At Make the Road New York, we know that real, lasting change happens when directly impacted communities take the lead.
Working class and immigrant New Yorkers face a variety of intersecting challenges every day, a result of deeply entrenched systems of oppression: more schools are overcrowded and under-resourced; the economic system drains resources, health, and good jobs from our neighborhoods; youth and LGBTQ folks are over-policed in school and on the streets; many immigrant families face constant fear of separation, and barriers to accomplishing ordinary tasks.
That’s why our member committees set the course for all of MRNY’s work. We build campaigns to fight for what our communities need and deserve, through political advocacy, organizing, and education.
Parents and students fight for quality public education for all by working to end harsh discipline and policing in schools, implement restorative justice practices, grow parent and student leadership, add seats to alleviate overcrowding, and expand community services in schools.