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Our members have won the fight for a first-in-the-nation $2.1 Billion Excluded Workers Fund. For an entire year, hundreds of thousands of essential workers were excluded from governmental relief. Now, undocumented workers will receive retroactive payments to reflect an entire year without work or government support during the pandemic.
This victory was possible after thousands of calls to elected officials, dozens of actions across the state, two bridge takeovers, a 23 day hunger strike, and much more. Our work to get this relief out to our communities continues.
A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, New Yorkers will get the rent relief they need and deserve, regardless of their immigration status. Along with the Housing Justice for All Coalition, we secured a $2.4 billion rent relief program, which will pay up to one year of rent arrears for debt accrued during the pandemic for those who qualify.
An estimated 1.2 million tenants will ensure that they do not lose their homes. This victory makes it clear that everyone has a right to a roof. ¡Sí se pudo!
For nearly two decades, Arlenis, Jose, and Theo had the opportunity to learn and grow within our organization. Today, they step into the role of Co-Executive Directors of Make the Road New York.
Sienna will also be joining our Executive Team as Legal Director/Legal Counsel and Becca as Deputy Director. Becca and Sienna have been integral to growing our health and legal programs and they are the partners we need to drive this organization forward. Together, they will take Make the Road NY into its next chapter.
Together with our allies, we stopped the racist public charge! The Biden Administration just dismissed the government’s appeal of our 2019 Make the Road v. Cuccinelli lawsuit. This means that the Trump Administration’s “public charge” rule is no longer in effect. The rule was a blatant attempt to discourage immigrants from utilizing benefits for themselves and their families and from applying for lawful permanent residence. It harmed thousands of New Yorkers.
Now, immigrant families can access life-saving health care, food, and housing assistance without fear of losing the chance to obtain lawful permanent residence.
This white paper outlines a bold and vital agenda with a broad range of recommendations from working-class immigrant New Yorkers that mayoral and other candidates should incorporate into their platforms. While New York City is often considered a model city in terms of offering protection and support to its immigrant residents, our immigrant communities’ experiences have shown that, in reality, the City can and must do more.
We propose a number of ways in which New York City can take critical steps to protect immigrant community members, ensure durable rights, and provide models for progressive cities and states around the nation.
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 GovernorTake Action!
As COVID-19 spreads, Amazon is again failing to protect our health – as workers, neighbors, customers – by failing to offer every personTake Action!
In New York, our communities have organized and won critical victories for workers, including a $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, protections againstTake Action!
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From immigrant and working-class communities across New York City, Long Island and Westchester
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By our legal, health, and education services this year.
This week, after a year of organizing, our movement won a $2.1 billion fund for excluded New Yorkers. This is the first fund of its kind in the country. It will provide the lost income our community members desperately need. It is a recognition of the imperative to include undocumented immigrants in our safety net. We…
This is a historic moment. After a year-long fight that culminated in a 23-day hunger strike led by our members, the state’s leaders reached a deal that includes a $2.1 billion fund for excluded workers. This is the first fund of its kind in the US. It means that immigrant New Yorkers who lost income…
For nearly two decades, each of us has had the opportunity to learn and grow within this beautiful organization. And today, we proudly step into the role of Co-Executive Directors of Make the Road New York. We each bring a unique set of experiences to this role. Jose has organized with our youth and adult…
The approval this week of the nation’s first-ever Excluded Workers Fund is a bold statement that New York recognizes the humanity in everyone, and that we must secure the basic necessities of all people during a global pandemic. It also acknowledges that immigrants contribute greatly to our tax-base and the backbone of our community. No…
When the coronavirus arrived in New York City a year ago, it hit enclaves of undocumented immigrants with a fury, killing thousands and wiping out the service and construction jobs that kept many families afloat.Lifelines like unemployment insurance and federal stimulus checks were out of reach because undocumented people are ineligible for most government aid.…
A year ago, I lost my job, my apartment and my brother to COVID-19. Since the pandemic hit, I have been struggling to survive, rationing out my savings to buy basic necessities like hand sanitizer or a roll of toilet paper and relying on food pantries and the generosity of others to be able to…
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…
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”…
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…