What is a Member?
Make the Road New York’s members build the power of immigrant and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education and survival services.
We develop leadership in our organization and our communities. Members run our campaigns, and elect grassroots representatives to serve on the Board of Directors. The majority of our staff members come from the communities where MRNY serves; many first joined MRNY as members.
By becoming a member, you invest in our community and in our struggle for justice. Your membership dues and your participation ensure that MRNY stays strong and true to this mission Visit one of our offices to start your membership, connect to an organizing project and set up a payment plan for your membership dues.
ADULTS AGE 21 & OLDER: $120 to join and $20/year to stay active.
YOUTH UNDER 21: Free
"We need Make the Road New York because it's the only organization that fights for popular empowerment, and fights for justice and equality in our communities of color. An organization that defends our rights but also fights for respect and dignity."
We help meet New Yorkers’ immediate needs and develop long term solutions for families across the city, state and country – members and non-members alike.*
- Health and legal services in workplace rights, immigration, housing, public benefits and health care
- Education services like English, citizenship preparation, and computer classes
- Bridge to Health Career classes and Community Health Worker Training with internships and job placement assistance in the healthcare field
- College counseling and application assistance for high school students.
- OSHA certification training
*Not all services are available at all offices. Check with a Make the Road New York organizer for details.
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One Family, a Brighter Future
The Atalaya family joined MRNY to organize for change for their family and community. Isela came to MRNY to learn English. Eventually, she became a leader in our campaign for Immigration reform. Isela joined MRNY’s housing committee to learn about tenants’ rights so she could advocate for herself with her landlord. Alesi secured immigration relief with support from MRNY lawyers, and became a leader in our Youth Power Project. Vilma negotiated unmanageable medical bills with the help of MRNY advocates. Angel trained in workplace health and safety with MRNY, and marched with us in Washington, DC for immigration reform.
Isaiah Quiones (IQ)
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 in college, and plans to become a geologist.
Angeles started coming to Make the Road New York as part of our after school program in Staten Island. She later received an MRNY scholarship and became an active youth member. As a youth leader fighting for a clean Dream Act , she leads marches, speaks to the media, and meets with elected officials to advocate for undocumented youth like herself. She is currently pursuing a degree in political science at CUNY.
Daniel Cortes came to the US 30 years ago and began working in a Manhattan bakery. He enrolled in MRNY’s adult education classes to communicate better in English and learn about his rights at work. Today, he is an active member in the struggle for workplace justice, and a dedicated advocate for his community.
Maria Rubio Torres de Chavarria
Maria Rubio Torres de Chavarria survived persecution in her home country, and later, cancer. Maria works as a housekeeper, and can’t afford the expensive exams and medication she needs to stay in remission. MRNY helped Maria enroll in Medicaid to help cover the costs. Without health insurance, Maria says, she may not be alive today. Now, Maria is a leader in defending the Affordable Care Act from numerous efforts to repeal it, helping to create videos and other press materials to highlight the importance of the ACA for our communities.
Martín Batalla Vidal
Martín Batalla Vidal is a DACA recipient who works at a nursing home helping those with health issues, allowing him to financially support his mother. After the work permit that he obtained under President Obama’s immigration relief initiative was wrongfully limited, MRNY helped Martín file a lawsuit that could bring immigration relief to hundreds of thousands of immigrants across the country.
Ruth came to MRNY seeking help for her two young daughters, who were about to be deported after fleeing violence in Guatemala. Our legal team secured immigration relief for Ruth and her daughters; now, the family are all on their way to obtaining legal permanent residence.
For Zuleima, a DREAMer and MRNY Youth Power Project member, the fight for a clean Dream Act is personal. She was born in Mexico and moved to the US when she was 10 years old, becoming DACAmented with help from MRNY. Zuleima helps lead MRNY’s resistance against attacks from the Trump administration to build a future of justice, dignity and respect for all. Zuleima is currently a enrolled in college, with a scholarship MRNY helped her secure.
Bushwick residents are among the poorest in the city -- the median household income is just $33,162 -- and over 35% of households are made up of foreign-born immigrants; many residents are undocumented. MRNY’s storefront community center in Bushwick welcomes residents for community support, survival services like healthcare and food assistance access, and organizing for dignity and justice.
Jackson Heights is an immigrant-dense neighborhood, and one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the United States; more than half of residents were born outside the US. Jackson Heights is also a hub for LGBTQ New Yorkers, especially trans Latinas. MRNY’s legal and survival services connect residents to much-needed resources, and our Trans Immigrant Project supports the specific needs of trans immigrant New Yorkers.
The enclave of Port Richmond on Staten Island's North Shore is home to the city's fastest-growing immigrant population; more than 81,000 Hispanic residents now live in Port Richmond. MRNY members in Port Richmond typically speak little English, and only modest Spanish, second to their indigenous language. MRNY’s community center there offers adult education and English language classes, along with legal and other services that connect new immigrants to much-needed resources, including health care.
Brentwood’s Hispanic population jumped 15% between 2010 and 2015, becoming 70% of the population. Immigrant Latinxs in Long Island are the target of anti-immigrant policy initiatives and public anger; some public officials have built their political careers on anti-immigrant platforms. Today, Latinxs have lower per capita incomes than black, Asian and white Long Islanders, with lower levels of English proficiency and educational attainment. MRNY’s center in Brentwood offers survival services along with grassroots organizing campaigns to build the political power of Latinx and immigrant Long Islanders.
The US Census Bureau ranks Westchester as one of the most unequal counties in America and second most unequal in New York State, in terms of the gap between wealth and poverty. Westchester’s Latinx community has grown in recent years. Latinxs now make up 23% of the population. Politicians often use anti-immigrant attacks to bolster their campaigns, further marginalizing the immigrant community there. MRNY’s Westchester center provides critical legal support, including domestic violence resources, along with grassroots organizing and civic engagement efforts to build the political power of Latinx and immigrant voters in Westchester.