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Community Partner GUAAC Moves Forward with Hofstra

The Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition, better known by its acronym GUAAC, has been working tirelessly in conjunction with the Center for Civic Engagement and Hofstra University for Campus Adjacent Community Development. Through a series of proposals made to the university’s administration, the members of GUAAC expressed a desire to become a university town. While efforts go back as far as the petition started last year and the planting of Hofstra-donated tulips along Front Street, the most recent development of this partnership has been effected through a new Hofstra shuttle.

For years, Hofstra’s shuttle system has been a resource for students to get to the train, get groceries, and even watch a movie or go to the mall. However, despite Hofstra’s Uniondale location, these shuttles always took students to grocery stores in the neighboring Garden City. One of GUAAC’s many proposals was to have a shuttle take students to local grocery stores, which are not only closer to the school (saving students time and saving Hofstra on gas) but also allowing students to really be in the community where they study while supporting local businesses.

This goal has finally been reached. This new service, which is extended to students, faculty, and staff members alike, will be picking Hofstra shuttle riders up at the Student Center, and will be traveling through the commercial corridor of Uniondale. It will be making stops at the Post Office, Walgreens, Walmart and ShopRite. As an additional incentive for the service, the local ShopRite is offering $5 off Hofstra student purchases when they stop at ShopRite for the first time via the newly established shuttle. Details about the service can be seen below.

The shuttle will leave from the Student Center Bus Stop, travel south on California Avenue, make a left turn onto Front Street.

1-      The first stop is the Post Office on Front Street

2-      The second stop is Walgreens. Which is located at  603 Uniondale Avenue, at the intersection of Uniondale Avenue and Jerusalem  Avenue

3-      The third stop is the Walmart and ShopRite located in the shopping center at 1123 Jerusalem Avenue

4-      On the return to the campus the shuttle will stop again at Walgreens and the Post Office.

The  shuttle run takes approximately 30 to 35 minutes to complete. The times for the shuttle are as follows:

 Leave                    Arrive

Student                Student

Center                  Center

BUS                        BUS

STOP                     STOP

10:50 A.M.—-11:20 A.M

12:50 P.M.—-1:20 P.M.

2:20 P.M.—–3:00 P.M.

3:30 P.M.—Pick up only from stores and return to campus

For other goods and services along the shuttle route, visit “Food and a Lot More: Community Resources for Students” under the Community Partnerships Tab on CCE’s website— www.hofstra.edu/cce.

A Timely Discussion on Immigration

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In the wake of President Obama’s sweeping executive action on immigration reform, and the recent setbacks since its announcement in November, Long Island Wins and the Center for Civic Engagement at Hofstra University will be hosting Long Island at a Turning Point: A Summit on Immigration. Students are welcome to attend the on-campus event this Thursday, February 26th, alongside the nearly 300 local community members expected to be in attendance.

The event will begin with a welcome and opening panel in the Student Center Theater from 9:30 am – 10:30 am, followed by a wide range of breakout sessions starting around 10:45 am and ending at noon. Breakout sessions will be led by local experts on the subjects of immigration and healthcare, media, education, law, governance, community organizing, and economy. These informative discussions will allow attendees to dig deeper into the topics they are most concerned about, whether it be the place of immigrant families in public education or the changing legal policies of citizenship status.

Long Island at a Turning Point: A Summit on Immigration, is meant to start a conversation about the current state of immigrants on Long Island, and what the future holds. Following the breakout sessions and a recess for lunch, a concluding discussion will be held in the Student Center Theater starting at 12:30 pm. Here a panel of national, state, and local experts on immigration will look to develop action steps based on the ideas generated in the breakout sessions. This timely event is expected to bring to light many of the concerns facing Long Islanders and the local immigrant community.

To learn more about Long Island at a Turning Point please visit http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/Colleges/HCLAS/CCE/cce-event-immigration-022615.html.

Les Payne Talks with Hofstra Students about Two of America’s Strongest Leaders

Greeted by a knowledge-hungry audience at the Guthart Cultural Center Theater was a journalist well-skilled in his craft: Pulitzer Prize-winning former Newsday columnist Les Payne. Payne was welcomed by Hofstra students and faculty alike this past Wednesday, February 11th, otherwise known as Civil Rights Day. Both the Center for Civic Engagement and the International Science Lecture invited those who were interested to attend Fifty Years after Selma: What Would Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X Say about Race Matters Today?
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To any in the audience unfamiliar with the work of Payne, Co-Director Linda Longmire was quick to make his achievements known to everyone. The journalist was introduced as a “voice for creative opposition”, whose published works have the power to “pump up powerless victims” and “embod[y] the spirit of investigative journalism.”

