August and September Meetings

Our August potluck dinner and meeting centered on The Mueller Report, with engaging analysis and discussion led by Jake Jacobs, and a delicious buffet repast on a rainy night. Thanks to our VP Susanne Kernan for hosting this delightful evening.

September’s meeting at West Nyack Library focused on voting reforms, with an in-depth exploration of election methods, especially ranked choice voting as a better way to derive satisfactorily representative results, ably presented by Jamie Ross; and a look at the history and current system of fusion voting in the US and NYS, with guests Nicole Doliner, Clarkstown rep to NYSDC, and George Albro, Co-Exec Dir of NYPAN , our umbrella organization.

 

Rockland CAN June Meeting – NYS Session Review & Gerrymandering Rockland

The 2019 state legislative session finishes on June 19th,  and there is still time to make calls, send emails, lobby, and finish the NYS session with energy and strength on issues including the NY Health Act, HALT Solitary Confinement, Climate and Community Protection Act. Then, join us the following day for:

Rockland CAN June Meeting
Thursday, June 20th,
West Nyack Library

7:00 pm- 8:45 pm

AGENDA
NYS Leg. Session Review – with special guest, Mike Grubiak, Regional Political Organizer for the New York State United Teachers, who will lead analysis and discussion on this session’s accomplishments, setbacks, outlook , and actions for the months ahead.

Civics 101: Gerrymandered Rockland, Past, Present, and Future – featuring a presentation by member Steve White on the ins and outs of the redistricting process, and how gerrymandering can curtail representation and justice.

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June 25th Democratic Primary Election
The new unified state and local primaries will take place.

CLICK HERE to see ALL of Rockland’s primary contests.
https://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/elections/2019/05/14/rockland-county-june-primary/3664562002/

Grassroots Heroes!

 

 

Join ROCKLAND CAN for NYPAN fundraiser “GRASSROOTS GALA”
THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 8th, 6-9 pm

Grassroots Heroes, Live Music, Food, Drinks, and Inspiration
Reserve Your Ticket – Click Here!

Friends,

By educating ourselves and taking action, we, the grassroots, have been instrumental in bringing about reforms in our local and state governments.  Celebrate with our statewide NYPAN coalition this Saturday at the Grassroots Gala on Washington Square with  Live Music, Food, Drinks, and Grassroots Heroes! More info and purchase tickets here.
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The 2019 state legislative session finishes on June 19th,  and there is still time to make calls, send emails, lobby, and finish the NYS session with energy and strength on issues including the NY Health Act, HALT Solitary Confinement, Climate and Community Protection Act. Then, join us the following day for: 

Rockland CAN June Meeting
Thursday, June 20th,
West Nyack Library

7:00 pm- 8:45 pm

AGENDA
NYS Leg. Session Review – with special guest, Mike Grubiak, Regional Political Organizer for the New York State United Teachers, who will lead analysis and discussion on this session’s accomplishments, setbacks, outlook , and actions for the months ahead.

Civics 101: Gerrymandered Rockland, Past, Present, and Future – featuring a presentation by member Steve White on the ins and outs of the redistricting process, and how gerrymandering can curtail representation and justice.

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June 25th Primaries
24 days from now the new unified state and local primaries will take place. Rockland Democrats have a 4-way county-wide race for District Attorney, with candidates Victor Alfieri, Patricia Gunning, Thomas Walsh (Republican & Conservative nominee), and Kenneth Zebrowski to appear on the June 25th ballot.

CLICK HERE to see ALL of Rockland’s primary contests.
https://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/elections/2019/05/14/rockland-county-june-primary/3664562002/

Hope to see you June 8th for a lovely evening on Washington Square, and June 20th in W. Nyack Library. 

And join the Spring Valley Young Adult and Civic Engagement Committees for
CELEBRATE! Reserve Here

Who’s Getting Schooled? Who Isn’t? Find Out Thursday!

April Meeting:
POLITICAL FORCES are at play affecting children, education, life in Rockland County, and the entire state. Don’t miss this eye-opening examination of the facts:

Who’s Getting Schooled?
And Who Isn’t?

Special Guests: YAFFED, featuring Naftuli Moster, Executive Director of Young Advocates for Fair EDucation and other yeshiva-educated members whose brilliant work fighting for fair and equitable education in religious schools has had a major impact on academic standards legislation and enforcement statewide. Hear firsthand from those denied an education, and get the latest on YAFFED’s quest to ensure that all students receive critical tools and skill sets needed for long-term personal growth and self-sufficient futures.

Special Guests: Eric Goodwin and Ashley Leveillecandidates for school board in the East Ramapo School District, will describe the latest on public education there, local forces at work, and what people are doing to fight for educational rights.

Thursday, April 18th, 6:45-8:45 pm
Finkelstein Library
Spring Valley

March Meeting: Thursday, March 21st, NANUET LIBRARY, 6:45-8:45 pm

Understanding Government for Advocacy & Campaigns

Join us for a special one-hour workshop on how government works, and grassroots tools for enacting government accountability – federal and state funding; lobbyists; opposition research, regulatory appeals, and more.

Action groups and more to be announced.

 

 

 

 

Health Care for ALL Reaches Out

At the Feb. 10th People’s Info Forum “Health Care for ALL”,  Rockland CAN members – a physician, small business owner, a grandmother, and a young woman with chronic health condition – shared their personal reasons for supporting universal, singe-payer health.  Special Guest, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, lead sponsor of the NY Health Act, explained how under the NYHA there would be more access, expanded coverage, and improved care at less cost than now,  and he answered  every audience question with aplomb.

The opposition was explored with a video from the Business Initiative for Health Policy [find & watch their excellent videos below].  Actions everyone can take to find out more and spread the word to fellow NYers, legislators, and the governor can be found at the Campaign for New York Health:

www.nyhcampaign.org

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