Jun
14
5:00 PM17:00

Keeping Families Together Rally

Join TWWLI, ATLI, New York 2nd District Democrats, Suffolk Progressives, LIICAH, Bayshore-Babylon Women's Huddle, LIA, Indivisible of RVC, Raising Voices and other sponsoring groups to follow for a rally standing against the inhumane practice of separating children from their parents at the border. Please come and show your support for this important action. More information here.

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Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly General Meeting - June 2018

Universal Healthcare: If They Can Do It, Why Can't We?

Examining the ways other countries achieve universal healthcare can inform how we might improve our own fractured healthcare system, which leaves tens of millions of U.S. residents uninsured and underinsured each year, and ranks at the bottom of developed nations in terms of declining health outcomes and life expectancy.

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Jun
8
to Jun 10

Pride on the Beach

Long Island Pride returns to the beach June 8-10, 2018 for the biggest weekend of events in its 28 year history. Be sure to check out the full listing of events, and get your VIP tickets now before they sell out!

Although we aren't marching as a group, we will be heading to Long Island Pride to connect with our friends from Pride for Youth, HRC, Moms Demand Action, and Together We Will Long Island among others.  All are welcome to the March as well as the full weekend of Long Island Pride events!  Find out more here

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May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly General Meeting - May 2018

"How to be an LGBTQ Ally"

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Ahead of Pride Month this June, join us to learn more about current state and federal laws and protections, and hear from Scott Petersen from Pride for Youth, and other community members who will share their own experiences, challenges, and suggestions for how we can help amplify the voices of the LGBTQI community.

RSVP today to info@raisingvoicesusa.org

 

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May
3
12:00 PM12:00

May 3rd National Day of Action

Join the May 3rd National Day of Action With Jericho Walk Toolkit

The New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC is planning a National Day of Action on May 3, 2018 to stand in solidarity with all those opposing deportation and detention. Starting at the same time across time zones, groups across the country will organize a peaceful action known as the Jericho Walk.

The Jericho Walk is a silent interfaith prayer and act of solidarity. The walk draws inspiration from the Battle of Jericho, in which the community marched around the city of Jericho seven times, causing the city walls to fall. The Jericho Walk of today is a silent, peaceful, and prayerful walk to bring down the walls of our unjust immigration system and is open to people of all or no faiths. The New Sanctuary Coalition has organized Jericho Walks nearly every Thursday since 2011, typically surrounding the federal immigration buildings in New York City. Now we want to encourage Jericho Walks across the country where other immigrant activists and families have been targeted.

Join us! If you’re interested in organizing a Jericho Walk on May in your community, please let us know and download Jericho Walk Toolkit to start planning.

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Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Event - "Don't Just March, Run For Something!"

Come join Raising Voices at Turn of the Corkscrew bookstore in Rockville Centre for an interview with Amanda Litman, author of "Don't Just March, Run for Something!"

Amanda Litman will be joining us to talk about her book Run for Something. Litman is the co-founder and executive director of Run for Something, a PAC that helps recruit and support young, diverse progressives running for down-ballot office.

Previously, she was the email director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, digital director for Charlie Crist’s 2014 Florida gubernatorial campaign, deputy email director for Organizing for Action, and an email writer for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

Raising Voices member, Cindy Vaupel, will be interviewing Amanda for this event. Cindy Vaupel is co-founder of RaisingVoicesUSA, a grassroots organization formed after the November, 2016 presidential election with a mission to engage, educate, and empower community members toward informed civic action. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from Adelphi University, where she worked as an admissions counselor, event planner, copywriter, and marketing professional.

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Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly General Meeting - April 2018

From the island of plastic floating in the Pacific to the plastic bags caught in our trees - if you’re concerned about the environmental mess we’re leaving future generations, come to our General Meeting on Wednesday April 25th and learn what local people are doing now to help save our planet.

