Hopefully this win signals the beginning of a change in political discourse. Here's Brian Schneck, Co-Chair of the Suffolk Chapter of Working Families:
"The tide is turning in Suffolk County . . . After several years of grandstanding politicians riding a wave of anti-immigrant animus, people are starting to return to their senses. Common-sense values of decency and tolerance prevailed last night.Working Families organized opposition to the bill, including:
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Legislators need to know that working families are looking for real solutions to the problems facing us here on Long Island, not useless political grandstanding.
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There are many victims of our nation's inadequate immigration policies, as well as the failure of government to enforce labor laws. But this bill only fueled the flames of misunderstanding and intolerance."
- A public letter to the bill's sponsor, Jack Eddington, that said that support for the bill would be a factor in the party's endorsement process.
- Robocalls to constituents of undecided legislators that connected them directly to their legislators to register opposition.
- Grassroots lobbying of swing legislators, including in-person visits and phone calls.
- Bringing members to testify against the bill at public hearings and press conferences.
- Mobilizing opposition from progressive and labor allies.
- Kate Browning
- John Kennedy, Jr
- Thomas Barraga
- Steven Stern
- Louis D'Amaro
- William Lindsay
- Jon Cooper
- Ricardo Montano
- Vivian Viloria-Fisher
- Elie Mystal
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