|NOVEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER
Welcome to the November issue of the Huntington Anti-Bias Taskforce (HABTF) Newsletter.
The HABTF is a non-partisan group formed by the Town
of Huntington in conjunction with the Suffolk County Anti-Bias Task Force. It is made
up of concerned clergy, community representatives and lay persons who work together to
address the issue of intolerance, prejudice, discrimination and racism in any segment
of our Town.
We've been meeting monthly since January 2019 and have accomplished quite a lot. Check out
some of our projects below.
For more information about HABTF, click
If you have any comments or suggestions, e-mail Carmen Kasper, Director of Human Services, at
Click here to read HABTF Sept 2020 Newsletter
Click here to read HABTF June 2020 Newsletter
2nd Precinct SCPD Report
By Inspector William Scrima
I'm happy to report that there were no significant bias-related incidents in the
2nd Precinct since July.
In response to the COVID pandemic economic impact on the Huntington community, we have partnered with the Town of Huntington and local charity
organizations to provide food to those who need assistance. The distributions take
place at Manor Field Park as follows:
-- Monday at 4:30 pm
-- Tuesday at 12:00 pm
-- Thursday at 4:30 pm
We are also partnering with Huntington Town and local volunteers to sponsor
sporting events for Huntington youth at Manor Field Park as follows:
-- Soccer will be 3:30 - 5:30 pm Wednesdays in October.
-- Basketball will be 3:30 - 6:00 pm Wed and Fri in October.
-- A boxing clinic will be starting in November.
Please contact Police Officer Claudia Delgado at 631-854-8253 for more information.
We will participate in Lunch-with-a-Cop on Wednesday, October 15th hosted by California Pizza Kitchen at the Walt Whitman Mall.
Please contact our C.O.P.E. unit at 631-854-8250 for more information.
For more information, please visit the department Website at www.suffolkpd.org.
The Race for Excellence has no Finish Line . . .
The Pursuit of Equity has No End
By Ken Bossert Ed.D.
When I began my position as Superintendent of Schools in the Elwood School District
in the summer of 2016, I found a great deal of positive initiatives taking place
throughout the district. The community had high expectations of the schools and the
achievement level of the students reflected the passion for the faculty, staff and parents.
There was an outstanding group of educators in place doing fine work in many, many areas.
As this was the case, it stood out to me that despite all of the positive accolades the
district had received, the Elwood School District found itself identified by the New York
State Education Department as having a disproportionate percentage of African-American males
suspended from school and recommended for special education (specifically speech) services.
Upon further investigation, it became clear that our faculty/staff did not represent the
diversity of the student population. Of equal concern was that those within the faculty
representing minority groups did not feel the same level of support, and in some cases respect,
that their white counterparts seemed to enjoy. Upon having the opportunity to engage with
students, it became clear many of them felt the same way. In short, there were aspects of
the culture of Elwood Schools that reflected society (or at least our region) that needed
direct and immediate attention. The essential topics of equity, inclusivity and the celebration
of diversity would become paramount to all of the work we would do moving forward.
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PSA from Huntington Town Supervisor
By Chad Lupinacci
Hi, I'm Supervisor Chad Lupinacci calling on our residents and businesses to show their
pride in Huntington by picking up or requesting a lawn sign or business poster to spread
the message that Huntington is a united community and Hate Has No Place in Huntington.
Our Town represents everything America is and should be and that is demonstrated by our great
members of law enforcement, the inclusiveness of our diverse community, our cultural attractions,
strong small business community, and excellent schools.
Request a free sign by calling Carmen Kasper, Director of Human Services, at
631-351-3304 or e-mailing email@example.com
By Helen Boxwill
The Ambassador Program is a Suffolk County Anti-Bias Task Force program which would
invite high school students from varied school districts in our town to engage in a
series of workshops that challenge students to explore the topic of bias, identify
resources and strategies to combat bias, and develop tangible projects that will
impact their school and/ or community. During the program, open discussion and
dialogue are encouraged. The students would interact with students from other
districts as well as hear from diverse speakers with a range of lived experiences.
This opportunity to learn from others will be shared in their school community. Each
group would create a school project to increase the understanding of others and
eliminate bias. HABTF hopes to adapt this program to the situation in our high schools
today, continuing our goal of educating for a vibrant inclusive society.
Hate Has No Home in Huntington Lawn Signs
By David Pinkowitz
The HABTF Lawn Sign Project has been a huge success. More that 400 "Hate Has
No Home in Huntington" signs have been distributed around town to government
facilities, parks, religious institutions, schools, libraries and homes.
More tha $4,000 has been donated to fund these signs.
Many of the recipients have sent us photos of the lawn signs at their locations.
To check out these photos, click photo album.
If you would like a
lawn sign, contact Carmen Kasper at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Leadership Initiative
By Denise Ham
For close to 30 years, Parent Leadership Initiative (P.L.I.) has empowered
participants to be agents of change within their communities. Our program was
initially conceived to provide parents with the vision and skills necessary to
be effective advocates for their children by harnessing their passion, strength
and leadership skills. Building on that premise, our mission continues to grow
to meet the challenges and needs of our times.
By exploring our own experiences, we begin to develop a greater understanding
of how we view others, and learn to work together for a common good. Sessions
unpack concepts around more inclusive language, creating a safe space and
welcoming community. We identify problems and access needs. This allows for
change beginning with oneself, then developing a deeper understanding of the
experiences and challenges of others who may initially be seen differently
based on their identity. We identify problems and assess needs within the
community, aligning the challenges faced with individual and collective strengths.
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