Long Island is losing $24 billion dollars each year due to racial injustice and inequities in areas that impact the wellbeing and the overall success of everyone in the region.

The SOBLI Equity Council was formed to address this reality through strategies, policies, and programs informed by research.

MISSION: To secure economic, political and social equity for Black Long Islanders

SOBLI is focused on the economic vitality and health of black Long Islanders, ensuring that they are able to thrive in their communities by removing these disparities which will bring more money into the region.

Communities of color are growing on Long Island and their inclusion in the workforce is imperative to grow the economy and infuse billions of dollars back into the regional market. Racial disparities in sectors such as education, health, wages, and transportation access cause significant economic and social loss to communities. The call to action is to create strategies, policies, and programs that ensure full participation in an equitable region and society.

Nassau County Legis. Carrie Solages at a forum with black leaders about issues pertaining to minorities in Nassau County. Photo Credit: Howard Simmons

The vision of the State of Black Long Island (SOBLI) Equity Council is to advocate for economic, political, and social equity for Long Island’s Black residents with a goal to positively impact the entire Long Island region. SOBLI envisions just and fair inclusion for Black Long Islanders demonstrated by full participation in the social, economic and political activities that ensure prosperity.

Urban League of Long Island Priorities For 2019