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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.
Parents, students, and educators have organized throughout the past decade to fully fund our public schools, especially those in immigrant, Black, and brown communities. Due to our more recent organizing efforts, this year’s historic budget will raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers and Invest in Our New York.
$4 billion will be allocated to fund public schools over three years to meet the needs of Black, brown, and low-income districts and finally comply with the Campaign for Fiscal Equity court settlement!
Thank you to our allies in the Invest in Our New York and the Alliance for Quality Education! ¡Si se pudo!
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.
We fought to win DACA and for 4 years, we protected DACA from Republican attacks, but DACA is still not enough – ourTake Action!
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I am a member of Make the Road New York, and the lead plaintiff in the Wolf v. Batalla Vidal lawsuit. Our case allowed DACA holders like me to continue renewing our DACA even after the Trump Administration tried to unlawfully end the program in 2017, and with our latest victory in court in December…
Did you know that the New York City primaries are less than a month away? That’s right! On Tuesday, June 22nd, New York City eligible voters have an opportunity to vote for respect and dignity for our communities. There’s a lot of key races happening across the five boroughs, including New York City Mayor, Comptroller,…
Today, and every day, we celebrate our essential undocumented immigrant mothers who make sacrifices to give us a better future. Will you donate this Mother’s Day to our fight for humane immigration reform? Our mothers, and 11 million undocumented people in this country, deserve a pathway to citizenship. We demand that President Biden and Congress…
In his first several months in office, President Biden has taken significant steps to reverse the harm imposed by President Trump’s cruelty that devastated immigrant communities, including working to reunite families separated at the border, reversing the Muslim ban, announcing the closure of ICE detention facilities, and reinstating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. Yet,…
In addition to the steering members, local groups held coalition meetings and developed direct actions in localities outside of New York City. “From the beginning we knew it was going to be a state-level demand so it was a statewide coalition,” Solís told me. Every region conserved their autonomy and carried out actions that best…
The public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the cruel healthcare access and affordability barriers that low-income and under-resourced communities have long suffered. Under-investment in our communities and a complex health care system has left immigrant, Black and brown New Yorkers unable to access life-saving health care. For decades, community organizations have…
DOWNLOAD HERE 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. Through its community centers in New York City, Long Island and Westchester, MRNY employs a multi-faceted approach to supporting immigrants,…
A local nonprofit has launched a bilingual resource guide on the state’s recently passed “Excluded Workers Fund” for undocumented immigrants who have lost work due to the pandemic. Make the Road NY has created a website to help residents who qualify for the fund access accurate and up-to-date information about the program. The group created the website…
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…