Reduce, Refuse, Reuse, Recycle, Remove!  There are lots of ways to become a part of this growing movement and raise your voice for the earth!

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Apr
21
9:00 AM09:00

Rockville Centre Mill River Park Clean-Up

Join the Mayors Youth Task Force and the RVC Conservancy this Earth Day. Volunteers will be cleaning up the shorelines of Mill River on April 21, 2018 at 9 a.m. If you would like to be a part of the cleanup, please visit www.rvcconservancy.org.

The Mayor’s Youth Task is made up of over 100 residents in sixth grade through college who volunteer their time to help their fellow neighbors. Volunteers have been completing a variety of tasks around the Village including cleaning up in the downtown business district and on the playing fields weekend mornings, planting and weeding designated areas in the village, coordinating food and clothing drives,
and pitching in at the Sandel Senior Center. 

The RVC Conservancy group is made up of Rockville Centre Residents, volunteering their time to make a difference in the RVC community. Their mission is to identify local public spaces which need attention, gather volunteer support and private funding, and work with our village government to restore and enhance its trees, parks and public spaces.

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Mar
24
11:00 AM11:00

March for our Lives

Please click here for the most up-to-date information. Click here to find a March For Our Lives location near you.

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.

March with us in Washington DC or march in your own community. On March 24, the collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard. 

"Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives. 

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns.  March For Our Lives believes the time is now. 

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard. 

School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing.  The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues.  No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country. 

Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear. 

It doesn’t have to be this way. Change is coming. And it starts now, inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future. Their young voices will be heard. 

Stand with us on March 24. Refuse to allow one more needless death.

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES!

We can't ignore the issues of gun control that this tragedy raises. And so, I'm asking -- no, demanding -- we take action now."
--Cameron Kasky

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Mar
23
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly General Meeting - March 2018

6:30 p.m.: Art Show & Poster Making
View art submissions inspired by RaisingVoicesUSA, then make your own! Join us for poster-making ahead of Saturday's March for our Lives. We'll provide poster board and markers — come with inspiration, bring your friends, and stay for our general meeting.
 
7:30 p.m.: General Meeting
"These Times Will Make Activists of Us All: How young people are finding and raising their voices."
From DACA to #MeToo to gun violence, young Americans are turning to activism in numbers that echo the heyday of the 1960s. Join our conversation with local youth and hear what's on their mind and what they're doing about it, plus get advocacy tools and tips to fuel your own activism. 

All community members are invited to join us, and high school and college students are especially welcome to join the conversation.

RSVP to info@raisingvoicesusa.org

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Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly General Meeting - February 2018

Black History Month Celebration: "The State of Black Long Island"

Presented by our Unity & Diversity Committee

At our February general meeting, we will welcome Theresa Sanders, CEO and President of the Urban League of Long Island, who will speak on "The State of Black Long Island." The discussion will emphasize inclusive growth and how, by supporting each other, we all can grow. An audience Q&A will follow.

Join us before the discussion for a social meet & greet at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served!


About Theresa E. Sanders

Theresa E. Sanders has been a C-Suite Executive for over twenty years. As Urban League of Long Island President and CEO, Ms. Sanders has developed direct service programs that help infuse millions of dollars into the regional economy, by empowering individuals to become economically self-sufficient and socially consciouscommunity members.

Ms. Sanders holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, a Master’s of Science in Instructional Technology from the New York Institute of Technology and is currently completing her Doctorate in Education Leadership at St. John’s University.

Ms. Sanders is an adjunct professor at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, and serves as Chair of the Board at Suffolk County Community College.

In addition, Ms. Sanders is a member of the Executive Committee for the Long Island Regional Planning Council, a member of the Hall of Fame for Long Island Business News’ Top 50 Women and an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

 

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Jan
20
9:15 AM09:15

RVUSA at the 2018 Women's March

Grab a friend and start making your plan to join us at the second annual Women's March in NYC!

