We have something wonderful to share about our work on Long Island!
FIOS News has produced a fabulous video highlighting Make the Road New York as part of its “Heroes on our Island” series. Check it out and hear more about our work teaching English and organizing in communities like Brentwood, Central Islip, and Bay Shore!
Since 2011, Make the Road New York has been building a strong presence on Long Island — recruiting hundreds of members who are organizing on issues of worker, immigrant, housing, and policing justice, and winning real policy victories in the process. And we provide vital services like English classes, health care navigation, and preparation to apply for immigration relief to improve the lives of thousands of Long Islanders.
We are working with our Long Island members to identify the problems they face and develop campaigns to address them head on. Our members have testified at the Wage Board’s Long Island hearing for the fast food sector to demand a minimum wage of $15 per hour, and they have also been actively engaged in state campaigns this year to strengthen the rent laws and pass the New York DREAM Act, among many others.
This video highlights just some of the work that our members and staff do every day from our Brentwood office, and we hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch. You’ll hear directly from core members and learn why, in the words of youth leader (and newly-minted organizer!) Marcy Suarez, “This is my second home. Whenever I leave here, I leave with a smile on my face, because I know that I got something done that was worth the effort.”
¡Sí se puede — on Long Island and throughout New York!