Our Recent Impact

VICTORY! Legislation to keep ICE out of courts has been signed into law.

POCA will help ensure equal access to courts for ALL New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status. This is a critical step towards decriminalizing our communities. We thank lead bill sponsors, Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblymember Michaelle Solages, the Immigrant Defense Project, and the ICE Out of Courts coalition for all their work to pass this legislation.

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VICTORY! DACA is restored! Major victory in our lawsuit for immigrant youth and their families!

On Friday, December 4th, a federal court in Brooklyn ordered the government to restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program to its original form after ruling in our favor in Batalla Vidal v. Wolf–reopening DACA to first-time applicants, restoring work authorization and renewals to two-years and making travel on advance parole more widely available.

For more information, resources, and updates, visit our DACA portal here.

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Cash Assistance Program

Before the end of March, as low-income community members lost jobs without notice, the need for emergency food was immediate. We have expanded our food pantry programs in Brooklyn and Queens and created food distribution sites in Staten Island and Westchester. In total, we continuously distribute over 1,100 food bags per week.

The need for financial relief programs has also been overwhelming. Additionally, we have provided cash cards mailed to our members’ homes. As of November 2020, we have been able to send out $4 Million worth of cash cards to 6,382 homes. 

Our COVID-19 Response & Emergency Fund

Our members are some of the most at risk physically and financially in this crisis. They are working in warehouses, delivering food and cleaning without safety protections– without sick time and without job security–this is not only a threat for those working but for their families and for our public health. We are providing direct support and advocating for policies that include protections and financial support for everyone including undocumented folks, sex-workers and others who are most vulnerable. To access our services and support, click here

To donate to our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, click here. It will provide direct support to those who need it, and help us organize for solutions that include all of us. 

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New York State School Suspension Moratorium

New York State students lose thousands of days in the classroom each year because of suspensions, often for normal youthful behavior. As all

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Bring the Repeal #WalkingWhileTrans Ban to a Vote!

Black and Brown women deserve to walk the streets safely without the fear of being stopped, frisked and arrested. We are calling Speaker Carl Heastie

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Excluded Workers Need Relief

The COVID-19 crisis is hitting immigrants and Black and Brown New Yorkers the hardest, but our communities are being left out of relief.

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Reclaim Our Homes: Rent/Mortgage Suspension Now!

Everyday the housing crisis related to COVID-19 crisis gets worse and worse. It is impacting tenants, homeless New Yorkers, public housing residents, and

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The COVID-19 crisis and New York’s staggering inequality leaves the most vulnerable communities in unfathomable conditions. Why in an unprecedented health crisis is Governor

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Tell Amazon: Give ALL Workers 100% Paid Leave NOW and Tell Us Your Plans

As COVID-19 spreads, Amazon is again failing to protect our health – as workers, neighbors, customers – by failing to offer every person

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New York State must fight back against corporate attacks on workers’ rights. Support the EmPIRE Act!

In New York, our communities have organized and won critical victories for workers, including a $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, protections against

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New Yorkers are committed to participating in the 2020 Census!

Since 1790, the U.S. Constitution has mandated that every U.S. resident regardless of age, citizenship status, or ability to vote be counted every

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New York State School Suspension Moratorium

New York State students lose thousands of days in the classroom each year because of suspensions, often for normal youthful behavior. As all

Take Action!

Bring the Repeal #WalkingWhileTrans Ban to a Vote!

Black and Brown women deserve to walk the streets safely without the fear of being stopped, frisked and arrested. We are calling Speaker Carl Heastie

Take Action!

Excluded Workers Need Relief

The COVID-19 crisis is hitting immigrants and Black and Brown New Yorkers the hardest, but our communities are being left out of relief.

Take Action!

Reclaim Our Homes: Rent/Mortgage Suspension Now!

Everyday the housing crisis related to COVID-19 crisis gets worse and worse. It is impacting tenants, homeless New Yorkers, public housing residents, and

Take Action!

The COVID-19 crisis and New York’s staggering inequality leaves the most vulnerable communities in unfathomable conditions. Why in an unprecedented health crisis is Governor

Take Action!

Tell Amazon: Give ALL Workers 100% Paid Leave NOW and Tell Us Your Plans

As COVID-19 spreads, Amazon is again failing to protect our health – as workers, neighbors, customers – by failing to offer every person

Take Action!

New York State must fight back against corporate attacks on workers’ rights. Support the EmPIRE Act!

In New York, our communities have organized and won critical victories for workers, including a $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, protections against

Take Action!

New Yorkers are committed to participating in the 2020 Census!

Since 1790, the U.S. Constitution has mandated that every U.S. resident regardless of age, citizenship status, or ability to vote be counted every

Take Action!

DACA is restored!

DACA is restored to its original 2012 form. For more information, resources and updates, visit our DACA portal.

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Dignity, Community, and Power Awards Gala

Thank you for joining us for our Dignity, Community, and Power Awards Gala! In case you missed it or just want to watch again, we have you covered!

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Our COVID Response

Discover COVID-related updates and resources as we shift our work to respond to this crisis.

COVID Updates

Know Your Rights

Find up-to-date resources and guides on legislation, court decisions, and more!

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Achieving Dignity and Justice

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  • A Campaign of Health Care for All New York (HCFANY)

    The coverage for all campaign, led by Make the Road New York and the New York Immigration Coalition, call on the New York legislative body to allocate $13 million in the FY2022 budget to create a temporary state-funded Essential Plan for New Yorkers up to 200% of the federal poverty level who have had COVID-19…

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  • A future for all of us

    This week we witnessed with perfect clarity that white supremacy is here and thriving. Trump has enabled and encouraged his supporters’ hateful violence and has spent the past four years enacting white supremacist policies which directly harm so many of us. Grassroots organizing led by Black and Brown people is the way to build a…

  • We’re almost there. Donate now!

    Like many of you, we are ready for this year to come to a close. What stands out to us in these final hours of 2020 is that in the face of terrible tragedy and overwhelming injustice, each of you has demonstrated incredible generosity and solidarity. Thank you for donating, for volunteering, and for taking…

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2020 Victories Brochure

DOWNLOAD HERE 2020 in Review In 2020 we confronted an unprecedented public health emergency and continuing xenophobic attacks from Washington. When COVID-19 hit, we jumped to address job loss and hunger, and supported families dealing with sickness and death in terrible conditions. We sustained thousands with emergency case management, legal representation for tenants and workers,…

The New York Times

2 Brothers Died of Covid-19. They’re Being Denied Their Last Wish.

More than 250 Mexican immigrants have died from the virus in the New York area. Many of them longed to be buried in their birthplace. When Javier Morales, 48, died at a hospital in Hackensack, N.J., his family decided not to tell his brother Martin right away. Martin Morales was also battling the coronavirus, and…

Buzzfeed News

An Undocumented Single Mom Couldn’t Buy Groceries, But Then People Started Donating Their Stimulus Checks

#ShareMyCheck is a crowdsourcing effort bringing relief to workers who are largely overlooked by federal, state, and local governments. When her two children asked Reyna, 38, for their favorite snack last week, her heart broke. Since the coronavirus shut down large parts of the city’s economy, her clients stopped calling upon her services as a house cleaner.…