We have had an incredibly busy season, launching two new campaigns and winning a monumental statewide victory, with another victory anticipated for next week. Please take a moment to peruse the enclosed packet, which highlights a few of our key accomplishments:
On October 6, after more than 12 years of advocacy and organizing by MRNY at the city and state level, Governor Cuomo signed an Executive Order requiring all New York State agencies to provide essential interpretation and translation services. This landmark victory now ensures equal access to all State services for the millions of New Yorkers who are in the process of learning English, promoting equality and safety for immigrant families, patients and students.
This week, the New York City Council will vote to limit the City’s collaboration with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), which results in the deportation of thousands of New Yorkers every year, costs tens of millions of NYC taxpayer dollars, and erodes trust between the City government and millions of New York’s immigrants. Last month, Mayor Bloomberg courageously reversed his position and came out in support for of the measure, which will stop needless deportations of those who do not pose a threat to public safety, keeping our families together and our communities intact.
MRNY also recently launched two important campaigns: One, to address the widespread problem of illegal rent overcharges affecting low-income tenants, and another to stop the NYPD’s discriminatory Stop-Question-Frisk policy, which unfairly targets youth, LGBT and communities of color.
Make the Road New York! Latin American Integration Center and Make the Road by Walking celebrated the announcement of their merger at SEIU 32BJ's Auditorium on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 to a packed audience. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, joined us to celebrate the event.