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Politics 101 – TWWLI Workshop

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry ( ann-parry.com )
April 2, 2017

Last Sunday, when I entered Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church in Wyandanch and saw the stage had a huge banner above it with the message  “to believe  – to belong  – to be compassionate,” it struck me as a fitting place for the Together We Will Long Island (TWWLI) group to hold their Politics 101 Activists Training workshop.

Wyandanch, New York, USA. March 26, 2017. L-R, SUE MOLLER, an administrator of Together We Will Long Island, introduces and shakes hands with LAURA CURRAN, Nassau County Legislator (Dem. - District 5), who is about to speak at Politics 101 event, the first of series of activist workshops for members of TWW LI, the Long Island affiliate of national Together We Will. Curran is a Democratic candidate for Nassau County Supervisor. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Wyandanch, NY, USA. March 26, 2017. L-R, SUE MOLLER, an admin of Together We Will Long Island, introduces LAURA CURRAN, Nassau County Legislator (D – D 5), a speaker at Politics 101. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

And more to the point, this location that Suffolk County Legislator DeWayne Gregory helped secure for the event checked three crucial boxes: it safely accommodated at least 70 people (in fact, it could fit hundreds); it was reasonable for members coming from Nassau and Suffolk Counties; and it was free.

Wyandanch, New York, USA. March 26, 2017. At podium, DuWAYNE GREGORY, Presiding Officer and Suffolk County Legislator (Democrat - District 15), is speaking at Politics 101 event, the first of series of activist training workshops for members of TWW LI, the Long Island affiliate of national Together We Will. Speakers seated right of him are, L-R, LAURA CURRAN, JAY JACOBS, and LAUREN CORCORAN-DOOLIN. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, FromLongIsland.com)

Wyandanch, NY, USA. March 26, 2017. At podium, DuWAYNE GREGORY,  Suffolk County Legislator & Presiding Officer (D – D15), speaks at TWWLI’s Politics 101. Speakers seated right of him are: LAURA CURRAN, JAY JACOBS, & LAUREN CORCORAN-DOOLIN. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann Parry.com)

TWW Background

TWW, which began in late 2016 and is run by volunteers, has four Core Values: to have Strategic Impact, Respect, Solidarity, and to Cultivate Action.

Since it began in January, TWWLI had been focusing mainly on making its concerns clear about Trump’s Cabinet appointees, Executive Orders, and ACA repeal & replace to Long Island’s federal elected officials.  The group’s approaches include organizing protests; sending messages; participating in Town Halls (of reps who hold them); and visiting the Long Island offices (if access permitted) of U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D) and Chuck Schumer (D) and Congress members Lee Zeldin (R), Pete King (R), Tom Suozzi (D), and Kathleen Rice (D).

Wyandanch, New York, USA. March 26, 2017. GENNA HANAN, in audience, asks question during Politics 101 event, the first of series of activist training workshops for members of TWW LI, the Long Island affiliate of national Together We Will. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, FromLongIsland.com)

Wyandanch, NY, USA. March 26, 2017. Audience member GENNA HANAN asks speakers a questions during TWWLI’s Politics 101 event. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

All Politics is Local

The March 26th Politics 101 event was the first in a series of Together We Will Long Island workshops to help members be the most informed, effective activists possible.

TWWLI administrator Beth Mehrtens McManus introduced the program, and admin Sue Moller – who’s my daughter – introduced each of the speakers, who spoke in this order:

Wyandanch, New York, USA. March 26, 2017. At center, JAY JACOBS, Chairman of Nassau County Democratic Committee, holds Certificate of Appreciation and American Flag presented by, (L) BETH MEHRTENS McMANUS, and (R) SUE MOLLER, two administrators of Together We Will Long Island. Jacobs spoke at Politics 101 event, the first of a series of activist training workshops for members of TWW LI, the L.I. affilitate of TWW. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Wyandanch, NY, USA. March 26, 2017. At center, JAY JACOBS, Chairman of Nassau County Democratic Committee, holds Certificate of Appreciation for speaking at Politics 101, a TWWLI event. (L) BETH MEHRTENS McMANUS and (R) SUE MOLLER are two admins of the network. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

After the five presentations, audience members asked questions to the speakers and TWWLI admins. Based partly on the questions, it seemed some audience members had already been involved for months with TWWLI events and facebook discussions, and others were newcomers.

