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North Merrick, New York, U.S. June 4, 2020. Black Lives Matter March heads east on Jerusalem Ave and then turns north onto Bellmore Avenue, toward eastbound entrance to Southern State Parkway. Shortly before protestors arrive, Nassau County Police officers park several patrol cars at intersection to stop and divert traffic to make path for peaceful march of largely of young marchers, black and white . Many marchers wore face masks, some masks covering mouth and nose, some masks lowered below mouth as they chanted. Young black man with megaphone led the chant: megaphone man: NO JUSTICE marchers: NO PEACE megaphone man: NO RACIST marchers: POLICE Signs marchers carried included: RIP GEORGE FLOYD - IGNORANCE IS ALWAYS AFRAID OF CHANGE - BLM! - BLACK LIVES MATTER - NO RACIST POLICE

from Merrick, Long Island: Black Lives Matter

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (annparry.com)
June 5, 2020

peaceful march in turbulent June

VIDEO – Black Lives Matter March, N. Merrick, NY, Thursday, June 4, 2020:

Last night, while driving home shortly before 9 PM, I accidentally found myself in the path of a Black Lives Matter March about to turn onto Bellmore Ave from Jerusalem Ave in North Merrick.

When marchers turned, they passed between my car and several Nassau County Police patrol cars parked to block the intersection, so marchers had a safe, clear path.  [google maps]

I held my iPhone out the driver’s window to film the marchers, many spread out for social distancing. Most were young, some black, some white, and most wore masks, either covering their mouths and noses or under their chins.

They carried signs with messages including: RIP George Floyd  –  BLM!  –  Black Lives Matter No Racist PoliceIgnorance is always afraid of change

A man with a megaphone led his fellow marchers in a chant:  No JusticeNo PeaceNo RacistPolice

After they continued north for a few minutes, police cleared a path through the intersection, and neighboring cars and I continued south. 

Later, I learned the marchers were part of a massive, peaceful Merrick march that started earlier that night on Sunrise Highway and ultimately blocked traffic on the Southern State Parkway

NAACP.org   BlackLivesMatter.com


  This Tuesday night, June 2, self-proclaimed reporter got over 10,000 views on facebook when he live-streamed his take on about 30 people at Merrick Road, Merrick, protesting against Black Lives Matters supporters who wanted to march east from Trader Joe’s to Massapequa.

The ugly comments that anti-BLM March group made about the protestors were exacerbated by the videographer repeatedly and inaccurately referring to that small group as The People of Merrick, as if they represented the entire community.

As an aside:  One of the anti-BLM protestors commented how someone was wearing a mask (following CDC guidelines during COVID-19 pandemic) and asked, rhetorically, if the person was a coward.

It’s an anti-mask sentiment I suspect not only the chief executive of the United States but also the COVID-19 virus – if sentient – would share.


  48 minutes ago, today, an email from NY State Senator John Brooks (District 8) landed in my inbox:

Last night, we witnessed a second wave of protests over the tragic death of George Floyd. In good part, this second march was the direct result of spiteful remarks gone viral, made by ignorant people flanking the peaceful march the day before. Let’s be clear, in Merrick there exists an overall community of wonderful people who genuinely believe in the fundamental principles upon which this nation was founded. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness combined with the understanding that all are created equal provides the basis of outlook, action, and acceptance of any Merokian I have come to know.

The remarks made by these ignorant few do not reflect the opinions and beliefs of the people of the Merrick community or, for that matter, any community on Long Island. Yesterday, many Merokians walked along in protest, while many others stood on sidewalks providing support, applause, and even bottles of water to the passing marchers. In response to the tragedy of George Floyd, I witnessed members of this community march in support of the most basic of human rights, and I was proud; In response to vile words of thinly veiled hatred by a minority of instigators peddling divisiveness, I witnessed this community come together once again to protest that hatred in a peaceful way, and I was inspired.

Merrick is a community of fairness and understanding, of acceptance and fellowship, and I am proud to represent this community in the NY State Senate.

Sincerely,    John E Brooks

I largely agree with Sen. Brooks’ above statement.


Walk the Walk

Segregation is rampant on Long Island, and – as Newsday’s undercover investigation found – it didn’t happen by accident. [*see links below] 

Yes, we need to Talk the Talk of the truth that Black Lives Matter and deserve equal justice, and to Walk the Walk by supporting/participating in Black Lives Matter protest marches.

Be we also need to take the countless steps needed to have our community, our Long Island communities, be more diverse and reflect the truth that Black Lives Matter and deserve equal justice, housing, health care, education and job opportunities….

*Newsday  – Three-year investigation uncovers widespread unequal treatment by real estate agents on Long Island (2019):

Undercover Investigation:  racial steering by real estate agents

Opinion/EDITORIAL (Updated Nov. 17, 2019): Segregation’s stain on Long Island can be overcome


FEATURE PHOTO at top of post: Merrick, New York, U.S. June 4, 2020. North Merrick, New York, U.S. June 4, 2020. Black Lives Matter March heads north on Bellmore Ave in direction of eastbound entrance to Southern State Parkway.


