Recent Green Issue Discussions
Rachel Silang - ANSWER Coalition & Anti-War Activist
Rachelis a southeast Asian-American leading member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. She spoke with the Green Party of Nassau County on Monday, December 16, 2019, about the current political situation in Venezuela and other South American countries. Rachel has been organizing protests against U.S. intervention, war, racism, LGBTQ bigotry, and for women's rights for the past 6 years.
Stephen Figurasmith- PANIC
Nassau County Correctional Center is a human rights catastrophe. This presentation shows the history of failed attempts to reform the jail. They will speak about Prison Abolitionists of Nassau Inciting Change's (PANIC) mission and goals, why the organization advocates for abolition rather than reform of the Prison-Industrial Complex, and how Green Party members can get involved.
Tina Minkowitz is a lawyer and a survivor of forced psychiatric interventions. She contributed to the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which sets a new standard in international law that requires the abolition of any forced or non-consensual interventions in mental health settings. She is the founder & current president of the Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, an organization that advocates and conducts capacity-building activities at national and international levels to promote abolition, collaborates with partners throughout the world in these activities, and contributes to the ongoing development of this standard by the UN.
Sunrise LI & Nassau County DSA - Jared Garfinckel & Jacquelyn Fusco
Introduced us to this new youth-led movement.
Peter Dolack - Socialism
Heather Cottin - How To Work For Peace
Heather Cottin has lived on Long Island for most of her life. She was an organizer of the Vietnam anti-war movement on Long Island, the Women's Liberation Movement here, the movement in solidarity with the people of Central America, as well as the immigrant rights movement. She was a bus organizer for Long Island for the Washington marches against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She was a high school teacher in the Copiague and Plainview-Old Bethpage districts, and currently teaches history at LaGuardia Community College.
Karl Grossman - Nuclear power, nuclear energy and its dangers.
Allan Hunter - Anarchy
Dr. J. Bret Bennington - Climate Change. Dr. Bennington is Professor of Geology and Chair of the Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability at Hofstra University, where he has been teaching since 1993. He has a B.S. degree in biology and geology from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in geology from Virginia Tech.
Dr. E. Christa Farmer - Hurricanes, climate change, and their interaction Dr. E Christa Farmer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability at Hofstra University.
Paul Gilman and Alexander Lekhtman - "The Politics of Marijuana in New York and the Most Progressive Positions: Free the Homegrown"