During Q & A, the importance of focusing not only on national politics, but also having a strong presence in local politics – from school boards and library boards, to town councils, legislators on up, was stressed.

What’s the Message

When one of the speakers said how important it was to make the network’s message heard, an audience member asked, “What’s our message?” Here are excerpts from Jay Jacob’s answer:

Local message: It’s going to be about cleaning up our government, and putting back into place people who will run government for the purpose of delivering efficient services the best way they can, instead of taking care of the chosen few, their family and their friends….

Nation-wide basis: This party is a party that has always fought for average citizens, fought for those who couldn’t fight for themselves….  [introducing] social security, unemployment compensation, disability insurance… Medicaid, Medicare… Obamacare.

We have to be about making government more responsive to the needs of people, less responsive to special interests and a lot of money from corporate interests….  It’s going to be about going back to our roots….

TWWLI site:  twwli.org

TWW site:   twwusa.org

My ‘Politics 101’ Workshop photos:  SLIDESHOW    GALLERY

“Her Story Through Art” Invitational Show at Huntington Arts Council

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
February 16, 2017

I’m thrilled to be one of four artists in Huntington Arts Council’s “Her Story Through Art” Invitational Show! The Opening Reception – Friday, March 3, 2017, from 6-8 pm – is free and open to the public.

POSTCARD: "Her Story Through Art" Invitational Show at Huntington Arts Council. Opening Reception Friday, March 3, 2017, from 6 - 8 PM. Artists: ANAHAI DeCANIO, ANN PARRY, TARA LEALE PORTER, IRENE VITALE.

“Her Story Through Art” Invitational Show, at Huntington Arts Council, March 2017. Artists: Anahai DeCanio, Ann Parry, Tara Leale Porter, Irene Vitale. My photo of actress Kelli Vonshay Henderson was captured during LIIFE 2016 Awards Ceremony at Bellmore Movies.

Since the exhibit celebrates Women’s History Month, I selected pieces from my portrait and news photography that focus on females of all ages – with emphasis on women passionately involved in civics and politics, the arts, and volunteering.

Fellow artists ANAHI DeCANIO, TARA LEALE PORTER, and IRENE VITALE are also showcased in this exhibit. It’s fun preparing for the exhibit with them, and I’m looking forward to seeing their work in person.

UPDATES:

Huntington, New York, USA. March 5, 2017. Artist Ann Parry at Opening Reception for "Her Story Through Art" Invitational Art Show, celebrating Women's History Month, at Huntington Arts Council, Main Street Gallery. Ann Parry, Show March 2 - 25, 2017.

Huntington, New York, USA. March 5, 2017. ANN PARRY in front of some of her work at Opening Reception for “Her Story Through Art” Invitational Art Show, celebrating Women’s History Month, at Huntington Arts Council, Main Street Gallery. (© 2017 Robert Stuhmer)

RECEPTION – MARCH 3, 2017 – Friday’s Opening Reception was special for so many reasons – most notably because guests experienced four such distinct approaches to women expressing themselves through art. And the cutest reason the night was special for me was that my grandchildren, who are one-and-a-half and almost five years old, were there, along with their mom, dad, and Aunt Laurie.

Other much-appreciated visitors included friends and fellow photographers from Long Island Center of Photography; plus, several people featured in my photos came with their families.

Huntington, New York, USA. March 5, 2017. Sheimyrah Mighty, 18, next to 2008 photo of herself, at Opening Reception for "Her Story Through Art" Invitational Art Show, celebrating Women's History Month, at Huntington Arts Council, Main Street Gallery. Artists Tara Leale Porter, Irene Vitale, Anahi DeCanio, Ann Parry, Show March 2 - 25, 2017. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Huntington, New York, USA. March 5, 2017. SHEIMYRAH MIGHTY, 18, next to 2008 photo of hersel by Ann Parry, at Opening Reception for “Her Story Through Art” Invitational Art Show, celebrating Women’s History Month, at Huntington Arts Council.

