The Problem

Over-policed in schools and on the streets

Decades of over-policing have torn at the fabric of our communities. Translatina women and youth of color experience unwarranted encounters with police on a regular basis. Students, including elementary-school children, face harsh, unnecessary disciplinary measures in schools with more police officers than guidance counselors. Youth walk into school greeted by metal detectors, and the same police force that they encounter on the streets. Immigrants and low-income New Yorkers live in fear of becoming caught up in a criminal justice system ill-equipped to uphold their basic rights.

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The Solution

Ending police brutality and the school-to-prison pipeline

Make the Road New York leads the way to ending the over-policing that targets our communities. We’ve won victories impacting millions of New Yorkers, with approaches that serve as a model for cities across the country.

In 2016, MRNY youth and our allies won an amendment to the NYC Student Safety Act, requiring detailed incident reporting that is helping to shape school discipline policy.

MRNY’s LGBTQ members build networks of safety and support in our neighborhoods to prevent homophobic hate violence, and fight to end discriminatory police practices. We conduct hate violence response training sessions to equip community members to support victims of anti-trans violence, and educate local police departments about how to interact with trans individuals in a respectful manner. MRNY continues to push for an end to stop-and-frisk practices, and advances policies to increase police accountability and protect the rights of New Yorkers in police encounters.

of trans people
report a police stop in Jackson Heights, compared to 28% of non-LGBTQ survey respondents.
Fast Facts
  • More than a decade of organizing has resulted in reductions of suspensions by 32%, arrests and summonses in school by 27%, and suspensions for insubordination by 81% in New York City schools.
  • Our work secured $2.4 million for a restorative justice initiative including 25 schools, built from our design.
  • Our Know Your Rights trainings reach 1,000 youth each year
  • The Community Safety Act, which MRNY successfully advocated for with allies, significantly decreased the rate of stop-and-frisk in New York City.
Meet IQ

IQ, Youth Power Project leader

Isaiah Quinones (IQ) helped organize a peaceful walkout at their school to protest a cell phone policy. The school’s NYPD officers were called, and IQ was cited for disorderly conduct (which was later dismissed). Since 2014, IQ has honed their skills in organizing and leadership with our Youth Power Project, helping to organize campaigns on policing, education and LGBTQ rights. This year, IQ’s school awarded them its first-ever community leader award, which MRNY presented to IQ at their high school graduation ceremony. IQ is now headed to Hunter College, and plans to become a geologist.

Help us end discriminatory policing in our communities.

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