What We Do

Mobilizing Latinxs, Immigrants, and People of Color

According to the most recent census data, more than a quarter of all New Yorkers identify as Latinx or Hispanic. More than 1,700 New Yorkers, many of them Latinx, become naturalized US citizens each week. Yet Latinxs, especially newer arrivals, often face multiple challenges to civic participation, including language barriers, and a lack of voter engagement initiatives that meet the specific needs of our communities.

Studies of Make the Road New York’s civic engagement work have repeatedly demonstrated that our non-partisan Get Out the Vote efforts boosted voter turnout in key elections. In 2016, our Get Out the Vote efforts reached more than 25,000 voters. That, along with spirited public candidates forums that won concrete commitments from candidates, have had a substantial impact on civic participation by communities of color. With anti-immigrant sentiment on the rise nationally, and locally, MRNY’s nonpartisan civic engagement work and voter power work is increasingly important.

Mobilizing Latinxs, Immigrants, and People of Color
How We're Helping

MRNY combines issue organizing with non-partisan voter registration and mobilization to mobilize immigrant, Latinx, and African American voters and engage them in non-partisan issue organizing. We work with partner organizations to transform the culture of civic participation and government accountability by nurturing grassroots participation and leadership in working-class communities of color. This work also includes training emerging community leaders and mobilizing voters to the polls, supporting hundreds of neighborhood activists to engage their fellow residents.

How many voters we have reached with voter education and Get Out the Vote efforts since 2008
Fast Facts
  • We have registered nearly 30,000 voters of color and immigrant voters with our allies since 2011.
  • Our voter education and Get Out the Vote efforts have reached at least 200,000 voters since 2008.
  • With allies, we knocked on approximately 25,000 New Yorkers’ doors before 2017 special and general elections to increase voter turnout in our communities.
  • We have helped lead organizing and advocacy efforts across New York State and in New York City and Long Island for fair redistricting and a full, fair, and accurate Census.
  • We have reached millions of New Yorkers with bilingual voter education materials and communication efforts.
Meet Marcy

Marcy Suarez crossed the border into the US at age seven with her aunt and her younger sister. Originally from Honduras, they endured a four-day trek across the Mexican desert in order to reunite with Marcy’s mother. The family hoped to find jobs, decent housing and educational opportunities in the US.

As a child and a new arrival to the US, Marcy struggled to learn the new language and fit in despite a physical disability. She persisted, becoming fluent in English and achieving high grades in high school, where she began registering voters and educating her peers about the importance of standing up for their rights. Marcy’s immigration status prevented her from qualifying for state tuition aid, but she didn’t give up. Eventually, with MRNY’s help, Marcy was able to secure support from TheDream.US fund to attend college. She has shared her story in national media outlets. Now, Marcy is MRNY’s Long Island youth organizer, and supports our civic engagement work on Long Island. 

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