Support the Annual Campaign for Long Island Wins

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Dear Friend:

Long Island needs Long Island Wins. And Long Island Wins needs your financial help.

You’ve seen it in the news, and seen it with your own eyes.

Immigration is still one of the nation’s most contentious issues, and it continues to divide communities across Long Island. That divide threatens to obscure the economic strength and cultural vitality that new Americans have always brought to America’s shores – and stands in the way of the kind of real immigration solutions our area and country need.

Long Island Wins was founded to take on the challenge of making Long Island more welcoming to immigrants. We aim to unite native and immigrant Long Islanders alike to make the moral and economic case for commonsense immigration solutions.

Long Island Wins invites you to be an active and important part of the solution by supporting us with a generous gift of $25, $50, $100, $250 or more. Please remember to make your check payable to our “host” non-profit, “Drum Major Institute for Long Island Wins.”

Please mail your check to:

SUNY College at Old Westbury
Long Island Wins
PO Box 210
Old Westbury, NY 11568-0410

We’re taking on the challenge in ways that are smarter and better than ever:

—Countering the Climate of Fear – LongIslandWins.com is the go-to online center for immigration news on Long Island, and is used by activists, journalists, public officials and the general public. Our website provides Long Island with a true leadership platform that serves as a real model for how communities can – and should – debate the issue of immigration in a fair and open manner, and provides tools for all Long Islanders of goodwill to raise their voices and engage their communities.

20111206-dojLong Island Wins’ Executive Director Maryann Sinclair Slutsky petitions the U.S. Department of Justice together with a coalition of organizations and leaders.

—Leadership Development – In 2012, Long Island Wins along with the Long Island Immigrant Alliance will conduct the first-ever Long Island Regional Immigration Summit. This summit will make Long Island the first suburban region to organize a cross section of stakeholders to collaborate on crafting sensible immigration policy recommendations that will benefit the region now and in the future and to promote Long Island’s sustainability and leadership in regional and global markets.

—Changing the Public Debate – Long Island Wins together with Noticia and the Long Island Civic Engagement Table organized the groundbreaking, first-ever debate between Suffolk County executive candidates to discuss how to strengthen our diverse communities, putting candidates from both parties on the public record on questions from a wide range of community organizations in a way in which Long Islanders could hold them accountable for their promises.

20111206-debate2Candidates for Suffolk County executive with community members who asked questions during the debate

—Organizing Now and for the Future – Our Welcoming Long Island initiative organizes, trains and engages community members to promote understanding and respect between recent immigrants and our LI-born neighbors.

And together with our partners in the faith-based initiative, “We Are All Immigrants,” we train clergy to make their congregations more welcoming to immigrants. In two years, this collaborative initiative trained 200 leaders in 110 congregations.

Moving Forward Together – We are engaging thousands of Long Islanders in a constructive conversation about immigration. We are influencing public officials and encouraging better public policy on immigration. We are convening a wide range of voices and activists and providing a unifying platform. We are encouraging new leadership in our communities and linking Long Islanders of goodwill in a program that stresses mutual respect for human life and culture.

We’re making great strides. But we need to do much more. And with your help, we can and will.

Our organization and our cause can only succeed with the support and engagement of Long Islanders.

Be an active and important part of the solution by supporting us with agenerous gift of $25, $50, $100, $250 or more. Please remember tomake your check payable to our “host” non-profit, “Drum Major Institute for Long Island Wins.”

Please mail your check to:

SUNY College at Old Westbury
Long Island Wins
PO Box 210
Old Westbury, NY 11568-0410

Thank you for helping us continue to build on Long Island’s tradition of being a welcoming community where everyone has the same opportunity to achieve the American Dream.
Sincerely,

Maryann Sinclair Slutsky
Executive Director


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