Close to one thousand low-income New Yorkers, mostly immigrants from Latin America, to hold march and massive community assembly in Brooklyn
Contact: Andrew Friedman, 718-418-7690 x206 or 718-809-7158 email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 10, 2009
More than 15 elected officials,
including Congressional Hispanic caucus Chair Nydia Velazquez, most
major candidates for Mayor, and representatives of City, State, and
federal government will be present to hear and respond to these New Yorkers' public policy concerns.
Brazilian drummers, a marching band, and other entertainers from
throughout Latin America will add a lively, cultural aspect to the
march and gathering.
Make the Road New York (MRNY), New York City' s largest membership-led,
community-based organization's 2nd Annual Community Assembly.
Low-income New Yorkers will call for progressive taxation, protection
of workers rights, vacancy decontrol and an expansion of civil rights
laws. People of all ages will share their stories, in their languages,
with elected officials from every level of government and other power
brokers from across the city.
Members of MRNY will present the
organization's "Platform for a Just New York" and hear responses from
the elected officials. Musical performances and theater will complement
the substantive policy portion 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
20,000 doors over the past few months.
WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 2008 1pm - The March through the streets of Bushwick (8 blocks) 2pm - The Community Assembly
WHERE: The March begins at Make the Road New York, 301 Grove Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237
The Assembly will be hosted in the auditorium of the Bushwick High School Campus, 400 Irving Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237
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.