Huntington, New York, USA. March 5, 2017. BETH E. LEVINTHAL, an HAC Member at Large , and ANN PARRY at Opening Reception of "Her Story Through Art" Invitational Art Show, celebrating Women's History Month, at Huntington Arts Council, Main Street Gallery.

Huntington, New York, USA. March 5, 2017. BETH E. LEVINTHAL, an HAC Member at Large , and ANN PARRY at Opening Reception of “Her Story Through Art” Invitational Art Show, celebrating Women’s History Month at Huntington Arts Council. (© 2017 Bob Stuhmer)

Huntington, New York, USA. March 5, 2017. Eileen Fuscaldo and her husband, next to 2016 photo of Eileen, at Opening Reception for "Her Story Through Art" Invitational Art Show, celebrating Women's History Month, at Huntington Arts Council, Main Street Gallery. Artists Tara Leale Porter, Irene Vitale, Anahi DeCanio, Ann Parry, Show March 2 - 25, 2017. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Huntington, NY, USA. March 5, 2017. EILEEN FUSCALDO and husband BILL FUSCALDO pose next to 2016 photo of Eileen by Ann Parry, at Opening Reception for “Her Story Through Art” Invitational Art Show, celebrating Women’s History Month at Huntington Arts Council.

Huntington, New York, USA. March 5, 2017. LORI HOROWITZ next to 2014 photo of herself, at Opening Reception for "Her Story Through Art" Invitational Art Show, celebrating Women's History Month, at Huntington Arts Council, Main Street Gallery. Artists Tara Leale Porter, Irene Vitale, Anahi DeCanio, Ann Parry, Show March 2 - 25, 2017. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Huntington, NY, USA. March 5, 2017. LORI HOROWITZ poses next to 2014 photo of herself by Ann Parry, at Opening Reception for “Her Story Through Art” Invitational Art Show at Huntington Arts Council.

TAKE DOWN DAY – MARCH 27, 2017 – When Bob and I arrived on “Take Down Day” after the show ended, Irene’s and Anahai’s art was already gone, and Tara was spackling where she had removed hooks from wall. Later, when I took a break from wrapping my canvases, Tara showed me how plants were sprouting in her sculpture terrarium.

Seeing the beginning of this new life  –  what a lovely way to end “Her Story Through Art.”

Huntington, New York USA. March 27, 2017. Artist TARA LEALE PORTER poses by her scupture garden after end of "Her Story Through Art" Invitational Exhibition celebrating Women's History Month, artwork is taken down at Main Street Gallery at Huntington Arts Council. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Huntington, New York USA. March 27, 2017. Artist TARA LEALE PORTER poses by her sculpture terrarium during Take Down Day of “Her Story Through Art” Show at Huntington Arts Council. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

  • Exhibit: March 2 – 25, 2017  •|•  Reception: Fri., March 3, 2017, 6 – 8 pm
  • Huntington Arts Council:  huntingtonarts.org
    Main Street Gallery:  213 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
    Gallery Hours:  Monday-Friday 9am – 6pm, and Saturday 12 – 4 pm

‘Resist Trump Tuesdays’ TWWLI Visits Sen. Schumer’s LI Office

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
January 26, 2017

This Tuesday, activist groups such as MoveOn, Indivisible, and Together We Will made their first Resist Trump Tuesdays visits to government representatives to express concerns related to President Trump. Members of Together We Will Long Island visited the L.I. office of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) that afternoon.

Center back in light blue shirt, TWWLI admin SUE MOLLER, of Merrick, and left of her in suit, GARRETT ARMWOOD, Long Island Regional Director for U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York; speak when members of Together We Will Long Island stop by Schumer's Melville office to share their concerns, especially about Trump's Cabinet appointees, #SwampCabinet. This Stop Trump Tuesday, #StopTrumpTuesday, event was part of nationwide political movement. Members of organizations such as MoveOn, Indivisible, and TWW plan to visit their Senators' offices each Tuesday duringTrump's first 100 days of presidency. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Melville, NY, USA. Jan. 24, 2017. Members of Together We Will Long Island meet with (top left in suit) GARRETT ARMWOOD, Long Island Regional Director for U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) during first ‘Resist Trump Tuesdays.’ (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The wet, windy weather didn’t stop 15 members of TWWLI from driving to the Melville office building, where they gathered in the lobby for some final preparation, and then took the elevator up to Senator Schumer’s office.

