Our Recent Impact

VICTORY! The Walking While Trans ban has been repealed

On February 2, 2021, the Walking While Trans ban was repealed and sealed. This victory makes it safer for Black and brown trans women to walk down the street without the fear of an unjust arrest for “loitering for the purpose of prostitution.” For over 40 years, the Walking While Trans ban has been used to profile and criminalize Black and brown trans women in our communities for simply expressing their gender identity.

This victory was due to the organizing efforts of our members and allies who made thousands of calls to elected officials, organized dozens of rallies and press conferences, and made their voices heard year after year in Albany. ¡Sí se pudo!

Respect and Dignity for All: 2021 State Policy & Budget Platform

As the largest community based membership organization representing immigrants and working-class people of color in New York, Make the Road New York (MRNY) is uniquely positioned to identify and address pressing community needs. 

The communities we represent have been utterly devastated by COVID-19, with staggering loss of life and calamitous economic consequences. Our platform for 2021 thus centers demands for a recovery for all and targeted policy priorities to address inequity and brutality laid bare during 2020 and the pandemic.

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Executive Order Marks Major Progress for Immigrants

On day one, President Biden signed a number of executive orders. They include revoking the Trump administration’s plan to exclude immigrants from the census count, preserving the DACA program, repealing the Muslim Ban, pausing the construction of the wall on the southern border, extending Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians who have been in the United States for many years, and enacting a moratorium on deportations.

These victories are the result of tremendous work by our members and immigrant communities and people of color across the country. We will continue to fight until there is a fair and humane immigration system in place. ¡Sí se puede!

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. In 2020, we sent out $4.5 Million worth of cash cards to 6,466 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!

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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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Our COVID Response

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

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Spectrum News

Immigration Advocates Hope for Progress in New Year

Immigration advocates in New York over the last four years faced a pitched battle with President Donald Trump’s administation’s policies and rhetoric from the top on down. Now with President Joe Biden’s administration far more sympathetic to their goals, advocates say a lot of work is needed in both Washington and in Albany. The new…

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Queens lawmakers join organizers urging Albany to pass key legislation for working, immigrant families

Several Queens elected officials joined Make the Road New York’s (MRNY) calls for Albany to prioritize legislation they say will ensure working and immigrant communities receive the protections they need amid the ongoing pandemic. MRNY, the largest grassroots and immigrant-led organization in the state, held a virtual event to outline their “Respect and Dignity platform”…

Gotham Gazette

Immigrant, Black, and Brown New Yorkers Need Albany to Deliver a Recovery for All

Immigrant, Black, and brown New Yorkers have experienced unspeakable losses and suffered catastrophic economic consequences throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Community members have lost loved ones and lost jobs at disproportionate levels, and struggled week after week to try to pay their rent and feed their families. And they have made very clear that they expect…