Make the Road New York engages in cutting-edge public policy advocacy
work to catalyze high impact social change that promotes safe and affordable
housing, dignity in the workplace, civil rights, effective public education,
and environmental justice. We bring grassroots voices and experiences to
center stage of the major public policy debates of our time.
Each year, Make the Road New York hosts a spring Community Assembly and a fall Democracy Day that bring together more than 1,000 low-income New Yorkers to share our policy concerns with elected officials from every level of government.
What sets apart our advocacy work is that it comes from the bottom up,
based on the experiences and observations of our members. Through our membership
and with the support of staff, these experiences become the basis for formulating
legislative or policy change at the city, state and national level. Make the Road
New York's substantial legal expertise, both on staff and through our pro
bono partners, enables us to strategically analyze current policies and
develop a blueprint for change-including litigation and innovative legislation.
Once an issue has been identified, Make the Road New York conducts research
to document the problem, and builds strong coalitions for maximum
effectiveness. There is substantial outreach to legislators and the media
by Make the Road New York staff and members.
Although our policy advocacy generally begins with a small group of committed
members and staff, the end results affect millions of
New Yorkers. For example, passage of Local Law 1 was spearheaded by
Make the Road New York and our allies and is the strongest lead poisoning
legislation in the country. The law has spurred a public investment of
tens of millions of dollars each year to remove lead paint hazards and
to protect children from the debilitating effects of lead poisoning.
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