Thank you to everyone who joined us at our general meeting last week! We are proud of what RaisingVoicesUSA has accomplished, and we hope you are as energized for the months ahead as we are.
Here's how you can take action and get involved this week.
Get caught up from our September meeting.
At our meeting on September 26, we provided a snapshot of everything we accomplished during the summer months and a roadmap for how we are moving forward as an organization. We also heard an inspiring presentation from Dr. Andrea Libresco from Hofstra University on the power of civic engagement. (And we did enjoy some sheet cake)! Read the minutes to get brought up to speed.
Attend an upcoming RaisingVoicesUSA event.
We'll be holding a park clean-up event on October 21 [?] at [need location] - bring family and friends to help beautify our green spaces!
And be sure to mark your calendar for our next general meeting on October 24, which will include a special panel with members of the Hispanic Brotherhood of Long Island [confirm name].
Get ready to vote in local elections in November.
With Election Day fast approaching in New York, it's important to get to know the candidates on the ballot. The RaisingVoicesUSA website has a number of resources to help you get informed:
A schedule of candidate forums being hosted throughout Nassau County. Candidate forums are an opportunity for you to hear directly from candidates about where they stand on key issues.
Candidate responses to our questionnaire on 5 critical issues for residents of the Rockville Centre area. [do we have a link for this?]
Links to organizations and resources with helpful information for voters.
Learn about New York State Amendment Proposals
In addition to the candidates, there are three key amendments on the ballot in New York State, including one that, if passed, would result in a constitutional convention.
Support hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico's infrastructure, and relief organizations are facing several challenges as they work to deliver aid and basic supplies to the region. American citizens in the region are in dire need of our help.
Keep raising your voice!
We know that raising your voice isn't always easy. But we also know that it works. Since RaisingVoicesUSA began last year, we have written thousands of postcards, made calls, visited our legislators, marched and demonstrated, and we have seen the results of our collective efforts as multiple efforts to repeal the ACA have been defeated and we have held our elected officials accountable for sensible immigration reform.
We're just getting started, and we'll continue to need your help! Visit our website for educational resources on our priority issues, information on how to get in touch with your elected officials, and materials to host your own postcard party!