An important Island-wide discussion has started

nextLI is joining ERASE Racism to increase the region-wide discussion around their event “How Do We Build a Just Long Island?” We’d like to invite you to be part of this important conversation by participating in one or more of the following ways:

  • Attend one of the five public forums that will start the discussion, and bring your family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors;
  • Join nextLI’s Facebook group ;
  • Follow the conversation on Twitter using #BuildAJustLI.
  • The five public forums will take place in both Nassau and Suffolk counties at the following places and dates: Stony Brook (Nov. 29), Riverhead (Dec. 4), Hempstead (Dec. 5), Melville (Dec. 6), and Hauppauge (Dec. 10). nextLI will be there live-tweeting at each forum and will provide a free giveaway. We will also be inviting attendees to answer a question that will extend the discussion after the initial five forums are completed.

    All of the forums are evening events, except for Melville, which is in the morning. A light dinner or breakfast will be provided at each. Registration is required.

    We hope that you will join us in this important public conversation and look forward to seeing you at one of the five initial forums.

    What we’ve been up to
    • Next Generation Advisory Council: It was a packed house at Next Gen’s seminar on homeownership and renting for millennials in Suffolk County. The event featured a panel of experts who discussed first time homebuyers, home insurance and balancing a mortgage while being knee-deep in student loan debts. It showed the area’s interest in talking about making housing more affordable for Long Island’s residents.

    What we’re reading

    We’re always on the lookout for articles, websites and projects to inspire our work. Here are a few links that caught our attention since our last update:

    • Check out this idea for a “new suburbia” at the Nassau Hub.
    • The suburbs might be changing, but communities remain largely segregated.
    • In Oregon, a housing crisis is upending lives and dismantling communities, which left journalists, leaders and readers trying to figure out: How can we get to a future where all people have access to the housing they need to thrive? The result was the creation of inclusive, informed public conversations that are driving solutions to that region’s housing crisis.
    • Amazon is coming to New York, what does this move mean for you? Here are some answers.