Our Recent Impact

VICTORY! Latinxs win major voting rights victory on Long Island.

Long Island Latinx plaintiffs reached a settlement in our federal voting rights case, Flores v. The Town of Islip, demanding equal representation in Islip. The Town Board will now be divided into councilmanic districts, which must include at least one majority-Latinx district centered in Brentwood, home to our Long Island headquarters.

This settlement will end the system of at-large representation that has deprived Latinx residents representation within the Town government. Thank you to organizational plaintiffs New York Communities for Change and our legal team—Frederick K. Brewington, Randolph McLaughlin and lawyers from the firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. ¡Sí se pudo!

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. 

VICTORY! Make the Road New York’s Ongoing Fight Against the Public Charge rule

As a result of Make the Road New York’s federal lawsuit, USCIS implementation of the public charge rule was delayed from October 15, 2019 until February 24, 2020. 

Although the Supreme Court has now allowed the rule to go forward, the fight is far from over as we continue to fight in the court to have this racist immigration rule permanently overturned. Because it is so important for immigrant families to access the services they need without fear of family separation, we will never abandon this fight. Thank you to our members, partners and legal teams involved. ¡Sí se puede!

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!

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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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.…

New York Daily News

Nearly 200K taxpaying New Yorkers barred from coronavirus relief because of Republican roadblock

At least 197,000 taxpaying New Yorkers will miss out on coronavirus relief payments from the federal government because of a legislative roadblock put in place by Republicans, according to data from the state Taxation and Finance Department. The $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill signed into law last month contains GOP-crafted language that makes people who…