Born and raised in Alabama, Payne had gained popularity in his career as a Newsday columnist. One of his major investigations focused on heroin smuggling in New York back in 1974. Payne, a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists, eventually became an editor at Newsday, before ending his career there in 2006.

With his powerful voice, Payne discussed how he believed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X would respond to the more questionable, race-oriented events of today – which have caused words like “Ferguson” and “Cleveland” to be said with slight hesitation. Throughout the lecture, Payne expressed his belief that Dr. King and Malcolm X would have varying opinions on the shootings in both these cities, as well as the entire United States’ criminal justice system in 2015, and Barack Obama’s election as the first African-American president.

Payne feels Dr. King would be both astounded and honored upon learning about the nonviolent protests carried out by multicultural individuals within this country. Malcolm X, on the other hand, would say nothing on the subject, for he was not only a firm supporter of self-defense, but he , according to Payne, would think the act of simply repeating the phrase “Don’t Shoot” would be too weak of an action.

The journalist’s lecture was followed by questions from a student panel, in which the CCE’s very own Denisse Girón and Natalia Orozco joined other Hofstra students in discussing the future of journalism in an increasingly media-obsessed world. With the involvement of multiple audience members, Payne commented on journalists’ ability to control the media, on the thought of students following through with President Obama’s national dialogue on race, and even on getting at the root of dealing with racism today.

Crisis for Mexico Democracy Situation

Since these days I am in Mexico, I saw many protest activities for the 43 students. People are really angry about the corruptions and the scary activities from the government. Ironically, the national palace which is an attraction was closed for many days. Because president do not want to see the protesters get together in the Constitution Square.

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I really have interests on that, so I did interviews for many local people. They are artists, directors, students, publish people and so forth. They told me that these kind of things happens all the time. But nobody really take care of it. First, the government will still do whatever they want. Corruptions, Killings anything. Second, only small number of people in mexico do really care about the political stuffs. The majority people just get used to it, or we could say they feel not bad during this situation which the general salary standard is only $5-$6 dollar per day. What`s going on? The reason may because of the poor education system. Not too many people have a clear idea about democracy and high level living standard. Many of them live in a house with their parents or even grandparents. 10 people live in a small apartment, can you imagine that? They still feel good on that, if they can purchase a big TV.  It`s a bad circle. The government foolish the citizens through the bad education system.

The most worry thing for mexico democracy supporters is the people are lazy there and they are too easy to be satisfy. They don`t have mind of the outside world. Many of them never get out of Mexico City during the whole life. They don`t have strong mind to make progress. Even the number of the protesters are around 20 thousands of people, if you consider that the population of the Mexico City is around 9 millions of people it`s still not a big deal.

The protest activities did not change the democracy situation much but bring bad effects to Mexico. For instance, the currency rate and the stock market went down these days. The whole tourism industry was running bad during this time period too.

It`s really a democracy dilemma for Mexico. But maybe it`s also a start point for democracy itself. Good luck!

Shinnecock, A Docuentary Film

This week, Hofstra University held a screening of the documentary film Shinnecock. The films producer Janine Tinsley-Roe and co -producer Thom Hoffman were in attendance. The documentary featured a full history of the Shinnecock people dating back over hundreds of years. From there immigration over the land bridge to their enslavement and exploitation by colonists to where they currently stand today, as the only indigenous people which are no longer entitled to actually live on their own land. Though their are small reserves dispersed throughout long island for these people, the government still have countless land disputes with them today as their land continues to be snatched right before their eyes. As the documentary reminds us, as it stands today America is the only country that has neglected to recognize the indigenous people of our nation for helping to make us the nation we are today.

     One of the saddest truth from this movie was discussed at lengths at the movies close by Janine Tinsley-Roe. What had struck Janine Tinsley-Roe as most strange, is a long islanders lack of inquiry about her people, the people of this very land which we live on. Tinsley-Roe explained that America is also one of the few countries where the people teaching in our schools are not the most knowledgeable about our local history yet they are still the ones teaching it rather than her people who have lived through it and passed down history for generations. In my opinion, the most surprising thing she revealed to the audience is that Native American history is mandated as part of New York schools education at the grades of 4, 7 and 11. Though I have no recollection of being taught anything about Native American peoples, culture, or customs at any length during those years. One of the biggest takeaways  Tinsley-Roe wanted the viewers of her documentary to have is simply the proper recognition her people deserve. Stating that Hofstra was the only university to invite her movie to be screened this month in the past year. Meanwhile, November is Native American heritage month, again the lack of recognition her people received simply baffled Tinsley-Roe. One of her remarks that struck me the most was the thought that a university ought to add a department for Native American history. Though I can see the argument on both sides Tinsley-Roe is incredibly passionate about keeping her peoples culture and history alive, while many students today don’t share the same enthusiasm for the field to make it a worth while investment for a university. Possibly due to the lack of an education about Native peoples which I know was certainly present in my education.https://i0.wp.com/archive.episcopalchurch.org/images/Janine_Tinsley-Roe_md.jpgJanine Tinsley-Roe