When a staffer answered their knock on the door, it was clear the office couldn’t fit the 15 members, so they met with GARRET ARMWOOD, the senator’s L.I. Regional Director, in a nearby hall surrounding a circular staircase.

SUE MOLLER, who’s one of TWWLI’s admins and my daughter, had arranged the group’s drop-in visit and written a letter to the senator that stated the group’s concerns over Trump’s Cabinet appointees. After she read the letter to Armwood, several group members asked him questions and brought up additional concerns.

  • FYI from FLI:  #StopTrumpTuesday – #ResistTrumpTuesdays – #SwampCabinet are 3 hashtags related to this event.

Later, back in the lobby, the members agreed the meeting was a success. TWWLI plans to continue dropping by Senator Schumer’s office to express their concerns regarding Trump each Tuesday* during the President’s first 100 days in office.  (*see update below)

Melville, New York, USA. 24th January 2017. Fourteen members of Together We Will Long Island gather in lobby of bulding that U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York has his Melville office in. They discussed plans before stopping by Schumer's office to share their concerns, especially about Trump's Cabinet appointees, #SwampCabinet. TWWLI members included, clockwise starting left, (in black cap) SHERRY MEDEROS, of Copiague; (in light blue TWWLI shirt) administrator SUE MOLLER of Merrick; social media director JUAN ALICEA, of Medford; member; (in blue cap) ANDREA ROSS BOYLE, of Dix Hills; (in coral sweater) TEDRA GRANT, of Dix Hills; member; (at upper right) PHILIP SOLIS, of Dix Hills; member; (holding coat) ERICA DORAN, of Syosset; LAURIE MITCHEL, of West Babylon; This Stop Trump Tuesday, #StopTrumpTuesday, event was part of nationwide political movement. Members of organizations such as MoveOn, Indivisible, and TWW plan to visit their Senators' offices each Tuesday duringTrump's first 100 days of presidency. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Melville, NY, USA. Jan. 24, 2017. Before going to speak with Sen. Chuck Schumer’s staff, 14 members of Together We Will Long Island gather in lobby of building Schumer’s L.I. office is in.  (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

UPDATE 2/6/2017:  On Resist Trump Tuesdays, members from more than one activist organization continue to protest outside the Melville offices of Senators Gillibrand and Schumer.

TWWLI aims to communicate as effectively as possible its ongoing concerns about Trump’s goals & actions. So, at this time, rather than have a large group of TWWLI members go to the senators’ L. I. offices, a few of them will drop off items such as members’ short videos (that will also be posted on twitter), snacks, and notes at each office.

TWWLI LINKS:  Readers are asking me for TWWLI contact info, so I’ve added more links:

My ‘Resist Trump Tuesdays’ news photos:    SLIDESHOW      GALLERY

Hillary Clinton Book Signing ‘Hard Choices’ at Huntington Book Revue

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
August 26, 2014

Lots of people in Huntington must have been happy it didn’t rain as originally predicted for August 6th, 2014, the day Former Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON signed copies of her new memoir Hard Choices for 1,200 people at the Book Revue.

Huntington, New York, U.S. - August 6, 2014 - A police officer and police dog are leaving the Book Revue, a few hours before a book signing for H. Clinton's new memoir, Hard Choices, starts at the Book Revue in Huntington, Long Island. A large sign on the book store window says that the Clinton book signing that night is Sold Out. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

Huntington, New York, U.S. – August 6, 2014 – Police officer and K9 officer leave Book Revue before Hillary Clinton’s ‘Hard Choices’ book signing, Long Island. (©2014 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Several hours before the 6-8pm Hard Choices book signing, I drove to Huntington with my daughter, who had a ticket and copy of the memoir, and she got on the line, already a few blocks away from the store’s entrance.

