Our Recent Impact

VICTORY! Access to driver’s licences restored for all!

After two decades of organizing, New York state will finally restore driver’s licenses to all, regardless of immigration status! Families will be able to take their children to school, drive to work and carry out our basic needs, without fear that a traffic stop could lead to deportation.

The historic passage of the Green Light NY bill will bring enormous benefits, boosting our state’s economy, creating economic opportunities for immigrants, improving road safety, and keeping families together.

Our Recent Impact

Our Recent Impact

The biggest housing VICTORY in a generation!

After decades of work, our movement won the biggest housing victory in a generation, permanently renewing New York’s rent laws and expanding tenant protections that will benefit millions across the state. The historic bills close several landlord-friendly loopholes and repeal “vacancy decontrol.” This means that regulated apartments will stay regulated — permanently. 

This victory shows our potential, but we still have a fight ahead of us. We’ve only just begun. ¡Sí se pudo!

Our Recent Impact

Our Recent Impact

The most ambitious city-level climate bill passes City Council!

On April 18th, The New York City Council passed legislation to become the first city worldwide to set comprehensive and specific limits on climate pollution from large buildings, which are the city’s top source of pollution. This came as a result of a campaign Make the Road New York and many other groups organized.

At a time when our current president denounces climate change as a myth, New York City sends a strong message that climate change is real and we are doing everything we can to protect our city and make our world livable for future generations.

Our Recent Impact

Our Recent Impact

JPMorgan Chase & Wells Fargo back away from financing private prisons!

On March 5th, JPMorgan Chase announced it will stop financing private prisons and immigrant detention companies! And on March 13th, Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan told House Financial Services Committee member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that they are exiting their relationships with both GEO Group and Core Civic, the largest private prison corporations in the country.

This follows the incredible work of our members and allies in our Corporate Backers of Hate campaign, which has exposed abuses of private prisons and detention centers and calling on banks to stop financing them.

Our Recent Impact

Our Recent Impact

Westchester signs order to provide language access for immigrants!

On March 5th, Westchester County Executive, George Latimer signed an Executive Order that requires all County agencies to provide translation and interpretation, ensuring equal access to services for thousands of its residents who are not yet proficient in English.

This makes Westchester County one of the first suburban counties in the U.S. to enact such a progressive language access policy. Starting today, Westchester speaks our language!

Our Recent Impact

Our Recent Impact

People power beats world’s richest man! #NoAmazonNYC

On February 14, Amazon canceled its plans to build a headquarters in our city! This comes after much organizing work by us and others who strongly opposed this terrible deal.

This announcement is a landmark victory for our communities and shows the power of the people, even when taking on the world’s richest man. Our members and allies stood firm against Governor Cuomo’s plan to give away more than $3 billion in taxpayer giveaways so that Amazon could force its empire on our neighborhoods.

Our community’s power prevented a very toxic relationship for our New York City. ¡Sí se pudo!

Our Recent Impact

Our Recent Impact

We broke ground on our landmark community center!

On February 7, Make the Road New York broke ground on our new landmark Make the Road Center in Queens!

We gathered with community members, elected officials, partners, and supporters to celebrate the building of our permanent home— the first place of its kind in New York City.

The 24,000 square foot, 3-story building will give us the space and resources to increase our impact. It will be a beacon of hope signifying the dignity and worth of every immigrant, and an unequivocal statement that we are here to stay, stronger than ever.

Click here to learn more about this campaign.

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New York Times

Driver’s Licenses for the Undocumented Are Approved in Win for Progressives

The vote in the New York Legislature came after the issue had splintered Democrats, with suburban moderates objecting. ALBANY — The New York State Senate approved a bill on Monday to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, a deeply polarizing issue that had splintered Democrats and stirred a backlash among Republicans in New York and…


Latinos in Islip Push to Have Town Divided Into Council Districts

First came Hempstead. Could Islip’s at-large system of electing town council members be next? Plaintiffs in civil suit ask federal judge to have council districts in place for November elections. Long Island immigrant advocates rallied a day ahead of President Donald Trump’s planned visit to Bethpage to say they do not welcome him and that…


TEN Arquitectos Designs a Beacon for the Resistance

The new home for Make the Road New York, a leading immigrant rights group, aspires to be a transparent gathering place in an age of walls. While sitting in the crowded waiting area of Make the Road New York’s storefront offices in Queens, formerly a Blockbuster video outlet, I think about my grandmother. She left…