like education, healthcare, funding of social security, Medicare, and Medicare – all of these are under assault.
Our next LINC meeting is December 9 at Temple Beth El in Huntington. We hope to see everyone there. We would like to celebrate all that we have accomplished and then begin to plan for the next election which is a mere 721 days away. Keep an eye on this space. We will be posting action items as they come to our attention and we will be asking everyone to get off the couch and into the game. These last two years were great practice for the main event, the presidential election. If you think we were successful this time, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Check the website regularly, join us at our events, come to our LINC meetings, but most important of all, we all must 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
December 11, 2018
LINC Events Committee Meeting
Panera Bread (Town of Huntington)
7:00 PM Tuesday
Jan 8, 2019
LINC Elections Committee Meeting
Panera Bread (Town of Huntington)
7:00 PM Tuesday
January 13, 2019
LINC Monthly Meeting
Temple Beth El
660 Park Ave, Huntington
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Discussion Group
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM General Meeting
(Special Guest: Jim Gaughran)