Make the Road New York brings immigrant New Yorkers together to promote justice, civil
rights and opportunity. Our organizing work gives voice to thousands of
low-income New Yorkers, builds community, and wins major public policy victories.
Weekly membership meetings are at the heart of Make the Road New York's community
organizing. We have hundreds of participants each week, who work hand-in-hand
with staff organizers and legal advocates to address problems and find solutions
in our base communities and across New York City.
Here is our current meeting lineup:
Education Justice Project Brooklyn and Queens
The Education Justice Project organizes and educates parents about their children's
rights at school and provides Brooklyn and Queens parents with high quality
legal services on education-related matters. Education Justice members
are also organizing around school issues such as student academic achievement,
school disciplinary policies, after-school programming and the lack of translation
services for limited English proficient parents.
Workplace Justice Project Brooklyn and Queens
The Workplace Justice Project combines innovative, collective action and strategic organizing campaigns among low-wage immigrant
workers with innovative legal casework to enforce basic rights and standards
of dignity in industries where exploitation is the norm. Workplace Justice members
fight for just wages and safe working conditions, and mobilize against workplace
sexual harassment issues. Each week, members develop and refine strategies
for organizing campaigns, participate in "Know Your Rights" Workshops, and
learn from a range of guest speakers.
Civil Rights and Immigrant Power Project Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island
The Civil Rights and Economic Power Project challenges discrimination
against immigrants who do not speak English and creates a strong voice for
low-income and unemployed immigrant workers in the policy-making processes
related to the administration of public benefits and health care services
in New York State. The Civil Rights and Economic Power Project also leads Make
the Road New Yorks work to promote a just and comprehensive reform
of our nations immigration laws.
Environmental and Housing Justice Project Brooklyn and Queens
The Environmental and Housing Justice Project fights for housing and environmental justice, focusing on
issues such as housing code violations, rodent infestation, sewage seepage,
lead poisoning, and environmental health, including rampant asthma, and the
lack of open space in our communities. The Environmental Justice and Housing Project provides legal services
for tenants through Make the Road New York's Legal Department, organizes
collective tenant action against negligent or abusive landlords, and promotes
housing law reform in New York City.
Globe & PRYDE (LGBTQ Justice Project) Brooklyn and Queens
In addition to supporting and empowering the LGBTQ community in the outer boroughs
and providing a safe space, Globe works with schools in Brooklyn
and Queens to address the institutional homophobia that drives students to
drop out of school. Globe also fights job discrimination against transgender New Yorkers and promotes community awareness and
understanding of LGBTQ discrimination and oppression.
Voter Power Project Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island
Our Voter Power Project is a powerful non-partisan
voter registration, education and mobilization program. The Project utilizes
highly effective phone banking and door-to-door canvassing techniques by friends
and neighbors to increase civic participation in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Woodside,
Elmhurst, Corona, Jackson Heights and Sunnyside, Queens and Port Richmond, Staten Island.
Youth Power Project Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island
Community Organizing is also intrinsic to our youth development work. Over
the past nine years, Make the Road New York youth leaders have had a significant
impact on citywide policy affecting juvenile justice issues and high school
reform. In addition, Youth Power Project members focus on issues closer to
home, such as the impact of gentrification and the lack of high school seats
for local teens.
Small Business United Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island
How We Work | Community Organizing | Leadership Development | Adult Education
Small Business United is a project to elevate the voices of small business owners from New York's vibrant immigrant neighborhoods. Dozens of small business owners citywide have joined together to advocate for measures that are not just good for the small business, but also the welfare of the employees and the larger community; including paid sick days, affordable health care, and living wages. MRNY also conducts comprehensive assessments of the needs of small businesses in our neighborhoods and helps them access the training and resources they need to be financially stable and viable.
Youth Development | Legal/Support Services | Policy Advocacy