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Source: Make the Road New York
Subject: Profiles of MRNY
Type: Pubs & Reports

IN THE NEWS 2011: April-June Digest




Make the Road New York (MRNY) has kicked off an exciting summer!

Please take a moment to read about our recent work in the enclosed packet. Highlights include:
· On June 2, responding to advocacy from MRNY and our civil rights allies, Governor Cuomo suspended New York State’s participation in the deceptively-named “Secure Communities” initiative, which erodes the trust between immigrant communities and local governments. We salute the governor for standing up to protect immigrant families!

· MRNY published a report revealing extreme overcrowding at public schools in Queens, resulting in poor quality of instruction and insufficient time for students to eat lunch or even use the bathroom. MRNY’s dedicated committee of parents is working with the school district and elected officials to construct more schools and preserve basic rights for our students in rapidly growing immigrant neighborhoods.

· MRNY celebrated International Worker’s Day on May 2 by organizing wide-scale actions against businesses who commit wage theft. With MRNY’s Wage Theft Prevention Act now in effect, workers across low-wage sectors are standing up for their right to receive the minimum wage and overtime pay they are due.

· MRNY’s LGBTQ Justice Project was thrilled to celebrate our annual Bushwick Pride March with the passage of Marriage Equality in New York!