Make the Road New York
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Make the Road New York provides comprehensive skills training to low-income New Yorkers on leadership skills, media advocacy, civics, community and electoral organizing, and strategic policy advocacy. Leadership development is a core component of our work with adult and youth members; we have hundreds of graduates of a variety of trainings each year who can effectively speak for themselves and others as part of our community organizing and advocacy campaigns.

Our weekly organizing committee meetings provide the primary venue for training for our members. Through regular training opportunities during these meetings, members develop organizing, analytical and group work skills, while deepening their understanding of New York City government, the history of organizing, as well as the city, state, and federal legislative landscapes. Additionally, 50 to 60 member leaders active in each of our organizing areas meet quarterly for additional leadership development opportunities, as well as to discuss opportunities for cross-committee collaboration and the overall strategic direction of the organization.

We create opportunities for experiential learning by sponsoring frequent trips to relevant community and government institutions that we have discussed in workshops. For example, we have brought participants to public hearings of the New York City Council and to local Community Board meetings.

Our legal department provides regular "Know Your Rights" trainings on subjects ranging from the Tenant's Bill of Rights to disability benefit eligibility to what to do if stopped by the police, all with the goal of increasing our members' ability to enforce their own rights while building their practical knowledge of the laws that affect them most.

How We Work | Community Organizing | Leadership Development | Adult Education
Youth Development | Legal/Support Services | Policy Advocacy


NYC Immigrants Win Full Legal Representation

On July 1, New York City became the first city in the nation to provide full legal representation to all immigrants in detention who are facing deportation. Every year, for thousands of immigrants in this situation, it is virtually impossible to defend themselves against deportation without having the basic right to a public defender. Read more...

Victory! Suffolk County Long Islanders Kick Out ICE

Long Island members like Inocencia Muñoz have stood up for immigrant rights and denounced Secure Communities.

In response to our years of organizing, the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department announced it would no longer cooperate indiscriminately with ICE's unjust, dragnet deportation enforcement.

Suffolk's new policy will keep more families together, improve community-police relations, and make our communities safer. Read more...