Huntington, New York, U.S. - August 6, 2014 - At the entrance to the Book Revue, a teen girl is told water bottles are not allowed at the book signing for H. Clinton's new memoir, Hard Choices, in Huntington, Long Island. (Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Huntington, New York, U.S. – August 6, 2014 – At Book Revue entrance, security tells teen that water bottles aren’t allowed at Hillary Clinton ‘Hard Choices’ book signing, Long Island. (© 2014 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

I began capturing news photos, including of KENNY MITCHELL of Garden City, who arrived 11:10pm the night before and was first on line; protestors; members of Super PAC Ready for Hillary; extensive security including county police, federal agents, and K9 officers.

Sue Moller, of Merrick, at book signing for Hillary Rodham Clinton's new memoir, Hard Choices, at Book Revue in Huntington, Long Island. Clinton’s book is about her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State and how they influence her view of the future. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Huntington, New York, U.S. August 6, 2014. Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Sue Moller at book signing for Clinton’s new memoir, Hard Choices, at Book Revue, Long Island.  (© 2014 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

When it was time to enter the store, Secret Service checked my Nikon D4 and lenses very thoroughly. Finally, the Book Revue’s co-owners, brothers Richard Klein and Robert Klein, introduced Hillary Clinton, and she began signing copies of her memoir.

Hillary Clinton at Book Revue:  Gallery     Slideshow

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SPARKBOOM Off the Walls art Block Party 2013

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
September 3, 2013

Three world-renowned street artists  – Sonic Bad, MasPaz & Phetus – each used their own distinctive styles to collaborate on metamorphosing the back walls of the Huntington Arts Council into a vibrant vast work of art, during SPARKBOOM’s “Off the Walls” art Block Party, on August 24, 2013.

Huntington, New York, U.S. 24th August 2013. SONIC BAD, legendary street artist JESSE RODRIGUEZ from the Bronx, graffiti painting wall on the back of Huntington Arts Council building, during art event Off the Wall Block Party, by SPARKBOOM. (Ann Parry/nn-parry.com)

Huntington, NY, U.S. 24th August 2013. SONIC BAD painting at Off the Walls Block Party by SPARKBOOM. (© 2013 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Visitors experienced this graffiti happening, four bands,  performance artist Steven Zaluski in his rolling metal sculpture “Sphere of Hope,” and more. SPARKBOOM Long Island art events showcase talent, present aspiring artists, and give artists opportunities to network.

Plus, that night, visitors at the council’s Main Street Petite Gallery viewed the 12 winning posters for its “Post No Bills” public art contest.

Click: slideshow – SparkBoom “Off the Walls” Block Party

Click: photo gallery – SparkBoom “Off the Walls” Block Party

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Life Imitating Art at fotofoto Gallery

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
June 4, 2013

No, I didn’t use my iPhone to capture this young woman talking on a cell phone while she’s standing in front of a photograph of a young woman talking on a cell phone, at fotofoto Gallery, Huntington, NY, on June 1, 2013.

A young woman talking on a cell phone is standing in front of a photograph of a young woman talking on a cell phone, 'It's Not Me' by artist Jie Gen, at the Fotofoto Gallery Opening Reception of the 2013 'Under The Influence' Student Invitational Exhibition. On display were images of 29 photography students of instructors from fotofoto, the event venue. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Huntington, NY, USA. June 1, 2013. Young woman talking on cell phone stands in front of photo of young woman talking on cell phone, ‘It’s Not Me’ by artist Jie Gen, at fotofoto Gallery Opening Reception of 2013 ‘Under The Influence.’ (© 2013 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

At the Fotofoto Gallery Opening Reception of the 2013 'Under The Influence' Student Invitational Exhibition, visitors are viewing images of 29 photography students of instructors from fotofoto. 1st Place photo, an untitled image by college student Takayuki Umezawa, is to right of man by reception table. (©Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Huntington, NY, U.S.  June 1, 2013. Fotofoto Gallery Opening Reception of ‘Under The Influence’ Student Invitational Exhibition. (© 2013 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

Dozens of varied, creative images by students of photography were on display at the very well attended fotofoto Gallery Opening Reception of ‘Under The Influence’ Student Invitational Exhibition 2013, which I went to with Bob and my Nikon D4.

slideshow: ‘Under the Influence’ Student Invitational Exhibition 2013

slideshow: ‘SANDY’ & ‘belle arme’ Opening Reception 2013

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