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Mineola, New York, USA. 15th Feb, 2019. ERIC WELTMAN, Brooklyn, a Senior Organizer for Food & Water Watch in New York, is holding a blue card with 100% by 2030 on it, referring to goal of 100% clean energy by 2030, during NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act, Bill S7253, sponsored by Sen. Kaminsky, Chair of Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation. This 3rd public hearing on bill to fight climate change was on Long Island. © 2019 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com

NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate Change

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (annparry.com)
February 16, 2019

Mineola, NY, USA. 15th Feb, 2019. At right, NYS Senator TODD KAMINSKY, and, at left, NYS Assemblyman STEVE ENGLEBRIGHT, listen to speaker during NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act, Bill S7253, sponsored by Sen. Kaminsky. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Mineola, NY, USA. 15th Feb, 2019. At right, NYS Senator TODD KAMINSKY, and, at left, NYS Assemblyman STEVE ENGLEBRIGHT, listen to speaker during NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act, Bill S7253, sponsored by Sen. Kaminsky. (© 2019 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

NYS Senate Climate & Community Protection Act

Invited speakers addressed the NYS Senate Democratic public hearing at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive Building yesterday, February 15, on the Climate, Community & Protection Act, Bill S7253, sponsored by Senator Todd Kaminsky (District 9).

Mineola, NY, USA. Feb. 15, 2019. PHILIP MARINELLI, Huntington, is holding a green sign with'Text Renewable to 69866' and'OFF FOSSIL FUELS

Mineola, NY, USA. Feb. 15, 2019. PHILIP MARINELLI, Huntington, is holding a green sign with ‘Text Renewable to 69866’ and ‘OFF FOSSIL FUELS” on it, during NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act, sponsored by Sen. Kaminsky.(© 2019 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Earlier this week, hearings on the bill to fight climate change were held in Albany and in Manhattan, and this hearing on Long Island was the final one of the series.

Mineola, NY, USA. 15th Feb, 2019. Invited speaker addresses (L-R, at table) NYS Senator JOHN BROOKS, Assemblyman STEVE ENGLEBRIGHT, NYS Sen. TODD KAMINSKY, NYS Sen, KEVIN THOMAS, and Assemblywoman JUDY GRIFFIN, during NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act, Bill S7253, sponsored by Sen. Kaminsky. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Mineola, NY, USA. 15th Feb, 2019. Invited speaker addresses (L-R, at table) NYS Senator JOHN BROOKS, Assemblyman STEVE ENGLEBRIGHT, NYS Sen. TODD KAMINSKY, NYS Sen. KEVIN THOMAS, and Assemblywoman JUDY GRIFFIN, during NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act, Bill S7253, sponsored by Sen. Kaminsky. (© 2019 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Several Democratic Long Island officials participated in the hearing with Sen. Kaminsky, the Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation: NYS Senators  John Brooks (D8), James Gaughran (D5), Kevin Thomas (D6); and NYS Assemblywoman Judy Griffin (D21) and NYS Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D4), the assembly’s Chair of the Committee on Environmental Conservation.  [Contact info for reps below]

Mineola, NY, USA. 15th Feb, 2019. JON KAIMAN, Deputy County Executive in Suffolk, is interviewed by Fios 1 News in atrium of Nassau County Executive Building after he spoke at NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act, Bill S7253, sponsored by Sen. Kaminsky. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Mineola, NY, USA. 15th Feb, 2019. JON KAIMAN, Deputy County Executive in Suffolk, who spoke in support of Bill S7253, is interviewed by Fios 1 News in atrium of Nassau County Executive Building during the NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act sponsored by Sen. Kaminsky. (© 2019 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

A variety of speakers – including local elected officials, environmental educators and activist leaders, business representatives – spoke, some for and some against passing Senate Bill S7253.

Mineola, NY, USA. Feb. 15, 2019. Sister KAREN BURKE, of Sisters of St Joseph in Brentwood,s tands in audience after addressing climate change mitigation from a moral perspective during NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act, Bill S7253, sponsored by Sen. Kaminsky. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Mineola, NY, USA. Feb. 15, 2019. Sister KAREN BURKE, of Sisters of St Joseph in Brentwood,s tands in audience after addressing climate change mitigation from a moral perspective during NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act, Bill S7253, sponsored by Sen. Kaminsky. (© 2019 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Sister Karen Burke of the Sisters of St. Joseph, in Brentwood, was one of the speakers  in support of the bill. She explained she was addressing the bill from a moral perspective, and that she wanted the NYS Senate to address and mitigate effects of climate change by passing the New York State Climate and Protection Act. 

Mineola, NY, USA. 15th Feb, 2019. Activist wearing green Climate Emergency shirt re-enters chamber during NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act, Bill S7253, Sign next to entrance give info about the bill sponsored by Sen. Todd Kaminsky.  (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Mineola, NY, USA. 15th Feb, 2019. Activist wearing green Climate Emergency shirt re-enters chamber during NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act, Bill S7253, Sign next to entrance give info about the bill sponsored by Sen. Todd Kaminsky.  (© 2019 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)


Feature Photo at top: Mineola, NY, US. Feb. 14, 2019. Eric Weltman, of Brooklyn, a Senior Organizer for Food & Water Watch in New York, holds a blue card with “100% by 2030” on it, referring to goal of 100% clean energy by 2030, during NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act.


Contact Your Reps

Find & contact your senator about Climate & Community Protection Act

•  NYS Senator Todd Kaminsky (District 9)
•  NYS Senator John Brooks (District 8)
•  NYS Senator James Gaughran
(District 5)
•  NYS Senator Kevin Thomas (District 6)

•  NYS Assemblyman Steve Englebright (District 4)
•  NYS Assemblywoman Judy Griffin (District 21)


  • UPDATES:  

June 2019: Both New York State Senate & Assembly passed climate change bill, #CCPA, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has promised to sign Climate Leadership Act.

2019-2020 Legislative Session, PASSED: NY State Senate Bill S6599 & NY State Assembly Bill A8429

LIHerald Editorial, 7/5/2019: New York Leads on climate crisis


NYS Senate Hearing on Climate Change:  PHOTO GALLERY

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