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.

At Make the Road New York, we know that real, lasting change happens when directly impacted communities take the lead. 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.

The Issues

Workplace Justice

Fights for jobs with living wages, good benefits and the freedom to organize.

Leadership & Base-Building

We make change when people from our communities lead the way. Members build skills in community organizing, media advocacy and social analysis by working directly on campaigns.

Policing and Criminal Justice

Working to end police brutality, over-policing of our communities, harsh sentencing, poor prison conditions, and the criminalization of black and brown New Yorkers.

Civil Rights & Immigrant Power

Fighting for equal rights for immigrants and working-class New Yorkers, and a system that keeps our families together.

Housing & Environmental Justice

Fighting for safe, affordable housing and protecting the health of our communities.

Education Justice

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.

LGBTQ Justice

A warm, welcoming community fighting for LGBTQ rights and an end to homophobia and transphobia, we build networks of safety and support for LGBTQ New Yorkers in our neighborhoods.