"Getting It Right on Immigration: What’s Working, What’s Next"
Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi and a panel of respected civic leaders will discuss immigration on Long Island and the principles needed to guide the debate on immigration reform.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
6:00PM - 8:30PM
1350 Old Walt Whitman Rd.
Melville, NY 11747
Thomas R. Suozzi
Nassau County Executive
Roger Clayman, LI Federation of Labor
Matthew T. Crosson, LIA
Chung-Wha Hong, New York Immigration Coalition
Sister Margaret Smyth, Hispanic Apostolate of the North Fork
Suman Raghunathan, Immigration Policy Analyst
Admission is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to 516-304-5642.
- 73% of Blacks said they view the quality of care on Long Island as a problem, compared to 47% of Whites.
- 45% of Blacks say the number of people without insurance is the single biggest problem that the health care system faces.
- Only 20% of Whites agreed; instead, their biggest concern is the cost of health care, according to the poll.
- Blacks are almost twice as likely as Whites - 79% compared to 41% - to support health care overhaul legislation that is based on proposals outlined by President Obama.
Blacks more critical of health care on LI
LIers want health care fix
Suffolk has since seen an unending pogrom against Latinos, including assaults, beatings, destruction of property, stabbings, and the murder of Marcelo Lucero. Stroking the wave of hate has been Levy with a series of legislative proposals and directives intended to make life miserable for Latinos.
Keep in mind that Suffolk has a Latino pop of 200,000. And Levy himself has a half dozen Latino lieutenants and another dozen who serve as advisors.
In other words, who needs enemies?
The film Farmingville captured the ugly '03 marker in the pogrom. PBS is making the full documentary film available online for free through 11/18/09. Watch the film and read the SPLCenter report Climate of Fear detailing anti-Latino violence of the Levy era.
Think about what has been allowed to happen in Suffolk, NY, in America in the 21st Century and share your thoughts and ideas here or privately (email@example.com).
Climate of Fear (SPLCenter) http://bit.ly/Pogrom
Firebomb Destroys L.I. Couple's Dreams (NYTimes) http://bit.ly/firebomb
Suburban Gangland, Young Lives Cut Short (NYTimes, June 19, 2009) is an article adaptation based Sarah Garland's book Gangs in Garden City about the rise of gangs on Long Island (Nation).
Here's an excerpt:
Picture: Michael Alguera, 15, known as Mikey, was fatally stabbed on a handball court at Hempstead High School, in January 2008.
The two rival gangs had appeared on Long Island around the same time in the mid-1990s, after the last of the white residents who built Hempstead into a bustling retail hub half a century earlier moved away and Hispanics filled the void. Mara Salvatrucha was formed by a group of older men, some of them veterans of the Salvadoran civil war, who were often victims of the village’s African-American gangs. They adopted the name from a gang gaining a reputation for ruthlessness in Los Angeles and Central America.
Salvadorans With Pride started as a civic organization, also with the intention of protecting members of Hempstead’s growing Hispanic population. The good intentions disintegrated when some of its members — most of them American-born — clashed with Mara Salvatrucha.
Francisco had never encountered gangs in El Salvador, but he joined Salvadorans With Pride the summer after his first year on Long Island. His new friends promised to end the teasing and bullying, and, like other teenagers, he wanted to fit in. Back at school in the fall, he learned that Jaime had joined Mara Salvatrucha.
The two tried to stay friends. They still passed notes in class. But Jaime was having trouble at home and disappeared from school for days at a time. Francisco had his own problems. He was fighting constantly with his mother, who felt like a stranger after their years apart. When Jaime disappeared for two weeks in December, Francisco worried, but did not go looking for him.
On Jan. 17, 2003, Francisco woke up to a phone call. Jaime, 14, had been stabbed three times by members of 18th Street, a gang affiliated with S.W.P. that had originated in Los Angeles. Jaime had died alone on the steps of the Long Island Rail Road station. Francisco was devastated, but he was too afraid to go to Jaime’s funeral. Instead, he watched the local news for a glimpse of the coffin.
Jackson Heights Poetry Festival
Poetry & Memory
June 18-20, 2009
June 18 6:30PM - 9:30 PM: Workshop
June 19 7:30PM - 10:30 PM: Open Readings
June 20 All Day: Outdoor Festival
Garden School, Jackson Heights, New York and
Terraza Cafe, 40-19 Gleane St. Elmhurst, New York
The film provides a glimpse into lives of youths rarely presented on traditional Long Island media. As one commentator wrote after watching the film's trailer on video channel:
LI 12 News does not show the real Long Island. Im glad to see we are slowly steppin up and introducing truth to the rest of NY.My Block is also about young African Americans from Long Island declaring their challenges, talents and dreams as no less legit or authentic than those of their counterparts in Brooklyn and Queens.
The My Block: Strong Island Trailer
My Block: Strong Island Teaser
My Block: Strong Island Extras
2 Uniondale High School alums to unveil film about LI
Click here for more information.
Northport’s 3rd Annual Plein Air Painting Event!
June 26th -28th
plein air; to paint outdoors in natural light
Once again the region’s most accomplished plein air painters will gather in Northport for the 3rd Annual Plein Air Painting Event.
On Friday and Saturday, June 26th and 27th, selected artists will be set up in locations throughout the village painting their interpretations of the scenery that is so unique to Northport.
On both days spectators can observe the creative process from start to finish and talk with the artists as they work.
Sunday, June 28th, will feature an exhibition and silent auction for the “wet” paintings at LaMantia Gallery.
Whitehead talks about his fourth book, which has already received a string of positive reviews. He also shares his summer reading list and suggests the next writer for the new Tell Me More summer reading series.
NPR Interview with Colson Whitehead
Excerpt: 'Sag Harbor'
I was born a Long Island Indian with strong roots to the area; who later found out I was Colored, Negro, Black, African American, and finally Native American in a town that defined my life.
The Colored Girl from Long Island
Wrong Side of The Tracks: An exclusive excerpt from The Colored Girl from Long Island by Sandi Brewster-walker.
Reluctant Neighbors: Relations between ethnic groups on Long Island haven’t always been happy. Here’s how they stand now.
Long Island Natives & Black Americans: Index of Individuals