Twenty five years ago, New York City was expanding a youth jail with tax dollars. Workers in low-wage industries like car washes routinely had their wages stolen, and immigrant youth couldn’t access financial aid.
Thanks to brave fights led by MRNY’s members, our city and state are, by many measures, more fair and equitable places. We stopped the expansion of that youth jail, secured groundbreaking laws to protect low-wage workers, expanded college access for immigrant youth statewide, and much more. We are proud to be leading this tremendous organization and humbled to stand on the shoulders of those who came before us.
We look ahead to 2023 with determination to win full inclusion of excluded workers in our unemployment safety net, get police out of our schools, make sure all New Yorkers have access to health care, and more.