September 17th Zoom Meeting, 7:30 pm


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Thanks to those voting, Rockland CAN endorses:

Ellen Jaffee, NYS Assembly  Volunteer

Elijah Reichlin-Melnick, NYS Senate   

Mondaire Jones, US Congress   Volunteer 

Hear from Mondaire Jones at our Sept. 17th Zoom meeting.

Defend democracy door-to-door in Pennsylvania!

Changing the Conversation Together is training teams for SAFETY FIRST DEEP CANVASSING

Learn this proven – and safety driven – technique for reaching reluctant voters in Pennsylvania, key to routing Trump.

Check out Changing the Conversation . Sign up today for this week’s info sessions.

A couple of Rocklanders have already participated.

September’s Meeting Agenda:

With less than 60 days until the Nov 3rd election, there’s much at stake. We’ll hear from:

  • Special guest Mondaire Jones on his historic bid for Congress, and the most pressing issues he’ll be fighting for in Washington
  • We’ll look at all the races in Rockland, why the stakes are so high, and how you can help.
  • How to Vote — it’s more complicated to vote safely this year. Get the details so that you can share with your friends, family, and neighbors.
  • Community Solar — Get the details from Sierra Club’s Peggy Kurtz, who will share next steps and how to make sure you’re in, if your community signed up.
  • Action Groups – updates on key issues that need our support and work: Racial Justice and Policing, Fossil Fuel Divestment, Education, and
  • Safety First Deep Canvassing in PA – to beat Trump, we’ve got to do more in PA.

Again, click the to RSVP, in order to receive the Zoom link via email. We look forward to seeing you on the 17th at 7:30 pm.

Click here to RSVP to receive the Zoom meeting link.

July 23, 2020 Virtual Meeting

Policing and Racial Justice in Rockland

  1.  VIDEO – compilation from recent social justice marches, rallies, vigils, and protests in Rockland
  2. POLICING – Marc Pessin
    1. History of policing and the New Jim Crow
    2. Rockland County Police – facts and figures
  3. VISIONS FOR CHANGE – Nana K. Adjei-Brenyah
    Policing: Harm Reduction vs Transformational Change – #8cantwait reforms vs #8toAbolition proposals
  4. LEGISLATIVE AGENDA: Report from Pascale Jean-Gilles
    1. This week’s legislation in Albany
    2. Bail reform and rollbacks – what’s happened so far?
    3. Cuomo’s Exec Order to implement police reforms
  5. DISCUSSION: Current Situation in Rockland
    1. Sheriff’s racist FB posts – Virginia Norfleet
  6. OTHER CURRENT ACTIONS/Announcements
    – Tuesdays at Spring Valley Police Dept – L’Tanya Watkins
    – Ida B. Wells Copwatch Collective – Weldon McWilliams IV
    1. Environment
    2. Voting – Election process

2019 Year-end Celebration – Thursday, Dec.19th

Join us to celebrate another year of education, activism, and advocacy for a healthy community, democracy, and planet.

Thursday, December19th

6:45-8:45 pm

West Nyack Library

Music, refreshments and good cheer!


All welcome.





Nov. 21 Picket in Albany for NYHealth Act – We Were There

Scores of people picketed the “NY Health Plans Assn.” industry group meeting in Albany on Nov. 21st, including several unions. Although refused entry to the meeting, we were seen and heard by the industry attendees – and the police detail brought in to keep us back. Watch this video of the Desnoyers family whose son was denied coverage for life-saving medication when he paid a $20 premium a few days late. We must keep pushing.

Nov 17, 2019

Election Follow-up and More

Thursday, November 21st

West Nyack Library

6:45-8:45 pm 
JOIN US for:

Election Results 2019 – Participate in spirited, collegial discourse with thoughtful and insightful review and analysis of local election results with other progressives. Join us Nov. 21st.

Election Integrity –  Elections must be secure, transparent and verifiable. NYS is about to finalize voting procedure/machinery. Are we sure our votes are secure? Get the timely facts from Julie Weiner, guest speaker from Citizens for Voting Integrity New York which has been working since 2006 to ensure that every vote is counted as cast.

Climate Strike –  We must be part of the global action. Help support and carry out a strong, effective strike in Rockland led by youth in Extinction Rebellion, plus Rockland Climate Alliance, and 350 NJ/Rockland. The strike is set for Friday, December 6th – mark your calendar for action.


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Plus announcements, actions, and 2020 preview. See you Thursday.

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

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.


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.