The Long Island Civic Engagement Table (LICET) transforms the culture of civic participation and government accountability on Long Island by nurturing grassroots participation and leadership in working class communities of color.

Long Island has seen a substantial increase in its racial and ethnic minority populations since the early 1990s. Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians now represent over 33% of Long Island’s population, in comparison to their 16% of the population share in 1990. Furthermore, Long Island’s Hispanic population has grown by more than 18 percent since 2010, it’s Asian population rose by more than 25 percent and its African-American population rose by 8.1 percent between 2010 and 2017.

LICET, created in 2011, works with these communities to turn the tide of anti-immigrant and anti-worker politics and build a common platform of economic and racial justice on Long Island. We do this in four key ways:

  • Increasing civic engagement through non-partisan voter registration, education, and mobilization;

  • Training and supporting a new generation of leaders and grassroots organizations;

  • Coordinating grassroots organizing campaigns to build power in Long Island communities of color; and

  • Providing naturalization assistance to immigrant Long Islanders.

LICET is led by Table members New York Communities for Change, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, Make The Road New York, Elmont Cultural Center, Central American Refugee Center, Women’s Diversity Network, and Bend the Arc, and it collaborates with other allies.