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

MRNY 2010 Victories

2010, in what may be our biggest victory ever
,MRNY attorneys, organizers, and
members conceived of, drafted and spearheaded a successful campaign to pass the
Wage Theft Prevention Act in New York State. On the cusp of becoming law, the Act will protect the labor rights of
hundreds of thousands of immigrant and low-wage workers throughout the state.


Additionally, in 2010, Make the Road New York:

  • Will win the
    expansion of the City’s most
    aggressive housing code enforcement program
    to an additional 1200—1600
    apartments each year, and a crackdown on violations that trigger asthma.
  • Worked with
    allies to stop the proposed elimination
    of free student Metrocards
    , ensuring free school transportation for
    hundreds of thousands of NYC students.

a campaign to require more than 60
American Eagle Outfitters stores
to revise their policies to ensure equal
employment opportunities and respectful treatment for transgender employees.

  • Succeeded at
    getting the New York City Department of Corrections to end unlawful and deceptive federal
    immigration enforcement activities
    at all of their facilities.

an intensive, grassroots community
reconciliation process
to address the root causes of community tensions in
the wake of a wave of hate crimes against immigrant and LGBTQ community

·Preserved access to
vital adult literacy programs citywide
, by working with allies to prevent
tens of millions of dollars in budget cuts to these important programs.

·Provided critical legal services to more than 2,800 households and helped 1,162 adults learn English, develop literacy and
computer skills, earn a GED, or become citizens

  • Will win legislation that promotes real accountability for
    police stationed inside New York
    ’s public schools


This year, MRNY brought our combination of organizing
and strategic policy advocacy well beyond city limits, into the leadership of statewide and national
on issues critical to low-income, working class and immigrant
communities. In March, we brought 2,100 of our members and their families and
neighbors to Capitol Hill to demand a fix to the nation’s broken immigration
system. Additionally, our organization helped to launch and lead a national
collaborative of 20 youth organizing groups who have come together to press for
federal solutions to what ails our public schools.