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Our holistic approach to reducing poverty and empowering our communities, enables MRNY to win meaningful, broad-based reforms that New Yorkers can feel every day:

2012 Victories

  • Launched a campaign organizing car wash workers with New York Communities for Change and the support of the RWDSU. Workers at four car washes have already voted to form unions in one of NYC 's most exploitative industries.

  • Won two major policy changes guaranteeing translation and interpretation: first at all major pharmacy chains and mail order pharmacies statewide, impacting millions of customers; and then at all Suffolk County government agencies.

  • Won a state Tenant Protection Unit to enforce tenants' rights and crack down on lawless landlords.

  • Youth leaders organized to save the critically-needed Bushwick Community High School, giving hundreds of over-age and undercredited students a second chance at their education.

  • Launched an immigration law practice serving thousands with Deferred Action applications and hundreds more with deportation defense, permanent lawful status, and immigrant services fraud prevention. (Check out our Guide for Immigrant Youth at www.respectanddignity.org/dream)

  • Mobilized 20,000 new voters on Election Day as part of our new Campaign for Respect & Dignity, after registering 12,000 voters of color in NYC and Long Island and, with the Center for Popular Democracy, an additional 7,000 in Pennsylvania.

  • Brought national attention to the harmful impact of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactics on transgender New Yorkers and trained 1,600+ youth and LGBTQ community members about their rights when stopped by the police.

Read more about our impact areas:

Expanding Civil Rights | Promoting Health | Improving Housing
Winning Workplace Justice | Improving Public Education | Empowering Youth


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Announcing a Major Expansion of Paid Sick Days

It's a new day for working class New Yorkers!

On January 17, Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and members of the City Council announced an exciting new proposal to expand New York City's Paid Sick Days law, which MRNY and our partners helped to win last spring!

Under the original law, set to take effect this April, employers with 15 employees or more will be required to provide 5 paid sick days -- impacting one million workers. Mayor de Blasio's proposal would extend this requirement to businesses with 5 employees or more.

The new proposal also includes manufacturing workers (who were left out of the original law). Hundreds of thousands more New Yorkers will be able to take a paid day off to care for themselves or a sick family member. Read more...