Erik McGregor is a New York City based artist, photographer and activist. Erik is a member of the People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street and co-writer of the Occupy Wall Street’s Declaration of the Occupation of New York City. As a published freelance photographer, he has documented activist groups actions in NYC since 2011.
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Over a thousand Long Islanders March For Climate, Jobs, And Justice In Sister Event for People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C.
Long Island, NY -- All Our Energy, Stewards of the Sea, Long Island Progressive Coalition, Sane Energy Project, the Sierra Club and several other organizations marched with over a 1,000 people in Long Island, NY as a Sister march to the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 29, 2017. This event was the largest climate mobilization since the election, and marks the end of the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, during which time Donald Trump has dismantled hard-won climate protections, issued assaults on our air, water, and land, directly attacked the well-being of working families, and marginalized Indigenous communities, people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQIA community, women, young people, and low-income communities.
Together with environmental justice, faith-based, youth, Indigenous, and civil rights groups, labor unions, frontline communities, and other justice-focused organizations, the Long Island march joined the tens of thousands in solidarity by taking to the streets for climate, jobs, and justice.
"I was proud to see so many Long Islanders taking a stand to preserve our environment," said Senator Todd Kaminsky. "In the absence of federal action to protect our drinking water and prevent climate change, New York must take the lead in creating a green, sustainable future. I - along with the hundreds of people who marched today - will keep fighting to increase investments in renewable energy, pass measures to mitigate climate change and protect our drinking water."
This event was endorsed by New York Civil Liberties Union, New York Immigration Coalition, Long Island Jobs with Justice, Communication Workers of America Local 1108, Long Island Bus Riders' Union, Long Island Activists, Long Island Clean Air Water & Soil, Long Island Streets, and Working Families New York. Cosponsors include Long Island Progressive Coalition, All Our Energy, New York Communities for Change, Interfaith Power & Light, Sane Energy Project, Sierra Club and Stewards of the Sea.
The following organizations and individuals provided comments on the march:
Dyáni Brown, Shinnecock Nation: "The violence committed against the Water Protectors at Standing Rock is an example of how far the U.S. is willing to go to protect its interest in Big Oil--and that was under the Obama administration. Now with Trump in office, the agenda to exploit the safety of the American public is even more personal. It's not just indigenous people who are under attack anymore, now everyone is a target. From defunding public healthcare and education to privatizing the internet and federal land, only few will benefit at the expense of many."
Laura O’Shaughnessy Swan, Director, Stewards of the Sea: “We believe, as stewards of the sea, in using creativity to spread awareness of global issues that are challenging our world.”
Kim Fraczek, Director of Sane Energy Project: “What might appear as a tragedy for our health, safety and democracy with the current Administration, it is actually a giant opening for all of us to come together to see our power and create the world we know is possible. Long Island and New York City are in a particularly strong place to lead the direction of the nation, and push a New York State renewable economy policy to reflect the values of energy democracy.”
Helen Dorado Alessi, Executive Director, Long Beach Latino Civic Association: "Let us not deny what is staring us right in the face. If we do not take care of our planet it will not be able to take care of us. President Trump you are in denial! Wake up!!!! Environmental justice for all!"
George Povall, Director, All Our Energy: "From the shores that Superstorm Sandy came home to, our climate movement rises. Today our diverse communities unite for climate solutions that swell from individual, to local, to national actions, and become an unstoppable global flood to save the climate we all depend on."
Ryan Madden, Sustainability Organizer, Long Island Progressive Coalition: "This march for climate, jobs, and justice is a collective rebuttal to the disastrous climate rollbacks of the Trump Administration and we are calling on local and state leaders to take bold action to counter this backsliding. Climate protection must serve as a means to challenge environmental and racial injustice and as a means to greater economic justice and stronger local economies. Today in Long Beach, an area on the frontline of climate impacts, we have come together as community, labor, faith, immigrant, and indigenous groups to enact our vision for a just and equitable future.”
Michael Gendron, Executive Vice President, Communication Workers of America Local 1108: “We are witnessing an agenda whereby our leaders are trying to set the clock back to a time when corporations were allowed to pollute our air and waterways with impunity, all in the name of progress. Their progress, not ours. We need our elected and corporate leaders to set a course of developing clean, renewable energy so that we can be the world leaders in this technology. These leaders must do so while creating good paying careers for those transitioning out of the fossil fuel industries and those entering the workforce for the first time. This way we can move forward and live up to the responsibility to our children to make sure we leave them a world they can live in.”
Rabbi Glenn Jacobs, New York Interfaith Power and Light: “We are the first generation to face climate change and we are the last generation that can address it.”
Shay O’Reilly, Organizing Representative, Sierra Club: “People from across Long Island are marching together today because all of us know that rising seas, extreme storms, drought and pollution threaten our communities and our future generations. We need swift action to move to renewable energy that can revitalize our economy and slow climate change. We’re calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo and other state leaders to defend New York and build a sustainable future with us.”