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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 TWWLI began in January, it 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

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

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

This Tuesday, the wet, windy weather didn’t stop 15 members of Together We Will Long Island – TWWLI – from driving to 145 Pine Lawn Road in Melville, where they gathered in the lobby, and then took the elevator up to Senator Chuck Schumer’s office.

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)

It was the first Resist Trump Tuesdays – when activist groups such as MoveOn, Indivisible, and TWW visited the members’ federal government representatives to express concerns related to President Trump.

A group member knocked on Schumer’s door, and when a staffer answered, 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)

Staff at some rep’s offices, such as Sen. Schumer and Sen. Gillibrand, met with activists; staff at some other rep’s offices did not.

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 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

Our First Stand: Save Health Care, with Reps. Kathleen Rice & Tom Suozzi

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
January 17, 2017

Last Sunday, during the Our First Stand: Save Health Care Rally in Westbury, hundreds of protestors gathered – many with signs and banners, political buttons and shirts – to make their healthcare coverage positions and worries clear.

Westbury, New York, USA. January 15, 2017. L-R, SUE MOLLER of Merrick, AMY BUDD of Bellmore, STEFANA MULLER of Babylon, and BETH MCMANUS of Seaford, the Administrators of Together We Will Long Island, TWWLI, are holding protest signs at the "Our First Stand" Rally against Republicans repealing the Affordable Care Act, ACA, taking millions of people off health insurance, making massive cuts to Medicaid, and defunding Planned Parenthood. It was one of dozens of nationwide Bernie Sanders' rallies for health care that Sunday. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Westbury, New York, USA. Jan. 15, 2017. L-R, SUE MOLLER of Merrick, AMY BUDD of Bellmore, STEFANA MULLER of Babylon, & BETH MCMANUS of Seaford, Admins of Together We Will Long Island, TWWLI, hold up signs before start of “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” Rally. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Representatives KATHLEEN RICE (D-NY4) and TOM SUOZZI (D-NY3) hosted the rally, which was held at Yes We Can Community Center. It was one of several dozen Our First Stand rallies inspired by Senator Bernie Sanders throughout our country.

Westbury, New York, USA. January 15, 2017. Representative KATHLEEN RICE (Democrat - 4th Congressional District) is speaking at the "Our First Stand" Rally against Republicans repealing the Affordable Care Act, ACA, taking millions of people off health insurance, making massive cuts to Medicaid, and defunding Planned Parenthood. Hosts were Reps. T. Suozzi (Dem. - 3rd Congress. Dist.) and Rice. It was one of dozens of nationwide Bernie Sanders' rallies for health care that Sunday. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Westbury, New York, USA. January 15, 2017. Rep. KATHLEEN RICE (D – NY4) speaks at “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” Rally.  (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Speakers included officials from Nurses Association and Planned Parenthood, a young woman who underwent life & death cancer treatments, and a father whose young son needs continuing expensive medical care.

Westbury, New York, USA. January 15, 2017. BRIDGIT SQUITIRE, of West Islips holds a sign asking "HEY DONALD, ARE YOU GONNA PAY FOR MY CHEMO-THERAPY?" at the "Our First Stand" Rally against Republicans repealing the Affordable Care Act, ACA, taking millions of people off health insurance, making massive cuts to Medicaid, and defunding Planned Parenthood. Hosts were Reps. K. Rice (Democrat - 4th Congressional District) and T. Suozzi (Dem. - 3rd Congress. Dist.). It was one of dozens of Bernie Sanders' rallies nationwide for health care that Sunday. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Westbury, New York, USA. Jan. 15, 2017. BRIDGIT SQUITIRE, of West Islip holds a sign asking “HEY DONALD, ARE YOU GONNA PAY FOR MY CHEMO-THERAPY?” at “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” Rally. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The audience frequently clapped and shouted in support as each speaker shared how current health care benefits helped, and what the anticipated consequences were of repealing the Affordable Care Act, taking millions off health insurance, making massive cuts to Medicaid, or defunding Planned Parenthood.

Westbury, New York, USA. January 15, 2017. L-R, RON MOTTA and his son ROBBY MOTTA, 11, who has major health care needs, of Huntington; Rep. KATHLEEN RICE; Rep. THOMAS SUOZZI; brunette cancer surviver; JUDI BOSWORTH, Supervisor Town of North Hempstead; and other speakers on stage wave to audience at end at the "Our First Stand" Rally against Republicans repealing the Affordable Care Act, ACA, taking millions of people off health insurance, making massive cuts to Medicaid, and defunding Planned Parenthood. Hosts were Reps. Rice (Democrat - 4th Congressional District) and Suozzi (Dem. - 3rd Congress. Dist.). It was one of dozens of Bernie Sanders' nationwide rallies for health care that Sunday. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Westbury, New York, USA. Jan. 15, 2017. L-R, RON MOTTA and son ROBBY MOTTA, 11, of Huntington; Rep. KATHLEEN RICE; Rep. TOM SUOZZI; cancer surviver; JUDI BOSWORTH, Town Supervisor of North Hempstead; and other speakers at end of “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” Rally. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

When you view this post’s slideshow, you’ll see the the signs, the banners, the buttons, the shirts…. and most importantly the faces behind them, telling about an important part of Our First Stand: Save Health Care.

(Plus, you’ll see how Voldemort got a compliment.)