Making Inclusion a Long Island Watchword
Long Island is one of the most diverse places in the United States, yet it is also one of the most segregated places with groups stratified along ethnic and class lines. As a society, we face a choice of following practices in our political, educational and economic lives that keep us apart, fearful and mistrusting, or reaching out to strengthen the bonds among different groups.
Yes We Can! Long Island opts for the latter course. We recognize that diversity harnesses the talents, beliefs and values of all to build stronger communities. We believe all Long Islanders deserve access to quality education, decent housing, job opportunities and the right to live in safe communities.
When barriers are lifted and people can pursue their aspirations without being subject to artificial discriminatory restrictions we will view one another in a different light – as individuals rather than as members of this group or that. And, the society we build will go forward stronger and more united for it.