ERASE Racism Launches Public Forums This Week: “How Do We Build A Just Long Island?”

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ERASE Racism Launches This Week a Region-wide Discussion: “How Do We Build A Just Long Island?” Initial Public Forum Will Take Place in Stony Brook on Thursday, November 29 – Followed by Forums in Riverhead (December 4), Hempstead (Dec. 5), Melville (Dec. 6), and Hauppauge (Dec. 10)

“Segregation is not only wrong,” said Elaine Gross, President of ERASE Racism, “it’s causing Long Islanders to miss out on the benefits of inclusiveness and justice ... The much-needed, upcoming, public discussion will illuminate and explore the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

ERASE Racism launches this week a region-wide discussion titled “How Do We Build a Just Long Island?”

The discussion will begin with five public forums in 12 days – from November 29 to December 10 – spread across Nassau and Suffolk counties. The initial public forum will take place on Thursday, November 29, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in Stony Brook – co-hosted by the Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice, and Policy at Stony Brook University.

The discussion is generated by the fact that Long Island is one of the most racially segregated regions in the country, and that a more inclusive society is needed for Long Island to be just and economically competitive in the 21st century.

The initial five public forums will focus on increasing Long Islanders’ shared understanding of structural racism, its history on Long Island, and its implications. Through interactive exercises and conversations, the participants will explore what can be done to achieve the many benefits of more inclusive communities. The other four of the initial five public forums will take place as follows:

  • Tuesday, December 4, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Riverhead Senior Center, Riverhead, NY – co-hosted by the Town of Riverhead’s Anti-Bias Task Force;
  • Wednesday, December 5, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Hofstra University Club, Hempstead, NY – co-hosted by The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University;
  • Thursday, December 6, from 8:00 to 10:00 am at the Bank of America Building, Melville, NY – co-hosted by the Long Island Association;
  • Monday, December 10, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Radisson Hotel, Hauppauge, NY – co-hosted by the State of Black Long Island Equity Council, convened by the Urban League of Long Island.

The region-wide discussion that will begin with these five forums is designed to spark a crucial public conversation about moving forward from segregation to inclusion and equity. The initiative is made possible by a generous grant from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock – with additional support for communications from the Rauch Foundation.

“Segregation is not only wrong,” said Elaine Gross, President of ERASE Racism, “it’s causing Long Islanders to miss out on the benefits of inclusiveness and justice. Those benefits are proving vital to a competitive economy, so they are needed if the region is to achieve its potential in the 21st century. The much-needed, upcoming, public discussion will illuminate and explore the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

Registration for the public forums is required and can be made at http://www.eraseracismny.org. For additional information, contact Elaine Gross at elaine@eraseracismny.org or 516-921-4863.

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