Long Island should be a welcoming place for all residents.
Sign this petition and show that you support Welcoming Long Island, a campaign of Long Island Wins.
Here's the pledge taken by all Welcoming Long Island committee members. If you're interested in joining, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Welcoming Long Island Pledge
A campaign of Long Island Wins
Our country’s core values rest upon the following, ― ‘’we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all [people] are created equal and endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights and that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Today these values are imperiled by attacks on Long Island residents who have immigrated to this country in search of a better life. A rhetorical war has dehumanized immigrants, while our broken immigration system leads to inequality and violates the very principles upon which our country was founded, creating much suffering among people, their families and our communities.
Welcoming Long Island members:
I. Believe Long Island residents are empathetic and compassionate people and proud of their history as a bastion of American democracy;
II. Believe Long Island residents are hospitable, welcoming and inclusive of diversity and that we have a shared responsibility to treat all our neighbors with respect and decency;
III. Uphold the basic principles upon which the United States was founded, establishing the equality of all people, including immigrants, endowing them with unalienable rights;
IV. Recognize that immigrants are fellow human beings and we reject the use of de-humanizing language;
V. Believe that new Long Islanders share our values, contribute to our economy, enhance our combined culture, and strengthen our communities;
VI. Are committed to raising the level of public discourse concerning immigrants and immigration, so that public policies reflect our highest values; and,
VII. Are committed to better understanding the contributions that immigrants make to Long Island and the effects of immigration on our communities, and to challenging common myths and stereotypes.
Given these principles, therefore, I pledge to make Long Island a welcoming community.
I commit to publicly reject the politics of division and isolation that fan anger and hate against any person or community and to work toward just, workable and humane immigration policies that are anchored in America’s finest ideals and core values.