Close to One Thousand Low-Income New Yorkers, Mostly Immigrants from Latin America, to Hold Massive Community Assembly in Queens
Contact: Andrew Friedman, 718-418-7690 x206 or 718-809-7158 (English or Spanish)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19th, 2008
More than 15 elected officials, including most major candidates for Mayor, and representatives of City, State and federal government will be present to hear and respond to these NYers public policy concerns.
The event will be conducted IN SPANISH, with simultaneous interpretation into English for all English-speakers.
WHAT: Make the Road NY (MRNY), NYC's largest membership-led, community-based organization's 1st Annual Community Assembly. Low-income New Yorkers will be sharing their stories, in their languages, with power brokers from every level of government and all around the city.
Members of MRNY will present the organization's 7-point platform for a Just New York and hear responses from the elected officials. Musical performances and theater will accompany the substantive policy part of the event. Balloons, signs and flags will fill the auditorium. The Assembly comes on the heels of MRNY's successful voter education and mobilization effort that knocked on over 10,000 doors over the past few months.
WHEN: Saturday, February 23th, 2008 1:45 - 5pm.
WHERE: The Auditorium of the Ganesh Temple, 143-09 Holly Avenue, (corner of Holly and Smart Street) Flushing, Queens Main Street / Flushing stop on the 7 train
Since the November NYC elections, MRNY members have been hard at work setting the agenda for our next mayor, City Council and citywide elected officials.
We kicked off "Talking Transition" with a low-wage worker forum and our attorneys have been staffing a Single Stop clinic around the clock at the Transition tent.
Recently, our youth joined the Transitions conversation to bring education and police reform issues into the spotlight for the new elected officials. 17-year-old youth leader Cheyanne Smith was also profiled in the New York Times for her leadership to make NYC schools more respectful, safe, and dignified places for learning.