RaisingVoicesUSA members marched together in 2017, and we'll be bringing a group to this year's march as well. All are welcome and are invited to meet us at one of the meeting times/locations listed below:

  •  9:15 a.m. at the Rockville Centre LIRR station - we will be taking the 9:33 a.m. train as a group.
  • By 10:30 a.m. near the McDonalds inside Penn Station (east end of the station, near the 1/2/3 subway entrance)

If you'd like to march on your own or with another group, here are the details you should know:

  • The New York City March  is scheduled from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 20.
  • The starting entrance point for the march is at Central Park West and 72nd street.
  • The opening rally will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Central Park West, between 61st and 62nd streets.
  • From there (starting at about 12:30 p.m.) we will march past Columbus Circle, turning east on 59th Street, then down 6th Avenue to 43rd Street. 

The current route map is below (provided by the Women's March Alliance - be sure to follow on Facebook to get the most up-to-date information!)

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We encourage you to register and let the organizers know you're attending to help them inform the NYPD about how many participants they should expect.

If you'll be marching, we also encourage you to join us for a sign-making party on January 19.

Other ways to get involved:

More questions? Read the official FAQ or feel free to contact us at info@raisingvoicesusa.org.

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Jan
19
7:00 PM19:00

Sign-Making for the 2018 Women's March

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Join us to make signs and posters for this year's Women's March in NYC. Basic supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own and join us for an evening of crafting and conversation!

And don't forget to make your plans to march on January 20 - RaisingVoicesUSA will be bringing a group and all are welcome to join us. Learn more about the march.

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Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

Evening of Advocacy: Immigration & The 1/19 DACA Funding Deadline

While immigration reform is being debated daily in Washington, D.C., the future of DACA remains uncertain. The deadline for the government to restore DACA funding is January 19, which means a bill will likely move through Congress sometime this week.

Join us at an Evening of Advocacy on Immigration, where we'll present an overview of the current situation and review how to text, email, and call your elected officials to raise your voices on immigration.

Check out our information and resources on immigration to prepare to raise your voice!

RSVP to info@raisingvoicesusa.org


Can't attend our evening of advocacy? Find your legislator's contact information on our website and be sure to call, email, and tweet them to ensure they hear from you before a vote!

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Dec
18
7:00 PM19:00

RaisingVoicesUSA Holiday Party

Join us for a holiday gathering with RaisingVoicesUSA members! We'll be collecting toys in support of the Hispanic Brotherhood, Inc. toy drive, and non-perishable food items for the Temple's food pantry.

Bring a snack or dish for us to share, and enjoy a live band as we celebrate our year and look ahead to 2018!

RSVP online now or email us at info@raisingvoicesusa.org

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Nov
29
7:30 PM19:30

RVUSA General Meeting & Healthcare Presentation

During our November general meeting, RaisingVoicesUSA will host the first in a series of discussions about healthcare and healthcare coverage in the United States. 

7:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. - General Updates

Updates from RaisingVoicesUSA working groups

7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. - Panel Discussion: The New York Health Act

Our keynote speaker, New York State Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, Chair, Assembly Committee on Health, will discuss his signature healthcare legislation, the New York Health Act, which provides for single-payer coverage in the State of New York.

A Q&A with Chair Gottfried and a general discussion will follow.
 
To RSVP for this event, please email us at info@raisingvoicesusa.org

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Nov
7
9:00 AM09:00

NYS General Election

NEW YORK STATE:

GOVERNOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR COMPTROLLER ATTORNEY GENERAL NYS SENATE:
63 STATE SENATORS

(CURRENTLY: 32 DEMOCRATS; 31 REPUBLICANS)

NYS ASSEMBLY:

150 STATE LEGISLATORS (CURRENTLY: 107 DEM; 43 REP)

UNITED STATES CONGRESS
SENATE:
KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND, NY
[NY Sen. Chuck Schumer is up for re-election in 2022] HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
ALL REPRESENTATIVES 

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