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-Jonathan Savini

Hofstra Donates Tulips to Uniondale

After several meetings with campus officials, faculty, students, and community leaders, Hofstra University agreed to donate tulips to be planted along Front Street in Uniondale. The effort was spearheaded by the Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition, or GUAAC, and the Nostrand Gardens Civic Association Uniondale Beautification Team in an effort to better connect Hofstra and Uniondale.

As a commercial center for the town, Front Street has 22 planters, all within about a 10-15 block radius, where CCE fellows and volunteers, athletic/sports groups, and GUAAC members spent the morning planting tulip bulbs in hopes of seeing them bloom in the spring.

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GUAAC has made an effort the last two years to make a our campus a part of a college town. According to their petition, they do not want “Hofstra University to be further segregated from Hempstead or Uniondale, but rather work with GUAAC to develop a college town experience through campus-adjacent, community integrated development.” Their other campaigns include drafts of petitions to remove “East Garden City” from the 2020 Census, to secure a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) as part of the Coliseum development, and to ensure that the redevelopment of the Holly A. Patterson site benefits rather than harms our community.

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Working alongside our surrounding community is particularly important to me. I was raised in Uniondale, and I continue to live there, and I am personally offended when my peers describe it as “sketchy,” or feel afraid to visit. It hurts when people point fingers at the residents of Uniondale or Hempstead for local crimes, or blame us for not looking “pretty enough.” Hofstra as a whole has encouraged a hands-off approach to any collaborations in Uniondale that has hurt both the students and community residents for years. No one’s college experience should isolate and disconnect them from their surroundings.

This weekend’s tulip planting is only the first step. Hofstra’s administration has a long way to go in accepting Uniondale and Hempstead as a part of their community. But events like this are a source for hope to see GUAAC’s vision fulfilled soon.

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– Blog post by Denisse Girón

LGBTQ activist Shane Bitney Crone visits Hofstra

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When I initially decided to plan an event on campus, I thought, “how can I make a positive difference on this campus and within the LGBTQ community? How can I help others, who have also felt isolated and ostracized just because of who they are?”

As a result, I thought whom better to bring than Shane Bitney Crone? Shane is a filmmaker, writer, speaker, and advocate for LGBTQ rights. His documentary film Bridegroom is based on the story of the difficulties Crone faced after his partner’s death. I believed Shane’s message of equality and love is a true testament to pushing through adversity and fighting for oneself and others.

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Sony and Shane Bitney Crone

At the event, which featured a screening of Bridegroom, Shane provided an open honest dialogue, but also brought to our attention the struggles that people of all cultures and backgrounds face each and everyday.  It could be bullying, depression, discrimination, and loss, to name a few, but all from a different perspective- that of a loving same-sex couple.

From the feedback I received from students and faculty, I believe Shane not only touched their hearts, but also brought to light that love in the LGBTQ community is equal to those of others- that love has no restrictions. It also was able to provide the faculty, staff, and students the knowledge that here at Hofstra we support you and want you to feel comfortable and safe to be who you are.

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A special thanks to the Center for Civic Engagement, the LGBT Studies Department, OUTMed, OUTLaw and The Pride Network for making this event a reality.

-Sony Abraham

12th Annual Day of Dialogue

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Last Wednesday, the Center for Civic Engagement held its annual Day of Dialogue! It was the most attended yet with rooms packed full of students, faculty, and community members. The sessions were chalked full of great presentations and important conversations between speakers and audience members. Guest lecturers included Dave Zirin, Josh Ruebner, and Jason Starr, and many others. Events spanned from sports to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Overall, the event was very successful in starting a dialogue about many important issues in the world today. Thanks to the CCE team and community members that contributed to the success of this event.

Be sure to read what Hofstra University had to say about the event:

http://news.hofstra.edu/2014/10/30/12th-annual-day-of-dialogue-draws-record-audiences/