From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
November 22, 2017
The Town of Hempstead and Nassau County 2017 elections permeated the fabric of my life this year. Because countless Long Islanders and events were part of the material, I’ll focus on its pattern, not the threads.
When I covered the January 15th “Our First Stand Rally” at Westbury supporting the Affordable Care Act, both of my daughters were participants. And when I photographed the January 24th visit to Sen. Schumer’s L.I. office in Melville by the activist group Together We Will Long Island, my older daughter Sue was the TWW-LI admin there. These were the first times my daughters were involved with political events I covered.
Protest marches, resistance events were certainly helping raise awareness of protestors’ reactions to the Trump administration’s goals and actions, but advice from Bernie Sanders and some others strongly stuck in my mind: Protesting isn’t enough. “Resistors” need to run for office and to help fellow activists run for office.
Then, after I covered two more events – the January 30th Press Conference when Nassau County Democratic Party leaders endorsed LAURA CURRAN for N.C. Executive and JACK SCHNIRMAN for N.C. Comptroller, and the TWW-LI “Politics 101” Event – there was a difference as major as it was unexpected.
to be continued….
- VIDEO “All Come To Look For America 2017” includes Long Island candidates, politicians, and supporters from Town of Hempstead & Nassau County, and photos/clips are in chronological order:
2017 Town of Hempstead & Nassau County photos, selection: GALLERY